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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.

  • 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.

NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series by the Numbers

by Dylan Kapisky on September 5th, 2014

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Three races remain in the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing.com before a new champion is crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway. As things stand heading into next week’s sim race at Richmond, Michael Conti leads Ray Alfalla by 25 points and Nick Ottinger by 35 points. Although behind by a full race or more, Chad Laughton (-48), Chris Overland (-57), Jake Stergios (-63) and Matt Bussa (-74) are all within 100 points and thus are all still mathematically in the hunt for the sim racing title. Dylan Kapisky takes a look at what it would take (at the least) for each driver to win the championship. These scenarios are based off of a 43 car field every race. The points are based-off of the NASCAR points system, which is [...]

Anreus Cops Chaotic Canadian CTC

by Thiago Izequiel on September 5th, 2014

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The chaos after turn 1. Different accidents on the same time.

Brazilian Portuguese version below Week Four has arrived and the Classic Lotus Grand Prix was at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, better known as “Mosport”. The circuit is one of the few on the schedule that was actually a fixture on the real Formula 1 ’70s era calendar, and is one of the favorites tracks for the CTC members. To prove this fact, there was thirteen official race starts through the week that ended the first month of the championship. The list of winning racers is as follows: David Wormald, Marcel Penzkofer, Tapani Linnaluoto, Daniel Pedrosa, Gernot Fritsche, Michel Dudognon, Mattias Anreus, Paolo Accurso, Gary Larsen and Arto Ihamäki. On Sunday, four official races took place, with one before the SoF race main event (that had two splits), and another [...]

The Kitchen Sink: Homestead – Not a Typical 1.5 Miler

by Ray Kingsbury on September 4th, 2014

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Previous: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 Homestead is one of those tracks that is so similar to yet so different from other tracks on the schedule. At 1.5 miles, Homestead is the same length as far too many high banked speedways; however, the differences between Homestead and other 1.5 mile circuits are easily seen as a driver. A typical 1.5 mile setup for the Dallara DW12 IndyCar will not work here: You will find a lack of rear grip and, at the same time, a lack of front end grip. It may be a good idea to load-up a base 1.5 mile set for starters; the chassis, gear ratios, and dampers should be a good starting point. The biggest thing you are going to want to change is [...]

NiS Open Garage – Richmond/Season Finale

by Don Scott on September 4th, 2014

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Richmond offers competitors a final chance to apply the wisdom of this season's NiS Open Garage.

As we return to Richmond for this year’s final NASCAR iRacing Series race and bring to a close this season’s “Open Garage,”  I thought I might use this week’s article to review some of the basics we have learned over the past 20 weeks. We have covered a myriad of ways to diagnose handling issues, increase our speed and analyze the information we gather in an effort to identify elements of our setups we might improve. In this edition I would like refresh your memory concerning some of the most common changes you will make. Among the first topics we discussed this season – and one of the most common adjustments you will make in a stock car – is the track bar. To summarize, in the left rear if [...]

Bonito Conquers The Glen

by Paul Slavonik on September 4th, 2014

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Week 5 of the iRacing.com GT3 Challenge Series got under way at the historic Watkins Glen International in Upstate, NY. With sim-racers from all over the world descending on the flat-out, 3.4 mile road course which consists of varying degrees of elevation, the action was loaded and several pro-level drivers capitalized on their experience. With 1765 different drivers taking part in official races during Week 5, there was only one driver who successfully conquered them all. Team Redline and Italian driver, Enzo Bonito entered Week 5 as the driver-to-beat as he took pole position in both of the events he entered. Driving the McLaren MP4, Bonito’s main points haul came from a monstrous Strength of Field (SoF) race of 4830 which also featured the Season 2 champion, Rens Broekman, who [...]

Krönke Headlines Coanda’s Coming-Out Party

by David Phillips on September 3rd, 2014

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Kronke used  his pole position to good advantage but deJong grabbed second Pahkala on the opening lap.

Coanda Simsport had a spectacular coming-out party in its official debut in the 2014 iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series last weekend at Interlagos, as co-founder Martin Krönke started from pole and led all 71 laps en route to a convincing win over Glacier Racing’s Olli Pahkala and Team Redline’s Greger Huttu. Krönke’s dominant performance narrowed, if every so slightly, the yawning points differential to Huttu in the battle for the series title.  Nevertheless, the three time champion still enjoys a cushion of more than 100 points heading into the final three races of the season, while Krönke put a little more distance between himself and Pahkala in the battle for runner-up. That Krönke would be a formidable force at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace became apparent when he posted [...]

…and then Hamstead showed up.

by Paul Slavonik on September 3rd, 2014

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In what could only be described as an “odd” turn of events, 2014 Season 2 iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series defending champion, Richard Hamstead of Team TTL, arrived at Watkins Glen to participate in Week 5 of Season 3.  As this was his first official V8 race of the season, Hamstead is the first of the “old bunch” to return for Season 3. With former and new rising stars vying for dominance, Hamstead would certainly have his hands full with the current championship contenders on this high speed road course. Coming off of a magnificent win last week at Oulton Park, Michael Fabian of Mad Cow Racing started things off right by taking pole position with a time of 1:06.632. Starting alongside of Fabian was one of the (if not THE) [...]

