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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to Corey's aunt!

  • Wil Vincent
    Contributin writer

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

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

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

    I've been sim racing since 2011 when I joined iRacing. I've jumped to many different sims, including rFactor, Richard Burns Rally, and the famous NASCAR Racing 2003. I picked up a copy of NR2003 with my birthday money when I was only 9, but was limited to a keyboard and a controller. After reciving a G25 for Christmas in '11, I've loved sim racing and the community iRacing has. I hope to end up writing for a car magazine or website in the near future, and intend on attending university to accomplish that.
    Aside from my career in sim racing and the real world, I hope to have my own small, yet functional race team soon with the purchace of a go kart. Since I'm currently residing in Maryland, I don't have a wide range of racing to choose from. My only options on a small budget are drag racing or kart racing. After the completion of my senior year in high school next year, I hope that inRacing News and other affiliates will help my dreams of writing for Road & Track become a reality!

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

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

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

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

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

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

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

    Marc Dorval has been a dedicated but talentless iRacer since 2009. Currently hanging out near the back of the Lotus 79 pack, he nonetheless contributes to the community through posts, statistics, and a weekly recap on the main events of the Lotus 79 series.
    Outside of iRacing, Marc is married with two grown-up children, loves Jaguar cars, and runs an IT consulting practice.

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

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

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

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

  • Raymond Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give iRacing.com a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and iRacing.com and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

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

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

  • Tom O'Leary
    author

    Tom is an 18-year old student from London, UK. Tom started sim-racing quite recently, although his passion for motorsport started at an early age, watching BTCC since the late 90s. Tom has since then expanded his interests in motorsport, watching Le Mans 24hr (and endurance racing as a whole) as well as the DTM, F1, and since starting to write about the NASCAR iRacing Series - NASCAR!

    Tom appeared on the sim-racing scene by trying out rFactor, rFactor 2 and then iRacing - where he spends most of his time racing in the Star Mazda Series where he has claimed third and then second overall in the two full seasons he has competed. On the oval side, Tom has completed a few races in the NASCAR Class C (Fixed) although he most enjoys the road side. Tom is an active member of Friction Racing, a team which focuses on the Star Mazda and the Williams-Toyota FW31, with the aim of reaching the Pro Series - and the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.

    In his personal life, Tom spend time with his girlfriend (they have been together for two years) and likes a variety of games and has started to livestream his races/gameplay on Twitch, to give an insight to his approach to racing and gaming.

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

Blaney secures Wood Brothers drive

August 15th, 2014

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Ryan Blaney will replace 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne at Wood Brothers in next year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup, as the team begins a new alliance with Penske. Bayne, who famously won NASCAR’s biggest race as a rookie with the once-mighty Wood Brothers team, has secured his first full-time Cup drive with Roush Fenway for 2015, replacing Carl Edwards. Son of long-time NASCAR racer Dave Blaney, 20-year-old Penske protege Ryan made his Cup debut with Roger Penske’s squad at Kansas Speedway this year. Blaney is also racing in Nationwide with Penske and in the Truck series for Brad Keselowski’s team. Wood Brothers co-owners Eddie and Len Wood said in a statement: “Ryan is a third-generation racer and one of the best young drivers out there. “He has been a winner [...]

Stewart to miss Michigan race

August 15th, 2014

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Tony Stewart will miss this weekend’s Michigan NASCAR Sprint Cup race, with Jeff Burton driving his Stewart-Haas Chevrolet instead. Stewart also withdrew from last weekend’s Watkins Glen round after the Saturday night sprint car incident in which Kevin Ward Jr was killed. Ward was struck by Stewart’s car while walking on the track at Canandaigua Motorsports Park to remonstrate with the three-time Cup champion following a collision between them. A police investigation into the incident is still ongoing, although Ontario County Sheriff Phillip C Provero said “there are no facts or evidence that would support a criminal charge” at a media conference last weekend. Ward’s funeral took place on Thursday. Stewart has also pulled out of a sprint car event that he was due to contest at Plymouth Speedway in [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Open Garage: Michigan (again)

by Don Scott on August 13th, 2014

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A repeat visit to MIS brings a mixed bag of challenges and opportunities.

