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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.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to Corey's aunt!

  • 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.

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • 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.

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

    Marc Dorval has been a dedicated but talentless iRacer since 2009. Currently hanging out near the back of the Lotus 79 pack, he nonetheless contributes to the community through posts, statistics, and a weekly recap on the main events of the Lotus 79 series.
    Outside of iRacing, Marc is married with two grown-up children, loves Jaguar cars, and runs an IT consulting practice.

  • 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.

  • Ray Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give iRacing.com a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and iRacing.com and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • 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.

Skippies Sing at Sebring

by Justin Sutton on October 30th, 2014

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Adcock takes Povey, challenges Job.

After 11 races of the third 2014 season for the UK&I Skip Barber League the championship was sealed by Sebastian Job who became champion last time out at Sonoma.  Even though Job had secured the title, he didn’t take any breaks, and qualified in second place for the final race of the campaign on Sebring International Raceway’s Modified layout.  Simon Povey sat on pole for the 18 lap sprint race, with his teammate Simon Hulbert qualifying in third.  Sadly Hulbert experienced some technical issues which would end up forcing him to start from the pits a few laps into the race. Another surprise on the grid was 2014 Season Two champion Marcus Hamilton, who qualified in eighth and immediately advanced to P7 because of Hulbert’s DNS.  Hamilton ran wide at [...]

And the winner is…!

by Thiago Izequiel, pictures by Kalle Ruokola on October 30th, 2014

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Gernot Fritsche - 10 titles under his belt.

Important note: This final article was possible thanks to the community efforts. Thank you all! After 12 weeks of battle, the Classic Lotus Grand Prix has finally come to a conclusion. Once more, the CTC community can see a new reigning champion driver, as well a new champion team. This is what happened at Phillip Island, stage of Week 12: Gernot Fritsche and Mattias Anreus qualified on the first row while  Tapani Linnaluoto chose not to race, using Week 12 as a drop week. Only Fristsche and Linnaluoto could come out as champions from the 2014 Season 3. But while Linnaluoto fought to take his second CTC title, Fritsche now had confirmed his tenth championship before the green lights since his Finnish opponent wasn’t able to add to his score [...]

GPL Hits The Glen; The Glen Hits Back

by Justin Sutton on October 30th, 2014

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Plumley takes an unconventional pit entrance.

Whenever Watkins Glen hosts the Grand Prix Legends the entertainment level is high, so when the sim-racers and their Lotus 49s arrived in the Finger Lakes for a 15 lap race (with boot) we expected nothing less a spectacular race.  Victor Perelman took pole position ahead of Darwin Meints and Sandeep Banerjee, but a nearly full 30 minutes of sim racing separated them from a good finishing position and a nice points haul. The action started almost immediately for Robert Plumley in P10 as he got a much better start than the cars ahead of him, but not quite as good a start as Michael Grisinger in P11.  As they launched down the Start/Finish straight they went four-wide and in a flash there was contact between Plumley and Grisinger which [...]

Road Warriors at Road Atlanta

October 28th, 2014

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It was HPD v Corvette (v Ford GT) when the Road Warriors came to Road Atlanta.

The Road Warriors parked their rigs in Braselton, Georgia for iRacing’s version of Petit Le Mans. The Warriors had three cars to choose from for a 100 minute endurance challenge around one of the world’s most daunting tracks: Road Atlanta. The premiere class was the HPD-ARX 01C LMP2 car, the top GT class consisted of Corvette C6Rs and the second GT class was made up of Ford GTs. Road Atlanta has seen a few course modifications since its 1970 opening, but the course is still intimidating. The front straight does not seem all that long as you carry so much speed down onto it from the final corner. Turn One approaches quickly: as you pass the club pit lane wall you prepare to brake just enough to set the nose [...]

What if This is the Future?

by Thiago Izequiel on October 28th, 2014

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So, let me start being very clear about one thing: I love motorsports. I do.  I really do!  More than anything else. Are we clear with that?  OK. Now, this is of course, my opinion. My way of seeing things related to this issue. I don’t usually write about subjects like this, because honestly, sometimes (OK, almost always) people don’t agree with us and since this is the internet, I don’t feel comfortable about being shouted at for something that it’s my right to do: Having an opinion about something. But this time I just felt like I needed to write it down. I’m here at iRacing for almost four years. And I’m not lying when I tell you that I discovered this service a couple of months after buying [...]

