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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.

Kimball leads Pocono practice

August 22nd, 2015

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Charlie Kimball set the pace in the opening practice session for this weekend’s IndyCar round at Pocono. The Ganassi driver was the first to top the 219.365mph benchmark set by team-mate Sage Karam in the earlier rookie session, and improved his time again later to settle at 40.6554 seconds and 221.373mph. Karam also improved upon his own speed to 220.788mph to end the morning second-fastest for a Ganassi one-two, leaving Penske’s Simon Pagenaud to complete the top three just ahead of team-mate and championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya’s main title rival Graham Rahal had a quiet start to the weekend, and spent the first half of the session towards the bottom of the timesheets before eventually climbing to 11th. He’ll draw some encouragement from the pace of some of [...]

Montoya ‘in good shape’ for run-in

August 20th, 2015

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Juan Pablo Montoya believes he is “in good shape” for the IndyCar title run-in despite having his lead cut to nine points with just two races remaining. The Colombian has led the championship all season, but he has been outscored by Graham Rahal in each of the last four events to tighten up the points race. However, with just races at Pocono and Sonoma remaining over the next two weekends, Montoya believes he will finish the year strongly. “We’re in good shape,” he said. “We won at Pocono last year, and we should run pretty good going to these next races. “You can’t really know what’s going to happen, but I think we’ll be fine. Honestly I do feel we’re going to be OK. “We’ve done a really good job [...]

Andretti team settles lawsuit

August 19th, 2015

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The lawsuit filed against Andretti Autosport by Andretti Sports Marketing has been resolved, although the terms of the settlement have not been disclosed. John Lopes and Starke Taylor, who were co-owners of ASM along with Michael Andretti, launched the suit last week claiming, amongst other things, that Andretti’s IndyCar team is insolvent. A team statement issued on Tuesday said that the parties have reached a preliminary settlement agreement through the assistance of Mediator John R Van Winkle. According to the statement, Van Winkle observed that “all parties … went to extraordinary lengths to keep their employees, fans and the racing community in mind.” The statement also said there will be no further litigation, and that the matter has been dismissed. As part of the settlement, ASM will be sold to [...]

Rahal: Pocono pivotal to title race

August 19th, 2015

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Graham Rahal says the penultimate IndyCar round at Pocono could prove more crucial than Sonoma’s finale, in his bid to overhaul Juan Pablo Montoya and win a maiden title. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver moved from 42 points adrift to within just nine of the ex-F1 driver with two races remaining, following a hometown victory at Mid-Ohio. Penske’s Montoya was in control of the race until the safety car was called for a Sage Karam spin during the final round of pitstops, dropping the Colombian to finish 11th. As Rahal looks to join his father, three-time champion Bobby, as a title winner, he acknowledges that while he’s feeling confident about Sonoma’s double-points finale, the last oval at Pocono on August 23 will be vital. “You know, I feel very confident [...]

Foyt to miss races after surgery

August 19th, 2015

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AJ Foyt will miss the final two races of the IndyCar season while he recovers from recent surgery to his knee. The 80-year-old underwent surgery on August 10 after suffering a staph infection in his right artificial knee; a similar procedure to one performed on his left knee in early 2012. Doctors removed the prosthesis and replaced it with an antibiotic-infused cement spacer to help clear the infection. That is expected to remain in place for around six weeks, after which Foyt will undergo another procedure to have a new artificial knee implanted. A further six weeks of recovery time will follow. “This is one of the worst things I’ve gone through in my life,” said the four-time Indy 500 winner. “Knowing I have five or six weeks dealing with [...]

Harvey tops Lights-focused Sonoma test

August 14th, 2015

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Indy Lights championship leader Jack Harvey declared himself happy with his first IndyCar test after narrowly beating Nelson Piquet Jr and Matt Brabham to lead the non-regulars at Sonoma. Seven drivers turned out on Thursday for the special test, which was allowed under an IndyCar rule that grants teams two additional on-track days if an Indy Lights driver completes at least 50 per cent of the running in each car. Harvey completed 55 laps in a Schmidt car set up by Ryan Briscoe and finished with a fastest lap of 1m18.93s, which was good enough for sixth overall in the morning session. Formula E champion Piquet was just behind him on the unofficial times at 1m19.02s for Team Penske, while Brabham managed a 1m19.03s with Andretti Autosport in the afternoon. [...]

