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April 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.

  • 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.

Get to Know: Danielius Dirmeitis

by David Ifeguni on April 13th, 2015

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Danielius Dirmeitis was born in the small town of Kretinga, Lithuania, but there is nothing small about the talent of this iRacer. In less than a week, he will celebrate his 22nd birthday and in 15 days, he will celebrate his two year anniversary on iRacing. His first 715 days on iRacing have been impressive to say the least. Dirmeitis, now living in London, has amassed 133 wins in 699 starts on ovals, with his best track being Kentucky Speedway with 20 victories across two series. 2014 was by far his busiest season year on iRacing with nearly 550 official races. So far this year he has started 108 races and has visited victory lane 20 times. With a low incident race of 2.48 per race, Dirmeitis, in a short [...]

Cheap Shots and Fuel-Cells

by Paul Slavonik on April 10th, 2015

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The V8 Supercars Americas debut at Monza was full of fireworks along with a lone sucker punch. It’s always a special time for the members of iRacing.com when a new track is released to the service. More than being able to race your favorite cars across a laser-scanned replica of a brand new racetrack which many may never even be able to see in real life, there’s an even greater prize up for grabs for those who are looking for a sliver of immortality in the world of sim-racing: Winning the inaugural race. Such was the case during Week 3 of the 2015 iRacing.com V8 Supercars Americas series which, for the first time, ventured to into Monza, Italy to race at the fabled the 3.6 mile Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Named [...]

Ishida Dominates Road America

by Seth Eggert on April 10th, 2015

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Week Two of the new 2015 Season 2 iRacing.com IndyCar Combined Series sent the series Road America. A total of 195 sim-racers took to the track where passing was at a premium throughout the week. Aero push, domination, handling, lapped traffic, pit strategy, and tire wear were just some of the storylines that played out throughout the week in Wisconsin. Steve Honan (Australia/NZ) started on pole with Naruko Ishida (Canada) on his outside. Carlo Labati (Italy) started third with Juho Raina (Finland) fourth, and Brendan Lichtenberg (Midwest) rounded out the top five starting positions. Honan had an excellent start, easily gapping Ishida be several car lengths. However, Ishida closed the gap under braking in the first turn and proceeded to hound Honan, looking left and right for a way past [...]

iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series Saturday!

by David Phillips on April 9th, 2015

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Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola leads the world’s top sim racers to Road America on Saturday for Round Four of the 2015 iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series in an online race that will be broadcast on iracing.com/live starting at 14:00 GMT (10 am eastern). As he has been since he grabbed the pole at Interlagos in his Team Redline debut, Uusi-Jaakkola will be the man to beat.  However, as Foracer Coanda Simsport’s Mitchell deJong showed with an impressive win at Sebring a fortnight ago, the fast Finn CAN be beaten.  On the heels of his triumphs at Interlagos and Phillip Island, Uus-Jaakkola looked positively mortal at Sebring where he qualified a (for him) lowly fifth and led just three of 52 laps in his Fanatec Williams-Toyota FW31 before trailing deJong across the [...]

Laughton Beats Humpe, Wins Texas

by Jason Lofing on April 8th, 2015

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Laughton (26) kept Humpe (58) at bay over a tense final 24 laps to win at Texas.

Chad Laughton proved Kenny Humpe is mortal, coming out on top of a head-to-head battle at Texas Motor Speedway for his first victory of the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. A late caution bunched the field and erased Laughton’s sizable lead but Humpe could not take advantage after the restart and came-up just over a tenth of a second short. Two-time series champion Ray Alfalla finished on Humpe’s bumper in third with Chris Overland fourth followed by polesitter Justin Bolton. Laughton started from fourth and wasted little time making his way to the front. On Lap 35 Laughton passed Bolton for the lead and assumed control of the race. Humpe started ninth and by Lap 55 he moved into the runner-up position before taking the lead the [...]

Down Dominates In Canada

by Dylan Sharman on April 7th, 2015

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Down was in command at Montreal - from pre-qualifying to finish.

The second round of the V8 Supercars Online Premier Series saw the drivers head into Canada for the first time at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.  Madison Down started strong topping pre-qualifying times and was looking good heading into the main race on Sunday night. Down took off where he left off in pre-qualifying by grabbing the pole position with a blistering lap of 1:35.398 with championship rival Richard Hamstead moving up into second place in the final seconds of qualifying, just edging out Sam Sutton who showed a great turn of speed. George Maris and Shaun Kelly rounded out the top five starters for the main event. When the lights went green it was Down taking an early lead he would not relinquish as he drove away with the victory in [...]

