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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.

Skip Barber 2k World Cup – Nassi Returns and Wins

by Paul Malokas on October 8th, 2015

Mikko Nassi and Ricardo Faria fight for the lead

After a dominating win by Philip Leybaert at Lime Rock, the 2k Cup moved on to Philip Island this week. This was expected to be a much different race due to Philip Island’s long straights and wide corners. The championship standings are still settling after starting the season at the Motegi oval. Philip Island should add more clarity to who the contenders will be for the rest of the season. Standings, results and links to video replays can be found at Qualifying: The first lap of qualifying saw previous league champion, Mikko Nassi, return and set the pace with a 1:47.541. He was followed by Ricardo Faria and Paul Malokas. The critical second lap saw some changes to this order. Nassi improved his lap time and captured pole position, [...]

Alfalla Closes NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Season on a Winning Note

by Jason Lofing on October 7th, 2015

Alfalla closed the season with an impressive win at Homestead.

Ray Alfalla (Slip Angle Motorsports) punctuated yet another stellar season in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing by earning his fourth victory of the 2015 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Alfalla, who started a lap down because of technical trouble, sliced through the field in the early going and drove every bit like a driver with nothing to lose. Last Row Motorsports’ Jake Stergios finished second, followed by brother PJ. The Stergios brothers had the cars to beat on the short run, but could not match Alfalla’s speed as the laps added-up on their virtual Goodyears. Bryan Blackford was fourth, just edging Chris Overland and mirroring their places in the final standings. Alfalla and Jake Stergios dominated for most of the evening, leading a combined 146 of 167 laps. [...]

de Jonge Dominates at The Brickyard

by Jason Galvin on October 7th, 2015

de Jonge earned his first career Lionheart IndyCar Series win on Sunday in the inaugural iRace for Gage Indy 500.

After an eventful opening 30 laps, Michel de Jonge settled in and dominated the inaugural iRace for Gage Indianapolis 500 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, leading a race-high 91 laps on his way to his first career victory in the Lionheart IndyCar Series. “It means a lot,” de Jonge said in the virtual victory lane. “I’ve had some really bad luck in this series so far. It’s a great series, I’ve had a lot of fun, but finally today things went my way. “My arms are hurting, my legs are hurting, but it was all worth it.” “My arms are hurting, my legs are hurting, but it was all worth it.” – Michel de Jonge de Jonge held-off a late race charge by polesitter Ricky Hardin, [...]

Dalton Outduels Power Series Title Rivals in Fontana

by Corey Davis on October 6th, 2015

racing at Fontana

The ITSR Power Series brought its tight points battles to the wide Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, and the mounting pressure on title contenders led to some thrilling online racing action and a potentially costly mistake in the closing laps. In qualifying, Matt Delk recorded a lap of 37.447 seconds to score the pole position. Adam Hallock started second ahead of Marcus Napier, Chad Dalton, and Jeff S. Davis. Championship leader Tim Johnston struggled to put a quick lap on the board and settled for a 13th-place starting spot. Once the green flag flew, Delk and Dalton – who entered the race third and second in points, respectively – pulled out to nearly a four-second lead ahead of the third-place battle between Rick Thompson and Corey Davis. Behind them, [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Desert Breakdown

by Scott Smith on October 5th, 2015


The road was narrow and the sky resembled a color like the shallow waters of the Bahamas. There wasn’t a cloud in sight. The planet’s host star was suspended in the air like the watchful eye of a guardian; a flaming hot one warming the cacti littering the rugged landscape. Giant red-tinged rocks and tan sands were in abundance. And occasionally, a winged creature resembling a buzzard, would swoop out of the turquoise sky and stretch its wings alongside the speeding big rig. RJ’s watch had quit vibrating some time ago. The metal timepiece coiled around his wrist was silent. It was calm. In its rumbly wake, however, a number was left: 10. There was no decimal point followed by numbers creeping upwards. There were no buttons to push. And [...]

Krönke Takes the Second; Huttu Takes the Fifth

by David Phillips on October 5th, 2015

Kronke did all he could do to keep his championship hopes alive at Interlagos, tigering his way past Huttu and Pahkala to his third win of the season.

For the second time this season the 2015 iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series visited fabled Autódromo José Carlos Pace (aka Interlagos), Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola having scored an impressive win in Round One back on the final day of February.  Seven months and 14 rounds later, the sinuous virtual circuit produced a different winner; make that two different winners as Coanda Simsport’s Martin Krönke earned his third victory of the season with a purposeful drive from fourth on the grid while Team Redline’s Greger Huttu came home second to secure his fifth iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series title. “The race was one of the toughest for me this season . . . Main thing on my mind was the championship so very happy that that’s done.”  Greger Huttu As was [...]

Bernardi Wins the Finish of all Finishes at Sebring

by Cam Stark on October 5th, 2015

Just after losing the lead it was almost over for Keanie, luckily he managed to collect it together and keep second.

