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April 2015

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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.
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • 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.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon iRacing.com and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Texas Tire Management

by Jake Hayes on April 17th, 2015

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Week 6 of the 2015 NASCAR iRacing Series Open takes us back out to the western United States: Texas Motor Speedway! Texas has always been a track where I have struggled to finish well; in fact my best result here last year was only 12th. However, I always try to look at each week positively, so I aimed for my first top ten at this 1.5 mile race track. One thing that is crucial to getting the maximum amount of speed out of your car at Texas is balanced handling. You must have a very neutral feeling race car at this track; too loose and you’ll slide into the fence off the corners; too tight and you’ll plow to the wall and/or kill your tires. Saving your tires is also [...]

O’donnell’s Miracle at the Cathedral of Speed

by Cam Stark on April 16th, 2015

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Surprisingly no turn 1 mayhem ensued. Even at Monza!

The Pro Mazdas were backing in action for Week 4 of the iRacing season. This time they would head to the south of Europe, albeit the north of Italy to take on one of the most famous race tracks in the entire world: Autodromo Nazionale Monza, otherwise known as the Cathedral of Speed! The 11 turn – 5.793km – circuit would have drivers (and spectators) on the edge of their seats for the entire race. With the whole track being flowing and no clear cut slow sections – with the exception of Variante del Rettifilo – the Pro Mazda drivers would certainly be looking to work the high speed drafting to their advantage.As the slowest corner on the circuit, the Rettifilo figured to offer one of the more ideal overtaking [...]

Be Prepared

by Oswaldo Negri, Jr. on April 16th, 2015

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Editor’s note:  Oswaldo Negri, Jr’s name should be familiar to iRacers.  Apart from being a long-time member of iRacing, he’s been a mainstay of Michael Shank Racing since 2004 and has a win and a couple of pole positions in the Rolex 24 at Daytona to show for his efforts.  This year finds “Ozz” doing double duty, driving for Shank in the IMSA Tudor United Sportscar Championship and joining Krohn Racing for the European Le Mans Series.  He took some time off from his busy schedule to recount his debut with Krohn Racing at Silverstone last weekend. Throughout my career, whenever I have gone to a race I’ve tried to do everything possible to make sure I am prepared.  Not only is good preparation the mark of a professional, it [...]

Huttu Tops Road America

by Wil Vincent on April 15th, 2015

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Huttu scored his first win of the 2015 campaign -- and the 45th of his World Championship career - at Road America.

The last time Greger Huttu scored a win in the iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series before drivers headed to Road America for Round Four of the 2015 Championship was the 2nd of August 2014. That’s 252 days that one of the greatest sim racers of all time had been away from the top step of the podium, and after seeing new Team Redline stablemate Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola score victory in the first two races, followed by Coanda Simsports’ Mitchell DeJong taking the spoils in Round Three, finally, the Flying Finn was able to return to victory lane, for the 45th time in his World Championship career. Qualifying was a crazy affair, as the strong southerly winds played havoc with the handling of the 38 drivers who secure a starting spot. [...]

GTC Class Battles Heat Up Prior To “Enduro” Week

by Jeff Jacobs on April 15th, 2015

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GTC drivers line up in the grid in anticipation of the pace lap during the series’ first ever visit to Homestead Miami Speedway.

Two more weeks of multi-class racing featuring Homestead’s Road Course A and the Brands Hatch Grand Prix course sharpened the focus on three class championship battles in the iRacing.com Grand Touring Cup. Perhaps the most impressive performance through the first third of the 12-week season is the three-class campaign of Marco Luca Abbate. Abbate now holds the top spot in the Solstice and Jetta classes, while also running in the top 15 of the Mustang standings despite skipping a week of scoring in that car. Also of note is the performance of Kevin C Ford, who expanded his championship lead from 31 points to 121 points with a key win in Week 4 at Brands Hatch. Racing has been fierce in all three classes despite lower than usual participation in [...]

From Online to On-Track Competition, Byron Quickly Finds Success

by Deb Williams on April 13th, 2015

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From Online to On-Track Competition, Byron Quickly Finds Success

Stock car racing first caught William Byron’s attention at age 6 when he was channel surfing on his family’s TV, but it was iRacing on his computer that eventually led him to on-track competition. Today, the 17-year-old Byron is driving for two Mooresville-based teams: HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East, where he’s vying for the series title and rookie honors, and JR Motorsports in the late model ranks. Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nascar-auto-racing/thatsracin/article17885798.html#storylink=cpy Photo: Rainier Ehrhardt NASCAR via Getty Images

Iberica Racing Wins Silverstone STC

by Riccardo Schiavon on April 13th, 2015

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The first round of the STC started at Silverstone Historical. The famous UK circuit is the fastest configuration hosted by the STC. After dominating the practice and having covered a distance of 5.057km with a qualifying time of 1:38.567, Jesus Sicilia (Iberica) had to sweat to bring home the first victory against a fierce Ben Tusting (Movie-go). Indeed, on the finish line Tusting closed the race with only 0.724 sec. behind the winner. Tusting started from the third position after setting a qualifying time of 1:38.926, v0ery close to the time of second fastest qualifier position of Jose Vegara (Odox) 1:38.925.  Tusting had a good start, passing Vegara in the first corner. He was able to close immediately the gap with Sicilia following him for the whole race until the [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Hot ‘lanta!

by Scott Smith on April 13th, 2015

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The Black Dahliia/Snap-On Chevy Silverado led plenty of laps at Atlanta.  Were they the ones that counted most?

