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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Double Vision – Again

January 26th, 2012

The final weeks of the 2011 Season 4 inRacingNews Challenge saw the mixed class (SpecRacer Fords and Pontiac Solstices) visit three very different circuits:  the short course configuration at Summit Point Raceway, Charlotte Motor Speedway’s “r-oval” road course and Okayama International’s  long course.  Long or short, r-oval or pure road circuit, Michael Booth and Gabriel Tobar proved unbeatable as they swept to the Solstice and SRF titles, respectively . . . again (in Booth’s case, his second straight title, while Tobar took his third SRF crown in the past four seasons).

Week 10 of the inRacingNews Challenge season headed to West Virginia and Summit Point Raceway, marking the fourth and final visit of the season to the series’ de facto home track, and one of precious few opportunities for the sim racers to improve their positions in the point standings.

Booth dominated the Solstice class all season, and Week 10 was no exception, as he took 140 points (four starts, all from the pole, and two wins) to top all drivers. Wim Bries ranked second in the category with 136 points, while David Albaladejo placed third with 129. Meanwhile, Kalle Ruokola went four-for-four to score 188 points and dominate the SRF class; second place Mitch Weatherley scored 149 points, while Chris Hughson and Tobar tied for third with 146.

The iRNC was on very familiar grounds at Summit Point.

Two Solstice drivers topped 20 starts on the week: Chris Hughson ran 21 races, while Dmitry Kizyukevich started 20. Hughson also led the class in victories, with 13; Bryan J. Miller’s nine wins and Bries’ six were second and third best, respectively. Hughson’s 11 poles were also good enough to beat both Miller and Bries in that category, as they each had seven.

Roope Turkkila led all major statistical categories in SRF, with 18 starts, 13 wins, and 16 poles. Two drivers, Douglas Campbell and Nikolay Andreev, also cracked 15 starts, scoring two and three wins, respectively. Hughson ranked second in the wins category, with seven, and second in the poles category, with five. Daniel Mageste placed third in wins with five, while four drivers tied for third in poles with four apiece.

Miller posted the fastest time in Solstice time trials, a 1:06.938, topping David Benedict’s 1:07.203. But it was Booth who would top the field in qualifying, with a 1:06.481 that edged close laps from Bries and Miller, respectively. In SRF, Nikolay Andreev’s 1:05.874 was the fastest lap in time trials, while Tobar turned the fastest qualifying lap with a 1:04.747.

The inRacingNews Challenge headed to Charlotte Motor Speedway’s road course for the penultimate round of the season.  This would be the series’ second visit to the North Carolina ‘r-oval’ s as Kalle Ruokola topped both classes in points scored in Week Five (182 in Solstice and 168 in SRF).  As a championship challenger in both Solstice and Ford, he was looking for a repeat performance.

Charlotte's idiosyncratic 'r-oval' poses unique challenges to the iRNC competitors.

However, there would be no repeats for Ruokola. With 156 points, Joni Hagner topped the Solstice class for the week, beating Hughson’s 142 points and Riku Alatalo’s 130. Ruokola would only score 93 points, ranking 18th. In SRF, meanwhile, Diego Doni edged Ruokola, 159-158, for the best point total on the week; both drivers scored one win and one pole in two starts. Third placed Scott Fox won in his lone start to score 151 points.

Hugo Ramos led all Solstice drivers with 28 starts, though he only scored one win. It would be Hughson, who won in each of his 23 starts, who would lead that category; Bryan J. Miller would rank second in the category with eight wins, while Douglas Campbell’s four victories ranked third. Hughson added 21 poles, topping Campbell and Miller again, who had seven apiece.

Meanwhile in SRF, Hana Mahlbachr’s 16 starts led all drivers, while three other drivers tied for second with 14. But Igor Avgustinovich was the winningest driver on the week, winning nine races in only ten starts; Mitch Weatherly ranked second with eight wins, and Ramon Sprecher ranked third with five. Weatherly’s 14 poles bested all drivers, beating Avgustinovich’s nine and Hughson’s five.

Thomas van Bussel’s lap of 1:22.511 topped all Solstice drivers in time trials, while Hughson posted the best qualifying lap, a 1:21.813. Avgustinovich posted the fastest Ford time trial lap, a 1:22.061, but Weatherly’s 1:20.839 bested all others in qualifying.

Okayama was the setting for the season finale.

The iRNC headed to the Land of the Rising Sun for the 2011 Season Four finale at Okayama International Circuit on the full course layout.  This was the series’ third Okayama visit of the season, and the second on that particular layout.   Week Six had seen Booth’s 162 points lead the Solstice class, while Ruokola’s impressive 237 point week topped all SRF drivers.

When all the virtual dust had settled at Okayama, Booth (Solstice) and Tobar (SRF) emerged as the series champions.  Booth topped all Solstice drivers with 1224 points on the season, scoring 20 victories and 32 poles in 36 total starts to win his second consecutive class title. Gabriel Tobar won his third Ford championship (he also won in Seasons One and Two) with 1434 points, taking 17 wins in 20 starts. Kalle Ruokola, meanwhile, ranked second in both series; he had 15 starts, nine wins, and 1150 points in Solstice, and 33 wins in 49 starts for 1418 points in Ford.

Chris Hughson ranked third in Solstice points, scoring 1056 after winning in 197 of his 250 starts. Fourth place Nenad Matijevic won 21 times in 50 starts to score 1038 points, while fifth place Wim Bries tallied 59 wins in 109 starts to total 956 points. Mihael Vucinic, Antti Lepisto, Michael Vaughn, Thomas van Bussel, and Juan Rodriguez completed the overall Solstice top 10.

More than 180 Solstice drivers made the journey to Okayama.

With 22 starts, 19 wins, and 1238 points, Mogar DG Filho ranked third in the Ford championship. Diego Doni’s 13 wins in 34 starts were good for 1231 points and fourth place, while Mitch Weatherly’s 59 starts and 27 wins scored him 1190 points and fifth place. Sergio Roda Junior, Chris Hughson, Tim Bone, Roope Turkkila, and Jerry Burkacki rounded out the top 10 in Ford.

In Solstice, David Benedict won the time trial championship with 782 out of a possible 800 points, while Vucinic and van Bussel tied for second place with 753. In Ford, the battle was much closer, as Daniel Ryan edged Scott Hanley, 749-748, for the honor. Nikolay Andreev placed third with 738 points.

inRacingNews Challenge Champions by Division

(Division, Pontiac Solstice champion, Spec Racer Ford champion)
Division One: Michael Booth, Gabriel Tobar
Division Two: Nenad Matijevic, Diego Doni
Division Three: Thomas van Bussel, Sergio Roda Junior
Division Four: David Albaladejo, Ramon Sprecher
Division Five: Nick Stine, Hicham Kadiri
Division Six: John Tucker, Fredrik Persson
Division Seven: Bradley Morris, Andrey Tararaksin
Division Eight: Bradly Hieb, Emerson Bracisievicz
Division Nine: Walter Kurman, Michael Hilliard
Division 10: Andrew Corrigan, Jean Fernandez
Rookie Division: Benjamin Harste, Hakan Thornqvist

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