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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, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • 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 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

    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 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

    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 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

    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 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.

Oval debuts for Filippi and Brabham

July 1st, 2015

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Luca Filippi and Matthew Brabham are both set to drive an Indycar on an oval for the first time on Wednesday when they take part in oval evaluation runs at Iowa Speedway. IndyCar rules allow entrants two special test days for rookie drivers in addition to their regular testing allocation. Filippi has made 16 IndyCar starts in the past, including eight this year as the road/street course specialist in CFH Racing’s #20 entry, which is normally raced on ovals by Ed Carpenter. “He’s been on us pretty hard to do a test and he’s been doing a really good job and showing the potential that we knew he had,” said Carpenter, who will set the car up for the test. “At this point in the schedule there’s an opportunity to [...]

‘Insane’ race concerns IndyCar drivers

June 28th, 2015

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Several leading IndyCar drivers including Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power and Tony Kanaan slammed the series after several large accidents in Saturday’s Fontana race. The 500-mile event on the fast superspeedway featured cars running in large packs and ended with Ryan Briscoe launched into the air in a tangle with Ryan Hunter-Reay. Second-place finisher Kanaan said it was too close to the situation that triggered the horrific 2011 Las Vegas crash in which Dan Wheldon was killed. “We can’t forget that I lost my best friend in exactly the same way in 2011,” said Kanaan. “I understand what the fans want, and if you say we’re going to have 100,000 people here and this is what we’re going to do, I agree with you that we need to put it [...]

Rahal wins controversial Fontana race

June 28th, 2015

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Graham Rahal ended a streak of 125 IndyCar races without a win in a frantic Fontana event that ended under a full course caution following a big incident. A red flag late on, caused by contact between Takuma Sato and Will Power, led to a three-lap sprint to the flag with a lead group encompassing Rahal, Tony Kanaan, Marco Andretti, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Briscoe and Ryan Hunter-Reay. The battle lasted mere moments as Briscoe and Hunter-Reay made contact, launching the former into the air (pictured below) and spewing debris across the start/finish line. Both drivers were unhurt, as Sato and Power were in their crash, though Power was among those heavily critical of the pack-style racing seen throughout the 500-mile race. Rahal finished the final caution lap to win [...]

Pagenaud beats Castroneves to pole

June 27th, 2015

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Simon Pagenaud will lead an all-Penske front row for Saturday’s IndyCar race at Fontana after beating Helio Castroneves to pole position on Friday afternoon. The Frenchman was the third driver to take his turn at a qualifying run and rounded the Californian two-mile superspeedway with a two-lap average of 218.952mph. “The car feels great. It has felt good all day; we’ve been running well in traffic,” said Pagenaud. “We didn’t really have a chance to try a qualifying run [during practice] but I’m glad it all paid off. “Starting up front is important, especially if you want to keep out of trouble with traffic, and it helps you to really understand your car so you can set it up for the end. But it’s going to be a long race [...]

Dixon heads second Fontana session

June 26th, 2015

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Scott Dixon took Ganassi to the top of the timesheets in the second practice session for this weekend’s IndyCar round at Fontana. The New Zealander (pictured above with Ed Carpenter and Tony Kanaan) laid down his 217.629mph benchmark relatively early – it was just his third flying lap – but it proved to be enough to keep him on top at the end. Simon Pagenaud came closest to matching him; the Penske driver finishing up with a fastest lap of 216.861mph, with Ed Carpenter just a hair behind him to complete a Chevrolet 1-2-3. Takuma Sato made a late jump to end the session as the fastest Honda driver and fourth-fastest overall, leaving championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya to round out the top five. As was the case earlier in [...]

Briscoe sets IndyCar practice pace

June 26th, 2015

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Ryan Briscoe set the pace in the opening practice session for Saturday’s IndyCar race at Fontana. The Australian, who is filling in for the injured James Hinchcliffe at Schmidt, moved into first place in the final minutes with an average speed of 217.451mph and a time of 33.1109 seconds. Up until that point the driver to beat had been Marco Andretti, but his 217.316mph effort was still enough to keep him in second place on the timing screens for a Honda 1-2. Simon Pagenaud led the way for Chevrolet at 217.134mph, closely followed by Ganassi duo Charlie Kimball and Tony Kanaan. A mostly uneventful session was punctuated just twice by yellow flags, both of which were for debris. An extra five minutes of green flag time was added on to [...]

Coyne seats for Vautier and Mann

June 23rd, 2015

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Tristan Vautier and Pippa Mann will form the ever-changing line-up for Dale Coyne Racing at this weekend’s IndyCar race at Fontana. It will be Vautier’s sixth start with the team this year, and fifth in its #19 entry. His best result to date in a DCR car was a fourth in the second race of the Detroit double-header weekend, and he was classified 17th last time out at Toronto. Meanwhile, Mann will be making her third start of the season, all of which have been on ovals. Her highest finish so far this season was a 17th at Texas. Five different drivers have raced Coyne’s #18 entry so far this year, and a sixth – Rocky Moran Jr – was injured in a practice accident at Long Beach and failed [...]