Indy part of Clauson’s 200-race aim

August 14th, 2015

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Dirt track star Bryan Clauson is aiming to use next year’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 as the centerpiece of an attempt to complete a 200-race schedule in 2016. The four-time USAC champion, who already has two Indy starts to his credit, will combine his Indianapolis programme in the No.88 Jonathan Byrd’s Racing entry with appearances in winged and non-winged sprint cars, midget races, and a limited Silver Crown and pavement winged sprint car schedule. “I’m not sure if this is awesome or crazy, but I’m beyond excited for our plans for ‘The Chasing 200 Tour’,” Clauson said. “As a race car driver, you dream of racing on the biggest stages, and this tour gives me the opportunity to race on every big stage in dirt track racing along [...]

Fontana off IndyCar schedule in 2016

August 14th, 2015

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Fontana will not return to the IndyCar calendar in 2016, the series has confirmed. The 2-mile superspeedway had been in an ongoing struggle to secure a date and broadcast slot that translated into a strong audience, both on TV and in the grandstands. Last year’s season-finale at the venue drew poor TV ratings because the 7:20pm start time translated into a 10:20pm start time for viewers on the east coast of the US. This year, the race was switched to a more TV-friendly afternoon start, but the intense mid-summer heat contributed to a fan turnout that was estimated to be as low as 4000. “There was a tremendous amount of effort put forth to keep Auto Club Speedway on the calendar,” said Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar parent company Hulman [...]

Aero kit progress made at Indy test

August 13th, 2015

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Penske’s Simon Pagenaud is optimistic that his team took a step towards improving its understanding of the speedway-spec IndyCar aero kit after testing at Indianapolis on Wednesday. The Frenchman was joined at the test by Ganassi’s Tony Kanaan, CFH Racing’s Ed Carpenter and Andretti’s Ryan Hunter-Reay, with the day’s programmes aimed at laying down groundwork for next year as well as searching for gains that could be implemented at Pocono in two weeks. “We don’t get much testing during the season, so it’s great to be here to get ready for next year already,” Pagenaud said. “We’re doing a lot of aero testing. With the new aero kit, we didn’t really get a chance to extract the best out of it yet. “There’s so much potential; we’re trying to understand [...]

Andretti slams claims made in lawsuit

August 12th, 2015

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Michael Andretti has vowed to “aggressively” fight a lawsuit from within his own organisation after his partners in Andretti Sports Marketing commenced proceedings claiming that the race team is insolvent. Long-time Andretti lieutenant John Lopes, who was removed from his position of president of ASM last month, has combined with fellow ASM co-owner Starke Taylor in filing a suit in the Marion County Supreme Court against Andretti Autosport Holding Company. In addition to the claims about the IndyCar team’s financial situation, which state that the team is $7million in debt with just $2million in assets, the suit also claims that Andretti mismanaged ASM. The organization was recently stripped down to a skeleton staff due to the perilous situation of its events: the IndyCar race at Baltimore fell off the calendar [...]

IndyCar to return to Road America

August 8th, 2015

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Road America will end an eight-year absence from the IndyCar calendar next year after the series confirmed that the historic road course will return to the schedule in 2016. The championship, a regular on the CART/Champ Car schedule in the past, is scheduled to visit the 4.048-mile circuit on June 24-26. “We know how revered Road America is by our drivers, teams and fans and we’re confident it will be a great event on the 2016 IndyCar Series calendar,” said Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar parent company Hulman & Co. “We’re thankful to [Road America president and general manager] George Bruggenthies and his staff for their collaboration in bringing IndyCar back to one of the most iconic road courses in North America. “This event, along with a new street race [...]

