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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
    Contributin 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.

  • Raymond 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.

  • 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.

Marquez fastest during first practice

August 29th, 2014

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Marc Marquez dominated the opening practice session for MotoGP’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The reigning world champion, whose 2014 winning streak finally ended in the Czech Republic a fortnight ago, was on top throughout Friday morning’s session. Marquez generally kept his Honda between half a second and a second clear of his rivals, and ended the 45 minutes with a 0.661-second gap back to second-placed Andrea Iannone. There was a scare for the championship leader, though, as he had to slew off the road at Vale when he nearly clipped Pol Espargaro’s Tech 3 Yamaha on his final flying lap. Until that incident, Marquez had looked set to go even quicker on that run. Iannone thrust his Pramac Ducati into second ahead of Andrea Dovizioso’s factory machine in the [...]

Stewart to return this weekend

August 28th, 2014

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Three-time NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart will return to racing this weekend for the first time since he was involved in a Sprint Car crash that killed another driver. Stewart has missed the last three Cup races since the incident on August 9, where his car hit Kevin Ward Jr as the 20-year-old stood on the track after crashing out. His Stewart-Haas team said last weekend that it was not sure when its boss would be back in action, but he is set to return to NASCAR competition at Atlanta this weekend. NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell said: “Tony Stewart has received all necessary clearances required to return to all racing activities, and therefore is eligible to compete this weekend. “NASCAR has remained in [...]

Kovalainen completes first DTM test

August 28th, 2014

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Heikki Kovalainen made his DTM testing debut for BMW at Lausitz on Thursday. Kovalainen took the wheel of BMW’s DTM-spec M4 on the fourth and final day of its test at the German circuit, the Formula 1 race winner completing a series of long runs on both the prime and option tyres. “First of all I am grateful that BMW Motorsport offered me the opportunity to drive its car,” Kovalainen said. “I was really looking forward to this interesting experience. “To be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect as I have never driven a car like this. “But I felt really comfortable in the BMW M4 DTM from the very beginning. It’s an impressive car. “Of course, it is heavier than a Formula One car and has less [...]

Hirvonen: I can still win in WRC

August 28th, 2014

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Mikko Hirvonen says he’s still got what it takes to win in the World Rally Championship despite struggling for pace at last week’s Rally Germany. The Finn was outpaced across an entire event by his junior team-mate Elfyn Evans for the first time in Trier, and he has not won a WRC event since towards the end of 2012. Hirvonen’s contract with the British-based M-Sport team is up at the end of this year, but he says he wants to remain in the sport and he has options for 2015. “I still believe I’ve got what it takes to win,” said Hirvonen. “All the rallies are important, but the next one in Australia is an important event for me – and so is Rally GB this year. “I think we [...]

Ferrucci joins British F3 for Brands

August 28th, 2014

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American Santino Ferrucci has joined the grid for this weekend’s British Formula 3 Championship round at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. He will line up in a Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes, alongside championship leader Matt Rao and runner-up Martin Cao. Ferrucci has focused on the Formula 3 European Championship this season, but missed the opening rounds as he was not old enough – he celebrated his 16th birthday at the end of May. Since then he has taken a best European result of fourth with EuroInternational, and a best of second in a limited German F3 Cup campaign. Fortec team manager Dan Mitchell said: “We really wanted to get a driver from the European championship into it to see how our guys compare. He’ll be a good benchmark.” Ferrucci will [...]

Lada’s new WTCC challenger unveiled

August 28th, 2014

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Lada has released images of its 2015 Vesta World Touring Car Championship challenger ahead of its scheduled launch at this week’s Moscow Motorshow. The Vesta will replace the Granta TC1 car campaigned by Rob Huff, James Thompson and Mikhail Kozlovskiy this season. The concept has been unveiled in the unfamiliar livery of Rosneft, rather than regular sponsor Lukoil’s colours. Rosneft and Lukoil, Russia’s largest oil producers, have a long-term collaboration on several joint ventures. It is understood particular attention in the Vesta WTCC’s design phase will concern weight, after the outgoing Granta struggled to reach the WTCC minimum weight limit earlier this season. The Granta TC1 car, which will see just one year of service, suffered a compressed development phase compared to rivals from Honda and Citroen. A redesigned of [...]

IndyCar adds New Orleans track

August 27th, 2014

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IndyCar has confirmed that NOLA Motorsports Park will join its schedule in 2015, marking the first time that the series has raced in New Orleans. The series will visit the 13-turn, 2.67-mile road course on April 10-12, two weeks after the first scheduled United States race of the season in St Petersburg. “We’re delighted about the opportunity to showcase the IndyCar Series at NOLA Motorsports Park and to IndyCar fans in the greater New Orleans area,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co, the parent of IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “The commitment from track owner Laney Chouest and his associates, combined with the support we received from the state of Louisiana, was the catalyst in making this come to fruition. “New Orleans has a history of hosting [...]

