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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.

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

    I've been sim racing since 2011 when I joined iRacing. I've jumped to many different sims, including rFactor, Richard Burns Rally, and the famous NASCAR Racing 2003. I picked up a copy of NR2003 with my birthday money when I was only 9, but was limited to a keyboard and a controller. After reciving a G25 for Christmas in '11, I've loved sim racing and the community iRacing has. I hope to end up writing for a car magazine or website in the near future, and intend on attending university to accomplish that.
    Aside from my career in sim racing and the real world, I hope to have my own small, yet functional race team soon with the purchace of a go kart. Since I'm currently residing in Maryland, I don't have a wide range of racing to choose from. My only options on a small budget are drag racing or kart racing. After the completion of my senior year in high school next year, I hope that inRacing News and other affiliates will help my dreams of writing for Road & Track become a reality!

  • 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.

  • Tom O'Leary
    author

    Tom is an 18-year old student from London, UK. Tom started sim-racing quite recently, although his passion for motorsport started at an early age, watching BTCC since the late 90s. Tom has since then expanded his interests in motorsport, watching Le Mans 24hr (and endurance racing as a whole) as well as the DTM, F1, and since starting to write about the NASCAR iRacing Series - NASCAR!

    Tom appeared on the sim-racing scene by trying out rFactor, rFactor 2 and then iRacing - where he spends most of his time racing in the Star Mazda Series where he has claimed third and then second overall in the two full seasons he has competed. On the oval side, Tom has completed a few races in the NASCAR Class C (Fixed) although he most enjoys the road side. Tom is an active member of Friction Racing, a team which focuses on the Star Mazda and the Williams-Toyota FW31, with the aim of reaching the Pro Series - and the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.

    In his personal life, Tom spend time with his girlfriend (they have been together for two years) and likes a variety of games and has started to livestream his races/gameplay on Twitch, to give an insight to his approach to racing and gaming.

  • 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.

Wiedner Wins Season Opener

by James Prostell Jr. on January 24th, 2015

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BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA -For drivers of the Red Sox Racing League, another new season is dawning. Like any other opening round, the slate’s wiped clean, giving any face in the paddock, familiar or otherwise, an equal opportunity to take home the championship. Again, it’s time to race. Just like old times. Only this time, compared to the GT3 cars raced at Daytona last season, the competitors will take to the track in cars with half the weight, one fourth the horsepower, and on street-legal sports car tires, to boot. Oh, and without fenders either. For this week’s season-opening Bowmanville 30 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, gone are the GT3-Spec McLaren, BMW, and RUF vehicles the league’s drivers have become accustomed to over the past two years, and in its place, [...]

Rumblestrip Racing Begins Two New Seasons of Full Throttle Thrills

by Adam Allen, John Dykstra & Eli Esser on January 23rd, 2015

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Tight racing at Oulton Park by Jason DeVriese (Ford), Matt Quinn (McLaren), and Marty Jefferie (BMW)

Many of you know the Rumblestrip Racing League for its Tues and Thursday evening clean, competitive, but friendly racing in both open wheel and combined GT3/C-Spec events.  Rumblestrip Race Recaps are often viewed thousands of times each week in the Private and Hosted Forum and on Adam Allen’s SIMWITS RACING blog page. Our goal is to use the SR and people friendly, league environment to encourage all racers to fill the grid while racing hard and having fun.  Members aren’t shy about sharing setups or driving tips.  Since each event is built to require one pit stop, you’ll even occasionally find a few people engaged in a strategy discussion.  The weekly Ruf C-Spec/GT3 multiclass racing runs a variety of tracks in repeating, six week seasons and produces moderately full grids [...]

iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona

by David Phillips on January 23rd, 2015

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The iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona is scheduled to get underway at 13:00 GMT (8am EST) on January 31.  The opening round of the 2015 Road Warrior Series, the race will utilize the driver swap/team feature that enables two or more sim racers to drive the same car and/or assume various roles such as spotter, crew chief and team manager. The event will be a multi-class race for prototypes (HPD-ARX01C) and GT3 (BMW Z4, Ford GT, McLaren MP4-12C and RUF Track) and is open to all iRacers with a road license level of D 4.0 or higher. The top split will be broadcast by RaceSpot as part of its coverage of Road Warriors Series endurance events that will also include the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Bathurst 1000. More [...]