Lawsuit threatens NOLA IndyCar event

June 18th, 2015

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The future of the IndyCar event at NOLA is uncertain after the promoter, a subsidiary of Andretti Sports Marketing, filed a federal lawsuit against the track owner. According to a report in the New Orleans Advocate, the lawsuit alleges that Andretti had received an undertaking that it would be fully compensated for its services out of a $4.5million state grant, which was managed by a non-profit entity called the NOLA Motorsport Host Committee that was created by NOLA Motorsports. Andretti claims that it was told that only $2.6million of that money would be spent on track upgrades, however that figure later ballooned to $3.4million, leaving the venue unable to pay Andretti and other suppliers. The lawsuit alleges that the NOLA Motorsport Host Committee is now close to insolvency and has [...]

Chevrolet gets IndyCar points boost

June 18th, 2015

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Chevrolet has further reinforced its lead over Honda in the IndyCar manufacturers’ championship following the publication of post-event infractions from last weekend’s round in Toronto. Chevy earned 10 bonus manufacturer points after the engine in Simon Pagenaud’s Team Penske car reached its minimum lifespan of 2500 miles. Meanwhile Honda was docked a total of 40 points after the engines used by Andretti pair Carlos Munoz and Marco Andretti were changed out before reaching their mileage minimum. Under rule of the series regulations, manufacturers are fined 20 points for each engine that is changed before achieving the 2500 mile limit. Following the adjustments, Chevrolet’s points tally now stands at 1003, while Honda is on 840.

Newgarden wins CFH one-two at Toronto

June 14th, 2015

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Josef Newgarden turned a luckily-timed caution period into a CFH Racing 1-2 in a thrilling mixed weather IndyCar race in Toronto. Luca Filippi followed his teammate home in second place ahead of Penske’s Helio Castroneves as the podium finishers benefited from the intensity of the battles going on around them. Newgarden had started in eleventh and made what would prove to the key move of the race when he pitted slightly early at the end of his second stint. Just as he entered the pits, James Jakes spun on the greasy track and brought out a caution, which allowed Newgarden to move up towards the front when the pitlane reopened and everyone else made their stops a couple of laps later. Once he was in the lead, Newgarden never really [...]

Power denies Penske team-mates pole

June 13th, 2015

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Will Power used his final flying lap to secure pole position for Sunday’s IndyCar race in Toronto. Team Penske led every moment of the Fast Six, but for most of the session it was Juan Pablo Montoya who held the advantage. The current points leader only lost his grip on first place in the final minute when team-mate Simon Pagenaud jumped ahead of him, but the Frenchman barely had time to register it before he himself was beaten by Power. “We tried everything,” said Power. “The last set-up was really good – we went towards what Montoya had, and it was a lot better. It was a very nice car towards the end. “Starting on pole is great; it keeps me out of the mess early on, but IndyCar races [...]

IndyCar makes push-to-pass secret

June 13th, 2015

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IndyCar will no longer display push-to-pass counts and usage on timing screens in an effort to encourage overtaking on road and street courses. Previously, the series’ standard timing screen had included both the amount of push-to-passes that each entrant had left, as well as indicating in real time when each driver was activating the system. That information will be removed for Sunday’s race race in Toronto, with the change to remain in effect until at least the end of the season. “Unfortunately, the information given to the teams on the push-to-pass function has tended to be used as a defensive measure,” said Derrick Walker, IndyCar president of competition and operations. “The driver being overtaken activates his or her own P2P [push-to-pass] to defend, which defeats the intention of P2P, obviously. [...]

Second Toronto practice washed out

June 12th, 2015

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Bad weather has forced the second scheduled practice session for this weekend’s IndyCar race in Toronto to be abandoned. Rain began to fall in the hour leading up to the start of the session, and there were large areas of standing water around the circuit when the track went green. Scott Dixon completed a single early exploratory lap and returned to the pits without registering a time, and as the session reached its allotted halfway mark without any other cars venturing onto the circuit and no sign of the conditions substantially improving, series officials made the decision to wave the chequered flag. Unlike last year’s heavily rain-affected Toronto weekend, the bad weather this time around is expected to be restricted to today. Cloudy but fine conditions are forecast for qualifying [...]

