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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
    Contributin 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.

  • Raymond 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 iRacing Series Open Garage: Michigan (again)

by Don Scott on August 13th, 2014

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A repeat visit to MIS brings a mixed bag of challenges and opportunities.

Returning to Michigan International Speedway this week gives us an opportunity to take a look at methods for improving a setup when making a return visit to a track. Rarely — if ever — will a setup be so good that it can be used on every visit to a given track without making minor changes.  You will find differing weather conditions, simulator updates and even a developing driver’s change in style will affect the handling of the car enough to require the crew chief adapt the setup to the current conditions. Much like the setup folder in the simulator, most crew chiefs keep a detailed set of “Setup Sheets” or notes they take each week. These notes include critical information on the current chassis setup such as weather conditions, [...]

Conti Dominant at The Glen

by Jason Lofing on August 13th, 2014

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Conti (right) got the jump on Alfalla at the start and motored to his third win of the season.

Michael Conti scored his series-leading third victory in the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing.com, this time taking the checkered flag in the series’ inaugural visit to Watkins Glen International. Conti started from the pole and quickly built a comfortable lead on his way to leading 47 of the 50 laps, only relinquishing the lead to make his pit stop. “We got us a road course win!” said Conti, who was both thrilled and relieved at the same time. “Awesome race for the #5!” Nick Ottinger, who pushed Conti hard on the second stint, finished runner-up ahead of Ray Alfalla followed by PJ Stergios and Matt Bussa. Things got tense for Conti during the closing 15 laps when his tires began falling off. Ottinger started to cut into [...]

McLeod Takes Another Drink

by Paul Slavonik on August 12th, 2014

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sim racing

  Circuit Zolder was the site for Week 2 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series and what an exciting race it proved to be. It had indeed been quite some time since the almighty roar of the V8s was heard through the turns and chicanes of this Belgian favorite (2013 Season 1) and the drivers were keen to give it a go with the New Tire Model V5 (NTMv5). With conditions which were ideal for close sim racing action, the experienced drivers of the Ford Falcon — combined with the 22 laps around this circuit — provided just that: close sim racing action. As the cars gridded up, it was Trans-Tasman Racing (TTR) driver Tony Autridge who took pole position with a 1:24.402. Hot on his heels was Beau Cubis [...]

Lawrence Takes Tough Win at Lanier

by Stan Bragg, Jr on August 12th, 2014

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Lanier Late Models

Lanier National Speedway played host to Week 2 of the NASCAR iRacing Limited Late Model series.  Although the north Georgia track is not seeing racing except in the virtual sim of iRacing, it still provided great action.  At a “massive” .375 miles in length, this banked short track would put the sim-racers in close quarters for 60 laps.  This week’s feature race Strength of Field was at a 2113 and saw drama in masses, in the form of a leader being taken out and a drag race to the finish for the win — in short, all the excitement you expect in short track sim racing. While James Linkiewicz rolled-off as scheduled in P1, Dalton Collins was supposed to line-up second but was a little slow to grid and was [...]

Circle Track Setup: Springs 101

by George Wood on August 11th, 2014

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simracing

Ever since the invention of the wheel and its application to mobile carriages, Man has understood the benefits of a proper ride to make travel faster, more efficient, and in general, more pleasurable. Of course, once the second two-wheeled cart was invented, racing was born, and soon the science of suspension was built upon to give way to faster speeds. Naturally, once the spring was invented, its application to suspending weight was realized, and soon the word “suspension” and its meaning to a chassis was developed. Enthusiasts soon learned that a cart, chariot, or wagon could endure a better, more reliable ride when its weight was set upon springs. This became evident when long travel demanded comfort, which soon led to luxury and style, and eventually to the need for [...]

New Tires, New Contenders, Same Winners

by Thiago Izequiel, photos by Gabriel Amaral on August 11th, 2014

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Silverstone under red lights.

Portuguese translation below The third season of this year has come to iRacing and with it, many new features. The newest version of the NTM5 has come to the majority of the virtual vehicles and some of them had their physics redone to get ready for the new tire including the Lotus 79, which is used on the Classic Lotus Grand Prix series. On this first week, the new “tires” helped catch the attention of new participants who came to the CTC (Classic Teams Championships) and found a warm welcome from the veterans. Some of the new simracers were making their return after a few seasons out, and others were making their debut in the series, anxious to see how things would turn out for them after the update. And [...]

Intensity Builds In SK Modifieds

by Tadd Granger on August 8th, 2014

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sim racing

After some great sim racing at the USA Speedway, the SK Modified drivers looked to Martinsville to keep the great racing streak going. But with a track where passing is tough and a series full of extreme short track talent, things were bound to be interesting. Half the week is in the books for 2014 Season 3 Weeks 2, and the points tell it all. Chris Stewart comes in, not just on top of his division, but as the overall points leader. Oh but does he have some close competition! Only seven points back is Eric Hamilton, with Derrike Prater, Jeremy Poole and Kenneth Smith rounding-out the top 5 overall. The top 10 drivers in the standings are separated by just 56 points, which isn’t much with the iRacing points [...]