Flawless Win for Emerson at Suzuka

by Paul Slavonik on January 22nd, 2015

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Class was in session at Suzuka as Professor Emerson took everyone to school. One of the world’s premier racing circuits, Suzuka International Racing Course is a favorite among the top-tier drivers in just about every category of racing – both real and sim. As such, it was Week 5 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series which brought drivers and fans alike to the virtual 3.6 mile circuit for 18 laps around the challenging road course. Stepping into the fray as the man to beat was Team TTL driver, John Emerson, who took pole position with an impressive time of 2:00.209 – over a half second faster his closest competitor. That competitor happened to be Beau Cubis of Evolution Racing Australia (ERA) who completed the front row of the starting grid. [...]

Frequent Flyer

by David Phillips on January 22nd, 2015

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Less than two years since taking his first laps in a real race car, Chris Beaufait has already earned awards including the Skip Barber Challenge’s Most Improved Driver.  And while the green flag has yet to wave on the racing season, Beaufait would appear to have the pole for the Most Frequent Flyer Miles award in the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge which kicks-off with Friday’s BMW Performance 200 at Daytona International Speedway. That’s because Beaufait plans to commute to at least half a dozen races this season from his home in Bejing – as in China – where he is Group Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific and China for Vestas Wind Systems A/S, “the world’s largest manufacturer, seller, installer and servicer of wind turbines.” Winging back and [...]

Honan Holds Watkins Glen

by Matt Pawelski on January 21st, 2015

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Week 3 of the iRacing IndyCar Road Series saw the drivers take to what is arguably the most storied circuit in America. Watkins Glen International was built in 1956 after safety concerns necessitated a move away from the original post-World War II circuit using the public roads and village streets around the upstate New York hamlet. Soon after, it became the host of the US Grand Prix from 1961-1980, and also the site of the 6 Hours of the Glen. The circuit hosted IndyCar for a number of years after 2006 as well. Currently, it plays host to an annual NASCAR Sprint Cup series event as well as the annual 6 Hour race for Tudor United SportCar Championship. The circuit has seen drivers like Clark, Stewart, Hill, Gurney, Andretti, Hunt, [...]

Mosport Thrills for Skippies

by Justin Sutton on January 21st, 2015

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Avery steals third on the final lap as Job defends his lead from Ward.

A field of nearly three dozen sim-racers sat on the grid for the 16 lap race at Mosport prior to what would be one of the hardest fought races seen recently.  Paul F. Grillo took pole position with a 1:32.731, just two and a half hundredths quicker than Wojciech Swirydwocz.  Simon Povey sat in third alongside Sebastian Job, both of whom have yet to win a race this season despite being in fifth and second in the championship respectively. Marc Mercer (also yet to claim a win this season) could only manage tenth on the grid but made up a position almost immediately after the start.  Not far behind Mercer, Jonathan Maycock had started in P11 and was keen to follow Mercer’s lead of first lap overtaking by relegating P9 [...]

Kettelle’s Race, Hudson’s Title

by Jason Lofing on January 21st, 2015

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The season finale was a dog-fight, from start to finish.

After struggling for most of the season, Brandon Kettelle finally had some good fortune in winning the NASCAR iRacing Pro Series finale at Daytona International Speedway. With four laps remaining Kettelle was running nearly even with Trey Eidson for the race lead. Kettelle, who was being pushed by Tyler Laughlin, started edging ahead of Eidson off of Turn Two. As the pack exited the corner Mitchell Hunt, who had been pushing Eidson, got slightly misaligned on his rear bumper and turned Eidson around in front of the field. The resulting crash took Eidson and several others out of contention and caused a race-ending yellow flag to fly. Hunt finished second despite turning Eidson and took full blame for the incident. “(I) got a little too low on Trey trying to [...]

iRacers Ready for Their 24 Hours of Daytona

by David Phillips on January 20th, 2015

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Anticipation is building for iRacing.com’s virtual 24 Hours of Daytona — the online motorsport service’s first official ‘round the clock race slated for January 31 – following last weekend’s successful Roar Before the 24 test.  More than 200 teams of sim racers took part in the event, a final run-through of iRacing.com’s unique new driver swap/team feature that enables two or more sim racers anywhere in the world to co-drive a car and perform a variety of other team functions such as crew chief and spotter. With 212 participating teams, the event was split into five different races featuring 42 or 43 cars apiece with two classes (prototype and GT3) in each “split.”  The top-rated split saw the MIG Motorsport Endurance team take the overall win in their HPD-ARX01c prototype [...]

