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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • David Judson
    Contributor

    29 years old, Dave Judson lives in Mentor, Ohio. Dave has grown up with racing, watching his father win races and championships at the local go-kart track as a youngster and continuing his love of racing while watching NASCAR, Indycar, Formula 1 and sports cars.
    Judson has enjoyed a successful sim-racing career of his own in the IZOD Indycar iRacing Open and Fixed Setup Series. He has race wins to his credits as well as the Division 1 Championship of the Open Series in Season 1 of 2013 and the Overall Championship of the Fixed Series in Season 3 of 2013.
    Dave has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is looking to expand his horizons by writing for inRacingNews.

  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to his aunt!

  • Raymond Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give iRacing.com a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and iRacing.com and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • Scott Kelly
    Contributor

    Born and raised in the greater St. Louis, Missouri area, Scott Kelly has had a love for motorsports ever since his father did the right thing by introducing auto racing into his life. No longer able to quench his need for speed by spectating NASCAR races on TV and watching dirt track stars slide around local tracks, Kelly eventually picked-up sim racing in his teens, wheeling cars found in Ratbag Games' "Dirt Track Racing" and "World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars" while also becoming introduced into multiple Papyrus sim-racing series. Joining the iRacing ranks in late 2011, Kelly set his sights on the short track racing he was familiar with, focusing on the sprint car, while also driving the Legends and street stock in multiple iRacing.com leagues.

    Kelly brings not just his enthusiasm for racing to the highest-rated motorsports simulation, but also his B.A. degree in English; he covers the action seen in the iRacing.com Sprint Car Series, while also placing the spotlight on various leagues within the service. Enjoying his start to a career in motorsports journalism, Kelly also doesn't mind visiting victory lane from time-to-time.

  • George Wood
    Contributing Writer
    After beginning his racing career with go-karts at age seven, George then turned wrenches on street stocks until he could finally turn the wheel. Following the successes of his friends and family, George has since retired from real-world racing, where he is now a science and mathematics faculty member for several local community colleges. When George isn't grading laboratory reports or iRacing, he is performing at bluegrass festivals in the Northeast, making fishing lures, playing golf, and rooting for his beloved Baltimore Orioles.
  • Chris Hall
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Chris Hall has been writing since the nineties and moved into motorsports reporting in 2005, covering series such as ALMS, British GT, FIA GT, Le Mans and 2CV racing for Full Throttle magazine, Motorsport.com, The-Paddock.net, GTGateway.com, L' Endurance and, of course, inRacingNews. During 2008 and 2009, he worked with the RSS Performance Porsche Carrera Cup Team (and former British GT(C) champions) as a data engineer for a variety of drivers and models of 997s.
  • Jason Lofing
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Dylan Sharman
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in Adelaide and we moved-out for Angle Vale for a few years until I was about 7 years old, when we moved to the Barossa Valley where I live now. I'm 19 years old and currently traveling back and forth weekly as I'm studying for a Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology.

    I've always had a love for racing as my close family did some racing and we were always out at the local dirt track. I joined iRacing back in 2010 and slowly but surely got the hang of it as this is my first experience with sim racing and am loving it each time I race. I've won two SK Modified titles (almost had three in a row but finished P2 in 2011 S4), an iRacingNews Challenge championship (2012 S1 Mazda) and was also an AustralAsian Intel GT Series Finalist.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

NiS Open Garage: Richmond

by Don Scott on April 24th, 2014

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Regardless of rules changes, Richmond will always be a drivers track.

This week’s column might have been titled “Changes” as we have seen a few changes in iRacing’s sim model to replicate the recent rules changes in NASCAR. Changes to the spoiler, ride height and — most importantly — the tire model have some cheering while others are scratching their heads wondering how they are going to change their thinking on setup design to remain competitive. I would be in the latter group, but I am confident in my crew. This is not unlike what you would experience in real life. Rules changes in NASCAR can leave a crew chief and everyone in the garage scrambling to evaluate how the new rules will affect the car and which adjustments to the setup will work best to keep the driver and the [...]

Majeski Takes Inaugural Super Late Model Title

by Stan Bragg Jr on April 24th, 2014

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The first season in the NASCAR iRacing.com Super Late Model Series is in the books after what most would classify as a great season filled with exciting racing and heart pounding action.  Ty Majeski took the overall championship with PJ Stergios and Joe Quinn following closely behind.  Just 71 points separated Majeski from Stergios; Quinn was just 17 points behind Stergios in a tight three-way battle for the lead.  James Poleske finished his season in P4 500 points behind Majeski but atop the Division 2 championship standings.  Ty Spearman rounded-out the top five in points just 65 points behind Poleske in another tight battle that was decided in the drop weeks.  141 points in the overall separated P6 through P10, with Casey Pierce in sixth and Ron Hagolin seventh, 90 [...]

