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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.

iRacer Profile – Blake Townend

by David Phillips on March 31st, 2012

motorsport simulations

If Blake Townend’s name seems familiar, it’s with good reason.  A past Star Mazda, Solstice Cup and double England Club champion, the resident of Milton Keynes (UK) has been a top iRacer since joining the service in early 2009.  So much so that he carries an A-license to the ovals and a coveted-Pro license to the road courses where, among other things, he’s been a regular competitor in the Grand Prix Series World Championship from the get-go.  Although he didn’t figure prominently in the 2010 edition of the WDC, last year saw him fall just three points shy of the top ten in the overall championship.  Although he didn’t get off to the best of starts this year, with a DNQ at Watkins Glen and a P21 in round [...]

In Good Company

by David Phillips on March 30th, 2012

video games

If a company can be judged by the quality and breadth of its partnerships, then qualifies as the bluest of blue chip companies.  The world’s foremost online auto racing simulation service, iRacing’s partners include sanctioning bodies like NASCAR and IndyCar, race car manufacturers Dallara and Williams, automotive giants Ford, General Motors, Mazda and Volkswagen and more than four dozen race tracks worldwide including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps and Suzuka, together with the International Speedway Corporation (including Daytona International Speedway), Speedway Motorsports Inc. (including Charlotte Motor Speedway), the Panoz Motorsports Group (including Sebring International Raceway) and MotorSport Vision (including Brands Hatch). iRacing’s partners blanket a spectrum of automotive and motorsports organizations, who share an appreciation for iRacing’s cutting-edge technology and commitment to providing its 35,000 members with an [...]

Two Legs Up

by David Phillips on March 30th, 2012

Rubens Barrichello

By any measure, Rubens Barrichello had a rough introduction to the IZOD IndyCar Series at St. Petersburg.  As if making his IndyCar debut on an unfamiliar street circuit wasn’t challenge enough, the Formula One veteran played catch-up most of the weekend after his Dallara-Chevrolet was sidelined by mechanical problems in the opening practice session.   Nevertheless, he was positioned for a top ten finish only to run out of fuel in the final laps of the race. Barrichello is looking for better results in Round Two of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park.  With good reason:  He already has a couple of legs-up compared to last weekend.  Sure, he and the KV Racing Technology team tested at the 2.38 mile road course a few weeks ago.  Thanks [...]

iRacing to Build Virtual RUF RT12R

by David Phillips on March 29th, 2012

motorsport simulations, the world’s foremost online motorsport simulation service, today announced plans to add the RUF RT12R to its lineup of virtual race cars and high performance automobiles.  Manufactured by RUF Automobile GmbH, the RT12R is among the world’s very fastest production automobiles. “We’re excited to offer the RUF RT12R to iRacers around the world,” says Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Producer, Motorsport Simulation, LLC.  “We’re proud of the assortment of virtual race cars we have available, but iRacers have made it clear they also want high-performance, exotic automobiles in our service.  The RUF RT12R certainly fits the bill.  It’s a superb piece of automotive sculpture, with performance that is nothing short of breathtaking.” At the heart of the RUF’s performance is a 3.8 liter, twin-turbo, flat six engine [...]

Paquette Prime at Thompson

by Tim Terry on March 29th, 2012

Loose is fast . . . just ask Paquette!

Maxime Paquette has placed his bid for a late season push to the 2012 Season One NASCAR Late Model Series (NiLMS) title after a strong showing during Week 8 action at the Thompson International Speedway. Over 700 sim racers hauled to the virtual Connecticut race track to showcase their short track skills on the high banks and when all the dust settled, it was St-Cesaire, QC’s Paquette who ended up on top of the weekly standings. Paquette scored two wins in three starts at Thompson, with his top win coming on March 24th during a 3018 strength of field (sof) race. One lead change transpired in the 50 lap online race when Paquette, who started third, took the lead from outside pole sitter Chase Raudman with 11 to go. [...]

