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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.

  • 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.

Bottas adjusts car after back problem

March 26th, 2015

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Valtteri Bottas changed the seat and pedal positions of his Formula 1 Williams to avoid a repeat of the back problem that kept him out of the Australian Grand Prix. The Finn was passed fit after the FIA medical team inspected him on Thursday and will return to the cockpit for this weekend’s Malaysian GP. But to ensure that there is less stress on his back in future, the team has made changes primarily to the pedal positioning even though Bottas is still using the same seat he was using in Australia. “We have a really good idea, so we have changed the seat and pedal position quite a reasonable amount,” said Bottas. “The back is in a more neutral position in the car, so there is less pressure for [...]

Manor certain of Sepang track time

March 26th, 2015

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Manor is “100 per cent” certain of being able to run in Friday morning’s first free practice session ahead of the second Formula 1 race of the year in Malaysia, according to team principal John Booth. The former Marussia squad was in Australia, but because of having to rebuild IT infrastructures was unable to take to the track. But Booth expects its pair of 2014 machines, which have been converted to meet the current regulations, to be fired up today in preparation for Friday’s track debut. “Yes, 100 per cent certain,” Booth told AUTOSPORT when asked if he was sure the cars could run. “We made a lot of progress in Australia and most of the software glitches were solved by Sunday afternoon as we didn’t waste any time there. [...]

Alonso to race at Sepang

March 26th, 2015

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McLaren’s Fernando Alonso will compete in this weekend’s Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix after passing the FIA’s mandatory fitness tests on Thursday. The two-time world champion missed the final pre-season test and the Australian Grand Prix as a result of a concussion he suffered in an accident at the second test at Barcelona. The Spaniard returned to McLaren’s factory in Woking last week to spend time in the team’s simulator before going over details of the accident with engineers as part of an investigation into the crash. He then successfully passed a series of medical tests at Cambridge University on Sunday before flying to Malaysia. On Thursday, he was passed fit by the FIA medical delegate and the track doctor ahead of Friday’s first practice. “In accordance with normal procedures, [...]

Bottas cleared to race in Malaysia

March 26th, 2015

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Williams driver Valtteri Bottas has been cleared to drive in this weekend’s Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix. The Finn was forced to pull out of the Australian Grand Prix after being evaluated by the FIA medical delegate Jean-Charles Piette on the day of the race, having suffered back pain. He travelled to Indonesia between races to acclimatise to the hot and humid conditions while working with a physiotherapist to give himself the best chance to compete in Malaysia. On Thursday, Bottas was given the all-clear by the FIA medical team at Sepang and will now take part in first practice on Friday. Bottas tweeted: “Passed the medical tests and I’ve been given green light from @fia to race this weekend. Let’s do it.” Williams said in a statement: “Valtteri has [...]

Toet put on gardening leave by Sauber

March 26th, 2015

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Willem Toet is no longer working for Sauber having been placed on gardening leave, team principal Monisha Kaltenborn has said. Toet was in his second stint as head of aerodynamics, having held the position from 2006 to 2009 during the period when the squad was BMW-owned. He left the team after the German manufacturer’s departure but rejoined Sauber in 2011, replacing Seamus Mullarkey who requested a change of role. Kalternborn told AUTOSPORT: “He is still employed, but he’s on gardening leave. It’s not a premature termination, it’s just ending.” When asked if Toet will be replaced, Kaltenborn said: “We are in a restructuring process of the company. We have changed a couple of positions and that’s part of it as well.” Michael Schmidt has joined as marketing director while Swiss [...]

Audi’s Green tops day one of DTM test

March 25th, 2015

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Jamie Green set the pace for Audi on the first day of official pre-season DTM testing at Estoril on Wednesday. The British driver’s 1m32.774s late in the day moved him well clear of the rest of the pack, comfortably giving him top spot ahead of his team-mate (and morning pacesetter) Mike Rockenfeller. Rockenfeller led the way throughout the morning running after posting his 1m33.173s early on. While he was only fourth quickest in the afternoon, his morning time would only be bettered by Green, who described the day’s running as “compromised” due to gusty winds. Rockenfeller notched up the most laps over the course of the day (156), just edging out another Audi of Mattias Ekstrom for that honour. That left Audi well clear of BMW and Mercedes in the [...]

Block won’t appear in WRC in 2015

March 25th, 2015

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Gymkhana star Ken Block will focus his attentions on Global Rallycross this season and will not compete in a single World Rally Championship round for the first time since 2009. Block’s rallying outings will be limited to a brace of domestic events in New Zealand and two Rally America rounds alongside his GRC commitments. His decision also means he will not contest any World Rallycross rounds in 2015. In addition to his competition programmes, Block will launch his Gymkhana Eight film and carry out demonstration runs in the modified Ford Mustang he ran in Gymkhana Seven. “I’m really excited about my race calendar for 2015,” said Block. “Just like last year, I feel really lucky to be able to have such a diverse race calendar. “I’m looking forward to competing [...]