Bieri Wins Mustang Championship

by Jeff Jacobs on April 24th, 2014

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Patrick Bieri won the 2014 Season 1 iRacing.com Mustang Challenge Championship.

With a late-season string of wins in high strength-of-field races, Patrick Bieri won the 2014 Season 1 iRacing.com Mustang Challenge Championship. After missing the first two races of the season, Bieri spent several weeks climbing through the ranks of the top Ford Mustang FR500S sim-racers to finally take over the top spot in Week 10 and never look back. His 1618 points was the second-highest total in the history of the series, just short of last season’s Champion Dariusz Bielawski (1667 points). Todd Honczarenko, the Champion in 2013’s Season 2, finished second with Kester Baird taking the final podium spot just 67-points further back. Kimmo Suominen only scored in seven weeks of competition (the series scores a best eight of 12 weeks) but managed to take fourth overall with a [...]

Lanpheer Holds-off Dietzel for Radical Title

by Katier Scott on April 23rd, 2014

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2014 Season 1 saw plenty of competition in the Radical Racing Challenge.

Midwest’s Tom Lanpheer held of a strong challenge to take the overall and Division 1 Radical Racing Challenge titles for 2014 Season 1. Series veteran Maurice Dietzel ultimately fell just 39 points short in his quest for the championship and finished 46 points up on third placed Kimi Asumaniemi. Overall 760 drivers entered at least one race in another superb — and record breaking — season and things promise to continue to improve with a frequently requested update included in the Season 2 build.  For next season the Radical gains optional front dive planes which enable drivers to more fine-tune the aero balance of the car, plus the differential is also adjustable.  These changes promise to make it much easier to balance the Radical SR8 to a driver’s preferences. Back [...]

Crossno Conquers Indy

April 22nd, 2014

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Racing Game

The final week of the 2014 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A season high 164 drivers participated in the sim racing competition throughout the week. The stories of the week were the abilities to keep momentum and to keep pace with the front runners. Randy Crossno (California) started on pole with James McClure (Indiana) on his outside. Brad Sanford (Texas) started third with Erick Davis (Canada) fourth and Hermann Pfander (DE-AT-CH) rounding out the top five starting positions. Crossno made an excellent start, opening a five car length lead by the time the field reached Turn One. Crossno easily led the first lap as McClure slowly reeled him in. Further back in the pack, Cody Vincent (Mid-South) retired after nearly [...]

Moreno Captures GT3 Challenge Championship!

by Paul Slavonik on April 22nd, 2014

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After 12 grueling weeks of intense, door-to-door sim racing, special congratulations are in order for Julian Rodriguez Moreno for winning the debut season of the iRacing.com GT3 Challenge Championship!  This season definitely had its share of ups and downs for Moreno. From an incident early in the season which took him out of the online race at Bathurst to his runaway performance at Watkins Glen, Moreno proved himself as one who can bounce back from defeat and go punch for punch until the end. Moreno captures the championship with 2150 points. In a charging effort to claim the title for himself, however, Aday Coba Lopez finished the season in P2 with 2124 points. Lopez proved to be a force to be reckoned with as well with his consistent podium finishes [...]

NTMv5, Wheel Colors, Traction Control, New Content Highlight Season 2 Build

by David Phillips on April 22nd, 2014

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iRacing.com’s 2014 Season 2 build sees a host of cars equipped with the New Tire Model V5, including the Gen6 stock cars, Class B Chevy Impala and Ford Mustang, Chevrolet COT, Silverado and National Impala, Star Mazda, HPD and Riley Daytona Prototype.  Adjustable traction control, together with a new level of backfire and crackle sounds, is now featured on a number of cars, while custom-colored wheels are available on more than a dozen cars.  We’ve also introduced a customizable user interface enabling iRacers to reposition certain elements (eg mirrors and delta time window) and increase the background’s level of transparency. In addition, of course, there’s great new content including the Circuit of the Americas and Lucas Oil Raceway, the BMW Z4 GT3 and Toyota Camry, the latter of which completes [...]

“Crowning” the Champion

by Brooks Westfall on April 22nd, 2014

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George Hagon leads the pack prior to the intense side-by-side pack racing.

