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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

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

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

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

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

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

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

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

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

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

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

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

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

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

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

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

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

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

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

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

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

  • Jason Lofing
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Force India’s season ‘starts’ in Britain

July 2nd, 2015

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This weekend’s British Grand Prix marks the point when Force India’s 2015 Formula 1 season will truly begin, according to deputy team principal Bob Fernley. Delays with manufacturing of this year’s chassis plus a switch of windtunnels meant the team took the decision to unveil a launch car rooted in the 2014 design before introducing a B-spec model later in the season. Following a successful two-day test at the Red Bull Ring with further elements of the upgrade, the full package will make its competitive debut at Silverstone. “I think it is the start of our season really,” Fernley told AUTOSPORT. “We’ve done the initial reorganisation and restructuring of the aero department. “This will be the first time that we’ll be able to get what we wanted to deliver out [...]

Rowland gets Silverstone GP2 debut

July 2nd, 2015

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Formula Renault 3.5 championship leader Oliver Rowland will make his GP2 debut at his home round at Silverstone this weekend with MP Motorsport. The 2011 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner replaces Sergio Canamasas in the one-off deal for the British Grand Prix support event. Canamasas did not race for the team in the previous round at the Red Bull Ring, where MP fielded just a single car for Daniel de Jong. Racing Steps Foundation protege Rowland competed for the team’s Manor MP Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup team in 2013, finishing second between Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon in the championship. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to race in front of my home crowd,” said Rowland. “I can’t thank MP Motorsport and the RSF enough for setting this up for [...]

Citroen to quit WRC or WTCC in 2017

July 2nd, 2015

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Citroen will withdraw from either the World Rally Championship or World Touring Car Championship in 2017. The French firm has won 17 driver and manufacturer titles since entering the WRC in 2000, has dominated the WTCC for the last 18 months, and will continue in both championships until the end of 2016. Citroen CEO Linda Jackson insists no decision has been taken yet about which will continue beyond that. “For 2016 we have our two disciplines: world rally and world touring,” Jackson told AUTOSPORT. “I can safely say to you that we are reviewing the decisions and for 2017 nothing has been decided. “But, we have made the decision that Citroen will only be officially involved in one discipline for 2017.” Its DS brand will enter Formula E later this [...]

Power punished for Fontana incident

July 2nd, 2015

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Reigning IndyCar champion Will Power has been fined $25,000 and placed on probation until the end of the year for pushing a track worker after his Fontana crash last weekend. Power was determined to be in breach of rules 9.3.1 (improper conduct) and 9.3.1.8 (improper conduct; using improper, profane or disparaging language or gestures in reference to any official) for shoving a member of the safety crew. The incident occurred as the crew member was attempting to lead Power towards the medical car after he had climbed out of his wreckage following his collision with Takuma Sato. ‘Insane’ race concerns IndyCar drivers The Team Penske driver later issued a public apology via Twitter, and said that he had also apologised to the track worker in person. Meanwhile, race winner Graham [...]

Maldonado not interested in a ‘coach’

July 1st, 2015

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Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado says he has no interest in employing a driver coach or advisor in a bid to improve his Formula 1 form. The Venezuelan has become renowned for making mistakes throughout his racing career, following his debut in 2011, and has been involved in a number of on-track incidents. The recent Austrian and Canadian GPs represent only the second time he has scored points in consecutive F1 races, the other in late 2012 with Williams. In tennis, a number of high-profile players employ ex-Grand Slam champion as coaches, such as Novak Djokovic teaming up with Boris Becker while Andy Murray worked with Ivan Lendl. And Maldonado’s team-mate Romain Grosjean sought advice from three-time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart after his troubled 2012 season. But when asked if he [...]

WSR to replace Priaulx at Rockingham

July 1st, 2015

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WSR will replace Andy Priaux for the British Touring Car Championship round at Rockingham. AUTOSPORT understands Priaulx’s sponsor IHG will keep the car on the grid when the three-time world champion contests the European Le Mans Series round at Paul Ricard, and WSR is already considering potential drivers. Priaulx, who won his first race since returning to the BTCC at Croft last weekend, told AUTOSPORT a decision would be made in the next couple of weeks. “I’ll put my suggestions forward but ultimately it will be down to Dick [Bennetts, WSR team boss] and IHG,” he said. “Rockingham is one of the team’s best circuits and whoever replaces me has got a good chance. “I wouldn’t mind seeing a young guy get a chance. I’m set for next year if [...]