Karam cleared after probe into spin

August 6th, 2015

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IndyCar officials have cleared Sage Karam and Chip Ganassi Racing of any wrongdoing after an investigation into the rookie’s spin late in Sunday’s race at Mid-Ohio. Paddock suspicions were aroused when Karam spun and brought out a caution just after team-mate Scott Dixon had made his final visit to the pits, but before race leader Juan Pablo Montoya had stopped. The reshuffle under the caution elevated Dixon and eventual race winner Graham Rahal up to the front, and dropped Montoya into the pack. However IndyCar’s review of the incident, which included analysis of car data and radio transmissions, failed to unearth definitive proof that the spin was deliberate. Elsewhere, Dale Coyne Racing and driver Rodolfo Gonzalez were fined $500 each for minor pitstop infractions, while Chevrolet received both a 10-point [...]

Aleshin makes IndyCar return

August 5th, 2015

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The 2010 Formula Renault 3.5 champion Mikhail Aleshin will return to IndyCar for Sonoma’s season finale with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The Russian will take part in next week’s test at the circuit, during which Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr will run with Penske, before making his first IndyCar start of the season. Aleshin raced in the series with the Honda-powered squad in 2014, taking a podium in Houston, but his campaign ended when he was injured in a crash during Fontana’s season finale. He subsequently switched to the European Le Mans Series with SMP Racing, the LMP2 squad also contesting the Le Mans 24 Hours, but is eyeing a 2016 return to IndyCar. “I’m incredibly happy to be back in this interesting racing series with this team, which has [...]

Piquet gets IndyCar test with Penske

August 2nd, 2015

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Formula E champion and ex-Formula 1 racer Nelson Piquet Jr will test an IndyCar with Team Penske as part of a special rookie test day at Sonoma next week. The Brazilian, who made a one-off Indy Lights appearance in Toronto, will get his opportunity as teams take advantage of rule 6.2.3 of the series regulations. That provides for an additional two test days per team if a Lights driver does at least 50 per cent of the running. Current Lights championship contender Spencer Pigot will run alongside Piquet for Penske, while Sunday’s Lights race winner Sean Rayhall is scheduled to suit up for Ganassi. Carlin’s Ed Jones will drive for Rahal Letterman Lanigan, Matthew Brabham will run for Andretti, and Lights championship leader Jack Harvey will appear with Schmidt. The [...]

Rahal closes in on Montoya with win

August 2nd, 2015

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Graham Rahal blasted the IndyCar title fight wide open with a hometown win at Mid-Ohio on Sunday. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver saw off a brief challenge from Andretti Autosport’s Justin Wilson on a restart with seven laps to go, and coasted away to secure the victory. He picked up an extra point on the final lap for most laps led, bringing him to within just nine points of Juan Pablo Montoya with two races remaining. “Honestly, for me, other than the Indy 500 this is the biggest race of the year,” Rahal said. “To get this victory at a time when we really needed it … man, I don’t know what to say. This means more than my first win. This is everything.” Wilson held on for second to [...]

Dixon sets record Mid-Ohio pole pace

August 1st, 2015

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Scott Dixon saw off a late challenge from Will Power to secure pole position for Sunday’s IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio. The track record was broken three times over the course of the session, and two of those came from Dixon on consecutive laps right at the end of the Fast Six, when the Ganassi driver backed up a 1m04.6588s with a 1m04.5814s on scuffed tyres. As it turned out, that late improvement was needed: while Dixon’s second-last lap was almost 0.4 seconds faster than the rest of the field, a last-gasp improvement from Penske driver Power meant that the final margin between the pair was just 0.09s. Sebastien Bourdais was best of the rest for KV, with Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden and Charlie Kimball completing a Chevrolet lock-out of the [...]

Dixon tops another Mid-Ohio practice

August 1st, 2015

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Scott Dixon continues to set the early-weekend pace at Mid-Ohio after topping the third IndyCar practice session on Saturday morning. The Ganassi driver, who was also fastest on Friday, waited until his final flying lap to post his 1m05.1209s, leaving him more than 0.3 seconds clear of second-fastest Josef Newgarden’s CFH car. Charlie Kimball finished up in third ahead of Sebastien Bourdais, while Andretti duo Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti clocked in as the fastest Hondas at fifth and sixth respectively. Unlike Friday’s red flag-filled sessions, the drivers started Saturday with an unbroken spell of green flag conditions to work with. There were a couple of close calls though, the most spectacular coming when Luca Filippi lost the rear of his CFH Racing car and completed a neat 360 degree [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]