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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.

Tanned,Tested and Ready

by David Phillips on September 18th, 2014

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Coming off their runner-up finish at Road America, iRacers Negri and Pew are looking to do one better at CoTA this weekend.

With a trio of top six finishes in the past three races – including a storming run to second place at Road America – Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian is mounting a charge in the latter stages of the Tudor United Sports Car Championship.  Indeed, it would come as no surprise if drivers Oswaldo Negri, Jr and John Pew figured prominently in this weekend’s Lone Star Le Mans at the Circuit of the Americas. If so, Shank and Co can give thanks to iRacing for contributing to their success.  After all, both Pew and Negri are pretty dedicated iRacers who, despite a wealth of “real” racing experience, turn to iRacing to keep themselves sharp between races and to prepare for upcoming events. Negri (aka Ozz to teammates, friends and his [...]

Bonito’s Hat Trick

by Paul Slavonik on September 18th, 2014

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The iRacing.com GT3 Challenge completed an exciting Week 7 of Season 3 with a visit to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. From all over the world, almost 1,200 different sim-racers manned the controls to their car of choice and took to the track. Although the competition was tough, one driver has consistently faced the challenges from week-to-week and come out on top. That driver is none other than Enzo Bonito of Team Redline. Racing his McLaren MP4, Bonito raced in a Strength of Field (SoF) event of 4773, started on pole position, led every lap of the 23 lap online race and also set the fastest lap time with a 1:20.091. Earning 304 points towards his championship hopes, Bonito has been steadily moving towards the top of the Season 3 [...]

From One Shootout to Another

by Brooks Westfall on September 18th, 2014

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When driving a sports car AND getting air at the same time, who couldn't smile?

The battle for the Mazda Shootout in the iRacing Mazda Cup has become a duel of three U.S sim racers from coast to coast. Steven Diem, Glenn McGee and Richard Eklund all are separated by 69 points. To refresh your memory .  .  . the overall champion at the end of the 2014 Season 3 wins a spot in the annual Mazda Shootout and will have the experience of a lifetime at the very least in a contest that rewards one lucky — and skillful – driver with a factory-supported ride in the 2015 SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires. Over the past two weeks, the three contenders have combined for nine wins and over 15 top fives; not to mention the precious points acquired before [...]

Autridge Rules the Night at Motegi

by Paul Slavonik on September 17th, 2014

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It’s been an exciting week in the world of V8 Supercars, both real and sim. From the announcement that two-time V8 Supercars champion, Marcos Ambrose, will be returning to the real series to plans to run the first-ever full-length online Bathurst 1000 for the OSR Race of Champions, things are indeed heating up. With several new faces appearing in the series for the first time, many have accepted the challenge of taming the V8 Supercar. As we inch closer to the end of what has so far been an exciting Season 3, the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series completed the only night race on the schedule in Week 7 at Twin Ring Motegi. A classic sprint race, pit stops were not an issue; however survival was. Being a night race at [...]

Conti Supreme at Chicagoland

by Tom O'Leary on September 17th, 2014

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Michael Conti

The sole remaining NASCAR iRacing Series continued to work its way through the tricky path of a full season, with Week 27 being run at Chicagoland Speedway. Now that the Open Series has ended, the NASCAR iRacing Series’ full attention is devoted to the Fixed Series. Located in Joliet, Illinois – Chicagoland should host some close, intense sim racing with its 18 degree banked turns, and it’s one of the only tracks on the calendar that isn’t straight at a single point along its 1.5 mile ribbon of tarmac! Ryan Michael Luza set the fastest qualifying time of the week – a 29.023 being just .027 faster than Matt Bussa in P2. Race One of the week saw Michael Conti take the win in quite dominant fashion. With a 16 [...]

Krönke Doubles-Up at Surprising Suzuka

by Wil Vincent on September 17th, 2014

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Oh the humanity!

Nothing is ever certain in the iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series. The 14th round of the sim racing championship demonstrated that point perfectly, and emphasised why drivers need to be at their very best every race. Whilst Fanatec Team Redline’s Greger Huttu came to Suzuka as odds-on favourite to win the title, his worst ever series qualifying result translated into him being involved in the largest first lap incident in over three years, leaving him unable to seal the deal. Meanwhile, Foracer Coanda Simsport’s Martin Krönke translated his first ever series win at Interlagos a fortnight ago into two in a row, vaulting him back in the championship hunt, after what was the craziest World Championship race in a long time. Qualifying was a moderately muted affair, with Krönke [...]

Tight Grid, Runaway Race

by Justin Sutton on September 17th, 2014

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Baber 2K at Barber

Two dozen sim racers lined up on the grid at Barber Motorsports Park for the sixth round of the Skip Barber 2K Cup with 25 laps between them and the halfway point of the Skip Barber 2K Cup’s inaugural season.  Sebastian Job took the win and the championship points lead last time out in Okayama, but he could only manage third in qualifying at Barber behind Vinicius Rocha in first and Philippe Leybaert in second.  Graham Carroll took fourth ahead of Bart de Laat in a session where the top nine were separated by seven tenths of a second. The opening lap of sim racing was surprisingly tame by the league’s standards with no movement in the top ten, aside from Marco Derix in tenth who was overtaken by Clive [...]

