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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.

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

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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 [...]

Pac Majors: Sherbern Wins chaotic Interwest 3M Italian Grand Prix Pres. by Volt Vapes

by Evan Posocco on September 24th, 2015

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Going into the ninth round on the Pacific Majors 2015 championship, nobody could have predicted the onslaught of mistakes made from the number one spot on track throughout the race start to finish, that would lead to a surprise win for Christopher Sherbern, who started from seventh on the grid. The Interwest 3M Italian Grand Prix from the Autodromo Nazionale Monza played a pivotal role in the 2015 Pac4 championship and set-up a set of two Formula 1 races in the final four on the schedule. Coming into the second consecutive race weekend in a row, right off of a 4 hour marathon at Darlington Raceway one week prior (the Interwest 3M Southern 500), the Pacific Majors Am Split Powered by Volt Vapes’ sim racers had no objections to the [...]

Skip Barber 2k World Cup – Season 4 Kickoff at Motegi Oval

by Paul Molakas on September 24th, 2015

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The Skip Barber 2k World Cup started Season 4 on Sunday with a unique venue: the oval at Twin Ring Motegi. This was the first time the championship has visited an oval circuit. As expected this added quite a bit of intrigue to the event and shook up the standings. A strong field of 38 started, but defending champion Richard Avery was not taking part. Standings, results and links to video replays can be found at Qualifying: With very hot conditions and a strong southerly wind, the track was more challenging than normal. This was done intentionally by the organizers to make qualifying and racing more challenging for the low power car. Qualifying was over quickly with teammates Will Fisher and Rob Read taking the top two spots. Behind [...]

Alfalla’s Win, Humpe’s Title

by Jason Lofing on September 23rd, 2015

Chicagoland produced a pair of winners: Alfalla (2) scored his third win of the season while Humpe (58) clinched the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series title.

One week after coming up a single position short at Darlington, Ray Alfalla (Slip Angle Motorsports) turned-in a dominating performance at Chicagoland Speedway to score his third victory of the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series powered by iRacing. Alfalla started fourth and quickly showed his would be the car to beat, pacing the field for a race-high 117 of 167 laps. Aero Precision’s Taylor Hurst finished second, 3.79s behind the winner. Bryan Blackford was third, followed by Michael Conti (Drill Aisle), who battled from thirty-third on the grid, and Chris Overland (Last Row Motorsports). The biggest winner of all, however, finished a lowly twenty-ninth.  That would be Kenny Humpe (The TEAM) who came into the race with a virtually insurmountable lead in the points and went on to clinch the [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Rublix Lands in Chi-Town

September 21st, 2015

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The winds blew with enough force to overturn an elephant, but the house stood strong. Tree limbs cracked, while the bowling of strikes from the heavens and the thud of Jawbreaker-sized hail hitting the ground, composed the ambiance outside the large brick home. Inside, none of that was heard. In a basement room of the house was a man sitting in a contraption that moved and bucked like a bull. Only its legs weren’t stitched together with flesh and bone. They were comprised of nuts, bolts, aluminum, and hydraulic fluid. It sounded like robots when it moved and it moved often. Rublix Jenkins was a sim-racer. And every morning began the same. He would lock himself into his room of electronic pleasure, staying for hours, unaware of the outside world [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series powered by – The Dawn of a New Era

by Matt Holden on September 19th, 2015

The first lap on the new Dynamic Tracks for the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series at Darlington Raceway

Who would have thought that, after three races in a row that were so strategy-heavy in the later stages of the race, the fourth in that series would be so unpredictable?  So much so that even those of us who were taking part in the race itself were struggling to get a hold on what was going on with their own car, much less everyone else?  I’ll be the first to admit that it caught me off guard.  Our whole Gale Force Racing team was caught off guard, not just Nick Ottinger, Peter Fisher, and myself.   This time though, it wasn’t the cars that were bad.  In fact, they were awesome right up until the race session began.  We simply did not prepare properly for this race, and for a [...]

Title Rivals Johnston and Dalton Split Iowa’s Doubleheader

by Corey Davis on September 18th, 2015

Scott Simley (#4) leads on Lap 19 while Chad Dalton (#77) and Matt Delk (#6) give chase.

Although the ITSR Power Series’ season ten schedule features just one short track, the seven-eighths mile Iowa Speedway played host to a doubleheader last Sunday night, giving drivers two races – and two chances to score big points – in one day. The action started with a daytime race on a hot, slick track. Championship leader Chad Dalton put his #77 Toyota on the pole position with a lap of 23.607 seconds. Scott Simley qualified second followed by Matt Delk, Tim Johnston, and Corey Davis. Early in the race, Dalton and Simley battled side-by-side up front, trading the lead several times before Simley pulled ahead on Lap 10. The top five stayed within a second of each other as the laps clicked off, and when tires began to wear, the [...]

Audi R8 LMS Coming to iRacing Lineup

by David Phillips on September 17th, 2015

sim-racing, the world’s leading online motorsports simulation service, today announced plans to add the 2016 Audi R8 LMS to its lineup of digital race cars.  Audi thus joins a host of world class automotive manufacturers represented on iRacing, with the R8 LMS slated to compete with the BMW Z4, Ford GT, McLaren MP4 12c, the soon-to-be-released Mercedes-AMG GT3 and other state-of-the-art GT3 cars in iRacing’s Blancpain series. The announcement was made by Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer, at the Nürburgring prior to this weekend’s GT500, the final round of the 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series. “We’re proud to welcome Audi to iRacing and, along with iRacers all around the world, we look forward to racing the virtual R8 LMS,” said Myers.  “The GT3 class features some [...]

