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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

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

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

  • Jeff Jacobs

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

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

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

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

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

  • Matt Holden

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

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

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

  • Thiago Izequiel

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

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

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

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

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

Humpe Tames Darlington

by Scott Smith on September 2nd, 2015

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The NASCAR iRacing Class B Series (Open) completed round 24 last night at Darlington Raceway, and it was NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series standout, Kenny Humpe leading 70 of the scheduled 74 laps en route to his 47th oval win this year.  The TEAM’s Cody Byus started on pole, but after earning his Darlington Stripe on lap four, teammate Humpe took advantage and never looked back.  The latter stages of the race were plagued by a rash of cautions, eventually leading to a two lap dash for the virtual checkers – however, the mid-portion of the event saw Humpe stretch his lead to over seven seconds, proving once again he was in a league of his own.  Slip Angle Motorsports’ Bryan Blackford finished runner-up, followed by Byus, Allen Boes with another [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series powered by – The Science of Strategy

by Matt Holden on August 26th, 2015


The race was only 50 laps, we could run 27 laps on one tank of gas. But to make it complicated, so could everyone else.  There was no chance of any driver making two stops, no chance of the usual trickery that can play out during a 200-lap race to shuffle up the leader board and put some cars off sequence and later pin them into a spot out of contention.  Only sixteen races will be run during the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series, and Watkins Glen was, and will be, the only race of the year where fuel mileage considerations were an impossibility.  Raw speed was king, so ensuring the speed was always present was exactly what was needed.  I’m going to go into the process of how we [...]

Alfalla Finds Victory Lane at Phoenix

by Jason Lofing on August 26th, 2015

Alfalla kept a charging Ottinger at bay to score the win at Phoenix.

Ray Alfalla from Slipangle Motorsports held off a late charge from Gale Force Racing’s Nick Ottinger at Phoenix International Raceway en route to his second victory in the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. Ottinger had to settle for second, less than one tenth of a second behind and a single position short in his quest for a third straight win. Polesitter Casey Tucker (Last Row Motorsports) finished third, followed by series championship leader Kenny Humpe (The TEAM) and PJ Stergios. Alfalla, who led a race-high 86 of 156 laps, took advantage of some timely cautions and a solid pit strategy and found the winner’s circle for the first time since the season opener at Daytona. Ottinger appeared to have a slightly better car than anyone else on [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – The Last Great Colosseum

by Scott Smith on August 25th, 2015


Bristol Motor Speedway is known by a variety of nicknames: The World’s Fastest Half-mile, Thunder Valley, The Bullring, and my personal favorite, The Last Great Colosseum.  Anyone that has watched a race from inside the facility, as the modern-day gladiators wage battle with their mechanical fire-breathing chariots, understands the truth in this nickname.  Nevertheless, if a fan was asked to associate a phrase with the speedway, I bet the answer is one in particular: “Didn’t mean to really turn him around, meant to rattle his cage, though.”  Dale Earnhardt spoke those famous words in victory circle after spinning Terry Labonte exiting Turn Two for the victory of the speedways running of the 1999 Goody’s Headache Powder 500.  Since then, “cage rattling” and the Bristol Motor Speedway have gone together like [...]

Logano resists Harvick at Bristol

August 23rd, 2015

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Joey Logano soaked up late pressure from Kevin Harvick to win at Bristol and take his second NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in the space of three races. From fifth on the grid, Logano was among the frontrunners all night, although it was not until lap 225 of 500 that he led for the first time. After being shuffled back in pitstops at the halfway stage he then returned to the front with just over 150 laps to go and led most of the way from there. He only briefly conceded the advantage at the final caution, when Penske team-mate Brad Keselowski opted not to pit. Logano immediately reclaimed the lead at the restart, and began a 63-lap dash to the flag with Harvick in hot pursuit. Although the pair got [...]

Hamlin continues Gibbs form with pole

August 21st, 2015

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Denny Hamlin will start Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway from pole, as Joe Gibbs Racing secured a second consecutive top three lockout in qualifying. Hamlin posted a record lap of 14.602 seconds in the final round of qualifying to secure his second pole of 2015 and his third at Bristol. JGR team-mates Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards made it a clean sweep of the top three, the trio of drivers covered by just 0.022s. Busch had led the opening round of qualifying. David Ragan was fourth for the troubled Michael Waltrip Racing, with Penske’s Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski fifth and sixth fastest, and Kevin Harvick seventh. Clint Bowyer will start ninth to give MWR two cars in the top 10, ahead of Jimmie Johnson, [...]

Last Lap Fracas Powers Leahy to Victory

by Scott Smith on August 19th, 2015

Leahy heads for victory as Lowe slides into the pit wall.

