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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.

Greger’s Grand Slam

by David Phillips on May 29th, 2015

In a class of his own, Huttu sprints to a fourth straight win as the rest give chase.

Greger Huttu scored a dominant victory at challenging Virginia International Raceway for his fourth consecutive iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series win and, in the bargain, enhanced his already commanding lead in the series standings.  Three other sim racers – Olli Pahkala, Enzo Bonito and Mitchell DeJong – led at one time or another as pit stop strategies came into play, but in the end it was the four time world champion cruising to a commanding 12s win over a close squabble for the runner-up spot between Pahkala and Bonito that was, ultimately, decided in the Finn’s favor giving Team Redline an impressive sweep of the podium positions. Having missed the past couple of races owing to his Global Rallycross commitments, DeJong made an impressive return to the series by [...]

Madison Down…Enough Said

by Paul Slavonik on May 28th, 2015


Nine-time V8 Supercars champion, Madison Down, knows full well that it’s never too cloudy to have a good race. With 274 career road-racing wins from 551 starts, Down is no stranger to victory lane. Indeed, even the overcast and gloomy conditions combined with the twists and turns of Virginia International Raceway did little to put a damper on the mood of Down and the other sim-racers as they arrived ready to race for Week 10 of the V8 Supercars Americas series. .001s? The qualifying session proved to be a battle in itself as the top drivers found themselves in a fight to be on top once the smoke cleared. As expected, the young SDC Motorsports prodigy, Ethan Grigg-Gault, was found towards the front after it was all said [...]

IndyCar Reality Check: Indianapolis 500

by Jared DePouw on May 27th, 2015

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Now that the 99th Indianapolis 500 is in the books — and Juan Pablo Montoya and Roger Penske are divying-up the $2,449,055 winner’s share of the purse –  iRacers can set their sights on this weekend’s iRacing Indy 500. And while getting Indy 500 setup advice from race engineers is nearly impossible, I was able to talk with a number of IndyCar drivers to get their advice on how to manage the car as well as themselves over the course of 500 miles (real and/or virtual) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Townsend Bell, #24 The Robert Graham Special “If you see Townsend Bell logged in and participating, make sure that you realize that’s my 11 year old son on my account and that I take zero responsibility, nor do I [...]

Sixth Annual iRacing Indianapolis 500 Set for May 29 – May 31

by David Phillips on May 27th, 2015

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For the sixth consecutive year, the world’s premier online motorsports simulation service will stage the Indianapolis 500.  With four time slots from May 29-May 31, iRacers can race their digital Dallara DW12s on iRacing’s laser-scanned version of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway just days after fellow iRacers Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, Justin Wilson, Oriol Servia and Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Gabby Chaves competed in the 99th edition of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. The Indianapolis 500, which annually attracts sim racers from all over the world, features four different time slots including Friday, May 29 at 9:00 PM EDT (1:00 GMT Saturday), Saturday, May 30 at 4:00 PM EDT (20:00 GMT Saturday), Saturday, May 30 at 9:00 PM EST (1:00 GMT Sunday) and Sunday, May 31 at [...]

What Does the End of Week 12 Mean in the NASCAR iRacing Series?

by James Falcon Pratt on May 27th, 2015

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Short answer?  It means we have completed one third of the season, and run the Daytona 500 and the longest sim race of the season, the Coke 600. If my math holds up we have been scheduled to run 3,201 miles over 2,247 laps. Google Maps tells me that’s the number of miles covered by a drive from Los Angeles to Bangor, Maine; a cross country trip that would take 47 hours and cross 15 states, eight of which I have visited. What makes the first third of the season so very different from the second third of the season? What makes the first third of the season so very different from the second third of the season? This is best answered by starting with which of the dozen races [...]

Star Mazda Reality Check: Lucas Oil Raceway

by Jared DePouw on May 26th, 2015


One of only two oval tracks on the Pro Mazda schedule, Lucas Oil Raceway combines short track oval racing with the excitement of Indianapolis, especially in May. Located about 20 minutes from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway (formerly Indianapolis Raceway Park) features an 11/16ths mile oval with a modest 12 degrees of banking. 2015 marks 70 years of The Night Before the 500, which as of this year is now The Day Before the 500 and featured racing by the USF2000, Pro Mazda, and USAC Silver Crown cars. This article is designed primarily to help iRacers tune the Star Mazda and build setups for Lucas Oil Raceway along with some tips for navigating the track (Pro Tip: Lots of left turns) While the Star Mazda is a road [...]

So Near Yet So Far

by James Falcon Pratt on May 26th, 2015

So Near Yet So Far

NASCAR iRacing Seres Open  – Week 12: 400 Laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway This is one of the races I look forward to more than most. The reasons are many, but the long green flag runs and pitting under green as well as the raw tactics of the long race always get me pumped. How hard does one push in the first 100 laps or even in the first half of the race? Do you short pit between  Lap 345 and Lap 350 knowing you’re on new tires early in the run with the Lucky Dawg should you get picked-off by a yellow? Do you stay out if a run goes short to hold lapped carw back? All of this runs through your head as the race winds down. Things [...]

