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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

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

  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

    I've been sim racing since 2011 when I joined iRacing. I've jumped to many different sims, including rFactor, Richard Burns Rally, and the famous NASCAR Racing 2003. I picked up a copy of NR2003 with my birthday money when I was only 9, but was limited to a keyboard and a controller. After reciving a G25 for Christmas in '11, I've loved sim racing and the community iRacing has. I hope to end up writing for a car magazine or website in the near future, and intend on attending university to accomplish that.
    Aside from my career in sim racing and the real world, I hope to have my own small, yet functional race team soon with the purchace of a go kart. Since I'm currently residing in Maryland, I don't have a wide range of racing to choose from. My only options on a small budget are drag racing or kart racing. After the completion of my senior year in high school next year, I hope that inRacing News and other affiliates will help my dreams of writing for Road & Track become a reality!

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

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

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

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

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon iRacing.com and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Ray Kingsbury
    Contributor

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

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

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • Tom O'Leary
    author

    Tom is an 18-year old student from London, UK. Tom started sim-racing quite recently, although his passion for motorsport started at an early age, watching BTCC since the late 90s. Tom has since then expanded his interests in motorsport, watching Le Mans 24hr (and endurance racing as a whole) as well as the DTM, F1, and since starting to write about the NASCAR iRacing Series - NASCAR!

    Tom appeared on the sim-racing scene by trying out rFactor, rFactor 2 and then iRacing - where he spends most of his time racing in the Star Mazda Series where he has claimed third and then second overall in the two full seasons he has competed. On the oval side, Tom has completed a few races in the NASCAR Class C (Fixed) although he most enjoys the road side. Tom is an active member of Friction Racing, a team which focuses on the Star Mazda and the Williams-Toyota FW31, with the aim of reaching the Pro Series - and the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.

    In his personal life, Tom spend time with his girlfriend (they have been together for two years) and likes a variety of games and has started to livestream his races/gameplay on Twitch, to give an insight to his approach to racing and gaming.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Lowe Wins Phoenix for First Career NiPS Victory

by Jason Lofing on November 13th, 2014

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Once in the lead, Lowe (38) controlled the final restarts to take his first NPIS win from Boes (42).

Ryan Lowe won his first career race in the NASCAR iRacing Pro Series in only his second start, holding-off Allen Boes and Tyler Hill in a one-lap shootout at Phoenix International Raceway. Lowe took the lead from Trey Eidson on a restart with 15 laps to go, making a strong move on the outside through Turns One and Two in order to grab the lead entering Turn Three right before the yellow flew for a crash in the back of the field. Lowe had to survive two more restarts after grabbing the lead, including the tense, final one-lap shootout.  As the leader, Lowe had control of the restarts – good thing for him as getting a good restart was critical since the outside line was working through Turns One and [...]

Conti Masterful at Phoenix

by Tom OLeary on November 13th, 2014

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The penultimate round of the NASCAR iRacing Series brought the sim racers to Phoenix International Raceway to begin their final charges to gain any positions – as the end of the season is just around the corner! With the series using the repaved version of the track on iRacing for the first line, finding the fastest line around the one mile track in the Valley of the Sun was the first order of business. Allen Boes came out on top in Race One of the week, with a high (but not the highest!) 5751 SoF netting him 369 points for the win. He fought hard with Tyler Hudson but Boes came out on top, with .2s the delta between the duo at the checkered flag. Brian Schoenburg led an impressive [...]

Stergios Goes Back-To-Back at USA

by Brooks Westfall on November 13th, 2014

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PJ Stergios was able to hold off the hard-charging, comeback hero, Michael Clement en route to his second straight victory.

Following a dramatic and frantic Week 1 at Phoenix, the iRacing Sprint Car Cup entered the virtual plains of Florida for a heated 50-lap sim race at the 3/4mi. USA International Speedway. After a dominant Week 1 performance, PJ Stergios carried the momentum east, as he started from pole position, followed by Ronald Williams and Ronnie Wuerderman. The small grid of 13, 800+ HP machines soon took the green flag. As Stergios picked-up from last week, running away from the rest of the competitors, the battle for the top five spots was the focus for much of the sim race. As the field screamed out of Turn 2, Wuerderman used the inside line to his advantage, taking Williams down the back stretch.  But as Wuerderman attempted to catch and pass [...]