Neck and Neck at MIS

by Jameson Spies on March 29th, 2012

The Irish Hills smiled on the Class A racers at MIS in Week 8.

The Irish Hills of Michigan always provide the NASCAR Class A Series with some of the most aggressive online racing of the season. Week 8 was no exception as 714 sim racers took to the white knuckle, 200mph racing that the high banks of Michigan International Speedway has to offer. Multiple groove racing is common at MIS, so a setup that allows you to adjust your line throughout the event is key to running up front. Another week of big point totals, and our Division One championships contenders running neck and neck. Leading the way however was former NASCAR Pro Series (NiPS) driver Jeremy Thornton with 353 big points. This is a huge deal for Thornton who is currently on the bubble in locking himself in to the [...]

Missed opportunities at VIR

by Ed Sutcliff and Les Turner on March 29th, 2012


Having survived the thrills of last week’s race at Zandvoort, members of the Red Sox Racing League returned to the United States for week eleven of the 2012 Season One schedule where the rolling hills of the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) hosted the 18 lap “Oak Tree Tavern 30 at VIR Full”. VIR has been hosting races since 1957.  It features a 3.27 mile, 17 corner layout which can exhaust even the most seasoned road course drivers.  Texas native and winner of the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans, Carroll Shelby described VIR this way.  “One lap at VIR is like a hundred at Watkins Glen”.  RSR drivers would likely agree with that assessment, as many learned the hard way that 50+ years of racing have not tamed the track.  [...]

Dell’Orco, Reip, Stergio Score at Okayama

by Teemu Iivonen & Simon Cattell on March 29th, 2012


The Okayama International Circuit (aka TI Circuit Aida between 1992-2004) was the host for the eight week of the Grand Prix Series. The course was built in 1992 and hosted the Formula One Pacific Grand Prix in 1994 and 1995; both events were won by Michael Schumacher in his early title-winning years. In qualifying Italian Max Dell’Orco would continue on his supreme form as he positioned his Williams-Toyota FW31 on pole position this week ahead of Jake Stergios, the latter would however be absent from Friday’s Strength of Field (SoF) online race. Starting next to Dell’Orco on the front-row would be Australian Danny Davidson followed by Ryan Terpstra. As the race got underway, there would be a big shuffle in the positions as Terpstra got off to a flying [...]

Engelhart Brings Heat in Bristol

by Tim Terry on March 29th, 2012

Engelhart Brings Heat in Bristol

Former NASCAR Tour Modified Series (NiTMS) champion Herb Engelhart made his presence known during Week Eight of the 2012 Season One campaign as he rocketed to the top of the weekly standings at Bristol Motor Speedway. Engelhart, who has been running a scaled back online racing schedule this season, topped 106 other sim racers in his effort to take the top spot in “Thunder Valley.” Engelhart’s triumph of the week came on March 22nd when he went to victory lane in the 100-lap feature on the high banks. Engelhart started third in the field and led 29 laps en route to the win. The race featured five cautions and five lead changes amongst five leaders. Only the top three finished on the lead lap with Richard Smith5 and Derrick [...]

Hauck Tops at MIS

by Allen Krier on March 28th, 2012

Hauck Tops at MIS

Week Eight of Season One 2012 saw the NASCAR Class B Series travel to one of the longest ovals in the US of A.  A two mile, high-banked oval located in Cambridge Township, Michigan International Speedway is known for very high speeds as well as exciting racing. During the week, 903 sim racers entered at least one online race while 288 of them turned one or more qualifying laps. Thursday’s SoF race took place at 8:30pm EST and had 25 drivers make the race. Phil Juhring (New Jersey) continued his hot streak as he qualified on the pole for the race but was quickly passed by Brandon Hauck (Eastern Canada), who started in second. Hauck would dominate the race, leading 83 of the 90 laps in route to the [...]

Hindman Steals Class C Spotlight

by Tim Terry on March 28th, 2012

Made in the shade. . . . Hightower edged Coleman by a coat (or two) of paint at MIS.

