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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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • 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 – John-Michael Shenette

by David Phillips on March 10th, 2012

John-Michael Shenette has one foot grounded real world racing, the other in sim racing.  Or is it the other way around?  For in the case of the Connecticut’s Shenette, the boundaries between the real and virtual racing are blurred.  And that’s a good thing.  A former iRacing.com marketing intern, past Late Model and SK Modified divisional champion, Shenette assists in the administration of the iRacing.com DWC.  He is  also president of the Short Track Pro Cup Series (www.stprocup.com), iRacing’s longest-running league, and creator of Dynasty Motorsports.

On the other hand (or foot, as it were), Shenette has nearly two decades of real world racing under his belt, having raced Super Late Models, Trucks, Pro Stocks, IMCA Modifieds, karts andquarter midgets, with plans to compete in PASS North races and the Granite State Pro Stock Series at Thompson International Speedway, Canaan Fairgrounds and Seekonk Speedway this year, not to mention the prestigious 24 Hours of Lemons at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (with fellow iRacers Jeremy Davis, Eric Jones and Douglas Comier0).   Shenette also stands at the intersection of the real and virtual worlds of racing, working with Landon Cassill to insure the success of the popular Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge.

Q:   How long have you been sim racing?
A:   I began iRacing in 2008 as a beta tester/marketing intern for the company.  Prior to iRacing I raced online with NASCAR 2002 and 2003 season, and offline with Bill Elliot’s NASCAR Racing, NASCAR ’99, NASCAR Racing 4 and NASCAR Racing 3.

Q:   What attracted you to iRacing?
A:   To be honest, I initially contacted the company regarding a potential sponsorship opportunity.  After meeting a few employees and seeing what the product was all about, I accepted a position in the marketing department.  iRacing is hands down the most realistic simulation software I have ever found, and I will continue to support iRacing in any way possible.

Q:  What are favorite iRacing cars/tracks?
A:   I mainly race the Late Model and Impala B car, but do dip into the truck and SK modifieds from time to time.  Overall my favorite car would be the Late Model at Oxford Plains, an answer that you probably don’t see very often.

Q:  What do you like most about iRacing?
A;   I really enjoy the opportunity to race on tracks where I run in real life.  Next season we hope to race at Speedweeks in New Smyrna, and the opportunity to test a similar car on the same track should help get me ready.

Q:  What would you change about iRacing?
A:   I would place my focus on updating some of the tracks that have recently changed like Phoenix, and fix some of the issues with bumps like Thompson and Homestead.  After that I would focus on integrating heat race style qualifying into a single race server, and develop a garage area that displays images and graphs so an advanced setup person can see the changes.  This would help to develop coil bind setups and give you advantages seen on a pull-down rig and shock/spring testers.

Q:  How many hours a week do you spend on iRacing?
A:   I race mainly in leagues, focusing most of my time on the Short Track Pro Cup League.  I race in the Fender Sheetz/Impact Graphics Premier Division on Sundays and the RH2Way SK Modified Series on Wednesdays.  I also race in a couple other late model, truck and Impala B COT series leagues on other nights.

“My favorite car would be the Late Model at Oxford Plains, an answer that you probably don’t see very often.”

Q:  Tell us about the paint schemes on your helmet/car(s) . . .
A:   My helmet is a poor attempt to render my real life helmet, a custom airbrushed job from Indosil Art in Rock Hill, SC.  My car’s match their real life counterparts, a simply all white body with the Dynasty Motorsports logo on the hood, and the distinguished flat black and red number 82.

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

Q:  What are your favorite video games?
A:   None

Q:  What is your most memorable iRacing moment?
A:   My most memorable iRacing moment is more of an ongoing event.  I took over the Short Track Pro Cup, STProCup.com, from Mark Royer a little more than a year ago.  In that time we have seen drivers come and go, but most of all we’ve been able to go back to our roots and build a community focused on short track racing, and have formed a solid core group of members.  I find personal satisfaction knowing that I help organize a community for all different drivers from all different walks of life.  We have drivers as young as 14, and as old as 65+.  We have war veterans, real world drivers, small-business owners, college students and everyone in between.  I am very thankful for the opportunity to keep STPC thriving, and it will forever be my most memorable iRacing moment(s).

Q:  What is the iRacing moment you’d love to forget?
A:   This is a loaded question but I will describe an STPC Late Model East series race from nearly 2 years ago.  We were racing at Lanier, and I was running second and slowly gaining on Jeremy Davis, the leader.  When it was time to go, I caught Jeremy, made the pass and took the lead.  Coming down to the wire on the last turn of the last lap Jeremy got to my back bumper and turned me sideways.  We both ended-up fifth and sixth or something like that, and Wayne Matherne took down the win.  I still can’t forget this race.

Although Shenette races a variety of cars on iRacing, the Late Model is his favorite.

Q:  What car/track would you like to see iRacing add to the service?
A:   The Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Massachusetts would be one of the best additions to the service.  Seekonk is a small, ¼ mile track that provides some awesome racing.  The Pro All Stars Series visits Seekonk annually, and the opportunity to practice and race at this track would be awesome.

Q:  What person, living or dead, do you most admire? Why?                                                                                                                                                                A:   This is more of a personal answer, but I most admire my grandfather (dad’s side).  I never had the opportunity to meet him, but I’ve been able to form an image of him over time.  He was a World War II veteran and held his FAA Private Pilot’s License.  When I think back to my real life racing career, I feel as though I have missed out on the multi-generation aspect of the sport that so many drivers get to enjoy.  When I think about him, I know he would be at every race regardless, and would do all he could to help put the car on the track.

Q:  What’s your favorite real world racing series?
A:   I enjoy watching Super Late Models the most.  In the past year I have been to a host of PASS and NASCAR races, along with the Snowball Derby in Florida and “The Race” at North Wilkesboro.

Q:  Name the title of the most recent book you read.
A:   Definitely a textbook for my recently completed Masters Degree.  Name and title would be unknown as there were way too many!”

Q:  Name of your favorite movie/TV show?
A:   Movies include The Godfather and Days of Thunder, but my favorite TV shows would include Hillbilly Handfishin’, Tosh.O and anything racing related.

Shenette's cars sport the Dynasty Motorsports logo.

Q:  How many of your close friends are iRacing members?
A:   I have been fortunate enough to develop close friends through iRacing.  Jeremy Davis, Jeff Conover, Tony Dugan and Wayne Matherne are all people I talk to on a regular basis and met through the service.

Q:  Has competing with iRacers all around the world influenced your opinions/outlook on life/world events? How?
A:   I completed my undergraduate studies at Bentley University outside of Boston, and can attest to the importance of keeping an open mind when engaging with people from around the world.  Bentley like iRacing, is a multi-national institution with people from many different cultures.  I have learned to keep an open mind for things outside my “comfort zone,” and have actually expanded my interests because of this.  Ten years ago I would have never eaten the foods, listened to the music or entertained the news/tv shows that I do today.  I can attribute some of my more worldly views to the exposure generated from racing with different drivers in different cultures.

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