Get to Know: Martin Enzmann

by David Ifeguni on January 20th, 2015

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iRacing.com has been revolutionary in being able to bring thousands of people from all across the world to one place in order to battle it out on the virtual race track. Austrian iRacer Martin Enzmann has taken full advantage of the opportunity. Strictly a road racer, Enzmann has started nearly 400 races on iRacing’s vast array of road courses in less than two full years of iRacing. Taking the checkered flag first for the first time on June 20th, 2013 in the Mazda Cup Series, Martin has been first to the finish 43 other times since then in eight different cars on fifteen different tracks; his most recent win came on New Year’s Eve just a couple of weeks ago in the World Sports Car Series at Sebring International Raceway. [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Returns to Action

January 20th, 2015

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Seven Full Distance Races Scheduled One of iRacing’s most popular series returns to action on the week of February 17 when the green flag waves on the opening round of the 2015 NASCAR iRacing.com Series at Daytona International Speedway.   Actually, make that two of iRacing’s most popular series as there will be distinct versions of the series for open and fixed chassis setups: the NASCAR iRacing.com Series Open and NASCAR iRacing.com Series Fixed. The series precisely mirrors the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, with Gen6 Chevys, Fords and Toyotas racing on digital versions of the same tracks as Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Dale Jr & Co. on a given week, with three Open and four Fixed races each weekend.  Both the Open and Fixed series will match [...]

Schwitter Snatches it at Road Atlanta

by Cam Stark on January 19th, 2015

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All is tight on the opening lap

Last season Road Atlanta brought out some close and fantastic sim racing, and this season was no different! The 18 drivers who lined-up on the grid would have 22 laps awaiting them around the 2.54 mile, 12 cornered circuit. Any mistake around the track could be punished, with walls situated very close to corner exits and grass to slide on, this circuit can certainly be one of the most unforgiving on the iRacing service. The setups could be diverse due to the winding nature of the first sector and the quick back straightaway: Some may opt for the latter in order to maintain track position; either way track position could be easily changed because of the draft effect that was certainly going to come in to play. On the front [...]

Trost Conquers Chicagoland

by Seth Eggert on January 19th, 2015

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Week Four of the 2015 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval sent the series to Chicagoland Speedway. Only 140 sim-racers raced in the “Windy City” throughout the week. Cautions, handling, lap traffic, pit strategy, tire wear and whether or not to make use of the apron were just some of the storylines that played out throughout the week of sim racing. Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) started on pole with Paul Jennings (Carolina) on his outside. Matt Pawelski (Pennsylvania) started third with Rob Unglenieks (Michigan) fourth, and Joe Hassert (Midwest) rounding out the top five starting positions. Just prior to taking the green flag, most of the sim-racers came to a gentlemen’s agreement to not use the apron in the tri-oval of the track, although a handful of competitors still used it to [...]

NEO Endurance and Sim Racers Support MSF

by Niel Hekkens on January 15th, 2015

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Through the NEO Endurance Series sim racers are contributing to safety of real world race tracks.

At the start of the season NEO Endurance announced a partnership with the Motorsport Safety Foundation (MSF). And now NEO is proud to announce the details of how we are supporting MSF and its mission to improve the safety standards on race tracks. What will NEO do? Every time teams want to change their driver line-up during the season, they need to pay a fee of $5.  NEO will donate this money to MSF at the end of the season, along with an additional donation from NEO Endurance itself.  By Round Two of the series there had already been eight new drivers added to various teams (for a total of $40). NEO could use this money for future events, but now this money will be donated to MSF. We will [...]

Zolder’s Chicanes Challenge GTC

by Jeff Jacobs on January 15th, 2015

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Brakes glowing red on the Mustang, Panu Pesonen (#3) charges hard through Zolder’s chicanes to try to hold off Felipe Persona (#1) while Trevor Snyder (#20) follows in the Solstice.

