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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.

Music Claims Victory at Homestead

by Justin Laxton on July 23rd, 2015

Music started and finished P1 at Homestead.

Rick Music led 35 laps, including the final 10, to claim the Overdrive Graphics 200 in the opening round of the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by Overdrive Graphics. Deadzone Racing’s Jonathan Goke, returning from testing Star Mazdas, finished runner-up ahead of last night’s practice race winner James Krahula from Unacceptable Racing. The night’s festivities began with the Last Chance Qualifier. This season’s LCQ, featured a new format, which afforded drivers nearly two hours to attempt a two lap qualifying run. The drama began early with names such as Michel De Jong, Bradley Walters, Ryan Lowe, Charles Eisenbarth, James Krahula, Ryan Bowles, Mark Goodwin, Mark Norbert, and Thomas Engle initially missing the race. However, due to absences from locked-in drivers, De Jong, Lowe and Krahula were allowed to race. No Name [...]

Back Down to Business at COTA

by Brenton O'Brien on July 23rd, 2015

He didn't win seven V8 championships by chance . . .  Down withstood race-long pressure from Grigg-Gault to score a great win.

It was a great welcome back to two of the category’s finest drivers in multiple series champion Madison Down and the 2014 Premier Series Champion Richard Hamstead for Round 5 of the official V8 Supercar Series championship at the Circuit of the Americas – West circuit. Qualifying A hot clear day confronted the field at the tight COTA track.  The 12 minute qualifying session on the West configuration was dominated by seven time champion Down driving for Trans Tasman Racing in the Holden Commodore. With a fastest time of 1:33.124, Down edged the series leader Ethan Grigg-Gault for pole by the largest gap we have seen for the season, that being four tenths of a second.  In a repeat of last week, Evolution Racing Australia’s Ian Ford filled the [...]

iSS Racing Series: Super 10 Round Chase Recap

by Evan Posocco on July 23rd, 2015


Two races of the five round Championship Chase for the Racing Series are in the books as of last Friday evening at the virtual Talladega Superspeedway. The iSuperChase grid, which was created by combining the drivers with wins on the year, along with any winless drivers in the top five in championship points before the chase began, was reduced significantly after the event that concluded the first round in the championship playoff at the hallowed grounds of Talladega, AL. As a part of the three round title fight, featuring a two race long ‘Super 10′ Round to begin with, followed by another two race long ‘Superior 6′ Round before the final three go to Daytona as a part of the ‘Supreme 3′ where the highest finisher takes the title, [...]

Hollyday Plays Strategy Card; Kisses Virtual Bricks

by Scott Smith on July 22nd, 2015

Hollyday (15) rebounded from from early-race contact with Keegan Leahy (11) to twin at the Brickyard.

Round 18 of the NASCAR Xfinity iRacing Class B Open Series took place last night at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with the top-split broadcast on iRacingLive.  Whether in virtual or real-space, all drivers who grip the steering wheel and take control of their racing machines want to experience the euphoria that comes along with winning at the historic speedway – not to mention, the lovely taste of clay, shale, and rubber, after the traditional “kissing of the bricks.”  At the conclusion of last night’s 50 lap sim-race, we added a new name to the virtual speedways’ long list of victors: Richard Hollyday.  After starting deep in the field (20th) the sim-racer who calls Apex, NC home, led the final 13 laps when a pit-stop strategy call propelled his BBH [...]

Majeski’s Thunder Valley Comeback

by Pete Zehler on July 21st, 2015

The race ended badly for

Week 6 of the NASCAR SK Modifieds Series brought the sim racers to Bristol Motor Speedway, otherwise known as Thunder Valley. Marking in at a half mile, Bristol isn’t your typical short track. High banks create chaotic situations and with the top runners racing wide open for more than half the race, things can become a mess with multigroove sim racing. In this week’s finale Monday night we would see some of iRacing’s biggest stars take to the track in a 2563 strength of field. Pole winner John Minotto clocked in with a lap at 14.945s which was enough to beat Ty Majeski who started on the outside of the front row.  When the F.I.R.S.T. Ford Mustang pace car pulled-off Minotto got on the loud peddle but immediately it [...]