F1 cautious on fan survey results

July 1st, 2015

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Senior Formula 1 figures have urged caution in the way findings of fan surveys are interpreted following results that include calls for a return of refuelling and a tyre war. Two major fan surveys were recently carried out – one by AUTOSPORT, F1 Racing and Motorsport News, and another by the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association. The results of the former were presented to various chiefs in the F1 paddock, and some expressed surprise at what fans say they want to see. On the subject of F1 returning to more durable rubber (63.3 per cent in favour) and a battle between tyre companies (77.9 per cent in favour; GPDA 80 per cent), Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told F1 Racing: “I think that’s rose-tinted spectacles. “If you go back and [...]

How Ireland could regain WRC slot

July 1st, 2015

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The Circuit of Ireland’s chance of becoming a World Rally Championship round in 2016 appear to be improving amid the possibility of a calendar reshuffle next season. While much of the schedule of rallies will remain unchanged, there is increasing potential for a gap to arrive, allowing Ireland – currently a European championship event – to return to the world calendar for the first time since 2009. The Circuit of Ireland has enjoyed strong ministerial and financial support from the Northern Irish government and that is set to continue into next season, presenting WRC Promoter with a viable plug-and-play solution should a calendar spot come available. China and Abu Dhabi – the other countries tipped for WRC spots – are believed to be looking less likely for 2016, and there [...]

Penalties confusing for fans – Neale

July 1st, 2015

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Formula 1′s current power unit penalty rules are confusing for fans and require a rethink, according to McLaren’s chief operating officer Jonathan Neale. Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso were given 25 and 20-place grid penalties respectively for changing various parts of their Honda engines in Austria, while both Red Bull drivers also incurred hefty penalties. Because there are only 20 cars on the grid, Button and Alonso could not take the full penalty and would have thus been hit with time penalties during the race, if they had not retired before being able to serve them. “It’s a bit strange trying to explain the penalties,” Neale told AUTOSPORT. “If Formula 1 is supposed to be the pinnacle of motorsport, there are a number of things which are truisms which we [...]

Michelin: We must win Ecclestone over

July 1st, 2015

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Michelin motorsport director Pascal Couasnon appreciates winning over a sceptical Bernie Ecclestone is key to the French tyre manufacturer’s return to Formula 1. The battle for F1′s next tyre-supply contract is a straight fight between Michelin and current incumbent Pirelli, with the FIA to deliver a verdict on the technical merits of both proposals by July 17. If both are acceptable, then beyond that a decision as to which company will be handed the next deal – to run from 2017-19 – will be made by commercial rights holder Ecclestone. Speaking to AUTOSPORT, Couasnon said: “There will be a very open and honest discussion and us saying to him ‘here is the reason why we deserve to be in F1′. “The drivers have expressed a wish to be given a [...]

Cecotto in at Carlin for Silverstone

July 1st, 2015

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Johnny Cecotto Jr will replace Marco Sorensen in Carlin’s GP2 line-up for this weekend’s Silverstone round. Sorensen failed to score a point in the opening four weekends of the 2015 campaign, having switched to Carlin following a part-season with MP Motorsport last year that yielded a maiden victory at Sochi. Carlin team boss Trevor Carlin said: “We’re very sad to see Marco leave us at such an early stage before he had the chance to fulfil his potential with us. “But we fully understand the decision to now focus on his GT racing activities [with Aston Martin in the World Endurance Championship]. “He’s a very likeable guy and we wish him lots of luck for the future. “At such short notice we wanted a driver who could jump in and [...]

Haas would consider customer cars

July 1st, 2015

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The Haas Formula 1 Team says it would be in favour of running a customer car, rather building its own, if it meant the outfit was competitive when it debuts next season. Haas has a technical partnership and engine supply deal with Ferrari for 2016 while Dallara is responsible for its chassis. Behind the scenes of America’s new F1 team The idea of customer or franchise cars, which could be introduced as early as 2017, is something that has been on the agenda in recent weeks with the big teams unwilling to make concessions to assist the small outfits. Haas will continue with its current plan while the regulations are still up in the air, but team principal Gunther Steiner said the team will remain flexible about its future approach. [...]

Loeb kicking himself despite win

July 1st, 2015

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Sebastien Loeb says he left his home World Touring Car Championship round kicking himself for his race two mistake and the points squandered rather than celebrating winning race one. The Citroen driver took his first WTCC pole at Paul Ricard, beating team-mate and countryman Yvan Muller to the top spot with a final-sector time six tenths faster. He followed it up with victory from pole to flag after seeing off the first corner challenge from Muller, Ma Qing Hua and Jose Maria Lopez. But the nine-time World Rally champion’s strongest WTCC weekend so far ended with a crash in the finale, leaving Loeb third in the standings with 208 points, while Lopez resides on top with 282 points ahead of second placed Muller’s 243. “I am happy to have had [...]