Kelley Chasing Triple Titles With Victory

by Matt Rolfe on April 7th, 2015

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Last Thursday night, the Sim Auto Racing Association’s top division was back on track for the 10th race of their season. Entering the night, it was Cody Kelley who sat on top of the RB Performance Super Late Model Series points standings, as he looks to chase down three different league titles. Kelley has been the driver to beat all season long in multiple divisions in SARA competition during the Spring Season. He’s been on top of the Sportsman Street Stock standings all season with three victories, and he’s dominated the Pro Late Model division as well with a commanding lead in the points with five wins as well. But his stiffest competition has been in the Super Late Model division where Ty Spearman has been on his heels throughout [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Ciao Monza!

by Scott Smith on April 6th, 2015

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Week 3, of Season 2, saw the iRacing’s version of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series travel to Italy, to do virtual battle on the high-banks of the famed Autodromo Nazionale Monza.  The racetrack has seen the very best of open-wheel racing since its inception in 1922, and still hosts the Italian Grand Prix for the mighty Formula One racers.  The circuit was revamped in 1954 and a new 2.641-mile high-speed oval (with what the Italians like to refer to as “sopraelevata curves”) was born.  The last race to be run on the oval was in 1969.  Until late last year, the track sat as a barren wasteland of cracked asphalt and overgrown weeds until the good people at iRacing scanned it as part of their digital recreation of the [...]

Gooden Doubles-Up

by Cam Stark on April 6th, 2015

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Gooden slides past to take first place.

Barber Motorsports Park; one of the most underrated tracks in the world. It may be a short 2.38 mile circuit, but this certainly doesn’t take away the challenge it poses to drivers. The 16 turn circuit features a vast array of gradient changes along with a flurry of quick and slow speed sections. The Verizon IndyCar Series is the most high profile series (to date) which takes on the challenge of this Alabama track; but today it’s a chance for the iRacing Pro Mazda drivers to take on the challenge in an attempt to be victorious. Justin Brunner secured pole position for the 20 lap race with a 1.19.485. Joining him on the front row would be last week’s winner – who I’m sure would be trying to double up [...]

Making His Fortune

by David Phillips on April 3rd, 2015

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One of the most-used words in Mitchell deJong’s vocabulary is “fortunately.”   Indeed, just about every time he discusses some aspect of his burgeoning career as a race driver he employs some variation of the word. While there’s no doubt fortune has smiled on the 17 year old Californian, his accomplishments to date suggest he makes his own luck.  After winning nine karting and off road championships between the ages of 10 and 16, deJong entered Global Rallycross Lite competition in 2013 with backing from Red Bull and copped a silver medal in the X Games of Los Angeles.  Not content with becoming the youngest driver to win an X Games medallion, he captured the gold medal in the X Games of Austin even as he was winning six of eight [...]

The Bright Side of Martinsville

by Jake Hayes on April 3rd, 2015

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A small miscalculation turns a top five into P11 . . .

Week 5 of the 2015 NASCAR iRacing season takes us to one of my favorite tracks: Martinsville Speedway. Martinsville is a track where I’ve had great success including an NIS win, so I always circle this date on my calender in the preseason. Like last week, I always have high expectations at tracks where I’ve had great success. Despite the recent rule changes to these cars, the way you drive short tracks remains largely the same as they are not as aero dependent as the large tracks. With that said, I already knew what I was getting into heading into my first few laps at Martinsville. I aimed to make my setup this week as tight as I could while still having good rotation. This is because at Martinsville your [...]

Kelly Conquers Donington; McMullen Channels Lowndes

by Paul Slavonik on April 3rd, 2015

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Week 2 of the 2015 V8 Supercars Americas series started off with a bang…and a screech. Throughout its history, Donington Park Racing Circuit has become well known for the memorable and historic battles which have taken place there. From the 1993 European Grand Prix which saw Ayrton Senna win a dominating race by over a minute to the first two World Touring Car Championship events hosted there in 2011 which were both won by four-time WTCC champion, Yvan Muller, Donington has become synonymous with great racing. It should come as no surprise then that the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Americas series picked-up where those legends left off for their main event on Friday at 9:15pm CST. Broadcast and commented by JD Smith, Kane Kraft and Jim Davey of V8s Online, Week [...]

Burnin’ Rubber and Cash – Martinsville

by Dylan Schmidt on April 3rd, 2015

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Greetings from beautiful Martinsville, Virginia . . . where the hot dogs have changed but the racing hasn’t.  Last year at this race, I totaled my car after running in the top five every lap until the last 20.  The race before that, I totaled the car right around half way through the race.  In short, I’ve only completed this race once in the last two years.  Me and Martinsville . . . we don’t get along. So, to help prepare for this race, I bought myself a brand new race car and a specialty short track engine.  I studied the Cup races for the last two years.  I set the car up exactly like the car that I ran last year, right down to the tire and suspension settings.  [...]

BSRF1 Pro Mazda: Brunner’s Top Honours

by Cam Stark on April 2nd, 2015

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Brunner leads the field through the Senna S

The Pro Mazda drivers during Week 1 of the new season really feasted on the Autódromo José Carlos Pace! With the official series, AOR and now BSRF1 league all heading to Brazil they really couldn’t get enough of Interlagos. Justin Brunner even put himself out by participating in all three high profile sim races! The BSRF1 league features two races over one evening; the format goes like this: Session 1 – Qualifying is five minutes or two laps, solo; then the drivers head to the “sprint” race, which is approximately 50% of the current race length (around 15-20 minutes long). The second session is the Feature race; this is where the positions are a reverse grid from the drivers who made up the 12th to 20th positions in Race One. [...]

