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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.

Prema confirms Dennis for 2015

November 17th, 2014

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Prema Powerteam has confirmed it has signed Jake Dennis for the 2015 Formula 3 European Championship, as predicted by AUTOSPORT. Dennis, the 2012 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner, raced for Carlin in his F3 rookie season this year, finishing ninth in the championship with three podiums. He will continue to be backed by the Racing Steps Foundation. “It’s where I want to be, for sure,” Dennis said of his switch to Prema, which has taken Esteban Ocon, Raffaele Marciello, Daniel Juncadella and Roberto Merhi to the last four Euro F3 titles. “I learned an awful lot in my rookie season and am extremely grateful to all those helped me along the way. “I now look forward to returning to the series with Prema which has a fantastic pedigree in F3. [...]

Ducati no longer ‘embarrassing’

November 17th, 2014

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Ducati is no longer in an “embarrassing” position in MotoGP after the progress it has made during the 2014 season, according to sporting director Paolo Ciabatti. The Italian team has not won a race since Casey Stoner’s victory in the 2010 Australian Grand Prix, but ’14 was its most encouraging campaign since then, as it closed the gap to the frontrunners and took three podium finishes with Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow. Ducati controversially opted to run under ‘Open’ regulations this year, allowing it more scope for development in exchange for running a standard ECU. As this dispensation was originally intended for satellite and private teams, MotoGP adjusted the rules to create a halfway-house ‘Factory 2′ category for the Ducatis. Ciabatti admitted that the rules breaks had helped Ducati regain [...]

Ocon says crash cost him Macau win

November 17th, 2014

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Formula 3 European champion Esteban Ocon reckons he would have been on course to win the Macau Grand Prix if he had not clashed with Tom Blomqvist at Lisboa on the first lap. The pair banged wheels as they turned through the right-hander, with the collision breaking Ocon’s left front suspension. Unable to steer his car, Ocon then ran off into the barriers at San Francisco bend, taking Blomqvist with him and triggering a spectacular pile-up that brought out the red flags. Ocon said the situation was particularly annoying because he felt set-up changes to his car had given him what he needed to win. “I did everything I planned to do,” Ocon told AUTOSPORT. “I did a great start. “At Mandarin I was on the outside to get a [...]

Harvick clinches title with victory

November 16th, 2014

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Kevin Harvick became 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion with victory in a highly dramatic decider at Homestead. The Stewart-Haas driver had to fight back from 12th place in the closing stages after taking on four tyres in the final pitstops while others changed just two or stayed out. He made it to the front just before the last caution of the yellow-strewn race and then held off fellow title contender Ryan Newman for the win. Harvick, polesitter Jeff Gordon and Chase protagonist Denny Hamlin all had spells in control of the event, with fourth championship hopeful Joey Logano also in the thick of the lead battle and Newman making rapid progress from 21st on the grid to join them. The title quartet’s fortunes varied through the race as their cars’ [...]

Huff claims seventh Macau victory

November 16th, 2014

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Lada racer Rob Huff scored a dramatic seventh victory in Macau after heartbreak for Tiago Monteiro in an unpredictable 2014 World Touring Car Championship finale. Briton Huff was engaged in a ferocious three-car fight for the lead with Monteiro and Yvan Muller for much of the race. Two laps before the scheduled finish, Portuguese ex-Formula 1 driver Monteiro appeared to have done enough to score his first win of the season, having eked out a comfortable two-second lead. The intervention of a late safety car appeared to hand Huff a final opportunity to recover terms on Monteiro. The factory Honda racer successfully defended his position into Lisboa on the restart, only to falter with a power steering problem exiting the Melco hairpin on the final lap. “Without Tiago’s problem, I [...]

McLaughlin wins as Tander runs dry

November 16th, 2014

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Scott McLaughlin grabbed a second victory of the Phillip Island V8 Supercars weekend when Garth Tander ran out of fuel within sight of the line in race three. Fuel mileage was a concern for the whole field in the longer-distance race, and Tander’s Holden Racing Team Commodore got through the final corner of the race before coughing and slowing. Until then, Tander seemed to have broken McLaughlin’s challenge. Tander had followed the Volvo past poleman Jamie Whincup when McLaughlin muscled his way into the lead on a spectacular opening lap, then leapfrogged ahead when they made their first pitstops. McLaughlin charged back at Tander in the closing stages, trying multiple passing moves before a slight error with three laps to go gave Tander what appeared to be sufficient breathing space. [...]

Lopez dominates Macau opener

November 16th, 2014

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Macau debutant Jose Maria Lopez led throughout the opening World Touring Car Championship race at the Guia circuit to take an untroubled 10th victory of the 2014 season. The recently crowned WTCC champion made a perfect start from pole position, but his Citroen team-mates Yvan Muller and Sebastien Loeb, who lined up second and third on the grid, were immediately passed by the surging Zengo Honda of Norbert Michelisz. Outgoing champion Muller suffered a particularly sluggish move off the line, and slipped to fifth place behind the factory JAS Hondas of Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro. As Lopez staged a break, nine-time World Rally champion Loeb produced a feisty attack on Michelisz. The Frenchman had a probing look on the outside of the Civic at Lisboa on lap three, only [...]