After a week of sim-racing on the sweeping turns at Mosport, the iRacing.com Grand Touring Cup featured a completely different challenge with the tricky chicanes of Belgium’s Circuit Zolder. Having been absent from the GTC schedule for two years, Zolder was new to most of the drivers and had to be re-learned by the others. “I haven’t driven this track for a couple of years – forgot how much fun, and how infuriating, it can be,” said Solstice class competitor Neil Rocks. Indeed, fury was the reaction of several drivers who challenged the curbing too much during Week 4’s competition. Catching too much curbing on entry or exit to a chicane sent several drivers into the wall nose-first or careening in a lurid spin across the track in front of [...]

Hudson Wins Bluegrass Drama

by Jason Lofing on January 14th, 2015

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Hudson keeps ? at bay while passing ? to take the win

Tyler Hudson showed once again why he is a former NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze champion and the current NASCAR iRacing Pro Series points leader with a dramatic victory at Kentucky Speedway. As the laps wore down, Hudson, along with Corey Vincent and polesitter Thomas Davis, were locked in a tight battle for the lead. Davis had held the top spot since the last round of green flag pit stops but his tires were giving-up and Hudson was steadily cutting into the lead. After a couple failed attempts at a pass, Hudson finally got position on the inside of Davis coming off Turn Two with three laps remaining. As the two drag raced down the backstraightaway Vincent, aided by the draft, took it three wide on the bottom hoping he could steal [...]

Lovingood Survives Week of the Living Dead

by Brian Tate on January 13th, 2015

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Robert Dillow goes for a tumble ahead of Jason Pitts (14) and Christopher Hunter (17).

After an action filled week at the Brickyard, the NASCAR iRacing.com Class B Open Oval series packed-up for the long trip over the Pacific Ocean to Motegi, Japan.  However, many series regulars elected to stay state side, leaving Twin Ring Motegi’s 1.549 mile oval looking like some post- apocalyptic scene from sim racing’s answer to AMC’s The Walking Dead. Those who didn’t make one of the races early in the week, were left hanging out in the garage area waiting to be zombie fodder as only two races went official at Twin Ring Motegi.  This was in sharp contrast from the previous week when 70 races went official at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Only 33 drivers made an appearance at Motegi before escaping back to the USA. BRB Motorsports’ Randall [...]

Rubbin’ is Racin’

by Dylan Kapisky on January 12th, 2015

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Berry dominated the 2014 season en route to the Hickory Speedway Late Model crown.

Last Tuesday, the NASCAR iRacing Pro Series took to the virtual Dover International Speedway for the eighth installment of the season. Corey Vincent dominated much of the race, leading 131 laps but only getting a third place finish. Brian Schoenburg led in the closing laps, ahead of Josh Berry, who had started the race in 40th place. However, Berry was closing quickly and finally got to Schoenburg’s back bumper in the closing stages of the race. With three laps remaining, Berry made contact with Schoenburg, sliding him up the track, allowing Berry to take the lead, bump ‘n’ run style. I caught up with Josh over the weekend to discuss the race, his winning move at Dover and his racing carer out of the sim. Q:    You and Brian Schoenburg [...]

Pre-Season Testing Comes to iRacing

by David Phillips on January 12th, 2015

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iRacing’s First 24 Hour Race Set for January 17-18 Like their counterparts in the Tudor United SportsCar Series participating in last week’s “Roar Before the 24,” iRacers are invited to take part in a pre-season test on January 17-18 in preparation for the iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona, the opening round of the 2015 Road Warriors Series, later this month.  In addition to fine-tuning their virtual prototypes and GT cars during the test event, competitors will have a chance to familiarize themselves with iRacing’s driver swap/team feature that makes it possible for two or more drivers thousands of miles apart to race the same virtual car around the clock.  As well, the test will enable iRacing to optimize the complex systems associated with staging three dozen or more simultaneous online [...]

Alatalo Takes the Spoils at Suzuka

by Cam Stark on January 10th, 2015

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The iRacing Star Mazda championship headed over to Japan for Round 3 of the season; the world famous Suzuka International Racing Course would be the track that the drivers will have to navigate on this third week of racing. With most of the drivers adjusting well to the new qualifying procedure they knew it was essential to not throw away an all-important lap during the 15 minute session, with a track like Suzuka it was never going to be easy to nail a perfect lap, but Kerry Knowlden (UK&I) once again did a tremendous job at qualifying his Star Mazda on the pole position for the race with a qualifying time of 1.55.071, he was just under a tenth ahead of Riku Alatalo (Finland) who joined the British driver on [...]