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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon iRacing.com and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Chevrolet reveals IndyCar aero kit

February 17th, 2015

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Chevrolet has released the first images of the aero kit that it will use on road/street courses and short ovals in the upcoming IndyCar season. The new bodywork replaces the standard DW12 aero package designed by Dallara, and includes aggressively redesigned front and rear wings and endplates, a resculpted engine cover and sidepods, prominent winglets on the front wing, sidepods and bumper pods, and a multi-element upper rear wing. “This is an important milestone in Chevrolet’s involvement in IndyCar racing,” said Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “We focused on developing an aerodynamic package that delivers an optimal balance of downforce and drag, along with integrated engine performance. It’s a total performance package.” Chris Berube, Chevrolet’s IndyCar programme manager, said that the new aero [...]

Jakes back to IndyCar with Schmidt

February 16th, 2015

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James Jakes will return to IndyCar in 2015 after securing a deal to replace Mikhail Aleshin at Schmidt Peterson Motorsport. The Briton has been on the sidelines since Rahal Letterman Lanigan scaled down to one car at the end of 2013, and his new drive comes after he tested with SPM at NOLA last week. “A big thank you to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for giving me the opportunity to test in NOLA after 16 months away,” said Jakes. “I’m extremely excited and motivated to drive the #7 Honda SPM Indy car in 2015. “The team has done a fantastic job over the past few seasons and I look forward to continuing that progress.” Team co-owner Sam Schmidt said that he expects the combined experience of Jakes and team-mate James Hinchcliffe [...]

Coletti eyes KV IndyCar seat

February 12th, 2015

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GP2 regular Stefano Coletti says that he is more committed than ever to securing a ride in IndyCar after testing with KV Racing Technology at NOLA this week. The Monegasque tested at Sebring with Schmidt last year, and said that his two days alongside Sebastien Bourdais in New Orleans on Tuesday and Wednesday reinforced his interest in moving to the US. “I want to race here this year. I don’t know for which team it’s going to be but I’m trying to find a job somewhere,” he told the official IndyCar site. “It’s been a long time that I’ve wanted to come to the States for racing. In 2008, I packed my bags and I almost came here. In the end it did not work out because my [Formula 3 [...]

Filippi buoyed by first CFH test

February 4th, 2015

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Luca Filippi says he is feeling increasingly encouraged about his 2015 IndyCar campaign with CFH Racing after testing with the team for the first time on Tuesday. The Italian was confirmed last week as the team’s road/street course driver in its #20 car, with CFH co-owner Ed Carpenter to take the wheel for the oval events. Filippi was among eight drivers to turn laps at Sebring on Tuesday, and said that he is becoming increasingly excited about the year ahead. “I can’t tell you how happy I am,” he said. “I’ve been chasing a contract for a while and I don’t remember the last time I had the opportunity to have a proper programme with a proper contract in time to go testing and make things right before the first [...]

Chaves graduates to IndyCar with BHA

February 3rd, 2015

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Reigning Indy Lights champion Gabby Chaves will graduate to IndyCar in 2015 with Bryan Herta Autosport, where he will replace Foyt-bound Jack Hawksworth in the team’s #98 entry. BHA led races with rookie Hawksworth in 2014, but the Briton’s move to AJ Foyt Racing’s new second entry left a vacancy now filled by Chaves. “It’s been an incredible journey and to finally become an IndyCar driver is an awesome feeling and the start of a great future,” said the Colombian. “I’d like to thank Bryan Herta and the entire BHA team for this opportunity. I’m really excited and prepared to get the 2015 season underway.” Chaves first tested with the team at Sebring late last year, and Herta said that he is confident that the 21-year-old is ready to step [...]

IndyCar won’t replace cancelled opener

February 3rd, 2015

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IndyCar has confirmed that it will not schedule a replacement event on the March 8 weekend that was originally earmarked for the now-cancelled Brasilia race. News that the Brasilia event – which would have opened the new season – had collapsed prompted speculation about a variety of possible alternatives, including Formula 1 venue Austin and a warm-up event at NOLA, which joins the IndyCar schedule this year with an April date. However IndyCar said in a statement issued on Monday evening that the season will now start in St Petersburg later in March, although it has left the door open for a replacement event on another date. “IndyCar has explored several possibilities in an attempt to find a replacement event following the cancellation of the March 8 race in Brasília,” [...]

Govt forced IndyCar race cancellation

January 31st, 2015

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IndyCar’s scheduled 2015 season-opener at the Brasilia circuit was cancelled due to government concerns about wasting public funds. According to the Associated Press, public prosecutors warned that the event was “not in the best interests of society” and there was a “clear inversion in the priorities for public spending”. The prosecutors also reportedly identified problems in the contracts that the promoters negotiated with the previous administration, which they claim would have required spending more than $100 million on track upgrades alone for the Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet. The cancellation of the IndyCar race comes at a time when Brasilia is gripped by a severe financial crisis. A MotoGP race originally scheduled for 2014 was cancelled, and vast amounts of public money were spent on upgrading the Estadio Nacional for last [...]

