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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.

McMurray beats Chase drivers to pole

October 24th, 2014

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Jamie McMurray upstaged the Chase contenders to steal pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville. The Ganassi racer was quickest in the opening qualifying round on Friday afternoon, but he needed two laps in the second round to get ahead of early leader Matt Kenseth and secure P1. His 18.954s lap was a new qualifying record on Martinsville’s half-mile layout, but was still only barely enough to prevent Penske’s Joey Logano from beating him in the final minutes. “It’s a good start to our weekend, but the first pitstall here is a really big deal,” McMurray said. “When the team told me the [lap] time I figured it would be tough to beat, although you never know because those Penske cars have been so quick this year.” [...]

Piquet eyes European F3 move

October 24th, 2014

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Brazilian Formula 3 champion Pedro Piquet has tested with top team Carlin as he eyes a move to the F3 European Championship for 2015. The 16-year-old son of three-time world champion Nelson Piquet drove for two days – Thursday and Friday – at Silverstone. While Carlin ran its five Macau Grand Prix entrants in their regular cars, testing set-ups and tyres for the Far East street race, Piquet drove the Dallara-Volkswagen of Ed Jones, who is not competing in Macau. Team boss Trevor Carlin said: “He’s good – I have to say 100 per cent he’s done a good job. “We’re quite happy – there were no mistakes at all, he was very professional, spot-on. You couldn’t ask for any more. “He’s a very nice lad – very young but [...]

Ogier stretches lead in Spain

October 24th, 2014

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Sebastien Ogier will take a lead of over 35 seconds into the second day of Rally of Spain, as nearest rival Thierry Neuville dropped out of contention with a puncture. Ogier began the second stage of the Friday afternoon loop with a lead of 9.9s after narrowly winning the first, and had his advantage slashed to just 4.6s on SS6 by Neuville, who set a blistering pace to win the stage. But a puncture for the Hyundai driver on the very next stage cost him over two minutes, which, combined with a devastating time by Ogier, allowed the reigning champion to stretch his lead by a whopping 32 seconds. Jari-Matti Latvala started the day in seventh, and despite being comprehensively outpaced by Ogier was able to climb all the way [...]

Westbrook back with Trackspeed

October 24th, 2014

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Chevrolet factory driver Richard Westbrook will return to the British Trackspeed Porsche team for the Blancpain Sprint Series finale in Baku on November 2. The Briton, who undertook partial British GT Championship campaigns with the team in 2012-13, will drive the team’s solo Porsche 911 GT3-R together with Porsche Supercup frontrunner Norbert Siedler in the two one-hour races in Azerbaijan. Westbrook told AUTOSPORT: “I haven’t race for them since Donington Park last year, but I know all the guys there and it seems like a pretty good entry. “My recollection of the Porsche on street circuits is that it pretty good and should go well at that kind of place.” Team boss David Ashburn said: “Westy is a Trackspeed driver and the plan was to have him and Nick [Tandy, [...]

Porsche GT drivers get LMP1 audition

October 24th, 2014

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Three more Porsche factory GT drivers have been given a try-out in the German manufacturer’s LMP1 World Endurance Championship contender. Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet and Richard Lietz all drove the 919 Hybrid during Porsche’s final in-season test of the WEC season at the Aragon circuit in Spain this week. They followed fellow GT drivers Frederic Makowiecki and Michael Christensen, who sampled the P1 car at Magny-Cours in September. Porsche has given its GT drivers a chance in the 919 because it is evaluating an expansion of its squad from two to three cars for next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Porsche LMP1 team principal Andreas Seidl said that “internal promotion is important”. “The Porsche squad of GT works drivers is top-class and very well trained,” he continued. “Right from the [...]

Ogier leads as rivals struggle in dust

October 24th, 2014

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Sebastien Ogier leads the Rally of Spain despite running first on the gravel roads, as his main rivals were left furious over dust levels and poor visibility. Drivers had warned on Thursday that the combination of hot, still weather conditions and low early-morning sun was likely to cause visibility issues in dust clouds on the first full loop. Ogier was adamant that clearing the loose gravel from the surface by running first on the road was going to be a much bigger penalty for him than running in his dust would be for those that followed. But it was Ogier who emerged in the lead after stage four, 8.4 seconds clear of Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville. Ogier’s Volkswagen team-mates Andreas Mikkelsen and title rival Jari-Matti Latvala are back in fifth [...]

Lorenzo fastest after rain delay

October 24th, 2014

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Jorge Lorenzo set the pace in a rain-soaked second MotoGP practice session at Sepang, beating Marc Marquez by just over two tenths of a second to top the timesheets. The session was red-flagged almost as soon as it began due to the arrival of a heavy rain shower, with proceedings resuming after a 20 minute delay on a very wet circuit. The times rapidly tumbled as track conditions improved, and it was Lorenzo who took charge with a succession of fastest laps. Beating Marquez’s early benchmark by three tenths, the factory Yamaha rider proceeded to lower his time by a further 4.4 seconds over the course of his first stint as he explored the limit. Lorenzo’s best time of 2m14.503s would stand until the end of the session, with Marquez [...]

