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February 2015

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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.

2015 iRacing World Championship GP Goes Green Saturday!

by David Phillips on February 26th, 2015

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The 2015 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series gets the green light at Interlagos on Saturday.  The 71 lap race will be broadcast Saturday on iRacing.com/live beginning at 10 AM EDT (14:00 GMT). Four time champion Greger Huttu is out to win One for the Thumb but he will face stiff competition from some familiar and fresh faces like 2011 series champion Hugo Luis, Martin Krönke, winner of three of the final four races last season and Mitchell deJong champion of the 2014 iRacing Road Pro Series. Be sure to catch all the sim racing action on Saturday at 10:00 am EDT (14:00 GMT) on iRacing.com/live.  In the meantime, to learn more about all of the drivers and to follow the series all season long visit the World Championship website [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Diary – February 25

by James Falcon Pratt on February 25th, 2015

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Look for competition to heat-up at hot 'lanta.

NASCAR has changed the schedule this season and now Atlanta is the second race. Last year the Sprint Cup did not visit Atlanta Motor Speedway until the 25th race of the season.  As I was unable to run here in the NASCAR iRacing Series Open series in 2014, there is little past data for me to work with. Last season in the Fixed I was taken-out by a car I never saw that bounced off the outside wall and came down into me. My car was taken to the hauler after just 21 laps and I was scored in 24th by race end. In 2013 my race went very well here and I scored my ALL-TIME BEST finish in a Sprint Cup car coming home second. I never had any [...]

Alfalla Wins 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Opener

by Jason Lofing on February 25th, 2015

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Alfalla (2) heads to victory at Daytona as Laughlin (51) heads to the wall.

Ray Alfalla, two-time champion of the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing, kicked-off the 2015 season with a victory at Daytona International Speedway. Alfalla, who started thirty-fourth, came out on top after contact with Tyler Laughlin as the two battled for the lead with three laps to go. The incident resulted in Laughlin crashing and flipping wildly down the backstraightaway which brought out a race-ending caution. Series rookie Patrick Crabtree finished second followed by fellow-first timers Nathan Wise and Tyler Hill with Byron Daley rounding-out the top five despite minor crash damage from an earlier incident. Restrictor plate racing in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series always seems to produce a late-race pass for the win and the 2015 opener was no exception. With a dozen laps remaining Alfalla found [...]

Marneef Maximizes Japan

by Seth Eggert on February 24th, 2015

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2015 S1 IndyCar Motegi

Week Nine of the 2015 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval sent the series Twin Ring Motegi. Only a mere 52 sim-racers decided to take a trip across the virtual Pacific to the “Land of the Rising Sun” throughout the week. Aero-push, cautions, handling, lap traffic, pit strategy, tight racing, tire wear and use of the weight jacker were just some of the storylines that played out throughout the week of sim racing. Nigel Marneef (Benelux) started on pole with Ryan Norton (Florida) on his outside. Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) started third with Niles Anders (Plains) fourth, and Vick Caudill (Michigan) rounding out the top five starting positions. Marneef had an excellent start, gapping Norton by several car lengths before the first turn. Demeritt easily cleared Norton exiting Turn Two only [...]

An Intense Race (For Second Place)

by Justin Sutton on February 24th, 2015

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Sharp with the inside line while Grillo nearly loses it after a tap from Ward.

Round Nine of the UK&I Skip Barber League’s first 2015 season took place at one of the most deceivingly difficult tracks in iRacing: Summit Point Raceway.  The circuit is typically one of the first that a new iRacer might enjoy on the road side, and because of that fact it is known well by all road racers.  With a lap time just over a minute and 20 seconds there would be 19 laps for the race, as with previous seasons.  Wojciech Swirydowicz took pole position with a time of 1:21.323, nearly a tenth faster than Paul F. Grillo who shared the front row with him.  Tom Ward took third while Sebastian Job was absent from the grid. As the clutches dropped and the Skippies accelerated towards Turn One it seemed [...]

Hamstead Wins With Last Lap Pass

by Dylan Sharman on February 24th, 2015

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Hamstead makes a last lap move to take the win at Road America.

The first round of the V8 Supercars Online Premier Series kicked off on Sunday night at Road America as 117 drivers attempted pre-qualifying with only 82 spots available (40 top split and 42 split 2). Richard Hamstead in his Team Pagnian TTL Falcon stole the show on the last lap with his pass to take the lead with only corners to go over ANZ Motorsports driver Jarrad Filsell, Tyroola TTL driver John Emerson had a strong run home but ran out of fuel when side-by-side with Filsell coming to the line to only just miss out on second position but still made his way onto the podium after securing pole position for the race! UKS TT-R driver Madison Down was on for a podium position before a last lap spin [...]