Ah… It feels good to be back on American virtual soil!  After last week’s silliness at Monza, the traditional 1.54-mile racetrack located in the heart of “The Peach State” was a welcome site for the entire organization of From A Dig Motorsports.  Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the toughest tracks on the NASCAR circuit.  Not only does is challenge a driver’s aggression, it also requires an abundance of finesse due to its aging surface.  In 1997 AMS saw a complete reconfiguration.  The facility was updated, the front-stretch and back-stretch were swapped, new pavement was laid down, and the track was now touted as a quad-oval.  The renovations made the racetrack one of the fastest on the schedule and this still holds true today. However, 18 long years of brutal [...]

Get to Know: Danielius Dirmeitis

by David Ifeguni on April 13th, 2015

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Danielius Dirmeitis was born in the small town of Kretinga, Lithuania, but there is nothing small about the talent of this iRacer. In less than a week, he will celebrate his 22nd birthday and in 15 days, he will celebrate his two year anniversary on iRacing. His first 715 days on iRacing have been impressive to say the least. Dirmeitis, now living in London, has amassed 133 wins in 699 starts on ovals, with his best track being Kentucky Speedway with 20 victories across two series. 2014 was by far his busiest season year on iRacing with nearly 550 official races. So far this year he has started 108 races and has visited victory lane 20 times. With a low incident race of 2.48 per race, Dirmeitis, in a short [...]

Cheap Shots and Fuel-Cells

by Paul Slavonik on April 10th, 2015

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The V8 Supercars Americas debut at Monza was full of fireworks along with a lone sucker punch. It’s always a special time for the members of iRacing.com when a new track is released to the service. More than being able to race your favorite cars across a laser-scanned replica of a brand new racetrack which many may never even be able to see in real life, there’s an even greater prize up for grabs for those who are looking for a sliver of immortality in the world of sim-racing: Winning the inaugural race. Such was the case during Week 3 of the 2015 iRacing.com V8 Supercars Americas series which, for the first time, ventured to into Monza, Italy to race at the fabled the 3.6 mile Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Named [...]

Ishida Dominates Road America

by Seth Eggert on April 10th, 2015

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Week Two of the new 2015 Season 2 iRacing.com IndyCar Combined Series sent the series Road America. A total of 195 sim-racers took to the track where passing was at a premium throughout the week. Aero push, domination, handling, lapped traffic, pit strategy, and tire wear were just some of the storylines that played out throughout the week in Wisconsin. Steve Honan (Australia/NZ) started on pole with Naruko Ishida (Canada) on his outside. Carlo Labati (Italy) started third with Juho Raina (Finland) fourth, and Brendan Lichtenberg (Midwest) rounded out the top five starting positions. Honan had an excellent start, easily gapping Ishida be several car lengths. However, Ishida closed the gap under braking in the first turn and proceeded to hound Honan, looking left and right for a way past [...]

iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series Saturday!

by David Phillips on April 9th, 2015

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Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola leads the world’s top sim racers to Road America on Saturday for Round Four of the 2015 iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series in an online race that will be broadcast on iracing.com/live starting at 14:00 GMT (10 am eastern). As he has been since he grabbed the pole at Interlagos in his Team Redline debut, Uusi-Jaakkola will be the man to beat.  However, as Foracer Coanda Simsport’s Mitchell deJong showed with an impressive win at Sebring a fortnight ago, the fast Finn CAN be beaten.  On the heels of his triumphs at Interlagos and Phillip Island, Uus-Jaakkola looked positively mortal at Sebring where he qualified a (for him) lowly fifth and led just three of 52 laps in his Fanatec Williams-Toyota FW31 before trailing deJong across the [...]

Laughton Beats Humpe, Wins Texas

by Jason Lofing on April 8th, 2015

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Laughton (26) kept Humpe (58) at bay over a tense final 24 laps to win at Texas.

Chad Laughton proved Kenny Humpe is mortal, coming out on top of a head-to-head battle at Texas Motor Speedway for his first victory of the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. A late caution bunched the field and erased Laughton’s sizable lead but Humpe could not take advantage after the restart and came-up just over a tenth of a second short. Two-time series champion Ray Alfalla finished on Humpe’s bumper in third with Chris Overland fourth followed by polesitter Justin Bolton. Laughton started from fourth and wasted little time making his way to the front. On Lap 35 Laughton passed Bolton for the lead and assumed control of the race. Humpe started ninth and by Lap 55 he moved into the runner-up position before taking the lead the [...]

