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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.

Pagenaud tops Thursday Indy session

May 15th, 2015

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Simon Pagenaud topped the times at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday as practice continued for next weekend’s Indy 500. The Team Penske driver secured the top of the speed charts with a fastest lap average of 228.793mph. “Today was a really good day,” Pagenaud said. “We’ve been focusing on understanding what the car does in qualifying runs. “Very happy to see the preparation from Penske and how fast the #22 car is. So far, so good.” Andretti’s Carlos Munoz was second-fastest at 228.126mph ahead of Ganassi trio Sage Karam, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan. “Today we were really just focusing on pack racing and long runs with my team-mates,” said Munoz. “The car feels really comfortable – I’m really happy. I feel that I’m competitive, more competitive than last year. [...]

Vautier will qualify not race in 500

May 14th, 2015

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James Davison will race the #19 Dale Coyne Racing entry for next week’s Indy 500, but Tristan Vautier will qualify the car due to a scheduling conflict. Davison is already committed to drive in a sportscar race in Canada this weekend, so Vautier, who raced full-time in IndyCar in 2013 with Schmidt, will deputise for him before heading to Silverstone to prepare for next week’s Blancpain Endurance Series round. “It’s an interesting trade-off,” said Vautier. “Obviously, we’re not going to get out there trying to break records but work toward the qualifying. “It’s an interesting task to be in an Indycar and qualifying it for another driver, but I’m approaching it like I would any other race. “I have to thank James and Dale for trusting me for this job. [...]

Munoz fastest on day four at Indy

May 14th, 2015

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Carlos Munoz took Honda to the top of the timesheets for the first time in the Month of May by going fastest in the fourth day of practice for next weekend’s Indianapolis 500. The Andretti driver reeled off his 230.121mph lap six minutes before the chequered flag. It marked the first time this year that the cars have topped 230mph; a benchmark that was not achieved last year until Fast Friday, when the boost levels are increased from 130 kPa to 140 kPa. “Really, we were not looking for a tow, we just made a change and said, ‘OK let’s go in the group and see if we can just cop a tow and feel the car in traffic a little bit’,” Munoz said. “I went back to the pack [...]

Dixon calls for faster IndyCar reviews

May 13th, 2015

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Scott Dixon has called upon IndyCar to react faster to on-track incidents after Helio Castroneves was issued a post-race penalty four days after the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course race. Castroneves was docked eight points after a post-race review by series officials determined that he made avoidable contact when he hit Dixon in the first corner, triggering a multi-car accident. “The downside is that we’re talking about it several days later when we should be talking about the biggest race in the world,” Dixon said. “I was pretty heated at the time. In my view, the penalty that fits the crime was a drive-through. “We would have been done with it in the first five minutes of the race. It should have been addressed right away. “All the [post-race] penalties [...]

Castroneves uninjured in practice shunt

May 13th, 2015

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Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves has walked away from an airborne crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500 on Wednesday. The day three pacesetter was running into Turn 1 when his car snapped around and made contact with the wall, launching tail-first into the air. It completed a 180-degree flip and landed back on its wheels before sliding to a halt. Castroneves was able to climb from the car unassisted. “The car was really good and I am very blessed,” he said. “Unfortunately I still do not understand what happened. I got loose in Turn 1 and spun out. “The good news is the impact wasn’t very strong and the landing was smooth as well. In all aspects, I have to say I was very lucky there was no big [...]

Castroneves penalised for Indy clash

May 13th, 2015

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Helio Castroneves has been penalised eight championship points following a post-race review by IndyCar officials of last weekend’s encounter on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The Team Penske driver was determined to have breached Rule 9.3.3 (avoidable contact) when he clipped Scott Dixon at the first corner, triggering a chain reaction that resulted in further contact and spins among the cars behind. “Following every event, the IndyCar race stewards conduct a review of all racing incidents utilising all the tools available – including car data, video replays and interviews with the competitors involved,” said Derrick Walker, IndyCar president of competition and operations. “With the benefit of additional camera angles during our post-race review of Saturday’s race, the stewards determined actions of the #3 car (Castroneves) were the cause of [...]

Injured spectator files lawsuit

May 13th, 2015

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The spectator who was struck by debris at the IndyCar season-opener at St Petersburg has opened a lawsuit against the event, the series and a fence company. The Tampa Bay Times reports that the 16-page suit filed by attorneys Justin C Johnson and Christopher M Rotunda on behalf of the fan, Brigitte Hoffstetter, seeks damages in excess of $15,000 from event promoter Green Savoree, IndyCar and Smith Fence. The suit alleges that Hoffstetter was in a concession area 100 yards from the track when she was hit in the head by a piece of carbon fibre, causing her to fall to the ground and suffer a depressed skull fracture. Her attorneys claim the series was negligent on the basis that its manufacturer-designed aero kits, which made their race debut at [...]

