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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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

Whelen Tour Mods Kick-off Week at USA

by Kyle Odaynik on June 23rd, 2015

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Minotto takes the checkered flag in the season opener at USA International Speedway.

On Thursday night, the NASCAR iRacing Whelen Tour Modifieds rolled into the famed USA International Speedway. USA International may not exist in the real world anymore, but it is alive and well on iRacing.com and it happens to be one of the most popular short tracks on the service. Organized by Untamed Motorsports, with help from Shawn Bagby, the Thursday Night Feature began in Season 2 and – we’re happy to say – is continuing in this, Season 3. The Feature is growing in popularity and it is evident that if you want to race the best in short track racing, the Tour Modifieds on Thursday nights is where you will get that test. Thirty-four of these virtual ground-pounders took to the track on Thursday, racing in two splits of [...]

iAnalyze This!

by David Phillips on June 19th, 2015

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In sim racing as in real racing, races are won and lost in the pits.  But only sim races are lost because drivers were frantically typing instructions to their pit crew during their “in” laps or while negotiating a crowded digital pit lane.  Imagine if, like real racers, you could just give verbal instructions to your pit crew about what your car needs . . . then focus 100% on getting your Ford Fusion, Dallara DW12 or BMW ZX4 whoa-ed down to the pit lane speed limit before stopping on a virtual dime in your stall with the help of your crew chief’s 5-4-3-2-1 countdown. “iAnalyze Racing integrates tightly with iRacing so you don’t you don’t have to become a bit of geek to get at the data.” – Doug [...]

Timmy’s Blog: Gateway Motorsports Park NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Recap

by Timmy Hill on June 19th, 2015

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This weekend was a new experience for me. This past weekend was my first trip to Gateway Motorsport Park. Being able to run in the Camping World Truck Series this year allows me to race at a couple tracks I’ve never raced on before. How did I prepare for this? Well most of my friends know about this special tool I use, and that tool is the iracing.com racing simulator. Before I leave for race tracks, especially tracks I’ve never been to, I turn hundreds if not thousands of laps on iracing’s online simulator to prepare myself for all the characteristics a particular track may have. Everything I learned on the simulator really paid off because after the first laps of practice we were showing great speed along with myself [...]

Mazda Motorsports – iRacing.com Renew Partnership

by David Phillips on June 18th, 2015

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Top iRacers to Earn Invites to Mazda Club Racing Shootout Mazda Motorsports and iRacing.com are again joining forces in their ongoing efforts to develop promising young racing talent.   For the second consecutive year, two of the award-winning online motorsport simulations service’s top competitors will earn invitations to the annual Mazda Club Racing Shootout and a chance to win a scholarship to race in the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup. The partnership is a natural given that Mazda Motorsports has more than 9,000 club racers in the United States, most of who race MX-5 Miatas, while many of the more than 60,000 iRacers around the world have raced the virtual Mazda MX-5 Cup car on the world’s foremost online motorsports simulation service. “The iRacing platform helps us identify the most talented drivers [...]

Early Wrecks, Pit Strategy Decide ITSR Power Series Opener

by Corey Davis on June 17th, 2015

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Tim Johnston (#54) passes Chad Dalton (#77) for the lead in the closing laps.

The ITSR Power Series kicked-off its tenth season last Sunday at Michigan International Speedway in a race that had two very different halves: the first slowed by six cautions, and the second with one of the long green-flag runs that are commonplace for the Gen6 series. A strong field of 32 cars showed up for the 200-mile season opener.  The grid included two past champions, many recent championship challengers, several series stalwarts, and a number of new sim racers looking to make a splash in their debuts. Series veteran Chad Dalton powered to the pole with a qualifying lap of 185.414 mph.  Dalton led from the drop of the green flag, but the field was slowed by several early cautions as the new and returning drivers got a feel for [...]

Humpe Survives Restarts, Wins Fifth

by Jason Lofing on June 17th, 2015

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Humpe had everyone covered at Michigan en route to his fifth win of the season.

