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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.

  • 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.

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series powered by – New Build, Same Plan

by Matt Holden on March 12th, 2015

Clint Bowyer tested the Gen-6 Toyota Camry at Kansas in 2012, and unsurprisingly stayed close to a "COT" car through almost every run.

A few weeks ago, I had a chat with an old friend.  He’s an old “iRacing buddy” of mine, one of the big-wigs at the team I was part of before joining Gale Force Sim Racing.  The two of us are great examples of how iRacing has developed its own types of members, very similar to how the real world of motorsport works.  He is from the northern US, and Modified Stock Cars and weekly short-track racing is his deal.  I am from the Carolinas, where engineering, math, and wind-tunnels have taken over the world of NASCAR.  His iRacing vehicle of choice is obviously the Modifieds, and he calls the big stock cars “Taxi cabs.”  I, however, have no real vehicle of choice, and haven’t run anything on a week-to-week [...]

Race return ‘means the world’ – Busch

March 12th, 2015

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Kurt Busch says he is keen to put the accusations of domestic assault behind him as he prepares to make his return from suspension at this weekend’s Phoenix NASCAR event. The 2004 Cup champion was sidelined on the eve of the Daytona 500 when NASCAR imposed an indefinite suspension in the wake of a Delaware civil court’s finding that he had likely committed an act of domestic assault against ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll last year. That suspension was overturned this week when the Delaware Department of Justice announced that Busch will not face criminal charges, although he remains under indefinite probation by NASCAR. “It means the world to me to be back in the car,” he said. “It’s been a tough situation the last few months. “I’ve gone through this with [...]

Humpe Wins Controversial Vegas

by Jason Lofing on March 11th, 2015

Humpe took the win at Vegas under caution.

Kenny Humpe went to victory lane last night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his first win of the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. However, the win was not without controversy as Humpe made contact with Nick Ottinger while battling for the lead with just six laps remaining in the 167 lap event.  Ottinger had been leading since shortly after a restart on Lap 122 but Humpe had the better car and, as the laps wound down, began eating into Ottinger’s lead. Humpe caught Ottinger with nine laps to go and started sizing him up, knowing that passing at Las Vegas is challenging at best. Three laps later, Humpe pounced on a mistake by Ottinger in Turn Two and made his move to the inside as they headed [...]

NASCAR lifts Busch’s suspension

March 11th, 2015

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Kurt Busch has been cleared to return to racing, although NASCAR has placed several conditions upon the lifting of his indefinite suspension. The decision to lift the suspension – imposed following allegations that he assaulted ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll late last year – was made after Busch completed a reinstatement programme that included mandatory behavioural assessment sessions and the recommendations of a behavioural health care expert. NASCAR’s move comes a week after it was confirmed that Busch would not face criminal charges over the incident, which occurred last September. In addition to lifting his ban from competition, the series has also waived the requirement that drivers complete all races in order to be eligible for the Chase. Busch missed three races during his suspension. “As we stated last week, the elimination [...]

Luza Hits the Jackpot

by Paul Williams on March 11th, 2015

Luza won big in Vegas, the only double winner in NASCAR iRacing Series Open and Fixed competition.

This past weekend the NASCAR iRacing Series began its West Coast tour with a stop at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that saw Thursday night’s Open top split taken by Ryan Michael Luza, after passing Tyler Hudson with about 20 laps to go. “Passing TDH was much more difficult than I expected, and it took two laps around the bottom and a wiggle from Hudson to get by,” said Luza. “After that, I figured I could pull away but was still worried about (Patrick) Crabtree and his long run speed which was comparable to ours.” Fortunately for Luza, Crabtree had even more difficulty getting around Hudson as the battle for second place raged for the final 15 laps – enabling Luza to drive off to a nearly four second lead. Asked [...]

NASCAR issues post-Vegas penalties

March 11th, 2015

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NASCAR has penalised two crew chiefs for technical infractions that were detected in post-race inspections at Las Vegas last weekend. Justin Allgaier’s crew chief Steve Addington was fined $25,000 after the #51 HScott Motorsports car was determined to have breached several rules relating to ballast and actions detrimental to stock car racing. According to a NASCAR bulletin, ballast was observed falling off Allgaier’s car during the race, and the car subsequently failed to meet minimum post-race weight requirements. Among the specific rules that were deemed to have been broken were those dictating where ballast may be placed, and how it is to be secured. Meanwhile, Brad Keselowski’s crew chief Paul Wolfe has been placed on probation until December 31 after NASCAR officials discovered that the right and left rear quarter [...]

Harvick wins for first time in 2015

March 8th, 2015

Harvick wins for first time in 2015

NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick took a deserved first victory of 2015 with a composed performance at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Harvick, whose win marked six consecutive top-two Cup finishes, reported a tyre vibration in the closing stages of the race but survived the minor scare to comfortably hold off the re-energised Martin Truex Jr. Key to Harvick’s victory was a pass on Dale Earnhardt Jr with just over a quarter of the race remaining, having led for the majority before being caught out at a restart following a caution. The Stewart-Haas driver, who led more than three times as many laps as anyone else, pulled a gap on Earnhardt before taking four tyres to his rival’s two in the final pitstops and repassing the Hendrick man without trouble [...]

