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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.

Dixon ends Friday practice on top

July 31st, 2015

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Scott Dixon denied Sebastien Bourdais a clean sweep of the opening day of IndyCar practice at Mid-Ohio with a last-gasp fastest time during the second session on Friday. Bourdais, who was the pacesetter earlier in the day for KV, climbed to first place when he posted a 1m06.0190s effort with five minutes left on the clock. Just a couple of minutes later Dixon went faster still in his Ganassi entry, creeping below the 1m06s barrier for the first time this weekend with a 1m05.9645s. His time remained unbeaten when the chequered flag flew, but the level of competition among the frontrunners was reflected in the top six being covered by less than 0.2 seconds. That count included two Honda entries – those of Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato – and [...]

Bourdais leads practice at Mid-Ohio

July 31st, 2015

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Sebastien Bourdais ended the morning fastest after a busy first practice session for this weekend’s IndyCar round at Mid-Ohio. The Frenchman first took his place at the top two-thirds of the way through the session, and reclaimed it right at the end with a 1m06.2034s flying lap in his KV Racing Technology Dallara-Chevrolet. Will Power finished the session second-fastest for Penske with a time 0.16s down on Bourdais’, despite a 360-degree spin in the closing minutes. Power’s spin was entirely in keeping with the tone of the morning, during which nearly 10 minutes were spent under red flags due to single-car incidents. Culprits included Stefano Coletti, Luca Filippi (both of whom also spent short stints in first place early on), and Tony Kanaan, although all were spared contact with the [...]

Latvala takes Finland lead from Ogier

July 31st, 2015

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Jari-Matti Latvala fought back to establish a small lead over his Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier by the end of Friday afternoon at Rally Finland. Latvala began to take time out of Ogier on the second run through the Pihlajakoski stage and that trend continued throughout the loop. The Finn was 3.3 seconds adrift after the second running of Paijala but was unstoppable on the Ouninpohja repeat. Through the monstrous stage Latvala was a 5.4s faster than Ogier, taking his 400th world rally stage win in the process, to snatch the overall lead by 2.1s. Latvala increased his lead by another second over the short Himos stage before Ogier clawed back 0.5s on Friday’s superspecial stage. Kris Meeke saw his challenge for the lead waver in the closing stages of the [...]

Giovinazzi and Rosenqvist split poles

July 31st, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist and Antonio Giovinazzi will share the front row for the second and third races of the Formula 3 European Championship’s Red Bull Ring round. The pair both claimed a pole and a second from Friday afternoon’s 20-minute session to set the grid for the races two and three, after Rosenqvist led an all-Prema Powerteam top three in qualifying for the opener. Rosenqvist and Giovinazzi contested the fastest outright time, with the Swede eventually taking top spot and pole for race two with a time of 1m24.359s. Championship leader Giovinazzi had to settle for second, 0.234 seconds behind, but he could take solace from the fact his next-best lap, 1m24.766s, was 0.041s better than Rosenqvist’s. It secured pole for Sunday’s final race, his third of the campaign following a [...]

Horner: Ricciardo is back to his best

July 31st, 2015

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner feels Daniel Ricciardo is back to his best despite a tough 2015 Formula 1 season for the squad. After scoring three grand prix wins during his debut campaign with Red Bull last year, Ricciardo and the team have struggled these past few months, notably with regard to numerous engine issues involving supplier Renault. Ricciardo and team-mate Daniil Kvyat had a morale boost in Hungary last weekend as they finished third and second behind race winner Sebastien Vettel’s Ferrari, with Ricciardo having had a shot at victory before an incident with Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg. Giving Ricciardo an “A-plus” in terms of a half-term report, Horner added: “Daniel can always improve in some areas, of course you can. “But he’s at the top of his game, [...]

Mortara fends off Paffett in practice

July 31st, 2015

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Edoardo Mortara led the way for Audi in Friday practice for this weekend’s DTM round at the Red Bull Ring, despite a late flurry from Gary Paffett. Mortara, who won at the Austrian Formula 1 circuit from pole in 2012, set his time of 1m25.585s in the first third of the session and it was never bettered. As the end of the 45 minutes of running loomed, the Italian’s time was still 0.445 seconds clear, with less than one second covering the other 23 drivers. Mercedes’ Paffett then got close with his final two laps. With two minutes remaining, he moved to within two tenths of Mortara, and found more the next time around, finishing the session just 0.073s shy. Timo Scheider was third in an otherwise quiet session for [...]

Forward allows Bradl to leave

July 31st, 2015

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Stefan Bradl has been released from his Forward Racing contract amid the team’s difficulties and is tipped to join Aprilia for the rest of the 2015 MotoGP season. Forward will miss the next grand prix at Indianapolis as it regroups following the arrest of team boss Giovanni Cuzari. Although it is determined to return to the championship in time for the subsequent Brno race, the team has agreed to allow Bradl to leave. “Forward Racing and Stefan Bradl have reached an agreement by mutual consent to terminate the contractual obligations between the German rider and the Swiss team,” said a statement. “This difficult decision – the result of an agreement between the parties – has been taken in front of the concrete possibility for the rider to continue his participation [...]