Ganassi team was distracted – Dixon

August 27th, 2014

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Outgoing IndyCar champion Scott Dixon believes that internal distractions over the winter played a role in his Chip Ganassi team’s slow start to the 2014 IndyCar season. Dixon has recovered from a poor start to the year to win two of the last three races, backing up his victory at Mid-Ohio with another win at Sonoma last weekend. However, the reigning champion heads into this weekend’s Fontana finale 103 points adrift of Will Power, and the New Zealander admitted that the team had not developed as fast as it needed to during the winter. “I think we started the season a little light in development,” Dixon said. “We had a lot of other projects as a team going on with the switch in engine manufacturer, but the switch to Chevy [...]

Lorenzo: Marquez will beat all records

August 27th, 2014

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Jorge Lorenzo reckons Marc Marquez will surpass Valentino Rossi’s statistics and become the greatest MotoGP rider of all time. Marquez won the MotoGP title at the first attempt in 2013, and became the series’ youngest champion too at the age of 20. The Honda rider began his title defence with 10 straight wins before the streak ended with a muted fourth in the Czech Grand Prix earlier this month. Rossi set new records in premier class grand prix motorcycle racing during his heyday, but his Yamaha team-­mate Lorenzo believes Marquez has every chance to outstrip those achievements. “He can get it if he doesn’t get injured and if he keeps a very strong bike like he has now, if he keeps on training like he is training now and with [...]

Breen adamant he is fit for Zlin

August 27th, 2014

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Peugeot European Rally Championship driver Craig Breen is adamant he is fit to compete in this weekend’s Rally Zlin, but he will not know if his entry has been accepted until the start of the event on Friday. Breen and co­-driver Scott Martin were ruled out of last week’s World Rally Championship round in Germany when the FIA raised concerns over the Irishman’s recovery period after he fractured a vertebrae in a heavy landing during Rally Finland. The ERC title contender will recce the Czech Republic stages on Wednesday and Thursday and he says he has done everything to make sure he starts the first stage of the ERC qualifier. “We have done more than just dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s. There’s absolutely nothing more we could do [...]

Chaves certain of Indy 500 deal

August 27th, 2014

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Newly-crowned Indy Lights champion Gabby Chaves is optimistic that he can capitalise on his title success with an IndyCar programme next season. Chaves beat Jack Harvey to the Lights title on a countback of second places following last weekend’s finale at Sonoma. While the Lights championship has long been accompanied by a substantial scholarship toward an IndyCar deal, Chaves is the first driver to benefit from a relaxation in restrictions over how that money can be used. Previously, a driver was only granted their prize if it formed part of a budget for a full IndyCar season; a rule that prevented 2010 series champion Jean-Karl Vernay from ever making an IndyCar start. The payout for winning the Lights title is now smaller but it can be used toward a part-programme [...]

Duval: No Le Mans crash after-effects

August 27th, 2014

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Audi World Endurance Championship driver Loic Duval has revealed that he suffered no after-effects from his monster crash in practice for the Le Mans 24 Hours on his return to the wheel last weekend. The 32-year-old finished fourth in the Super Formula round at Motegi in Japan on Sunday, which was the first time he had driven any kind of racing car since his aerial accident in the Porsche Curves at Le Mans. “After two or three laps, I knew everything was okay and that I was fully up to speed — I felt 100 percent mentally,” he told AUTOSPORT. “When you miss a big race, the most important race of the season, and still have problems with your vision a couple of weeks later, there is always going to [...]

Crutchlow: Ducati too hard to adapt to

August 27th, 2014

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Cal Crutchlow reckons it would take any rider at least a year to get to grips with Ducati’s MotoGP bike, admitting that he has ‘never been so slow’ as he has in 2014. After three promising seasons with Tech 3 Yamaha, Crutchlow switched to the factory Ducati team this year but struggled to get near the podium. He has agreed to terminate his deal early to join LCR Honda for 2015. Ducati has not won a MotoGP race since Casey Stoner’s 2010 Australian Grand Prix triumph, and Stoner’s team-mates during his highly-successful stint with the Italian team tended to fare much worse. Crutchlow believes the Ducati simply requires a riding style unlike anything else in the championship, and admits that he was initially reluctant to change. “I think if you [...]

