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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.

DAMS joins GP3 grid for 2016 season

October 1st, 2015

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Multiple single-seater championship-winning team DAMS has announced it will enter GP3 for the first time in 2016. The move into GP3 comes at the expense of DAMS’ Formula Renault 3.5 programme, which will stop at the end of this season. Racing in FR3.5 alongside Formula E and GP2 this season is understood to have been a logistical complication, which running GP2 and GP3 at the same venues next year is set to ease. DAMS’ managing director Francois Sicard told AUTOSPORT: “Logistics played a part in the decision as having both GP2 and GP3 makes sense, but also we were approached by drivers expressing interest in GP3.” The seventh season of GP3 next year will feature a fresh technical package, including a new Dallara chassis and 3.4 litre, 400bhp, Mecachrome engine. [...]

Kappastorm’s Sven Deml Wins Season 3 Blancpain Endurance Championship

by Paul Slavonik on September 10th, 2015


After 10 weeks of intense endurance sim-racing action, one team has proved that consistency and determination pay off. Sven Deml of Kappastorm – a regular front-runner since the beginning of the season – has captured the Season 3 Blancpain Endurance Series championship and did so as a solo driver. With 13 starts during Season 3, Deml accumulated two wins along with 10 top-five finishes. A constant threat throughout the season, Deml could always be found towards the front in just about every race he entered. By the end of the season, his 1330 championship points were enough to put him on the top to seize the Season 3 title. However, the big question which begs an answer is who will be Deml’s co-driver should he decide to go for the [...]

Parry, Morris excluded from race one

September 6th, 2015

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Matt Parry and Seb Morris have been excluded from Saturday’s GP3 Series race at Monza, after both of their cars were deemed to be underweight. Parry, the 2013 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner, finished fourth in race one but scrutineers found his Koiranen GP car to below the minimum weight and he was excluded from the results. The same ruling was made for Morris, who had finished 10th for Status Grand Prix. The pair will start Sunday’s race from 20th and 21st place, respectively. Parry’s exclusion moves Morris’s Status team-mate Alex Fontana up to eighth, and reverse grid pole.

Bernstoff beats Ocon as Ghiotto stalls

September 5th, 2015

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Arden International driver Emil Bernstorff snatched victory away from Esteban Ocon on the penultimate lap of race one at Monza, to take his second GP3 Series win of the season. Mercedes junior Ocon stormed into the lead when championship leader and polesitter Luca Ghiotto stalled on the grid. Ocon led the majority of the race, with 2013 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC award winner Matt Parry close behind. Bernstorff however, who started fifth, was locked in a frenetic battle with Marvin Kirchhofer from the opening lap. The pair made contact heading into the Roggia chicane when Kirchhofer clipped the kerb on the inside, which shot him in the direction of Bernstorff. This forced them both to cut the chicane, where Kirchhofer went over one of the sausage kerbs sending him briefly airborne. [...]

Ghiotto grabs GP3 pole by a second

September 5th, 2015

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GP3 championship leader Luca Ghiotto stormed to pole position in damp conditions at his home race at Monza, beating title rival Esteban Ocon by a second. Mercedes junior Ocon traded fastest times with Trident’s Ghiotto in the latter stages of the session on the drying track, but fell way short of the mark. Ghiotto, who crossed the line ahead of Ocon’s ART car, saved his best time for his final lap with a 1m50.007s, to eclipse his nearest championship challenger by a staggering margin. The Italian was the only driver on track to make it into the 1m50s. Matt Parry mastered the conditions to climb up the order to third on his final run, a GP3 career best grid slot for the 2013 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC award winner. Parry’s late [...]

Endurance Sim Racing Under The Stars

by Paul Slavonik on September 4th, 2015


Although it was the first and only night race of the season, the Blancpain Endurance Series arrived at the fabulous Twin Ring Motegi for Round 9 of Season 3 and it proved to be a race to remember. Throughout the season, we’ve seen the Ford GT GT3  flex its aerodynamic muscles time and time again with stunning results. To be accurate, Ford has claimed victory in seven of the past eight racing rounds this season. So as the series headed toward the famous Grand Prix circuit for Week 9, odds were that Ford would continue its dominating form at a track which seems to suit it well. Or so it would seem. For the first time this season, the RUF RT 12R has claimed victory via the skillful driving [...]

Ocon beats Ghiotto in GP3 practice

September 4th, 2015

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Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon set the pace in GP3 practice at Monza, edging out title rival Luca Ghiotto at his home event. ART Grand Prix driver Ocon stole top spot away from Ghiotto in the closing moments of the session with a time of 1m38.213s, just 0.053s ahead of the Italian. Championship leader Ghiotto led much of the session but couldn’t respond to Ocon’s late charge. Early pacesetter Emil Bernstorff was third despite going straight on at Turn 1 and clipping the marker boards. 2013 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC award winner Matt Parry left it late to climb the order and take fourth, edging out Carlin’s Mitch Gilbert in the process. Ocon’s ART team-mate Marvin Kirchhofer traded fastest times with several others early on but failed to improve and could only [...]