Honda: More teams wouldn’t help

March 25th, 2015

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Honda does not believe that its bid to catch up to its rivals in Formula 1 would be boosted if it supplied more than one team for its comeback. The Japanese manufacturer has endured a tough start to its latest stint in F1, suffering a problematic winter testing programme with McLaren that led to a disappointing race debut in the Australian Grand Prix. While Honda’s troubles have been compared to those suffered by its rivals in early 2014, those manufacturers all had multiple teams to work with to resolve the problems as quickly as possible. However, Honda’s F1 boss Yasuhisa Arai feels that the company is getting enough data from its partnership with McLaren, and that supplying more teams would not make a difference. When asked if the recovery process [...]

‘No agenda’ over Hulkenberg/Porsche

March 25th, 2015

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Force India has no concerns about Nico Hulkenberg contesting the Le Mans 24 Hours with Porsche alongside Formula 1 programme, according to deputy team principal Bob Fernley. Hulkenberg will contest the Spa round of the World Endurance Championship on May 2 in preparation for famous race the following month. Le Mans falls between the Canadian and Austrian Grands Prix this year. The German will become the first active grand prix driver to combine F1 and Le Mans programmes since Sebastien Bourdais took part in the 2009 race with Peugeot in between his Toro Rosso commitments. Fernley told AUTOSPORT: “If we have the opportunity to help our drivers widen their career, why would we want to stand in their way? It would be a bit selfish. “We have a very good [...]

Ferrari: No panic about Mercedes

March 25th, 2015

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Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says there is no need to panic about the advantage Mercedes currently has in Formula 1. Sebastian Vettel scored a podium on his Ferrari debut in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, while Kimi Raikkonen was on-course for at least fifth before a wheelnut problem. It was a much improved performance from a team that was the fourth best on merit in 2014 and it led Arrivabene to suggest Ferrari should focus on Mercedes rather than looking over its shoulder to Williams and Red Bull. However, the team made mistakes during qualifying, having believed it had a car capable of at P3 on the grid, while Raikkonen encountered problems during both his stops in the race. And Vettel finished the Australian Grand Prix more than 30 [...]

Ogier: WRC can’t aim for total safety

March 25th, 2015

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World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier has called for a balanced approach to any potential safety changes in response to Ott Tanak’s dramatic crash into a lake during Rally Mexico. Tanak’s M-Sport Ford sank to the bottom of a lake after he went off the road on the first full day of the most recent WRC round. The Estonian and co-driver Raigo Molder were able to swim to safety, and M-Sport remarkably got their Fiesta back into the rally for the last leg. While concerned by Tanak’s crash and the response time to the accident, Ogier underlined that risk is inherent in the sport. “We are doing rallying,” Ogier told AUTOSPORT. “There will always be places where it is not good to go off. “Take the [Col de] Turini [on the [...]

Crutchlow wants momentum back

March 25th, 2015

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Cal Crutchlow is looking to regain the momentum his MotoGP career lost during an injury-disrupted season with Ducati, following his 2015 switch to LCR Honda. The Brit finished fifth in the 2013 standings on a Tech 3 Yamaha, claiming two pole positions and four podiums, but a crash during 2014′s second round at Austin marred the remainder of his campaign. With an injured hand, he missed the next race at Termas de Rio Hondo and eventually scored a single podium at Aragon on his way to 13th in the points, eight places behind team-mate Andrea Dovizioso. After agreeing to terminate his two-year deal early, he has moved to the satellite Honda outfit. “Of course, but that isn’t down to the team or the bike that I was riding,” Crutchlow told [...]

New LMP2 plans to be presented

March 25th, 2015

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The tender process for the 2017 LMP2 rulebook that is set to limit the number of constructors to four will be outlined during this week’s World Endurance Championship test. The FIA and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, who are jointly writing the regulations, will host the latest meeting at which the new formula will be discussed with interested parties at the Paul Ricard event. They will present their proposals for how constructors will bid for one of the four allocated slots, which will cover the four-year lifespan of the rules up to the end of 2020. It is understood that there is a target price of €500,000 for a rolling chassis, which is up from the present maximums of €450,000 and €370,000 for closed and open-top machinery respectively. It is [...]

