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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.

Last Lap Fracas Powers Leahy to Victory

by Scott Smith on August 19th, 2015

Leahy heads for victory as Lowe slides into the pit wall.

Last night, the 27 top sim-racers in the NASCAR Xfinity Class B Open Series powered by battled each other, and the high banks of the virtual Bristol Motor Speedway for 150 grueling laps of wheel-to-wheel sim-racing action.  At the end of their digital rendition of “Like Fighter Jets in a Gymnasium,” it was BBH Motorsports’ Keegan Leahy emerging victorious after leading only one – but the most important – lap of the event en route to his first victory in the series this year. With five laps remaining, Leahy was glued to the virtual rear bumper of leader, and dominant sim-car for the second-half of the race, Ryan Lowe.  As the laps quickly dwindled, Leahy began to show his hand and attempt to complete the pass by utilizing the [...]

Past Champs Davis and Johnston Win at The Glen, Texas

by Corey Davis on August 18th, 2015

Corey Davis (#70) and Dean Moll (#51) lead the field into Turn 1 at the start.

After more than 3,000 left turns to begin its tenth season, the ITSR Power Series finally made a few right-handers in the first road course stop of the season at Watkins Glen. The sim racers were greeted by cool, cloudy weather, which made the 2.45-mile road course very grippy and ultra fast.  In qualifying, Season Eight champion Corey Davis won the pole with a lap of 1:09.511.  Series newcomer and road course ringer Dean Moll qualified his #51 Toyota in second, followed by Chad Dalton, Matt Delk, and John Higman Jr. When the race went green, Davis darted ahead in Turn 1 while the field settled in single-file behind.  The best battle early in the race was between Dalton and Delk, who were separated by less than half a second [...]

BSRTC Comes to Motors TV UK!

by Andrew Woodhouse on August 18th, 2015

Coming at you on Motors TV UK: The final 19 rounds of the BSRTC season!

BSR & Apex Racing TV have reached an agreement with Motors TV UK to nationally televise the final 19 race meetings of the British Sim Racers Touring Car Pro Series season. To celebrate this exciting news, iRacing is offering a special discount for new three month memberships.  Just go to and enter the following promotional code: PR-BSRTC. BSRTC is in its ninth season on and sees around 40 of the best sim racers from around the world battling it out in the Kia Optima at the world’s greatest circuits for a share of the $10,000 prize fund. An hour-long highlights package will air each week, featuring action from all three of the evening’s races and insightful commentary from Andrew Woodhouse, Adam Bath and World Championship Grand Prix [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – The Irish Hills: Round 2

by Scott Smith on August 18th, 2015

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I write to you this week with no introductions of attempted witty flash fictional stories, nor tales of distant childhood memories, instead, only a straightforward, no-nonsensical description of From A Dig Motorsports’s exploits last week at the virtual Michigan International Speedway.  I felt with the track’s close proximity to the no-frills, blue-collared, assiduous, forthright city of Detroit, it was only fitting.  And if that narrative doesn’t jingle your jollies, well, just tell yourself I’m a struggling writer who’s smashed into a creative “SAFER-barrier.”  Nevertheless, onward we march. From A Dig Motorsports’s best finish at the virtual 2.0-mile D-shaped oval is third, but that was nearly four months ago and with the obsolescent build of Season 2.  Season 3’s build and setups have been of increased favorability – at least for [...]

Doing it the Hard Way at Monza

by Brenton O'Brien on August 17th, 2015

Series leaders Grigg-Gault and Ford getting a little too close for comfort on lap 7 with Rivera and Cubis waiting to pounce.

In all police TV shows they will tell you, “there’s an easy way, or there’s the hard way.”  Round 8 for the iRacing v8 Supercar Series saw Ethan Grigg-Gault do it the hard way to earn his fifth win of the season. Qualifying A full field of 25 cars sat in their pit bays waiting for qualifying to begin, in what would be a pivotal race of the season.  The track’s long. fast layout ensured that competitors who would be able to make the most of any slipstream from a car in front would benefit greatly over the course of a lap.  After what seemed like a short twelve minutes the field was tight at the top.  The pole position again went to the one lap shootout specialist Ian Ford [...]

Get to Know: Gary Larsen

by David Ifeguni on August 17th, 2015

Gary Larsen in the orange car

Who has two thumbs and lives only a few miles away from a NASCAR legend? Probably many people but we are going to focus on just one: iRacer Gary Larsen. Sim racing out of Franklin, Tennessee, very close in proximity to hall of famer Darrell Waltrip, the 63 year old Larsen has been a member of iRacing since June, 2012. In a little more than three years, Larsen has scored 19 career victories on road courses and two victories on ovals in a combined total of 604 starts. Larsen currently is a regular participant in the iRacing Grand Prix Series and IndyCar Oval Series. You can learn more about Gary Larsen in this week’s edition of Get to Know . . . Q:    What attracted you to racing in the [...]

Ilbrink Claims Maiden SOF Win of Season 3

by Cam Stark on August 17th, 2015

Ilbrink rounds Brunner around the outside in to turn 8 to take the lead.