Montoya heads first Toronto practice

June 12th, 2015

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Juan Pablo Montoya led a Team Penske 1-2 in a slightly shortened opening practice session for this weekend’s IndyCar race in Toronto. Penske had one of its cars at the top of the screens for the entire session, but Montoya made the position his own with a best lap of 1m00.6343s. Simon Pagenaud, who had set the pace during the opening minutes, finished up second-fastest at 1m00.7922s. Josef Newgarden completed the top three, while Graham Rahal once again led the way for Honda, ending the morning as the Japanese manufacturer’s only representative in the top 10. But although the results looked a little lopsided – first in favour of Penske, and more broadly in favour of Chevrolet – the field was actually fairly tight. The top nine were covered by [...]

Hinchcliffe set for further surgery

June 11th, 2015

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James Hinchcliffe will undergo further surgery in the coming weeks as he continues to recover from injuries sustained in a crash during practice for last month’s Indianapolis 500. The Canadian still faces an indefinite spell on the IndyCar sidelines while he recovers from injuries that included a broken pelvis and wounds to his upper thigh that were caused by a suspension component penetrating the cockpit. He underwent emergency surgery in the immediate aftermath of the crash, and said that a follow-up procedure will be scheduled soon. “It’s another surgery where I have to be opened from the abdomen to undo some things that were done during the emergency surgery, just to keep me healthy and safe,” he said. “Unfortunately it’s the kind of surgery that is of the nature that [...]

Pagenaud tops Texas IndyCar practice

June 5th, 2015

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Simon Pagenaud led a Penske one-two in practice for Saturday night’s IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway. The Frenchman went to the top in the closing minutes with a fastest lap of 216.172mph, narrowly edging out team-mate Will Power’s 216.126mph. Takuma Sato was the only other driver to make it into the 216mph range, putting Honda on the board at third-fastest with a 216.078mph lap for AJ Foyt Racing. Ganassi’s Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon, who led the early part of the session, finished up fourth and fifth-fastest respectively, while further back, Coyne stand-in driver Tristan Vautier made a strong start to end the morning in eighth. A mostly uneventful session was punctuated by just one major incident, which came at around the halfway mark when Ryan Hunter-Reay’s car suddenly [...]

Chevrolet: No proof on Indy crashes

June 4th, 2015

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Studies of the three airborne crashes that took place during practice for last month’s Indianapolis 500 have failed to prove that the problem was specific to Chevrolet’s superspeedway aero kit. Helio Castroneves, Ed Carpenter and Josef Newgarden – all of whom were using the Chevy kit – were subjected to flips when their cars spun at high speed and hit the wall tail-first. Both Chevrolet and Honda have been working together as well as collaborating with Dallara and IndyCar to study the phenomenon, culminating in the changes that have been introduced for this weekend’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. As a temporary measure, IndyCar forced teams at Indy to race in the aero configuration that they qualified with, effectively forcing the teams to qualify in race trim. While Honda complied [...]

IndyCar reduces Castroneves penalty

June 4th, 2015

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IndyCar has reduced the points penalty assessed to Helio Castroneves for avoidable contact at the start of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course race last month. The Team Penske driver was issued an eight-point post-race penalty for colliding with Scott Dixon at the start of the race, however that has been reduced to three-points following a formal review in Detroit last weekend. “IndyCar established its penalty review process for instances like these and we feel the process was a success,” said Derrick Walker, IndyCar president of competition and operations. “Following our review we have reduced the point penalty to Helio Castroneves from eight to a total of three points, which is in line with a similar penalty issued earlier this season.” The series also announced a raft of post-race driver [...]

No ‘magic fix’ for IndyCar crashes

June 3rd, 2015

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Chevrolet has warned that it would be wrong to believe aero changes made by IndyCar following the Indianapolis 500 will eliminate the possibility of cars getting airborne in accidents. IndyCar has implemented the use of closure guards on the rear wheel panels for both the Chevy and Honda kits, as well as setting a rear wing angle of -6 to -10.5 degrees, which will lead to a downforce increase compared to last year’s Texas race. The two manufacturers have been working with each other as well as Dallara and IndyCar to try to isolate the factors that caused three cars – all Chevys – to launch during accidents at Indy. While the manufacturers and IndyCar are both confident the changes being introduced for Texas will represent a step forwards, Chevrolet’s [...]

IndyCar makes oval-spec aero changes

June 2nd, 2015

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IndyCar has made changes to the superspeedway aero kits from both Honda and Chevrolet in a bid to prevent cars taking off in accidents. Practice ahead of the Indianapolis 500 was marred by accidents where cars got airborne when travelling backwards in an accident, leading to series officials to take precautionary measures ahead of qualifying for the series’ showpiece event. Both manufacturers will also change their oval aero configuration for this weekend’s Texas event – plus Pocono and Fontana – closing off the gaps in the rear wheel guards. “These closure panels serve as a blocker so air cannot flow through the rear wheel guards,” said IndyCar vice president of technology Will Phillips. “This will ultimately raise the point at which cars would experience lift when travelling backwards. “This has [...]