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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, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • 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 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.

  • Jeff Jacobs

    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 Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • 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.

  • Matt Holden

    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 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

    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.

  • 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 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: Jeremy Lukaszka

by David Phillips on November 24th, 2012

If you want to meet Jeremy Lukaszka, a good place to start is Iowa Speedway.  After all, the resident of nearby Palo hasn’t missed many races there since first passing through its gates for the ARCA race in 2008.

Lukaszka hasn’t always been an Iowan, having been born in Wisconsion.  He hasn’t always been a race fan, having first caught the bug while watching the 2003 Daytona 500.  Nor has he always been an iRacer, having joined the service in May of last year after many years of sim-racing on NASCAR 2003, among other games.

Almost from the first, however, Lukaszka HAS been a winner in iRacing.  He notched his first Legends checkered flag just two days after joining iRacing and his first road racing win (Mazda Cup) a month later.  Since then he’s turned into a regular on Victory Lane, coming home P3 in the 2012 Season 3 IZOD IndyCar Oval (Fixed) competition with 14 wins in 35 starts and finishing third overall behind Adam Gilliland and Tyler D Hudson in last season’s NASCAR Class B Series (Fixed) on the strength of 20 wins in 50 starts . . . and with 26 poles to boot.

Season 4 finds the 18 old Lukaszka back in his old stomping grounds – NiCBS and IZOD IndyCar – but also running in Class A and the National Series, where he’s already collected a win in each.  Come to think of it, another good place to look for Jeremy Lukaszka is in Victory Lane of just about any race he enters . . .

Jeremy, his sister Kristy and friend.

Q: How long have you been sim racing?
A: I’ve been sim racing since 2003. I remember playing a demo of NASCAR Racing 2002 Season just before NASCAR Racing 2003 Season (NR2003) came out and ever since then I’ve been hooked on it and haven’t been unable to get it out of my blood.

Q: What attracted you to iRacing?
A: The main thing that attracted me to iRacing was the frustration of the online league I was in while playing NR2003. I always talked smack about iRacing and how you had to pay to race back then, but with so many people playing it, and with the help of a convincing friend, I decided to give iRacing a try.

Q: What are favorite iRacing cars/tracks?
A: My favorite car is without a doubt the Chevrolet Impala Class B. For some reason, there’s something about that car that just fits me and I can usually be one of the fastest people on track without much practice, although I never choose to do that. My favorite track is Dover without a doubt. Ever since NR2003, Dover has been my best track. Something about that place just fits me. I don’t know whether it’s the high banking, fast corners, or the transitions, but I really love that place.

With a 23% winning record, Jeremy is a regular in iRacing’s Victory Lane.

Q: What do you like most about iRacing?
A: The thing I like most about iRacing is the competition. When I was racing in a league with NR2003, I was easily one of the fastest people without any practice even in the most “competitive” series.

Q: What would you change about iRacing?
A: If I could change anything about iRacing, it would definitely be to make the Dallara IndyCar an A-class car and give it its own pro divison. Another change I would make would be to make every world tour event split to be set by iRating, not qualifying time.

Q: How many hours a week do you spend on iRacing?
A: Currently, on average I’ll just spend about 3-6 hours on iRacing practicing and racing every week. I used to spend a ton more time on it, but with the new job I’ve started, and my Xbox 360 intriguing me as of late, that number has substantially dropped.

Q: Tell us about the paint schemes on your helmet/car(s).
A: The paint schemes and helmet designs were just something I made because I didn’t want to ask for custom paints being a newbie to the service. I plan to start using custom skins in Season 1 however. Any painters?!

Q: What other sim racing activities (Forza, Gran Turismo, etc.) do you do?
A: None.

Q: What are your favorite video games?
A: I really enjoy playing The Sims 3, as well as Grand Theft Auto IV, and campaign mode on Halo.

“With only one or two cautions and none the last hundred laps I drove my way all the way up to a fifth place finish and even beat Ray Alfalla.”

Q: Do you do any real-world racing? Has iRacing been of any benefit?
A: I have never done any real-world racing.

Q: What is your most memorable iRacing moment?
A: My most memorable moment would be in this year’s top split of the .com Brickyard 400. I qualified fourth, was wrecked about forty laps in, used my one reset, restarted from the back of the pack, and with only one or two cautions and none the last hundred laps I drove my way all the way up to a fifth place finish and even beat Ray Alfalla.

Q: What is the iRacing moment you’d love to forget?
A: Any moment when I make myself look bad when I’m in front of a pro driver. Whenever there’s a big name black striper behind me (King, Alfalla, Hudson, Karlavige) I always choke and knock down the wall or do something completely stupid while trying to impress.

Q: What car/track would you like to see iRacing add to the service?
A: At this time I want to see the DW12 added. As far as tracks, it would be awesome if Long Beach was added, but for right now I’m just waiting for Montreal, Kansas, and Fontana.

When he’s not at the “real” Iowa Speedway, Lukaszka can often be found at the virtual version of his home track.

Q: What person, living or dead do you most admire?
A: I didn’t admire him until it was too late, but definitely Dan Wheldon. I was actually at the Las Vegas race last year and that was the most agonizing two hours I think I’ve ever been through and something I’ll never forget.

Q: What’s your favorite real-world racing series?
A: In 2012, I definitely followed IndyCar more than I did NASCAR. IndyCar provides some of the best racing ever, but with the recent firing of Randy Bernard we’ll see how that affects my decision for 2013.

Q: Name the title of the most recent book you read.
A: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Q: Name of your favorite movie/TV show?
A: I don’t watch too much TV, except for racing, so I don’t really have a favorite TV show. However, some of my all-time favorites movies include V for Vendetta, Marley & Me, and The Dark Knight.

Jeremy already has a win in National series competition in Season 4.

Q: How many of your close friends are iRacing members?
A: I don’t have any friends that live near me that have iRacing, but my brother finally got iRacing in May after I convinced him to get it. Thomas Hitch, who I used to race with on NR2003, has iRacing and I finally met him back at the Indianapolis 500 this year.

Q: Has competing with iRacers all around the world influenced your opinions/outlook on life/world events? How?
A: Without a doubt, absolutely. When you’re in certain positions on the virtual track, you can relate to that when you see drivers in that position on the real track. That being said, whether or not you even like the driver, you still understand what s/he went through and sometimes why they reacted the way they did.

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