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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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Tom O'Leary

    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.

  • 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.

NASCAR iRacing Series Open Garage – Daytona 2015

by Don Scott on February 18th, 2015

Ready or not, "Daytona is upon us."

Daytona is upon us race fans, signaling the start of “Speed Week” and another season of the NASCAR iRacing Series “Open Garage.” Here in the Open Garage we hope to provide new and veteran drivers with an insight into the techniques we use to design and refine our setups for each track throughout the season. For drivers joining us for the first time we welcome you, and hope you will find a few hints each week that will assist you in learning to create setups that will help you maintain stability while gaining confidence in the competitiveness of your car. Each week we will explain a few of the steps we take to adjust the car to our liking. While the changes to the base setups and advice we offer [...]

Daytona qualifying branded ‘idiotic’

February 16th, 2015

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The revised Daytona 500 qualifying system was branded “idiotic” and “an embarrassment” by some NASCAR drivers after a chaotic first attempt on Sunday. The traditional one-at-a-time system was replaced by a variation of the group knockout format adopted at all other events last year. A series of five-minute sessions were held, but the first was interrupted by a massive accident that destroyed several cars, and all featured bizarre scenes in the pitlane as drivers held back until the last possible moment then jostled to avoid being at the front of the pack as faster speeds were possible further back in the draft. Gordon takes Daytona 500 pole Clint Bowyer was among the worst affected, with his Michael Waltrip Toyota written-off in a pile-up triggered by contact with Reed Sorenson’s Team [...]

Earnhardt, Hamlin put to back of grid

February 16th, 2015

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Dale Earnhardt Jr and Denny Hamlin will start from the back of the grid for their respective Daytona 500 Duel qualifying races on Thursday after their cars failed tech inspections. Earnhardt’s #88 Hendrick Chevrolet was found to be too low at the left-front; a breach that relegates him to 25th on the grid for his Duel race due to Daytona being one of just two tracks where a minimum ride height still applies. Daytona qualifying report: Gordon on pole after controversial session “Obviously NASCAR does a great job inspecting the cars and they found that our ride heights after qualifying were too low,” said Earnhardt’s crew chief Greg Ives. “They did their due diligence of allowing us to go through their processes of how they deal with it. In the [...]

Gordon on Top for Final Daytona 500

by Dave Moulthrop on February 15th, 2015

Gordon on Top for Final Daytona 500

The last time a driver qualified over 200 mph at Daytona International Speedway was 1986 when Cale Yarborough made a single car lap of 203.519 mph. That 200 mph barrier came down during Coors Light qualifying for the 57th Annual Daytona 500. For the first time qualifying for the 500 was done in groups with the 49 entrants broken into two groups. Each group would have 5 minutes of track time with the fastest 24 out of the combined groups moving on to the next round. The frustration was evident from many of the competitors and less than a two minutes into session one an incident involving David Stremme and Clint Bowyer brought out the red flag and eliminated some on the on track momentum many drivers had. The second [...]

Gordon tops crazy Daytona qualifying

February 15th, 2015

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Jeff Gordon claimed pole for what is likely to be his final Daytona 500, but only after a bad-tempered and controversial qualifying session for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup opener. This year the traditional one-at-a-time Daytona 500 qualifying format has been abandoned in favour of the Formula 1-style group knockout sessions adopted at all other events last year. Four five-minute segments were held – with the field split in two for the opening pair, and the fastest 24 cars on combined times then progressing to round two, from where the top 12 went into the pole shootout. Drivers had already expressed misgivings about the prospect of group qualifying at Daytona, and their fears were realised in the first session, when contact between a furious Clint Bowyer and Reed Sorenson triggered [...]

Kenseth wins crash-strewn Unlimited

February 15th, 2015

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Matt Kenseth opened the 2015 NASCAR season with victory in a messy and twice red-flagged Sprint Unlimited at Daytona. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driver Kenseth controlled the final stages of the non-championship race to keep long-time leader Martin Truex Jr’s Furniture Row Chevrolet at bay, winning by 0.219 seconds. Carl Edwards finished third on his debut for Gibbs, with Casey Mears having a strong run to fourth for Germain Racing, ahead of Kyle Larson. Champion Kevin Harvick was fighting Edwards for third until a brush with Joey Logano on the penultimate lap caused him to smack the wall and fall back to 11th. The two drivers had a heated row about the incident in the pitlane afterwards. Only 12 of the 25 entrants made it to the finish. Fourteen cars [...]