Lopez quickest on Friday at Suzuka

October 24th, 2014

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World Touring Car Championship leader Jose Maria Lopez produced a late run on new tyres to set the quickest time in Friday’s half-hour test at Suzuka. Lopez’s time of 2m06.987s was 0.791 seconds faster than his nine-time World Rally champion Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb, who held the top spot on the timing screens for the final third of the session. Argentinean Lopez carries a 93-point lead in the drivers’ standings over defending champion Yvan Muller into this weekend’s penultimate round of the championship. Lopez requires just 17 points from the meeting’s potential maximum score of 55 to be crowned 2014 champion. Lopez would be the first Argentinean to win an FIA world championship since Juan Manuel Fangio’s 1957 Formula 1 crown. Four-time WTCC champion Muller completed a Citroen 1-2-3 on [...]

Pedrosa leads tight first practice

October 24th, 2014

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Dani Pedrosa edged out Aleix Espargaro and Jorge Lorenzo in a top three covered by just 0.037 seconds in opening practice for MotoGP’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. Pedrosa was fastest for most of the morning session, initially leading a Honda one-two with team-mate Marc Marquez. He was deposed by Lorenzo’s Yamaha, which in turn was then beaten by Forward Yamaha rider Espargaro with a lap 0.023s faster. That was despite Espargaro having suffered the only crash of the morning earlier in the session, when he lost his bike under braking into the final corner. Pedrosa responded on his last run with a lap of 2m01.379s to depose Espargaro by 0.014s. The performance came a day after Honda announced that it was promoting Ramon Aurin to replace Pedrosa’s long-time crew [...]

Sainz: Poor finale will be forgotten

October 23rd, 2014

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New Formula Renault 3.5 champion Carlos Sainz Jr believes the manner in which he sealed the crown last weekend at Jerez will soon be forgotten. The Red Bull junior went into the last double-header of the season with a commanding championship lead, thanks to winning seven of the first 15 races of the campaign. But Sainz and his DAMS team struggled all weekend, as he qualified 14th and 15th for the two races and failed to score a point as a result of being penalised after finishing ninth in race one. Title rival Roberto Merhi’s disastrous weekend meant that Sainz still became FR3.5′s youngest champion and the first Red Bull-backed driver to seal the crown, but he believes the over-riding achievement of winning the title is what people will remember [...]

Vita4One eyes Daytona and Sebring

October 23rd, 2014

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The Vita4One BMW squad is planning to contest the Daytona and Sebring United SportsCar Championship enduros next year after making its seasonal debut in the Blancpain Sprint Series last weekend. Vita4One, which as Vitaphone Racing took its drivers to three FIA GT and one FIA GT1 World Championship titles with the Maserati MC12, made a last-minute decision to contest the penultimate round of the BSS at Zolder. That will be followed by participation in the VLN long-distance championship finale on the Nurburgring-Nordschleife this weekend and then a full-time return to the racetracks next season, starting with an attack on the GT Daytona class at the opening two rounds of the USC with a pair of BMW Z4s. Team boss Michael Bartels told AUTOSPORT: “The plan is to go race at [...]

VW keeps Ogier, Latvala, Mikkelsen

October 23rd, 2014

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Volkswagen will retain Sebastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen for its factory World Rally Championship team into 2015. The WRC’s dominant squad had been in protracted contract renewal negotiations with world champion Ogier in particular, but announced new deals with its trio of drivers just before shakedown for this weekend’s Rally of Spain. Team boss Jost Capito said: “We currently have the three best rally drivers in the world on our books. “Continuity is an important factor in any success in motorsport, and I am delighted to have been able to extend our cooperation with Sebastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen. “Together with their co-drivers, all three are an essential part of Volkswagen’s overwhelming success in the World Rally Championship, and we are sure that we will enjoy [...]

Vaxiviere fastest as FR3.5 test ends

October 22nd, 2014

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Matthieu Vaxiviere led a one-two for the Lotus Formula Renault 3.5 team on the second day of post-season testing at Jerez on Wednesday. The Frenchman, who raced for the Charouz-run squad this season, comfortably set the pace ahead of Nicholas Latifi, who took his maiden FR3.5 podium for Tech 1 last weekend. Tuesday’s pacesetter Pietro Fantin was third fastest, with Jazeman Jaafar – switching from a season with ISR to drive for Fortec – next up, as all of the fastest times were set in the morning for the second day running. “This morning I was blocked on my best lap,” said Vaxiviere. “Had it not happened it would have been possible to go even faster. “The important thing is that we did a good job. The package looks promising, [...]

