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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.

Bernardi Masters Montreal by the Narrowest of Margins!

by Cam Stark on July 6th, 2015

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Fluke in a slide

The iRacing Pro Mazda Championship headed towards North America for the third week of 2015 Season3 where famed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve would be ready and waiting for the 17 top split drivers who made the long trip from Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The sim racing competitors had to navigate 13 treacherous corners through each of the 18 laps over the 4.36km layout; as in every season, the Wall of Champions would be out to claim someone; usually it’s inevitable it occurs. Ariel Eduardo Bernardi took pole position ahead of the returning Wyatt Gooden by just over .4s. Second down to fifth were all separated by less than a tenth in their qualifying laps, so we’d be sure to have a good race on our hands. Bernardi had help to extract the [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Dega’!

by Scott Smith on July 6th, 2015

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Diving to the bottom to avoid The Big One almost worked . . . "almost" being the key word.

Your pulse quickens.  The hair inches to attention on the back of your neck.  Hands begin to get slippery.  You’re breaths get heavier.  A feeling of nervous excitement coupled with the omnipresent thought of impending doom that always resides in the deep, dark, depths of your consciousness begins to overwhelm you.  The drop of the green flag is seconds away.  Focus has become razor sharp.  It’s time for battle.  It’s time to challenge the competition and leave every ounce of will out on the 2.6 miles of asphalt.  This is otherworldly.  This is… Dega’! Now, luckily the physical bumps, bangs, and bruises that plague the real-world daredevils of NASCAR don’t seem to affect us sim-racers.  And even though our competition takes place in a virtual setting, I can assure you [...]

Ford and Holden Win!

by Brenton O’Brien on July 2nd, 2015

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Welcome return to previous series champion Beau Cubis, in SDC colours with the chasing pack.

Ford and Holden win??..  How can this be so?? Ian Ford driving the Evolution Racing Australia HoldenCommodore scored his first win of the new season for Round 2 od the iRacing.com V* Supercar Series, at Oulton Park International Circuit. Qualifying Under cloudy skies with a track temperature that was condusive to fast lap times, qualifying was dominated by Ford in the Demidov Innovations Holden, leading last week’s winner and championship leader Ethan Grigg- Gault in the SDC Motorsports car by three tenths of a second. Twenty-four cars greeted the start of qualifying which ran seemingly without interruption.  The field was spread over the first five positions; however, things certainly tightened-up from positions six through to 20th with just eight tenths covering the field. Last week’s runner up, Vail Riches in [...]

Big Joe Steals the Show!

by Justin Laxton on July 2nd, 2015

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Hassert, Laxton, and Matthiensen go three wide on the front stretch.

Joe Hassert leads 22 laps to capture the Dan Wheldon Memorial All-Star Race in the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by Overdrive Graphics. The night started off with a 20-lap Lionheart IndyCar Series Shootout, which saw the first six finishers advance to the main event. A massive wreck with eight laps to go took out many of the night’s top sim racers. Advancing to the All-Star race were: Chris Stofer, Terry Matthiensen, Ian Adams, Ryan Bowles, Ricky Hardin and Carl Burk. In two-lap qualifying immediately before the start of the All-Star Race, Rick Music turned the fastest lap with a 39.814. Joe Hassert qualified second, with Dan Geren, Tony Lurcock, and Ian Adams rounding-out the top five. Pole-sitter Rick Music won the first segment, leading all but two laps. Joe Hassert [...]

FAST to Sanction the Operation GI BBQ 150 at Iowa

by Paul Boswell and Daniel Vining on July 1st, 2015

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The FAST GIBBQ 150 is set to roar at Iowa Speedway July-August.

First FAST Charity Race Set for August 2 FAST (Federated Association of Simulated Teams), fresh off of a very successful Father’s Day Invitational race, has announced its next special event: The Operation GI BBQ 150 is slated for July 30 – August 2 at iRacing’s Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA. The race, a collaborative effort between FAST, and longtime FAST competitor Juston Rosenow, will feature a unique format, a good payout, and most importantly, will help raise funds for a great charity in Operation GI BBQ. The format is being modeled loosely off of the famous Milk Bowl race held annually at the Thunder Road track in Vermont. The 150 lap feature will be made up of three separate 50-lap segments. Each segment will be scored as a separate races, [...]