Kenny Humpe kicked off the second half of the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing with a familiar result as he picked-up yet another win, this time at Michigan International Speedway. The victory was Humpe’s fifth and The TEAM’s sixth in nine races. Tyler Hudson from One Up Motorsports was second, followed by Humpe’s teammate Chad Laughton. Casey Tucker (Last Row Motorsports) and polesitter Corey Vincent (PMG) rounded out the top five. The race came down to Humpe, who had the better long run car, and Vincent, who was extremely quick on a short sprint and led a race-high 57 laps as he controlled the pace early on. In the end, track position was worth more than pure speed and Humpe found himself out in the clean air [...]

Australian Grand Prix Series Round One: Montreal

by Daniel Benefield on June 15th, 2015

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The inaugural race of the Australian Grand Prix Series took off at Montreal with a massive 27 car field. 2 of the cars were fielded by 2 of our Australian Academy drivers with Daniel Benefield and Scott Newton taking to the grid. After 9 and a half hours of pre-qualifying, it came down deep into the last session in a qualifying duel between Ben Smith and Daniel Benefield. Smith beat Daniel’s early pole time by just 2 hundredths posting a 1:14.266. The pressure went straight onto Dan with less than an hour to go. Feeling the pressure Dan kept trying to pull the lap time down but couldn’t until he perfected a lap with a 1:14.105 in the last 15 minutes of the session to grab pole position. Ben couldn’t [...]

Red Bull’s Helmut Marko is Latest ‘Ask a Pro’

June 15th, 2015

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Red Bull’s Helmut Marko is Latest ‘Ask a Pro’

Helmut Marko, the mastermind behind Red Bull Racing’s driver development programme, is the latest Online Driving Instructor for SAFEisFAST.com. With Marko at the helm, the Red Bull Junior Team has become one of the most successful driver development programmes ever, producing talents such as Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen to name but a few. The Austrian also acts as a consultant to the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team. A childhood friend of 1970 F1 World Champion Jochen Rindt, Marko was a talented driver in his own right. He enjoyed his first major success in 1971, winning that year’s Le Mans 24 Hours alongside Dutchman Gijs van Lennep in a Porsche 917. This acted as a springboard into F1 where he made his debut in a Jo Bonnier-run [...]

Get to Know: Kevin Ford

by David Ifeguni on June 15th, 2015

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Everybody in Motown is happy when a Ford wins in a Chevy!

When you are born in a city like Grand Rapids, Michigan, your father loves racing and your last name is Ford, you know you are a natural born racer. Or sim racer. Ironically, iRacer Kevin Ford typically runs Chevrolets. A member since May of 2009, the 27 year old Ford has had six enjoyable years on iRacing, winning seventeen times overall with fourteen wins coming on oval tracks in that period. His success in road racing has been somewhat limited, with three victories in 58 starts; however, last year at the end of Season 2, Ford earned his first iRacing championship in Division 3 of the Road Warrior Series. Kevin’s iRacing journey though is just getting started, though. We talked about his journey up until now, as well as his [...]

Gooden Dominates to Take Second Pro Mazda Title!

by Cam Stark on June 15th, 2015

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One of Gooden's most emphatic wins happened at Mount Panorama, a circuit notorious for punishing any mistake.

With Oran Park being a ghost town in the final week of the season, it meant the championship was all but sorted-out after the penultimate week of the season; for one person in particular it was a dominant season. For Wyatt Gooden this season was one to savour. The Radicals Online driver was the dominant force throughout the whole of the season, albeit not totally unbeatable. To his credit he made 27 starts, took 16 pole positions and brought home 22 top fives; more importantly, Gooden had 19 wins to his name which helped him accumulate 1691 points overall.  The American had scored 127 more points over the course of the season than the second placed finisher Justin Brunner, but third place was nowhere to be seen as Mark Jarvis [...]