Stenhouse leads Daytona 500 practice

February 14th, 2015

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Michael McDowell led Daytona 500 practice on Saturday, while engine problems consigned 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup title contender Ryan Newman to the back for his heat. NASCAR’s showpiece race will switch from the old single-car qualifying format to the Formula 1-style knockout system for the first time this year, with Sunday’s session broken down into a series of five-minute segments to decide the front row for the 500 and the grids for Thursday’s two qualifying heats. The new system raises the likelihood of an unusual pole winner, as cars will run in large drafting packs in the brief qualifying periods. Saturday’s two practice sessions – the first full-field running of the 2015 season after Friday’s practice for Sprint Unlimited drivers only – further hinted at that [...]

Menard draws pole, Kurt Busch fastest

February 14th, 2015

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Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon were fastest on 2015′s first day of NASCAR Sprint Cup running at Daytona on Friday, while Paul Menard drew pole for the non-championship Unlimited race. The 25 drivers participating in Saturday night’s exhibition event had two 55-minute practice sessions early on Friday evening. Stewart-Haas driver Busch’s lap of 44.832 seconds and 200.749mph in practice one was the day’s benchmark, putting him 0.220s clear of second-placed Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Reigning champion Kevin Harvick completed the top three, followed by Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne. Only 14 drivers took part in the second session, where Gordon – who announced over the off-season that this will be his last full-time campaign – was quickest with a 45.740s lap, 0.056s in front of Denny Hamlin. There were no incidents [...]


by Dave Moulthrop on February 14th, 2015


This weekend saw NASCAR end what seems to have been one of the longest lasting off seasons, due to the ban on testing. After a two month lay off, twenty five Sprint Cup cars took Daytona International Speedway’s green flag at 5 PM Friday for the first of two practice sessions for the 3rd Annual Sprint Unlimited. In the first session Kyle Larson ran 28 laps, which was the most among all the drivers. Matt Kenseth had the best ten lap average at 195.882 mph while Kurt Busch set the fastest single lap, running in the draft at a speed of 200.749 mph. As dusk turned to darkness just 14 of the 25 eligible cars chose to practice under the lights. Jeff Gordon, who had the second fastest 10 lap [...]

NASCAR, iRacing Announce Six Year Licensing Extension

by David Phillips on February 13th, 2015


2015 NASCAR Series Season Kicks Off Weekend of February 22 NASCAR and announced today a six year extension of iRacing’s licensing agreement as NASCAR’s exclusive online motorsport racing simulation. The association between the two organizations which began in 2009 will now run through December 2020. “We’re thrilled NASCAR will continue as our partner and assist in sanctioning our multiple NASCAR iRacing online race series,” said Tony Gardner, President of “From late models and trucks through to the pinnacle of sim racing – the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by – NASCAR and iRacing are committed to delivering a state-of-the-art sim racing experience to race fans.” “NASCAR and iRacing are committed to delivering a state-of-the-art sim racing experience to race fans.” – Tony Gardner “Our renewed relationship [...]

The Most Famous Beach in Racing

by Dylan Kapisky on February 11th, 2015

The 2015 NASCAR iRacing Series gets underway with the Daytona 500 the week of February 19.

In Daytona Beach, Florida lies one of the most historic sites in racing, Daytona International Speedway. In roughly one week, hundreds of sim racers will take to a digital recreation of this historic track for’s Daytona 500 in the NASCAR iRacing Series – Open and Fixed setups.  Daytona is home to the most prestigious race on the NASCAR circuit, and has a rich history of great racing. What makes this race so special? Founding and Construction: For many years, racing in Daytona Beach meant racing on the Daytona Beach and Road Course, a 3.2 mile (until the late 1940s, where it was extended to 4.2) beach-road combination track. This was until NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. (aka “Big Bill”) envisioned a large paved super-speedway, with incredible banking to maximize [...]

Jeb Burton makes NASCAR Cup leap

February 10th, 2015

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Jeb Burton, son of 2002 Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton, will move up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this year with BK Racing. The 22-year-old has signed a three-year deal to race the team’s #26 Toyota Camry. “It’s mixed emotions,” he said. “Just making sure I am ready for it. I feel like I am. “It’s a great opportunity for me to prove myself, to show people that I can do it, and to carry that role off the track as well.” Burton has spent the past two years racing full-time in Trucks, finishing fifth in 2013 with Turner Scott Motorsports and eighth last year with ThorSport Racing. He has also made two starts in the second-tier Nationwide (now Xfinity) Series, achieving a best result of eighth at Kentucky [...]