Hildebrand in talks for 2015 CFH seat

August 26th, 2014

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JR Hildebrand is in the frame to join Josef Newgarden at the newly-merged CFH Racing team in next year’s IndyCar season. The team, which will be created from a merger between Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing, confirmed over the weekend that current SFHR driver Newgarden has signed a deal to remain on board, although question marks remain over the ECR side of the equation. Carpenter currently shares his entry with Mike Conway, the Brit having made his final appearance of the season at Sonoma before handing the car back to oval specialist Carpenter for this weekend’s finale at Fontana. But with Toyota thought to be keen on making Conway a more regular member of its World Endurance Championship team, it is uncertain whether that would leave room [...]

Enge praises safety after huge crash

August 26th, 2014

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Tomas Enge has paid tribute to the strength of his Reiter Lamborghini after walking away from a multiple roll at the Slovakia Ring Blancpain Sprint Series event last weekend. The Czech driver crashed following contact with Stef Dusseldorp’s HTP Mercedes between Turns 1 and 2 at the start of the qualifying race on Saturday. Enge’s Lamborghini Gallardo FLII rolled end over end after hitting the barriers and then came to rest on top of them. “That I was able to get out of the car and walk away was a credit to Reiter,” said Enge, who was sharing the car with Stefan Rosina. “It shows that they build a strong car. “I looked at the car afterwards, and the seat brackets were bent a little bit, but all the safety [...]

Harvey: US move revitalised career

August 26th, 2014

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Jack Harvey is targeting a long-term career in the United States after narrowly missing out on the Indy Lights title in his debut season. The 2012 British Formula 3 champion earned a clean sweep of last weekend’s two races at Sonoma to end the season level on points with Gabby Chaves, with the Colombian being crowned champion on a countback of second-places. Harvey, who raced in GP3 in 2013 before switching to the US, said that he found both the standard of competition and the unique racing culture in the States appealing, and hopes to remain there with the aim of reaching IndyCar. “It was a difficult decision in many ways to commit to coming Stateside, but I’m so glad I did,” he said. “Not just on the track but [...]

IndyCar announces new testing limits

August 25th, 2014

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IndyCar teams will be limited to 14 test days and no in-season, on-track team testing under new regulations for 2015, although open tests prior to selected races will be reintroduced. Under the regulations, which will apply from August 31 this year through to September 20, 2015, teams will be permitted a total of 14 test days including engine manufacturer tests, open tests, and full-size windtunnel testing. Full-season entrants will be capped at a maximum of 10,000 miles for all on-track activity from the first race or open test of 2015 through to the end of the season. There will be provisions made for tyre tests, new teams and first-year drivers. Derrick Walker, IndyCar’s president of competition, said that the aim of the new regulations was to limit costs and accommodate [...]

Kovalainen gets BMW DTM test

August 25th, 2014

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Ex-Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen is set to test a DTM car for BMW on Thursday. BMW Motorsport is testing its M4 DTM at the Lausitzring between Monday and Thursday this week, with the Finn scheduled to get some time behind the wheel on the final day. According to a BMW statement, it will be a chance for him to “gain an impression of the M4 DTM.” Kovalainen, 32, raced in 111 F1 grands prix for teams including Renault and McLaren, with which he won the 2008 Hungarian GP. His last full season in F1 was with Caterham in 2012, before he raced in the last two races of the ’13 season for Lotus, as a stand-in for Kimi Raikkonen after his countryman withdrew to undergo back surgery. The BMW [...]

Jordan reckons title defence is over

August 25th, 2014

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Reigning British Touring Car champion Andrew Jordan believes he can no longer win the 2014 title after a difficult Knockhill round. The Eurotech Honda driver suffered a troubled round at Snetterton earlier in August, scoring just one point across the weekend, and retired in the first Knockhill race after a clash with Gordon Shedden’s Honda Civic Tourer. Although he came through to fifth in the reversed-grid finale, Jordan is now fifth in the standings, 92 points behind leader Colin Turkington. “The championship’s gone,” Jordan told AUTOSPORT. “As long as it’s mathematically possible we won’t give up, but I think it’s too far.” Jordan took points in every race bar one on his way to the 2013 title, but has non-scored in three of the last six races and last claimed [...]

Dixon wins puzzling Sonoma race

August 24th, 2014

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Scott Dixon emerged victorious from a bizarre Sonoma IndyCar race, while Will Power recovered from a mishap to salvage 10th and maintain the points lead into next weekend’s Fontana finale. On an afternoon riddled with incidents and intrigue, Dixon moved into the lead for the first time just three laps from the end as Mike Conway, who was one of several drivers on alternate strategies, began to struggle on fuel mileage. “There were so many strategies going on and they were just slightly off, and I didn’t know who could make it and who couldn’t,” said Ganassi driver Dixon. “We’ve have a pretty rats year this year and I’m so happy to end on this note.” The extent of Conway’s plight became apparent as he ran dry midway through the [...]