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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.

Mostert extends Prodrive deal to ’19

August 1st, 2015

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Reigning Bathurst 1000 winner Chaz Mostert will remain with Prodrive Racing Australia until at least the end of the 2019 V8 Supercars season. The 23-year-old joined the team when it was known as Ford Performance Racing in late 2011 in the Dunlop Series, and finished third in the second-tier class in 2012. He graduated to the top flight in early 2013, loaned out to customer squad Dick Johnson Racing – winning a race at Queensland Raceway – before rejoining FPR in 2014. Mostert won two races, including the chaotic Bathurst 1000 with Paul Morris, on his way to seventh in the standings, and has added a further two to his tally so far this season. With Ford reducing its support ahead of a total withdrawal at the end of the [...]

Grigg-Gault Brings the Heat in the USA

by Brenton O'Brien on July 30th, 2015

Grigg-Gault saves what could have been a race-ending incident as Cubis, Smith and Rivera look on.

The heat was on for series leader Ethan Grigg-Gault and the rest of the competitors in the latest round of the iRacing V8Supercar Series held at Sebring International Raceway in sultry central Florida. Qualifying Hot and humid weather made conditions very uncomfortable for the 24 sim racers who lined up for the main SOF qualifying at Sebring.  The 5.9 km (3.7 mile) layout of concrete and asphalt presented challenges to the strong field throughout the 12 minute session.  With the extended lap times, drivers had limited opportunities to get that one ‘hot lap’ in to be sure that the time counted was indicative of their performance. Ian Ford, second in the championship and racing for Evolution Racing Australia in the Holden Commodore, again showed he’s the one lap master of [...]

BTCC announces calendar for 2016

July 27th, 2015

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The British Touring Car Championship has announced an unchanged calendar for the 2016 season. The series will keep its 10 rounds in the same order for a fifth straight year, opening and closing at Brands Hatch. There are slight adjustments to the dates, with the Croft round moving forward from the end to the middle of June and allowing the second half of the year to run a week ahead of the recent pattern. That means the season will conclude at the start of October rather than the middle of the month. A six-week summer break is retained between the Croft event and Snetterton at the end of July. 2016 BTCC CALENDAR April 2-3: Brands Hatch (Indy)April 16-17: Donington ParkMay 7-8: ThruxtonJune 4-5: Oulton Park (Island)June 18-19: CroftJuly 30-31: SnettertonAugust [...]

Back Down to Business at COTA

by Brenton O'Brien on July 23rd, 2015

He didn't win seven V8 championships by chance . . .  Down withstood race-long pressure from Grigg-Gault to score a great win.

It was a great welcome back to two of the category’s finest drivers in multiple series champion Madison Down and the 2014 Premier Series Champion Richard Hamstead for Round 5 of the official V8 Supercar Series championship at the Circuit of the Americas – West circuit. Qualifying A hot clear day confronted the field at the tight COTA track.  The 12 minute qualifying session on the West configuration was dominated by seven time champion Down driving for Trans Tasman Racing in the Holden Commodore. With a fastest time of 1:33.124, Down edged the series leader Ethan Grigg-Gault for pole by the largest gap we have seen for the season, that being four tenths of a second.  In a repeat of last week, Evolution Racing Australia’s Ian Ford filled the [...]

Jordan commits to BTCC until 2018

July 22nd, 2015

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Andrew Jordan’s future in the British Touring Car Championship has been secured after Pirtek signed a new three-year deal with the 2013 champion. Pirtek first backed Jordan when he competed in Junior Rallycross in 2004 at the age of 15. It became title sponsor of the Jordan family-run Eurotech BTCC squad in 2010 and has remained with Jordan through to his current place in the Triple Eight MG team. BTCC 2015: 10 things we’ve learned so far The deal means that Jordan – who also competes in rallycross and historic events, and has shown interest in categories outside of touring cars – will remain focused on the BTCC at least until the end of 2018. “There is tremendous loyalty from both sides of this partnership and I’m extremely proud to [...]

V8s to trial super-soft tyres

July 20th, 2015

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V8 Supercars and its tyre supplier Dunlop will evaluate the introduction of a super-soft compound in 2016, during tests in the coming months. Softer option compounds have been used in various forms in the series since 2009, and their presence this year was beefed up following a sequence of timid Saturday sprint races on the control tyre at the start of the season. Three new tyre compounds will be tested, with a view to introducing a super-soft option next year, pending final race formats. “The plan is to test a couple of different compounds of tyre and then report back to the [V8 Supercars] Commission on the performance of those tyres,” V8 Supercars technical director David Stuart told the series’ website. “So we will do a qualifying run, a race [...]

Tordoff eyeing BTCC title push

July 19th, 2015

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Sam Tordoff believes his “purple patch” prior to the British Touring Car Championship’s summer break has put him in contention for the title. The WSR driver clinched his first win for his new team at Oulton Park and followed that up with pole, a win and another podium at Croft. After switching to the BMW 125i M Sport for this season following two years driving Triple Eight’s MG 6GT, Tordoff says he has turned the corner in his understanding of the car. “I feel better in the car and I’m in a purple patch of form,” he told AUTOSPORT. “We’ve had a slow start to the year but I envisaged myself challenging for the title. “If we can keep picking up points when we’re good it’s going to leave me [...]