Huttu Makes 50

by Wil Vincent on July 21st, 2015

Greger Huttu scored his 50th Grand Prix win at Twin Ring Motegi with a typically flawless drive.

The summer break for the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series gave teams and drivers the chance to regroup after a busy first half of the season. For some, it was the chance to reflect upon their successes, and use this as a platform to improve further for the back end of the season.  For others, the process was more immediate; the need to regroup quickly, and make a determined attempt to move up the standings. One of these teams was Coanda Simsport, who, despite wins to their name, had again fallen short in their attempt to surpass Team Redline’s Greger Huttu, whom after victory at Silverstone, was just one win away from something special. His 50th win in the series. To understand the magnitude of Huttu’s potential success, one [...]

Dalton Rebounds with a Kentucky Romp

by Corey Davie on July 21st, 2015

Chad Dalton (#77) takes the checkered flag first ahead of Matt Rominger (#04), Scott Simley (#4), and Matt Delk (#6).

From the silky smooth high banks of Daytona to the teeth-rattling bumps in Kentucky, the ITSR Power Series continued its Season Ten trek with the 250-mile Marcus Napier Sr. Memorial under the lights at the Kentucky Speedway. Before the race, the Fast 5 qualifying session gave the top five qualifiers an extra five minutes to improve their lap times.  Looking to bounce back after an early wreck at Daytona, Chad Dalton laid down a blistering lap of 29.854 seconds early in the qualifying session and it held up to give him the pole position.  Matt Delk, Tim Johnston, David Boden and Mike Rominger rounded-out the top five starting positions in the 33-car grid. Once the green flag waved, it didn’t stay out for long.  Two cautions in the first ten [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Unlocking Victory at Gateway!

by Scott Smith on July 20th, 2015

wild ride

The disproportional/oblong speedway of Gateway Motorsports Park is a challenge.  Downshifting as you barrel into Turn One, maneuvering two vastly different sets of corners, and fighting tooth-and-nail with other drivers to complete a pass, are just some of the obstacles sim-racers have to deal with at Gateway.  George S. Patton once said: “Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”  And although the context in which he spoke – preparing troops for war – is infinitely more serious than what we encounter in the virtual-space of iRacing, one aspect of that quote resonates with me.  Regardless of the context in which a challenge is set for an individual, when the goal is reached and victory consummated, the emotion that manifests itself as exhilaration is most certainly [...]

Early Title Charge? Gooden Wins Mid-Ohio

by Cam Stark on July 20th, 2015

A slow starting Strom meant Fluke got thrown in to the air, although contuning without major damage.

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course: a track with plenty of twists and turns over its 3.86km length. The iRacing Pro Mazda Championship headed to the America’s Midwest where they’d land in the state of Ohio ready for the 22 lap online race. Radicals Online’s (and Ohioan) Wyatt Gooden was back in action for the second week running and the American took pole position by a dominant .28 over Michael Storm. Championship hopeful Justin Brunner was a place further back in third, although he’d be gunning to get the win. In Brunner’s case the start couldn’t have gone better.  He managed to jump ahead of Storm and slot-in behind Gooden, although it wasn’t because he overpowered his competitor: Storm just didn’t get going! For whatever reason the Dutchman was static for around [...]

Beating the Odds: Kyle Busch Wins Again

July 20th, 2015

Beating the Odds: Kyle Busch Wins Again

by David Moulthrop   -   Kyle Busch again had a strong car during the 5-hour ENERGY 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway but on lap 244 of the 301 lap distance Kyle thought he had a tire going flat and made a green flag pit stop which put him a lap down. The issue was not a tire going down, but instead fluid on the track and with fresh tires Busch was able to return to the track and pass the leader within a few laps putting himself on the back of the lead lap. As fate would have it, the caution would come out shortly for the oil Busch had driven over earlier and while the rest of the field pitted, Busch stayed on track and inherited the lead. During the closing [...]