Week 9 of the season saw the iRacing Pro Mazdas head to North America where 20 laps of the 3.957 km Canadian Tire Motorsport Park awaited. Lap times would be quick around the free-flowing 10 cornered circuit, with times of sub 1:15s expected for the top runners. The top three in qualifying were separated by a whisker, Justin Brunner took pole position in a 1.14.684, iRacing World Championship Grand Prix driver Paul Ilbrink lined-up in second on .019s back whilst Jamie Fluke was a mere .001s behind the Dutchman. The opening two and a half laps of the race were incident-free with drivers slotting-in to positions they fought for on the opening lap.  Fluke had got a good start, moving briefly in to second position before dropping down to fourth [...]

Pichler’s Persistence Pays at Silverstone

by Paul Slavonik on August 14th, 2015


The Blancpain Endurance Series continues to heat up as we’ve now seen solo drivers entering the mix with successful results. As it was before, so it is again with another weekly podium completely dominated by solo drivers. As Week 6 came to a close at sunny Silverstone Circuit, we saw what some of the best sim-racers in the world can do in three hours. Pure Racing Team It’s become very rare to see someone who starts outside the top-five take a win in the Blancpain Endurance Series. When competing against sim-racers that are to the caliber of Lukas Jestädt, Reto Hartmann and the current Endurance Series championship leaders, Andrey Loginov and Vladimir Ozeretskovskiy of Motorbreath Endurance, it becomes painfully obvious that some of these drivers NEVER make a [...]

Josh Muggleton Continues to Chase the Dream

by Paul Slavonik on August 13th, 2015


2014 Australian GT Academy Champion and International Runner-up, Josh Muggleton, may be without a full-time ride at the moment, but that’s doing little to slow him down. Like many motorsports enthusiasts, Josh Muggleton dreamed of becoming a race car driver at a young age. But like many who have come before him, the Australian soon discovered the heavy financial burdens which come with pursuing ones passions. Realizing that a career in motorsports may be out of reach for the time being, he turned to gaming and racing simulators where he learned the art of racecraft and began to hone his skill. Although motorsport simulators are a great high-speed ‘fix’ for those of us who appreciate it, it can only do so much for those who are called to it. GT [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – A Nostalgic Return to the Brickyard

by Scott Smith on August 13th, 2015

Mine and my dad's original tickets.  Protected by his trusty Goodwrench Racing ticket holder for over 21 years!

The year was 1994: O.J. Simpson had entertained an entire nation with a white Ford Bronco, Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding were in the midst of an epic Sock’em Boppers duel and you weren’t “cool” unless you had about 15 pairs of Zubaz pants – at least that’s what I thought; but what the hell did I know?  I was merely a child.  A chubby, introverted but inquisitive 10-year-old who asked too many “why?” questions – customarily not receiving the satisfactory answer; at least what I thought was satisfactory.  You know the kind I’m talking about.  After one too many asked to your parents they finally come back with a tired but stern, “I don’t know, because it just is!”  That answer was never good enough for me – still [...]

Ottinger Goes Flag to Flag at Watkins Glen

by Jason Lofing on August 12th, 2015

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Nick Ottinger (Gale Force Racing) put on a show at Watkins Glen International on Tuesday night, leading every single one of the 50 laps en route to his second victory of the season in the 2015 NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. The TEAM’s Kenny Humpe finished second, more than seven seconds adrift of Ottinger. Last year’s winner Michael Conti (Drill Isle) was third, followed by Corey Vincent (Premere Motorsports Group) and PJ Stergios (Last Row Motorsports). It only took a few laps after the drop of the green flag for the field to realize the fight would be for second unless Ottinger made a mistake. On fresh tires Ottinger was consistently two to three tenths a lap faster than every other driver in the field; quite the feat [...]

Good old days return at Oran Park

August 10th, 2015

Winning move? Within two car lengths of the start race winner Filsell put himself in a strong position

A track that has so much history was the seven for round 7 of the iRacing official main SOF V8 Supercar race at Oran Park.  A track that can be remembered as far back as 1971 where Bob Jane had the tracks maiden win in a Camaro.  The 2015 brand of V8 Supercars bought with them their own challenges, and none so more than the very welcomed return of one of the leading V8Supercar drivers in Jarrad Filsell for ANZ Motorsports. Qualifying Ian Ford stated at the start “You just can’t afford to lose your rhythm here”.  A change to the V8 supercars this week, with the quicker times on what was a shorter track, the drivers were able to get more chances to get that ever elusive pole position [...]

Joey Logano Sweeps Watkins Glen

August 9th, 2015

Joey Logano Sweeps Watkins Glen

by David Moulthrop   Prior to this weekend at Watkins Glen, Joey Logano had never won a road race. He was able to take that off his bucket list on Saturday with a dominating win in the Xfinity Series Zippo 200. On Sunday he added to that bucket list by passing Kevin Harvick for the lead in the last turn of the last lap as Harvick’s race leading Chevrolet ran dry on fuel allowing the stalking Logano to win the Cheez-It 355. It  was the second win for this years Daytona 500 winner  and the 10th of his career in The Sprint Cup Series. Asked about sweeping the weekend Logano replied, ” Yeah, it’s remarkable. I’ve never swept the weekend before. I’ve come close a couple of times but never actually done [...]

