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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.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, 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 Corey's aunt!

  • 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.

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

    I've been sim racing since 2011 when I joined iRacing. I've jumped to many different sims, including rFactor, Richard Burns Rally, and the famous NASCAR Racing 2003. I picked up a copy of NR2003 with my birthday money when I was only 9, but was limited to a keyboard and a controller. After reciving a G25 for Christmas in '11, I've loved sim racing and the community iRacing has. I hope to end up writing for a car magazine or website in the near future, and intend on attending university to accomplish that.
    Aside from my career in sim racing and the real world, I hope to have my own small, yet functional race team soon with the purchace of a go kart. Since I'm currently residing in Maryland, I don't have a wide range of racing to choose from. My only options on a small budget are drag racing or kart racing. After the completion of my senior year in high school next year, I hope that inRacing News and other affiliates will help my dreams of writing for Road & Track become a reality!

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

    Marc Dorval has been a dedicated but talentless iRacer since 2009. Currently hanging out near the back of the Lotus 79 pack, he nonetheless contributes to the community through posts, statistics, and a weekly recap on the main events of the Lotus 79 series.
    Outside of iRacing, Marc is married with two grown-up children, loves Jaguar cars, and runs an IT consulting practice.

  • 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.

  • Ray 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.

  • 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.

  • Tom O'Leary
    author

    Tom is an 18-year old student from London, UK. Tom started sim-racing quite recently, although his passion for motorsport started at an early age, watching BTCC since the late 90s. Tom has since then expanded his interests in motorsport, watching Le Mans 24hr (and endurance racing as a whole) as well as the DTM, F1, and since starting to write about the NASCAR iRacing Series - NASCAR!

    Tom appeared on the sim-racing scene by trying out rFactor, rFactor 2 and then iRacing - where he spends most of his time racing in the Star Mazda Series where he has claimed third and then second overall in the two full seasons he has competed. On the oval side, Tom has completed a few races in the NASCAR Class C (Fixed) although he most enjoys the road side. Tom is an active member of Friction Racing, a team which focuses on the Star Mazda and the Williams-Toyota FW31, with the aim of reaching the Pro Series - and the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.

    In his personal life, Tom spend time with his girlfriend (they have been together for two years) and likes a variety of games and has started to livestream his races/gameplay on Twitch, to give an insight to his approach to racing and gaming.

  • 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.

Radical Changes in Store

by Katier Scott on October 31st, 2012

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Nimble and forgiving, the SR8 is well-suited to the decidedly UN-forgiving Oulton Park.

This week marks the start of iRacing’s 2012 Season 4 and hidden amongst the anticipation of new cars and tracks is the fact that a third ’7 day a week’ series is now available for road drivers at the ‘C’ class level. The SR8 Radical is one of those cars which has suffered more than most from changes to the physics; but moving into Season 4 the stalwarts of the series are excited at the possibility of challenging the Star Mazda on a level playing field. The Radical is now widely regarded by those who drive it alongside other road cars as one of the most exciting and fun cars to drive on the iRacing service. It’s a car with plenty of power in the form of a 360bhp, motorbike [...]

The New Build Is Here

by David Phillips on October 31st, 2012

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iRacing is excited to release yet another feature, function and content update to the service as it does every 90 days.   The constant updates are unique in the industry and we hope you enjoy the latest update as our standard Season 4 racing season is set to start. This build was a big one for us as some massive architectural changes were completed including allowing for 64 bit computing and touch screen capabilities as well as the foundation for what we are calling Team Racing.  From a members perspective – for now — you will notice the new spotter functionality and new radio and scanner features as the start of the overall team functionality in this build.  More will continue to roll out in the future. These large architectural changes [...]

Laughton Takes NiPS Season Opener

by Jason Lofing on October 31st, 2012

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Laughton (26) and Downs (97) traded the lead over the last third of the NiPS opener at Daytona before Laughton took the win.

had Laughton used strategy — and a little luck — to win the 2012 NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway. While most of their rivals had to pit twice under green in order to have enough fuel to go the distance, Laughton and drafting partner Carson Downs only needed one trip to pit road. The two combined to lead most of the last third of the online race, building a lead of more than four seconds over Jeremy Allen and Josh Berry. It looked as if Laughton and Downs were going to decide the race in a photo finish, but the caution flew with five laps remaining just as Laughton passed Downs for the lead, and the race ended under yellow. It was so close that [...]

iRacing.com Offers ½ Off for New Members

by Kevin Bobbitt on October 31st, 2012

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New Tracks and Lotus 49 to Debut in Late October iRacing.com is offering a special 50% discount to all new members of the world’s foremost online motorsports simulation service. The offer, which runs through November 7, enables new members to experience what PC Gamer ranked “the best racing game of all time” for as little as $6.00. All new members will immediately be able to enjoy unlimited open practice and head-to-head racing with competitors around the world using seven of iRacing’s laser-scanned race tracks and digital replicas of 10 different race cars. Although the ½ off offer expires in November, iRacers new and old will have plenty to look forward to.  In the coming weeks, iRacing plans to release its latest “new” car, the classic Lotus 49 raced by Jim [...]

