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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.

  • 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 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.

New Names and Upsets

by Chris Cunningham on April 20th, 2012

Week Four of the Skip Barber Racing School Premier Series kicked-off in the small town of Braselton, Georgia, home of Road Atlanta.  The 12 turn, 2.54 mile road course proved to be an exciting and challenging configuration for the 84 sim racers who competed this week as some new names and upsets filled the podium positions in the five official online races of the week.

The first race of the week during the 10:00 GMT timeslot produced the most exciting finish of the week.  The 21 drivers who elected to compete combined their iRating for the highest Strength of Field (SoF) race of the week at 2427. The Flawless Floridian (aka Christian Aranha) started on the pole and led the field to green. Two laps in, Aranha made his first real mistake of the season and went wide in a blind right hand corner and dropped all the way back to the 10th position. Aranha was able to recover though and salvaged a podium spot in third position.

With Aranha working his way through the field, the battle for the lead was up in the air between Teemu Vuolle and Janne Kyokka. Kyokka proved to be the most consistent however, leading 21 laps out of the 25 lap race after Vuolle went off the track at mid-race. Kyokka crossed the line first, bringing Aranha’s undefeated streak to an end. But don’t be fooled, just a tenth of a second back was Riku Alatalo who moved into second after Vuolle’s gaffe and applied pressure to Kyokka the remainder of the race. Aranha finished a mere .2s adrift of Kyokka in an attempt to save his undefeated streak. Kyokka earned 153 points for his victory, the most of any driver of the week. Aranha, your overall points leader, dropped this race in search of a higher points payout during one of the afternoon races.

Krumm (3), Coppedge (1) and Yamin (2) battle for the win at Road Atlanta.

The first split of the 20:00 GMT timeslot saw Aranha back in his element. He started on the pole, and lead all 25 laps en route to a victory over Kurt Krumm, who trailed just over 12 seconds back. Rounding out the podium was third-placed Jeroen Ganzeveld, just a tenth of second behind Krumm. The 2419 SoF enabled Aranha to earn 152 points for his victory, just one point off of the points payday earned by the lone driver who has (so far) defeated the Flawless Floridian this season — Kyokka. Krumm, another contender in the series, earned 143 points for his second place finish.

“Started from pole again and took advantage of some mistakes behind me,” Aranha said.  “This allowed me to get a two second gap which is just enough to start breaking free from the draft here. After I got rid of the draft I set down very fast laps and was able to break away.”

“After I got rid of the draft I set down very fast laps and was able to break away.” — Christian Aranha

The second split of the 20:00 GMT timeslot was also won in standard “Skip Barber” fashion.  Jan Niesiolowski, a driver too familiar with finishing on the podium, earned his first career win in the  Skip Barber Racing School Series by leading all 25 laps and beating the field by a whopping 27 seconds. Like Aranha, Niesiolowski earned 152 points for his victory over Marco Corti and Martin Ascher who rounded out the podium in the 2412 SoF race.  David Williams, who gave Aranha a run for his money in the early rounds of the season, finished fourth and effectively bowed-out of the championship running.

“With GT Academy coming up and the Grand Prix World Championship Series still ongoing, I think I’ve had enough of this series – regrettably,” said Williams.  “Good luck to Christian and the others. (It) was fun for a short while.”

Williams’ decision to drop out of the series was taken very well by his fellow competitors, as they respect the level of dedication and time for competing on the World Championship level of the road racing discipline.

The final two races of the week (2:00 GMT timeslot) had the two weakest SoF’s. The first split featured a three way battle between Krumm, Amjed Yamin and Duncan Coppedge who all exchanged blows vying for the top spot. Krumm however was able to outrace his two fellow competitors, leading 22 laps and crossing the stripe by nearly half a second over Yamin and just over six tenths on Coppedge. Despite the win, the weak SoF (2080) allowed Krumm to drop this race.

Split two had a slightly higher SoF compared to the first split of the hour — 2153 which was the second lowest out of the five official races of the week.  Nevertheless the battle for the lead was intense, as Curtis Fung and Jim Shedlick broke away and swapped the lead back and forth.   Fung ultimately gained the upper hand, leading 21 of the 25 laps en route to victory by nearly .8s over Shedlick. Gary Teall rounded out the podium in third, finishing roughly 25 seconds back. Fung earned 136 points for his victory and Shedlick was able to solidify 128 points for his strong second place run.

At the end of week four, Aranha still stands atop of the leaderboard with 583 points.  Stuart Adcock and Krumm share the second spot with 538 points (45 points back). Marco Corti (534) sits in fourth wit Shedlick (507) rounding-out the top five.

In two weeks, the Skip Barber Racing School Premier Series will travel to historic Watkins Glen. The series overall is really taking shape, with Kyokka finally breaking Aranha’s undefeated streak two months into the competition. Meanwhile, series regulars and fans are dealing with the shock of Williams’ decision to withdraw from the series in order to focus on the iGPWCS.   Will Aranha be able to continue his reign at the top of the leader board? The answers will come when the series returns to action on May 2 at the Glen.

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  1. GlacierTV
    April 21st, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    This round was brought to you by GlacierTV. Check our Website for the Post-Race File and our youtube account “glaciertvarchive”