FansChoice.tv and iRacing.com Join Forces

by David Phillips on February 24th, 2015

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FansChoice.tv and iRacing.com are teaming up to make Tuesdays NASCAR iRacing Night on FansChoice.tv during the 2015 racing season. Beginning tonight night, race fans will be able to watch the world’s top sim racers in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing.com and the NASCAR iRacing Class B Series, on FansChoice.tv on alternate Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET. “This is a really exciting development,” says Tony Gardner, president of iRacing.com. “With NASCAR iRacing Tuesdays, racing fans can tune-in to FansChoice.tv every Tuesday evening throughout the season, knowing the very best in sim racing will be on tap whether it’s the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series or the NASCAR iRacing Class B Series.” NASCAR iRacing Tuesdays kicks-off on tonight (February 24) with the opening round of the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series [...]

Tolnay Takes the Honours in Canada

by Cam Stark on February 24th, 2015

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Star Mazda Mosport

The iRacing Star Mazda championship headed north to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – formerly known as Mosport – for the tenth round of this season. The track features 10 turns around the 2.459 mi (3.957 km) circuit. The nature of the circuit would certainly make for an exciting race once again! Out of the 10 turns, only one of them is at a significantly slow speed – that corner is Moss Corner. Moss can be no easy corner to get right either; coming down the hill from Turn 4 at a high speed, and maybe with a taste of draft you can misjudge the braking and head where you don’t want to, the wall. Qualifying proved to be incredibly close, with just over a second separating the 18 car field! [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” Insider

by Scott Smith on February 23rd, 2015

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Scott Class C daytona3a

With the arrival of the 2015 NASCAR season comes an itch, an itch for competition, an itch to battle wheel-to-wheel with fellow competitors to see who can conquer fear and establish dominance amongst the pack. Well, I’m certainly no fortune teller, but I think it is pretty safe to say I will never bump draft at Daytona, rim-ride the high banks of Bristol, tackle the Monster Mile, or earn my Darlington stripe . . . well, in real life that is.  In the virtual world, the outlook is rather more positive.  iRacing is an online prescription-based racing simulator with over 50,000 members worldwide competing amongst each other, and it’s a blast!  The sim markets itself as being entertaining, while also serving as a training platform for professional drivers.  They pride [...]

Brooks Holds Off Kelley at Concord

February 22nd, 2015

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Brooks Holds Off Kelley at Concord

On Thursday night, the Sim Auto Racing Association’s premiere division, the RB Performance Super Late Model Series made their first ever trip to the Concord Speedway for a 125 lap event. A smaller field of just 18 cars would run the event, but that would set the race up for plenty of green flag action throughout the night. In group qualifying, Justin Brooks would set the fast time in qualifying on his first lap out, and then improved it some more to take the pole with a lap time of 15.907 seconds for his 28th career SARA pole. Just to his outside, points leader Cody Kelley would also set a fast time to join Brooks at the front of the field. At the drop of the green flag, Brooks would [...]

Majeski’s Bid for World Series SLM Title Dashed

by David Phillips on February 22nd, 2015

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Majeski’s Bid for World Series SLM Title Dashed

Ty Majeski’s bid to capture the Super Late Model championship in the 49th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing ended in a hard crash on Friday night.  Majeski, who went into Friday night’s 35 lap race holding a one point lead in the SLM standings, was running fifth when an apparent suspension failure on Lap 24 pitched the iRacing Ford Fusion into the wall with devastating results.  Fortunately, Majeski escaped serious injury but his bid for the World Series championship was over. Despite failing to score points in the final two events, Majeski still finished ninth in the standings on the strength of one win and three top six finishes in five starts.  A finalist in the 2015 Alan Kulwicki Driver Development Program, Majeski hopes to defend his [...]

Kyle Busch to Miss Daytona 500

by Dave Moulthrop on February 22nd, 2015

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Kyle Busch to Miss Daytona 500

Sprint Cup Series driver, Kyle Busch has a passion for racing in both the XFINITY Series and The Camping World Truck Series. Until Saturday’s 34th Annual Alert Today 300 his passion has rewarded him as the all-time race winner in the XFINITY series but that passion will result in Kyle Busch missing his first Daytona 500 since taking the green flag for then team owner Rick Hendrick in 2005. With nine laps remaining Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Erik Jones, car turned towards the infield before snapping back onto the track into traffic. With Busch following behind Jones his car turned down towards the infield running head on into the wall in a section not protected by safer barrier. Busch was able to climb from the car but was shortly [...]

Emerson Claims Zolder But…

by Paul Slavonik on February 20th, 2015

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There’s a new guy in town and he’s now keen on going toe-toe with the championship leader.               Zolder was a dominating race from start to finish for Team TTL driver, John Emerson. After starting on pole with a time of 1:25.525 and going on to lead every lap as well as set the fastest lap time (1:26.210), to say it was anything but a shutout would be a blatant lie. However, there’s more to this story. The ‘new guy’ Seemingly coming out of oblivion, the newest member of the SDC Motorsports juggernaut, Ethan Grigg-Gault, went from being mid-pack driver earlier this season to a top-ten challenger to presently being one of the strongest challengers for Emerson. After starting in third this week at Zolder, Gault managed to finish second [...]