Davidson and Buemi clinch WEC title

November 15th, 2014

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Toyota drivers Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi were crowned 2014 World Endurance champions despite finishing only 11th in Bahrain. Their Toyota TS040 HYBRID was delayed in the second hour by the need to change the alternator, but the failure of their only rivals for the title, Audi trio Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler, to finish second or higher means that Davidson and Buemi cannot be caught at the Interlagos series finale later this month. Davidson said: “It hasn’t sunk in yet — I couldn’t bring myself to think it would happen. “I’ve won big single events before but never a championship since I started racing cars. “It is amazing: I can die happy now.” The race was won by the second Toyota shared by Alex Wurz, Mike Conway [...]

Loeb’s team gets WTCC Citroen deal

November 15th, 2014

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Sebastien Loeb Racing will run two customer Citroen C-Elysees in the 2015 World Touring Car Championship, while Loeb himself, Jose Maria Lopez and Yvan Muller keep their works team drives. Citroen announced its expansion to five full-time WTCC entries at the 2014 season finale in Macau. Loeb’s team has previously focused on sportscar racing, running an LMP2 ORECA-Nissan in the European Le Mans Series as its flagship 2014 programme after fielding McLarens in the 2013 FIA GT Series. “Since it was created, SLR has amassed real know-how at international circuits, in both GT and sports prototype racing,” said Loeb. “The FIA WTCC marks a new stage in the team’s development. “I didn’t have to think for very long when the opportunity presented itself for the 2015 season. “Since the new [...]

Gordon doesn’t resent Chase system

November 15th, 2014

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Jeff Gordon has thrown his support behind NASCAR’s new Chase format, despite being controversially eliminated from championship contention at Phoenix last weekend. Gordon believed second at Phoenix would be enough to secure progression to the four-car battle for the crown at Homestead, but an aggressive pass by Ryan Newman on Kyle Larson rewarded Newman with 11th place, and just enough points to bump Gordon out of the final Chase round. Newman’s presence in the shootout has raised eyebrows as he is win-less in 2014 and the new Chase system was intended to put a stronger emphasis on race victories. Gordon has four wins through the 2014 season; Newman’s best result is a third place. But although he goes into this weekend unable to finish higher than fifth in the points, [...]

Dennis linked to Prema seat

November 15th, 2014

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Briton Jake Dennis is heavily tipped to switch to Prema Powerteam for the 2015 Formula 3 European Championship. Dennis, the 2012 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner, was a podium finisher with Carlin this season, but sources indicate that he will make the change to Italian squad Prema, which has run four consecutive Euro F3 champions. It is believed that he will continue to be backed by the Racing Steps Foundation, which has supported his career since he began car racing in 2011, winning that year’s Intersteps title and the 2012 Formula Renault NEC crown with Fortec Motorsport. AUTOSPORT’s top 10 European F3 drivers of 2014 Dennis missed this weekend’s Macau Grand Prix with Carlin after negotiations were opened with another team, which AUTOSPORT understands to be Mercedes-powered Prema. Prema boss [...]

Crash drops Latvala out of contention

November 15th, 2014

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Jari-Matti Latvala is out of contention for Rally GB victory after going off the road while chasing Sebastien Ogier on Saturday’s opening stage. Latvala was closing on his Volkswagen World Rally Championship team-mate on the first splits of the Clocaenog East stage, but then made a mistake under braking and slid into a ditch. “I was trying. I had a very, very good stage up to that point,” said Latvala. “I really, really pushed, I wanted to fight for the victory. “It was really slippery and I thought it would be fine. “I stalled the engine under braking, and then I tried to turn and to restart the car but it did it really, really fast and we were into the ditch and got stuck.” Spectators helped Latvala get back [...]

McLaughlin wins under huge pressure

November 15th, 2014

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Scott McLaughlin resisted huge race-long pressure to give the Volvo S60 its third V8 Supercars championship round race win in the Phillip Island opener. Poleman McLaughlin led throughout in the Garry Rogers Motorsport-run car, with the Triple Eight Holdens of Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup glued to his tail. Garth Tander battled up from ninth on the grid to make it a four-car train at the end, the quartet crossing the line covered by just 1.4 seconds as McLaughlin held on despite all Lowndes’s probes. The result is the new Volvo programme’s fourth win in total counting the non-championship event at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, where the S60′s first triumph came. Third for Whincup brought him to the cusp of the 2014 title, as his remaining [...]