Disabled Motorsports Pro Cup Kickoff August 22

by Andrew Mitchell on August 8th, 2014

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simracing

Disabled Motorsports Pro Cup is the first series of this kind on the Internet, with all competitors being disabled individuals from around the world. The goal of the series is to have a place where disabled individuals can race against one another in the hopes of making all the drivers in the series better. The series will have a 10 race schedule to be run in the National Impala (K&N Car) using fixed setups from Aaron Grosskopf’s team Crazy Leg Sim Chassis. The first race of the series kicks off August 22nd at 7:00pm with an hour of practice followed by the 100 lap race at 8pm at the legendary oval New Smyrna Speedway. Each week I’ll post the winner of the race followed by a race recap and the [...]

Skip Barber 2k Cup Season 1 Round 1

by Justin Sutton on August 8th, 2014

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The grid, with Leybaert on pole.

The year 2014 has proven to be quite an exciting one for the Skip Barber F2000 in iRacing.  Week after week we’ve bore witness to the majesty and simplicity of this car through the eyes of the UK&I Skip Barber league during the first two seasons of the year, and the new paintable wheels have really brought the car to life.  Another Skippy gem that’s come to light with the start of Season Three is the Skip Barber 2k Cup.  This new league is reserved for sim-racers with at least a 2000 Road iRating or more and features races that are a little bit longer (45 to 55 minutes).  The new league is owned by Philippe Leybaert from Texas and already has broken over 100 members from across the globe. [...]

Grand Prix Legends Starts Again at Watkins Glen

by Justin Sutton on August 8th, 2014

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Scariest (and possibly best) overtake of the day goes to Snelson.

The Grand Prix Legends series started the third season of 2014 much like it started the second (although with more participants this time around) at Watkins Glen.  The race on Friday night was not the biggest race of the week, and it wasn’t the highest SOF race either, but it is the one I specifically chose to cover, and the reasoning will become obvious.  Daniel Kane took pole position with a 1:07.582, but was only 0.022s faster in qualifying than Michael Morrison who started to his left.  Matt Yeomans started from third and about seven tenths slower than pole position, Mike McKinney started from fourth with a 1:08.732 and David Sirois sat in fifth as the highest of the non-qualifiers. McKinney had a fantastic launch and managed to overtake Yeomans [...]

Conti Conquers Pocono II

August 8th, 2014

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racing simulations

Pocono Raceway was once again the scene for 7 online races in both the Open and Fixed Series that combine to make – the NASCAR iRacing Series. Last time we visited the Pocono Mountains just inside Pennsylvania, Ryan Lowe got the best of the competition – and with him rolling into Week 21 with a boosted morale after claiming the most points last week; It would be hard to bet against him this week. Ryan Michael Luza topped the timing sheets in qualifying, putting in a 52.631s lap around Pocono – almost .2s quicker than anyone else! Race 1 of the Fixed series saw Matt Bussa lead the way by over 1 second, taking 301 points away for his win in the 4698 SoF race. Pole-sitter Luza lead almost the [...]

The Road to the Shootout Begins at the Summit (Point).

by Brooks Westfall on August 8th, 2014

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A hair dresser's car? Nah, this is a racecar!

The 2014 Season 3 on iRacing is a great time to race the Mazda Cup. Not only will you have classic SCCA-Style racing on all-free content, but the overall champion will receive an invitation to the Mazda Shootout. In Season 2, Evan Maillard (France) raced his way to the top, as he was crowned champion of the fixed-setup showdown. This season, however, the tides will be turning, and the apexes will be eaten, as some of the greatest sim racers in the world will thrash their way through 12 grueling weeks of intense sim racing from the hills of Lime Rock to the mountains of Okayama. The season’s opener featured a 15-lap virtual runoff at West Virginia’s Summit Point Raceway. During the week of hourly sprint races, Richard Eklund (New York) [...]

Kronke tries, fails to beat Huttu’s win streak

by Wil Vincent on August 7th, 2014

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7 For Huttu

The 11th Round of the iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series saw the series stay in Japan, as drivers headed to the Okayama International Circuit. This track hosted the Pacific Grand Prix in 1994 and 1995, won by Michael Schumacher on both occasions, however three time champion and runaway points leader Greger Huttu had yet to score a victory at the track coming into this season. Mid Race consistency, and solid track placement would change that, as he would increase his championship lead. Qualifying saw Enzo Bonito score his second pole position in a row, as the Fanatec Team Redline driver was able to hold off his team mate by a couple of hundredths of a second. Glacier Racing’s Olli Pahkala and 3id Motorsport’s Martin Kronke would line up on the [...]

NiS Open Garage – Watkins Glen

by Don Scott on August 7th, 2014

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Watkins Glen poses unique challenges.