Road Warriors R-E-S-P-E-C-T The Mountain

by Andrew Pinkerton on October 28th, 2014

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The combination of Mt Panorama, the Ford Falcon V8 Supercar and the Road Warriors Series demanded respect.

After a weekend off, iRacing’s Road Warriors were back at it Down Under.  The vehicle of choice was the Ford Falcon V8 Supercar, making a last hurrah before it gives way to the Holden VF Commodore. The main theme for the 100 minute sim race around the Mount Panorama circuit was respect. The car, competitors and — most importantly the track – command respect.  With over 600 horsepower and a top speed nearing 200, the Ford Falcon is a handful.  And a cast of Falcons 40 strong thundering around any track demands a level head to avoid disaster. Finally The Mountain must be respected; forget that for just a split second and it will end in disaster. Once described by a NASCAR great as a “geological oddity,” Mt Panorama’s severe [...]

Bonito Claims Season 3 GT3 Championship

by Paul Slavonik on October 28th, 2014

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Enzo Bonito, the Italian Team Redline sim racing star, has completely dominated the series ever since he ran his first GT3 race this season. He’s been completely untouchable and his stats don’t lie: With 18 starts during Season 3, Bonito took 17 wins along with 18 podiums and 18 pole positions. Additionally, out of 399 total GT3 laps he completed throughout the season, he led 386. To say that the championship came down to the final race of the season at Oulton Park would be misleading. Actually, it’d be a flat-out lie because Bonito didn’t even race during Week 12. As a matter of fact, Bonito hasn’t raced since Week 10. Knowing he had the points he needed to secure the championship, Bonito basically shouted “Peace!” and walked away. It [...]

Cubis Takes Phillip Island and V8 Title

by Paul Slavonik on October 28th, 2014

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Season 3 of the 2014 V8 Supercars Series came to a close in what could only be described as spectacular fashion. As we bid farewell to our beloved Ford Falcon, it was Hi-Tec Sim Racing driver, Beau Cubis, who had the distinct honor of not only winning the final Strength of Field (SoF) race utilizing the current Falcon model but also bringing home the Season 3 championship. The final race of Season 3 saw Tony Autridge of Trans-Tasman Racing take the pole position with Cubis starting alongside. The second row was comprised of 4 Motorsports driver, Mitchell McLeod, and Ian Ford of Demidov Motorsports while SDC Motorsports’ Martin Carroll rounded-out the top five of the starting grid. It was an amazingly clean event overall with none of the top-five finishers [...]

Hoffman Wrangles Win at COTA

by James Prostell Jr on October 28th, 2014

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AUSTIN, TEXAS -There’s long been the saying everything’s bigger in Texas, and Austin Texas’ Circuit of the Americas certainly aids that claim. The 20-turn, 3.4 mile circuit is a state-of-the-art racing facility laid out on about 900 acres of land, offering enough room to let track developers to run wild. Tight hairpins, sweeping esses, multi-apex corners, long straights – nearly every test a driver would face over a season of races are seen on every single lap. “There is not one moment that you can afford to lose focus here,” said Les Turner, driver of the iRacing.com BMW Z4 GT3 in a pre-race interview. “Your ability to concentrate, hit your marks, and keep up your momentum is constantly tested here.” With the Texas Longhorn 45 making up Round 7 of [...]

Martti’s Blog – Tough Luck?

by Martti Pietilä on October 27th, 2014

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Thanks to support from his teammates, an understanding wife and a timely steering wheel tweak the end of the season brought a return to form . . . and eager anticipation for the 2015 iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.

