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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.

Plenty of Passion at Phoenix

by Scott Kelly on February 18th, 2013

Before the final weeks of 2012 S4, announced that they would be expanding the race times and dates for all series. No longer would series be racing on just a few days a week, but every day, opportunities to participate in official races would be given. The likelihood for newcomers to participate in the Sprint Car Series had never been higher until this time. With this in mind, a shakeup in the roster of iSCS regulars was sure to be seen.

Alan Binder begun his season where he left off – in front of all of his fellow competitors.

As with every season in the iSCS, the first stop in 2013 was at Phoenix International Raceway. Coming off of his hottest streak yet, 6-time defending champion Alan Binder was primed to return to dominating form once more, but with new blood taking the time to tame the tricky turns of PIR, the chance of seeing someone new in victory lane during the course of the week was almost a given. With qualifying taking place every hour during the week, many more drivers participated in these important trials, but it was Alan Binder taking the pole position in the races he entered with the fastest qualifying time of the week; a 21.490s lap. Fred Lampela, another familiar sight near the front of the pack, qualified second with his 21.524s time. A record-breaking week of participation, complete with 14 races that went official, made sure that Binder and Lampela wouldn’t be on the front row in every race. With 188 official gridded participants spread throughout the week’s races, Week 1 was sure to have plenty of excitement to spare.

The first races of the week began on Monday, where two races were officially given the green flag. In the highest SOF race of the night, Fred Lampela led the field off of T4 to kick-start the new year. There were a few incidents that gave spectators a thrill. On Lap 4, iSCS veterans Steven Hunter and Randal Robinson made contact and spun out, bringing out the first yellow. As racing went back underway, Fred Lampela found himself being challenged by past iSCS champion Vinnie Sansone. As Sansone made his move for the position on Lap 15, Lampela went high and lost grip, slapping the T2 wall and drifting across the track to hit the inside retaining wall. Green flag racing resumed quickly, with Sansone battling for the lead with returning racer Nick Neben. As they raced side-by-side for multiple laps, the racing climaxed on Lap 37 when Neben lost control on the T4 exit, making contact with Sansone. The caution came out as Neben flipped down the frontstretch, but because the field was frozen, and Neben was able to limp his damaged car around the track under caution, Neben was given the win officially. Steven Hunter overcame his earlier spin to finish in the runner-up position. Rookie David Cumbo Jr. begun his season on a high note with his first podium finish of the season. Todd Laribee and Jared Turnbull rounded out the top five respectively.

Neben and Sansone had their fill of both good and bad moments during the course of Week 1.

Tuesday brought the highest SOF race of the week (3529), and the largest collection of iSCS front-runners in one race. With 20 drivers gridded behind him, Alan Binder took his first green flag of the season and powered into the first turn, only to slow down for an immediate caution when Laribee lost control in T2. Soon after the restart, Michael Lampela also fell victim to the treacherous T2, and collected both of the Linder brothers (Steve and Michael) and Joe Quinn. With only one more caution shown in the race, Alan Binder sped away from the pack, with Petteri Kotovaara and PJ Stergios a little over a second behind, battling for position. On the white flag lap, Neben and Sansone found themselves together on-track again, and in the worst way, as they made contact and crashed violently. Keeping his nose clean of any incident, Binder won his first race of the year, placing himself at the top of the points standings once more. Kotovaara was able to beat Stergios to the line for second, with Stergios placing third. Quinn was able to rebound from his earlier incident with a fourth place result, and Chad Peterson completed the top five.

In Tuesday’s second split, it was pack racing at its finest, as a 6-car battle for the lead was seen for over half of the race, made up of newcomers and veterans alike. Starting on the pole, Cumbo Jr. was immediately under fire from the likes of Larry Landry, Dylan Schriner, Scott Kelly, Christopher Kurdziel, Glenn Cray, and Dustin Herner. While Cray was eliminated on Lap 6, with Herner hitting the wall and getting shuffled out on Lap 34, it was a vicious battle for the lead, as one small mistake could cost the trip to victory lane. On Lap 35, the battle was cut short as Mark Coffman spun to bring out the yellow. Victory lane saw the sprint of Landry that night, with Cumbo Jr. placing second. Shriner was seen on the podium after his third place result, with Kurdziel capturing fourth place. Kelly rounded out the top five.

Full fields were seen many times during the week, with grids containing around 18-20 cars being a common sight.

If the action seen in Tuesday’s 2nd split event wasn’t enough, the boys went back at it again on Thursday. On point was James Stone, taking the green flag with a field of 19 drivers. Leading for 36 laps, Stone dominated much of the event, taking the heat from Kelly’s sprint close by. It looked to be a race between Stone and Kelly until Jonathan Sykes2 caught up to the front runners as they battled for position. On Lap 29, Sykes was able to power past Kelly on the high side in T3, a feat not usually witnessed in iRacing sprint car events, to eventually hunt down and secure the top position. As the laps wound down, Kelly was all over the back of Sykes, trying to find a hole to squeeze his car through. On the final lap, Stone lost control and collided with numerous cars in T1, leaving Sykes and Kelly to battle to a near-photo finish, with Sykes taking the checkers on his first ever sprint car win. Kelly was 0.067s behind.

“Still shaking,” said Sykes post-race. “Had to run up there from 10th spot… I had a ton of fun running down Scott and James and spent a few laps figuring out how to pass James. Great racing everyone.”

“Still shaking… Had to run up there from 10th spot… Great racing everyone.” – Jonathan Sykes

Kurdziel, Cray, and Bryce Ring rounded out the top five respectively, all less than a second-and-a-half behind the leaders.

Thursday provided an extremely tense battle between James Stone, Jonathan Sykes, and Scott Kelly, with Sykes getting his first ever iSCS win.

There were many more highlights to see during the week as well. Matthew Hicks2 won Monday’s second event beating Kurdziel to the line by .098s. Fred Lampela visited victory lane for the first time this season on Wednesday after besting Chad Peterson’s machine in a high-rated SOF event, and also capitalized on Thursday’s main event, which featured veterans such as Sansone, the Linder brothers, and Michael Clement, who finished second. Kurdziel won the second feature on Wednesday, with TJ Johnson and Victor Ricketson Jr. completing the podium respectively. Hicks2 also scored a win on Wednesday after staying ahead of Glenn Cray and Scott Thorpe who were very close behind in the second and third spots.  Binder returned to victory lane on Friday after Phoenix also saw Steve Linder celebrating his own win on the same night. Petteri Kotovaara finished up the week with a trip to winner’s circle as well, making his first week in the iSCS notably profitable.

With Binder topping the win charts with four victories, the six-time defending champion finds himself once again in the #1 spot in the championship standings. Moving into Week 2, the iSCS visits the first short track of the season – Langley Speedway. Will Binder continue to hold strong, even with multiple challengers behind him, and many more races taking place during the week? Find out next on iRN!



1. Alan Binder (223)

2. Petteri Kotovaara (-12)

3. PJ Stergios (-24)

4. Joe Quinn (-36)

5. Fred Lampela (-39)

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