Returning to Michigan International Speedway this week gives us an opportunity to take a look at methods for improving a setup when making a return visit to a track. Rarely — if ever — will a setup be so good that it can be used on every visit to a given track without making minor changes.  You will find differing weather conditions, simulator updates and even a developing driver’s change in style will affect the handling of the car enough to require the crew chief adapt the setup to the current conditions. Much like the setup folder in the simulator, most crew chiefs keep a detailed set of “Setup Sheets” or notes they take each week. These notes include critical information on the current chassis setup such as weather conditions, [...]

Conti Dominant at The Glen

by Jason Lofing on August 13th, 2014

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Conti (right) got the jump on Alfalla at the start and motored to his third win of the season.

Michael Conti scored his series-leading third victory in the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing.com, this time taking the checkered flag in the series’ inaugural visit to Watkins Glen International. Conti started from the pole and quickly built a comfortable lead on his way to leading 47 of the 50 laps, only relinquishing the lead to make his pit stop. “We got us a road course win!” said Conti, who was both thrilled and relieved at the same time. “Awesome race for the #5!” Nick Ottinger, who pushed Conti hard on the second stint, finished runner-up ahead of Ray Alfalla followed by PJ Stergios and Matt Bussa. Things got tense for Conti during the closing 15 laps when his tires began falling off. Ottinger started to cut into [...]

Lawrence Takes Tough Win at Lanier

by Stan Bragg, Jr on August 12th, 2014

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Lanier National Speedway played host to Week 2 of the NASCAR iRacing Limited Late Model series.  Although the north Georgia track is not seeing racing except in the virtual sim of iRacing, it still provided great action.  At a “massive” .375 miles in length, this banked short track would put the sim-racers in close quarters for 60 laps.  This week’s feature race Strength of Field was at a 2113 and saw drama in masses, in the form of a leader being taken out and a drag race to the finish for the win — in short, all the excitement you expect in short track sim racing. While James Linkiewicz rolled-off as scheduled in P1, Dalton Collins was supposed to line-up second but was a little slow to grid and was [...]

Newman slams Glen after huge crash

August 12th, 2014

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Ryan Newman slammed the safety facilities at Watkins Glen after his involvement in the massive crash that disrupted Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the track. The race was red-flagged for nearly an hour and a half so that barrier damage from the accident could be repaired. Both Newman’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet and Michael McDowell’s Leavine Family Ford had violent impacts on the straight between Turns 5 and 6, after Newman spun into the barrier and then rebounded into McDowell. Several other cars received damage. “The SAFER barrier doesn’t exist there, there are Armco walls and no concrete walls, it’s a very antiquated racetrack and the safety is not at all up to NASCAR standards,” said Newman. “It’s a shame that we have to have accidents like that to [...]

No criminal charges for Stewart

August 11th, 2014

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Tony Stewart is not currently facing criminal charges over the on-track incident during a sprint car race that resulted in the death of fellow racer Kevin Ward Jr. Ontario County Sheriff Phillip C Provero told a media conference on Sunday that an initial examination of available evidence does not support the accident being considered a criminal matter. “At this moment there are no facts or evidence that would support a criminal charge or criminal intent,” he said. “This is, right now, being investigated as an on-track crash, and I don’t want to infer that there are criminal charges pending. “When the investigation is completed we will sit down with the District Attorney and review it, but I want to make it very clear that there are no criminal charges pending [...]

Allmendinger wins wild Glen race

August 10th, 2014

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AJ Allmendinger won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race following a thrilling duel with Marcos Ambrose that went down to a final two-lap shootout at Watkins Glen. Allmendinger led the field to the final restart, having grabbed the position back after they swapped the lead just before the final yellow flag – one of many lead exchanges between the pair in the closing stages. At the last restart, following a second red flag for track repairs, Allmendinger led but Ambrose hit him at the Carousel, got Allmendinger loose and dived past him. But Allmendinger fought back, banging into Ambrose and barging his way past at Turn 6. Ambrose got then got sideways at the next corner, allowing Allmendinger to escape over the final lap to score his first win for [...]