Coanda Simsport‘s Martti Pietilä endured a roller coaster of a 2014 iRacing World Championship Grand Prix season, one that started out with great promise only to gradually turn uncompetitive before a late season resurgence.  Martti takes us along for the ride with his blog . . . I guess I could say that I got the idea for this blog already right after the 2nd Spa-Francorchamps qualifying. At least the title fits really well, as what was my most promising qualifying since the start of the season, turned into one of the fastest races I have ever done; it ended at about the same time I got into second gear. Even though that start/race ending could have been considered tough luck, I am not going to spend an entire blog [...]

Vaz Zaps IndyCar Field at Phillip Island

by Matt Pawelski on October 27th, 2014

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Coming into Week 11 of the iRacing IndyCar Road Series, Jeffrey Rietveld had all but locked-up his title. It would take the incredible turn of event to overturn his authority on the championship. As such, he was not in attendance to the broadcast SOF race. In that race, Joao Vaz was on pole, followed by Richard Avery and Martin D. Christensen. The race this week was at Phillip Island, a track synonymous with being fast, flowing, and full of horsepower and, given its location on the Australian coast, simply epic views. Vaz lead to the green, with Avery close behind. Christensen, however, would got loose in the last corner before the green, losing third to Christian Thilo-Zuch before the race had even taken said flag. Christensen’s nightmare lap would continue. [...]

Majeski Claims Late Model Title Over Martin

by Stan Bragg Jr. on October 27th, 2014

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Majeski Late Model champion

The NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model Series 2014 Season 3 has come to a conclusion, with 1992 sim-racers making at least one start. As we take a look at the overall top 10 in points we will find a familiar face taking the overall championship: a prolific Ty Majeski took not only the Late Models overall but also the SK Modified overall and the Street Stock overall championships. But he also done something never done outside of the virtual racing world:  Majeski captured ARCA Midwest Rookie of the Year honors as well as the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by Scag Power Equipment championship itself.  In fact, not only did Majeski become the first driver to ever take ARCA Midwest Tour “double,” at 20 years of age, Majeski became the youngest champion [...]

Gathering of Tweakers Endurance Series

by Joep Willemsen on October 27th, 2014

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Gathering of Tweakers iRacing (GoT) is very proud to announce the Gathering of Tweakers Endurance Series as the official support series for the first season of the NEO Endurance Series (NES)! The GoT Endurance Series (GES) will follow the NEO Endurance Series schedule and provide support races on the same weekend as the NES races, on the Saturdays before the NES races. The GES will visit the same tracks and use similar rules, and will also be broadcast by Racespot TV – allowing for a very realistic full weekend of sim racing with the GES support series on Saturdays followed by the NES main event on Sundays. Furthermore, the top three finishers in the GES will receive an official invitation to participate in the next season of the NEO Endurance [...]

16th Street Screams into Phoenix

by Matt Pawelski on October 27th, 2014

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Holgate leads Trost, Norton, and Lichtenberg.

Week 3 of one of the most prestigious IndyCar leagues – the 16th Street Racing League — on iRacing was staged at a wide, flat, and smooth mile in the desert known as Phoenix International Raceway. Long host to some form of major American motorsports, this storied track is originally synonymous with open wheel racing. As of late, however, it is moreso a NASCAR track, with its fresh repave a constant reminder of that recent history. Tim Holgate has simply been whipping the regulars in this series. Coming into Phoenix he held the points lead as, even though he hadn’t won, a third and second place, coupled with a load of laps led, was enough to gain the points lead. It was obvious he was the driver to beat at [...]

Best Race of the Season (Part 2) – A New Champion

by Justin Sutton on October 27th, 2014

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Job takes the lead once again on Lap 11.

Shortly after Sebastian Job had retaken the lead of the race at Sonoma on Lap Seven from Stuart Adcock there were a few incidents for Tom Ward.  Ward hit the inside curb hard entering the Esses and was pushed wide, off the track, before coming under attack from George Lambert at Turn 8A.  Lambert made the overtake with the inside line for Turn Nine and Marc Mercer tried to follow behind him and overtake Ward in the same way.  However, contact between Ward and Mercer sent Ward off the track once again exiting Turn Ten.  Ward exhibited expert control of the difficult situation and wrestled his F2000 back onto the track, allowing him to not only defend from Mercer but to dive up the inside of Lambert at the Turn [...]