Gordon loses pole after Patrick clash

March 7th, 2015

Gordon loses pole after Patrick clash

Jeff Gordon will have to relinquish pole position for Sunday’s Las Vegas NASCAR Sprint Cup race after switching to his back-up car following a practice clash with Danica Patrick. Gordon, who had taken pole at a record pace in Friday evening’s qualifying session, said that Stewart-Haas driver Patrick spun in front of his Hendrick Chevrolet in the closing minutes of Saturday’s final practice session. The damage to Gordon’s car is too substantial to be repaired so he must swap to his spare. That means a back-of-the-field start under NASCAR rules, so Gordon will drop to the tail of the order before the race begins, handing an effective pole position to second-place qualifier Joey Logano. Gordon will be joined at the rear by Kyle Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing stand-in David Ragan, [...]

Gordon claims Las Vegas pole

March 7th, 2015

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Jeff Gordon claimed the 79th pole of his NASCAR Sprint Cup career in qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The four-time champion – who is effectively retiring at the end of 2015 – put in a record 194.679mph, 27.738-second lap to pip Joey Logano by 0.052s. The Vegas front row pair have taken all this year’s Cup poles so far between them, with Gordon having topped Daytona 500 qualifying and Daytona race winner Logano having followed that result up with an Atlanta pole last week. Gordon’s Hendrick team-mates Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr filled row two before Logano’s Penske Ford. Ganassi had a strong day, with Kyle Larson topping practice and then Jamie McMurray and Larson leading round two of qualifying. Larson ended up fifth on the grid, while [...]

Busch won’t face criminal charges

March 6th, 2015

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Kurt Busch will not face criminal charges over allegations that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, although the 2004 Cup champion remains under an indefinite suspension by NASCAR. The news that Busch has avoided criminal prosecution was announced by the office of the Delaware Attorney General on Thursday. “After a thorough consideration of all of the available information about the case, it is determined that the admissible evidence and available witnesses would likely be insufficient to meet the burden of establishing beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr Busch committed a crime during the September 26th incident,” said the department in a statement. “Likelihood of meeting that high burden of proof is the standard for prosecutors in bringing a case. “For this reason, the Department of Justice will not pursue criminal [...]

Taking Bumps and Lumps at ‘lanta

by Jake Hayes on March 5th, 2015

A promising qualifying run did not translate to a great finish.

Week 1 of the 2015 NASCAR iRacing Series season takes us down south to my home track located in Hampton, Georgia! Every year  this is one of the best  races to watch (although I am a bit biased on this topic) and I often go to this race. I sadly wasn’t able to make the trip to the track this year, but I was able to race it using iRacing’s beautiful laser scanned edition of the track. Atlanta is one of the bumpiest tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup calendar. Knowing this, getting your car to travel over the bumps smoothly without killing the car’s speed is something my team and I focused on heavily. After getting the springs, bumpstops, etc. at the correct settings to maximize speed over the [...]

NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series: Manufacturer Points

by Dylan Kapisky on March 2nd, 2015

The race is on - for manufacturers as well as drivers - in the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series.

Tuesday night, the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series kicked off its season at the virtual Daytona International Speedway. The race came down to the final three laps with Ray Alfalla taking a rather controversial win, accidentally spinning Tyler Laughlin after pushing him to the front. With the win, of course, Alfalla took the early lead in the season standings. This year, for the first time in the brief history of the NPAS, the drivers championship is not the only thing being tracked. While there may not be a trophy presentation on the line, we’ll be tracking the virtual manufacturer’s championship throughout the year. The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series manufacturer’s points system mimmicks that of the NASCAR system, which is based loosely on the driver points system. A quick breakdown of how [...]

Johnson comes from back to victory

March 1st, 2015

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Jimmie Johnson claimed victory in the Atlanta NASCAR Sprint Cup race despite missing qualifying. Hendrick’s six-time champion was among a group of cars that did not make it through a controversial technical inspection in time to run in Friday’s qualifying session, leaving him 37th for the start. Johnson made steady progress through the pack and then began a lead battle with reigning champion Kevin Harvick in the second half of the race. Harvick’s charge had been even more impressive than Johnson’s. His front row start had been lost when an engine failure in Saturday practice put him to the back for the race, but he surged up the order to take the lead from polesitter and early dominator Joey Logano on lap 87 of 325. The Stewart-Haas driver controlled the [...]