IMSA, iRacing.com Announce IMSA iRacing.com Online Sports Car Championship

by David Phillips on April 2nd, 2015

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The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and iRacing.com today announced the creation of the IMSA iRacing.com Online Sports Car Championship.   The online racing series features iRacing’s digital versions of Daytona Prototypes, LMP and GT cars competing on laser-scanned versions of Daytona International Speedway, Sebring International Raceway, Watkins Glen International and many other tracks on IMSA’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship calendar. To celebrate this partnership iRacing is offering new members the chance to join iRacing at more than 80% off the normal price. Use promo code PR-IMSA2015 when signing up at www.iracing.com/membership to get a 3-month membership for just $5. “By partnering with IMSA, iRacing.com’s nearly 60,000 members will have the opportunity to experience the premier North American sports car racing series firsthand,” says Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Executive [...]

Five for the Win in AOR Season 2 Opener

by Justin Sutton on April 1st, 2015

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Contact between teammates drops Reid to fifth and gives Brunner wing damage.

The Apex Online Racing League (commonly known as AOR) opened a new championship last season using the Star Mazda (AOR Pro Mazda Championship) which featured some fantastic racing week after week, and with a shake-up in the rules (and some changes to the car between seasons) the second season kicked off at Interlagos in Brazil for a 36 lap race.  The inaugural champion, Kerry Knowlden, couldn’t manage pole position though, as he lost out to new-comer (and only American in the league) Justin Brunner.  At the start, Brunner held his advantage into the first corner while Knowlden did the same with his teammate Phil Reid right behind him in third.  Knowlden didn’t wait long though, stealing the lead less than two minutes later at the start of Lap Two with [...]

Traino Trumps Michigan

by Seth Eggert on April 1st, 2015

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For Season 2 of 2015, the iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series and the IndyCar Road Series have joined together to create a combined series with six oval weeks and six road weeks, with the series alternating week-to week. Week One of the new 2015 Season 2 iRacing.com IndyCar Combined Series sent the series Michigan International Speedway. A total of 249 sim-racers took to the track in the Irish Hills throughout the week that saw aero-push, cautions, lapped traffic, relative newcomers, pit strategy, and tire wear emerge as the storylines. Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) started on pole with Connor Cross (Ohio) on his outside. Matt Pawelski (Pennsylvania) occupied the second row Terry Matthiensen (California) while Brandon Traino (New Jersey) rounded-out the top five starting positions. The inside line had an excellent start as [...]

Road Warrior 12 Hours of Sebring

by Andrew Pinkerton on March 31st, 2015

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The Radicals Online HPD ARX01C led laps en route to the overall win in the top split of the iRacing Road Warriors 12 Hours of Sebring.

After a fiercely competitive iRacing Daytona 24 back in January the Road Warrior Endurance teams took to the track for the first ever iRaicng 12 Hours of Sebring. The race kicked off at 13:00 GMT on Saturday March 28th. At least two drivers had to get behind the wheel during the 12 hour event. For this round iRacing utilized the same class combinations from the Daytona 24. The fastest class was the Prototype category using the HPD ARX-01 P2 car. The GT category gave teams the choice of one of four GT3 cars (also utilized in the new iRacing Blancpain series): the BMW Z4 GT3, Ford GT GT3, McLaren MP4-12 C GT3, and RUF Track. Despite the race being half as long as Daytona it is not half the challenge [...]

Get to Know: Chuck Chambliss

by David Ifeguni on March 31st, 2015

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A solid sim racer in both disciplines, iRacer Chuck Chambliss is a threat on any type of racetrack, oval or road. The 43 year old out of Hueytown, Alabama, has nearly 3600 races to his credit since joining iRacing back in May, 2008. Chambliss is primarily a road racer, with over 60% of his starts coming on the road courses of iRacing.  In 2250 road starts, Chambliss has visited victory circle 171 times and has nearly 100 top five finishes. Not that he’s exactly a slouch on the ovals: Exclusively turning left, Chambliss has 62 career victories and 376 top five finishes in 1265 starts. In addition, Chambliss is an iRacing champion, having won the championship in the Star Mazda series in his division in 2008 Season 3 and the [...]

Gooden’s Last Lap Glory

by Cam Stark on March 31st, 2015

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Gooden wasted no time in taking 2nd place from his fellow American

Autódromo José Carlos Pace – host of the Brazilian Grand Prix – had the honour of welcoming the Pro Mazdas for what should prove to be another exciting season. The 4.309KM, 15 turn circuit would certainly make it an open opportunity for anyone to win considering the two vast straights where you could allow draft to play in to your hands. The tight infield section could be the creator of many issues in this race; not least with cold tires on Lap One! The pole position was taken by Mark Jarvis – last season’s fourth place finisher – who already looked as though he’s got his season off to an ideal start. Joining Jarvis on the front row was a fellow UK&I member: Jamie Fluke. Fluke by no means ‘Fluked’ [...]