Capacity entry for Rally GB

October 22nd, 2014

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Rally GB has attracted a capacity entry for the first time in its 15 years of running in Wales. Next month’s 2014 World Rally Championship finale will run with the maximum 160 crews starting the international and national events, prompting organisers to run a reserve list – something that has not been required on the event this century. “Running a reserve list is a very nice problem to have,” said Rally GB managing director Ben Taylor. “But I wouldn’t say I’m surprised by the number of entries coming. “I think it’s a fair reflection on the interest and enthusiasm we have seen in the last five or six months. I’ve been out on national rallies and talked to people and the resurgence is there on all levels. “Wales Rally GB [...]

Wehrlein set to stay in DTM over GP2

October 22nd, 2014

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Mercedes has hinted that Formula 1 reserve Pascal Wehrlein is likely to stay in the DTM next season, although it has not ruled out the German switching to GP2. Wehrlein, who last month became the youngest winner in DTM history with victory at the Lausitzring, is currently the official reserve driver for Mercedes’ F1 team, and recently drove a Formula 1 car for the first time at Portimao. According to motorsport boss Toto Wolff, the test proved that Wehrlein has a future in Formula 1. “He has developed incredibly well,” said Wolff. “We put in him an F1 car at Portimao, which is a very technical circuit with hills and dips. “I was there, and in the car the lad looked like he’d been driving F1 cars his whole life. [...]

Fantin fastest in Jerez FR3.5 test

October 21st, 2014

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Pietro Fantin set the pace on the first day of post-season Formula Renault 3.5 testing at Jerez on Tuesday. The Brazilian, staying on with his 2014 team Draco, set the fastest lap in both races at the same track last weekend, and he led the way from Lotus pairing Alex Fontana and Matthieu Vaxiviere during the faster morning session. “We improved the car,” said Fantin. “While I set the best time in both races, the car lacked consistency. “We ran new tyres this morning, but I think it was a little too late. “For 2015 we are likely to be back. We were unlucky this season, but we have never doubted the potential.” The only driver to improve his time in the afternoon session was GP3 frontrunner Dean Stoneman, who [...]

Schmidt commits to revamped Lights

October 21st, 2014

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Multiple Indy Lights champion squad Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has become the 10th team to commit to the series for 2015, as it introduces a brand new car. The category confirmed on Tuesday that SPM with Curb Agajanian has ordered two of the new AER-powered Dallara IL15s, securing its entry for what will be the team’s ninth season in the IndyCar feeder series. Reigning champion team Belardi has also placed a multi-car order and recently made the first driver signing for the new season with Puerto Rican Felix Serralles set to move across from the European Formula 3 Championship. Additional orders for multiple cars have also been placed by Junco Racing and McCormack Racing. Dan Anderson, owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions, which runs Indy Lights, said that the confirmation of [...]

Kurt Busch completes US RoC line-up

October 21st, 2014

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NASCAR Cup series champion Kurt Busch has become the latest driver to sign up for this year’s Race of Champions. The American, who took the Cup title in 2004, is the first NASCAR driver to join this year’s event, which takes place on December 13-14 at the Bushy Park circuit in Barbados. Busch will partner Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay for Team USA in the ROC Nations Cup. “I’ve raced for a lot of great sponsors in my career, but to race for my country, that’s something pretty special,” said Busch. “You look at the names of the people who’ve competed in the Race Of Champions, past and present. “To be included on that list is a real honour. I’m excited to team up with Ryan again. “He won the [...]

Boss of UA to sell his share in team

October 21st, 2014

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United Autosports boss Zak Brown has put his share of the squad’s British Touring Car Championship arm up for sale. The team ran two Toyota Avensis machines for its maiden campaign in the BTCC this season and fielded James Cole, Glynn Geddie and Luke Hines during the year, finishing 14th in the teams’ championship. Brown said that his increasing workload has forced him to step away from the tin-top arena. “I want United Autosports to be successful in the BTCC and, with my growing business commitments, I can’t dedicate myself to that as fully as I would like,” said Brown, who ran the team with Richard Dean. “The BTCC is a high-profile and professional series and to run at the front takes time and I simply don’t have enough time [...]

Ferrari man Stroll tipped for F3

October 21st, 2014

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Ferrari looks set to have two of its proteges racing in the Formula 3 European Championship next season. Canadian Lance Stroll, who won this season’s Italian Formula 4 Championship in his rookie year of car racing, is increasingly likely to join two-time Euro F3 race winner and fellow Ferrari Driver Academy member Antonio Fuoco at Prema Powerteam. Stroll, who is 16 next week, recently had his first F3 test in a Prema Dallara-Mercedes at Fiorano. He was out again with Prema at Hockenheim on Monday, where he was joined by fellow F4 racer Brandon Maisano. Frenchman Maisano competed in Italian F3 in 2011-12 and has already tested with Prema in Euro F3 this autumn at Vallelunga and the Red Bull Ring. Prema team manager Rene Rosin would only say “maybe” [...]