Oriola withdrawn from Macau finale

November 15th, 2014

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Campos Racing has been forced to withdraw Pepe Oriola from the World Touring Car Championship finale in Macau. An accident in Friday’s half-hour Q1 qualifying session caused damage to the Spaniard’s Chevrolet that could not be repaired at the track. Oriola was substituting for Campos’s regular 2014 driver Dusan Borkovic, who injured his hand in an accident at Beijing’s Goldenport circuit. Having spent the season sidelined from racing, Oriola impressed on Thursday by taking fifth in the opening free practice session. However, the WTCC race-winner suffered a troubled start to day two by crashing at Paiol in Friday’s second practice session. Assistance from other RML Chevrolet teams in providing parts allowed Oriola to take part in qualifying, but a second accident followed just five minutes into the session. His car [...]

Gordon claims pole for Cup decider

November 15th, 2014

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Jeff Gordon claimed pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title decider at Homestead, with Kevin Harvick the best of the championship contenders in fifth. Gordon was eliminated from the Chase pack in last weekend’s Phoenix race, despite finishing second. He threw in a lap of 29.876 seconds and 180.747mph in the final moments of the pole shootout at Homestead to topple provisional polesitter and qualifying two pacesetter Kurt Busch by 0.019 seconds, giving Hendrick its 200th pole. The front two rows are filled with erstwhile title protagonists, as Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski share row two. Keselowski, another man whose title chance ended at Phoenix, had been quickest in both practice and the first round of qualifying. Harvick is three places clear of his nearest title rival, with Clint Bowyer [...]

NASCAR pledges tougher abuse stance

November 15th, 2014

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NASCAR chairman Brian France says no action will be taken against Kurt Busch while allegations of domestic assault are investigated, but promised a tough stance if he is found guilty. Dover police announced last week that Busch was the subject of allegations stemming from the Cup race weekend in late September, although no charges have yet been filed. The issue of domestic abuse in professional sports has attracted increasing scrutiny in the US this year due to a number of high-profile cases, most notably the video footage of NFL player Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee in an elevator. The former Baltimore Ravens running back received an indefinite suspension from the NFL, and other professional leagues have since clarified their stance on domestic abuse cases. NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil was not [...]

Ogier still under pressure from Latvala

November 14th, 2014

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Sebastien Ogier remains under pressure from Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala for the Rally GB lead at the end of Friday’s stages. Latvala was quickest on three of the four stages that made up the Friday afternoon loop of the 2014 World Rally Championship finale. His initial pace on the opening Gartheiniog stage more than halved the nine-second lead that Ogier had established in the morning, but the champion pulled away again on the following Dyfi stage. Although Latvala could not make quite the same progress on Hafren Sweet Lamb or Maesnant, only beating Ogier by a few tenths each time, he did end the day within 6.6s of the leader. The VW pair are now over a minute clear of the rest of the field, with Mikko Hirvonen up to [...]

Jani, Dumas give Porsche third pole

November 14th, 2014

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Neel Jani and Romain Dumas claimed a third pole position of the 2014 World Endurance Championship for Porsche at Bahrain. Jani and Dumas followed up on their pole two weeks ago in Shanghai aboard the #14 Porsche 919 Hybrid by pipping the Toyota of Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi. The Porsche drivers’ four-lap average of 1m43.145s put them 0.265s up on the championship leading duo’s Toyota TS040 HYBRID. Jani, who set the fastest lap of the session with a 1m41.987s, said: “I was a little bit surprised myself to see a 1m41s, but the car felt really good. “We have been improving the car session to session and everything came together, the braking and the handling.” The #20 qualified by Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley ended up third, more than [...]

Fast Start for Crafton’s Championship Weekend

by Dave Moulthrop on November 14th, 2014

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Fast Start for Crafton’s Championship Weekend

Matt Crafton has taken a different approach to the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship. While concentrating on points during his 2013 run for the championship, which netted the 38 year old  series regular his first series crown.  The 2014 approach has been to lead laps and win races, and while Crafton refuses to discuss the prospects of a second championship it appears the outcome will be the same. Going into the final event at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, Crafton leads the points championship by 25 points over Ryan Blaney — and is poised to make series history by becoming the first back-to-back champion the the 20 history of the Camping World Truck Series. “If we do what we’re supposed to do, and we do what we’ve been doing all [...]

Ogier takes early lead in Rally GB

November 14th, 2014

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Sebastien Ogier holds the early advantage in a battle with Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala after the first loop of Rally GB stages. VW’s third driver Andreas Mikkelsen was Ogier’s main rival on the World Rally Championship finale’s opening stage, but went off into a ditch and damaged his steering on SS2, forcing him out of leg one. That left Ogier looking comfortable as he edged further clear of Latvala, before the Finn struck back by winning SS3. Ogier was slightly quicker again on SS4, leaving them 9.5 seconds apart heading for service. While the remaining VWs are in a class of their own in the muddy conditions, the battle for third place is extremely close. Mads Ostberg holds the position in his Citroen, 4.5s ahead of Mikko Hirvonen’s M-Sport Ford. [...]