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  • David Phillips
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    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.
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    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!

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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."

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    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
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Jack Davidson
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    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
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  • Katier Scott
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    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.
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    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.

Williams F1 and iRacing Announce Virtual Version of AT&T Williams FW31

by Steve Potter on January 14th, 2010

Digital Duplicate of Current-Era Grand Prix Car Will Be Available in 2010

iRacing.com will build a virtual version of the 2009 AT&T Williams FW31 and make it available to members of its internet-based global motorsport simulation service.  The announcement at the Autosport International show in Birmingham, UK was made jointly by Williams F1 and iRacing.com Motorsport Simulation, LLC.screenhunter_85-jan-13-13341

“Our members range from full-time professional racing drivers to fans who may never sit in a racing car in the physical world,” said Divina Galica, MBE, iRacing’s director of client relations and a former world-class racer in cars and on skis, where she represented Britain in the Olympics on four occasions.

For $12.95 (US) and less than $8.00 per month, anyone virtually anywhere in the world will be able to take the controls of a contemporary grand prix car, test its performance and race against other drivers,” Galica continued. ” We’re excited by the prospect of producing an exact digital duplicate of the AT&T Williams FW31 and very pleased to be able to make the announcement here in the UK, the home of Williams F1 and to the second-largest national contingent of iRacers.”

Galica said that iRacing’s work on the AT&T Williams FW31 was beginning this week with data collection at the team’s headquarters in Grove and that the car is expected to join iRacing’s vehicle inventory later this year.

We’ve been well aware of the superb quality and extreme degree of accuracy of iRacing’s simulation,” said Tom Potter, Williams F1’s Commercial Alliances Manager.  “More people travel into space than are afforded the opportunity to drive a current Formula One car. The annual Philips global promotion with AT&T Williams uniquely offers that opportunity and iRacing has already shown it is a superb form of preparation to stand the best chance of winning the competition – Rob Tarlton, who won last autumn, as well as the runner-up, Thomas Christensen, are both dedicated iRacers.”

Tarlton, an engineering student at the University of Illinois in the US, said that participating in iRacing’s organized online racing series, where he competed against talented racers from around the world, helped him develop the skills that put him in the cockpit of the Williams FW29.

screenhunter_83-jan-13-13321“I started sim-racing with racing games like rFactor and Live for Speed, but then I found iRacing,” said Tarlton.  “The races are great fun in and of themselves, and it definitely helped me develop car control.  In iRacing, you’re encouraged to work your way up to speed safely; you can’t drop wheels off the road or you get penalized.  That helped in the transition to the real cars at Palmer Sport and on the Williams simulator.  I felt comfortable at the limit without dropping wheels off the road.”

Professional racers also use the iRacing service both for fun and to hone their existing skills and learn new tracks and cars.  Former Formula One and current Indy car ace Justin Wilson is a well-known advocate for iRacing and NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is likely to be found competing in iRacing events late into the night following a real-world NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

At the press conference that introduced her as a driver for Earnhardt’s NASCAR Nationwide Series team, Danica Patrick revealed that she planned to use iRacing to help make the transition from the Dallara Indy car to the heavier and smaller-tired stock car she’ll be driving in 2010 in addition to her IZOD IndyCar Series commitments.

screenhunter_81-jan-13-1326More than 17,000 people have subscribed to the iRacing online driving service since it was opened to the public less than two years ago.  While the initial focus was on building tracks close to the company’s American base, now that all of the primary North American oval and road-racing facilities are available or under construction, iRacing has embarked on a global expansion.  Last month a millimeter-accurate virtual version of Brands Hatch joined Silverstone in the track inventory and Oulton Park is soon to follow.  Zandvoort and Zolder will join them by year’s end, along with Australia’s Phillip Island and Oran Park Raceway.  Additional tracks will be announced soon.

Using detailed technical data provided by the designers and constructors of the physical versions of the cars, iRacing’s virtual ones feature the same degree of fidelity as its tracks.  Among more than 20 racing cars already in the iRacing inventory or under construction, the Williams FW31 joins the Dallara IC 09 Indy car, Riley Mk XX Daytona Prototype, Radical SR8 V8 sports car, Corvette C6.R Le Mans racer, the 1978 World Championship-winning Lotus 79 and a full complement of NASCAR machinery, including those that contest the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

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Photos by Charles Coates/LAT Photographic courtesy of Williams F1.

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  1. Ryan Terry
    January 14th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    this is awesome news… great work iracing

  2. Karolis Pranckevicius
    January 14th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    i assume it will be a quickie just like dallara so we wont have to actually wait

  3. Daniel Buck
    January 14th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    OH MY GOD!
    I HATE IRACING… IT MAKES ME HAVE NO LIFE! HAHAHAHAHAHA

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you very much for that!! ;)

  4. Ray Bryden
    January 14th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    WOW – fantastic! Incredible.
    Great
    Great
    Great!!!!!!

  5. Simon Hulbert
    January 14th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Stunning news! Well done iRacing, I expect I first need to master the Mazda, Radical, Corvette, Riley & Dallara and of course the Lotus before I can be any good with the Williams. A prospect I look forward to very much!