The Chicane of Many Moves

by Cam Stark on May 26th, 2015

Ramiro leads the field away, whilst Amico & Mangan don't reach the first corner.

Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada; the circuit that week 10 of the iRacing Grand Prix Series will be tackling. The drivers had 42 laps awaiting them where concentration needed to be incredibly high. With the concrete walls in close proximity of each of the 13 turns, over the 4.361km distance, a small misjudgement could prove costly and, ultimately, lead to a retirement.  Quickly. GTRos’ Alvaro Ramiro took pole position ahead of the man who has been on a late season charge: Mack Bakkum. Only .004s separated their qualifying times, and if this followed in to the race it was going to be a closely-fought contest. On the other hand, for some sim racers further back in the grid their only contest would be with the wall . . . Vincenzo Amico [...]

Apex Racing UK’s second charity race: Diabetes UK 3 hour Enduro!

May 23rd, 2015

Come and help us raise money for Diabetes UK in Apex Racing UK's second iRacing charity event.

On June 13th 2015, starting at 13:00 GMT Apex Racing UK will be hosting their second charity event on iRacing’s service. Last year saw an incredibly successful charity event at Spa Francorchamps (over £1000 raised overall!) where people took part in a 2.4 hour event by donating towards the chosen cause of Cancer Research UK. This year’s event will be similar to last year’s, although the charity of choice this time is Diabetes UK. Now iRacing have the team feature at our disposal it will be a team event (although you can race solo if you wish) around the Monza Combined Circuit using GT3 vehicles in a 3 hour race. As said already, the charity race will begin at 13:00 GMT, in a hope that it will be easily accessible for [...]

Oltmanns Takes Win #2 at Daytona

by Evan Posocco on May 22nd, 2015

Jason Oltmanns celebrates after winning his second race of the season.

Jason Oltmanns’ single car operation became the first team to take multiple Feature Race wins on the 2015 Racing Series Season 4 campaign, with his first career win at the World Center of Racing. Oltmanns parked his #51 Best Buy Ford Fusion in Gatorade Victory Lane in Race 9 of the season, after qualifying into the A-Main through his respective Heat Race and via an eighth place finish in the Dash For Cash. The #51 started on the outside of Row 4 for the 40 lap main event which was shown LIVE on LSRTV. Before the green flag dropped on the A Main Feature, the remaining drivers who had been unable to qualify in through the preliminaries (p12 <) had to qualify in through the B-Main event, which was [...]

Grigg-Gault Wins Sebring Thriller

by Paul Slavonik on May 22nd, 2015


Sebring International Raceway is one of the oldest and most historic race tracks still in existence in the United States. A former training base during World War II for the U.S. Army Air Corp, Sebring has been continuously operating since 1950 and is home to the world famous 12 Hours of Sebring. Although the 65-year old track plays host to several categories of motorsports including the FIA World Endurance Championship, International Le Mans Cup and, more recently, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Sebring’s virtual counterpart was home to the V8 Supercars Americas Series for Week 9 of the second season of 2015. The Starting Grid As the pre-race qualifying session got underway, 4 Motorsport driver and former V8 Supercars champion, Mitchell McLeod, put in a fast lap which [...]

New face, New rival? Storm Dominates Okayama

May 21st, 2015

Storm looking to build on a fantastic qualifying performance.

After a one week sabbatical for many drivers in the iRacing Pro Mazda Series, the road courses returned for Week 9 at Japan’s Okayama International Circuit. The track features 11 corners over its 3.703km course. Much to my surprise we had a totally new front row! It featured none of the common iRacing Pro Mazda names that we’ve been accustomed to throughout the season; although it was incredibly tight based on the top three positions’ times – all separated by less than a tenth. Michael Storm took pole position with a 1.26.438, whilst Wojciech Rabsztyn joined him on the front row, only .76s slower. Wyatt Gooden was a place further back, but had his work cut out to make his way to the head of field based on the pace [...]

iRacing Blancpain GT Series Planned for 2016

by David Phillips on May 21st, 2015

racing games and the SRO Motorsports Group are joining forces to establish the world’s first professional endurance sim racing series: the iRacing Blancpain GT Series. Scheduled to debut next spring, the iRacing Blancpain GT Series will feature the world’s elite endurance sim racing teams in GT3 cars competing for cash prizes and merchandise in races broadcast on iRacing Live. “The iRacing Blancpain GT Series will enable premier sim racers and teams around the world to compete on a highly professional level.” – Stephane Ratel “We’re proud to partner with the SRO Motorsports Group in creating the iRacing Blancpain GT Series,” says Tony Gardner, President of  “It’s a perfect marriage of SRO Motorsports’ experience organizing and marketing both the Blancpain Endurance Series and Blancpain Sprint Series with iRacing’s proven ability to [...]

A Manic Monza for AOR

by Justin Sutton on May 21st, 2015

Knowlden gets the 2 for 1 on Lap Six.