Piland Stars at Langley

by Stan Bragg Jr. on September 3rd, 2014

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Langley Speedway hosted the Week 5 sim racing action for the NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model Series. Nestled in Hampton Va, at just .395 mile in length and only six degrees of banking, Langley poses an assortment of challenges. Setting-up for this short track would be first on the list as, with its long, sweeping corners you need to have a setup that rotates through the center of the corner and still provides enough grip to get the power down without producing too much oversteer. Even if you are to accomplish all of that, passing opportunities are at a premium as jumping to the outside is not an option; so setting-up the pass would be crucial to gain a position. In this week’s feature race Ryan Piland led the field to [...]

Class B Diversified Racing

by Jordan Hightower on September 3rd, 2014

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After spending Week Two in upstate New York, the NASCAR iRacing Class B Fixed Series spent the next three weeks journeying across the eastern portion of the United States. With trips to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Bristol Motor Speedway, and Atlanta Motor Speedway to fill Weeks Three, Four, and Five, the series was truly a spectacle of driving ability. Mid-Ohio After leading 13 of the event’s 15 laps, NASCAR K&N East Series competitor Jay Beasley (West) drove the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro into victory lane at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after starting from the second position. Pole sitter and top rated driver in the field Kyle Crump (Michigan) led the opening two laps, but relegated the lead to Beasley shortly thereafter and was never able to regain the top spot, [...]

Four Winners in Four Races for Skippy 2K Cup

by Justin Sutton on September 3rd, 2014

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Not even pole-sitter Leybaert was immune to Turn Four.

With three solid races already under their belt the sim-racers of the Skip Barber 2K Cup congregated at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for a 34 lap race of the road course with South Oval.  Philippe Leybaert announced his return in the best fashion after grabbing pole position with a 1:09.348 with Kevin Vaughn best of the rest.  Bart de Laat took third with Vinicius Rocha and Ricardo Ferreira once again starting from the top five.  When the lights went green Vaughn dove to the left to prevent any attacks from behind at the inside of Turn One, but de Laat snuck inside anyway.  When contact between de Laat’s front right and Vaughn’s rear left occurred exiting Turn Two,Vaughn was sent into a spin directly in front of de Laat and [...]

Shining Stars From Coast to Coast

by Brooks Westfall on September 2nd, 2014

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The past two weeks in the iRacing Mazda MX-5 Cup have been thrilling ones, taking sim racers from the Golden Coast of California to the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. After over 5000 sim racers participated in the two weekly events, many names rose to the top of the overall standings, The Unofficial Hot Lap Championship and the roster of weekly winners including names like Steven Diem (West), Glenn McGee (California), Richard Eklund (New York) and Christian Szymczak (California). Entering the first of two incredible weeks, the MX-5s stopped at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, fittingly. The sim racers strapped on their virtual helmets, and raced their MX-5s around the historic virtual circuit for 10 laps. The reccurring goal of achieving 170 points for the week was reached by only three [...]

SSR Lockout Front Row in New Hampshire

by Justin Sutton on September 2nd, 2014

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The fourth round of 2014 Season 3 for the UK&I Skip Barber League returned to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for 21 laps of sim racing on the road course with South Oval.  In qualifying the front row was dominated by the Simons of Team SSR with Povey taking pole by 0.111s from Hulbert.  Richard Avery took third only nine thousandths behind Hulbert, while Marc Mercer and Fahim Antoniades rounded-off the top five. When the lights went green Mercer stayed to the outside of Avery for Turns One and Two which gave him a higher exit speed and the inside line for Turn Four for good measure, moving him into a podium position straight away. Graham Carroll had a great start as well from eighth on the grid after grabbing the [...]

Disabled Racer with Dreams

by David Phillips on August 29th, 2014

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Aaron Grosskopf was born with cerebral palsy some 24 years ago.  But he’s never let that get in his way.  Ever since he was a young boy, Aaron has dreamed of becoming a race car driver and, since 2012 he has been an iRacer.  And a darned good one at that, with road and oval A licenses and nine victories to his credit in everything from street stocks to a Silverado and a Dallara IndyCar. As regular readers of iRacingNews can attest, Aaron’s by-line has frequently appeared on the web site both as a reporter covering the NASCAR iRacing Series and through his blogs on the exploits of fellow iRacer – and Venturini Motorsports driver– Justin Boston in the ARCA Racing Series.   As well, Aaron founded Disabled Racers in 2013 [...]

A New Home for UK&I Skip Barber League

by Justin Sutton on August 29th, 2014

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Job drops two spots on Lap Six.

The third race of the third season of 2014 for the UK&I Skip Barber league ventured to a track Allan Paterson had expressed his excitement about in my Q&A with him earlier this year, and the newest road track to iRacing did not disappoint.  Donington Park is a circuit that brings this league one step closer to their dream of an all-British season.  Sebastian Job took top honors in qualifying with a 1:44.041 ahead of both SSR team members Simon Povey and Simon Hulbert who sat in second and third respectively.  Mark Jarvis qualified fourth by a couple of hundredths ahead of George Lambert in fifth while Marc Mercer could only manage P13 for the league’s first race at Donington. The big surprise after the lights went green for this [...]