Rosberg has to ‘make a pass stick’

March 25th, 2015

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Nico Rosberg needs to successfully pass Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton on track to have any chance of wrestling control of the championship battle, according to ex-Formula 1 driver Martin Brundle. Rosberg was the better qualifier of the two in last year’s F1 title battle as he took 11 poles to Hamilton’s seven across the 2014 season. But despite winning five grands prix, Rosberg was unable to make a pass on his team-mate stick at any point during the campaign, with Hamilton going on to win 11 races. “Rosberg needs to keep doing the same thing as he did last year by outqualifying him,” Brundle told AUTOSPORT. “Then in wheel-to-wheel combat he’s got to beat him, because he never passed him and made it stick last year.” EDD STRAW: One man [...]

IndyCar wants to be F1 alternative

March 25th, 2015

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IndyCar boss Mark Miles believes that the high race-hosting fees in Formula 1 could work in his series’ favour as it explores opportunities to expand beyond North America. The US single-seater series is in the process of attempting a transition into a season that begins and ends earlier in the year, with the hope of compensating for the lack of North American venues with a suitable climate for racing in February and March by adding a handful of overseas events. The first step in that direction was intended to be a race in Brasilia earlier this month, however the event was cancelled in February after the local government withdrew its funding. However Miles remains optimistic that IndyCar can succeed outside of North America, and he believes that it can do [...]

Silverstone wants to reduce prices

March 25th, 2015

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Silverstone is hoping to continue pushing down ticket prices for the British Grand Prix as it bids to make hosting Formula 1 sustainable. The German Grand Prix dropped off the calendar last week after Hockenheim gave up hope of hosting the race. Silverstone is privately-owned and receives no government funding so it faces a challenge to afford the race fee and survive as a viable business. The management was given an overhaul late last year with Patrick Allen replacing Richard Phillips as managing director, and the new regime has already implemented sweeping changes. A ticket for the British Grand Prix was among one of the most expensive on the F1 calendar in 2014, but earlier this year, Allen began plans to change by cutting prices. “When I came up with [...]

Formula E alters format for Long Beach

March 25th, 2015

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Formula E has altered its on-track schedule for the next round in Long Beach, switching to three shorter practice sessions before qualifying. The series has traditionally held two practice sessions adding up to 1h15m of track time, but for the Long Beach event it will split that running time over three sessions of 25 minutes. Formula E sporting manager Benoit Dupont explained that the reason for the change was due to the pit and paddock layout, because the series will use the traditional IndyCar pitlane at the famous street circuit for its April 4 event. “In Long Beach we are using part of the IndyCar circuit along Shoreline Drive therefore we are using a similar style pitlane with the garages in a remote paddock,” he said. “To maximise [battery] charging [...]

World RX launches talent search

March 25th, 2015

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The World Rallycross Championship has launched a talent search that will take place in the build-up to the Motorsport News World RX of Great Britain in May. MSA competition licence holders aged between 18 and 30 have been invited to put their names forward for the contest, the winner of which will receive a free drive in the supporting RX Lites Cup category at the Turkish round, which is held at ex-Formula 1 grand prix venue Istanbul Park in October. Reigning World RX teams’ champion OlsbergsMSE will provide three RX Lites cars for the shootout between up to 15 finalists. Judges will include 2001 World Rally champion co-driver Robert Reid from the MSA Academy, 2013 British Touring Car champion and former rallycross ace Andrew Jordan, World RX chief Martin Anayi, [...]

Rebellion signs Abt and Imperatori

March 25th, 2015

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Daniel Abt and Alexandre Imperatori have joined the Rebellion Racing LMP1 squad for the 2015 World Endurance Championship. Abt and Imperatori, a former GP2 driver and WEC LMP2 race winner respectively, will race together in the Anglo-Swiss squad’s second Rebellion-AER R-One together with team regular Dominik Kraihamer. They take the seats filled last year by long-time Rebellion driver Andrea Belicchi and Fabio Leimer. Rebellion team manager Bart Hayden said: “We welcome Alexandre and Daniel to our team. “We are confident that they will be positive additions and that they will help us to take the challenge to our competitors in the LMP1 field.” Abt, who is racing in Formula E with his family’s Abt Sportsline team, described the deal with Rebellion as “an enormous boost”. Swiss Imperatori, who took two [...]

BTCC refugee Jackson gets Aston drive

March 25th, 2015

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British Touring Car Championship frontrunner Mat Jackson will race a Motorbase Aston Martin in British GT this season after the team’s tin-top programme was thrown into doubt last week. The 2008 BTCC runner-up has been at Motorbase since 2010 and has been retained by David Bartrum’s outfit for this season despite it being set to miss at least the first half of the season with budget issues. Jackson will instead partner Aston regular Phil Dryburgh in a third Motorbase V12 Vantage at the Oulton Park British GT opener on April 6, and has already tested at the Cheshire track. “I am really excited about this because the cars are amazing,” he said. “I am still smiling after my first test. “It might take a little time to adapt, because it [...]