This week at Watkins Glen we step into unfamiliar territory for most oval drivers, as road courses present a particular set of challenges for both the driver and the crew chief. The NASCAR course at Watkins consists of nine turns (eleven counting each turn in the Inner Loop) varying in altitude, banking and sharpness. The crew chief will have to be prepared to setup the car allowing for a balance between stability and acceleration while the driver will have to maintain consistency, practice patience and be mindful of gear selection. The method for setting up your car for road courses may seem to be completely different from the thinking used to setup a car for ovals; however the laws of physics and how they relate to making changes in the [...]

McLeod Conquers Atlanta

by Paul Slavonik on August 7th, 2014

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sim-racing

As we officially reach the halfway point of the 2014 racing year, many drivers enjoyed a much-needed break after an exciting completion to Season 2 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series. With the break came the much-anticipated New Tire Model version 5 (NTMv5) which has been received with open arms by many in the V8 community. As such, various teams stayed busy throughout Week 13 in an effort to adjust their vehicle setups to accommodate the update. As we headed into Week 1 of Season 3, the series revisited the roller-coaster of Road Atlanta which has enough elevation changes to make your head (or your car) spin. This 2.54 mile long road course is well known for its blind corners so it seemed fitting that the drivers had ample time [...]

Familiar Face in Victory Lane

by Stan Bragg Jr. on August 7th, 2014

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Late Model new smyrna

New Smyrna Speedway played host to the first week of the NASCAR iRacing.com Limited Late Model series.  At just 0.48 miles in length New Smyrna is home to some of the major short track events in Florida including the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing and the Governors Cup.   The events this week would not be any different for the sim-racers.  Being the first week of the season, many new faces entered the series looking to learn while the regulars looked to rejoin many battles from the previous season.  In the 3086 Strength of Field race a couple limited late model regulars shared the front row, with Ty Majeski rolling off in P1 while Stan Brag Jr would line up beside him in second. At the green flag Majeski [...]

The Beginning of a New Era

by Seth Eggert on August 7th, 2014

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Sim Racing

Week One of the 2014 Season 3 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series started off with a bang as the series utilized the new Dallara DW12 for the first time. Week One sent the series to Michigan International Speedway. A record 378 sim-racers participated in online races throughout the week. Fuel conservation, the draft, and pit strategy were just a handful of the stories throughout the week. Mitch McCracken (Indiana) started on pole with Rhawn Black (California) on his outside. Cary Bettenhausen (Indiana) started third with Danno Brookins (Florida) fourth and Adam Dock (Texas) rounding out the top five starting positions. McCracken had an excellent start as Brookins was slow on the draw. Brookins’ leisurely launch enabled McCracken, Black, Bettenhausen and Dock to open up a four car breakaway over the rest [...]

McLarens Dominate GT3 Week 1 Podium

by Paul Slavonik on August 7th, 2014

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sim-racing

The McLaren MP4 12C GT3 has seen its share of ups and downs since its positive reception into iRacing.com a few years ago. In recent months, however, it’s been just short of being completely absent from its current home in the GT3 Challenge Series. With the addition of the RUF RT 12R and, most recently, the BMW Z4 GT3, many drivers found the McLaren was not equally matched in power when compared to its two smaller competitors. As such, many sim-racers parked their McLarens for the much faster (and, as many claimed, easier to drive) BMW which, in turn, completely dominated the racing fields of the GT3 Challenge. Several drivers even coined the term “Z4 Cup” when referring to the GT3 series. Those days are gone. With the arrival of [...]

Crump Handles Iowa

by Jordan Hightower on August 5th, 2014

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Week 1 Iowa P1

At the conclusion of Season Two, the iRacing.com service took a one week break in the official racing action to deploy their newest updates which included new content as well as updates to the current content. One piece of content that was released was the Chevrolet Camaro—iRacing’s newest addition to the oval racing stable of racecars. The NASCAR Nationwide Series Camaro was introduced into the series in 2013, and has now made its way into the NASCAR iRacing Class B Series. The Camaro replaces the now defunct (at least in NASCAR) Impala, which was Chevrolet’s NASCAR Nationwide Series car since the introduction of the Nationwide car of tomorrow, which was introduced in 2010 and ran four events, followed by a full time effort in 2011. The first event of 2014 [...]

So You Think You Can Drive?

by Paul Slavonik on August 4th, 2014

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sim-racing

So you think you can drive, huh? Well, you’re only as good as the people you race against. Racing, whether sim or real, is a challenging sport which is meant to push you to your limits. When you’re NOT challenged, however, the sport can become too easy, less rewarding (or not rewarding at all) and can oftentimes give you a false sense that you’re a “great driver.”  Let’s face it; if you have an iRating of 1750+ and you’re winning multiple races against a Strength of Field (SoF) of around 1000, you’re not really pushing yourself and your victories are not much to speak of. True victories come from mastering both car and track while battling against the best and coming out on top. If you’re not being challenged, you’re [...]