More Than Just a Victory for McMullen

by Paul Slavonik on November 13th, 2014

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Anyone who was able to muster up the intestinal fortitude to give the new Holden Commodore VF a drive around Road Atlanta this week was in for a treat. Exiting the uphill pit road, they quickly discovered that putting the power down as you would a GT3 car was soon followed by the sound of screeching/spinning tires . . . along with a not-so ceremonial joining of a shiny new Holden with an old concrete wall. As such, Week 2 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series took a bit of patience at the start of the race. Indeed, many of the top-tiered drivers were advising that it took at least two laps to warm the tires up before one could really begin laying down fast lap times. For those who [...]

Alien Invasion at Spa!

by Matt Pawelski on November 13th, 2014

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To nobody's surprise, Huttu led from start to finish, but Nahkala kept it close . . . for awhile.

S-P-A. Words cannot help to describe the majesty of those three letters in the minds of racing fans. What does one think about first? Do you think of the glorious Formula 1 cars of the ’60s, ’50s, and earlier? Do you think of Fangio, Clark, Hill, or Schumacher? Do you think of the F2004, the Lotus 49 or the old Mercedes that dominated with Fangio at the wheel? Or do you think of the many corners that have become synonymous with racing lore? Stavelot? Malmedy? Raidillon, Blanchimont or Eau Rouge? La Source? How does one react when they hear the legend of those names. They have to bring out some reaction in any racing fan. In any event, a race at Spa, whether it be simulated or in real life, [...]

DE-AT-CH Drivers Bolt to Early Radicals Lead

November 13th, 2014

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Radicals Watkins Glen 1

The DE-AT-CH duo of Willi Kuhlmann and Gerd Hoefferer made the early running in the first round of what will hopefully be another classic season in the SR8 Radical. Changes between seasons 3 and 4 were minimal with global tyre changes and a greater range of spring adjustment. Kuhlmann and Hoefferer were separated by just two points and six ahead of Iberia’s Jairo Via and a further four ahead of UK&I’s David Burnett. In contrast to last season, when Division 2 drivers made the early running, all four leaders are from Division 1, with the first Division 2 drivers holding the next three spots in the overall championship. Miko Harji, Ricardo Inacio and Ian Card are the trio leading the second Division with all three separated by just five points [...]

Anreus Leads New CTC Season

by Thiago Izequiel and Kalle Ruokola on November 12th, 2014

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CTC Donington 2014 S4

After a brief pause between seasons, the Classic Lotus Grand Prix is back in business with a week at Donington Park, using the “National” configuration. The CTC will run popular road tracks in this brief championship in a calendar featuring Donington, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Mount Panorama, Silverstone (Historical) and Road America. Donington’s “National” configuration wasn’t used in 2014 S3 by the CTC members, who only officially raced the “Grand Prix” track. This is the fastest circuit of the whole schedule, and Mattias Anreus now holds the inaugural record with a lap time of 57.091 seconds. The average pace of the race was a bit slower, with sim racers running around one minute per lap. Sunday’s SoF race had two equal splits. Each one had a [...]

Sandt Jr and Powers Go to the Wire

by Stan Bragg Jr on November 12th, 2014

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SK Mods Lucas Oil Raceway LOR

The NASCAR iRacing.com SK Modified Series traveled to Lucas Oil Raceway for Week 2 of the six week season.  Under the virtual lights, this .686 mile track held true to the high profile short track style racing and this feature race would be no different. With the SoF of just 1599 we would see various levels of skill as 14 drivers took the grid, but the sim racing up front was tight and intense for the entire 50 laps. David Powers and Bobby Sandt Jr led the field to the green with Powers getting a great jump on the field. Sandt Jr and Carl Sunberg quickly went single file and looked to run down Powers while, behind them, Alan Fenhaus and Russel Ieler looked to do the same. The front [...]

UK&I Skippy Season Opener at Mosport

by Justin Sutton on November 12th, 2014

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Ward makes his move on Mercer.

The opening race for the truncated fourth season of 2014 for the UK&I Skip Barber League headed to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for a 16 lap sprint.  Many of the usual suspects returned, including former champion Marcus Hamilton, who qualified in fourth position for his first race back with the league since Sebring where he didn’t even finish the first lap.  Another champion took pole position, however; Marc Mercer sat at the front with Simon Hulbert and Paul F. Grillo behind him. Lap One was pretty tame, as it often is for this league, with no movement in the top ten and only one major incident at the back of the field. But things began heating-up on Lap Two.  Grillo tried to attack Hulbert at the outside of Turn Four, [...]

