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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.

What Does the End of Week 12 Mean in the NASCAR iRacing Series?

by James Falcon Pratt on May 27th, 2015

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Short answer?  It means we have completed one third of the season, and run the Daytona 500 and the longest sim race of the season, the Coke 600. If my math holds up we have been scheduled to run 3,201 miles over 2,247 laps. Google Maps tells me that’s the number of miles covered by a drive from Los Angeles to Bangor, Maine; a cross country trip that would take 47 hours and cross 15 states, eight of which I have visited. What makes the first third of the season so very different from the second third of the season? What makes the first third of the season so very different from the second third of the season? This is best answered by starting with which of the dozen races [...]

So Near Yet So Far

by James Falcon Pratt on May 26th, 2015

So Near Yet So Far

NASCAR iRacing Seres Open  – Week 12: 400 Laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway This is one of the races I look forward to more than most. The reasons are many, but the long green flag runs and pitting under green as well as the raw tactics of the long race always get me pumped. How hard does one push in the first 100 laps or even in the first half of the race? Do you short pit between  Lap 345 and Lap 350 knowing you’re on new tires early in the run with the Lucky Dawg should you get picked-off by a yellow? Do you stay out if a run goes short to hold lapped carw back? All of this runs through your head as the race winds down. Things [...]

Edwards claims first win for Gibbs

May 25th, 2015

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Carl Edwards stretched his fuel mileage to the finish to win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race since joining Joe Gibbs Racing in the 600-mile Sunday night event at Charlotte. Edwards was foremost among a group of seven drivers who dived in for fuel during a yellow when Ricky Stenhouse Jr hit the wall with 62 of the 400 laps left. The leaders after the restart all had to subsequently come in under green and try to fight their way back through the fuel-conserving drivers ahead. Long-time leader Martin Truex Jr headed this pack, but could only make it through to fifth, finishing right on the tail of the battling Dale Earnhardt Jr and Matt Kenseth. Edwards was comfortably out of reach in the lead, extending his advantage over fellow [...]

Gordon rules out part-time campaign

May 24th, 2015

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Jeff Gordon has ruled-out occasionally returning to the cockpit after he retires from racing at the end of the current NASCAR season. The four-time Cup champion announced earlier this year that this will be his last in full-time competition, although at the time he also left the door open for the possibility of making occasional appearances in the future. But speaking at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he will drive the pace car at the start of the Indy 500 before flying to Charlotte for the Cup race, he said that he now plans to walk away for good. “I’ve known too many drivers that I respect and have raced with that have said, ‘OK, I’ve retired’ and then they come back – “oh, I’m not quite ready” – and want [...]

Charlotte pole goes to Kenseth

May 22nd, 2015

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Matt Kenseth put his Joe Gibbs Toyota on pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s longest race as he topped Thursday evening’s qualifying session at Charlotte. Kenseth was quickest in round one of qualifying, a close second to Kevin Harvick in round two, and then produced a 27.861-second lap in the pole shootout to beat Joey Logano’s Penske Ford to first on the grid for the 600-mile event by 0.204s. With Carl Edwards and All-Star race winner Denny Hamlin third and fifth – split by Roush Fenway’s Greg Biffle – JGR had three of the top five places. Kyle Busch starts 17th in its fourth car. Harvick could only manage eighth in the final round, though that still made him top Chevrolet. He starts behind Brad Keselowski and recent Michael Waltrip [...]

Warren’s Bold Pit Call Wins Charlotte

by Jason Lofing on May 20th, 2015

Warren and Hill head to a 1-2 finish as mayhem unfolds in their wake.

Alex Warren made it the second straight week an underdog has found his way to victory lane in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing, winning last night’s long, drawn-out race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Warren did not have a car that could win on outright speed but his gutsy pit call under caution with 18 laps remaining put him in the lead and the flurry of yellow flags that followed gave him all he needed to pick up his first win of the season. The race came down to a three lap dash to the finish with Warren and Tyler Hill on the front row. Cody Byus and Kenny Humpe, the dominant cars of the night, occupied Row Two and looked to capitalize on the fact their fresher [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series powered by – Seconds, please

by Matt Holden on May 20th, 2015

From the 2014 Brickyard 400, the winning #24 car was run with the suspension package that we currently have on iRacing:  No minimum ride height, allowing bump springs.

I built this one setup.  It was awesome, if I’m allowed to say that about my own work.  Purpose-built specifically for the virtual high-banks of the Daytona International Speedway, it was meant to run in one, and only one, race of the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series.  I built it knowing that once the checkered flag fell in that race, it would immediately become obsolete.  Still, it didn’t stop me from turning over 700 laps by myself on the track, filling my iRacing folder with over three gigabytes of telemetry data, and even researching race car aerodynamic properties.  It worked perfectly, was balanced mechanically and efficient aerodynamically.  The setup was put on only one car in its unaltered state and finished in eighth place.  After that, it was archived. While [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – NASCAR’S Backyard

by Scott Smith on May 18th, 2015

When crossed the stripe inches apart, a great finish seemed to be in the offing.