Holzhausen and Kelley Put on a Show

by Joe Schaffer on September 16th, 2014

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There was excitement and carnage aplenty as the Super Late Models visited Martinsville.

Week 7 of the 2014 iRacing.com Super Late Model Series brought drivers into the hills of Ridgeway,Virginia for a date with “The Paperclip” –aka Martinsville Speedway.  The tight racing groove and 12 degree banking led to some exciting sim racing and considerable carnage as many drivers struggled to link the rear tires and 500+ horsepower to the racing surface.  The always popular half mile bullring brought out everyone from first timers to familiar names like Scott Howell, Ty Spearman, and Derek Holzhausen. The very first race of the week on Monday saw quite a bit of action and some hot tempers.  Starting from the pole, Holzhausen got comfortable with the top spot almost immediately.  Despite early challenges from Scott Schrader and Cody Kelley, Holzhausen checked-out on the competition and led [...]

NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Wrap-up: Richmond

by Dylan Kapisky on September 16th, 2014

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Last Tuesday, the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series took to the track at Richmond International Raceway.  A race that saw the first full course caution in nearly three full races, also saw Nick Ottinger cruise to his first victory since Auto Club Speedway in March.  He may have won by only 1.720s, but he totally dominated the race, leading 153 of 200 laps. “I felt very confident we had a great car all across the board. I can’t say I expected it to be that dominant, however,” Ottinger said Wednesday in a quick Q&A. Championship leader Michael Conti saw his points lead shrink significantly, as two-time series champion Ray Alfalla (third place finish) gained eight points. Race winner Ottinger made up 14 points in the championship, but still sits 21 points [...]

Gress Holds on to Win at Irwindale

by Stan Bragg Jr. on September 16th, 2014

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The iRacing.com Late Model Series headed west — way west — as they ventured to California’s Irwindale Speedway. This half mile progressive banked speedway proved to be a challenge as the surface was slick, but that did not deter the sim-racers as they raced hard for the 50 laps, some drivers completely sideways coming out of the corners. Some competitors opted for dirt track “slide jobs” to pull off passes while others drove it in deep on the high side and used momentum to get around. In this week’s feature race ten sim-racers would be bidding for the win, with James Babb starting on the pole with James Spivey to his outside. At the green flag Babb caught Spivey napping, allowing the inside row a distinct advantage going into Turn [...]

Irby Finds Sunshine in China Beach 30

by James Prostell Jr. on September 16th, 2014

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LEXINGTON, OH – One down, eleven to go. A week removed from an exciting opening round at Virginia International Raceway, the stars and cars of the Red Sox Racing League leave a hilly, twisting, technical track and head for, well, a hilly, twisting technical track as they make their way to Ohio’s famous Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Sharing the spotlight with iRacing’s GT3 Challenge, the league’s China Beach 30 not only serves as the second round of the championship, but also the first of three ITT Engineered For Life Sprint Championship races. With only thirty minutes to battle for position, getting each of the natural-terrain track’s 13 turns right on every 2.25-mile lap will be crucial to getting to arriving in victory lane at the end of the day. But, [...]

The Top, Back in Black

by Thiago Izequiel on September 15th, 2014

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Gernot Fritsche is back on the sunday victories.

Brazilian portuguese version below Sebring was the fifth race on the schedule of the Classic Lotus Grand Prix for 2014 Season 3. Like last week’s venue (Canadian Tire Motorsports Park), Sebring is a fast and very bumpy track – if not moreso – but less popular. The fact is, Sebring does not like ground effect cars and the feeling is mutual when it involves the Lotus 79. With the major bumps and some very slow corners, it’s a big challenge for the drivers to keep their cars under control, thus it is twice as important for them to understand and dominate their setups. Eight official races took  place, one of them being a two-split event: Sunday’s SoF race. Michel Dudognon, Gernot Fritsche (who won three times), Marcel Penzkofer, Richard Walker, [...]

Holgate Dominant in Homestead

by Seth Eggert on September 15th, 2014

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Week Six of the 2014 Season 3 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Homestead-Miami Speedway. A grand total of 144 sim-racers participated in online races throughout a week where aero-push, cautions, handling, and pit strategy were the dominant storylines. Tim Holgate (Ohio) started on pole with Daniel Olszewski (Ohio) starting on his outside. Starting third was Danno Brookins (Florida), with Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) fourth, and Niles Anders (Plains) rounding out the top five starting positions. Holgate had an excellent start, ditto Trost who passed both Olszewski and Brookins by Turn One, with holgate sprinting to a seven car length lead by the exit of Turn Two. The top three soon consolidated into single file as the Brookins and Anders battled for fourth. The field quickly began to became [...]

A Close Shave at Barber

by Justin Sutton on September 15th, 2014

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Avery makes the most of Carroll's struggles.

