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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, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • 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 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

    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 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

    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 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

    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 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.

Jake Stergios Takes GP Series Title

by Teemu Iivonen on January 31st, 2012

The sight of Stergios disappearing in to the horizon was a common one during the season.

The fastest, most challenging, most exciting road racing series on the iRacing service, the Grand Prix Series features the Williams-Toyota FW31 on many of the world’s most fabled and demanding circuits. With its seven speed, semi-automatic, seamless-shift transmission, state-of-the-art aerodynamics honed by the AT&T Williams wind tunnel program and a 2.4 liter Toyota RV8 engine, the Williams-Toyota FW31 is the fastest and most technically advanced car in the iRacing stable of online racing cars. The Season 4 2011 Grand Prix Series would see 289 drivers start a race during the 12-week long season. After finishing second to Andre Boettcher in Season 3, Jake Stergios (New England) was back again to compete for the top step of the podium. The season finale would be held at the well-known Silverstone Circuit.   [...]

No Shortage of 2011 Season 4 Champions

by David Phillips on January 30th, 2012

The site of Hulbert disappearing up the road was common in the Radical Racing Challenge.

iRacers never like to give up a good thing, which goes a long way toward explaining why Season 4 of 2011 didn’t conclude until 23:59 GMT on January 23, 2012 . . .  Not only can we look forward to the start of 2012 Season 1, we can take a final look in the rear view mirrors at the season just past and celebrate the achievements of iRacing’s most successful and prolific sim racers. Kalle Ruokola certainly qualifies on both counts.  He bested Yoeri Gijsen and Rami Kaukola to capture the Time Trial (TT) honors in the Corvette Class of the iRacing Prototype and GT Challenge (Fixed), and collected no fewer than four runner-up finishes in everything from Classic Lotus Grand Prix TT (behind Mark Mullineaux and ahead of David [...]

Salvatore Seals Second Tour Mod Title

by Tim Terry on January 30th, 2012

Your 2011 Season 4 NASCAR Tour Modified Series champion: Brandon Salvatore.

Brandon Salvatore completed a feat in the 2011 Season Four that no other iRacer has done before.   The Georgia sim racer became the first driver in the history of iRacing to go back-to-back as champion in the NASCAR Tour Modified Series (NiTMS), and the first to win two championships in the six season history of the series. Salvatore sealed the deal at Thompson International Speedway by topping 77 other sim racers who took the green flag on the Connecticut high banks. Salvatore went to victory lane during Thursday’s 3834 Strength of Field (SoF) race in his final start of the season, leading every one of the race’s 125 laps. Former series champion Herb Engelhart was second, followed by Kevin Walker, Ray Farlow and Samuel Dick. One caution slowed the [...]

Gary W Clark Memorial Race

by Ed Sutcliff and Les Turner on January 30th, 2012


Members of the Red Sox Racing League honored former league member Gary W. Clark during week three of the 2012 RSR multi-class racing schedule.  League administrators dedicated the event, the “Gary W Clark Memorial 30 at Silverstone GP” in Clark’s honor after learning he had died in Knoxville, Tennessee on January 7th.  Clark was only 53 years old at the time of his death. Competitors who knew him from past RSR seasons recalled Clark as an upbeat person who was a consummate gentleman on the track.  “Clark was a classy guy who made sim racing fun”, said RSR members Jeff Thomas and Les Turner. The race was held at the Silverstone Grand Prix track in Towcester, Northamptonshire in the United Kingdom.  RSR drivers are very familiar with the track, having [...]

iRacers Take Rolex 24

by David Phillips on January 30th, 2012

Wilson, Negri, Pew and Allmendinger celebrate their victory in the Golden Anniversary edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Congratulations to iRacers AJ Allmendinger, John Pew and Justin Wilson who, together with Mike Shank Racing co-driver Oswaldo Negri, captured the 2012 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in their Ford-Riley.  Allmendinger took the lead for the final time on Lap 692 and led the final 69 laps of the 50th running of the race to take the win 5.198s ahead of the second place finisher – also a Ford-Riley – piloted by Ryan Dalziel, Lucas Lohr, Allan McNish, Alex Popow and Miguel Potolicchio.   A third Ford-Riley, driven by Jorge Goncalvez, Michael McDowell, Felipe Nasr and Gustavo Yacaman finished on the lead lap in third place to give veteran team owner Shank two cars on the victory podium. Photo: Dave Moulthrop

Hulbert Claims Radical Racing Challenge Crown

by Katier Scott on January 29th, 2012

Hulbert Claims Radical Racing Challenge Crown

VIR Grand East Tops 2012 Season 1 Schedule Following Successful 2011 Season 4 In a Radical Racing Challenges series that would seem to be appropriately named, the drivers of the Class C Radical sports car look forward to a schedule in 2012 Season 1 that includes circuits as diverse as Virginia International Raceway and the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  And if the just completed 2011 Season 4 – which saw over 750 sim racers take part in the series – is any barometer, the fierce competition and exciting blend of tracks will draw even more drivers to this Class C road series. 2011 Season 4 saw Simon Hulbert bring home the overall honours with a dominant performance that placed him ahead Frank Winter and Xavier Busoms. Maurice Dietzel did a superb [...]