Prema top three in first qualifying

July 31st, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist will start the weekend’s opening Formula 3 European Championship race at the Red Bull Ring on pole position, after leading a Prema Powerteam sweep of the top three. The practice pacesetter was never far from the top of the times during the 20-minute session, and sat second to team-mate Jake Dennis entering the closing minutes. Dennis, already up by 0.037 seconds, then improved further to 1m24.517s, only for Rosenqvist to log a 1m24.510s with just over one minute remaining. On the next lap, Dennis went faster again through the first sector but he couldn’t maintain the pace over the remainder of the lap, and Rosenqvist claimed his 18th F3 pole by 0.007s. The Swede won all three races at the circuit in 2013. Ferrari junior Lance Stroll was [...]

BMW’s Blomqvist appeal rejected

July 31st, 2015

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BMW’s appeal of Tom Blomqvist’s disqualification from the Sunday Norisring DTM race has been unsuccessful. Blomqvist was excluded from his 16th place finish last month when stewards deemed a new driver cooling system fitted to the car – outside of its homologation – was potentially performance enhancing. An appeal was lodged by the manufacturer, which was keen to fit the system across its fleet of M4s if the test case proved successful. Why BMW’s Blomqvist appeal is significant Blomqvist’s chassis was taken away for further investigation by the DMSB and partner Dekra, relating to the flow of air into and out of the car and system, and whether it provided any aerodynamic benefit. Air was guided into the electronically-managed system from above the rear wheel arches, into the driver’s seat, [...]

Vettel says it’s ‘game on’ in title race

July 31st, 2015

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Sebastian Vettel believes it is ‘game on’ for Ferrari in the Formula 1 title race, and he has no doubt his team will “try absolutely everything” to catch Lewis Hamilton. Vettel’s second grand prix win of the year in Hungary last Sunday, which was the 41st of his F1 career to match the haul of the late Ayrton Senna, has thrust the four times champion back into striking distance of the Mercedes drivers in the points standings. HUNGARIAN GP ANALYSIS: Ferrari resurgence or a Mercedes gift? Heading into the summer break Vettel trails championship leader Hamilton by 42 points – equivalent to just under a win and a second place – and he is just 21 behind the Briton’s team-mate Nico Rosberg. Suggested to Vettel it will be ‘game on’ [...]

Ogier holds narrow lead in Finland

July 31st, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier established a small Rally Finland lead over Volskwagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala by the end of Friday morning. The VW pair spent the first loop of stages locked in battle with Citroen’s Kris Meeke, who assumed the lead – by just one tenth of a second over Latvala – after the day’s opener. Latvala was quickest of all on that stage, but Meeke’s strong time on Thursday night’s superspecial was sufficient to put him briefly into first overall. Ogier then took charge, though. A trio of stage wins through the rest of the morning meant he completed the loop with a 5.3s advantage over Latvala. Meeke stayed in touch at first, but he ended the Ouninpohja stage concerned that his Citroen was developing a transmission problem and he is [...]

Rosenqvist fastest at Red Bull Ring

July 31st, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist led the way in practice for the Formula 3 European Championship’s Red Bull Ring round, shading rookie Charles Leclerc. Rosenqvist topped both sessions, leading a Prema Powerteam top three in the opening 40 minutes of running with a time of 1m25.326s. That effort, set in the final minute, put the Swede just 0.084 seconds ahead of team-mate Jake Dennis, with Lance Stroll a further two tenths behind. Rosenqvist found the best part of one second in the following session as times tumbled, with his 1m24.541s good enough for top spot. It put him 0.079s ahead of Leclerc, while Dennis was third in both the session and the combined times. Having taken his first F3 victory at Zandvoort earlier this month, Markus Pommer was fourth, ahead of the best [...]

Renault in FR3.5 handover talks

July 31st, 2015

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Renault has announced that plans for a handover of the promotion of Formula Renault 3.5 in 2016 to current joint-organiser RPM are ongoing. Last week the French manufacturer informed teams it would end its eleven-year support of the category at the conclusion of this season. Representatives from FR3.5 teams, RPM and Renault Sport met at RPM’s Barcelona offices on Thursday to discuss developments. “[A] meeting took place in Barcelona together with all the Formula Renault 3.5 series teams representatives, RPM and Renault Sport in order to study the conditions and the feasibility of the handover of the series to RPM from 2016,” a Renault statement said. “Practical propositions were provided and will need to be investigated before a decision can be made. “All the parties have the same intention to [...]