Gilliland Captures Vidane Season Opener

by Jonathan Goke on October 24th, 2014

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After last week’s dual 40 lap placement heats, Season 7 of the Vidane Racing League kicked-off on Friday night with the Art of Ruin 250 from Daytona International Speedway, using the iRacing Class A (aka NASCAR Gen 6) vehicles.  By virtue of winning their respective heats, Adam Gilliland and Seth Demerchant started on the front row of the 41 car field.  After the drop of the green flag, everyone fell into place and tried to just “ride” for the first part of the sim race, but the first caution of the night flew on Lap 4 when several cars checked-up in front of Travis Brown.  The accordion effect shot Brown up into the Chevrolet SS of David Shutt, triggering a sizable wreck that also involved Del Campo, Grimm and Davis.  [...]

Best Race of the Season (Part 1)

by Justin Sutton on October 24th, 2014

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Ward charges through a field of very talented sim-racers.

A grid of just under two dozen sim-racers would play their roles in the story that was the UK&I Skip Barber League’s 14 lap race at Sonoma Raceway.  As was the case at Summit Point, Sebastian Job sat on pole position, but unlike Summit Point he would be starting from pole as the championship leader.  Behind Job came the usual suspects with Simon Hulbert starting best of the rest, followed by Stuart Adcock (with yet another strong performance), Simon Povey and George Lambert taking up fifth.  The drama began straight away as Hulbert was forced to start from the pit lane. A good story will sometimes have a big surprise right at the start, and the surprise in this story came from Adcock who took to the outside at Turns [...]

More Thrills at Summit Point

by Justin Sutton on October 23rd, 2014

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Skip Barber UK&I Summit Point

The UK&I Skip Barber League has had an exciting history with Summit Point.  The two-mile track has produced some of the best sim racing I’ve personally witnessed from the drivers in this league. So it was with considerable degree of anticipation that well over two-dozen F2000s lined up on the Start/Finish straight of the West Virginia road course in preparation for the 19 lap sprint that lay before them.  Starting from pole position was Sebastian Job, who looked to retake the lead of the championship from Richard Avery who, not coincidentally, started in second place alongside Job.  Behind the front row came Paul F. Grillo in third, Simon Povey in fourth, and Dominic Brennan in fifth.  As the lights went green it was actually Clarke Williams in sixth who had [...]

iRacing’s Driver Swap: A New Era in Sim Racing

by David Phillips on October 22nd, 2014

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Thanks to iRacing's Driver Swap, true endurance sim racing is now a reality.

iRacing ushered-in a new era in sim racing and racing games today with the release of its Driver Swap team racing feature. The first of its kind feature allows the 50,000+ iRacers around the world to team-up with multiple numbers of fellow iRacers to share driving duties and a myriad of other roles on a race team including team manager, race strategist, crew chief, race engineer and race spotter. “Driver Swap brings a whole new dimension to racing games,” says Tony Gardner, President of iRacing.com. “It’s the first time anything like this has been available to sim racers, who can finally work together in real time in a variety of roles as teammates. It’s so much more fun driving if you’re with a couple guys on your team. It really [...]

Norton Takes Texas-Sized Slugfest

by Matt Pawelski on October 22nd, 2014

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Holgate (blue) moves past Branch (green) on lap 96






Holgate (blue) moves past Branch (green) on lap 96


Norton barely escapes under Rossi. Holgate (blue, back right), focuses on his own way out.

Texas Motor Speedway. Eddie Gossage’s crown jewel. A generic 1.5 miler. Whatever you want to call it, TMS is track dreaded by just about every single driver in the iRacing IndyCar series. With good reason!  This sim race would prove to be an absolutely apocalyptic slug fest. At the end of the race, only four drivers were circulating at competitive speeds or on the lead lap . . . in a race that started with over 20 cars. After setting a fast qualifying run of 23.096s, Ryan Norton led he field to green with Niles Anders (23.124s) alongside and Tim Holgate (23.134s) third. On the green, the dicing in the field would stay clean down to sixth place, where Brandon Trost pushed into the Turn 2 wall on the second [...]