Charlotte Motor Speedway holds some pretty kick-ass memories for me.  You see, as a youngster, I was fortunate enough to attend many races at CMS.  My dad had a great job of working for a company that supplied the speedway with lawn care equipment to keep the grounds on the beautiful complex looking tip-top.  What did this mean for me?   Nothing short of cherished road trips with my father and grandfather to and from the speedway for the All-Star, spring, and fall races for many years in a row. I’ve looked-on in astonishment as my favorite driver – ole DW himself – signed my ball cap with the fine point of a Sharpie; I was front-and-center for some of Humpy Wheeler’s craziest pre-race shenanigans.  The Intimidator was a living legend, [...]

Hamlin hangs on for All-Star victory

May 17th, 2015

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Denny Hamlin held off champion Kevin Harvick to take a first NASCAR All-Star win for himself, Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night. While Hamlin celebrated his $1million prize from the annual non-championship race, Brad Keselowski and Penske were left bitterly ruing a pitlane speeding penalty that squandered his chances. The five-part, 110-lap race was broken down into four 25-lap segments, the average results of which decided the running order going into a final pitstop and subsequent 10-lap shootout. Topping segments two (somehow hanging on in the lead with just two fresh tyres compared to rivals’ four) and three gave Keselowski ‘pole’ for the final part. But he broke the pitlane speed limit racing to beat Hamlin – whose JGR crew had thrust him up [...]

Biffle and Bowyer earn All-Star spots

May 16th, 2015

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Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer earned places in NASCAR’s $1million All-Star race by winning the two segments of Friday evening’s Showdown qualifying heat at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Previous Cup series champions, Cup race winners since the start of 2014 and past All-Star winners all qualified directly for Saturday’s main event, leaving a 29-car field vying for the three grid spots available through the Showdown. In previous years the top two finishers had gone through, but for 2015 the driver at the front at the end of the first 20-lap segment took the first All-Star position and was then allowed to retire while the rest fought it out in a further winner-takes-all 20-lap run. Roush Fenway Biffle jumped polesitter Paul Menard at the start of the first part and was never [...]

Does NASCAR Need More Road Races?

by Paul Slavonik on May 13th, 2015

With only two road courses on the NASCAR Sprint Cup season calender, is it time for that to change?

The year was 2012 and the scene was Race 22 at Watkins Glen International for the Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen: over 90,000 fans watched as 43 NASCAR drivers negotiated 90 laps of the historic 2.45 mile road course. After 89-laps of hard fought racing, however, the true battle finally began on the last lap. Fighting like gladiators, Brad Keselowski and two-time V8 Supercars champion, Marcos Ambrose, engaged in a battle that was nothing short of epic. In fact, I’m willing to go so far as to say that their battle was some of the best racing NASCAR has seen in years. Outside looking in To be perfectly honest, I would be lying if I said I was a NASCAR enthusiast. As a road racing fan, the idea of [...]

Kyle Busch set for NASCAR return

May 12th, 2015

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Kyle Busch will return to NASCAR racing in this weekend’s All-Star event at Charlotte, three months after his leg-breaking Daytona crash. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was sidelined with a compound fracture to his lower right leg and a fractured left foot following an accident in the Nationwide Series race the day before the Sprint Cup opening Daytona 500. He required two operations on the injuries and has not raced since. Busch announced his comeback in the annual non-championship invitation race by posting a video on his Twitter feed. A variety of drivers have occupied Busch’s #18 JGR Toyota during his absence. Regan Smith stood in for the Daytona race and Atlanta, before David Ragan moved across from Front Row Motorsports as a longer-term substitute. Ragan then secured a season-long [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Tornado Alley!

by Scott Smith on May 11th, 2015

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Although the chances of a twister breaking out and causing massive damage within the simulator are nil, certain race tracks can often leave sim-racers with the feeling of being spun like a top and dumped on their heads.  This week — getting back in-sync with our real-world counterparts — the iRacing NASCAR Camping World Trucks will be doing battle on the 1.5-mile tri-oval Kansas Speedway.  In race track years, the speedway is still but a child, with this year marking its 14th year of existence.  However, July of 2011 saw the speedway renovate, which included a repave and the addition of a new progressive banking from 17-20 degrees in the corners.  Often times, when a race track is repaved it lends itself to being a fast, one-groove surface.  For a [...]