McMullen takes 4th V8 Americas Championship; Grigg-Gault Wins Overall V8 Title

by Paul Slavonik on June 15th, 2015

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If your name happens to be Marlon McMullen, then it’s a good time to be alive. But is his victory bittersweet? Having just defended his 2015 Season 1 iRacing.com V8 Supercars Americas series championship, Marlon McMullen can now add another achievement to his already impressive racing resume. In taking the 2015 Season 2 V8s Americas champion, McMullen now has four titles to his name. However, title number four was a close battle which went to the final race of the season at Phillip Island. Between McMullen and his closest competitor, Shaun Kelly, it came down to the smallest of margins in favor of the former. Kelly’s performance at Phillip Island shouldn’t be discounted, however, as he won from pole position and led every lap in the process. However, McMullen only [...]

Big Joe Puts on a Show!

by Justin Laxton on June 11th, 2015

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Newly-crowned double champion Jesse Vincent leads the field to green.

Big Joe Hassert led 69 of 125 laps to capture the Big Joe Cam 250 in the final race of the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by Overdrive Graphics and Sim Posters. In two-lap qualifying immediately before the start of the race, two time series champion Jesse Vincent captured the pole, with Team #nailedIt teammate Dan Geren qualifying second. The first five laps of the race were caution free, until a massive incident unfolded involving the Dallara DW12s of Austin Espitee, Dan Geren, Marco Aurelio, Jack Bogan, Chris Lanini, Peter Edwins, Trevor Malone and Rick Music. A quick two lap caution bunched the field before the green flag waved again, triggering 110 laps of caution-free sim racing. At the start of the run, Hassert and Vincent swapped the lead back and [...]

Coanda Dominate Tricky Day in Canada

by Wil Vincent on June 10th, 2015

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Coanda blunted the Team Redline steamroller as and Luis grabbed the lead at the start and were never threatened.

The months of April and May saw one driver win races in the iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series.  And as the Fanatec Team Redline machine of Greger Huttu scored victory after victory, it prompted the same f questions we hear every year: Can anyone stop the four time World Champion? Overall, Redline have also been the superior team, winning all but one race othe season, and really outshining their long term rivals, Foracer Coanda Simsport. In a nutshell, as the weather gets warmer and the nights shorter, something had to be done otherwise a championship could well be over before we get to the end of summer. Coanda needed to step up. Enter Montreal, one of the most entertaining online races of the year. This was a track that [...]

Lionheart IndyCar Series Heads to AutoClub for Season Finale Tonight!

by Justin Laxton on June 10th, 2015

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The checkered flag will wave on the Lionheart tonight at Auto Club Speedway.

On Wednesday night the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by Overdrive Graphics and Sim Posters heads to the Auto Club Speedway for the Season Finale! Tonight’s race is broadcast at 9:35pm Central Time on the Global SimRacing Channel. With the championship already wrapped up for Jesse Vincent, and Big Joe Hassert sitting solidly in second, the focus of the night will be on the race for third through ninth in the point standings and the fight for 20th, the final lock-in spot for the first four races of next season. Monday night’s practice race saw Team #nailedIt driver Ian Adams win. However with the new build release on Tuesday, final practice race proved that it will be anyone’s race with the newly-formed No Name Racing team taking the top two spots [...]

Get to Know: Bedo Magardichian

by David Ifeguni on June 10th, 2015

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Like many iRacers, found the advent of true endurance sim racing a game changer.