Job Storms to the Top Step at Interlagos

by Cam Stark on June 30th, 2015

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Pro Mazda Interlagos Job

The iRacing Pro Mazda championship headed to South America for Round 2 of the season. Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace – Interlagos – was in store for the drivers: 15 turns over the 4.309km layout awaited them over the course of the 18 lap event. To give an insight as to how competitive the field would prove to be: the #17/17 car had an iRating of 3500 (with the highest being in the 6500s). There were two Pro/WCS drivers as well as a previous Star Mazda champion and last season’s runner up; no one could blink an eye with a field that showed as much potential as this! Sebastian Job took position by just over a tenth from Justin Brunner by setting the benchmark time of a 1.32.558. A notable name [...]

Tour Mods Tear into Gateway

by Kyle Odaynik on June 30th, 2015

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Pedersen celebrates his Thursday Night Feature win at Gateway.

Week Two of the NASCAR iRacing.com Tour Modified Series schedule brings the Modifieds to Gateway Motorsports Park. This 1.25 mile long race track is a unique oval with Turns One and Two being very different than Turns Three and Four. This is the biggest track the Tour Modifieds will be visiting this season and will pose a very different challenge then the short tracks the sim racers are used to. Gateway may be the largest track on the schedule but the sim racing in the days leading up to the Thursday Night Feature was close and intense:  The ten official races in the week saw six different winners. Thursday night’s feature had 26 entries for two splits of 13 sim racers apiece, with the top split registering a Strength of [...]

ARCRS: iRacing’s Best Kept Secret

by Daniel Vining and Aaron Keith on June 30th, 2015

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online racing

iRacing’s best kept secret is still just a secret. A new but little known league called ARCRS is quickly making a name for itself by getting over 100 league registrations in less than two weeks. What is ARCRS, exactly?  Well, we went over to ARCRacingSeries.com to find out. It turns out that the Ascending the Ranks of Champions Racing Series, ARCRS, is kind of like iRacing’s missing career mode.  ARCRS uses the backbone of the iRacing platform as the core of its system:  A ladder system in which sim racers must earn their way up through the various levels and series of sim racing to achieve greater goals, and more advanced levels of competition. In ARCRS, you start off in a Legends Car or Street Stock, and race within a [...]

Johnston Doubles Down in Vegas

by Corey Davis on June 30th, 2015

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When the ITSR Power Series goes to Las Vegas, it’s a smart idea to bet on green.  That’s because the series’ races at the mile-and-a-half desert oval tend to have long green flag runs with competitive sim racing and varied strategies throughout the field.  That was again the case last Sunday night in the Las Vegas 250. Before the race, the Fast 5 qualifying format gave the top five qualifiers an extra five minutes to improve their times and go for the pole.  Provisional polesitter Jeff S. Davis couldn’t improve his time of a 29.271s, but Timothy Johnston found some extra speed and ran a 29.248s to grab the pole position.  Brian Motisko, Scott Simley, Davis, and Adam Hallock rounded out the top five on the starting grid. Johnston jumped [...]

iRacing Sponsors iRacing.com GT 500, 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series Finale

by David Phillips on June 30th, 2015

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simracing

Digital Versions of Nordschleife, Grand Prix circuit Previewed at SimRacing EXPO iRacing.com has been named title sponsor of the Blancpain Endurance Series race at the Nürburgring on September 19 and 20.  This marks the second consecutive year the award-winning online motorsports simulation service has sponsored the Blancpain Endurance Series’ visit to the legendary German circuit which, also for the second year in a row, coincides with SimRacing EXPO at the “ring°boulevard” exhibition center. In celebration of the iRacing.com GT500, iRacing is offering a special $5 US three month subscription offer to new members.  Go to www.iracing.com to take advantage of this special offer and use promo code PR-RINGRELEASE2015 when signing up. One of the most exciting displays at the SimRacing EXPO will be a preview of iRacing’s highly-anticipated virtual versions of [...]

