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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
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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.

  • Thiago Izequiel
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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.

  • Tom O'Leary
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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.

  • 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.

Daytona Double

by David Phillips on February 23rd, 2012

Last weekend saw the 2012 World Tour of iRacing kicked-off with the Roar before the 2.4 and the 2.4 Hours of Daytona – a fitting debut for the newly-rescanned Daytona International Speedway.  The road racing doubleheader was a hit, to say the least, with nearly 1,900 sim racers taking to the 12 turn, 3.56 mile r-oval in their Pontiac Solstices, Mazda MX-5s, VW Jetta TDis, Mustang FR500s and Riley Mk XXs.  The Pontiacs, Mazdas and VWs frolicked in the virtual daylight of Friday’s Roar before the 2.4, while Saturday saw the Mustangs and Rileys take to track under the lights of the all new night-time version of the track for the grand-daddy of the World Tour of iRacing, the iRacing.com 2.4 Hours of Daytona.

A full field of Daytoa Prototypes and Mustangs prepares for iRacing's first big night race at Daytona International Speedway: the 2.4 Hours of Daytona.

With races Friday afternoon and evening, the Roar before the 2.4 saw 787 starters across the board (161 Pontiacs, 163 VWs and 463 Mazdas) in 22 splits.   Less than 24 hours later, the iRacing.com 2.4 Hours of Daytona took the green flag with no fewer than 875 Rileys going at it and more than 200 Mustangs joining in the fun.

Speaking of fun, some iRacers just couldn’t get enough of Daytona.  Timothy Stall, for example, raced in both iterations of the Roar before the 2.4, taking a win and a second in the Mazda MX5 class, before driving his Mustang to a third place in the 2.4 Hours.  Darin Gangi, Giovanni Mungin and Maximilian Vietmeier did Stall one better, in that they won a race in both the Roar and the 2.4.  Gangi “roared” to a win in the VW Jetta TDi, and came back to win again in the 2.4 in his Daytona Prototype.  Mungin won in Solstice and DP, while Vietmeier was victorious in VW as well as Mustang, and more than a dozen other iRacers made the podium on multiple occasions.

As for the particulars, Solstice winners included Eric Foss, Miko Paavilainen, Chris Hughson, Duncan Coppedge, Joni Hagner, Jonathan Auger, Anti J Saarinen, Ryan Packard, Chris Hannigan, Andrew Massey, Thomas Christ, Bryan Horowitz, Christian Pedersen, Mungin, Mike Koch, Adam Facciponti, Gabriel Olochwoszcz, Norbert Lakomecz, Michael Spieles, Ian Boyd, Thomas Chappell and Steve Eszenyi.

The Mazda throng was paced by Henning Cordes, Ernest Deakyne, David Presle, David Massieux, Chad Peterson, Arnaud Lacombe, Dustin Lengert, Joao Rodriguez, Timothy Stoll, Michael Morrison2, Miika Virkki, Christopher Shella, Brian Harford, Brian Sponseller, Carson Downs, Jake Forster, Alex Scribner, Ryan Ingle, Caleb Hindes, Adam Strawmyer, Robert Padavich and Sebastian Taylor.

Two of the more than 460 Mazda MX5s to contest the Roar before the 2.4 stage a thrilling finish.

And on the VW side, Gangi, Nick Johnston, Kevin Parrish, Jonathan Cyr, Vietmeier, Dustin McGrew, Adam Bluhm, Grant Bray, Florian Bonjour, Simon Trendell, Phil Schroeder, Joe Hubbard, Marco Arcidiancono, Ben Maehrlein, Tom Czarny, Chip Disharoon, Travis Kerslake, Mark Robertson, David York, Dan Bullis, Bradley Hieb and Matthew Davis visited the Winners Circle.

Solstice runners-up included Facciponti, Jady Baumgardner, Blake Townend, Kevin Browne, Lance Gomez Jr, Alexander Fornieles, Nick Frangoulis, Timo Verhoest, JP Smith, Jeff Ramsdell, Jeffrey Detrick, Greg Berkowitz, Adam Massey, Daniel Dunham, Shawn Murphy,, Sam Winemiller, Cody Dusty, Joshua Scott, Seth Eggert, Doug Caddick, Mike A Taylor and Robert Reynolds.

Wheeling their MX5s into second place in class were Dylan Sharman, Bradley Walker, Benjamin Harste, Ricardo Machuca, Michael Melvin, Stoll, Ryan Reynolds, Mathieu Branchereau, Stephen Spillers, Maxime Paquette, Jens Weimer, Christopher Shella, Kevin Bobbitt, Jonathan Goring, Justin Thompson, Allen Krier, Ron Thomas, Steven Clagg (in both the afternoon and evening races), Chad Coleman, Tim King, Chris Overland and Joshua Gayman.

A crowded second step of the VW podium was occupied by Scott Michaels, Mike Nachtigal, James Yates, Scott Kennedy, Aaron Likens, Brendan Kaczmarek, Matthew Davis, Jonathan Butel, Sascha Moenig, Eric Paradis, Injo Jeon, Zachary Morris, Jesus Blanco Barreiro, Duncan Reed2, Shawn Cole, Curtis James, Jason Gallagher, Shawn Troester, Bart Randolph, Dylan Roberts, George Harrell and Chuck Johnson.