Round 2 of the iRacing Pro Mazda championship was down near the southern of the United States, as the sim racers headed to Sebring, Florida to tackle 14 laps of the 17 turn 6km circuit. Since the track is located directly on an old US Air Force training base it makes for a bumpy ride around the majority of the track, especially the opening and last sectors. It’s not the widest of tracks in places, but there’s still plenty of opportunities to make overtakes, not least into the Turn 7 hairpin. Jamie Fluke took pole position in a time of 2:00:989.  Ariel Eduardo Bernardi was looking to close the gap on Justin Brunner after the opening week and he managed to out qualify his rival by two positions whilst finishing [...]

Skip Barber 2k World Cup – Philippe Leybaert Dominates at Lime Rock

by Paul Malokas on October 5th, 2015

Philippe Leybaert lead the field through the first corner

After kicking-off the new season with a visit to an oval last week, the Skip Barber 2k World Cup moved on to more familiar terrain Sunday. The race was contested a Lime Rock Park. The expected contenders for the championship did not fair well at the oval, so this was a week where they were all looking forward to regaining their accustomed places atop the order.   A strong field of 34 started, but defending champion Richard Avery did not participate for the second consecutive week. It is looking like he has chosen not to defend his title. Standings, results and links to video replays can be found at Qualifying: Qualifying at Lime Rock is over in a flash. With the short lap the field is usually very tightly bunched [...]

Kevin Harvick wins Dover – Advances to next round of The Chase

by David Moulthrop on October 5th, 2015

Kevin Harvick wins Dover – Advances to next round of The Chase

Defending Sprint Cup Champion, Kevin Harvick looked as if he would be on the outside looking in when The Chase for The Sprint Cup advanced to the contenders round following this weekend’s race at  Dover. Having cut a tire in the first race of round one at Chicagoland, and then following that up by running out of gas in the lead with three laps remaining at New Hampshire the only way that Kevin Harvick was going to be able to defend his title was to win on The Monster Mile at Dover. That situation was nothing new to Harvick. In last years championship the only way he could advance to the final round at Homestead Miami Speedway was to win the previous race at Phoenix and a win in the [...]

Chubirko Outsmarts The Monster

by Scott Smith on September 30th, 2015


Monsters are known as tough critters – and usually the only way to tame the gnarly beasts is by knockin’ their blocks clean off. In last night’s running of Round 28 of the NASCAR iRacing Class B Open Series, Jake Stergios almost had Miles The Monster’s head severed and the virtual Dover International Speedway conquered, enjoying nearly a full straightaway advantage over Nikolas Shelton with only nine laps remaining. Nevertheless, late race cautions can throw a monkey wrench into the strategy of even the fastest racers. And that’s exactly what happened as Jacob Herbert’s spinning Chevrolet Camaro brought out the third yellow flag of the race. The leaders pitted, employing a mixed bag of both two and four tire strategies. Scored in 13th at the time, Brandon Chubirko rolled the [...]

Simley and Jette Score Breakthrough Power Series Wins

by Corey Davis on September 30th, 2015

Rich Jette (#36) crosses the finish line ahead of Johnston (#54) to win in Loudon.

With the season winding down, ITSR Power Series competitors found it more important than ever to score valuable points in recent trips to Chicagoland and New Hampshire. For the title contenders, that meant negotiating a minefield of crashed cars, pit strategy, and last-lap excitement that saw two first-time winners emerge. Cloudy weather in Chicago meant high speeds in qualifying, and CJ LaVair topped the timesheets with a lap of 28.524 seconds. Scott Simley was second, followed by point leaders Tim Johnston and Chad Dalton, with Corey Davis rounding out the top five. When the green flag flew, it didn’t stay out for long. A synchronized slide in Turn 3 by David Correia and Marcus Napier collected half a dozen cars before the first lap was finished. Three more cautions – [...]

iRacing’s Grant Reeve Wins SCCA Solo Nationals

by Jeff Jacobs on September 29th, 2015

motorsport simulations

By the narrowest of margins – think 0.004sec — in one of the most hotly contested classes, iRacing staffer Grant Reeve won the Super Street-R National Championship at the Sports Car Club of America TireRack Solo Nationals earlier this month.  A record-breaking 1228 SCCA members gathered in Lincoln, Nebraska from September 8th to 11th to compete in the annual event to crown the top autocrossers in the nation.  Reeve drove his 2003 Chevrolet Corvette Z-06 to a hard-fought victory in a class considered to be one of the toughest to win due to the many multi-time national champions who choose to run in it. “The mass of people converging on me helped me do the math and realize I had the win.”  -  Grant Reeve The title of National [...]

2015 World Cup of iRacing Slated for October-November

by Mike Ouellette on September 28th, 2015

World Cup logo 1

The World Cup of iRacing is back for its 7th year and this time it’s better than ever. For one month from October 24th thru November 14th the World Cup takes center stage and you can be a part of making your club victorious. If you take pride in where you are from, this an opportunity to join with others like you and prove that your club has what it takes. The sim racing competition starts with the Qualifying Round on Saturday, October 24 and features NASCAR Xfinity Chevrolet Camaros, Ford Mustangs and Toyota Camrys on the oval at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Dallara DW12 IndyCar at Suzuka International Circuit. The top 16 club teams will advance to the Tournament Group Stage on Saturday, November 7 with the top five [...]