There is only one temple of speed, and legendary  Monza played host to the fourth round of the AOR Pro Mazda Championship.  As a new addition to the iRacing track library, the circuit is both brand new and also well-known to racing fans around the world, providing a unique experience for all the sim-racers.  With three rounds in the books, Justin Brunner led the championship with 74 points, as he was yet to finish a race outside of the podium positions.  His nearest rival, Phil Reid of Team AOR Blue, sat on just 48 points, a gap of 26 points between them.  Brunner took pole at Monza and looked strong for the race, while defending Season One champion Kerry Knowlden once again languished in P7 on the grid (same as [...]

Warren’s Bold Pit Call Wins Charlotte

by Jason Lofing on May 20th, 2015

Warren and Hill head to a 1-2 finish as mayhem unfolds in their wake.

Alex Warren made it the second straight week an underdog has found his way to victory lane in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing, winning last night’s long, drawn-out race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Warren did not have a car that could win on outright speed but his gutsy pit call under caution with 18 laps remaining put him in the lead and the flurry of yellow flags that followed gave him all he needed to pick up his first win of the season. The race came down to a three lap dash to the finish with Warren and Tyler Hill on the front row. Cody Byus and Kenny Humpe, the dominant cars of the night, occupied Row Two and looked to capitalize on the fact their fresher [...]

IndyCar Reality Check: GP of Indianapolis

by Jared DePouw on May 20th, 2015

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Contained withinnfield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway — and utilizing the oval’s Turn One and front straightaway — is a 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course that was re-designed in 2014. While we can race on a road course at The Brickyard, we use the old 13-turn, 2.605-mile configuration used by Formula One in its all-too brief flirtation with The Brickyard. There are two major differences between the old and new configurations. The first is a bypass of the old Turn 5-6-7 sector with a chicane designed to increase the speed down the backstretch. The second is the use of an infield section in the Oval Turn One which we have on the Bike configuration. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the hardest part of building a setup for [...]

Virtual and Real Race Control Meet

by Niel Hekkens on May 20th, 2015

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NEO Endurance Series co-founder Niel Hekkens had the opportunity to talk with and observe race control of FIA WEC during the recent 6 Hours of Spa. Below you can read his experience in this blog post. After a great debut season of the NEO Endurance Series, we already started preparing for Season 2. Right now we are evaluating every aspect of our league. Together with the feedback from the teams, we aim to improve the NES experience. In our first season we set a good benchmark for ourselves and now we can build on that. One of the great aspects of the NEO Endurance Series is live race control during the races. NEO’s race control makes sure all drivers behave themselves on the race track and punish those who fail [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series powered by – Seconds, please

by Matt Holden on May 20th, 2015

From the 2014 Brickyard 400, the winning #24 car was run with the suspension package that we currently have on iRacing:  No minimum ride height, allowing bump springs.

I built this one setup.  It was awesome, if I’m allowed to say that about my own work.  Purpose-built specifically for the virtual high-banks of the Daytona International Speedway, it was meant to run in one, and only one, race of the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series.  I built it knowing that once the checkered flag fell in that race, it would immediately become obsolete.  Still, it didn’t stop me from turning over 700 laps by myself on the track, filling my iRacing folder with over three gigabytes of telemetry data, and even researching race car aerodynamic properties.  It worked perfectly, was balanced mechanically and efficient aerodynamically.  The setup was put on only one car in its unaltered state and finished in eighth place.  After that, it was archived. While [...]

NASCAR for the Masses Brought to Us by iRacing

by James Falcon Pratt on May 19th, 2015

Rubbin's racing' when the NASCAR Xfinity Chevy Camaros and Ford Mustangs get together in the NASCAR iRacing Class B Series.

Since opening its virtual doors nearly seven years ago, iRacing has brought the many worlds of NASCAR to the masses all around the world. As you start your sim racing life you learn car control, track types and racing with others all around you on the track. The rookie level has changed in the nearly four years that I have been a part of iRacing, but the basics will always be the same. Depending on when you started you drove the Street Stock or the Legends cars first then advanced to the other. These two race cars drive very differently, but the basics are a part of each of them. Rookie Class Today you start with the Street Stocks, a car you may have raced on local tracks. Maybe it [...]

Ty Brings Home the Win at State Park Speedway

by David Phillips on May 18th, 2015

Ty Majeski strikes a familiar pose . . .

Ty Majeski took a big step towards a successful defense of his ARCA Midwest Tour title by winning the second round of the 2015 series at State Park Speedway in Wausau, WI.  Despite posting a record-breaking qualifying lap in the iRacing Ford Fusion, Majeski was bumped down to second by Tim Sauter.  After coming from P7 to second in the Fast Dash race, Majeski traded paint — and the lead — with Sauter over the final 13 laps of the 100 lap feature before the veteran sim racer grabbed the lead for keeps with five laps remaining. “(Sauter) got me a little messed up there and I returned the favor,” said Majeski.  “But that, that’s just typical short track racing. It was awesome! Kudos to him, he could’ve wrecked me [...]