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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: Diego Rodriguez Alonso

by David Phillips on November 17th, 2012

With a surname like his, Diego Rodriguez Alonso had some pretty lofty standards to meet when he joined iRacing at the end of July.  And while he still has a fair way to go before becoming motorsports’ most celebrated Alonso, he could hardly have enjoyed a more impressive start to his iRacing career.  As a rookie, he drove his Mazda MX-5 to an impressive championship in the 2012 Season 3 inRacingNews Challenge, taking 19 wins in 24 starts – and going a perfect 24 for 24 in poles – to best Christoph Schön and iRNC stalwart Chris Hughson; this while grabbing the S3 Nvidia Cup with eight wins in 12 races and, you guessed it, a dozen poles.

Alonso’s secret?  At least one of them is practice, practice, practice. (Click here to see Alonso experimenting with a car’s dynamics.)  This season he’s dipping his toe in the Skip Barber Race and Classic Lotus Grand Prix Series – although you wouldn’t know by looking at the series results.  In fact, to date, the name Diego Rodriguez Alonso does not appear in any of the official results or standings for either series.  Dig a little deeper though any you’ll find that Alonso has been practicing the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 79 relentlessly over the past few weeks.  So don’t be surprised if his name starts appearing in the Skip Barber and CLGP stats — in the wins column.

Q: How long have you been sim-racing?
A: I feel I started sim racing with Grand Prix Legends back in 1999 when my neighbour told me about a very hard car video game.  That motivated me to get a copy, then I saw the difference between other car games I previously played and a good one. After that I started playing Gran Turismo 2 and Colin McRae 2 in 2000, and finally moved to Live for Speed in 2002-2003 and played it for years intermittently.

Q: What attracted you to iRacing?
A: The whole game. I remember one day when a friend showed me the MX5 at Okayama and gave me the opportunity to make a test.  I was so surprised about the feeling that the car gave me that I couldn´t stop laughing out of happiness for a couple of minutes.  I thought, this is the best I’ve ever tried! Later I started a qualifying and a race session and the realistic environment gave me the final point. I said, someday I’ll have this!

Q: What are your favorite iRacing cars/tracks?
A: Well, since I recently started in iRacing I haven’t tried many cars or tracks and it’s too soon to make choices.  However, I’ve enjoyed some tracks and cars more than other ones. Mazda MX5 in short courses like Summit Point or Okayama are good examples of fun.
On the other hand I have the Lotus 79 and Skip Barber I’ve just gotten with a track pack and after some testing in Suzuka and Spa I’m really amazed.

Q: What do you like most about iRacing?
A: To have the opportunity to compete against a big community of talented drivers in a proper race environment; to enjoy driving and at the same time improving it.

Alonso hustled his Mazda MX5 to S3 titles in the Nvidia Cup and inRacingNews Challenge.

Q: What would you change about iRacing?
A: If there´s something to change about iRacing I think it should be the current transmission model. I would like to see a more accurate and realistic one because at the moment few people can take advantage of some bugs, going faster than others that are respecting the proper use of a real transmission and that´s not fair at all.

Q: How many hours a week do you spend on iRacing?
A: It depends on the situation. For example, it takes me extra time getting used to a new car or track, but once I get used to it, fours hours a week or less just for fun is OK.
If the purpose is to improve each detail on tracks, trying to do as good as possible in a championship, the situation is different. I never feel enough satisfied, so I try as hard as possible.

Q: Tell us about the paint schemes on your helmet/car(s).
A: I usually paint the cars as simple as possible trying to make them look stock; so I try not to spend too much time doing that.

Q: What other sim racing activities (Forza, Gran Turismo, etc.) do you do?
A:  iRacing is the only sim racing I currently do.

Q: What are your favorite video games?
A: I have good memories from Gran Turismo 2, Colin McRae 2, Toca 2, Driver and Live for Speed.

Alonso applies the techniques learned in iRacing to his BMW on a track-day . . .

Q: Do you do any real world racing? Has iRacing been of any benefit?
A: Since my wallet can’t afford competing, I’ve only tried a track-day with my old BMW E30 and I’m pretty surprised about how sim racing can improve driving techniques and knowledge about car behaviour.
iRacing has helped me to add knowledge about mid-engine layout cars and the importance of being smooth, especially with the pedal work using the MX5.  Now with single seaters I also appreciate how important it is to be smooth with the steering wheel.

Q: What is your most memorable iRacing moment?
A: I’ve had few memorable moments in iRacing since I joined, some of them are the first win, winning under pressure and winning a championship (but) even to have the opportunity to share with all of the community this interview is memorable for me. However, every time I do my best in a new environment (racing in a new track/car) I feel like I’m doing a moment to remember, so I hope more moments will come in the future.

“Every time I do my best in a new environment . . . I feel like I’m doing a moment to remember, so I hope more moments will come in the future.”

Q: What is the iRacing moment you’d love to forget?
A: I would love to forget those races in which my connection problems made me lose statistics and/or championship points by not counting a lap because of bad lag. The most recent one was a bit absurd.  I was on pole and after a couple of meters in the first corner I got blue-flaged. Then I went as fast as possible to gain time and recover some positions but it wasn’t enough to keep good results, so instead of improving my statistics, I get worse.  That’s not a good feeling at all if you´re doing your best.

Q: What car/track would you like to see iRacing add to the service?
A: I would love to see iRacing add some stock cars on road tires to get a closer experience to cars that most people can afford and normally use. I think that will be a helping hand to improve driving knowledge with basic cars as it was for me Live for speed.

Q: What person, living or dead do you most admire?
A: Every person that helps me to keep going and make me feel happy.
In terms of sports I have to say that last year I saw Senna film.  I’ve never been a Senna fan so I was so impressed with what I watched.  Since that moment I had watched many interviews and extra footage to learn from him. I feel like he’s a real inspiration for me and his words helps to keep me motivated.

Q: What’s your favorite real world racing series?
A: I don’t usually follow any race series but I really enjoy watching some V8 Supercars, WRC and F1 races.

“I never feel enough satisfied, so I try as hard as possible.” Indeed!

Q: Name the title of the most recent book you read.
A: I can’t remember!

Q: Name of your favorite movie/TV show?
A: Most of Tarantino films. I don’t watch TV.

Q: How many of your close friends are iRacing members?
A: Few including one of my best ones, Daniel Sanchez2, who is the person that showed me the game and give me the opportunity to learn more about real world racing. Thanks mate!

Q: Has competing with iRacers all around the world influenced your opinions/outlook on life/world events? How?
A: Competing with other iRacers has shown me that there are all kinds of people like in real life. Some are good, humble and also make you smile…but others aren’t that good.

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  1. Rosvoldaunet
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Nice interview Diego;-) Keep up the good performance

  2. Juanjo
    November 17th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    ¡Grande Diego! One of the best drivers I know!

  3. Lyles West
    November 18th, 2012 at 6:43 am

    I saw Diego soon after I started iracing in July. I can’t remember the track, but I was amazed at his time. I told him he should think about driving real cars on track. Hopefully he will get the opportunity.

  4. Daniel Mayoral Oliva
    November 18th, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Be quick takes you away, but be much more simple and quick.
    Greetings Diego are one of the best people I conosco, keep it up brother.

  5. Paco1207
    November 19th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Congratz Diego, you are so good driver and person! I hope you will get more in a little time! GL! ^^