Yes, the puns are back one final time this season, as the three driver battle raced their way to the virtual beaches of South Florida to “Crown” the champion to Season 1 of the iRacing Silver Crown Cup. Heading to Homestead-Miami Speedway, Brandon Buchberger had a 39 point lead ahead of last Thursday’s race, and only had to beat Paul Williams and Vinnie Sansone to clinch the title.  After dismal qualifying by all three sim racers, work needed to be done for any one of the three to clinch the title. As pole-sitter Thomas Wargula led the field to the green, Sansone was a distant five rows away, starting P9. Williams and Buchberger needed a telescope to see the front, as they shared the sixth row, starting 11th and 12th respectively. As [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Open Garage

by Don Scott on April 21st, 2014

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Editor’s note — Later this week we will debut a new series of articles from veteran NASCAR mechanic Don Scott designed to offer some basic set-up tips to participants in NASCAR iRacing Series Open competition.  Read on to learn a little more about Don and what you can look forward to in the NiS Open Garage. There are a host of adjectives one might use to describe walking through the door of a NASCAR team as a young mechanic. Getting a spot at any race shop can be a daunting task. You want to display confidence in your knowledge of mechanics, express your willingness to learn, while remaining humble in your demeanor. But most of all you want to keep your mouth shut and listen, you are going to learn [...]

Comuni Closes the Gap at Montreal

April 21st, 2014

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A tough field of cars roar down the Casino Straight and into the final chicane.

Picture it: you’re enjoying the scenery at Parc Jean-Drapeau on the Île Notre-Dame Island in Montreal. The weather is beautiful, the scent of nature permeates the air, and there is water on all sides of you. Suddenly, a pack of race cars goes flying by at speeds approaching 200 miles per hour. That is the scene at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal: the beauty of a park on an island combined with the thrill of speed. The 4.361 kilometer (2.71 mile) road course is named in honor of Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve,  father of 1997 Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve. Gilles’ career was cut far too short, but he was able to obtain six wins and finish a career best second in points to Jody Scheckter in the [...]

Next Up on Ask A Pro: Graham Rahal

by Glen Alden on April 21st, 2014

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Verizon IndyCar Series star Graham Rahal will serve as the next Online Driving Instructor for the Road Racing Driver’s Club’s highly acclaimed SAFEisFAST website, which is now presented by Honda and features recently announced Worldwide Ambassador Dario Franchitti. From today until next Sunday, April 27, questions for Rahal can be posed by logging onto SAFEisFAST.com and following the link to “Ask The Pros.” His answers will be posted for the following two weeks. Aspiring race drivers and serious fans alike will be hard-pressed to come up with a racing topic the 25-year-old Ohioan can’t tackle from personal experience. Eleven years ago, at age 14, Rahal (son of three-time IndyCar Series champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal) jumped from shifter karts into the fledgling Formula BMW series. In 2005, [...]

Kusheba Closes on Championship With South Boston Win

by Brian Tate on April 21st, 2014

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Kusheba slid to two wins at South Boston -- and a hammer-lock on the PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series title.

With his closest rivals missing in action, Monroe, Connecticut’s Paul Kusheba padded his PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series points lead at South Boston Speedway with what, in all likelihood, was a championship-winning performance before heading into the final week of competition. Throughout the 12-week season, Kusheba has been at his best on the schedule’s short tracks and he arrived at the virtual“SoBo” secure in the knowledge that, with a good showing at the .4 mile oval,  it would be virtually impossible for him to lose his championship in the final week of sim- racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kusheba entered the week with a 66 point lead over Ray Alfalla and an 87 point advantage on third place, Byron Daley.  Just as the week before, Alfalla and Daley were [...]

Get to Know: Massimiliano Rizzi

by David Ifeguni on April 21st, 2014

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Veeam Ford Fusion_1

Born in 1982, Massimiliano Rizzi has been a part of the iRacing community since September, 2011. He is one of a very few members of Club Italia who hasn’t even touched a road car — officially at least –  in the nearly three years he has been on iRacing. He is an avid oval racer, and his results show that he is a successful one too. In 522 starts, he has taken the checkered flag first 40 times and has been in the top five at the end of each race 43% of the time. When he isn’t sim-racing in Sivigliano in Northern Italy, Massimiliano is a system architect and has been in IT since 2001. Perhaps the most enjoyable thing he does on iRacing is race against his brother, [...]

XCAL RoundUp

by Glen Alden on April 18th, 2014

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XCAL RoundUp

With the season well underway, we bring you a round-up of the XCAL Racing action to date. -Ed Mark Arthur Wins Fast-Paced, XCAL Inaugural The flags flew and the suspense broke as XCAL’s inaugural season kicked off with its first race of the season at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The XCAL Trailer Made Brands Street Stocks took to the track for 250 laps around the 1.5 mile speedway in the full oval configuration. The many surprises during the speed-weeks leading up to race day began in the heats with Richard Hollyday winning the pole. XCAL’s interesting qualifying system is designed to having many different drivers winning poles throughout the season, and this was the proof in the pudding. Winning your heat with the fastest individual time gets you the number one [...]

iRacing Q&A: Customer Support

by David Phillips on April 18th, 2014

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Although iRacing.com is justifiably proud of its laser-scanned race tracks, digitally modeled race cars and sophisticated infrastructure, none of that would matter for long without the knowledge and guidance members have come to count on from iRacing’s Customer Support group. Together, Shannon Whitmore (Director of Competition and Support), Susan Flint (Customer Support Manager) and Angela Sinopoli (Customer Support Specialist) form iRacing’s Customer Support department.  The trio recently took a few moments to answer some commonly asked questions about their work . . . Q:  Why don’t we have 24/7 support? A:  We like to maintain a streamlined company and not incur any unnecessary expenses that we may need to pass along to our members. Also, the majority of emails and calls actually do come in during business hours. Additionally we [...]

