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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.

iRacer Profile: Chris Overland

by David Phillips on July 20th, 2013

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  Just ask 2011 Brickyard 400 winner Paul Menard;  or one of his biggest fans – Chris Overland.  The San Antonio resident’s bid to qualify for the 2013 NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series came up a bit short in Season 2 – despite a trio of wins and eight top five finishes in the NASCAR Class A Series.  But there’s always Season 3, and a record that includes a twelfth place finish in the 2011 NiPS and a P32 in the 2012 NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship suggests Overland has every chance of punching his ticket for the upcoming NiPS.

Of course, there’s more to Overland’s iRacing program than NiPS and NiSWC.  Winner of the 2010 S3 NASCAR iRacing.com Class B (Fixed) Division 3 title, he’s also got a runner-up certificate to his credit in Class C (2012 S2) and he’s a fixture in the top ten of the current Class C (Fixed) standings with 15 wins in 73 starts.

Q: How long have you been sim-racing?
A: I’ve been sim-racing on consoles since the early 2000s, but I’ve only been racing PC sims like NASCAR Racing 2003 Season and iRacing for about four years.

Q: What attracted you to iRacing?
A: I was on youtube one morning and was recommended a video that DWC driver Jon Adams made . . . and ever since I’ve been hooked.

Q: What are favorite iRacing cars/tracks?
A: Without a doubt my favorite car on iRacing is the Gen6 Ford Fusion.  As a NASCAR fan I think that’s the only reason I need. As far as tracks are concerned, I personally love Chicagoland; the bumps and character that track has caters to my driving style and I love the racing the track produces.

Q: What do you like most about iRacing?
A: The structure.  I loved when I first made DWC because I knew that I had raced my way in amongst the best. Nothing immerses the player better than seeing their name at the top of a leader board.

Q: What would you change about iRacing?
A: I’d have to say the lack of multi-groove racing. Honestly that’s a big thing that iRacing is missing and I’d love to run different lines around tracks like Texas and Atlanta.  I’m a rim-rider so I’d enjoy the opportunity to be fast on different parts of the track. It’s really disappointing when you’re faster than someone and can’t make a pass because you lose speed when you deviate from the racing groove.

Q: How many hours a week do you spend on iRacing?
A: More than the average person. I’d say anywhere from 12-15 hours lately, but back when I first got sucked-in I spent literally all of my free time on here. Sometimes you gotta devote yourself if you wanna be fast.

Overland is “a huge Paul Menard fan.” Gee, how can you tell?

Q: Tell us about the paint schemes on your helmet/car(s).
A: I’m a huge Paul Menard fan, and I’ve always loved the bright yellow schemes. I actually got Paul to sign off on a contract which would allow me to run Menards in DWC if I made it back. I’m really excited about that. A lot of people recognize me from those schemes and it’s good to have an identity in this sim.

Q: What other sim racing activities (Forza, Gran Turismo, rFactor, etc.) do you do?
A: I tend to still run alot of NR2003, something about that game just never gets old.

Q: What are your favorite video games?
A: I don’t do much other than sim racing. I really enjoyed the NASCAR: Thunder Series by EA, simply because of the career mode.

Q: Do you do any real world racing? Has iRacing been of any benefit?
A: I actually haven’t. I use iRacing because I’m fairly certain I’m a good driver, but I have no funds to go into real racing.

“I think I speak for everyone when I say we all want to be the best we can be.”

Q: What is your most memorable iRacing moment?
A: Definitely proving I belonged in the Pro Series in 2011.  A lot of people doubted me and showed me no respect on the race track.  Five races in I was third in points and ended-up finishing 12th in standings. That’s probably the proudest moment I had. A lot of people have treated me different since then.

Q: What is the iRacing moment you’d love to forget?
A: In my first DWC start I was so nervous that I sped on pit road in my first pit stop and never recovered. Finished 29th with a winning car; that really bummed me out.

Q: What car/track would you like to see iRacing add to the service?
A: I’m pretty much set, I’m a huge NASCAR fan, and all three of the top level cars are already added. Just put Ford logos on the trucks and Nationwide and I’ll be a happy camper!

Q: What person, living or dead do you most admire?
A: Either Jamie McMurray or Kevin Harvick.  It’s safe to say that those two drivers had one shot at a good career and they went out and made the best of it. People who refuse to let anything get in the way of their dreams have my full respect.

Q: What’s your favorite real world racing series?
A: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, I’ve been watching since late 2001.

Overland has so far scored a trio of NASCAR iRacing.com Class A Series wins in Season 2.

Q: Name the title of the most recent book you read.
A: I actually re-read A Child Called It a few weeks ago. It’s a book about a child who is severely abused by his mother and survived the turmoil. I have a ton of respect for Dave Pelzer.

Q: Name of your favorite movie/TV show?
A: I love Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. They’ve taken over my life and I can’t wait for them to come back this fall.

Q: How many of your close friends are iRacing members?
A: Close friends? Only Adam Gilliland, but I’ve made many friendships through sim racing that I’d love to carry over to the real world.

Q: Has competing with iRacers all around the world influenced your opinions/outlook on life/world events? How?
A: My outlook on life hasn’t changed.  I think I speak for everyone when I say we all want to be the best we can be. I’m gonna try to do that whether it be in the racing or real world. iRacing has only given me motivation. I know I have an understanding for the way race cars act and I feel like I could show my skills in a real car.

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  1. The Mattress King
    July 21st, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I think Chris is one of the most solid drivers out there. He always races people clean and I respect his talents. Thank you for this article.

  2. rockmoon
    July 21st, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Nice car

  3. Stephen
    July 23rd, 2013 at 3:47 am

    I don’t know Chris Overland but I have seen this guy race at times. I can agree with The Mattress King as well. :)

  4. nigga bitch
    October 2nd, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    shiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeettttttttttttt nigga this motherfucker can drive.