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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.

Chaves takes Lights title, Harvey wins

August 24th, 2014

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Jack Harvey dominated Sunday’s Indy Lights season finale at Sonoma, although the Brit’s win was not enough to prevent title rival Gabby Chaves from securing the championship on a countback. Harvey’s title hopes depended upon him winning the race with Chaves finishing no higher than third and he did all he could to uphold his end of the bargain. After the first two starts were waved off, Harvey shot away on the third attempted start and was never threatened, eventually crossing the line with a victory margin of 18.7018 seconds. Unfortunately for him, Chaves was equally untroubled in second, and with his closest pursuer more than 13s behind him, the Belardi driver was under no pressure to try to hunt Harvey down. He and Harvey finished the season equal on [...]

Collard scores first BTCC win of 2014

August 24th, 2014

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Rob Collard scored his first victory of 2014 in the reversed-grid British Touring Car finale at Knockhill. The WSR BMW driver went from sixth to fourth at the start and then dived by Dave Newsham’s AmD Ford Focus at the hairpin on the first lap. Collard, running on the softer Dunlop tyre, robustly fought by Fabrizio Giovanardi’s Motorbase Ford Focus at the same place on lap two and then closed in on team-mate and leader Nick Foster. After tracking Foster for a few laps, Collard got a run out of the hairpin and completed the move into Duffus Dip at around one-third distance. Newsham followed Collard through but could not stay with the number 10 BMW 125i M Sport . Championship leader Colin Turkington was also moving forward. After starting [...]

Newgarden stays with merged CFH

August 24th, 2014

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Josef Newgarden will remain in the #67 IndyCar next year after signing with the newly-merged CFH Racing team. Newgarden is in his third consecutive season with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, which announced last week that it will merge with Ed Carpenter Racing to form a multi-car team during the off-season. His deal is for one year, with a further one-year option. “I decided to stay here because I believe in our group and everything that we’ve built and where we are going,” said Newgarden, who will start Sunday’s IndyCar race at Sonoma from the front row. “It’s a very strong situation that’s on the rise, and I think next year is the year to capitalise on it. “Ed [Carpenter] has been one of the biggest guys who has helped me [...]

Jager, Baumann win from the back

August 24th, 2014

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Schubert drivers Thomas Jager and Dominik Baumann claimed victory in the main Blancpain Sprint Series race at the Slovakia Ring from the back of the grid. Jager jumped to fifth at the end of the opening lap from a starting position of 19th after their BMW Z4′s retirement in the opening race. A quick turnaround by the Schubert team got Baumann out in third place after the mandatory pitstops and the Austrian was able to move past the HTP Mercedes of Maximilian Gotz and then overtake Sergio Jimenez’s BMW Team Brazil entry with two laps to go to take the victory. Baumann said: “The car was brilliant in the race; there was nearly no drop off in the tyres, which meant we must have got the pressures just right.” Jager [...]

Nasr scores fourth victory of 2014

August 24th, 2014

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Felipe Nasr closed the gap on points leader Jolyon Palmer with his fourth GP2 Series victory of the season at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday morning. Having grabbed the lead at the first corner, Carlin racer Nasr won the Sprint race by five seconds from Johnny Cecotto Jr, who passed Palmer’s DAMS car for second on lap two and took the fight to Nasr thereafter. Trident’s Cecotto got to within 0.6s of Nasr, but was never quite close enough to attempt a pass, and dropped well back in the closing stages as Nasr secured the bonus point for fastest lap. Behind Palmer, Mitch Evans took fourth place right at the end for Russian Time when Hilmer’s poleman Daniel Abt suffered a technical issue at Raidillon that handed him the position. Stoffel Vandoorne [...]

McLaughlin takes another Volvo win

August 24th, 2014

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Scott McLaughlin held on to give the new V8 Supercars Volvo its second victory in a championship round by just three tenths of a second at Eastern Creek. Pole-winner McLaughlin had dominated most of the race and was sitting on a comfortable five-second advantage before high tyre wear left him vulnerable to a charge from Nick Percat. The Walkinshaw Holden closed in by as much as a second per lap, but McLaughlin was able to raise his pace just enough to stay ahead, taking the flag 0.3632 seconds clear. The result was a huge boost for the Garry Rogers Motorsport team after a fraught Saturday in which McLaughlin had an engine failure early in race one then lost a wheel in race two after starting from pole. Percat’s second place [...]

Logano leads Bristol Penske one-two

August 24th, 2014

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Joey Logano claimed his third win of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season by holding off team-mate Brad Keselowski in a Penske one-two in the Bristol Motor Speedway night race. Logano was able to fight to the front and make a late break as the final portion of a sometimes destructive race ran incident-free. A long struggle to lap Jeff Gordon allowed Keselowski and Joe Gibbs Toyota driver Matt Kenseth to close in, but Logano had enough in hand to resist both. The trio were covered by six tenths of a second at the flag. Jimmie Johnson recovered from two pitlane speeding penalties to take fourth, ahead of Kurt Bush, Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Carl Edwards. Jamie McMurray – one of those still hunting for a Chase spot – looked [...]