Oval debuts for Filippi and Brabham

July 1st, 2015

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Luca Filippi and Matthew Brabham are both set to drive an Indycar on an oval for the first time on Wednesday when they take part in oval evaluation runs at Iowa Speedway. IndyCar rules allow entrants two special test days for rookie drivers in addition to their regular testing allocation. Filippi has made 16 IndyCar starts in the past, including eight this year as the road/street course specialist in CFH Racing’s #20 entry, which is normally raced on ovals by Ed Carpenter. “He’s been on us pretty hard to do a test and he’s been doing a really good job and showing the potential that we knew he had,” said Carpenter, who will set the car up for the test. “At this point in the schedule there’s an opportunity to [...]

Sauber makes Smith technical director

July 1st, 2015

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Former Red Bull and Caterham Formula 1 technical director Mark Smith will join Sauber in the position later this month. The Briton left Caterham last May, two months before Tony Fernandes sold the F1 outfit, which subsequently entered administration at the end of the season. Smith, who has also held the role with Force India and Jordan, will start with Sauber on July 13. “When I saw the facilities for the first time in Hinwil, I immediately realised the possibilities I would have,” Smith said. “The windtunnel, the supercomputer and the machine shop – everything is on a very high technical level. And not to forget the competence of the team. “These facts were compelling reasons and arguments for me changing to Hinwil. “The potential of Sauber is enormous, which [...]

Strategy Group must ‘make progress’

June 30th, 2015

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner says progress must be made at Wednesday’s meeting of the Formula 1 Strategy Group if the body is to maintain any credibility. The alliance, made up of Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Williams and Force India plus F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and FIA president Jean Todt, has come in for criticism of late, with Horner recently describing it as “inept”. Meanwhile, earlier this month Ecclestone said the influence the leading teams now have on F1 is having an adverse effect compared to when he and then FIA president Max Mosley were in charge. Ahead of Wednesday’s meeting, Horner said: “We need to have progress tomorrow. It’s an important meeting for the credibility of the group. “The purpose of the group is to discuss and decide [...]

Alonso’s engine damaged in crash

June 30th, 2015

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The McLaren Formula 1 team is set to change Fernando Alonso’s engine at the British Grand Prix after Honda found damage from his crash with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in Austria. Double F1 world champion Alonso, who was the only McLaren running the team’s latest update package at the Red Bull Ring, was collected when Raikkonen lost control after Turn 2 on the race’s opening lap. The Ferrari ended up perched atop the McLaren as both went into the barriers. Raikkonen crash ‘strange’ – Alonso Honda suspects Alonso’s engine suffered damage in the impact and has elected to change it for Silverstone as a precaution while it conducts further investigations. Alonso will revert to an old power unit used earlier this season, so he will not incur any grid penalties unless [...]

Formula E not a threat to F1 – Horner

June 30th, 2015

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Formula E is more of a threat to GP3 than it is to Formula 1, reckons Red Bull team boss Christian Horner. Virgin chief Richard Branson predicted at the FE finale in London last weekend that the electric championship “will overtake F1″ within four to five years. Branson owns a team in FE, having previously been involved in F1 as first a sponsor of the Brawn team then as co-owner of the Virgin Racing squad that now operates as Manor. Asked for his view on Branson’s comments, Horner said FE should not be considered an F1 rival. “I watched the Formula E race on Sunday and it looks more of a competitor to GP3 than Formula 1,” he said. “It’s positioned totally differently to Formula 1. The cars look slow. [...]

Ferrari interest "nice" – Ricciardo

June 30th, 2015

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Daniel Ricciardo has acknowledged the Ferrari Formula 1 team is interested in signing him and that he regards it as “a compliment”, but believes it unlikely he could leave Red Bull. Ferrari is currently considering whether to retain Kimi Raikkonen beyond 2015, while Ricciardo is amid a tough second season with Red Bull Racing and has yet to finish on the podium this year after winning three grands prix in ’14. Asked about rumours of an approach from Ferrari, Ricciardo said he still had faith in Red Bull and his understanding was that he has a binding contract, but also appreciated the interest from Maranello. “I won’t go into too much detail. First and foremost, not talking about contracts or anything, what I want is to win,” he said. “A [...]

Hamilton hits back at radio critisicm

June 30th, 2015

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Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has dismissed claims that a ban on pit-to-car radios would make a big difference to the racing. There has been criticism of late that the amount of information that a driver receives during races, with regards areas such as tyres, engine modes and fuel levels, is too high. But Hamilton said drivers get less information than they received a few years ago and he suggested people are just looking at something to blame. “What do you think’s going to happen if they don’t tell me about tyres?” he said. “I’m still going to drive the same. “And if they don’t tell us about fuel, maybe more cars won’t finish. If that’s more exciting then we can do that. “But we get a lot less [...]