Heath Hindman has turned the NASCAR Class C Series into his own personal playground in the past two weeks. While other sim racers racked-up wins and top finishes at Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway, Hindman had the point picture in mind as he rocketed up to the top of the standings after the eighthh round of 2012 Season One. Hindman’s Week Seven triumph came on March 17th during a 3499 strength of field (sof) race at Pocono. Hindman led 15 of the 50 laps of the race after starting in 12th place and finished two seconds up on Craig Jernigan at the finish. Mark Wright was third, followed by Tony Monge and Richard Hillenburg. Mason Weitzel started on the pole and led four laps before falling to 15th [...]

Ou Spins and Wins

by Tim Doyle on March 27th, 2012

Ou and Doyle lead the field to the green at PIR.

The 2012 Season 1 IZOD IndyCar season came to Phoenix International Raceway for Week 8, two thirds of the way through the schedule.  Thirty sim racers made the haul to the Valley of the Sun, making the top split online race a 15 car field.  With the top seven positions less than 90 points apart coming into PIR, points were at a premium for those involved. In qualifying, it was Yang Ou grabbing his fourth pole position with a 20.560s lap.  Just behind in second place was Chris Cahoe, turning a 20.571s lap.  Third went to Tim Doyle (20.597s) with Chris Manifold fourth (20.626s) and Michael Peters (20.668s) rounding-out the top five. At the drop of the green flag, Ou rocketed to the lead with Doyle able to follow along [...]

Luis Wins Intel GT Series World Finals

by David Phillips on March 26th, 2012

Luis (left) leads ? and the rest of the field to the green flag.  This would be as close as anyone came to Luis for the next 30 minutes.

In a manner befitting an iRacing World Champion, Brazil’s Hugo Luis dominated Saturday’s Intel GT Series World Finals, leading every lap of the 30 minute race at Circuit de Spa Francorchamps to bring his HPD-ARX01c home in first place.   Winner of the 2011 Grand Prix Series World Championship, Luis took the checkered flag 5.67s ahead of South Africa’s Zaahir A. Essa, with Yuho Abe of Japan finishing another second in arrears to complete a podium worthy of the Intel GT World Finals title. Luis, who also set fastest lap of the race on his final tour of the virtual 4.35 mile circuit, will receive a complete custom Intel gaming computer valued at $3600.  Runner-up Essa will receive an Intel SSD drive while Abe secured an Intel i5 processor and [...]

Cadillac CTS-V is a Winner

by David Phillips on March 26th, 2012

motorsport simulations

Last month, iRacing and Cadillac announced plans to build a virtual version of the Cadillac CTS-V for release in late spring of this year.  Last weekend, the Cadillac CTS-V scored its first win of the season in the opening round of the Sports Car Club of America’s 2012 Pirelli World Challenge.  Following an official review of Saturday’s race in the Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg, SCCA Pro Racing officials awarded first place to Johnny O’Connell’s Cadillac CTS-V.  Although O’Connell finished second on the road to the Porsche  911 GT3 driven by Lawson Aschenbach, a subsequent review  revealed Aschenbach passed several cars at the scene of a local yellow on the final lap of the 27 lap race.  Aschenbach was assessed a 60s penalty for his actions, promoting O’Connell’s [...]

Conover, Lambert Bid for Late Model Title

by Tim Terry on March 26th, 2012

More than 800 iRacers answered the challenges of running their Late Models at Iowa Speedway.

With the second half of the 2012 Season One NASCAR Late Model Series (NiLMS) campaign underway, championship contenders are beginning to emerge as the push is on to put together the best eight weeks to tally up to a title. Jeff Conover, an iRacing Late Model veteran and Mark Lambert, who has lit the lamp many times early in the season, have put in their bids to become the champ with their recent weekly wins during Rounds Six and Seven at the Iowa and Concord Speedways, respectively.  Hundreds of sim racers came-out over the past two weeks to run at the two unique short tracks with the ultimate goal in mind – to take a checkered flag in iRacing’s most competitive short track series. Conover’s winning total for the [...]