Hassert Completes the Pre-Season Sweep!

by Justin Laxton on July 17th, 2015

Big Joe Hassert completed the pre-season sweep on The Milwaukee Mile.

Following his All-Star Race win, Big Joe Hassert led 38 of the 100 laps in Wednesday night’s Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by Overdrive Graphics Pre-Season Thunder and captured the checkered flag in his Overdrive Graphics/No Name Racing Dallara at Homestead-Miami Speedway to complete the Pre-Season Sweep! Three dozen sim racers posted times during the two and a half hour practice session leading up to the night’s race, with Jonathan Goke pacing the field with at 24.868s followed by Ryan Lowe, and Daniel Roeper rounding out the top three. When it came time for the two-lap qualifying runs immediately prior to the start of the race, however, the familiar names of Jake Wright and Trevor Malone paced the field. Series newcomers James Krahula (Unacceptable Racing) and Terry Matthiensen (Banshee Autosport) slotted [...]

IndyCar Reality Check: The Milwaukee Mile

by Jared DePouw on July 17th, 2015

driving games

Built in 1903 and located on the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, The Milwaukee Mile is the oldest motor speedway in the United States and is home to the second shortest track on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. At 1.015mi in length and only 9.25° of banking in the corners, Milwaukee is one of the most difficult ovals on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. While making nothing but left turns is easy, building setups for Milwaukee is challenging due to both the track layout and weather conditions. “This place is like a skid pad.” – Ben Bretzman, Team Penske race engineer Ben Bretzman, race engineer for Simon Pagenaud’s #22 Team Penske car, described Milwaukee as being “…really tough, this place is like a skid pad. Here we have a lot of tire [...]

V8s Endure on The Island

by Brenton O'Brien on July 17th, 2015

Change in leader as Grigg-Gault snags first place from Ford on Lap 33.

“That was the toughest race I have ever done” stated Ethan Grigg-Gault, the winner of Round 4 of the iRacing V8 Supercar Series at the conclusion of what was an epic 46 laps of the Phillip Island Circuit in Victoria, Australia. Qualifying Inviting weather welcomed the 24 starters to the wonderful Phillip Island Circuit, a favourite amongst many of the V8 Supercar drivers who were participating. A tight field produced our third different winner of the coveted pole position with series leader Ethan Grigg-Gault showing he not only has strong race pace but a bit of sting to his single lap qualifying. With the 12 minutes on the clock seemingly disappearing quicker than ever Grigg-Gault posted his time of 1:29.188 while Beau Cattell followed-up his great third place finish the [...]

iRacing to Bring Renault Single Seaters to Online Racing Game

by Kevin Bobbitt on July 16th, 2015

sim racing

Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 3.5 Complete the Open Wheel Ladder on Award Winning Racing Game, the world’s premier online racing game, today announced a formal agreement with Renault to add two new single seat race cars, the Formula Renault 2.0 and the Formula Renault 3.5. These cars join the more than 40 vehicles already available on iRacing and will be integrated into the open wheel ladder system on iRacing that includes: the Skip Barber Formula 2000, Pro Mazda, Dallara DW12 Indycar, Williams FW31 and soon to be released McLaren–Honda MP4-30. To celebrate this announcement iRacing is offering a special discount for new members – get 3-months for just $5 (a $30 value). Use promo code PR-RENAULT when you create your new account at The Formula Renault [...]

Loozenoord Gifts Kralj Silverstone Glory

by Cam Stark on July 15th, 2015

Loozenoord heads the field in to Copse for the first time.

Silverstone was the track up next for competitors in the iRacing Grand Prix Series. The historic circuit in Northamptonshire, UK, began hosting Grand Prix races in 1948: although it would be two years later when the inaugural Formula One season headed there for the opening round of the newly created World Championship of Drivers or, we know it today, the Formula One World Championship. Silverstone has had a presence on the calendar almost every year ever since it hosted the inaugural race of the championship.  The home of the British Grand Prix bounced back and forth between Silverstone, Aintree and, later, Brands Hatch before Silverstone was made the permanent home of the race in 1987. Even in the “off-years” however, Silverstone hosted non-championship Formula One races in the form of [...]