Castroneves tops day three at Indy

May 13th, 2015

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Helio Castroneves topped the third day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 as speeds continue to creep up ahead of next weekend’s IndyCar race. The Team Penske driver ran a two-assisted lap at 227.514mph inside the first hour of running, and that speed would remain unbeaten when the session ended. However he also set the fastest unassisted speed of 225.314mph during happy hour, helped by what appeared to be some previously unseen pieces of the Chevrolet superspeedway aero kit. “It was a good day,” said Castroneves, who is chasing his fourth victory at the 500. “The car was super strong, super solid, felt comfortable. Now we’ve got to just keep working with this new aero kit. “Today was basically the second day that we’ve been working constantly, but I like [...]

Karam tops Monday Indy practice

May 12th, 2015

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Sage Karam led a Ganassi one-two-three to set the pace on a rain-interrupted second day of practice for this year’s Indianapolis 500. Karam secured the top spot with an average speed of 225.802mph, putting himself just ahead of team-mates Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan. “It’s not about how fast you are today, it’s about how fast you are on Sunday in two weeks,” said Karam, who finished ninth on his debut at Indy last year. “It definitely feels good, though. “It’s the first time I’ve ever been P1 at the Speedway, so it’s a good feeling. “We have a lot of work to do. The car’s not anywhere near where we want it to be for race day or qualifying. “We are picking this new aero kit apart and we’re [...]

Vergne working on IndyCar deal

May 11th, 2015

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Ex-Formula 1 driver Jean-Eric Vergne has thrown his hat into the ring for a possible IndyCar appearance with Andretti Autosport later this year. Vergne, who is currently part of Andretti’s Formula E line-up, told AUTOSPORT there had been an unsuccessful attempt to get him onto the grid for the season-opener in St Petersburg, but he remains optimistic that another opportunity could arise in the months ahead. “We’re talking,” he said. “We’re trying to find a way that I can race in IndyCar. “We were quite close to doing something for the first race but it didn’t happen, unfortunately. “There are still many races left in this year’s IndyCar championship and it would be nice if we could do one or two races together so I can see how everything works. [...]

Power holds off Rahal for Indy win

May 9th, 2015

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Will Power saw off a late threat from Graham Rahal to pick up his first win of the season in Saturday’s IndyCar race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Power started from pole and led 65 of the 82 laps, conceding the advantage only when the pitstops were cycling through. However he spent the final stint working to strike a balance between saving fuel and maintaining a gap to Rahal, who had popped up in second after staying out a lap longer than the leaders in his first stint. The battle between the Penske and Rahal Letterman Lanigan drivers came to life in the final stint. Power had a 4.2-second lead over Rahal, but had less wiggle room with his fuel mileage. That allowed Rahal to slash the gap [...]

Power flies to Indy road course pole

May 8th, 2015

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Will Power smashed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course track record on his way to securing pole position for Saturday’s IndyCar race. Power lowered the previous track record in each of the three qualifying phases, eventually finishing with a 1m09.4886s lap that was 0.2 seconds faster than the benchmark set last year by Simon Pagenaud. Ganassi’s Scott Dixon came closest to matching the reigning champion, but ultimately fell 0.2s short. “When Will was the only one with new tyres left for Q3, the writing was pretty much on the wall,” said the New Zealander. Dixon was happy to be in the Fast Six run-off for pole in the first place after a gamble on trying to progress from the second round on a set of used reds backfired, forcing him [...]

Late lap puts Castroneves on top

May 8th, 2015

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Helio Castroneves waited until the final seconds to secure the top spot in today’s third IndyCar practice session on the IMS road course. The Team Penske driver was one of a cluster of drivers to save their best for last and he secured P1 with a lap of 1m10.3756s, squeaking ahead of Sebastien Bourdais by a scant 0.02s. Close as the times were, the tiny margins only become really apparent with a look further down the timesheets, where the top five were all covered by just over 0.1s. Early indications that some teams have come to grips with things earlier than others seemed to be borne out by the fact that the top six consisted of exactly the same drivers as yesterday’s second session, with Bourdais and Scott Dixon mixing [...]

Speed pushing for IndyCar test

May 8th, 2015

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Ex-F1 driver Scott Speed says that he would be interested in expanding his role with Andretti Autosport to include an IndyCar road course appearance if the opportunity ever presents itself. The 32-year-old, who made 28 Formula 1 starts with Toro Rosso in 2006 and ’07, is a full-time member of Andretti’s Global Rallycross line-up, and also earned a podium when he suited up for Andretti’s Formula E team in Miami. Speed’s IndyCar experience to date is limited to an unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 with Dragon Racing in 2011, and following Dan Wheldon’s fatal accident at Las Vegas later that year he ruled himself out of ever racing an IndyCar on an oval. However, he says that the prospect of racing an IndyCar for Andretti on a [...]