Filippi to share CFH IndyCar drive

January 30th, 2015

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Luca Filippi has signed with CFH Racing for the 2015 IndyCar season, and will contest all of the road and street course events in the team’s #20 entry. The Italian will share the seat with team co-owner Ed Carpenter, who will take over for the oval events. Josef Newgarden will race the entire season in the team’s #67 car. “It’s a great feeling. I can’t wait to race and share the #20 with Ed this year,” said Filippi. “I look forward to the successes we will enjoy this season.” Carpenter, who shared his car with Mike Conway in a similar deal last year, said that the potential showed by Filippi during his sporadic IndyCar appearances over the past two seasons convinced him that the 29-year-old will be an asset to [...]

Brasilia IndyCar race cancelled

January 30th, 2015

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IndyCar’s planned 2015 season-opener at Brasilia in Brazil has been cancelled. The series confirmed the cancellation late on Thursday, although no reason was given. “[Event promoter] BAND announced today that the race scheduled for March 8 in Brasilia has been cancelled,” read a statement from IndyCar. “This comes as a great disappointment, and we will have further comment when we have had the opportunity to talk with all of our partners and the authorities in Brazil.” The event would have been IndyCar’s first at the Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet, and was set to represent a return to Brazil after the Sao Paolo street race fell off the calendar in 2013. It is the second new IndyCar fly-away to have been cancelled at the 11th hour in recent years, following on [...]

Barnhart back as Indy race director

January 28th, 2015

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Brian Barnhart has been installed for a second tenure as IndyCar race director, and will lead the series’ three-steward race control system for the 2015 season. Barnhart, who also holds the post of vice president of competition, previously served as the series’ race director between 1997 and 2011. He replaces Beaux Barfield, who returned to the United Sportscar Championship at the end of last season. Barnhart cut a controversial figure in the paddock towards the end of his previous tenure as race director, and was criticised during his final season by several drivers for what they considered to be inconsistent application of the rules. He was also widely lampooned after making the decision to restart the 2011 New Hampshire race despite numerous reports from teams that it was raining too [...]

Chilton can restore reputation – Carlin

January 27th, 2015

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Trevor Carlin believes that former Marussia Formula 1 driver Max Chilton can rebuild his confidence and restore his reputation if his return to Carlin evolves into an IndyCar race programme. The team announced last week that Chilton will be involved in testing and development for Carlin’s nascent Lights programme as both the team and the driver work towards IndyCar campaigns in 2016. Chilton spent two difficult years with the underfunded Marussia team in F1, and Carlin is convinced that a return to a more familiar environment might be what the Briton needs to recapture some of the form that made him a race-winner with Carlin in British Formula 3 (2009) and GP2 (2012). “We’ve had some great success with Max,” Carlin told AUTOSPORT. “In a way, the Formula 1 journey [...]

Chilton plans IndyCar with Carlin

January 22nd, 2015

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Former Marussia Formula 1 driver Max Chilton will link up with Carlin in a joint development programme this year as both parties set their sights on a 2016 IndyCar programme. Chilton will assist in the team’s maiden Indy Lights campaign this year alongside already-signed driver Ed Jones, as well as carrying out an IndyCar test programme ahead of a potential race deal next season. He will begin his duties with a three-day test at Homestead next week. “I’m very excited to be assisting Carlin in the USA,” said the 22-year-old. “While I’m still considering my options for 2015, the IndyCar package presents an interesting challenge, and by assisting with the development of the Indy Lights team, I’m keeping my options open for an IndyCar programme in 2016 based on a [...]

Honda encouraged by aero kit signs

January 22nd, 2015

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Honda is confident that the 2015 IndyCar aero kit that it submitted for homologation earlier this week will prove to be competitive when it goes up against the Chevrolet teams. IndyCar’s technical department secured CAD designs for both manufacturers’ kits prior to the January 18 homologation deadline, and HPD vice president and COO Steve Eriksen said he is encouraged by how Honda’s aero package has performed during its development. “We feel we’ve developed a very competitive Honda package for our teams, and we’re looking forward getting on track and going head-to-head against Chevrolet in March,” he said. “Our testing results, on both ovals and road courses, have been very promising and have backed up the performance predicted through CFD and our other development tools.” Chevrolet IndyCar programme manager Chris Berube [...]