Race focus hurts Rosberg’s qualifying

July 31st, 2015

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Mercedes Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg thinks his improved form in races this season has had a detrimental impact on the qualifying speed he demonstrated last year. In the last 10 races of 2014, Rosberg outqualified team-mate Lewis Hamilton seven times to three – each time starting on pole – but he only managed to win twice. This season, the qualifying form has been reversed, with Hamilton outqualifiying Rosberg nine times to one. But despite starting on pole only once, Rosberg has secured three wins so far this year. When asked to explain his woes in qualifying this term, Rosberg said: “Part of it is that I worked on my racing. “I wanted to improve that and that’s definitely been better so I’m pleased with that. “Of course that has [...]

Elias gets surprise MotoGP call-up

July 31st, 2015

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Toni Elias will make a surprise MotoGP return for the Indianapolis Grand Prix in place of Karel Abraham on the Cardion Honda. Abraham has been sidelined since sustaining a toe injury in practice at Barcelona in June. Honda test rider Hiroshi Aoyama replaced him for the last round at the Sachsenring, with the team having sat out Assen after a plan to run World Superbike frontrunner Michael van der Mark fell through. Elias will now take over the ride for next weekend’s event in America. The 32-year-old Spaniard last raced in MotoGP in 2012, when he contested three rounds as a stand-in rider with Pramac Ducati. He is best known for famously winning the 2006 Portugese GP, denying Valentino Rossi by just 0.002 seconds on his Gresini Honda. That proved [...]

Ogier pips Meeke on Finland opener

July 30th, 2015

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World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier opened Rally Finland with the fastest time on the short Harju superspecial. Heavy rain through the afternoon meant damp conditions at first for the 1.4-mile street and parkland stage, which was mostly asphalt with only small gravel sections. DAVID EVANS: Why Finland victory is as good as a title The rain had stopped by the time the World Rally Car field started, though some parts never entirely dried out. Ogier still felt running last was beneficial for him as he took his Volkswagen to the fastest time by six tenths of a second over Kris Meeke’s Citroen. Andreas Mikkelsen completed the top three for VW. Robert Kubica had been the pacesetter for a long while, despite suspecting that others would soon demote him as the [...]

Waltrip partner in Ganassi move

July 30th, 2015

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Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman is to purchase a stake in its NASCAR Sprint Cup rival Chip Ganassi Racing. Kauffman’s move could pave the way for Ganassi to expand from its current two-car Cup squad to a third entry, while leaving question marks over MWR’s programme. A statement from the Ganassi team – which is co-owned by Felix Sabates and Ganassi, and currently fields Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson – said the implications of Kauffman’s move would become clear in due course. “We confirm that Rob Kauffman has agreed to acquire an interest in the team,” it said. “Further discussions regarding the 2016 season and beyond are under way.” An MWR statement said business would continue as usual to the end of the 2015 campaign. “The companies will continue [...]

Walker resigns from IndyCar position

July 30th, 2015

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Derrick Walker has resigned from his role as IndyCar’s president of competition and operations, the series announced on Thursday. Former team boss Walker (left) took the position during the 2013 season, focusing on several areas of IndyCar racing including the introduction of manufacturer aero kits for the 2015 campaign. “I have appreciated the opportunity to work closely with the team owners, drivers and the team at IndyCar,” said Walker, who also worked on helping set up new events, investment in race control technology and safety improvements on the current cars. “After two and a half racing seasons, I believe the timing is right to move on to other opportunities.” Walker will leave his role at the end of August, following the finish of the 2015 season. Mark Miles, CEO of [...]

Smedley: Mercedes caught out by tyres

July 30th, 2015

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Mercedes’ shock defeat by Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari in the Hungarian Grand Prix happened because the Formula 1 champion team misread the Pirelli tyres’ behaviour, reckons Williams’s Rob Smedley. After locking out the front row, with Lewis Hamilton on pole, Mercedes had been expected to control the Hungaroring F1 race, but Vettel jumped both Silver Arrows at the start and had the pace to pull away at the front. GP ANALYSIS: A Ferrari resurgence or a gift from Mercedes? It would have been a one-two for Ferrari had Kimi Raikkonen not suffered an MGU-K failure, while Mercedes – further hampered by incidents for both Hamilton and Nico Rosberg – failed to get on the podium. Williams performance chief Smedley, whose team struggled last Sunday, said: “I was surprised – [Ferrari] [...]

NASCAR drivers unsure over high drag

July 30th, 2015

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Leading NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers were left unconvinced by the high-drag aerodynamic package introduced to try to improve racing at Indianapolis last weekend. A low-downforce configuration premiered at Kentucky Speedway earlier this month received very positive reviews from the drivers. However, the high drag package designed for larger tracks such as Indianapolis was found to be less successful. Kyle Busch, who claimed his third consecutive series victory in the Brickyard 400, believed the modifications worked as intended to allow for more slipstreaming on the straights, but left drivers struggling in the corners. “I think drag is exciting,” said the Joe Gibbs driver. “I would agree that there’s nothing more beneficial than to be able to see a guy behind another guy gain on him down the straightaways, instead of making [...]