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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

ISRA – Grand Touring Championship Season Three Review

by Colin MacLean on April 20th, 2011

ISRA – Grand Touring Championship Season Three Review

Epic.  The most over-used word in motorsports.  However, as hard as I try I cannot come up with any other word that so perfectly describes Season Three of the International Sim Racing Association’s (ISRA) Grand Touring Championship (GTC).

This season had everything and then some.  It had 40+ drivers every race with a waiting list.  It had incredibly challenging racing at some of the greatest virtual tracks around the world.  It had three wonderful cars, the Late Model, Mustang FR500S and the Mazda MX-5.  It had more passes and side-by-side action than you could possibly imagine.  It brought together a vast array of talented drivers from both the real and virtual worlds.  Every race had plenty of excitement and drama.  In short, Season Three of the GTC Championship was the pinnacle of multi-class sim racing.

The ISRA made a bold choice with their car choice.  Returning from season two were the Mustang and MX-5.  These two cars co-exist incredibly well in multi-class racing as their lap times are well separated and the Mustangs have enough scoot to drive by the MX-5 on the straight.  Looking for a replacement for the V8 Supercar the ISRA settled on the Chevy Late Model after extensive testing.  What may have seemed a strange choice at first turned out to be a revelation.  This car is the perfect combination of easy to drive, quick and above all incredibly fun.  Furthermore the speed differential between the Late Model, Mustang and MX-5 ensured the racing was guaranteed to be close, tight and thrilling.

The Late Model proved an inspired choice as the third car in ISRA's Grand Touring Championship.

Going into the opener at Sebring it was anyone’s guess who would dominate in each class.  In the GT class the season two GT class champion David Sirois looked to be the man to beat.  His experience in the GT class would give him a leg up on the competition.  Hot on his heels was season two ST champ Colin MacLean.  Sure to challenge for the podium was hotshoe Eric Palacio whose pace in the MX-5 last season raised a few eyebrows.

The ST class running the MX-5 was definitely going to be interesting with season two standouts Kevin Savoie and Mike Young.  Newcomer Russell Kao signed up late to the series and threw a wrench into the works for Savoie and Young’s two-car battle.

The GS Mustangs were, without a doubt, going to be the cars to watch.  Season One Daytona Prototype champion, Jaymz Mynes joined Season Two standout Daniel Graulty and the always quick Mike Kelley as the favorites in the class.

The season would comprise nine races over some of the best virtual race tracks in the world.  Highlights of the season would include an enduro at Sebring, the GTC’s first visit to Silverstone and the iRacing road-racing bullring of Barber Motorsports Park.  Every race went off smoothly and the grids were full every race.  Looking back on this season, no matter where they finished every racer should be justifiably proud of their contribution to one of the best multi-class road-racing seasons ever.  The ISRA members put together dozens of videos showcasing the racing and those speak volumes.

David Sirois took a well-deserved championship in the GT class.

After nine hard-fought races Sirois took home the crown in the GT class.  He faced stiff opposition from MacLean and Palacio but over the course of the season he took home the most wins with six, earning himself a deserved championship.  Sirois’ combination of speed and consistency was unmatched by any other driver and his mistake-free season was impressive to watch.  Palacio finished second in the championship followed by MacLean in a close third place.  Alex Ulleri and John Middleton impressed with their pace challenging the top three at many tracks this season.

Mike Young won the ST class title in convincing fashion,

The ST class was tighter with Young and Savoie bringing home three wins apiece.  Vincent L’Herbier would join the ST battle with a couple of solid wins mid-season.  Russell Kao also joined ISRA mid-season and managed one win.  At the end of the season Young took the championship with a comfortable lead over Kao in second and a consistent Dean Ayer in third place.  Savoie could only manage fifth in the championship after missing three races.

Jaymz Mynes bested Mike Kelley and Daniel Graulty in a fierce battle for GS laurels.

The GS class championship was one for the record books.  Rarely do two drivers so close in pace battle it out over the season and in this case there were three.  On many occasions Graulty, Mynes and Kelley qualified literally within thousands of a second of each other.  Graulty would start off the season with a bang taking home three successive wins.  Determined to fight back, Mynes stepped up his game mid-season with two wins of his own at Spa and Road America.  At Barber, Kelley took the victory really closing the gap in the championship as Graulty faltered in fifth.  The Watkins Glen Enduro was a big win for Mynes but Graulty came back with a vengeance at Silverstone.  Going into the last race Mynes and Graulty were almost neck and neck in the championship with Kelley poised to leapfrog both should they both DNF.  At the checkered flag of a dramatic race Mynes took the championship win with a third place finish as Kelley took second and Graulty recorded a DNF.  A special mention goes to John Roussetos who took the victory in the GS class at Daytona lifting him to a great fourth position in the championship.

As the sun sets on this season and we look forward to the next, we wonder if it’s possible Season Four could match the drama and excitement of Season Three?  We hope it will be, as you say, Epic.

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  1. Brian
    April 21st, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I need to get into this!