Glacier Racing Takes Victory in Blancpain Endurance Series

by Paul Slavonik on June 29th, 2015

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sim-racing

The iRacing.com Blancpain Endurance Series wraps up an amazing week of sim racing as teams from all over the world competed on the hills and long straights of Road America. For three-hours, drivers negotiated massive fields of sometimes over 50 cars on the track at once. In the top Strength of Field race (SoF 2977), it proved to be no easy task as only seven of the 51 cars remained on the lead lap at the conclusion of the online event. When the virtual dust had settled, however, it was Glacier Racing who found themselves on top once again. Glacier takes top honors Coming off of an impressive win last week at Zandvoort, the Finnish duo of Glacier Racing, Aleksi Elomaa and Joni Hagner, started their Ford GT GT3 on [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Strugglin’ in South Florida

by Scott Smith on June 29th, 2015

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In the middle of a hornet's nest, Homestead-style.

Get out your virtual sunscreen and beach towels!  This week the NASCAR iRacing.com Camping World Truck series heads to South Florida and the challenging 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway. In the virtual world we may only be in Week 2 of Season 3, but in the real world Homestead has been home to the season- ending festivities for all three of NASCAR’s top series since 2002.  A year later the track was reconfigured from a mostly flat-cornered surface into one with variable banking from 18-20 degrees.  The track now features multi- groove racing that produces speed not only tightly hugged to the apron’s white line, but a middle groove and — if your bowl of Wheaties that morning was big enough — right next to the outside wall. In return, there have [...]

Get to Know: Bas Slob

by David Ifeguni on June 29th, 2015

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new levell

An active iRacer since November of 2013, 31 year old Bas Slob has quickly become acquainted with what it takes to be a successful sim racer. Racing out of Randwijk, The Netherlands, Bas has 27 victories in nearly 400 official races on road courses, and has an oval victory at Lanier National Speedway on his iRacing resume. Bas has also been able to take his love of motorsports to the real world in the Netherlands, having racing and rallying experience in a variety of different cars. I had the chance to ask Bas Slob about his real world and sim racing endeavors in this week’s edition of Get to Know… Q:    What attracted you to racing in the first place? A:    I read about it on a car forum. Someone [...]

Norolampi Wins ANZ Barber Championship Round Six

by Paul Wood-Stotesbury on June 25th, 2015

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Juha Norolampi leads while Richard Craig (37), Benjamin Smith (94) and Ian Bevan (69) battle for second.

Juha Norolampi has won the sixth race of the 2015 ANZ Skip Barber Championship by twelve seconds from Evolution Racing’s Benjamin Smith at Mosport. The much discussed new tyre model released before this round threw a spanner in the works, reshuffling the usual qualifying order and catching drivers out throughout the race. Smith led the field away from Norolampi, Ian Bevan, Richard Craig, Colin Suttie and David Buda. He relinquished the lead when he ran wide onto the grass at Moss Corner on Lap Five, dropping to third behind Norolampi and Bevan. One lap later he would drop behind Richard Craig after a bold move on the run up into Moss Corner. Troy Burgess was the first victim of The Esses in his Castrol themed Skippy, spinning on Lap Xix [...]

Motorsport Safety Foundation Renews Partnership with NEO Endurance Series

June 25th, 2015

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The first season of the NEO Endurance Series had a very special partner who is dedicated to improve the safety standards in real life racing. Today NEO Endurance is proud to announce it will extend its partnership with Motorsport Safety Foundation for another season of sim racing. In season 1 NEO donated the $160 to MSF. During the season teams were able to change their roster. For every driver change there was a fee of $5. The money of this fee went to MSF. At the end of the season there were 20 driver changes, resulting in $100 for MSF. Besides the money from the roster changes, NEO also donated $60 from its own pocket. MSF was impressed by the support from a new direction and did not have to [...]