New GP3 car for 2016 breaks cover

September 3rd, 2015

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The GP3 series will use a brand new chassis and engine for its 2016 car, which was revealed at Monza on Thursday. Since its inaugural season in 2010, GP3 has used the same Dallara GP3-10 chassis, with various revisions to the sidepods, nose and engine cover over the years to keep costs down. The GP3-16 car however features a brand new chassis that has been produced to meet 2015 Formula 1 safety standards, accommodate taller drivers, and to facilitate more overtaking. Speaking at the car launch at Monza, GP3 technical director Didier Perrin said the aerodynamic changes will help improve the show and safety, while keeping operational costs low. “The car is now matching the 2015 Formula 1 regulations in terms of front impact and rear impact, this is why [...]

Maisano gets Campos drive for Monza

September 1st, 2015

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Former Ferrari protege Brandon Maisano will join the GP3 field at Monza this weekend in Campos Racing’s third car. Maisano began the year in the Formula 3 European Championship with Prema Powerteam but ended his programme mid-way through the series’ last event at the Red Bull Ring. He will drive the Campos entry that has been occupied on occasion by Samin Gomez and Christopher Hoher earlier this season, joining Zaid Ashkanani and Alex Palou. In other changes to the GP3 line-up for Monza, ART Grand Prix driver Alfonso Celis is set to prioritise his parallel programme in Formula Renault 3.5, which has a clashing event at Silverstone. Sources indicate that ART will just field two cars for title contenders Esteban Ocon and Marvin Kirchhofer rather than replacing Celis.

GP3 drivers want VSC system changes

August 28th, 2015

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Leading GP3 drivers believe changes to the virtual safety car system are needed following a problematic event at Spa last weekend. The virtual safety car was deployed three times during race one in Belgium, where ART Grand Prix driver Esteban Ocon lost his win after picking up a five-second penalty for jumping a restart. Mercedes junior Ocon reckons virtual safety car mishaps in GP3 stem from having to rely on the trackside boards as opposed to the LED steering wheel display available in GP2 and the more advanced notification system in Formula 1. “We have to look at the boards around the track and in some place you can’t see them,” said Ocon, when asked by AUTOSPORT for his thoughts on the system. “When you’re at Eau Rouge for example [...]

Blancpain Endurance Sees Deml Dominate at Mosport

by Paul Slavonik on August 28th, 2015


As the Blancpain Endurance Series enters the twilight stage of Season Three, teams and drivers from all over the world had the difficult task of navigating the slippery surface and sloping elevation changes at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last week. Affectionately known as Mosport, the popular track didn’t bring about the participation numbers we saw during the previous week at Monza. Still, the teams and drivers who have worked hard to make their names known throughout this category arrived ready to race for the three-hour online endurance event. Kappastorm No stranger to the weekly podiums, Sven Deml of Kappastorm flexed his virtual muscles once again at Mosport with a dominating win over the rest of his competitors in the top Strength of Field (SoF 3153). Despite not taking [...]

Ghiotto rebounds to beat Ocon at Spa

August 23rd, 2015

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Championship leader Luca Ghiotto claimed his third GP3 win of the season in a safety car interrupted race two at Spa. Trident driver Ghiotto, who started fourth on the grid, lost out to title rival Esteban Ocon at the start as the Mercedes protege swiftly made it up to second from seventh. But Ghiotto made steady progress thereafter. He passed Ocon’s ART Grand Prix team-mate Alfonso Celis Jr following the safety car restart after a huge incident involving Alex Bosak. Polesitter Bosak suffered a similar tyre blowout to the one Mercedes Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg suffered in free practice two. As he was coming round Blanchimont his tyre appeared to blister and burst, sending him into the tyre wall. On impact a loose tyre bounced onto the track and [...]

Ocon penalised, Bernstorff gets win

August 22nd, 2015

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Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon has lost his GP3 race one win at Spa following a five-second time penalty for breaching safety car rules. ART Grand Prix driver Ocon picked up the penalty for exceeding the virtual safety car speed at Blanchimont before the green lights were shown at the race’s third and final restart. The penalty demotes Ocon to second, and means Arden International driver Emil Bernstorff picks up his first win of the season. Several other GP3 drivers also received grid and time penalties following race one at Spa. Status Grand Prix driver Seb Morris picked up a five-place grid penalty for causing a collision with Jenzer Motorsport’s Pal Varhaug at Les Combes but will start race two from the pitlane as he was only 19th on a 23-car [...]

Ocon wins amid Spa GP3 chaos

August 22nd, 2015

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Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon picked up his second GP3 win of the season in an incident-filled race one at Spa that included three virtual safety cars. Ocon made the perfect start and capitalised on polesitter and title rival Luca Ghiotto’s poor getaway. Arden International team-mates Emil Bernstorff and Kevin Ceccon also jumped Ghiotto at the start, leaving the Trident driver down in fourth on the opening lap. Ocon controlled the majority of the race but on the restart after the second virtual safety car period the ART man reacted too early and left Ghiotto behind, though no further action was taken during the event. The reigning European Formula 3 champion also had to contend with a two-lap sprint to the finish following the third safety car period. Ghiotto was caught [...]