Vincent Saves Fuel, Wins Kentucky

by Jason Lofing on July 15th, 2015

Corey Vincent had the right combination of speed and the fuel strategy to score his first NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series win at Kentucky.

Performance Motorsports Group’s Corey Vincent captured his first career win in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacinglast night, coming out on top of a race decided by fuel mileage at Kentucky Speedway. Vincent, while quick, did not have the fastest car and looked to be battling for a top five finish before a fortuitous caution – coupled with excellent fuel savings – helped him score the victory. PJ Stergios from Last Row Motorsports finished second while his brother Jake came home third. Ray Alfalla (Slip Angle Motorsports) crossed the line fourth and Chris Overland rounded-out of the top five. Notably absent from the top five was The TEAM’s Kenny Humpe, who started on pole but had some uncharacteristic struggles with his car. Though he still led 69 of [...]

Kelley Wins Daytona Drafting Duel

by Corey Davis on July 14th, 2015


The high banks of Daytona International Speedway welcomed the ITSR Power Series last Sunday night, and their race under the lights delivered 300 miles of bumper-to-bumper, door-to-door sim racing action. Before the race began, the qualifying session saw several small packs of cars form, with each trying to time their runs on one other to maximize the draft.  John Higman Jr.’s fast lap of 203.827 mph gave him the pole position, with Marcus Napier starting outside the front row of the 32-car grid. In the opening laps of the race, the bottom line led by Higman pulled ahead of the outside charge, led first by Napier and later by Chad Dalton.  The early action was halted on Lap 21 when Dalton and Brian Harvey got together in Turn 3, bringing-out [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Trottin’ Towards the Front at Kentucky

by Scott Smith on July 13th, 2015

Tough Trucks Kentucky 2

If you hear the word “Kentucky” what comes to mind?  For me, an image of a small man dressed in bright colors riding atop a large, brown, hairy beast thundering along a dirt horse race track pops into my head.  And I don’t find that unusual.  After all, The Bluegrass State is world famous for one of the longest running sports affairs in the country: The Kentucky Derby.  After 141 years of consecutive racing, the natural four-legged thoroughbreds certainly have shaped the legacy for the entire state of Kentucky.  NASCAR’s mechanical four-tired thoroughbreds are attempting to add to that legacy. How?  By staging three-wide, wheel-to-wheel exciting racing, year-in and-year out at one of NASCAR’s bumpiest tracks: the 1.5-mile tri-oval known as Kentucky Speedway.  Even though the speedway was opened in [...]

Get to Know: Kyle Birnie

by David Ifeguni on July 13th, 2015


Born into a racing family, Californian Kyle Birnie has had his fair share of success since joining iRacing in August of 2011. He is a 53 time race winner across several different cars on nearly 20 different types of tracks, ranging from the shorts tracks such as Bristol Motor Speedway, to the twists and turns of Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. As he nears his fourth complete year of iRacing competition, it’s time we learn more about Kyle Birnie in this week’s edition of Get to Know… Q:    What attracted you to racing in the first place? A:    It’s in my blood on both sides of my family. My father rode dirt bikes from his teens until his 40s and followed motocross heavily. On my mother’s side, my uncle and grandfather race [...]

Schartner Enters Blancpain Endurance Series; Wins at Montreal

by Paul Slavonik on July 10th, 2015


The Blancpain Endurance Series descended on the historic Circuit Gilles Villeneuve located in Montreal, Canada for Week 3 and it’s fair to say that the track was represented in the best possible way. For 112 laps around the hybrid circuit, teams and drivers navigated through the treacherous chicanes and sweeping turns as the three-hour race commenced. However, Week 3 proved to be different than the previous race weeks in that we saw our first solo driver take the overall victory. SDC Motorsports Although he didn’t compete in the first two rounds, Nathan Schartner of SDC Motorsports entered the fray as a solo driver and made the most of it. Starting at the pointy end with a qualifying time of 1:33.875, Schartner would lead an ultra-competitive 43-car field which featured [...]