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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.
  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

Turkington takes his first BMR pole

April 18th, 2015

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British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington took his first pole position for Team BMR by edging an incredibly close qualifying session at Donington Park. The Volkswagen CC driver took advantage of team-mate Jason Plato’s struggle to string together a complete lap to nick pole on a 1m09.483s. That was enough to shade Honda’s Gordon Shedden by 0.059 seconds, with the Scot splitting Turkington and Plato with his last flying lap. Practice suggested Plato, who is carrying no ballast at this stage of the weekend, would breeze to pole position after he comfortably topped both sessions. But as Turkington, who has 33kg of ballast, and Shedden (39kg) found big gains in the qualifying session Plato was unable to complete a perfect lap. The double champion either set purple sectors or all [...]

Lopez on top in Marrakech practice

April 18th, 2015

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Reigning World Touring Car champion Jose Maria Lopez set the pace in both free practice sessions at the second round of the season in Marrakech. After a 10-minute delay at the start of first practice due to technical problems at the circuit, Lopez had an early pace-setting time disallowed for abusing track limits. That allowed Gabriele Tarquini, Rob Huff and Yvan Muller to take turns at the top of the order before Lopez moved ahead with just over 10 minutes remaining with a 1m44.057s. Sebastien Loeb followed in second place but the nine-time World Rally champion was then relegated to fourth by his own team’s entry with Mehdi Bennani behind the wheel and by factory team-mate Muller. Loeb improved at the chequered flag though to reclaim P2, finishing up nearly [...]

Rydell too ill to race in Marrakech

April 16th, 2015

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World Touring Car Championship returnee Rickard Rydell will miss the second round of the season in Marrakech this weekend due to illness. Rydell, who is racing in the series full-time this year for the first time since 2009, intended to race despite suffering from a high fever this week, but he has now pulled out of the weekend’s races due to his condition worsening. “I’ve had a persisting fever for the last few days, but it was always manageable,” said the Swede. “Unfortunately, however, things took a turn for the worse today and the fever increased. “It’s very frustrating, but driving the car in this condition would have been highly dangerous and simply isn’t an option. “Now I will liaise with my doctors in order to recover as quickly as [...]

Second Infiniti to race at Donington

April 16th, 2015

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Infiniti’s second British Touring Car Championship challenger has been completed in time for the Donington Park round this weekend. Richard Hawken will make his series debut in the second Support our Paras Racing Q50, having been forced to miss the opening round at Brands Hatch due to a parts problem. Hawken’s team-mate Derek Palmer Jr gave the Japanese marque its BTCC debut in the lone Q50, which itself had only been completed the week before the race. Whereas Palmer was at least able to complete a shakedown and short performance runs at the team’s Mallory Park base prior to Brands, Hawken’s first run in the car will be in first practice on Saturday. “It absolutely is,” Hawken told AUTOSPORT when asked if the second car was ready to race at [...]

Cheap Shots and Fuel-Cells

by Paul Slavonik on April 10th, 2015

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The V8 Supercars Americas debut at Monza was full of fireworks along with a lone sucker punch. It’s always a special time for the members of iRacing.com when a new track is released to the service. More than being able to race your favorite cars across a laser-scanned replica of a brand new racetrack which many may never even be able to see in real life, there’s an even greater prize up for grabs for those who are looking for a sliver of immortality in the world of sim-racing: Winning the inaugural race. Such was the case during Week 3 of the 2015 iRacing.com V8 Supercars Americas series which, for the first time, ventured to into Monza, Italy to race at the fabled the 3.6 mile Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Named [...]

Nurburgring WTCC debut for Schmitz

April 8th, 2015

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Nurburgring Nordschleife expert Sabine Schmitz will join the World Touring Car Championship grid when the series makes its debut on the 15-mile track this year. Schmitz, who gained fame through various television appearances, is a veteran of the Nordschleife, having twice won the circuit’s 24-hour race, and running passenger laps for guests. The 45-year-old will make her WTCC debut with the Munnich Motorsport squad in a Chevrolet Cruze, and she revealed that she had hoped to compete in a round before the May 16 event to acclimatise to the series. “I am really happy that I have the opportunity to take part in the WTCC,” Schmitz said. “I could have entered the championship a race earlier, but sadly it didn’t work with my agenda. “But the WTCC test day on [...]

BTCC changes grid draw procedure

April 6th, 2015

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British Touring Car Championship drivers will no longer be involved in the draw for the series’ reverse-grid races. The change follows the controversy at Brands Hatch on Sunday ahead of the third race of the 2015 season opener, for which Rob Austin deliberately picked himself to be on pole position. GALLERY: Epic Brands BTCC opener in pictures The grid for the final BTCC race at each meeting is decided by someone picking a numbered ball out of a pot to determine how much of the top 10 is reversed. Austin, who was redrawn on pole position by series director Alan Gow, claimed he looked into the pot because other drivers had done the same and got away with it. Gow told AUTOSPORT this would be different from the next round [...]