Johnson holds on in rain-delayed race

May 10th, 2015

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Jimmie Johnson won Saturday’s 400-mile night race at Kansas Speedway to record his third victory of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season following a long delay caused by a rainstorm. Martin Truex Jr had led the majority of the 267 laps in a race littered with caution periods and frenetic restarts, but Johnson benefited from staying out on old tyres to hold on in a tight seven-lap dash to the flag. Kevin Harvick finished just behind Johnson in second place after a long battle with Truex, who faded to ninth at the end. Dale Earnhardt Jr came home third. Joey Logano had led the field away from pole position under cloudy skies, but his grip on the head of the race proved to be shortlived. Kurt Busch passed him on the [...]

Logano claims Kansas Cup pole

May 8th, 2015

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Joey Logano claimed his fourth pole position of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season in qualifying for Saturday night’s Kansas Speedway race. Penske looked set for a front row sweep as Logano and Brad Keselowski led the final round of qualifying, but Kasey Kahne managed to sneak his Hendrick Chevrolet between the two Fords with a lap 0.008 seconds quicker than Keselowski. Round two pacesetter Martin Truex Jr was fourth ahead of round one pacesetter Carl Edwards and reigning champion Kevin Harvick. It was a big day for Joe Gibbs Racing’s 18-year-old rising star Erik Jones. The teenager has taken over the injured Kyle Busch’s Toyota from this weekend as part of a driver reshuffle under which previous stand-in David Ragan moved to Michael Waltrip Racing as long-term substitute for [...]

Boes Pulls Pocono Upset

by Jason Lofing on May 6th, 2015

Boes played the fuel strategy game perfectly at Pocono to notch his first NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze win.

Allen Boes scored the first win of his NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing career on Tuesday night at Pocono Raceway, becoming the most improbable winner thus far in 2015. Boes ran near the back for most of the race and narrowly avoided two wrecks before pit strategy enabled him to stay out for the last run of the race and attempt to stretch his fuel mileage to the finish. The gamble paid off, barely, as Boes crossed under the checkers running on fumes. Danny Hansen played the same strategy and finished second despite two spins early in the race. Series point leader Kenny Humpe settled for third after once again having the dominant car, while Tyler Hill and Landon Harrison rounded- out the top five. “Just kept hoping [...]

Get to Know: Nelson Rivera

by David Ifeguni on May 4th, 2015

Rivera is gunning for a 5000 iRating in 2015.

New York iRacer Nelson Rivera has been around the online racing service for a while, eight years and two months to be exact. A member since March of 2007, the soon-to-be-fifty year old is a well-seasoned veteran of iRacing and has achieved a lot in his sim racing career. In 632 total oval starts, he has amassed 27 victories and 235 top five finishes. In addition, he has also made it to the virtual championship stage in several series’ on iRacing, most recently in 2011 when he captured the overall championship in Season 1 of the NASCAR iRacing Class B Series Fixed. Join me in learning more about Nelson Rivera in this week’s edition of Get to Know: Q:     What attracted you to racing in the first place? A:     I [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – The Magic Mile!

by Scott Smith on May 4th, 2015

Not the way we drew-up the start: getting together with on the first lap.

When the average person thinks of New Hampshire they might conjure up images of lobsters the size of small children, overflowing sugar-filled Fluffernutter sandwiches, and dialects missing the hard “r” sound.  However, NASCAR fans often think of something totally different; the small town of Loudon, more specifically, New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This year the Granite State’s flat track celebrates its 25th birthday, and also begins year 22 of hosting races for NASCAR’s top division.  Over the years the speedway has seen fatal accidents, situations that have influenced positive rule changes, and, of course, great racing.  In only a quarter of a century, The Magic Mile has certainly earned its nick name and has become a unique stop for the world of stock car auto racing. At the beginning of this [...]

Tough Times in Richmond

by Jake Hayes on May 4th, 2015

Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug . . .

Week 8 of the 2015 NASCAR iRacing Series Open takes us to another southern short track, Richmond International Raceway.  I enjoy sim racing at Richmond, but I don’t always get good results. I either finish well here or get involved in a crash, sometimes both. I had a good run here last year in the spring, resulting in a fifth place finish. Hopefully I can stay out of the chaos and collect another top five. The wall can come up on you quick at Richmond. I have railed the wall off both Turn 2 and 4 at Richmond many times when I felt like I could easily make it off the corner. Richmond also is a  general tight feeling track , causing drivers to put too much wheel into the [...]

Earnhardt Jr wins at Talladega

May 3rd, 2015

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Dale Earnhardt Jr held the pack at bay to take his first win of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season at Talladega. Earnhardt’s sixth Talladega win was achieved in unusual fashion for a superspeedway race, as he led most of the final stint while the field stubbornly remained in a long train behind him with no one willing to risk fanning out and making a move in case they lost the draft. The race finally erupted with a lap and a half to go, when Denny Hamlin pulled out from fourth place and made a charge for the front. Although it didn’t pay off for Hamlin, it broke the train up and allowed others to make a run at Earnhardt and Hendrick team-mate Jimmie Johnson. Richard Childress Racing’s Paul Menard [...]