Rundell Runs Well at Road America

November 11th, 2014

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ELKHART LAKE, WI – The season may be winding down for the cars and stars of the Red Sox Racing League’s GT Class Battle, but the action on the track continues to heat up. Round 9, the Elkhart Lake 45, gives the competitors a chance to ply their trade on yet another great racing venue, but over the years many have learned not to be fooled by the park-like setting of Road America. Danger lurks behind each of the 14 corners of the four-mile layout, yet ironically it is arguably the least pronounced of these turns – the kink – that wreaks the most havoc. Bisecting the third of three long straights, the kink is just sharp enough of a right-hander to pose a tough decision for each driver on every [...]

Tolnay Keeps Gelly-Rufat Honest

by Cam Stark on November 11th, 2014

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You can only imagine what occurred next . . .

If Okayama was good, then we were in for a huge treat for Round Two of the 2014 S4 iRacing Star Mazda championship. The second round was hosted by the 2.54 mile circuit of Road Atlanta. Road Atlanta is notorious for its challenging rhythm and that certainly wasn’t about to change over the course of this week of sim racing.  Every driver will be wanting to extract the most they can out of their car; to do so you have got to be on edge, trusting yourself that you know the car will stick at every opportunity when you have got to push it to the limit. If this wasn’t the case, then it could be a struggle; time is of the essence here, especially if you wanted to have [...]

Get to Know: Jordan Werth

by David Ifeguni on November 10th, 2014

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Werth en route to the 2014 S3 NASCAR iRacing Class A Series Open crown.

Twenty-one years old from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, iRacer Jordan Werth is a veteran on iRacing with an interesting zest for life. A member of iRacing since September 21, 2011, Werth wasted no time getting to victory lane on iRacing, with his first oval victory coming the next day; his first road victory came less than two months later in the Mazda Cup at Lime Rock Park. Werth has since registered a whopping 1794 oval starts, with 381 career victories, over 1000 top five finishes and nearly 500 poles. The Floridian has also amassed 71 victories, 153 top fives, and 49 poles in 332 road course starts.  He also holds the title of iRacing champion, having won the overall NASCAR iRacing Class A Series Fixed championship in 2014 Season 3 (after [...]

My Personal Experience in Team GT3 Challenge, Week One

by Justin Sutton on November 10th, 2014

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Matzenbacher on Claeys heading into Abbey.

Last Saturday I had the unique opportunity to participate in a new road series I’ll be writing about for Season 4 — the iRacing Team GT3 Challenge — as a crew chief for a pair of sim-racing buddies competing against over a dozen other sim-racers piloting seven GT3 cars around Silverstone’s International layout.  The hour-long endurance race required each team to run at least two sim-racers per team.  The optimal strategy seemed to be a one-stop with fuel and driver swap, while taking tires seemed the best strategy based on my estimates based on the speed of my two drivers. The first driver in the car was Jeroen Kweekel.  He took our RUF Track-spec out for the 15 minute qualifying session and did well to put it on pole position, [...]

The Champ Is Back

by Dylan Kapisky on November 10th, 2014

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After something of a sabatical in the 2014, Hudson hopes to return to the top of the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series heap next season.

This past Tuesday the iRacing Pro Series-Oval kicked-off at the digital Texas Motor Speedway. Although there were no big brawls, there were some heated on-track battles. When the dust settled in the virtual Lonestar State, despite all of the newcomers to the Pro Series, it was ex-PEAK Antifreeze Series champion Tyler Hudson celebrating. I caught up with Tyler to discuss the win, the past, and the future of his iRacing career. Q:  Nice win, was a close one towards the end.  What was going through your mind as Corey Vincent was closing in? A:  Thanks. I could see the gap and how fast he was coming, and so I knew he was most likely going to catch me with five-seven laps to go. I just tried to focus as hard [...]

Emerson Puts Holden in the Spotlight

by Paul Slavonik on November 6th, 2014

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The season we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived: With the addition of the all new Holden Commodore VF to the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series line-up, the category is alive and well as participation numbers soared during Week 1 at Okayama. The addition of the new Holden brings with it some new faces to the online series. With the help of Week 13 at Bathurst, many iRacers were afforded the chance to drive the Commodore in a risk-free atmosphere to prepare for the first Strength of Field (SoF) race of Season 4 at Okayama International Circuit. Taking to the starting grid, John Emerson of Team TTL gathered-up pole position followed closely by 4 Motorsports’ Mitchell McLeod. The second row was comprised of Hi-Tec Sim Racing driver/defending series champion, Beau [...]