iRacer Profile – Dylan Sharman

by David Phillips on January 28th, 2012

motorsport simulations

Call him “Dillman” or “Sharmanator” or just plain Dylan, 19 year old Dylan Sharman is certainly a leading candidate for the title of “King of SK Modifieds.  After all the resident of Nuriootpa, South Australia has nearly 50 SK Modified wins to his credit in the past three seasons – and the 2011 Season 3 and 4 championships.  He slipped a little in Season 4, finishing second to Rusty Greer despite taking 19 wins in 21 starts. But Sharman is more than an SK Mod specialist.  In recent weeks he’s won races in everything from the HPD-ARX01c to the Mazda MX-5 Cup and Class A Impala.  And as his spectacular screen shots attest, the steering wheel, throttle and brake pedals are not the only sim racing tools he’s mastered. Q:   [...]

World Cup of iRacing in High Gear

January 27th, 2012

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The third annual World Cup of iRacing shifts into high gear this weekend with Saturday’s Regional Annual Club Championship (RACC) Finals and the World Cup Final on Sunday. 25 of iRacing’s 38 geographical clubs qualified for the World Cup of iRacing tournament, which began on Tuesday with the RACC Runoffs consisting of road course competition at Spa-Francorchamps in Star Mazdas and oval track competition at Michigan International Speedway in Chevrolet Silverados. Although two-time World Cup of iRacing champions DE-AT-CH (Germany-Austria-Switzerland) must rate as the favorites, there are two dozen clubs – and hundreds of iRacers – who would like nothing better than to deny the club’s bid for a “three-peat” with a World Cup of their own. The weekend’s schedule is as follows: RACC Final – Saturday Jan 28 Oval: [...]

RSR Round 2 at Road America

by Ed Sutcliff and Les Turner on January 27th, 2012


Members of the Red Sox Racing League traveled to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for the league’s second multi-class race of 2012, “The Kettle Moraine 30 at Road America”.  Family, friends, and fans enjoyed the beautiful countryside and attractions near the challenging road course while twenty-four RSR drivers practiced for the race.  The track has three long straight sections broken up by several tight turns and high speed corners along a 4.048 mile layout.  The track first opened in 1955 and is one of the few road courses in the world which has not changed its original layout.     Week one of the RSR multi-class experiment saw six drivers retire early from the Watkins Glen race as a result of damage.  In what was probably the most incident filled race in RSR [...]

Paquette Dethrones Ottinger

by Allen Krier on January 26th, 2012


Week 12 of the Street Stock Series saw sim racers travel to Oxford Plains Speedway for the final week of the season and the crowning of the 2011 Season 4 champion. Many drivers started-off the season with the goal of dethroning three time series champion Nick Ottinger (Carolina) but only one driver was able to make it happen. Maxime Paquette (Eastern Canada) was the one who came out on top when all was said and done. Weekly Standings With a season championship within his reach, Paquette set fire to Oxford Plains. In two races, Paquette won both while leading 81 of 100 laps and netting the most points of the online racing week with 185. Cole Anderson (Midwest) finished the final week of the season by also winning both [...]

Double Vision – Again

January 26th, 2012

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The final weeks of the 2011 Season 4 inRacingNews Challenge saw the mixed class (SpecRacer Fords and Pontiac Solstices) visit three very different circuits:  the short course configuration at Summit Point Raceway, Charlotte Motor Speedway’s “r-oval” road course and Okayama International’s  long course.  Long or short, r-oval or pure road circuit, Michael Booth and Gabriel Tobar proved unbeatable as they swept to the Solstice and SRF titles, respectively . . . again (in Booth’s case, his second straight title, while Tobar took his third SRF crown in the past four seasons). Week 10 of the inRacingNews Challenge season headed to West Virginia and Summit Point Raceway, marking the fourth and final visit of the season to the series’ de facto home track, and one of precious few opportunities for the [...]

World Championship Fields Finalized

by David Phillips on January 26th, 2012


The fields for iRacing’s twin 2012 World Championships were finalized last week with the completion of the 2011 NASCAR Pro Series (NiPS) and the 2011 Pro Series Road Racing (iPSRR). The top 25 finishers in each of the Pro series secured berths in the upcoming NASCAR Series World Championship (NiSWC) and World Championship Grand Prix Series (iWCGPS).  Beginning in February, they will join the top 25 finishers from last year’s NiSWC and iWCGPS in battling for the top prizes in online racing and the World Championship titles. The 2012 NASCAR Series World Championship kicks-off on February 21 at Daytona International Speedway and will feature a 17 race schedule mirroring that of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup.  Defending champion Ray Alfalla will lead a field of [...]

Warren Edges Buchberger for Truck Title

by Tim Terry on January 25th, 2012

Nearly 900 sim racers journeyed to Thunder Valley for the final week of the 2011 NiCCS.