Blancpain Endurance Season Kicks Off at Zandvoort

by Paul Slavonik on June 24th, 2015

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sim-racing

The iRacing.com Blancpain Endurance Series, which has often played second fiddle to its Sprint series counterpart, has suddenly been thrust into the sim-racing spotlight. With the recent announcement of the forthcoming iRacing.com Blancpain GT Series, sim-racing teams from all over the world are gearing up for something they’ve been wanting for quite some time: a pro GT3 series. Although the GT series is on the horizon and slated to begin for Season 1 of 2016, teams obviously have quite a bit of time until then. Still, drivers and teams are wasting no time at all as they make their preparations for the season long battle which lies ahead. With that in mind, the top sim-racing teams in the world converged on Circuit Park Zandvoort for Round 1 of Season 3 [...]

Get to Know: Matthew Sullivan

by David Ifeguni on June 24th, 2015

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Sullivan's first love is short track late model racing.

iRacer Matthew Sullivan is no stranger to sim racing. The 31 year old from Boise, Idaho has been sim racing since 2000, and is a five year member of iRacing. Sullivan, now living in Eureka, California, has visited victory lane on both the ovals and road courses of iRacing. It took him less than 24 hours as a member to win his first career oval race in the iRacing Legends Cup Series and in total, he has driven to victory on ovals fourteen times. Sullivan’s sole road course victory came last June in the Mazda Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Nowadays, you can find Sullivan posting links to his website, www.speedinginthepits.com, where he reports penalties and infractions for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. But who is Matthew Sullivan outside [...]

Some Things Change…Some Things Stay the Same

by Brenton O’Brien on June 24th, 2015

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Is this a sign of things to come?? Grigg-Gault.  The defending champion off to a perfect start.

4385.  Not only is it the postcode of Texas in Queensland, Australia but it was also the strength of field for the main 8:15 split 1 race on Monday night in the iRacing official V8 Supercar series. A strong field of 24 cars gridded up for Round One of 2015 Season 3 at Circuit Zolder for 35 laps under overcast skies that made for some quick sim racing.  The re-introduction of a live broadcast with RacespotTV through sponsorship from Demidov Innovations to the V8 series seems to have bought some new enthusiasm to the category.   With the return to the series of many drivers it promised to be a great race.  All up there were four splits in what was a very encouraging start to the season. Qualifying With just [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – The Little Speedway That Could…

by Scott Smith on June 24th, 2015

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Hopes were high for a strong finish for the

Iowa Speedway is the only track on the NASCAR schedule that has a SAFER barrier running the entire length of its outside wall.  The speedway also promotes great racing via multi-grooves, and is a favorite amongst diehard fans.  So, in this day and age where not only safety, but competitive, exciting racing and finishes seems to be at the forefront of NASCAR president Mike Helton’s agenda, one would only assume that NASCAR’s premier Sprint Cup Series would be a regular at the little 7/8 mile track… Wrong! Yes, making assumptions can leave you being referred to as the lesser elegant word for a donkey, but in this case I’ll accept the name-calling.  It just doesn’t make sense.  A short track that gives the fans and drivers alike what they want, [...]

Loozenoord’s Charge Falls Short, Stark Takes Victory

June 23rd, 2015

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A good start to the season for Apex racing, taking a 1-2 in the opening week's SOF.

Season 3 of the iRacing Grand Prix Series got going in upstate New York at Watkins Glen. The configuration being used was the “classic boot”. This particular circuit around The Glen is 5.4km where drivers will tackle 11 turns over the course of the 35 lap race. Considering the format is the same as last season with qualifying and race in the same session you would think drivers were incredibly prepared for what awaited them; but this season that had all changed. With series which have qualifying and race in the same session they are faced with having dynamic weather. Dynamic weather means the weather is no longer fixed as it has been since the launch of iRacing, thus drivers will have to learn on their toes throughout the session [...]