16th Street Racing League Reborn

by Mike Kitchel on October 30th, 2012

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The 16th Street Racing League roars back into action tonight!

Season Kicks-off Tonight at Homestead The much-anticipated return of the popular iRacing 16th Street Racing League will kick off tonight at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with the 130-lap online race broadcast live on GlacierTV. The 16th Street Racing League burst onto the IndyCar sim racing scene in 2009 and featured participation from real-world IndyCar Series stars like Will Power, Justin Wilson and former Panther Racing driver Tomas Scheckter, amongst many others. Click here to watch tonight’s GlacierTV broadcast from Homestead at 9 pm (ET). After a year-long hiatus 16th Street has returned with much fanfare this year, with over 70 drivers applying for the league’s 35 reserved spots. Interest in the league was so great that officials created a “Transfer Race” that will be held each Tuesday at 8 pm, allowing any [...]

Velkov, Alonso Crowned New iRNC Champions

October 30th, 2012

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Season Three of the 2012 inRacingNews Challenge is now in the books, and in the first year of competition without the Spec Racer Ford class, we’ve crowned two new champions. Pontiac Solstice driver Peter Velkov won that class’s title with 1105 points, over 100 points more than closest competitors and longtime iRNC competitors Niccolo Cedrati, Alessando Fior, and Chris Hughson. Velkov started 59 races, all from pole, and won an impressive 52 of them along the way. He also dominated the time trial standings, posting enough fastest laps to tally a perfect score of 800 points in that category. Cedrati, Fior, and Hughson didn’t make it easy for Velkov, however. Cedrati still won 17 of his 19 starts; Fior took the victory in 11 of 15 races; and Hughson added [...]

Can You Spell S-T-R-E-S-S?

by Nathan Aljoe on October 30th, 2012

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racing games

Reluctantly, I have to admit that it has been a while since my last blog entry, mainly because I’ve recently moved house. It’s common knowledge that moving home is generally recognised as one of the most stressful life events you will ever experience – my move has been no different. However, what I’m surprised to find is that extended broad band disconnection doesn’t even feature as a stressful life event… not even top 100! As you can imagine, I was amazed to be told by a reputable telecommunication service provider (the name of which will not be disclosed to protect the innocent untimely) that I wouldn’t be reconnected for… wait for it… half month! Were they laying a telephone line from the moon to my house or what!? As the [...]

Get to Know: Corey Stockert

by David Ifeguni on October 29th, 2012

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A small sample of CS Designs' work . . .

The iRacer I interviewed this week is probably one of the more well know iRacers, but it may not be for his driving. That doesn’t mean he is bad at driving, it’s just that most of us know him better for other reasons. As we all know, iRacing has a painting booth built into the sim, but sometimes your favorite company or favorite sponsor isn’t available, so this is where this week’s featured iRacer comes in. He is the owner of CS Designs, an iRacing painting company. He has painted hundreds of cars, a majority of them being oval cars like the Sprint Cup car, Nationwide car, Truck, Legends car, Street Stock and many more. This week’s featured iRacer is: Corey Stockert. (You can find a showroom of his paint [...]

Johnson takes Chase lead with win

October 28th, 2012

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Jimmie Johnson jumped back up to the lead of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with his fourth win of the season and his seventh at Martinsville Speedway. The victory puts Johnson two points ahead of Penske’s Brad Keselowski with just three races to go. Johnson got maximum points after a gruelling 500 laps

Espargaro wins, Marquez is champion

October 28th, 2012

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Espargaro wins, Marquez is champion

Pol Espargaro did everything he could by dominating the Phillip Island Moto2 race, but third place for Marc Marquez clinched the world championship for the future Honda MotoGP rider. Marquez only needed two points from the final two rounds to secure the title.

McLaren sure it can still beat Red Bull

October 27th, 2012

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McLaren sure it can still beat Red Bull

McLaren may concede that Red Bull looks like is on its way to championship glory, but it is still adamant that there is a good chance to beat them in races.

Toro Rosso duo play down Korea repeat

October 27th, 2012

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Toro Rosso duo play down Korea repeat

Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne believe it will be hard to repeat the kind of performance they put on in Korea in tomorrow’s Indian Grand Prix. The Italian squad enjoyed one of its strongest races of the season in Korea a fortnight ago when Vergne finished in eighth and Ricciardo in ninth after showing strong race pace. The Australian driver qualified in 15th position for tomorrow’s race and, although he feels a points finish is still on the cards, he reckons the competition will be tougher than at Yeongam

Ferrara fastest at Enna despite crash

October 27th, 2012

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Luigi Ferrara kept Mercedes on top in the second free practice session for the International Superstars Series at Pergusa in Sicily, despite crashing late in the session. With the big horsepower cars dominating thanks to the circuit’s long straights, Ferrara did the majority of his running in the first 15 minutes, before a brief rain shower. It was during that early run that the Roma Racing driver set his fastest time, the 1m44.083s enough to keep him on top until the flag.