Stewart to miss race after fatality

August 10th, 2014

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Tony Stewart has withdrawn from the Watkins Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup race following his involvement in a fatal sprint car incident on Saturday night. Kevin Ward Jr died after he was struck by Stewart’s car during an event at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. The two drivers had collided on the previous lap, and 20-year-old Ward was on the track gesticulating at Stewart during the subsequent yellow when he was hit. Despite initially indicating on Sunday morning that Stewart would race as planned in the day’s Cup round, Stewart-Haas Racing vice president of competition Greg Zipadelli announced three hours before the start that the three-time series champion was pulling out of the race. Regan Smith will replace him. “We were talking last night and through the night, and we gave Tony some [...]

Stewart involved in fatal incident

August 10th, 2014

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NASCAR Sprint Cup frontrunner and team owner Tony Stewart was involved in a fatal incident during a sprint car race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday night. The three-time Cup champion collided with 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr, who exited his car and walked down the track gesticulating at Stewart during the subsequent yellow. Ward was then struck by Stewart’s car, sustaining fatal injuries. A statement from the County of Ontario Sheriff’s office described the incident: “The driver of the car that spun exited the racecar and walked down the track onto the racing surface. “Two racecars travelling in tandem approached as the driver continued down the track, gesturing to the two approaching cars. “The first car swerved to avoid the driver out on the track. “The second car, operated by [...]

Gordon takes Watkins Glen pole

August 9th, 2014

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Jeff Gordon claimed his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole position of 2014 at Watkins Glen, beating road course specialist Marcos Ambrose in the process. The championship leader left it late in qualifying to bump his Australian rival from the top spot with a lap of 1m08.126 (129.466mph), putting Ambrose in a Hendrick sandwich with Jimmie Johnson starting in third. Small consolation for the Richard Petty racer, however, is that he managed to beat his own record at the Glen in the first round of qualifying, having set a time of 1m08.113s. Practice pacesetter Kevin Harvick joins Johnson on the second row and both start ahead of Kurt Busch and AJ Allmendinger, who has shown a good turn of speed throughout the weekend. Last weekend’s Pocono winner Dale Earnhardt Jr [...]

National Guard to leave motorsport

August 8th, 2014

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The National Guard has announced that it will close its motorsport sponsorships at the end of 2014, ending its association with Dale Earnhardt Jr in NASCAR and Graham Rahal in IndyCar. According to a statement, the National Guard’s marketing budget for fiscal year 2015 is projected to be just half the figure it had available two years ago. “Significantly constrained resources and the likelihood of further reductions in the future call for more innovative and cost-effective ways of doing business,” said Maj. Gen. Judd Lyons, acting director of the Army Guard, in an announcement. The decision follows an expose in USA Today in May, in which is was revealed that the National Guard had spent $26.2 million on NASCAR in 2012 and yet failed to recruit a single soldier through [...]

NiS Open Garage – Watkins Glen

by Don Scott on August 7th, 2014

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Watkins Glen poses unique challenges.

This week at Watkins Glen we step into unfamiliar territory for most oval drivers, as road courses present a particular set of challenges for both the driver and the crew chief. The NASCAR course at Watkins consists of nine turns (eleven counting each turn in the Inner Loop) varying in altitude, banking and sharpness. The crew chief will have to be prepared to setup the car allowing for a balance between stability and acceleration while the driver will have to maintain consistency, practice patience and be mindful of gear selection. The method for setting up your car for road courses may seem to be completely different from the thinking used to setup a car for ovals; however the laws of physics and how they relate to making changes in the [...]

Larson claims pole at Pocono

August 1st, 2014

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NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie Kyle Larson will start from first place for the second time in his top-level career after topping qualifying at Pocono. The Ganassi driver had also led the field away at Richmond in April, although on that occasion rain in qualifying meant his pole was secured via practice times. At Pocono he fended off Penske’s Joey Logano – who had been quickest in the first two qualifying segments – by 0.008 seconds to claim his first pole in a traditional session. While most of the pole contenders took their one shot at the start of the decisive five-minute session, Logano’s team-mate Brad Keselowski left it until there were just seconds to spare before making his bid, but could only manage third. Practice pacesetter Kurt Busch secured fourth, [...]