Joey Logano Collects First Road Course Victory

August 9th, 2015

Joey Logano  Collects First Road Course Victory

by Dave Moulthrop It was a day of peaks and valleys for Joey Logano, winner of the 21st Annual Zippo 200 at The Glen Xfinity Series race on Saturday, prior to the Watkins Glen Sprint Cup event. Logano captured the Coors Light Pole for the event in record fashion by breaking the qualifing record his teammate, Brad Keselowski, had set the year before. Logano shot of to lead at the green flag but gave it up to his teammate and second place qualifier, Keselowski on lap four. The pair would swap the lead once more before the first round of pit stops when Logano was penalized for removing equipment from the pit box after his fuel man was unable to disconnect the gas can from car.  Series points leader Chris Buescher [...]

Allmendinger Captures Sprint Cup Pole at The Glen

August 8th, 2015

Allmendinger Captures Sprint Cup Pole at The Glen

by Dave Moulthrop   AJ Allmendinger repeated his  2015 qualifing performance on The Sprint Cup Series Road Courses when  he won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 30th Annual Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International. His second Pole of this season follows his June performance in Sonoma, California. Allmendingers fourth career pole was a lap of 68.993 seconds for and average speed of 127.839 mph around the 2.45 miles NASCAR section of the course.  Hopes for the team are that the momentum will carry over and allow him to repeat last years winning performance and give him entry into The Chase for the Sprint Cup.        

Joey Logano sets Xfinity Series Qualifing Record at The Glen

August 8th, 2015

Joey Logano sets Xfinity Series Qualifing Record at The Glen

by Dave Moulthrop   Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 21st Annual Zippo 200  Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen International with a lap of 70.953 seconds around the 7 turn NASCAR configuration of the curcuit for an average speed of 124.308 mph.  The lap broke the mark set by his teammate, Brad Keselowski, in 2014 of 71.018 seconds and an average of 124.194. The pole was the first for Logano at the Glen after 8 attempts and his fourth of the 2015 season.  He now is tied with Mark Martin for second , with 30 career poles in the Xfinity Series

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series powered by – I Kissed the Bricks

by Matt Holden on August 7th, 2015


Nick Ottinger has 11 wins in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series.  From our first ever NPAS race (and win) at Phoenix in 2012 to last night at Indianapolis, I’ve called the shots for 10 of them, the 11th being the 2013 race at Kentucky where Peter Fisher brought it home while I was at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Those wins came across 60 starts in the series, and of those 60 race, exactly zero of them have ever been as wild, hectic, and unpredictable as last night’s 250-mile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The first win was in our first race, like I mentioned, at Phoenix.  Nick was in 5th on a late restart when the leaders wrecked each other before the green flag ever came out.  Back then it [...]

iSS: Superior 6 Round Chase Recap, Supreme 3 Championship Preview

by Evan Posocco on August 6th, 2015


The second and final set of driver eliminations in the Season 4 iSuperChase Championship playoff for the Racing Series are complete following the final trip to Talladega, and the final feature race on the year. Last Friday night, fans, and drivers alike, were treated to a Superior 6 Round Finale straight out of Hollywood. Nearly all of the transfer positions were not locked until the checkered flag flew on the race, causing many drivers to fight in desperation for what they felt would be just enough to qualify into the Championship Race with a race ending 1 lap shootout. Before the round ended, it had to start, and Feature Race 16 was the place. Daytona International Speedway played host to the 3rd Chase race of 5, and the opening [...]

Gathering of Tweakers Season 2

August 6th, 2015

Gathering of Tweakers Season 2

After a short break, Gathering of Tweakers is proud to finally reveal some details about the upcoming Season 2 of the Gathering of Tweakers Endurance Series! In Season 2, the GES is once again the official support series of the NEO Endurance Series. The full regulations and registration details are not yet finalized but will be available soon, however we would still like to briefly highlight some of the most important changes you can look forward to. Change of Cars After the announcement of many other GT3 series (including the official iRacing Blancpain Endurance Pro series) we decided to move away from a GT3-only grid. There are plenty of other GT3 races to run and we would like to do something a little more special. However, we still have a [...]

Boes Becomes Road-Course Ace; Dominates at The Glen

by Scott Smith on August 5th, 2015

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Deadzone Racing’s Allen Boes is best known as a legitimate threat to capture victory at any oval track the NASCAR iRacing circuit visits.  However, last night for the iRacingLive televised NASCAR Class B Series Open top-split sim-race at the virtual Watkins Glen International, Boes morphed into a road-course ace and won the caution-free affair in dominating fashion, amassing his fourth televised iRacing win of the year. “All week in practice I felt like we had the car to win,” Boes stated after the race.  “And I think we showed it tonight.” “All week in practice I felt like we had the car to win. ” – Allen Boes He “showed it” by not only leading the field to green from pole position, but also maintaining the point for all [...]