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

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

  • Wil Vincent
    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.

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

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

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

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

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

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

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

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

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

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

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

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

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

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

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

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

  • Ray Kingsbury
    Contributor

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

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

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

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

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

  • Tom O'Leary
    author

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

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

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

  • 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.

Battle of the Milwaukee Mile

by Chris Cunningham on February 24th, 2010

The iRacing Late Model Tour, also known as the NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model Series (NiLMS), brings in many top online racers from many different abilities and walks of life. The quality of the sim racing is just as exciting (if not more) as some of the superior NASCAR-sanctioned series, with a caliber of drivers who are all rightfully trying to earn their spot in the next batch of Pro series-qualified drivers this May. Several top tier drivers are hoping to use their Late Model experience as a platform to be able to race with the best in the Impala A and B cars. There is no better venue on the schedule than the legendary Milwaukee Mile, in West Allis, WI, for the drivers in the NiLMS to showcase their hidden potential and their taste for victory.

Will McMillan (7) and Mike Shelton run side-by-side through Turn Three at the Milwaukee Mile.

Will McMillan (7) and Mike Shelton run side-by-side through Turn Three at the Milwaukee Mile.

To date, the Milwaukee Mile is the largest track the iRacers have had to tame in their Late Models, with USA Speedway and Oxford both less than a mile. Milwaukee provided great racing throughout all ten divisions, and just about nine hundred drivers competed over the course of the week. With just three races in, the 2010 Season One’s Late Model competition is getting intense. Justin Hoyle, a Carolina native, went undefeated this week, securing five wins in five races. Overall, the Division One leader sits a mere two points ahead of Brett Nesbitt, who gained sixteen points on Hoyle this week, despite his five-for-five performance. Nesbitt ran only one race on the circuit, but due to a higher strength of field, Hoyle’s wins were just not enough to stop Nesbitt.  Jonathan Ross also had an outstanding week, tying Hoyle with 171 points after winning two of his three races this week. A dark horse in the NiLMS may be Ben Burnett, a driver just outside of the top thirty in points who won four of five races this week.  His only “loss” was a fourth in a race won by Ashley Miller, who is currently third in the Division One standings, just thirty-six points behind Hoyle.

The Division Two drivers may have had the closest racing all season. Goran Strand, a Swedish driver running for the Scandinavian club, got the most points this week — 149 — after racing for two second place finishes. During one split Strand battled with the hard-charging David Preston. Strand started on the pole, and led the first 46 laps in the 50 mile shootout. However, Preston gave the Swedish driver a run for his money, sitting contently in second place for the majority of the race. Strand was unaware, despite his domination, that Preston was stalking his prey. Within ten laps to go, both drivers exchanged blows, racing side-by-side. On lap 47, Preston got around Strand and never looked back, taking the win by two tenths of a second. Overall, Strand heads 170 drivers in the Division Two standings with Steven Dager Jr. just 3 points back and Kevin West 13 points back in third. Heading into Week Four, the top five drivers in Division Two are all within a 19 point gap.

Will McMillan, who elected to use Oxford as a drop week, ran only one race at Milwaukee in order to test his Monte Carlo for the upcoming week at Lime Rock Park. McMillan is a seasoned road racer who has defeated prominent A class road drivers, and sits within the top 55 in points and enjoyed turning left at Milwaukee.

You could run side-by-side very well at Milwaukee,” he said.  “There was great racing there. It’s a fun track, and I can’t wait to see what the Late Models can do this week at Lime Rock”.

McMillan, and several other drivers are very eager to see how well the Late Models can run at Lime Rock Park. This week the drivers will be traveling all the way from the Midwest to the Northeast. Expect to see some new names and familiar faces, as the 1.54 mile road course in Connecticut is sure to bring some great racing action in the NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model Series.

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  1. Alex Ulleri
    February 24th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I’m loving the LM at LimeRock….so much fun.

  2. Chris Cunningham
    February 25th, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Hey Alex! Its going to be a blast to write about it next week!

  3. ken mac
    February 26th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Man, the LM at the Rock is a blast!

  4. Jaime Freitas
    February 26th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I was leading division 8 in points at milwaukee by 5 until Sunday when a driver from across the ocean overtook me. We both finished with 85 points but he did so in fewer races and with better overall stats. I had 4 poles with a 31.486, along with 2 wins in 7 races and 5 top 5′s.

  5. Chris Cunningham
    February 26th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Hey Jaime! Personally, I’m in division 8 too! My goal with the articles is to cover the top divisions, however I can include a few highlights of the divisions like division 8.

    Yea, I know how you feel… in division 1 last week the strength of field played a big role in the points… and I am really looking forward to writing this weeks article as the NiLMS drivers are going to have to tackle a road course.

  6. gürhan kaya
    February 27th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Gogo Göran Strand!
    team allstars

  7. Danny Albin
    March 2nd, 2010 at 12:27 am

    I too am in Division 8 and finally scored my first iRacing win. Glad it was at Milwaukee. :) Such a great track for good nose to tail, side by side racing.

  8. Matthew C
    March 4th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Milwaukee and Lime Rock were 2 fun tracks