Power flies to Sonoma pole

August 24th, 2014

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Will Power will start the IndyCar race at Sonoma from pole position for Penske after a dramatic qualifying session late on Saturday afternoon. Power secured the top spot with a fastest lap of 1m17.4126s, although he actually went faster during the opening qualifying phase, resetting the track record with a 1m17.2393s. “I didn’t think the first flying lap would be pole,” said Power. “We thought we could go quicker with the newer tyres, but it was the same as Barber – the older tyres turned out to be the ones that did it.” It could have been an all-Penske front row were it not for a couple of mistakes from Power’s team-mate and title rival Helio Castroneves, who tumbled from second to sixth in the final couple of minutes via [...]

Castroneves tops second practice

August 23rd, 2014

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Helio Castroneves was quickest in a busy second IndyCar practice session at Sonoma on Saturday. Several drivers took turns at the top of the timesheets before Penske’s Castroneves made it his own with a fastest lap of 1m18.6582s, although his time was very nearly beaten right at the end by Ryan Briscoe, whose best effort fell just 0.0338 seconds short. Briscoe’s late run knocked first practice pacesetter Ryan Hunter-Reay back to third, with Scott Dixon and Will Power rounding out the top five. Several of the earlier session leaders faded back as others around them put on new tyres, including Juan Pablo Montoya, who was quickest with 20 minutes to go and finished up eighth-fastest, and Marco Andretti, who ended the afternoon in 10th. The session was the final chance [...]

Harvey wins to keep title fight alive

August 23rd, 2014

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Jack Harvey set himself up for a championship showdown in Sunday’s Indy Lights finale after dominating the opening race of this weekend’s double-header at Sonoma. Harvey started from pole and was never threatened; the Brit crossing the line 6.4 seconds ahead of current points leader Gabby Chaves. The win moves the Brit to within 12 points of the Colombian, meaning that he needs to win tomorrow’s race with Chaves finishing no higher than third to secure the title. Chaves’ run to second was anything but straightforward. He was forced to recover his position early on after running wide at Turn 2 and losing a place to Luiz Razia, and made another mistake later in the race that cost him a couple of seconds. Despite the mishaps, Chaves’ day was substantially [...]

Lietz homebound after breaking arm

August 23rd, 2014

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Porsche factory GT driver Richard Lietz has been diagnosed with a fractured arm after a crash in practice for this weekend’s Virginia International Raceway United SportsCar round. Lietz’s CORE Autosport-run Porsche 911 went off at VIR’s second corner in practice, and was then hit by Jan Magnussen’s Corvette. Magnussen was convinced that another car had dropped fluid on the track in the braking area, causing both GTLM cars to crash moments apart. Lietz was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and then had his fracture treated. He was released on Saturday afternoon and will now travel to Austria for surgery. Lietz had been due to share his car with Nick Tandy in Sunday’s USC round, in which GTLM is the headline category as the Prototype class is not part [...]

Risi on pole for all-GT USC event

August 23rd, 2014

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Ferrari driver Pierre Kaffer edged BMW’s Bill Auberlen in a closely fought qualifying for the GTLM-led United SportsCar round at Virginia International Raceway. With the VIR event not featuring the USC’s usual flagship Prototype class, the GTLM and GTD divisions have centre stage for a rare standalone race. Auberlen was quickest at the beginning of the 15-minute session in the Rahal Letterman Lanigan-run BMW Z4, but great pace from Bryan Sellers then bumped the Falken Porsche 911 up to first, 0.4 seconds ahead. Auberlen and Sellers continued to jockey for the quickest time, but it was close across the whole field as the top eight were soon all within 0.6s. Kaffer snatched a time 0.256s quicker than Auberlen in the closing minutes in his Risi Ferrari 458 to take pole [...]

Blancpain leader Buhk suspended

August 23rd, 2014

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Blancpain Sprint Series points leader Maximilian Buhk’s suspension from this weekend’s Slovakia Ring event has been questioned by his HTP Motorsport squad. Buhk’s suspension follows an incident at the ADAC GT Masters series event at the same circuit two weeks ago. The 21-year-old, who leads the BSS with regular team-mate Maximilian Gotz, parked his Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG after sustaining a puncture late in the second ADAC race and failed to comply with instructions from the marshals to move the car. His licence has been withdrawn pending a tribunal organised by the German national sporting authority, the DMSB. HTP team manager Norbert Bruckner said: “Max for sure did something wrong, but we do not believe that the punishment fits the crime. “It is out of proportion, because it affects his participation [...]