Down Dominates In Canada

by Dylan Sharman on April 7th, 2015

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Down was in command at Montreal - from pre-qualifying to finish.

The second round of the V8 Supercars Online Premier Series saw the drivers head into Canada for the first time at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.  Madison Down started strong topping pre-qualifying times and was looking good heading into the main race on Sunday night. Down took off where he left off in pre-qualifying by grabbing the pole position with a blistering lap of 1:35.398 with championship rival Richard Hamstead moving up into second place in the final seconds of qualifying, just edging out Sam Sutton who showed a great turn of speed. George Maris and Shaun Kelly rounded out the top five starters for the main event. When the lights went green it was Down taking an early lead he would not relinquish as he drove away with the victory in [...]

Kelley Chasing Triple Titles With Victory

by Matt Rolfe on April 7th, 2015

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Last Thursday night, the Sim Auto Racing Association’s top division was back on track for the 10th race of their season. Entering the night, it was Cody Kelley who sat on top of the RB Performance Super Late Model Series points standings, as he looks to chase down three different league titles. Kelley has been the driver to beat all season long in multiple divisions in SARA competition during the Spring Season. He’s been on top of the Sportsman Street Stock standings all season with three victories, and he’s dominated the Pro Late Model division as well with a commanding lead in the points with five wins as well. But his stiffest competition has been in the Super Late Model division where Ty Spearman has been on his heels throughout [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Ciao Monza!

by Scott Smith on April 6th, 2015

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Scott Smith Trucks Monza1 (2)

Week 3, of Season 2, saw the iRacing’s version of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series travel to Italy, to do virtual battle on the high-banks of the famed Autodromo Nazionale Monza.  The racetrack has seen the very best of open-wheel racing since its inception in 1922, and still hosts the Italian Grand Prix for the mighty Formula One racers.  The circuit was revamped in 1954 and a new 2.641-mile high-speed oval (with what the Italians like to refer to as “sopraelevata curves”) was born.  The last race to be run on the oval was in 1969.  Until late last year, the track sat as a barren wasteland of cracked asphalt and overgrown weeds until the good people at iRacing scanned it as part of their digital recreation of the [...]

Gooden Doubles-Up

by Cam Stark on April 6th, 2015

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Gooden slides past to take first place.

Barber Motorsports Park; one of the most underrated tracks in the world. It may be a short 2.38 mile circuit, but this certainly doesn’t take away the challenge it poses to drivers. The 16 turn circuit features a vast array of gradient changes along with a flurry of quick and slow speed sections. The Verizon IndyCar Series is the most high profile series (to date) which takes on the challenge of this Alabama track; but today it’s a chance for the iRacing Pro Mazda drivers to take on the challenge in an attempt to be victorious. Justin Brunner secured pole position for the 20 lap race with a 1.19.485. Joining him on the front row would be last week’s winner – who I’m sure would be trying to double up [...]

Making His Fortune

by David Phillips on April 3rd, 2015

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Mitchell deJong 2a

One of the most-used words in Mitchell deJong’s vocabulary is “fortunately.”   Indeed, just about every time he discusses some aspect of his burgeoning career as a race driver he employs some variation of the word. While there’s no doubt fortune has smiled on the 17 year old Californian, his accomplishments to date suggest he makes his own luck.  After winning nine karting and off road championships between the ages of 10 and 16, deJong entered Global Rallycross Lite competition in 2013 with backing from Red Bull and copped a silver medal in the X Games of Los Angeles.  Not content with becoming the youngest driver to win an X Games medallion, he captured the gold medal in the X Games of Austin even as he was winning six of eight [...]

The Bright Side of Martinsville

by Jake Hayes on April 3rd, 2015

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A small miscalculation turns a top five into P11 . . .

Week 5 of the 2015 NASCAR iRacing season takes us to one of my favorite tracks: Martinsville Speedway. Martinsville is a track where I’ve had great success including an NIS win, so I always circle this date on my calender in the preseason. Like last week, I always have high expectations at tracks where I’ve had great success. Despite the recent rule changes to these cars, the way you drive short tracks remains largely the same as they are not as aero dependent as the large tracks. With that said, I already knew what I was getting into heading into my first few laps at Martinsville. I aimed to make my setup this week as tight as I could while still having good rotation. This is because at Martinsville your [...]

Kelly Conquers Donington; McMullen Channels Lowndes

by Paul Slavonik on April 3rd, 2015

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Week 2 of the 2015 V8 Supercars Americas series started off with a bang…and a screech. Throughout its history, Donington Park Racing Circuit has become well known for the memorable and historic battles which have taken place there. From the 1993 European Grand Prix which saw Ayrton Senna win a dominating race by over a minute to the first two World Touring Car Championship events hosted there in 2011 which were both won by four-time WTCC champion, Yvan Muller, Donington has become synonymous with great racing. It should come as no surprise then that the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Americas series picked-up where those legends left off for their main event on Friday at 9:15pm CST. Broadcast and commented by JD Smith, Kane Kraft and Jim Davey of V8s Online, Week [...]