Third places in Solstice went to Browne, Chris Keogh, Eric Busillo, Steve Rousseau, Loren Bateman, Juan Rodriguez, Petri Pyöriä, Sebastian Molinari, Armando Vargas, Mike Budzein, Mark Massar, Kurt Bagnell, Jack Turner, Kyle Robinson, Vince Marsh, Steve Hawkins, John-Paul Fauvarque, Eckhart von Glan, Matthias Willhardt, David Meetze, Travin Morgan and Pete Zehler.

Their counterparts in Mazda included Marius Golombeck, Stefan Overgaard, Darren Seal, Parker Kligerman, Brett Stephens, Ryan Reynolds, Eke Dávid, Chris E Pence, Jeffrey Lapalme, Brad Patton, Bryan Barns, Frederic Cantigneau, Leigh Higgins, Connor Babel, James Wheeler, Chad Coleman (who picked-up a second place in the other MX5 race), Eric Leichtle, Shaun Schernitzki, Murray Simister, Matt DeReus, Ted Hough and Neil Fasekas.

And (virtual) VW bronze medals go to Trey Cauley, James Yates, Matt Ferris, Andreas Wagner, Vincent Wood, Richard Crozier, Dennis Melchert, Roberto Hernandez Gotor, Carl Fredrik Hersoug, Roger Billings, Salvatore Rossi, Vedran Broz, Jay Bonvouloir, Bryan Goddard, Aaron Babcock, Javier Tincani, Chas Lawrence, Fabio Andreaza, Ronny Granzow, Brandon Wright, Kevin Martin and Jerry Buracki.

Less than 24 hours later, the Rileys and Mustangs took to the spotlight, literally, as they were christening the new night version of the track.  Some 875 sim racers wheeled-out their Daytona Prototypes, with more than 200 pony cars joining the fun.  DP winners included Gangi, András Király, Shaun Stroud, Ronald Gross, Shaun Cole, Sebastian Lohse, Brad Wright, Jacob Nielsen, Raymond Mooney, Joe Yenchick, Sergei Soldatov, Mungin, Wim Stockmans, Jack Breuker, Richard Dean, Giorgio Ponti, Chris Seymour, Lance Williams, Chris Hall, Joe Letteriello, Jeremy Bourbeau, Allen Kareth, Kyle Williamson, Dennis Ellis, Ian Plasch and Patrick O’Brien.

Inevitably, some of the 1,900 sim racers taking part in the races were destined to depart Daytona disappointed . . .

Mustang winners included Michaels, Vietmeier, David Jaques, Nenad Matijevic, Jordan Westfall, Landon Harrison, Byron Daley, Alexandre Fornieles, Don Davis, Tony Luckoski, Troy Anderson, Kyle Germanton, Ricky Dalton, Cory McLemore, David A Wilson Jr, Anthony Muniz, Ty McWhirter, Joseph Perry, Sean Rafferty, George Mastrokostas and Marty Vrana.

Riley runners-up included Dave Gelink, Jonathan Pierson, Alexandre Gravouille, Mike Kelley, Ronnie Akesson, Roberto Zini, Kyle McCartney2, Mario Geseirich, Heitor Luiz, Donald Sklenka, Bruce Perry, Ben Williamson, Michael Wenning, Chad Coleman, Brian Harford, Steven Dager Jr, Joe Jacalone, Lorenzo Teobaldi, Matt Berndt, Nick Terebuch, Tyler Hill, Eric Laval, Jeffrey Schloss, Mark A Reed, Roger Sievert and Bruno J St-Pierre.

Mounting the second step of the Mustang podium were Billings, Cordes, Hannigan and Zehler along with Eric Smith, Fabian Jastremski, Petr Lisa, Tony Johns, Dennis Melchert, Steve Claeys, Brandon Pantas, Martin Wilson, Simon van Duijune, Gabriel A Bechtold, Bruce Lawson, Jason Poisson, John Andrade III, Thomas Kraft, Stacy Hunter, David Houser and Marc Meyers.

Third place in DP went to Goddard, Evan Maillard, Mads Buhr, John Mallia, Naoya Nagai, Tony Repussard, Sergey Bazhenov, Bedros Magardichian, Patrick Mercier, Patrick Spence, Joe Hubbard, Derek Roeleveld, David ter Stal, Timothy Johnston, Ken Mckenzie, Michael Koroleff, Eric Miller, Clayton Ramstead, Jyrypekka Lehtinen, Bruce Clay, Jim Wallen, Curtis James, Derek Schmitt, William Kabela, Brian Bennett2 and Hunter Lynn.

And making the final step of the pony car podium were Dusty, Ferris, Gomez, Stoll, Eric Smith, Jay Osborne, Mikey Grems, Luca Pirovano,  Chad Simpson, Teruaki Kato, Lee Tomlinson, Justin M Wilson, Mattew Reinoehl, Andrew Kirschenman, Chris Cable, Josh R Keith, Derek Voecks, Ted Hough, Joshua Scott, Paul Bowers and Ed Cohee.

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  1. bob winslow
    February 23rd, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    what a great time!….with so many racers, the competion in each split was very even….competition was tough, even in our low split, we had a wicked fun race!

  2. Jonathan Rex
    February 23rd, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Very impressed with the level of clean driving going on during th race. In general a very respextful group of drivers.

  3. Ryan Packard
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    This was a fantastic event put on by iRacing! Everything went off without an issue and the level of competition was excellent throughout! I will definitely be racing these next year!

  4. Darin Gangi
    February 23rd, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Woohoo ! I made inRacingNews !

  5. Pete Zehler
    July 14th, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I had so much fun thanks to everyone can’t wait to get back August 6th.