Vanthoor puts Audi on Slovakia pole

August 23rd, 2014

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WRT Audi driver Laurens Vanthoor claimed pole position for Saturday afternoon’s qualifying race at the Slovakia Ring round of the Blancpain Sprint Series. Vanthoor, who shares his Audi R8 LMS ultra with Cesar Ramos, took top spot in qualifying with his first flying lap of the final Q3 session. His time of 1m58.187s was good enough for him to edge out Jeroen Bleekemolen’s Grasser Lamborghini FLII by a tenth a half. Bleekemolen went off at Turn 1 on his first flying lap, before putting in two laps good enough for second on the grid. Vanthoor said: “On this track, new tyres make a big difference, so on the first lap I tried at full potential and it worked out.” Bleekemolen explained that an ABS problem had caused him to lock [...]

Van Gisbergen dominates wet opener

August 23rd, 2014

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Shane van Gisbergen won in a dominant display of wet-weather driving in the first V8 Supercars race at a soaked Eastern Creek on Saturday. Tekno Holden driver van Gisbergen made a charging start from sixth to third at the lights to put him on the gearboxes of poleman Jamie Whincup and Scott McLaughlin. Poor visibility from the first-lap spray resulted in contact between Tim Slade and James Moffat in the middle of the pack, which turned Slade around and left him a sitting duck for David Reynolds to plough into at Turn 3 (pictured below). The shunt ended the race for both drivers, and brought the safety car out for the first time in the race. On the restart van Gisbergen immediately made it one up on the podium to [...]

Harvick claims fifth pole of 2014

August 22nd, 2014

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Kevin Harvick took his fifth pole position of 2014 and set a new track record at Bristol Motor Speedway in NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying. It was a session characterised by numerous trips into the wall, firstly from Chase points challenger and fastest driver in first practice Kyle Larson, and then followed in quick succession by Aric Almirola, Casey Mears, and later Cole Whitt. The final 12 also played dare with the wall, but cleaner laps meant that Jeff Gordon was able to set a new track record to go quickest with eight minutes remaining. It looked like Gordon had a third straight pole all but wrapped up, but Harvick in the Stewart-Haas Chevrolet found an extra bit of speed to snatch pole and the lap record in the final minutes, [...]

Toyota vows to raise NASCAR game

August 21st, 2014

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Toyota has pledged to improve its NASCAR Sprint Cup performance following criticisms from Denny Hamlin at Michigan Speedway last weekend. Hamlin finished seventh in his Toyota-powered Joe Gibbs Racing entry, and said that result could be partly blamed on a lack of horsepower relative to the Hendrick Chevrolet units used by winner Jeff Gordon and second-placed Kevin Harvick. “We’re just trying to make the best we can, down 50 horsepower,” he said. “We just can’t accelerate down the straightaway like them.” David Wilson, president and general manager of TRD, admitted to Fox Sports that Toyota was at a power disadvantage to its rivals, and said that he is committed to breaching that gap. “The reality is, we have not had the season we expected,” he said. “We’ve fallen short and [...]

McWilliams to race in Moto2 in Britain

August 21st, 2014

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Former 250cc race winner Jeremy McWilliams will make a surprise return to world championship racing at Silverstone next weekend when he will compete in the Moto2 class. The 50-year-old will ride an experimental Brough Superior in the intermediate grand prix category, which comes seven years after he last raced in MotoGP as part of the disastrous Ilmor project. Despite the long duration of time, McWilliams has never formally retired from motorcycle racing and has won the North West 200 race in Northern Ireland in the last two years. The Irishman is also eligible to compete in Moto2 as the series’ age limit restrictions state that “the limit for the maximum age finishes at the end of the year in which the rider reaches the age of 50.” McWilliams, who famously [...]

Neuville to start despite major crash

August 21st, 2014

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Thierry Neuville will make the start of Rally Germany, despite rolling his Hyundai i20 WRC six times on Thursday morning’s shakedown. But the Belgian might have to walk over the start ramp as his car may not be ready for the evening ceremony. Neuville crashed out of his third run at the shakedown stage close to Trier, but the German-based team is confident of getting the i20 fixed in time for Friday morning’s first competitive stage. A Hyundai spokesperson said: “We have a little bit of work to do, but the car’s OK. “It just needs some panels, doors, maybe wings, a windscreen and a little bit of tape and it’ll be fine. “There’s no major mechanical issues with the car at all and the roll cage wasn’t damaged.” Hyundai [...]

Breen excluded from Rally Germany

August 21st, 2014

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Craig Breen has been excluded from Rally Germany ahead of Thursday night’s start of the Trier-based World Rally Championship qualifier. The Irishman was notified of his exclusion today after a stewards’ bulletin communicated concerns regarding a back injury Breen sustained during the last round of the series in Finland. The bulletin stated: “Considering the potential for and consequence of a further situation occurring during the competition resulting in the loss of control of the car, in the interests of safety competitor number 14 cannot start the rally.” Breen was detained in hospital for a night following a heavy landing on the final day of Rally Finland, but the Ford Fiesta RS WRC driver was given the all-clear to compete in Germany a week ago. Breen said: “First and foremost I [...]