Last night, the 27 top sim-racers in the NASCAR Xfinity Class B Open Series powered by battled each other, and the high banks of the virtual Bristol Motor Speedway for 150 grueling laps of wheel-to-wheel sim-racing action.  At the end of their digital rendition of “Like Fighter Jets in a Gymnasium,” it was BBH Motorsports’ Keegan Leahy emerging victorious after leading only one – but the most important – lap of the event en route to his first victory in the series this year. With five laps remaining, Leahy was glued to the virtual rear bumper of leader, and dominant sim-car for the second-half of the race, Ryan Lowe.  As the laps quickly dwindled, Leahy began to show his hand and attempt to complete the pass by utilizing the [...]

Waltrip team to be part-time in 2016

August 19th, 2015

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NASCAR Sprint Cup squad Michael Waltrip Racing will not compete in the series on a full-time basis next season. The announcement comes after it was revealed last month that co-owner Rob Kauffman would purchase a stake in rival outfit Chip Ganassi Racing. “MWR will race hard and compete for the remainder of the 2015 season,” said Kauffman. “This decision was made after weighing several different options and scenarios.” MWR was founded by double Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip and has claimed seven victories in NASCAR’s top division since 2009, most recently with Martin Truex Jr and Brian Vickers in 2013. The decision to no longer field a full-time entry means that the team has agreed to part company with its lead driver Clint Bowyer at the end of the season. [...]

Patrick’s NASCAR deal extended

August 18th, 2015

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Danica Patrick has extended her NASCAR Sprint Cup deal with Stewart-Haas Racing in a new multi-year arrangement. Patrick is now in her fourth full season of stock car racing with SHR and holds 21st in the Cup standings at present. A sixth place at Atlanta last year is her best result in the top class to date. “Being able to re-sign with [co-owner] Tony [Stewart] and Stewart-Haas is very important to me,” Patrick said. “I really, really do feel like family here and there’s nowhere else I want to be. “I’m just fortunate that I didn’t have to look anywhere else and get to stay.” Patrick’s long-time sponsor GoDaddy, which backed her since her IndyCar days, announced in April that it was ending its involvement, but it has been replaced [...]

Commanding Michigan win for Kenseth

August 16th, 2015

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Joe Gibbs Racing’s Matt Kenseth claimed his third victory of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season with a dominant performance at Michigan. The polesitter was never far from the front of the field, ultimately leading 146 of the race’s 200 laps. A late caution period provided a threat, but Kenseth got the jump on Kevin Harvick at the restart and went on to win by nearly two seconds. As the Chase title playoff approaches, the victory takes the Toyota team’s run of form to six wins from the last eight races. Harvick settled for second, having been fortunate not to lose more time coasting back to the pits when he ran out of fuel at the end of a stint just after the halfway mark. Martin Truex Jr was third, having [...]

Kenseth leads JGR qualifying sweep

August 14th, 2015

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Matt Kenseth will start Sunday’s 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan from pole position, after leading a Joe Gibbs Racing sweep of the top three in qualifying. Kenseth ran last in the 12-car second phase and recorded a 36.458 second lap in his Toyota, securing his first pole since the Charlotte event in May. It was 0.092s clear of team-mate Denny Hamlin, and Carl Edwards completed the team’s maiden all-top three qualifying result. In a rich vein of form, having won five of the last seven Sprint Cup races, JGR also dominated the first phase of qualifying. Kenseth led the way, with practice pacesetter Edwards, Kyle Busch and Hamlin all covered by 0.085s. Any hopes the team could become just the fourth in NASCAR history to sweep the top [...]

Obituary: Buddy Baker 1941-2015

August 10th, 2015

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Daytona 500 winner Buddy Baker has died at the age of 74 after a battle with cancer. A 19-time race winner in NASCAR’s top tier during a 33-year career that ended in 1992, Baker’s 1980 Daytona victory still holds the record for the track’s fastest average race speed at 177.602mph. Baker also boasted the record of being the first driver to set an average lap speed above 200mph during testing at Talladega in 1970, where he would win four times. He moved into commentary and broadcast work after retiring from the cockpit, and was most recently co-host of two NASCAR radio programmes. “Many of today’s fans may know Buddy Baker as one of the greatest storytellers in the sport’s history, a unique skill that endeared him to millions,” said NASCAR [...]

Logano wins as Harvick runs dry

August 9th, 2015

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Joey Logano stole a last-gasp NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at Watkins Glen after Kevin Harvick ran out of fuel at the final corner of the race. It was the Penske driver’s first win since his Daytona 500 success in February, and came after he charged through from 14th place at the final restart with 30 laps to go. Harvick took the lead at that moment by passing Matt Kenseth, the pair having both made their last visit to the pits on lap 51 of 90 – just prior to a red flag period to allow the track to be cleaned of fluid put down in an incident at the previous restart. Kenseth and Harvick had moved ahead as others stopped under the fifth and final caution period, which was prompted [...]