Nothing Has Changed, and Nothing is the Same: F1 in 2014

by Justin Sutton on April 18th, 2014

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Nothing Has Changed, and Nothing is the Same: F1 in 2014

The 2014 Formula 1 season has been steeped in drama since long before the cold, wet weekend in Australia ever began.  Pessimists and naysayers had been dismissing the radical changes and not one championship point had been given out (some such pessimists are from Italy and have red cars with horses on them).  F1 is known for pushing boundaries, but how exciting is it when the boundaries are fuel conservation and efficiency coupled with a safety standard unrivaled in the sport?  No longer is lap time the ultimate measure of a race winner, and gone are the days of racing dozens of qualifying laps in a row.  The whole thing has been turned upside down and yet the racing is as good, or better, than it has been in recent [...]

Week 13 SRF Big Grid Race Heads to the Glen

by Samuel Reiman on April 18th, 2014

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It'll be tough to top last season's Week 13 Big Grid finish at Road America.

Nothing more could have been asked of the drivers who took place in the first two SRF Week 13 Big Grid races at Road America. Having 60 cars in each race made for plenty of battles and incidents to keep the sim-racing interesting, and each race came down to a last lap battle for the lead amongst multiple cars. In the latest rendition, the race went all the way to the line where Niccolo Cedrati beat Kimo Suominen by 0.000 seconds, and only iRacing’s scoring systems and replay features could truly tell us who’d won. Well if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  Yet one can’t blame race organizer Luca Varani for changing the venue. We’ve already seen, arguably, the greatest race and closest finish that we’re ever going to [...]

Cooke’s Iowa Win Clinches IndyCar Crown

by Seth Eggert on April 18th, 2014

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Week Eleven of the 2014 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Iowa Speedway. Only 43 drivers participated in a week of sim-racing where story of the week was the ability to keep up with the front runners. Ron Meier Jr. (Midwest) started on pole with Matt A. Kingsbury (Connecticut) on his outside. Matt Cooke (Canada) qualified on the inside of Row Two with Rob Unglenieks (Michigan) in fourth and Connor Cross (Ohio) rounding out the top five starting positions. Meier had an excellent start, gapping Kingsbury by a handful of car lengths. Kingsbury slowly caught up, until Cooke got around him for second. Kingsbury struggled to keep up with the two front runners as they pulled away, leaving him behind with Cross several more car lengths [...]

A Three “Crown” Race

by Brooks Westfall on April 17th, 2014

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It all comes down to Homestead as Buchberger, Sansone, and Williams, all have a shot to take the championship.

The finale of Season One is upon us, and the iRacing Silver Crown Cup has one of the tightest point battles of any series heading into the final week. Vinnie Sansone and Paul Williams have come within 39 points of series leader Brandon Buchberger ahead of the finale, set for the virtual plains of Homestead-Miami this Thursday. After a dramatic and controversial race at New Hampshire last week, Buchberger has lost tremendous and valuable points. Last Thursday’s race was worthy of a conversation or two, as drivers encountered a variety of “challenges” throughout the sim race. The most notable was a bump in Turn One, causing racers to lose control of their ‘Crowns, spinning, and collecting others. Drivers such as  Brian Elmore, Brooks Westfall, and points leader Brandon Buchberger encountered [...]

Hudson Tames Darlington

by Tom O'Leary on April 17th, 2014

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The Lady in Black hosted Round of tthe 2013 NASCAR iRacing Series.

Darlington Raceway welcomed the sim-racers of the NASCAR iRacing Series for Week 8 of the open and fixed championships.  Call it “The Lady in Black” or “The Track Too Touch to Tame,” Darlington has become a popular track in this series due to it being one of the toughest racetracks of NASCAR, with many of the greats earning multiple wins here in real life – including Dale Earnhardt Sr. winning an amazing 10 times. The egg–shaped oval provides a test for sim-racers in terms of driving skill and technical setup, with both being crucial to gaining good points at Darlington. In the first of the Fixed online races this week NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series drivers made their respective ways to the front of the field, with Ray Alfalla taking the [...]