Harrison Springs Darlington Surprise

by Jason Lofing on September 16th, 2015

Harrison (89) conquered Overland (47), Alfalla (2), Vincent (10) and The Lady in Black to score his first NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series win.

Landon Harrison pulled-off one of the most improbable wins in the history of the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing at Darlington Raceway last night by beating Ray Alfalla (Slip Angle Motorsports) and Last Row Motorsports’ Chris Overland in a 32 lap sprint to the finish. Harrison started thirty-second and ran mid-pack until a timely caution flew during a round of green flag pit stops with 42 laps remaining, giving him his best track position of the night. After another quick caution and a few laps of following Overland and Alfalla after the final restart, Harrison made his move with 30 laps to go. Amazingly, he was able to pass both Alfalla and Overland in Turn Three before pulling away from the tandem who were left fighting for second. [...]

Coanda Wins at Suzuka – But Interesting Storylines Behind

by Wil Vincent on September 16th, 2015

DeJong led a Coanda one-two at Suzuka to score his second iRacing World Championship GP Series win of the season.

A Coanda Simsports driver won the 14th round of the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.  However, it wasn’t German sim racer Martin Krönke, who headed into the event needing to rack up as many points as possible to close the gap to four time champion Greger Huttu. Instead it was the Red Bull Rallycross driver Mitchell DeJong who claimed his second victory of the season, as he sought to secure fourth place in the championship. Heading into the event, drivers were presented with new challenges, principally the introduction of iRacing’s new dynamic track surfaces. This is the second change that drivers have had to adjust to since the mid-season, as they had previously been introduced to dynamic weather. It was well appreciated that this would have some form of [...]

NBCSN: iRacing, Dale Earnhardt Jr Boost Josh Berry’s Career

by David Phillips on September 15th, 2015


During NBC Sports Network’s broadcast of Friday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway, color analysts Carl Edwards and Dale Jarrett, along with play-by-play announcer Leigh Diffey, discussed the role iRacing, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and JR Motorsports have played in the career of  Josh Berry, who started fifth and finished seventh at Richmond in the #88 Speedco Chevrolet Camaro. “The iRacing thing is unreal,” said Edwards.  “I use it to a little to prepare for some of the road courses. “I knew iRacing helped me when I was sitting in my simulator seat and there was a caution and I raised my hand . . . to wave to the guys behind me.  I thought ‘Who am I waving to?’  There are parts of your brain that don’t know [...]

The Only Known is the Mystique of the Many Unknowns

by Michael Conti on September 15th, 2015

With tonight's debut of the  , defending champion Michael Conti anticipates the dawn of a new era in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series at Darlington.

It is 9:00 a.m., on the fifteenth of September 2015.  We are approximately eleven hours away from what will arguably be the most monumental race in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series’ six-year history. The series has seen its virtual Gen 6s go through many changes in the past, namely multiple tire model iterations, suspension overhauls, and horsepower increases/reductions. However, the common denominator over the years has not been the static nature of the car, but the static (aka non-dynamic) racing surface itself. Tonight’s NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Southern 250 (broadcast on at 8;45 pm eastern time) will be the beginning of a new era in professional oval sim racing. The schedule’s toughest track – coupled with the dynamic track feature that will see the surface of the track evolve [...]

Skip Barber 2k World Cup – Round 12 at Monza

by Paul Malokas on September 14th, 2015

Leybaert leads the field through the first chicane.

Entering the final week of the Skip Barber 2k World Cup, Richard Avery has already wrapped-up the championship. He gets to do a victory lap here while others fight for the final podium and top 10 standings. Standings, results and links to video replays can be found at Qualifying At Monza qualifying is not quite as important as usual. Every one wants to be at the front, but where you are within the top ten doesn’t make a huge difference. After the first lap, Philippe Leybaert, Avery and Enzo Canta were the top three sim racers. On his second lap Leybaert improved his time down to 2:13.975 to take pole position and was the only person to break 2:14. He was followed by Juha Norolampi and Arjan de Vreede. [...]

iRacers Vy for 2015 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout

by David Phillips on September 14th, 2015

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Ten iRacers from around the world are once again vying for invitations to the 2015 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout.  For the second year in a row, two top competitors from the popular online motorsport simulation’s Mazda Cup Series will be selected to participate in the annual Mazda Road to 24 Shootout and a chance to earn a scholarship to race in the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup. The program is the product of a dynamic partnership between two leading sources of young driving talent: Mazda Motorsports, which has more than 9,000 club racers in the United States, most of whom race MX-5 Miatas, and, many of whose 60,000 members worldwide race digital versions of the same car in the iRacing Mazda Cup Series. The top ten finishers in the [...]

A Hard Egg to Crack

by Brenton O'Brien on September 14th, 2015


And so it was for the finale of Season three 2015 in the official iRacing V8 Supercar Series.  Winning eight of the twelve rounds, SDC Motorsports’ Ethan Grigg-Gault is a well-deserved, worthy champion, going from strength to strength in what was an incredibly strong season for the V8 Championship. With a win, starting at Round One at Zolder, through to the final round at the ultimate challenging Mount Panorama track, Grigg-Gault showed his class throughout the season.  Wins in Round Two at Oulton Park, and Round 11 at Watkins Glen, Ian Ford claimed another second place overall, putting up a strong challenge for the top position.  The top two cars really have been the strongest in this series, although impressive consistent runs by Benjamin Smith and Beau Cattell kept the [...]