Joey Logano Collects First Road Course Victory

August 9th, 2015

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by Dave Moulthrop It was a day of peaks and valleys for Joey Logano, winner of the 21st Annual Zippo 200 at The Glen Xfinity Series race on Saturday, prior to the Watkins Glen Sprint Cup event. Logano captured the Coors Light Pole for the event in record fashion by breaking the qualifing record his teammate, Brad Keselowski, had set the year before. Logano shot of to lead at the green flag but gave it up to his teammate and second place qualifier, Keselowski on lap four. The pair would swap the lead once more before the first round of pit stops when Logano was penalized for removing equipment from the pit box after his fuel man was unable to disconnect the gas can from car.  Series points leader Chris Buescher [...]

Allmendinger Captures Sprint Cup Pole at The Glen

August 8th, 2015

Allmendinger Captures Sprint Cup Pole at The Glen

by Dave Moulthrop   AJ Allmendinger repeated his  2015 qualifing performance on The Sprint Cup Series Road Courses when  he won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 30th Annual Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International. His second Pole of this season follows his June performance in Sonoma, California. Allmendingers fourth career pole was a lap of 68.993 seconds for and average speed of 127.839 mph around the 2.45 miles NASCAR section of the course.  Hopes for the team are that the momentum will carry over and allow him to repeat last years winning performance and give him entry into The Chase for the Sprint Cup.        

Allmendinger takes Watkins Glen pole

August 8th, 2015

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AJ Allmendinger made it two pole positions from the two road course events on the NASCAR Sprint Cup calendar after dominating qualifying at Watkins Glen. The JTG Daugherty Racing driver, who also claimed pole at Sonoma in June, had set the pace in the first round of qualifying by 0.229 seconds from Kevin Harvick. Allmendinger, whose only Sprint Cup win so far came at Watkins Glen last year, then hit the front in the second round as the only driver to go below 1m09s, posting a time of 1m08.993s. Martin Truex Jr was the closest driver to him, 0.146s behind, while Tony Stewart maintained his recent strong qualifying form to take third, and Harvick was forced to settle for fourth. Jeff Gordon was fifth ahead of Kyle Larson and Dale [...]

Joey Logano sets Xfinity Series Qualifing Record at The Glen

August 8th, 2015

Joey Logano sets Xfinity Series Qualifing Record at The Glen

by Dave Moulthrop   Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 21st Annual Zippo 200  Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen International with a lap of 70.953 seconds around the 7 turn NASCAR configuration of the curcuit for an average speed of 124.308 mph.  The lap broke the mark set by his teammate, Brad Keselowski, in 2014 of 71.018 seconds and an average of 124.194. The pole was the first for Logano at the Glen after 8 attempts and his fourth of the 2015 season.  He now is tied with Mark Martin for second , with 30 career poles in the Xfinity Series

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series powered by – I Kissed the Bricks

by Matt Holden on August 7th, 2015


Nick Ottinger has 11 wins in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series.  From our first ever NPAS race (and win) at Phoenix in 2012 to last night at Indianapolis, I’ve called the shots for 10 of them, the 11th being the 2013 race at Kentucky where Peter Fisher brought it home while I was at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Those wins came across 60 starts in the series, and of those 60 race, exactly zero of them have ever been as wild, hectic, and unpredictable as last night’s 250-mile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The first win was in our first race, like I mentioned, at Phoenix.  Nick was in 5th on a late restart when the leaders wrecked each other before the green flag ever came out.  Back then it [...]

Stewart faced with lawsuit over crash

August 7th, 2015

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The family of a sprint car driver killed in a crash involving Tony Stewart last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion. Twenty-year-old Kevin Ward Jr died when he walked onto the track at Canandaigua Motorsports Park to remonstrate with Stewart after the pair had clashed, and was hit by Stewart’s rear wheel. The suit, which was filed on Friday – two days before the first anniversary of the August 9 crash – claims that Stewart acted with gross negligence by gunning his engine as he was passing Ward, causing the rear of the car to skid and hit him. Stewart was later spared a criminal indictment by a grand jury, however Ward’s family has requested a jury trial and is seeking unspecified [...]

Boes Becomes Road-Course Ace; Dominates at The Glen

by Scott Smith on August 5th, 2015

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Deadzone Racing’s Allen Boes is best known as a legitimate threat to capture victory at any oval track the NASCAR iRacing circuit visits.  However, last night for the iRacingLive televised NASCAR Class B Series Open top-split sim-race at the virtual Watkins Glen International, Boes morphed into a road-course ace and won the caution-free affair in dominating fashion, amassing his fourth televised iRacing win of the year. “All week in practice I felt like we had the car to win,” Boes stated after the race.  “And I think we showed it tonight.” “All week in practice I felt like we had the car to win. ” – Allen Boes He “showed it” by not only leading the field to green from pole position, but also maintaining the point for all [...]