Baldwin sells NASCAR entry

February 7th, 2015

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Jay Robinson-owned Premium Motorsports has purchased the assets of Tommy Baldwin Racing’s #36 entry for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The new organisation will renumber the car driven last year by Reed Sorensen to #62. No driver announcements have been made, however it is widely reported that Richard Childress Racing will prepare the Chevrolet for the Daytona 500, with RCR Xfinity Series driver Brian Scott set to take the wheel. Robinson has entered cars across all of NASCAR’s tiers for several years, and is best known for running an eponymous team in the Nationwide Series until 2012. He has also had recent involvements in NEMCO Motorsports and Identity Partners Racing. Sorensen ran a full-time campaign in Cup last year, finishing 34th in the points. Baldwin will still run its [...]

NASCAR Inducts Sixth Class to Hall of Fame

by Dave Moulthrop on February 3rd, 2015


NASCAR rolled out the red carpet Friday ( January 30th)  for the sixth induction ceremony for The NASCAR Hall of Fame. The five person group consisted  of Bill Elliott (1976 -2012), Fred Lorenzen (1956-1972), Wendell Scott (1961- 1973), Joe Weatherly (1952 – 1964), and Rex White (1956- 1964) with careers spanning from 1952 thru 2012 with a combined 124 wins and five NASCAR championships. The first official event was the opening of the Hall of Honor, exhibiting memorabilia as well as cars depicting each driver’s glory days. That was followed by the unveiling of Squire-Hall Exhibit for NASCAR Media Excellence. Prior to the arrival of the evening’s Red Carpet guests, all whom were attending the induction dinner and presentation of the Media Excellence Award to retired Charlotte Observer sports writer, [...]

Elliott gets Gordon’s Hendrick seat

January 29th, 2015

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Reigning NASCAR Nationwide champion Chase Elliott will move up to the Sprint Cup in 2016 as the replacement for Jeff Gordon in Hendrick Motorsport’s #24 Chevrolet. Gordon announced last week that 2015 would be his final season of full-time competition. Elliott became the youngest-ever winner of a NASCAR national championship when he won the Nationwide title as an 18-year-old last year. Team owner Rick Hendrick said: “Chase brings the kind of intangibles that make him the total package as a driver. “Not only is he a special talent inside the race car, but there’s a natural combination of competitiveness, work ethic and smarts that you rarely se “Chase’s personality and demeanour make him popular with fans, team-mates and sponsors. “He’s a great fit for our organisation on many levels. There’s [...]

Oval of Dreams

by Brian Tate on January 28th, 2015


Faulks Mows Down Iowa Stalks to Extend Points Lead As the opening season of the 2015 NASCAR Class B Series Open nears the half-way point, a crew of BRB Motorsports teammates have separated from the pack and look to be steering toward settling the points title amongst themselves.  Week 5 put the series in America’s heartland for a battle around the .875-mile Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Statesville, NC’s Randall Faulks entered the week leading a host of BRB teammates in the championship chase and was looking to open up some distance before the drop weeks start to come into play after Week 8. It was an active week at Iowa as 26 races went official compared to 16 the week before at Bristol.  All told, 185 drivers raced [...]

Faulks Exits Bristol with Win and Points Lead

January 26th, 2015

Week 4 saw the Class B Series roar back to life in Thunder Valley.

Bristol, Tennessee was a welcome site to the drivers participating in the NASCAR Class B Series Open as Week 4 of the first season of 2015 was back on familiar ground after a dead week overseas at Twin Ring Motegi. After just two official races the week before in the Land of the Rising Sun, it was back to business as usual on Bristol Motor Speedway’s .533 mile high banked oval.  Although not hugely participated in as drivers guarded their safety ratings, 16 races went official in Week 4 with 135 drivers taking part in the mayhem that is known as Bristol week. Shannon Segler came to the virtual Thunder Valley with a slim one point lead over BRB Motorsports teammate, Randall Faulks, with another team member, Jeff Baki [...]

Gordon came close to retiring earlier

January 25th, 2015

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Jeff Gordon says he seriously considered retiring from NASCAR racing more than once in recent years, but was always convinced to stay on by team boss Rick Hendrick. Four-time Cup series champion Gordon announced on Thursday that 2015 would be his last year of full-time racing. “I honestly thought this was going to happen a couple of years ago, and during every off-season I can think of over the last several years Rick and I have talked about our future together and the future of Hendrick Motorsports,” he said. “When you get to this point in your career and you’ve done as much as we’ve done as a team, you’re always trying to figure out when that right time to step away is. “Rick kept talking me into going longer [...]