Majeski Takes World Series Super Late Model Lead

February 20th, 2015

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Majeski Takes World Series Super Late Model Lead

For the second time in as many races, Ty Majeski stormed back from some early misfortune to grab a strong finish in the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway last night.  After starting fourth, Majeski got caught up in a Lap One crash and took the restart in P24.  Up to tenth spot just past the midpoint of the 50 lap race, Majeski grabbed 7th spot by Lap 34 and moved up another position with four laps remaining to bring the iRacing Ford Fusion home in sixth place. Majeski’s strong comeback drive vaulted him to the top of the World Series Super Late Model standings and with two races remaining (tonight’s 35 lapper and Saturday’s 100 lap finale) he leads Garrett Jones by a single [...]

Fantasy NASCAR Team Owner

by Dylan Schmidt on February 20th, 2015

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Schmidt Daytona 500 a

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015:  We’ve just arrived at Daytona Beach, Florida for what I hope will be the first of many great races this year.  My crew is full of nervous energy.  For most of them, this is their first racing experience.  They are a group of solid men, with more years of mechanical experience than is easy to believe.  NASCAR fans, one and all.  Together, we hope to build a racing team capable of competing with the best… or at least able to pay the bills and keep us all from starving to death. Racing is a rich man’s game, and it takes a whole lot of dough to start a team from scratch.  Lucky for me, I’ve got great credit.  I was able to take out a loan [...]

Hendrick Cars Lead Daytona 500 Start

by Dave Moulthrop on February 20th, 2015

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Hendrick Cars Lead Daytona 500 Start

The Budweiser Duels had been expected to leave some of the higher profile drivers on the sidelines for the Daytona 500 but after 300 miles of racing there were no surprises and with six of the 49 cars involved in accidents, none of which were major the  cars of Hendrick Motorsports swept the Duels much like they did front row qualifing 5 days earlier. Starting Line Up Daytona International Speedway 57th Annual Daytona 500 Pos Car Driver Team Reason 1. 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 2. 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 3. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet 4. 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Crispy Toyota 5. 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 6. 19 Carl Edwards Arris Toyota 7. 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet [...]

All’s Well that Ends Well

by David Phillips on February 19th, 2015

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All’s Well that Ends Well

Ty Majeski’s Wednesday evening got off to a disappointing start when he finished P13 in the opening round of the Super Late Model doubleheader in the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway.  But Majeski capped the evening with a spectacular performance in the iRacing.com Ford Fusion in the nightcap 35 lap race.  Starting 24th, Majeski worked his way up to P13 as the midpoint of the race neared, only to get spun and start working his way back to the front again.  In the remaining 21 laps he passed all but three cars to come home fourth.  Those finishes leave Majeski in second place in the overall standings of the SLM division of the World Series, just three points behind Steve Wallace. The competition continues [...]

Lopez Draws First Blood in NASCAR iRacing Series

by Paul Williams on February 19th, 2015

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Lopez takes the first checkered flag of the 2015 NASCAR iRacing Series from

Q&A with 2014 NASCAR iRacing Series champion Patrick Crabtree The NASCAR iRacing Series  is back in full swing after last night’s running of the first Open Daytona 500. We saw 18 splits and participation from over 550 members! Jordy Lopez Jr. took home the victory from the top split, a rewarding recovery after a late race mishap when he spun entering pit lane under green with 40 laps to go. An intense final 30 laps saw the likes of former NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series champion Tyler Hudson, last year’s NASCAR iRacing Series Open champion Patrick Crabtree, Malik Ray, and Casey Tucker (to name a few) battle for the win. Contact between Allen Boes and Hudson with three laps to go that nearly sent Hudson to the inside wall, left it [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Diary – February 18

by James Falcon Pratt on February 18th, 2015

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NASCAR iRacing Series Diary – February 18

On Monday I was able to look into both the Fixed and Open series Stats pages. Not to see where in the standings I was, we have not run the first race! I was there to see what Division I would be in. For some odd reason last season the division I was in did not match between the two series. This year I found that I will be in Division 4 in both series – a good division or two higher than I was expecting. I am hoping to get in a few races prior to the start of the season to give my iRating a boot. With all three of the top series at Daytona, there could be a good chance to do just that. I have few [...]

Tight Quarters for the AMG Sportscar Challenge

by Danny Kane on February 18th, 2015

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Dave Hill (13) pilots a damaged CTS-Vr while trying to defend P4 in GTD from Billy Smith II (901).

Donington Park National was the scene for Round Nine for the Autobahn Motorcar Group Sportscar Challenge on Monday, February 9. Known for its twisting layout, Donington’s tight quarters made for a hair-raising race for the multiclass series as the prototype classes patiently picked their way through GT traffic. With only a six point lead in the P1 standings, John Ulmer lined his HPD up on pole for the 60 minute event alongside championship rival Kevin Blinkley. In a race where off-track incidents were expected to be plentiful, a good start and getaway would be a critical element to the prototypes’ race. Ulmer’s start did not disappoint, and he was quickly able to open up a comfortable gap while working GT traffic with ease. Back in the GTD class, Billy Smith [...]