Trost Triumphs at Indy

by Seth Eggert on November 6th, 2014

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Season 4 of the 2014 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series started out with a bang as the series visited the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 186 drivers participated in sim-racing throughout the week. Aero-push, caution-free races, the draft and single file restarts were just some of the storylines that played out throughout the week. Ryan Norton (Florida) started on pole with Erick Davis (Canada) on his outside. Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) started third with Rob Unglenieks (Michigan) fourth, and Austin Espitee (New England) rounding out the top five starting positions. Norton had an excellent start as Davis was half a row back. Trost immediately took advantage of this to get past Davis. The field quickly became single-file going into Turn One as the top five broke away from Hermann Pfander (DE-AT-CH) and the [...]

The Duke of Fort Worth

by Brian Tate on November 6th, 2014

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Fernando Bento (1), Chris Atkins (7), Donovan Johnson (5) and Brian Tate (6) battle in the Lone Star state.

Dukehart Takes Season Opener at Texas; Ringler Posts Strong Start in Title Defense Jeff Dukehart has been near the top of championship standings throughout all of the three previous seasons in 2014 in the iRacing NASCAR Class B Open Oval Series, but for at least one week, he stands alone at the top following his Season 4-opening win at Texas Motor Speedway.  It was a strong start for the Nashville, Tennessee native and with the final season of 2014 being half as long as past campaigns, Dukehart only has five races to fend off a talented group of pursuers including the 2014 Season 3 champion, Trent Ringler. Like many of the bigger tracks on iRacing, the 1.5-mile tri-oval in Fort Worth, Texas saw a huge turnout to kick- off the [...]

PJ Stergios Rumbles the Sprint Cars Back on inRacing News

by Brooks Westfall on November 5th, 2014

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PJ Stergios leads the field to the green flag.

After a brief leave of absence, the iRacing Sprint Car Cup returns to inRacingNews for the modified, shorter Season 4. Before the season even began, many of the “regulars” in the Sprint Car were unsure about the car’s recent change to the New Tire Model, which drastically modified the car’s performance. Some decided the change was too much for them, and opted out of this season’s action. Others, however, decided it was time for change. The community has come together to help get through what figures to be a supremely challenging time. Nevertheless, many faithful sim racers turned-out for the season opener in the wild west: Phoenix International Raceway. The 40 lap sim race began with PJ Stergios leading the field to the green, followed by Fred Lampela and Vinnie [...]

Conti Flies at Texas

by Tom O'Leary on November 5th, 2014

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As the NASCAR iRacing Series Fixed rushes to its conclusion, Week 34 brought the sim racers to Texas Motor Speedway – one of the most popular tracks in oval racing, greatly populated in every tier of the sport. Championship leader Matt Bussa was the quickest driver in one lap pace, setting the benchmark in qualifying at 29.685s. Some came close – Kris Kelley was just .009s behind, but Bussa had the upper hand going into the week’s races. Texas’ fast layout provided a challenge in each of its four corners and keeping the tires alive proved key to success. In the first event of the week, Chad J Laughton proved his pace by winning the 5377 SoF online race after leading 47 laps. Laughton took advantage of Ryan Michael Luza [...]

Hudson Takes 2014-’15 NASCAR iRacing Pro Season Opener

by Jason Lofing on November 5th, 2014

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Hudson heads to the checkers as chaos erupts in is mirrors.

Tyler Hudson kicked-off the 2014-’15 NASCAR iRacing Pro Series with a surprising win at Texas Motor Speedway in a  race that got a bit wild with five laps remaining. Hudson, who started way back in thirty-seventh, found himself in front of the field by five seconds after taking two tires during the final pit stop. Corey Vincent, who was looking to win in his first career NiPS start, led 111 of 167 laps and clearly had the dominant car but found himself in second place after taking four tires on the final stop. Vincent’s four tires were clearly faster and as the laps counted down he was closing fast on Hudson. With six laps remaining Vincent was on Hudson’s rear bumper looking for a way by as soon as possible [...]