V8s Endure on The Island

by Brenton O'Brien on July 17th, 2015

Change in leader as Grigg-Gault snags first place from Ford on Lap 33.

“That was the toughest race I have ever done” stated Ethan Grigg-Gault, the winner of Round 4 of the iRacing V8 Supercar Series at the conclusion of what was an epic 46 laps of the Phillip Island Circuit in Victoria, Australia. Qualifying Inviting weather welcomed the 24 starters to the wonderful Phillip Island Circuit, a favourite amongst many of the V8 Supercar drivers who were participating. A tight field produced our third different winner of the coveted pole position with series leader Ethan Grigg-Gault showing he not only has strong race pace but a bit of sting to his single lap qualifying. With the 12 minutes on the clock seemingly disappearing quicker than ever Grigg-Gault posted his time of 1:29.188 while Beau Cattell followed-up his great third place finish the [...]

Returning Motorbase tops BTCC test

July 16th, 2015

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Mat Jackson went quickest for the returning Motorbase team in the British Touring Car Championship’s tyre test at Snetterton. The Ford Focus driver jumped to the top of the times in the final half an hour of the full-day test, setting a best lap of 1m57.216s with soft tyres on his EcoBoost-powered machine. That put him 0.173 seconds clear of MG’s Andrew Jordan, who had led most of the afternoon session in the sole Triple Eight-run MG6 GT. Team BMR driver Colin Turkington led Jordan in the morning in his Volkswagen CC, and wound up third quickest as both drivers improved their times while evaluating some potential 2016 compounds for Dunlop in the afternoon. The 2014 champion was 0.4s slower than Jackson and just 0.015s ahead of the WSR BMW [...]

Holland to return in Belcher’s Toyota

July 14th, 2015

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American Robb Holland will return to the British Touring Car Championship for three rounds after the summer break in place of Simon Belcher. Holland, who contested eight rounds in the BTCC last season, will drive Belcher’s Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis at Snetterton, Knockhill and Rockingham. The 47-year-old ran an Audi S3 last year under the Rotek Racing banner, but sold the car to AmD Tuning so it could run Nicolas Hamilton. “I am, of course, very excited to be back in the championship,” said Holland. “I’ve been working hard to put something together since I found out Rotek Racing wouldn’t be returning. “It will be tough jumping back into the championship halfway through the season, but the Avensis looks to be a really good car and the team is strong [...]

Motorbase finalises Snetterton return

July 13th, 2015

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Motorbase has confirmed it will return to the British Touring Car Championship after the summer break at Snetterton, with Mat Jackson and James Cole. The squad, which has 12 BTCC wins to its name, announced in March that it would miss the first half of the campaign due to a funding shortfall, and resumed testing in May. As previously reported, the team will take part in the series’ official tyre test at Snetterton this week, and give its new Mountune-prepared Ford EcoBoost engines a competition debut in the August 8-9 race meeting. “We’re all really looking forward to coming back to the championship at Snetterton,” Motorbase boss David Bartrum said. “It’s been a long winter for us but we’ve been far from resting on our laurels. “The development work with [...]

Ma wins shortened Vila Real race two

July 12th, 2015

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Citroen’s Ma Qing Hua took his first win of the 2015 World Touring Car Championship in Vila Real in dramatic circumstances as red flags ended the race early. Ma led from the reverse-grid pole, staving off a challenge from team-mate Yvan Muller, who started second. Chaos ensued behind as Lada’s Jaap van Lagen got away slowly from third place alongside team-mate Nicky Catsburg, and Honda’s Tiago Monteiro tried to dive between the two Vestas. The gap began to close as Monteiro was already well committed and the Civic bounced off both before its trajectory took it into a heavy impact with the Armco, followed by Van Lagen’s car, which also lost a rear wheel and part of its suspension in the impact. Momentum sent the wheel bouncing back down the [...]

Lopez triumphs in Vila Real opener

July 12th, 2015

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Reigning World Touring Car champion Jose Maria Lopez led flawlessly from pole position to victory in race one in Vila Real, followed home by Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb. Third-place qualifier Hugo Valente in the Campos Chevrolet had confided to AUTOSPORT on Saturday that he was apprehensive about the start, which is conducted on a part of the track off the racing line. Those fears came to pass as he was swallowed up as the lights went out while the front row Citroen duo moved clear. Honda privateer Norbert Michelisz moved up from fourth to third, followed by the factory Civics of Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro. As Valente finally got up to speed he became the meat in a Citroen sandwich as Yvan Muller and Ma Qing Hua, who had [...]