Brunner Picks-up Where He Left-off

by Cam Stark on September 28th, 2015


The opening round of Season 4 for the iRacing Pro Mazda Championship took place at Road Atlanta. This is a track with an incredibly short lap duration compared to most venues, but one requiring no lapses in concentration due to the high demand and difficult corners the sim racers would encounter over the duration of the 22 lap event. Knowing draft would – as ever – be a major factor, pole position quite possibly wasn’t the place Oliver Connor wanted to be – especially if he was still in first when they exited Turn 7 on to the back stretch. With Connor taking pole it was the Italian Ariel Eduardo Bernardi who lined up alongside him, whilst last season’s champion Justin Brunner was back again looking to add another title [...]

Free Range for Ethan Grigg-Gault

by Brenton O'Brien on September 28th, 2015

Donington saw defending V8 Series champion Grigg-Gault (1) pick-up where he left off in Season 3, his win highighted by this pass for the lead as Ford (3) gives plenty of racing room on the favoured line.

Season 4/2015 for  iRacing’s official V8 Supercar Championship kicked-off at the U.K.’s challenging Donington Park, where 30 laps of driver-friendly conditions stood between the green lights and the chequered flag. Last season’s champion SDC Motorsports Ethan Grigg-Gault made a return to defend his hard-fought title win in front of some new names in the top split, all of whom had previously pressed hard to make a claim for the coveted winner’s trophy.  With the introduction of sponsorship from and with live race feeds with RacespotTV the drivers and teams entered their respective splits with high anticipation. Qualifying Ian Ford dominated the one lap challenge last season, and with the introduction of the dynamic tracks to the iRacing servers it became every more important to snare the highest grid position [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Road Trippin’ to Loudon

by Scott Smith on September 28th, 2015


Strands of blues and pinks hung in the air like giant tufts of cotton candy. It wasn’t the aurora borealis; it was something even more beautiful. An uncountable number of stars flickered in the background like tiny pegs on a Lite-Brite. And as Rublix mashed the button on his door panel, the passenger window rolled down, the smells of the countryside, and the sound of a diesel engine clattering against the wind rushed in to greet him. His power nap had done a mind good. No more was it fatigued and wearily ordering his body’s movements: Now it was thinking clear and fast, and with strong conviction, just as his body felt. The high of competing in what he was convinced was a real experience at Chicagoland, was beginning to [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series powered by – Sliders to Systems

September 27th, 2015

A simple spring change caused a disaster at Chicagoland.

Anybody remember this screen?  If you don’t, shame on you.  It’s the garage screen from Papyrus’ NASCAR Racing 2003 Season, probably one of the most viewed screens in sim-racing history.  You can think of this screenshot as the great-grandfather of what we have today on iRacing.  It represents a time when chassis setups were becoming more and more important to how well you did in a race.  Was it realistic, though?  Not, not at all.  Being able to set up a winning car on sims such as NR2003 or any of the other racing sims of the time meant quite literally nothing in terms of being able to transfer that knowledge to a real car. It wasn’t bad though, it made it easy for anyone to jump in and basically [...]

Goke takes Michigan in Final Race with Lionheart

by Jason Gavin on September 25th, 2015


Round 8 of the Lionheart IndyCar Series brought the best sim racers in the world to Michigan International Raceway for the Autism Awareness 200. The third trip to a superspeedway for the iRacing-based IndyCar league resulted in the cleanest race of the season, as United Stated Air Force airman Jonathan Goke picked-up his first win of the year in a caution-free affair. “To go caution-free with these guys, and all the lapped cars giving way, and that amazing battle I had with Joe (Hassert), it’s the perfect way to end this season with Lionheart,” said Goke, whose impending deployment will strip him of a chance to run for the championship.  “It’s outstanding.” Season 3 Fixed IndyCar champion Joe Hassert finished second, 1.606 seconds behind Goke. The two dominated the [...]’s Dale Lomas test-drives iRacing’s Nordschleife

by Jack Davidson on September 24th, 2015


Dale Lomas from, an expert on all things Nürburgring, was kind enough to test-drive our version of the Nordschleife. Here’s what he had to say. The Nürburgring is tentatively scheduled for release this November.

iRacing World Championship GP Series Showcase: Meet Apex Racing UK

by Cam Stark on September 24th, 2015

ARUK article front

When Apex Racing UK were formed in June 2012 their sole aim from the outset was to be participating in the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series, a task which is by no means easy; but a task which they were able to conquer and since doing so they have been ever present with drivers in the series since 2013. Now in 2015 the team is still going on strong with a host of new faces ready to represent them in the up and coming Pro series, whilst many faces from their inaugural WCS season are still competing at the highest level to this date. As well as competing at the top level ARUK provide the Apex Academy for drivers of any level to join. I spoke to some of [...]