Some people know him as an artist, others know him as an aspiring racer, and others know him as Bedo.  Racing out of New York City, 33 year old Bedo Magardichian’s passion for sim racing knows no bounds. A member of iRacing since 2008, it took less than a month for Magardichian to reach victory lane for the first time on iRacing. The victory came at Summit Point Raceway in the former Advanced Solstice Challenge Series. Since that victory on July 17th in 2008, Magardichian has taken the checkered flag first 26 more times, and has 96 total top five finishes in 156 starts. Impressive statistics aside, sim racing is just one facet of Magardichian. Learn more about Bedo in this week’s edition of Get to Know… Q:    What first [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series powered by iRacing.com – For the Alpha: the Omega, Part 1

by Matt Holden on June 10th, 2015

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There’s no denying the fact that the garage system iRacing introduced to the sim racing world back in 2008 turned said world on its ear.  While it has yet to be adopted by other racing sims as of yet, it remains the most realistic environment for racecar setup work on a simulated platform.  In older sims like NR2003 or rFactor, and even newer players in the market such as Project CARS, setup work is simple, and just requires a few clicks of a mouse or moving a slider.  The real world is not like that at all, and if I had a trophy for every time I adjusted the toe-out on my kart and forgot to reset the camber, I’d have as many trophies as the guy who didn’t forget [...]

Season 3 Build Released

by David Phillips on June 9th, 2015

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The 2015 Season 3 build is here and it features one of America’s legendary short tracks and one of sports car racing’s most iconic nameplates as well as Version 6 of the tire model and a new chassis torsion model, some cool new split time and “session joining” features along with updates in performance, aerodynamics and collision models to a variety of cars. Headlining the new features are Five Flags Speedway and the Aston Martin DB9 GT1.  Located near Pensacola, FL half-mile Five Flags Speedway has seen some of America’s best short track racing since 1953 and hosts the legendary Snowball Derby every December, while the Le Mans-winning Aston Martin DB9 GT1 is just the thing to give the Corvette C6.R some competition to see which is king of iRacing’s [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Steers and Race Cars

by Scott Smith on June 8th, 2015

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Kolin Keister IIi (12) makes the winning move around Kemonric Little2, with Logan Kress (1) poised to follow suit.

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and although Texas Motor Speedway is an intermediate track at 1.5-miles – far from the biggest track NASCAR visits – track promoter, Eddie Gossage would keep the cliché truthful with the installation, at that time, of the world’s largest video screen.  Nicknamed Big Hoss, the colossal Panasonic screen – which measures just over 20,000 square feet – was installed in the spring of 2014, and seems to tower over the entire state, midway down the backstretch. Aside from the numerous promotional ploys TMS uses to attract fans, the speedway also provides some exceptional racing.  Owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., it’s no surprise that the track closely resembles both, Atlanta and Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Its 24 degrees of banking provide the grip levels needed [...]

Berryman Takes Top Honours, Gonzalez Prevails

by Cam Stark on June 8th, 2015

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Gonzalez looking to streak away whilst Amico's put on the back foot.

The final week of the iRacing Grand Prix Series was upon us: 11 weeks had been completed, but for people on the brink of the top 15 there would be no let off. Road America, located in the state of Wisconsin is situated close Elkhart Lake. The track itself has a unique heritage. The circuit’s turns are designed to replicate corners which had previously been on street courses which were run in and around Elkhart Lake. In the 1950s the state banned racing on public roads but Elkhart Lake’s motorsports heritage had only just begun. A man named Cliff Tufte organised a group of racing enthusiast to help bring the racing back, albeit in a controlled environment of a legalised track. This vision ultimately turned into the reality of a [...]

Recovery Road

by David Phillips on June 6th, 2015

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Driving for Slip Angle Motorsports, Blackford is enjoying another strong season in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze series.

As many iRacers know, Bryan Blackford has been a fixture in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series from Day One, having twice finished in the top ten in the overall standings.   The Tampa-based Blackford is well on his way to another strong finish in the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series as his fifth place in last weekend’s Dover race vaulted him to sixth place in the standings at the mid-point of the season.  Now if he could only get that first win . . . his best finish to date being a second at Phoenix in 2011. Outside of iRacing – yes, there is life outside of the sim – Blackford has his own video production company (Snowcone Productions) and his friend Lisa Pineda operate a non-profit organization designed to promote [...]