  6. Giovanni Scala
    January 14th, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you iRacing!

  7. Aritan Maia
    January 14th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    One word: A W E S O M E ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  8. Francisco Costa
    January 14th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Fantastic, it is truly awesome to be part of this service and community :)

    Thank you iRacing for bring in us closer to the real deal.

  9. Francisco Costa
    January 14th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Fantastic, it is truly awesome to be part of this service and community :)

    Thank you iRacing for bringing us closer to the real deal.

  10. Marcus Caton
    January 14th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    meh

    jk WOOOOT!!!!

  11. Jeffrey Rietveld
    January 14th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    This is great news!!! :D

  12. Luis Babboni
    January 14th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    :-)

  13. Petteri Kotovaara
    January 14th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    BEst day of my life! is it?

  14. Michael Barnett
    January 14th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    iRacing just owned the rest of the sim world with this announcement!! RfactWHAT?

  15. Dave Burnett
    January 14th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Absolutely fantastic iRacing – another great piece of news. If only the wife could see it that way!

  16. Nick N
    January 14th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    very cool

  17. Justin Rebelo
    January 14th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Without a doubt this is the biggest announcement iRacing has ever made. NASCAR and IRL affiliation were both big deals because of the name power, but I think bringing a modern F1 car in to the service is the next level because the international appeal of iRacing is going to skyrocket. Hopefully more european tracks are to follow because serious F1 simulation will be a massive membership draw.

  18. Jesper G
    January 14th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Great. Will you have advanced features in the car like engine maps – boost – various tyres etc etc?

  19. Aaron Devaney
    January 14th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Great News. Well done to the whole iRacing Team. Nascar, Indycar and now the Williams F1. Outstanding!

  20. Mahesh Rumale
    January 14th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Sensational News!

    Now that I have had the chance I can proudly say I can race the current years F1 car.

    The current brood of F1 fans can experience the same car which they follow on TV. How amazing is that?

    Kudos! iracing.

  21. John
    January 14th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Great news – very impressive that it’s the 2009 model. Thank you Williams for “getting on board” and, of course, thank you iRacing!

    Hopefully all the great F1 tracks will follow?

    Now, if only I could actually drive the humble Skippy …

  22. Kimmo Tuisku
    January 14th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Fantastic. I have been waiting for this . I Love you Iracing dudes :)
    Will be fun to feel the difference in physics compared to the Lotus79,wich is
    my favorite car for the moment :)
    Great If we also can get some tracks Like Spa,Istanbul etc

  23. Micha Weisskopf
    January 14th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    I hope also european tracks will follow. I dream about Track Nordschleife, would be really nice.

  24. Ben Styles
    January 14th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Makes me proud to be part of the iRacing community. Nothing compares.

  25. Gary Teall
    January 14th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Maybe J. Villenueve will get active again since this his old teams car. I’d know I can kick his r’s in the skip barber, but he might have a chance in the Williams F1. I’m calling you out JV!

  26. Lincoln Miner
    January 14th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Davina Gallica, Williams and iRacing are awesome! Holy crap! :-)

  27. Patrick Moharter
    January 15th, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Awww Geeez now I gotta hire Shumie to teach me how to drive this car. If only I could get him away from Mercedes.

  28. Frank H Herfjord
    January 15th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    wohooo! amazing! I peed a little bit!

  29. Richard Keur
    January 15th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Dear iracing,

    Will inform my lawyer to ask for divorce LOL
    I am happy to race this car on my home track Zandvoort, awesome.

    greetz,
    Richard

  30. Doyle Lowrance
    January 15th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    awesome news!!!! another fantastic addition to an awesome sim!!!

    Doyle

  31. Christiaan LeGrand
    January 15th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Somebody pinch me. Really looking forward to racing an F1 car in iRacing. Too good to be true. Was excited about the ’79 and it is awesome … just wondering if my 39 year old brain is quick enough for Williams car. :-P

  32. Mark
    January 16th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    This is really great news. This will keep me a member for much longer.
    I’d also like to see some circuits come out slowly to complement this car down the road.

  33. Nick
    January 18th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Thats great news… Now if only we could get news that SPA is in the works… that’ll definitely make me sub for a year :)

  34. Arsenio Fajardo
    January 18th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Omg Did all other F1 games die!

  35. D.Merino
    January 18th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Lo vamos a flipar chavales…
    Very great news from the best sim!

  36. scott m ford
    January 18th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    that’s great news for us F1 fans like myself. but is the others race teams going to follow the williams team with there 2009 cars. because GTR2 has had a F1 2009 mod witch is very good by the way from my experience and they have all the cars for 09 witch they were getting updates through the year in 09. so what i want too know is why are the teams of F1 2009 so hesitant about giving up the licenses for there cars, is it a bernie ecclestone problem, doesn’t that guy have enough money . anyway this would be a advantage to F1 drivers who have choosen iracing platform. lewis hamilton and kimi raikonen have been seen on GTR2 before i have raced kimi a couple of times on the GTR2 platform, but i don’t think they know about iracing, if they did and tried it they would be hooked too.

  37. Jimmy Johnson
    June 1st, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    When is the release date?!