Week Six of the UK&I Skip Barber League’s third season of 2014 descended on Barber Motorsports Park for a 15 lap race and a grid on the smaller side, with just under two dozen sim-racers participating.  In qualifying championship leader Sebastian Job took pole position, certainly eager to perform well after the disappointment of Okayama enabled Simon Povey to more withing just four points of the points lead.  SSR’s “other” driver –  Simon Hulbert — started from second with fellow race winner Graham Carroll just behind and Povey in fourth while Richard Avery and George Lambert looked to make-up positions in the race from the third row of the grid. Right after the lights went green the battle for the lead got under way as Hulbert began pressuring Job into [...]

Team THM Tries Harder in Oak Tree 45

by James Prostell, Jr. on September 12th, 2014

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The competitors’ engines have barely cooled, and Troy Harder’s hard-earned GT Battle Championship trophy hasn’t even collected its first layer of dust since the last checkered flag waved at Watkins Glen last month, and yet it is already time to wave the green flag on another exciting season of Red Sox Racing League action. While the series participants enjoyed a little time off, this was no summer vacation for league officials who were hard at work to improve upon the recent success of the series.  “We pride ourselves on our ability to resist change for change’s sake, yet still listen to feedback from those inside the organization and out to improve the product,” a series official was quoted before the first round of qualifying. “I think a lot of folks [...]

Epic Okayama

by Justin Sutton on September 12th, 2014

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Swirydowicz takes home all the style points.

Recent history has shown Japan’s Okayama International Circuit to be a thrilling venue for the UK&I Skip Barber League, with no shortage of dramas and masterful sim-racing.  So with just 14 laps separating the grid of over 30 F2000s from green lights to checkered flag, not even pole position could guarantee a good result.  That didn’t deter Simon Povey in qualifying, however, as he took pole position with his teammate Simon Hulbert in third, and championship leader Sebastian Job splitting them in second.  Wojciech Swirydowicz made an impressive return to the league in fourth position while race winner Graham Carroll started in fifth. As the lights went green and clutches dropped, the racing started with Hulbert and Job swapping positions and Job opted for the outside line into Turn One. [...]

Crabtree is NiS Open Champion!

by Tom O'Leary on September 11th, 2014

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Richmond International Raceway had the pleasure of hosting the final round of the 2014 NASCAR iRacing Open Series, in which the final places in the standings were cemented in history, and those who finished inside the Top 20 were rewarded with Pro licenses – meaning they qualified for the iRacing Oval Pro Series. The Fixed Series still has plenty of weeks remaining, meaning lots of opportunities for good results for those running the Fixed format. Corey Vincent set the fastest time in qualifying trim for the Open Series; his a 19.963 was quick enough for pole around Richmond’s .75 mile ribbon of virtual tarmac. Race One in the Open Series followed tradition by once again being the highest SoF online race of the week at Richmond; a 6335 SoF providing [...]

Aston Martin Coming to iRacing

by David Phillips on September 11th, 2014

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iRacing today announced plans to add four Aston Martin Racing cars to its lineup of digital race cars. iRacing will create a virtual version of the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 that will compete next weekend in the iRacing.com Nürburgring 1000 Blancpain Sprint Series event, as well as other Aston Martin Racing cars including the Le Mans class-winning DBR9. “The opportunity to produce these authentic digital Aston Martins is genuinely exciting news for iRacing,” says Tony Gardner, President of iRacing.com.  “Aston Martin has long been synonymous with sports car racing excellence, and the opportunity to race the Vantage GT3, DBR9 and other Aston Martins on the virtual tracks of iRacing will generate tremendous enthusiasm among our members.” The Aston Martins will join an impressive list of more than 40 world class [...]

Bonito Has Another

by Paul Slavonik on September 11th, 2014

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Virginia International Raceway (VIR) is known for its many different traits and characteristics. “Simple” and “forgiving” are not among them, however. Indeed, VIR is renowned as one of the most demanding and unforgiving road courses on the iRacing service; so much so that this writer has begun to firmly believe the track actually scares people. Indulge me. Last week at Watkins Glen, 1765 different drivers entered an official race in the iRacing GT3 Challenge. Question: How many entered a race at VIR for Week 6 of the series? Answer: Exactly 913 sim-racers; in other words, slightly more than half of last week’s entry. Still the top-drivers couldn’t be swayed by the daunting 3.27 mile road course in Alton, Virginia. Returning for Week 6 and taking the weekly win for the [...]

Okaya-Mamma Mia!

by Justin Sutton on September 10th, 2014

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Ferreira loses the lead on Lap Nine.

Round Five of the Skip Barber 2K Cup ventured to Okayama for a 23 lap race and one mandatory pit stop, as per usual.  Simon Hulbert took pole position for the first time this season after posting a lap of 1:45.733, only four hundredths faster than Vinicius Rocha in second.  Ricardo Ferreira looked to build on his good result at New Hampshire and started in third place ahead of last week’s race winner Sebastian Job.  Behind Job came Kevin Vaughn in the unfortunate position of sixth, ahead of race winners Philippe Leybaert and LJ Garnett. As 30+ sim-racers revved their F2000s to the limiter and the lights went green the whole top ten filed into their qualifying positions.  Leybaert had a look on Vaughn coming out of the Turn Five [...]