2011 NiSWC champion Adds NASCAR Class C Series Crown to His Trophy Case In the span of seven days, Alex Warren went from winning the NASCAR Pro Series championship to having to battle fellow Pro pilot Brandon Buchberger down to the wire in the NASCAR iRacing Class C Series (NiCCS). The duel was just that, close enough that it came down to the final laps of the season and when the points were tallied, it was Warren and his Core Pipe/ sponsored team who came out on top after the grueling twelve week season – by one point. Week Eleven saw the series convene at the Tricky Triangle, formally known as Pocono Raceway. Warren finished atop the standings for the week and gained 13 points on his nearest [...]

Spindel Takes Pro Series Finale at Suzuka

by Chris Hall on January 24th, 2012

Spindel survived a topsy-turvy 53 laps to score his first iPSRR win at Suzuka in the series finale.

In a breathtaking 53 laps around the virtual Suzuka International circuit, Emil Spindel held-off the advances of newly-crowned champion Atze Kerkhof to take his first victory in the Pro Series Road Racing (iPSRR). As the lights went green on the twelfth and final race of the season, CST Ajira’s Spindel saw his pole-position advantage immediately evaporate, as Martin Krönke in the My3id Williams-Toyota FW31grabbed maximum traction off the line to lead the field into Turn One. Also making a good start was Kerkhof, who forced his Team Redline entry beneath Spindel as the pair entered the first corner.  However, contact between the duo whilst heading to Turn Two sent the series champion sliding across the track and down to fifth position. With a clear track ahead, Krönke set about [...]

McLeod Wins Battle, Loses War

by Patrick Atherton on January 24th, 2012


MADISON DOWN THE SERIES CHAMP AGAIN Just to add a little spice to the already-hot iRacing V8 Supercar Series finale, series points leader Madison Down was unable to front for the maximum points Monday Night Showdown at Road Atlanta due to pressing travel arrangements. While some would argue that it detracted from the event, leaving the series destiny at the mercy of an SOF points variable, it also meant that Mitchell McLeod and Rens Broekman, both trailing Down, would have a genuine shot at series victory. At the very least, the points gap would be minimal. Broekman drew first blood with pole position by a tenth of a second, which is a country mile in this series. McLeod put the Falcon on the front row. Mick Claridge made a [...]

Burris Best at Bristol

by Tim Terry on January 23rd, 2012

Burris Best at Bristol

Kevin Burris edged one step closer to the 2011 Season Four Late Model Tour (iLMT) title during Round 11 as he took the overall victory at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Over 700 sim racers took to the high banks in the popular short track car over the seven day span to test their luck and skill against the best on the iRacing service but, in the end, it was the point leader edging-out the weekly victory. Burris’ victory came during Thursday’s 2840 Strength of Field (SoF) race in which he led 18 laps from the pole position. He edged Trey Jarrell by under two tenths of a second for a victory with Alex Ciambrone, Aaron Easler and Gary Dawson completing the top five. Jarrell led 32 laps in the [...]

iRacer Profile: Joni Hagner

by David Phillips on January 21st, 2012

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It would come as no surprise if Finland’s Joni Hagner were to stop into his local tattoo parlor for some bow-tie “ink.”  After all, he’s pretty much a Chevrolet kind of guy when it comes to iRacing.  A fixture in the top ten of the Corvette class of the Prototype and GT Challenge (Fixed and Open), he’s got his first championship in sight heading into the final weekend of 2011 Season 4, holding a narrow edge on Fernando Pento in the Fixed Set-up series.  He’s also piloted his ‘Vette to the runner-up spot behind countryman Teemu Vuolle in the Open Set-up series. And Hagner is a very respectable P31 in Division 2 of the NASCAR Class A standings in, what else, a Chevrolet Impala. In truth, Hagner’s not so [...]

Multi-Class racing comes to RSR

by Ed Sutcliff and Les Turner on January 20th, 2012


After much discussion, multi-class racing has finally been embraced by the Red Sox Racing League (RSR).  The change in format means that beginning in Season One of the RSR 2012 calendar, league members have the opportunity to participate in some of the most exciting online racing available.  The decision to include fixed setup multi-class racing wasn’t an easy one as league administrators had to struggle with the challenge of designing competitive setups for two different vehicles while ensuring their league points system could handle the new format.   RSR settled on two of the fastest cars in the iRacing stable for use in the multi-class events.  First up was the Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-01C as the Class A vehicle.  The Chevrolet Corvette C6R was chosen as the Class B [...]

Daley Sails to New Smyrna Win

by Tim Terry on January 20th, 2012

Daley battles Hightower (20), O'Keefe and Danny Hanson (32) on the way to his win at New Smyrna.

Byron Daley reversed what has been a streak of bad races for the #91 Chevrolet team in the Truck Series in a big way Thursday night by taking the victory in the JDR Graphics 125 at the New Smyrna Speedway. Daley, who came within a half straightaway of winning the JDR Graphics 100 at Iowa Speedway last week, passed Jordan Hightower on the outside on the final restart with five laps to go. Third place in the JDR Graphics 125 belonged to Kenneth OKeefe while Danny Hansen and Brandon Kettelle rumbled home to complete the top five. The race was a slugfest for the sim racers in the Truck Series as 16 yellow flag periods slowed the pace of the online race, which took only one hour [...]