Austin apologises for BTCC draw decision

April 6th, 2015

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Rob Austin has apologised for the incident that occurred during the draw for the reverse-grid British Touring Car Championship race at Brands Hatch on Sunday. The grid for the final BTCC race at each meeting is decided by someone picking a numbered ball out of a pot, which determines how much of the top 10 is reversed. Austin, who finished 10th in race two, performed the draw and selected his own position, but series director Alan Gow undertook a redraw following complaints. He picked out the number 10 ball again, meaning Austin started from pole after all, before finishing fifth in the race won by Matt Neal. Austin, who admitted his actions and apologised live on ITV prior to the start of the third race, has subsequently issued a statement [...]

Double for Honda as Neal wins Brands final

April 5th, 2015

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Matt Neal made it two wins from three for Honda’s new British Touring Car Championship challenger, as he held off MG debutant Jack Goff in the Brands Hatch reverse-grid race. The three-time champion produced a controlling performance to triumph in a race that featured race-one winner Rob Collard being turfed into the gravel at the start, race-two winner Gordon Shedden pitting with a mechanical problem and 2014 champion Colin Turkington spinning early on. Poleman Rob Austin held his advantage at the start as Neal made what would prove to be a crucial pass on Goff for second off the line, before a safety car was required to deal with the extraction of Collard’s stricken WSR BMW 125i M Sport. At the restart Goff attacked Neal, but was rebuffed, and the [...]

Shedden gives new Honda first BTCC win

April 5th, 2015

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Gordon Shedden beat Andy Priaulx to hand Honda’s new Civic Type-R a first British Touring Car Championship win, as Jason Plato ended a dramatic race in the Brands Hatch gravel. The Scot edged the Guernseyman to victory by just 0.040 seconds in a drag to the line, after the Honda had been delayed slightly by the Infiniti of Derek Palmer Jr on the final lap. Triple World Touring Car champion Priaulx nosed his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport inside Shedden’s Civic through Clearways, but lacked the grunt to beat it to the flag. Second still marked a maiden podium of Priaulx’s series return, with 2014 champion Colin Turkington taking his first podium finish for the Team BMR squad. Turkington was elevated to the rostrum after disaster for his new Volkswagen [...]

Collard holds on to win Brands BTCC opener

April 5th, 2015

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Rob Collard opened the 2015 British Touring Car Championship with victory at Brands Hatch, after resisting race-long pressure from Team BMR duo Aron Smith and Jason Plato. A renowned fast starter, Collard made another lightning getaway to vault from fifth to second on the opening lap and passed poleman and team-mate Andy Priaulx just after the halfway mark. Priaulx’s BTCC return started in dream-like fashion in qualifying, and he led early, but struggled on the soft tyres and lost out to Collard on the run out of Clearways, which opened the door to Smith and Plato at Paddock. The two Volkswagen CCs proceeded to hound Collard relentlessly but could not get close enough to make a pass and allowed Collard, whose son Ricky won the second MSA Formula race of [...]

Brands pole for Priaulx on BTCC return

April 4th, 2015

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Andy Priaulx’s British Touring Car Championship return got off to the perfect start at Brands Hatch as the three-time world champion bagged pole position in a fiercely contested qualifying session. The Guernseyman could not quite match Andrew Jordan’s pole time from last year but a 48.411s effort in his WSR BMW 125i M Sport was enough to shade Aron Smith for pole. Smith, who won twice last year for Team BMR, beat his new Volkswagen team-mates Jason Plato and Colin Turkington to secure his best qualifying result in the BTCC. The Irishman delivered a superb late flying lap to end up just 0.069 seconds slower than Priaulx and 0.054s ahead of Plato, who beat 2014 champion Turkington by just one-thousandth of a second on what was almost his final effort. [...]

Turkington on top in BTCC practice

April 4th, 2015

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British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington just beat the returning Andy Priaulx to top honours in the series’ second practice session for the Brands Hatch opener. The new Team BMR driver was at the bottom of the timing screens for most of the session as track conditions improved throughout, before vaulting up the order late on. A series of improvements in his Volkswagen CC culminated in the first sub-49 second lap of the weekend so far, a 48.940s. Three-time World Touring Car champion Priaulx’s encouraging start to his return continued as he ended up just 0.066s shy of Turkington and at the sharp end of a very closely matched group of drivers. Aron Smith and Jason Plato completed a promising session for the BMR outfit in third and fourth, with [...]