PEAK Stock Car Dreams Challenge Airs Saturday on the Velocity Channel

by David Phillips on July 31st, 2014

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Earlier this year,  iRacing partnered with PEAK Antifreeze to sponsor the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing.com and the 2014 Season 1 PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series. As part of the agreement, the defending champion of the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series (Tyler Hudson) and the winner of the S1 PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series (Paul Kusheba) qualified to participate in the 2nd annual PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge.  This was a competition featuring real world short-track racing standouts around the country in a three-day challenge at Charlotte Motor Speedway this past June. The event was taped for a two hour television special which will premier on the Velocity Channel this Saturday (August 2) at 9 pm Eastern time.  If you miss the show on Saturday, you’ll have [...]

Lowe Ignites Indy

by Tom O'Leary on July 31st, 2014

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After a week’s break from competition, the NASCAR iRacing Series moved to the world renowned Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Week 20 of the championship. The virtual Brickyard plays host to not just the NASCAR iRacing Series – it recently hosted  the 2nd running of the iRacing Indy 500, which was well populated due to unparalleled notoriety of the Indianapolis 500 itself. This popularity carried over to this week; with almost 900 drivers racing in the Fixed Series – and 450 sim racers taking part in at least one of the thee Open Races that ran during the week. The first race in the Open Series was the not the highest SoF race this week for the first time in a long time! The second race provided a 6038 Top Split [...]

NASCAR investigates Hamlin’s car

July 28th, 2014

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NASCAR has confiscated parts from the Joe Gibbs Toyota that carried Denny Hamlin to third in last weekend’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis to investigate a possible technical breach. Series spokesperson Kerry Tharp told NASCAR.com that there were “possible issues with several rear firewall block-off plates” on Hamlin’s Camry. The plates are designed to serve as a driver protection device by shielding them from fluids or fumes, however if they become detached during the race they can potentially increase downforce by influencing the airflow from inside the car. Rule 20-3.4.5 of the NASCAR regulations states: “Block-off plates/covers used in rear firewalls in place of blowers, oil coolers, etc, must be constructed of 22 gage (0.031 inch thick) magnetic sheet steel. Block-off plates/covers must be installed with positive fasteners and sealed to [...]

Gordon takes fifth Brickyard victory

July 27th, 2014

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Jeff Gordon took an emphatic victory in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, grabbing the advantage at the final restart to cement his place atop the NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings. The Hendrick Motorsports driver led initially before falling back at the first round of stops, gradually working his way back up the order before passing team-mate Kasey Kahne with 17 laps to go en route to a second victory of the season and his fifth at the Brickyard. “I don’t think there’s a greater feeling for a race car driver than to be here in Victory Lane in Indianapolis,” said Gordon. “I’m not usually good at restarts, but I made the restart of my life today when it mattered most.” Gordon passed polesitter Kevin Harvick to take the lead on [...]

Harvick dominates Indy qualifying

July 26th, 2014

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Kevin Harvick dominated qualifying for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, taking his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup pole position of the 2014 season. The Stewart-Haas Chevrolet driver topped the timesheets in all three sections of qualifying, establishing an early benchmark of 47.753 seconds in the final segment that would stand for the duration. The only other man able to break the 48s barrier was current points leader Jeff Gordon, who will start alongside Harvick on an all-Chevrolet front row after denying Brad Keselowski, winner of the previous round at New Hampshire, in the closing stages of the session. Last year’s Indianapolis winner Ryan Newman lines up in fourth place, ahead of top Toyota driver Brian Vickers, then Harvick’s team-mates Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch. Juan Pablo Montoya qualified eighth for only [...]

NASCAR bemused by teams’ alliance

July 22nd, 2014

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NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France says that he is sceptical about the potential effectiveness of the newly-formed Race Teams Alliance. He warned that a consensus voice from the teams could actually hold the series back. Nine of the Sprint Cup series’ largest teams announced their plans to form a unified body to represent their interests earlier this month, with Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman having been appointed as the RTA’s leader. But speaking during a radio interview on SIRIUS/XM on Monday, France said that he harbours doubts about the group. “We didn’t think it was necessary,” he said. “We think the benefits they will arrive at with this association will be much smaller than they do. “The one thing that is essential to NASCAR is, when you hear [...]