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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
    Contributin 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.

  • Raymond 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.

  • 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.

iRacing 2.0 Debuts in 2011 Season 3

by David Phillips on July 29th, 2011

iRacing 2.0, the most significant new build in iRacing history, is here in time for 2011 Season 3.   Brimming with new features and content, iRacing 2.0 truly represents the dawn of a new era for iRacing.

Topping the list, of course, is the new tire model.  Years in the making, the NTM’s remarkably authentic performance is a watershed development in online race simulation, one that will revolutionize the sport of sim racing.

Of course, the first phase of the NTM has been available for some time on the new Class B Impala, and will be fully integrated into the iRacing service throughout Season 3.  We’ve continued improving the NTM on the Class B Impala and our new virtual rubber will also be installed on the COT, Chevy Silverado and Skip Barber F2000.

But that’s just for starters. iRacing 2.0 features two new high performance sports cars, the iconic Ford GT and the incredible HPD ARX01 which, with the existing Corvette C6.R, will be part of our first three car, multiple class series.   The Ford and the HPD cars will feature the new tire model (the Corvette will follow suit later this season), making six cars equipped with iRacing’s NTM right from the get-go of Season 3. The remaining cars on the service will be released with the NTM over the course of season just as soon as we are finished with them.

The sensational HPD ARX01C: just one element of the new content in iRacing 2.0.

iRacing 2.0 also boasts two exciting new tracks:  Iowa Speedway and Suzuka Circuit.  Iowa Speedway is America’s (and iRacing’s) newest speedway oval while Suzuka, our second track in Japan, is our first anywhere with an active cross-over feature.

Additional new features include tournament (aka “heat”) racing and web chat.   The tournament feature is an extension of hosted racing that enables multiple hosted sessions to be linked together, with the results from any given session used to determine eligibility for subsequent rounds of the tournament.   Web chat is a refinement of the member site myRacers feature, one that will enable members to chat online with mutually selected friends in real time.

The Ford GT will compete with the HPD ARX01C and Corvette C6.R in iRacing's first three car, mixed class series.

New tire model.  Ford GT.  Iowa Speedway.  HPD ARX01.  Web chat.  Suzuka Circuit.  Three car, multiple class racing.   Tournament racing.  All this and more make for the single most dramatic leap forward in history of iRacing. Make that  iRacing 2.0.

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  1. Joshua Maddox
    July 29th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Was going to renew my subscription but whats the point you have no NTM on any car I own. You guys are just so overpriced with you race tracks. You should of made tracks a little more affordable. My reason for racing online is because I’m to broke to race in real world, Now I can’t race real world because I am so broke from your simulated race tracks hahaha.

  2. Gary Holbrook
    July 30th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Thank You To Everyone At Iracing,

    Where to start first of all while nothing is perfect I’m real impressed with how well thought out things are here on Iracing and while maybe IR and SR are debatable they work well compared to anything I have thought of that might be better. I joined two years ago and can’t tell you how many hours of enjoyment I get here on Iracing. In those two years the service and racing has only improved real impressed.

    While some of the things you improve or add to the service may not be things I personally will use or add to my enjoyment surely I can see that it will do just that for other’s here in Iracing. While I mess around a bit here and there with road racing oval is where I spend 98% of my time so road course stuff simply don’t excite me as much as oval. How ever those who like road racing I can see why they would enjoy it and those who enjoy or do a lot of both man they should be busy with new and improved all the time.

    Anyway I have all the oval tracks and car’s and the cost now that I have them is good with my credits and promotional things Iracing puts out I’d say a year of racing cost me about $75 add $11.95 or $14.95 if a new track or car comes out that I want. Even factoring in the timely purchases of all oval cars and tracks, if you divide the hours or days into cost it simply is the cheapest most addicting hobby I have ever gotten into and I thank you all at Iracing for that as well.

    I’m guessing I use the service more than the average Iracer but surely not as much as some. I’d say I get on the service 6 out of 7 days and my average time big guess about 2 to 4 hours, and likely could be higher as time simply fly s by when I’m on racing, reading, practice, or just hanging out talking with my team members on the radio.

    But for those who think it is over priced lets say your first year you spend $300.00 total if you average just 1 hour 300 of the 365 days in that year you only paid $1. per hour total and you have the tracks and cars for the life of Iracing so the cost go down. I guess it all depends on your priority’s and if you enjoy it.

    Iracing two of the most impressive parts of Iracing for me is how quickly you try to help us get issue fixed while not all are easy or end up being quick fixes your team keeps us on the track quite well, the second thing is Iracing never seems to stand pat not even for a few weeks your always trying to improve the service Thank You!

    I have tried the Truck with NTM and my short time with it indicated that it is a good improvement feels better less slip and seems to have an improved (more real) tire wear. I have not tried it on the A or B car but hope it improved those as the A car before in my own personal opinion was not much fun at all. I did try the A car on a large track and it felt some what improved but I will wait to see what happen when I try it on those mile tracks where in the past it simply felt more like a tank and did not want to turn.

    So to close Thank you for all the updates and improvements and please continue all is great here in Iracing.

    Gary Holbrook
    Untamed Motor Sports

  3. ARG
    August 1st, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Well said Gary! Great job iRacing!

  4. Mertol
    August 2nd, 2011 at 10:23 am

    NTM is phony and iracing 2.0 has too many bugs to be called even a beta release. And iracing staff is staying silent so far.

  5. Mark
    August 2nd, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks for the 2.0 update iRacing. The New Tyre Model makes the cars handle even more realistically than before, the best just got better, and the new cars and tracks are a great addition to the service. Looking forward to the new season of racing.

  6. Mertol
    August 2nd, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    You are mistaken this is the crappiest build I’ve seen so far.

  7. Doug Doster
    August 2nd, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I love iRacing. You’re doing a great job! Thanks for the upgraded tire model. I’m so glad to have the NTM on the road tracks. I like both new Road cars and Suzuka. I’m looking forward to having it on the F1. More road tracks please!

    While I’d agree you aren’t the least expensive option, you’re creating a Sim that is second to none. Additionally, you have created an environment that prevents people from playing smash-up derby(beware of Week 13). iRacing also makes it easy to join races and become part of online racing. I found it difficult to become part of online racing, prior to iRacing, most people would only race with those they knew. I applaud the safety rating(I HATED IT when I started). Keep up the great work! Let the dissenters go to some arcade game, the rest of us will vote with our dollars. Keep up the silky smooth graphics and great online play!!!

  8. Thomas Pomatico
    August 3rd, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Great! So in order for me to enjoy the NTM I have to buy 2 more cars, being that Nascar is not my thing. I was holding out with my renewal, wanting to hear about 2.0. I’ve already heard enough to continue to wait.

  9. john s
    August 3rd, 2011 at 9:57 am

    they forgot to mention drivers aids available, which will make this sim available to a larger audience, psp compatible soon?

  10. Edward
    August 4th, 2011 at 3:05 am

    I raced nascar 3 for about 4 yrs. What has this got and how much does it cost. I don’t know much about this kind of racing. Would e-mail me on some of the things that goes on. I love racing online. And would love to get back into it.

  11. Edward
    August 4th, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Also does this work on 64 bit system?

    • DavidP
      August 4th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      Also, the iRacing application is currently a 32 bit application but we have people that run it on their 64 bit systems.