Foyt undergoes heart surgery

November 13th, 2014

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Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner AJ Foyt is recovering in a Houston hospital after undergoing successful triple-bypass surgery. The 79-year-old was admitted to Baylor St Luke’s Medical Centre with chest pains last Friday, and medical tests revealed blockages in arteries three days later. He is expected to be released from hospital next Monday. Foyt has endured a number of hospital stays in recent years, many of which stemmed from his 1990 IndyCar accident at Road America. In 2013 he underwent separate back surgeries and hip and knee replacements, and a year earlier received treatment for a life-threatening staph infection following surgery to remove bone spurs from his artificial left knee. His eponymous race team, which is managed by his son Larry, recently announced plans to run a second IndyCar for Briton [...]

Castroneves: Aero kit big speed boost

November 11th, 2014

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Helio Castroneves says that he can already feel the improvements in the new IndyCar aero kit scheduled for 2015, despite having only tested an early iteration of Chevrolet’s oval-spec version. Chevrolet and Honda have testing programmes under way ahead of the homologation deadline in January, with the new bodywork set to make its race debut in St Petersburg. Both manufacturers have actively worked to maintain a high level of secrecy around their projects, although Chevrolet was the victim of leaked spy shots from a road course test at Austin last month. Descriptions from drivers about tests have been correspondingly rare, but while Castroneves declined to discuss when or where he sampled the new kit, the Team Penske star told AUTOSPORT that his initial impressions were that the projected improved lap [...]

Howard signs with BHA for Indy 500

November 3rd, 2014

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Jay Howard will make his first IndyCar appearance in four years at the Indy 500 next May after securing a drive with Bryan Herta Autosport. The Indianapolis-based Briton will drive the team’s #97 entry for what will be his third appearance at Indy. “There are no words that can describe how happy I am for this opportunity,” said Howard. “The entire BHA team all have the same determination and passion to win as I do, so it is a perfect fit.” Despite his previous presences at Indy, Howard has only actually started the race once; a campaign that ended with a tyre failure while running seventh for Schmidt in 2011. His other IndyCar appearances have yielded a career-best finish of 13th, which he achieved at Motegi and Kansas with Roth [...]

IndyCar reveals revamped calendar

October 30th, 2014

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Two new venues and a road course season finale are the main features of the 2015 IndyCar Series schedule, released on Thursday, but a mooted Middle East race is absent. As previously reported, the 2015 season will open with the series’ first visit to Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet in Brasilia on March 8 before moving to the United States for the first domestic race of the year on the streets of St Petersburg three weeks later. The third date on the calendar is reserved for the other new venue, NOLA, which will host the series in mid-April. The long-rumoured Dubai event, which series officials had earmarked for February, has been left off the schedule. Leading the list of notable date changes for already-established events is the selection of Sonoma to [...]

Hawksworth lands Foyt seat for 2015

October 29th, 2014

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IndyCar rising star Jack Hawksworth will join AJ Foyt Racing for 2015 in a deal that marks the realisation of the team’s long-held ambitions to add a full-time second entry. The Briton, who made his debut this year with Bryan Herta Autosport, will race alongside Takuma Sato in Foyt’s #41 car. “This is a great opportunity for me,” said Hawksworth, who will move to Texas to be close to the team’s base. “Ultimately, I want to win races and I feel that this is the place I can do that. We’ve got everything in place. so we have the potential to build something really special. “That’s what excites me. It’s a growing project and I want to grow with it, be a part of it and be a part of [...]

Abt eyes IndyCar move after test

October 28th, 2014

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GP2 and Formula E racer Daniel Abt says that he is more keen than ever to pursue a career in the US after testing an Andretti Autosport IndyCar on Monday. The 21-year-old German spent a day in the car at Barber Motorsports Park, and said that the experience exceeded his expectations. “I’d heard a lot about the car and the squad before, and all the positive things I was told were confirmed,” he said. “I had a fantastic day with plenty of fun and learned a lot. I didn’t do this test out of boredom, but would like to explore options for next year. The test was a cool experience that definitely whets my appetite for more.” The test was the culmination of a fact-finding visit that Abt made to [...]

Chevy plays down IndyCar spy shots

October 17th, 2014

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Chevrolet says that a representative version of its 2015 IndyCar aero kit will not be unveiled until the homologation process is completed, despite spy shots of an early iteration appearing. A member of the public managed to capture a handful of long-distance images of Chevrolet track-testing a version of its aero kit at Austin on Tuesday. The shots, which were released on the internet, represent the first time that images of aero kits from either of IndyCar’s manufacturers have made it into the public arena. Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Programme Manager for IndyCar, did not address the images directly, but he reiterated to AUTOSPORT that the design is still in development. “We are very excited about the first ever Chevrolet aero kit and look forward to unveiling it to the [...]