Lopez on pole as Citroen goes tactical

July 11th, 2015

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Jose Maria Lopez claimed pole position for the first Vila Real World Touring Car Championship race, while Citroen team-mate Ma Qing Hua ran tactically to secure race two’s reversed-grid pole. Lopez, last to run in the Q3 top-five qualifying shootout, lapped in 1m58.515s and eclipsed team-mate Sebastien Loeb’s already impressive 1m59.090s. Ma and Yvan Muller, the other works Citroens, chose to shoot for race two pole and went out in Q2. That helped two Hondas to make it through to Q3, the factory entry of Gabriele Tarquini and independent Zengo runner Norbert Michelisz. But Tarquini made a mistake on his hot lap and went straight to the pits, leaving him fifth on the grid, while Michelisz was uncharacteristically scrappy and lined up fourth. Campos Chevrolet driver Hugo Valente was an [...]

WTCC drivers want Vila Real changes

July 11th, 2015

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Controversial chicanes at the revived Vila Real street circuit will be revised at the request of the World Touring Car Championship drivers, but not in time for Sunday’s races. AUTOSPORT understands that concerns were raised at the drivers’ briefing on Thursday, and that FIA race director Miroslav Bartos assured the drivers that the configuration of the chicanes would change if the WTCC returns. But it will not be possible to make changes ahead of the races because the mounting hardpoints for the barriers and kerbs are concreted into the ground. “There are two tight chicanes, one ridiculously tight,” 2012 world champion Rob Huff told AUTOSPORT. “It’s a shame because I think the circuit would be better without them. “Apart from that it’s a fantastic track – fast, flowing, exciting, and [...]

Lopez and Muller on top in practice

July 11th, 2015

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Citroens had the edge in practice for the inaugural World Touring Car races at Vila Real as Yvan Muller and Jose Maria Lopez went fastest in the two sessions. Muller’s 2m00.749s from the opening session stood as the fastest until midway through the second, when he was usurped by team-mates Ma Qing Hua, Sebastien Loeb, and then finally Lopez. The world champion eclipsed Loeb’s time by 0.274s but narrowly missed out on breaking the two-minute mark, lapping in 2m00.155s. Norbert Michelisz was third, and fastest of the Hondas, in the first session, but Argentine Super TC2000 champion Nestor Girolami took that honour in FP2, using fresh tyres to come within thousandths of a second of displacing Loeb. Tiago Monteiro was the quickest of the works Honda drivers, fifth overall and [...]

WTCC poised to slash European dates

July 10th, 2015

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The World Touring Car Championship calendar is to change substantially in 2016, with more intercontinental events supplanting existing European venues. The calendar has already undergone substantial upheaval for 2015, with Qatar replacing Macau as the season finale, the Japanese date swapping from Suzuka to Motegi, and further new rounds at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, Vila Real and Thailand’s Buriram circuit. With the Salzburgring and Spa among the tracks dropped, that has left just six venues on the European continent: the Hungaroring, the Nurburgring, Slovakia Ring, Moscow Raceway, Paul Ricard and Vila Real. “We will reduce even further the amount of WTCC events in Europe,” said series boss Francois Ribeiro, speaking at a press conference ahead of the inaugural world championship race in Vila Real in Portugal. “I think we can keep [...]

V8 Spa Treatment

by Brenton O'Brien on July 10th, 2015

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As Meatloaf once sang “two out of three ain’t bad.”  And so it was with Ethan Grigg-Gault as Round 3 of the official iRacing V8 Supercar Series returned to Belgium and the highly-anticipated challenges Circuit de Spa–Francorchamps. Qualifying Clear skies welcomed the drivers to qualifying and, with just the twelve minutes on the clock and a lengthy outlap and hot lap needing to be completed to post a time, the sim racers quickly got down to business making their qualifying runs for the battle for the coveted pole position. As was the case in the previous round at Oulton Park, Ian Ford in the Evolution Racing Australia Holden Commodore sealed the deal and took pole position quite comfortably from series leader Ethan Grigg-Gault in the SDC Motorsport Falcon. From previous [...]

Lopez leads Vila Real test session

July 10th, 2015

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Reigning World Touring Car champion Jose Maria Lopez went fastest of all for Citroen on his last lap in the opening test session in Vila Real Lopez edged out Honda privateer Norbert Michelisz by 0.814 seconds. He stopped the clock at 2m01.455s, and it is expected that track evolution will enable drivers to go below the two-minute mark on new tyres. Citroen’s simulator had clearly seen much use, since the C-Elysee drivers were fastest by a margin of several seconds in the early laps of the intimidating street circuit, in which the majority of the corners have a blind and/or fast entry. After a late start the session was red-flagged for nearly 30 minutes while circuit officials installed an additional tyre stack at the Turn 19 chicane. Under green-flag conditions [...]

V8 Supercars reveals 2017 rules draft

July 10th, 2015

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V8 Supercars organisers have released the first draft of the Gen2 regulations that will allow alternative engine configurations for 2017, and expect V8s to remain the primary power. The series announced late last year that engine regulations would be opened up in the rules revamp. ANALYSIS: Taking the V8 out of V8 Supercars The 2017 package remains rooted in the current ‘Car of the Future’ uniform chassis spec under which Nissan, Volvo and the Erebus Mercedes have joined arch-rivals Holden and Ford in the field. “The racecar must be rear-wheel drive and accurately reflect the look of the road car, retaining the essential DNA of the sport,” said a V8s statement. “All cars will use the existing Car of the Future chassis and control components, and be subject to current [...]