Rahal: Honda gains needed ‘everywhere’

May 8th, 2015

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Graham Rahal believes that the Honda aero package needs to be improved across the board if it is to regularly compete with rival Chevrolet on IndyCar’s road and street courses this year. Honda has struggled to match Chevy ever since the manufacturer-designed aero kits made their debut at the season-opener in St Petersburg. Rahal ended the opening day of practice for this weekend’s race on the IMS road course as the quickest of the Honda-powered runners, but he was still more than 0.4 seconds off the pace, and admitted that the gap will be difficult to breach. “We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Rahal said. “As you can see, it’s half a second to the Chevys. “I don’t know where half a second is going to come from, [...]

Dixon edges Power in second practice

May 7th, 2015

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Scott Dixon edged out Will Power to finish up quickest in Thursday’s second IndyCar practice session on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The Ganassi driver moved to P1 for the first time 30 minutes into the 90-minute session, and reclaimed the top spot from Power nine minutes before the end with a 1m10.6971s lap, one tenth quicker than the earlier benchmark set by the 2014 champion. Team Penske could at least console itself with the fact that all four of its cars ended the session in the top six, with KV’s FP1-topping Sebastien Bourdais squeezing in between them with the fourth-fastest lap. Once again it was left to Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato to fly the flag for Honda in the top 10, the pair finishing up in P7 [...]

Juncos expands for IndyCar future

May 7th, 2015

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Indy Lights championship-leading team Juncos Racing has announced plans to build a new facility in Indianapolis with the aim of moving into IndyCar in the future. The Ricardo Juncos-led team, which currently runs six cars across the Road to Indy categories, plans to build a $3million, 41,000 square foot facility called the Juncos Technical Center in Speedway, Indiana. An additional 30,000 square feet will be available for expansion so that the team can perform machining, painting and other work in-house. Construction is scheduled to begin in June, with completion projected for next spring. “The creation of the Juncos Technical Center marks a historical turning point for the team,” said Juncos. “Less than 10 years ago, we were a small karting team in Florida and I continue to be amazed by [...]

IndyCar testing new position lights

May 7th, 2015

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IndyCar is testing LED position lights on selected cars during Thursday’s practice sessions on the Indianapolis road course, and could give the system a full debut in the Indianapolis 500. The panels, which measure eight by seven inches and are 3mm thick, were fitted just below the cockpit camera mount on the cars of Tony Kanaan and Justin Wilson. They display the car’s position in real time as it crosses each timing line. The system was previously trialed on Stefano Coletti’s car during the open test at Barber in April. Pending successful testing of the system, the series aims to officially introduce it on all cars, starting from Indy 500 practice on May 15. Minimum car weights will be adjusted to 727.5kg on road/street courses and 714kg on ovals to [...]

Bourdais leads opening practice

May 7th, 2015

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Sebastien Bourdais set the pace in the opening practice session for this weekend’s IndyCar race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Bourdais moved into the top spot just 15 minutes into the two-hour session, and reinforced his hold on first position with a 1m10.9378s. The KV Racing Technology driver’s time remained unbeaten for the rest of the morning, although reigning champion Will Power came close in the final minutes when he posted a time just 0.09 seconds slower. Once again, Chevrolet-powered cars held the upper hand. Scott Dixon and last year’s polesitter Sebastian Saavedra enjoyed brief stints as second-fastest before being relegated to third and fourth-quickest respectively, just ahead of last year’s race winner Simon Pagenaud. That left Takuma Sato as Honda’s highest-placed representative; the Japanese racer popping up [...]

Honda gets points boost after test

May 6th, 2015

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Honda has extended its IndyCar manufacturers’ points lead over Chevrolet following a points adjustment after Sunday’s test at Indianapolis. The Japanese manufacturer earned 30 points during the test for achieving the 2500 mileage threshold on three of its engines – those of Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan), Carlos Munoz (Andretti) and Gabby Chaves (Bryan Herta Autosport). Rule 10.6.4.2 of the IndyCar rulebook awards 10 bonus manufacturer points for every engine that reaches its lifecycle minimum. Chevrolet, meanwhile, received another 20-point deduction for changing the engine in Charlie Kimball’s car. The Ganassi driver’s engine was the only one in the Chevrolet line-up left unchanged when it recalled all of its engines after St Petersburg to address a potentially faulty batch of valve springs; an act that earned the Bowtie a 220 [...]