Ingram tops first BTCC practice session

April 4th, 2015

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Tom Ingram topped the first free practice of the 2015 British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch after a session that ended in a flurry of action as conditions improved. The 21-year-old made a late jump up the order after timing his final runs to perfection in his Speedworks Toyota Avensis, and eventually ended up half a second clear of Matt Neal in Honda’s new Civic Type-R. Is there a favourite for the 2015 BTCC? Light rain meant a damp track at the start of the session and though it gradually dried out, the pace remained over two seconds off last year’s qualifying times. Double champion Jason Plato was first to hit the front with a representative effort, setting a 52.976s in his Team BMR Volkswagen CC around the halfway [...]

Turkington: BTCC ‘more open than ever’

April 3rd, 2015

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British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington thinks it will be “harder than ever” to win in the series ahead of the 2015 season opener at Brands Hatch. Turkington has switched from WSR to the fledgling Team BMR outfit for this season, swapping the ultra-successful BMW 125i M Sport for a Volkswagen CC alongside Jason Plato. The Northern Irishman, who was second to his new team-mate in the series’ official pre-season test at Donington Park, told AUTOSPORT that the coming campaign was impossible to predict. “I’m not that brave,” he said when asked to pick out the frontrunners this season. “Normally it’s the same old faces, and I think it’s going to be the same contenders as ever, but everybody has the potential to win now. “You can’t afford to write [...]

Kelly Conquers Donington; McMullen Channels Lowndes

by Paul Slavonik on April 3rd, 2015

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Week 2 of the 2015 V8 Supercars Americas series started off with a bang…and a screech. Throughout its history, Donington Park Racing Circuit has become well known for the memorable and historic battles which have taken place there. From the 1993 European Grand Prix which saw Ayrton Senna win a dominating race by over a minute to the first two World Touring Car Championship events hosted there in 2011 which were both won by four-time WTCC champion, Yvan Muller, Donington has become synonymous with great racing. It should come as no surprise then that the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Americas series picked-up where those legends left off for their main event on Friday at 9:15pm CST. Broadcast and commented by JD Smith, Kane Kraft and Jim Davey of V8s Online, Week [...]

BTCC racer Welch out with broken foot

April 3rd, 2015

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The British Touring Car Championship opener at Brands Hatch will feature 27 cars after Dan Welch was ruled out with a broken foot. Proton driver Welch is on crutches after twisting his ankle and breaking two bones on Wednesday while preparing the team truck for the weekend. His absence, combined with Infiniti running one car, Motorbase’s withdrawal from the first half of the season and Nicolas Hamilton’s debut not coming until Croft means the championship will he without five of its 32 entries for the first round. “I wish I had an interesting story to tell,” Welch told AUTOSPORT. “The car’s ready, and this has taken the air out a bit.” Is there a favourite for the 2015 BTCC? Welch did not take part in the Donington Park pre-season test [...]

No doubts over Marrakech WTCC races

April 3rd, 2015

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The World Touring Car Championship round in Marrakech will go ahead as planned despite the supporting Auto GP series cancelling its races there due to “the political situation”. Auto GP announced this week that it had put its 2015 season-opener back to the Hungaroring in May and would not be racing alongside the WTCC in Morocco. An Auto GP statement said “the decision was taken due to the difficult political situation that has been involving the northern African area in the last few months.” Series chief Enzo Coloni added: “We did everything we possibly could to line-up at Marrakech but, in an effort to protect our teams and drivers, we decided to postpone the beginning of the season to Budapest. “In the years spent in Morocco we always felt at [...]

Infiniti to make BTCC debut with one car

April 1st, 2015

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The new Infiniti team will field just one car at the opening British Touring Car Championship round at Brands Hatch this weekend. Having missed the official pre-season test at Donington Park last week due to a delayed build process, the Support our Paras-linked team completed the shakedown of its first Q50 on Wednesday at Mallory Park with Derek Palmer Jr driving. However, its second car will not be ready for the coming weekend. “We experienced a late technical problem today which, after detailed analysis, has unfortunately resulted in the second car now not being in a position to race at Brands Hatch,” team principal Derek Palmer Snr said. “Of course it’s disappointing, but this is exactly what test sessions such as today’s are intended to discover before we head into [...]

BTCC Infiniti makes track debut

April 1st, 2015

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Infiniti’s maiden British Touring Car Championship racer has turned a wheel for the first time, ahead of its race debut at Brands Hatch this weekend. The manufacturer-backed effort will feature a pair of rear-wheel-drive Q50s entering the championship, driven by Derek Palmer Jr and Richard Hawken in association with the charity Support Our Paras. Delays in the supply of components slowed the build of the cars, and meant that the team did not participate in last week’s official BTCC test at Donington Park. Having been rolled onto the Donington grid for the official pre-season photo, the first Q50 is now complete, and made its on-track debut on Wednesday morning at Mallory Park. Palmer has completed an initial shakedown, and the team will spend the rest of the day working through [...]