Kirchhofer gets penalty for blocking

August 22nd, 2015

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ART Grand Prix driver Marvin Kirchhofer has received a three-place grid penalty following GP3 qualifying at Spa for impeding Koiranen GP driver Matt Parry. The penalty means Kirchhofer will lose third place and will have to start back in sixth, just in front of Parry, for the opening race of the weekend. Kirchhofer was deemed to have blocked Parry, who was on a flying lap, three minutes before the end of the session between Rivage and the unnamed downhill left-hander at Turn 9. The incident promotes Arden International driver Emil Bernstorff up to third, while Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco and Hungary race winner Kevin Ceccon move up to fourth and fifth respectively. Parry agrees that his lap was disrupted by Kirchhofer but believes the German didn’t do it on purpose [...]

Pichler Takes the Double in Blancpain Endurance Series

by Paul Slavonik on August 21st, 2015


Although it’s only been on iRacing for a short period of time, Autodromo Nazionale Monza (or ‘Monza’ for short) has quickly become one of the most popular tracks on the service. With its high-speed corners, long straights and twisting chicanes, Monza continues to be the home of great racing regardless of the category. This week, however, the Blancpain Endurance Series descended upon the Italian circuit and it proved to be a race like no other in the category so far this season. Featuring nine different splits spread out over the three scheduled races and including 294 different drivers, Week 7 of the Blancpain Endurance Series also saw its first driver pull the double by winning two rounds back to back and also the first non-Ford manufacturer victory. Pure Racing [...]

Ghiotto tops Spa GP3 practice

August 21st, 2015

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Championship leader Luca Ghiotto set the pace in GP3 practice at Spa ahead of Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco. Ghiotto led the way early along with Trident team-mates Artur Janosz, who had a spin early on at the Bus Stop chicane, and series returnee Beitske Visser. But as the track conditions continued to improve so did laptimes and they were soon overhauled by the Jenzer Motorsport trio of Pal Varhaug, Ralph Boschung and Matheo Tuscher. Ghiotto looked ominous though and improved right up until the chequered flag fell, eventually setting a time of 2m06.005s. Carlin driver Fuoco clinched second place on his final lap, jumping from a lowly 12th to be 0.341 seconds behind. Boschung, Varhaug and Tuscher had to settle for third, fourth and fifth respectively following their early fight [...]

Pichler’s Persistence Pays at Silverstone

by Paul Slavonik on August 14th, 2015


The Blancpain Endurance Series continues to heat up as we’ve now seen solo drivers entering the mix with successful results. As it was before, so it is again with another weekly podium completely dominated by solo drivers. As Week 6 came to a close at sunny Silverstone Circuit, we saw what some of the best sim-racers in the world can do in three hours. Pure Racing Team It’s become very rare to see someone who starts outside the top-five take a win in the Blancpain Endurance Series. When competing against sim-racers that are to the caliber of Lukas Jestädt, Reto Hartmann and the current Endurance Series championship leaders, Andrey Loginov and Vladimir Ozeretskovskiy of Motorbreath Endurance, it becomes painfully obvious that some of these drivers NEVER make a [...]

Josh Muggleton Continues to Chase the Dream

by Paul Slavonik on August 13th, 2015


2014 Australian GT Academy Champion and International Runner-up, Josh Muggleton, may be without a full-time ride at the moment, but that’s doing little to slow him down. Like many motorsports enthusiasts, Josh Muggleton dreamed of becoming a race car driver at a young age. But like many who have come before him, the Australian soon discovered the heavy financial burdens which come with pursuing ones passions. Realizing that a career in motorsports may be out of reach for the time being, he turned to gaming and racing simulators where he learned the art of racecraft and began to hone his skill. Although motorsport simulators are a great high-speed ‘fix’ for those of us who appreciate it, it can only do so much for those who are called to it. GT [...]

ineX Racing Wins at Spa in Blancpain Endurance Series

by Paul Slavonik on August 1st, 2015


Just in time for the legendary Spa 24 Hours, the Blancpain Endurance Series visited the legendary Belgian track of Circuit de Spa-Franchorchamps for Round 5 of Season 3. More commonly known as ‘Spa’, the massive track is a favorite to both real and sim-racers alike. With its swift elevation changes, sweeping corners and high-speed straights, Spa is arguably one of the most challenging tracks in the world. And with the 24 Hours of Spa now upon us, several teams and drivers were keen to use the Endurance Series as a testing bed for the massive 24 hour race. ineX Racing Made up of English drivers Isaac Price and Jack Sedgwick, ineX Racing was the dominant force at Spa for Round 5 of the Blancpain Endurance Series. Posting [...]