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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!

  • Wil Vincent
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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

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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 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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    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
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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.
  • David Ifeguni
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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.

Does Anyone Have a Setup I Can Use?

by Nathan Aljoe on September 26th, 2012

“Does anyone have a setup I can use?” As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, participating in iRacing’s fixed setup series has its benefits. If I’m honest, I always find myself returning to fixed setup series such as the iRacing.com Nvidia Cup when I just fancy a blast on track without worrying about the setup I’m using. However, there comes a point in everyone’s iRacing career when you’ve gotta branch out and deal with setting up your car.

“Does anyone have a setup I can use…..??” If you look around and talk to people in the forums or on track you’ll be forgiven for thinking that there seem to be two types of people in the world when it comes to sim-racing; those who can set-up a car and those who can’t. I beg to differ. I think there are people who have bothered learn how to set-up a car and those who haven’t (I’m willing to accept that many people try to learn). Let’s face it; it’s not easy when you’re starting out, and when you’re faced with a tonne of settings that you have no clue about, the task of learning may seem too daunting.

Despite this, I’m guessing quite a few racers are like me. In fact, I’m willing to bet that most of us are a little like Cole Trickle (if you haven’t seen Day of Thunder watch it for the love of man!). Personally, I’ve tried to read tonnes of books, articles, guides, etcetera to try and learn how to set up a car. Unfortunately, I don’t have the concentration to read and digest information this way and the grey squishy stuff between my ears just can’t turn the words into something I can apply on the track. At this point, most people give up, go on the forum and download a setup . . . or join a practice session and utter the magic words.

“Does anyone have a setup I can use…..!?!?!?” What’s the problem with using a setup from a forum or getting one in a live session? Well nothing I guess. However, I see a lot of people who are off the pace in practice sessions, who are given a setup only to remain off the pace!  Worse yet, I’ve been in race sessions where someone has uttered the aforementioned phrase to receive a setup, only to crash out shortly after! So what does this mean? Could it be that there is a correlation between racers who can’t be bothered to practice and racers who can’t set up their cars? Bold claims and very generalistic I know; however there may be a little truth in there.

So where do we start learning the dark arts of setting-up a car? Well, I’d recommend iRacing’s inRacingNews Challenge mixed class series – and what a fun little series it is too!  “Does anyone have a setup I can use…..!?!?!?” C’mon guys! Anyone asking this question in this series should be ashamed. The Mazda Roaster in this series, for example, has 14 adjustable settings…10 of those are duplicated (one each side of the car)…AND changing one of these settings correctly will arguably give you a competitive car straight off the bat (no I won’t tell which setting I’m referring to). It just doesn’t get easier than this guys! So without further ado, it’s time for some guided discovery.

Go spin some laps, get used to the track/car combination and gauge you’re progress/performance against a competitive time (take your time and work up to it). Only when you can consistently drive the car at a reasonable pace should you be thinking about making some changes to the setup. When you get to this point make sure to only make one change at a time — BUT, for the sake of this exercise, make them extreme changes. For example, put the brake balance as far back as possible, go out and spin some laps <snigger>. What happened? Spinning under braking you say? OK, back into the pits and push the brake balance as far forward as possible. Do a few more laps. Notice a difference? Congratulations! You’ve just learned how brake balance affects the car; pat yourself on the back.

I’ll give you one more example. Reset the car’s settings. Once you’ve done that, increase both rear tire pressures to maximum and reduce the front pressures to minimum. Spin a few laps and see what happens <te he he>.

Hopefully you’re getting the idea now. Do the same with the other settings, experiment with them one by one – no reading required. Before long you’ll figure out what settings do what. Shortly after you’ll be able to make multiple changes to optimise the car’s braking, turn-in, mid-corner and exit behaviours. If you keep practicing you’ll get really good and will be on the path to becoming a complete racer! What I think is really important, in my humble opinion, is getting your car to feel/behave how you like it and not get fixated on what the text books/articles/setup guides say (I’m not saying they are useless be the way).

“Does… anyone… have… a setup I can use!!!!!!?” With a little patience and practice you’ll be making your own, tailor-made setups! The laps needed to make them will give you ample practise time, delivering confidence and performance plus setups that rock! Soon you’ll wonder what you were so scared of in the first place and will be sharing your awesome setups with the iRacing community. “YES!! I have a setup you can use… just stop asking that question for the love of man!!!”

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  1. Anonymous
    September 26th, 2012 at 6:36 am

    anyone… have… a setup I can use!!!!!!?

  2. Anonymous
    September 26th, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    mic check

  3. Pietilä
    September 26th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    very good. just the way it is!

  4. D-man
    September 26th, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    “I’ve been in race sessions where someone has uttered the aforementioned phrase to receive a setup, only to crash out shortly after! So what does this mean?”

    It simpy means that this person can’t drive.

  5. Anonymous
    September 27th, 2012 at 3:17 am

    What about those of us who simply adapt to the car and learn to drive it by the setup? It usually takes something being extremely wrong or difficult for me to feel a need to change a setup. My problem is more that most of the baselines work very well for me in the lower series and I find no need to change them. Then when you get to C and B class cars, it quickly becomes the deep end.

  6. Petr Dolezal3
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Do you know some website, where I can download some setups pls?