Coanda Simsport Debuts in iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series

by David Phillips on August 29th, 2014

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Some of the most accomplished drivers in sim racing have joined forces to form the Coanda Simsport team.  The new team will make its official debut Saturday in Round 13 of the 2014 iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series at the virtual Interlagos circuit.  broadcast Saturday on iRacing.com/live beginning at 10 AM EDT (14:00 GMT). Alphabetically-speaking, Coanda Simsport’s founding members are André Böttcher, Jörn Jens, Klaus Kivekäs, Martin Krönke, Hugo Luis, Jesse Nieminen, Martti Pietilä and Philip Stamm.  Numerically-speaking, the founders have 25 race wins, a championship and more than half a dozen top ten finishes in the overall iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series standings to their names. According to the founders, Coanda Simsport was created “with two driving forces: passion for sim racing and determination for success. We [...]

Fabian Stops the McLeod Train

by Paul Slavonik on August 28th, 2014

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In a flawless display of driving skill, Mad Cow Racing driver, Michael Fabian, toppled the winning streak of Mitchell McLeod with a dominant win at Oulton Park.  With McLeod coming into this race as the driver to beat, Fabian put one on the former champ with a dominance of his own. Starting on pole position with a lap time of 1:30.626, Fabian was all set for a good run as he out-qualified fellow front row starter McLeod. Starting in third was Hi-Tec Sim Racing’s Beau Cubis followed by Trans-Tasman Racing (TTR) driver, Tony Autridge. The top-five starting order was rounded out by Kurt Stenberg of Kustom Image Motorsports. From the drop of the green, it was all Fabian all the time. Getting a perfect launch, Fabian wasted no time building [...]

A Thrilling Third Winner for Skip Barber 2K Cup

by Justin Sutton on August 28th, 2014

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Garnett's slide through Turn Four was all Job needed.

The third race of the flagship season for the Skip Barber 2K Cup headed to a new circuit to iRacing for a 22 lap race at Donington Park.  In qualifying LJ Garnett was fastest by less than a tenth after posting a 1:45.731 ahead of Ricardo Ferreira.  Sebastian Job took third, less than two hundredths behind Ferreira, with fellow race winner Vinicius Rocha in fourth and Simon Povey finishing the top five.  Graham Carroll was sat in sixth when the lights went green, but a first turn attack on Povey earned him an early position and put Povey under attack from Mattia Branchini who also managed to get by the Brit. The obligatory first-lap incident came when Steijn Schothorst in P12 got oversteer under braking for the Old Hairpin, made [...]

Q&A with Thomas Lewandowski

by Dylan Kapisky on August 27th, 2014

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Worth the wait: Saturday will mark four seasons since Lewandowski edged Ray Alflalla at Dover.

After 3 years, 361 days (Dover: August 30, 2011), Thomas Lewandowski made a return to victory lane in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series, followed quickly by a trip to a virtual gas station! He didn’t have the fastest car, or the best track position (starting 16th). However, he did have the best fuel-mileage game, as his strategy ultimately won him the race. Lewandowski was one of only four lead-lap drivers who pit twice (the other seven pitted three times each), with his last stop coming on lap 109 of 163. He went on to hold-off a charging Michael Conti, who had been the fastest car all night, and had much fresher right side tires after his third pit stop on Lap 138. Conti caught Lewandowski with two to go and [...]

Here Comes a New Challenger

by Thiago Izequiel, photos by Gabriel Amaral on August 27th, 2014

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Brazilian portuguese translation below The Circuit of the Americas, one of the newest tracks on the service, was the third stage of the 2014 Season 3 Classic Lotus Grand Prix schedule. It was interesting to see the contrast between classic and modern during the week that had only eight official races and six different winners: Michel Dudognon, Mattias Anreus, David Wormald, Kalle Ruokola, Gernot Fritsche and Daniel Pedrosa. Among them, Anreus was the highlight of the week, winning three times. Anreus is a young Swedish sim racer, and a newcomer on the CTC scene. But don’t let that fool you: He’s been one of the fastest racers around during his debut season. Coming from the Radical Challenge, he experienced some intense sim racing with past champions like Fritsche and Nuno [...]

Demeritt Dominates Motegi

by Seth Eggert on August 27th, 2014

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Week Four of the 2014 Season 3 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Twin Ring Motegi in the Empire of the Sun. Only a mere 52 sim-racers would tackle the track throughout a week of sim racing marked by cautions, handling and passing opportunities that were few and far between. Tim Holgate (Ohio) started on pole, with Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) on his outside. Miguel Angel Martinez (Iberia) slotted into the inside of Row Two with Randy Crossno (California) and Niles Anders (Plains) rounding-out the top five starting positions. Holgate had an excellent start, easily opening up a sizeable gap by Turn One, only for Demeritt to catch-up by the middle of the backstretch. Demeritt swung low, using his momentum to pass Holgate who drifted low to take [...]