Remembering the Roots of Being a Motorsport Fan

by Chris Hall on March 25th, 2012

Audi - first on the track and first in the hearts of the Turn 10 fans.

For the past seven years I’ve worked in the motorsport industry as a reporter, and in that time, I’ve enjoyed the comforts of free coffee, clean toilets and air conditioned media centres at circuits all over the world. As a result, I (and I feel my peers), have lost touch with what it’s like to actually be a race fan. Certainly, working in media means getting up-to-the-minute information and news that is digested, then delivered to race fans in a coherent manner; but it also means, losing the essence of what being a follower of motorsport is all about. Let’s not forget, it’s the paying fans who help to bring the money into the sport, via entry fees and sundry purchases, plus they are the key component of bringing a [...]

iRacer Profile – Mogar D. Gomes Filho

by David Phillips on March 24th, 2012

motorsport simulations

When the lights go green for the Intel GT Series World Finals on Saturday at Spa, Mogar D. Gomes Filho will be one 32 of the world’s top sim racers (including seven fellow-Brazilians) battling for first place — and the custom Intel gaming computer that goes with it.  Not bad for a guy who doesn’t even count the featured HPD-ARX01c among his favorite iRacing cars . . . although Spa IS his favorite circuit. Then again the Sao Paulo-based electronics engineer has very catholic tastes when it comes to sim racing.  He’s become a force in the (relatively) under-powered SpecRacer Ford class of the inRacingNews Challenge, currently leading the overall SRF standings with 14 wins in 19 starts so far this season after placing P3 in 2011 Season 4.  At [...]

Go West Young Men

by Chris Cunningham on March 23rd, 2012

Aranha was flawless (again) at Laguna Seca, but Williams has joined him atop the standings after two weeks of action.

After a brief spring break, the Skip Barber Racing School Premier Series headed over to the west coast for Week 2 action at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Laguna Seca, known famously for its Corkscrew turn, provided excitement for drivers on the virtual circuit. Some new faces made their presence known during Week 2, as well as the contenders who elected not to drop Week 1 of the series championship. Last week, for Christian Aranha went undefeated in his two starts. His good fortune allowed him to have a repeat performance at Laguna Seca, but a high strength of field race win enabled Grand Prix World Championship Series regular David Williams to join Aranha atop the overall standings. The first race of week two (2:00 GMT) saw three splits [...]

Wild night at Zandvoort

by Ed Sutcliff and Les Turner on March 23rd, 2012


Eager to test their skills at one of the world’s most challenging road courses, eighteen members of the Red Sox Racing league traveled to Zandvoort Netherlands during week ten of the 2012 Season One schedule.  Circuit Park Zandvoort played host to the “Nederlandse Automobiel 30 Zandvoort GP”, a 20 lap shootout which produced the 2nd closest road course finish in RSR history. The track’s 2.67 mile, 13 corner layout has been the site of the Dutch Grand Prix between 1952 and 1985.  It includes a long straight along the front stretch which funnels drivers into a banked 180 degree turn appropriately named “Tarzan”.  The U-turn leads to a series of difficult tight, medium, and high-speed corners leading back to the main grandstands.  A loss of focus at any point on [...]

Finesse and Force

by Jameson Spies on March 22nd, 2012

Multi-groove racing was the norm at Bristol Motor Speedway in Week 7.

Driving finesse combined with brute force as the NASCAR Class A Series made a trip to “Thunder Valley” for Week Seven of their twelve week season. Just as with their physical world counterparts, multiple groove racing was the theme for the NASCAR sim racers at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 750+ horsepower Chevrolet Impalas could run from the edge of the apron to the safer barrier — and anywhere in between. With that being said, it is still a half mile, high banked bullring, where racing real-estate is always at a premium. A new name emerged atop the NiCAS pylon this week, that being Dylan Duval. Duval is no stranger to scoring huge amounts of points in some lower divisions, but he is now putting a stamp on the NiCAS.  [...]