Down Takes A Fifth Crown in the UK

by Dylan Sharman on October 26th, 2012

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Down took the lead at the start and cruised to the win -- and the V8 Supercar title.

The final round for the 2012 Season 3 iRacing.com V8 Supercar Championship presented by Bigpond found the drivers heading back to the UK to tackle a challenging track that has hosted the finale for the past few seasons: Brands Hatch. The championship picture saw Madison Down increase his lead to 22 points when he won the first race of the night, while Justin Ruggier took to qualifying to improve his time. In qualifying it was Down taking pole position with a 1:26.688 while Ruggier would start from second with a 1:26.807. The second row of the grid was made up by Tatts.com driver (and Down’s teammate) Mitchell McLeod and DCM driver Richard Hamstead, who announced earlier in the week he would be leaving DCM and for a new team in [...]

Petit Le Mans World Tour

by David Phillips on October 26th, 2012

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Some of the 250+ HPD ARX01Cs to compete in iRacing's Petit Le Mans wail into Turn One at Road Atlanta.

Not long before the Rebellion, Level 5, Oreca, Extreme Speed, IMSA Matmut and Momo race teams sped to class wins (and the Delta Wing once again proved it is in a class of its own) in last weekend’s Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda, some three dozen iRacers experienced the thrill of victory in the World tour of iRacing’s Petit Le Mans.   Featuring the HPD ARX01c, Corvette C6.R and Ford GT, the multi-class extravaganza attracted nearly 500 sim racers from around the world to iRacing’s virtual Road Atlanta, resulting in a dozen splits and (all told) 30 hours of great online racing. HPD winners included Teemu Iivonen, Marco Arcidiacono, Cameron Todd, Paul Radon, Jonathan Auger, Piotr Bogun, Bill Mann, Peter Short, Mike Dellesandro, Josh Hammett, Esa Hietanen and Shemer T [...]

Car issue caused Massa’s spins

October 26th, 2012

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Car issue caused Massa’s spins

An incorrect setting on his Ferrari caused Felipe Massa to struggle with its handling during second practice for the Indian Grand Prix. The Brazilian, who had been seventh quickest in the morning, spun several times during the second session and was unable to set a proper laptime after damaging his tyres. Massa finished down in 15th position, 1.5 seconds off team-mate Fernando Alonso

Joey Brown Leads the NiCAS Charge into NiPS

October 26th, 2012

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iRacing.com Motorsport Simulations

With the NASCAR iRacing.com Class A Series (NiCAS) season coming to an end this past week at Twin Ring Motegi, all questions have been answered and the the field for the NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series (NiPS) has been finalized. Joey Brown asserted himself to the front of the field near the mid season mark, and road the momentum all the way to the end to claim the overall 2012 Season Three NiCAS Championship. Brown leads ten happy Class A licensed drivers that will be promoted to the NiPS for Season Four. Brown scored eight wins and fourteen top fives in his twenty one starts, good enough to claim the title by nearly 200 points. Dustin Montgomery overcame a huge deficit early in the season to finish out in second, while [...]

Mercedes needs ‘substantial’ change

October 26th, 2012

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Mercedes needs ‘substantial’ change

Mercedes boss Ross Brawn admits his team needs a ‘pretty substantial’ car redesign for next year, but insists his outfit will not go radical just for the sake of it. After a season that has failed to live up to early expectations , Brawn is aware of the step that Mercedes must make in 2013 if it is to do better than the pole position and race win it has delivered so far this campaign. But his time in Formula 1 has also taught him that electing to go aggressive with a car concept is no guarantee of success in the future

Turner and Brown win at Spa

by Ed Sutcliff and Andy Feldman on October 25th, 2012

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iRacingSim 2012-10-25 19-33-00-09

Sixteen members of the Red Sox Racing League traveled to the Circuit De Spa GP road course in Belgium for the “Belgium GP at SPA” during week seven of the 2012 Season Three schedule.  The historic track was designed in the early 1920s and follows a triangle shaped route between Francorchamps, Malmedy, and Stavelot.  First laid out by European aristocrats, the scenic route is located in the Ardennes and offers drivers and fans stunning views of the mountain terrain. Defending Class A champion Brad Vincent was unable to make the trip missing his first start of the season.  Likewise, three time Class B winner Paul Hesla pulled out after qualifying when a seat opened up in the iRacing.com Grand Am Sports Car Series.  The rest of the field took full [...]

Dusett Wins NiCBS Championship

October 25th, 2012

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Thompson (17) beats Dusett (5) to the line.

The final week of Season 3 2012 saw the NiCBS travel to Michigan International Speedway, a fast two mile superspeedway located in Brooklyn, Michigan. It was the final week in a 12 week season that saw many drivers race. When it was all said and done, only one driver could finish on top. The final Friday SoF race of the year turned out to be one of the best finishes of the year. The race had a full field of 30 drivers and an SoF of 4867. Dylan Duval (Eastern Canada) started the race on the pole and would lead the first 11 laps before losing the lead to David Cater (Carolina). Cater would lead the next 18 laps before losing his lead. The lead would exchange between four drivers [...]