Stolen NASCAR racecar found dumped

March 1st, 2015

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The Team Xtreme NASCAR Sprint Cup Chevrolet stolen on its way to this weekend’s Atlanta race has been recovered seemingly undamaged. Travis Kvapil had been due to race the car, which was taken from outside a hotel near the track early on Friday morning. Police found the #44 Chevrolet dumped at the roadside in a wooded area, with Xtreme tweeting the above picture of where it was found. The pick-up truck that had been towing the car in its trailer was also later recovered. The car is now back at Xtreme’s base for thorough checks, with the team intending to return for next weekend’s Las Vegas Cup round. Xtreme had sent its racecar separately in a small trailer rather than in its main hauler due to the logistical issues that [...]

Logano tops controversial qualifying

February 28th, 2015

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Joey Logano followed up his Daytona 500 victory last weekend by taking pole position for the second NASCAR Sprint Cup round of the season at Atlanta. The Penske Ford driver edged reigning champion Kevin Harvick by 0.131s in the final segment of qualifying on Friday, while Jamie McMurray and Denny Hamlin completed the second row. “In pratice we were faster on our second run, so I knew that the grip would stay in the tyres for at least two runs,” said Logano. “I didn’t know about the third run, but apparently [the grip stayed] for the third run also. “It was probably right at the limit, though. Probably the next run would have taken a pretty big jump down.” BIG NAMES FAIL TO RUN The other major talking point of [...]

Cup car stolen en route to Atlanta

February 27th, 2015

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The Team Xtreme Chevrolet that Travis Kvapil was due to drive in this weekend’s Atlanta NASCAR Sprint Cup race has been stolen on the way to the event. Kvapil revealed on Twitter that the car was taken from outside the team’s hotel in Morrow in the early hours of Friday morning. It was in a trailer attached to a pick-up truck at the time, having travelled separately from Xtreme’s main hauler as adverse weather during the week led many NASCAR teams to alter their arrangements for getting from their workshops to Atlanta. The #44 Xtreme Chevrolet had finished 32nd in last weekend’s Daytona 500 (pictured) with Reed Sorenson.

Patrick’s crew warned by NASCAR

February 26th, 2015

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NASCAR has issued a written warning to Danica Patrick’s Stewart-Haas Racing crew over a technical infringement at Daytona. An irregularity with a heat shield panel on Patrick’s Chevrolet was discovered during the opening day inspection ahead of the Unlimited and Daytona 500 week. A NASCAR statement said the warning had been given over “actions detrimental to stock car racing”. The infringement detected was an “unapproved left-side driver heat shield; the outer exterior exhaust heat shield panel must follow the horizontal surface plane of the left side floorboard forward section to the bottom edge of the left side toe board.” Patrick finished 21st in the Daytona 500, having been involved in crashes in both practice and her Duel qualifying race.

Ragan steps in for Kyle Busch at JGR

February 25th, 2015

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David Ragan will move across from Front Row Motorsports to stand in for the injured Kyle Busch at Joe Gibbs Racing from this weekend’s Atlanta NASCAR Sprint Cup round. Busch sustained a fractured right leg and left foot in a crash during the Xfinity Series race at Daytona last weekend. He was moved from a Daytona Beach hospital to one nearer his Charlotte home on Wednesday. No timetable has been set for Busch’s return to racing. Harvick: Busch’s crash a wake-up call Ragan will temporarily switch allegiance from Ford to Toyota as he moves to JGR to drive its #18 Camry in Busch’s absence, joining Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards. Team owner Joe Gibbs said: We appreciate being able to work with Front Row Motorsports and [sponsor] CSX [...]

Alfalla Wins 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Opener

by Jason Lofing on February 25th, 2015

Alfalla (2) heads to victory at Daytona as Laughlin (51) heads to the wall.

Ray Alfalla, two-time champion of the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing, kicked-off the 2015 season with a victory at Daytona International Speedway. Alfalla, who started thirty-fourth, came out on top after contact with Tyler Laughlin as the two battled for the lead with three laps to go. The incident resulted in Laughlin crashing and flipping wildly down the backstraightaway which brought out a race-ending caution. Series rookie Patrick Crabtree finished second followed by fellow-first timers Nathan Wise and Tyler Hill with Byron Daley rounding-out the top five despite minor crash damage from an earlier incident. Restrictor plate racing in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series always seems to produce a late-race pass for the win and the 2015 opener was no exception. With a dozen laps remaining Alfalla found [...]

Atlanta to make safety changes

February 24th, 2015

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Atlanta Motor Speedway will make additions to its barrier system for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race following Kyle Busch’s heavy accident at Daytona last weekend. Representatives from both the track and NASCAR met on Monday to review the venue’s safety features, and determined that a number of upgrades will be made to the current barrier system. The changes will include extending the protective wall at the exit of Turn 1, and installing a tyre barrier along the inside of Turn 4 in an effort to increase driver safety. In total, the upgrades will add an extra 130 linear feet of barrier. According to reports, Kentucky and Talladega are also making safety upgrades in the wake of Busch’s crash, which left the Joe Gibbs Racing driver with a compound fracture [...]