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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
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    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
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    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
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    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.

Short Track Showdown

by Tim Doyle on April 22nd, 2012

New Hampshire Motor Speedway, located in Loudon, NH laid host to Round 10 of the 2012 iRacing.com IZOD IndyCar Series.  Considered by many as being the toughest track on the circuit in terms of driving, many drivers chose not to participate, resulting in the second race of the season to not split (Dover the other), but having nearly a full field of cars with 25 showing up.  Loudon is a one mile oval with progressive banking in the turns with multiple lines to choose from with the high line the preferred groove to run.  Running in the lower lane is possible, albeit tricky and catches many a drivers out, resulting in drivers losing control.

The field ready for the challenge ahead, or are they?

Picking up his third pole of the season with a 22.321s lap was Chris Cahoe.  Second spot went to Randy Crossno (22.334s), third was Tim Doyle (22.350s), with brothers Chris Manifold fourth (22.401s) and Scott Manifold fifth with a 22.429s.

From the drop of the green flag, third-starting Doyle wasted no time trying to get to the front of the field.  Going into turn one on the opening lap, Doyle went low, making the pass on Crossno for second and then attempted the same move on Cahoe in turns three and four.  While Cahoe would lead the first lap, Doyle would secure the top spot with a pass and near contact in turns three and four on the next lap and set sail.

Three wide early in the event out of turn two.

Before the race’s first yellow on lap nine for the spinning car of Albert Soler in turn two, Doyle had built a 1.087s lead over Cahoe.  The battle for second was tight between Cahoe, Crossno, Joe Branch, C. Manifold and Cary Bettenhausen, all running within a car length or two of each other.  The ensuing restart however resulted in many cars being involved and yet another DNF for driver Neffry Aawg who always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  In all, a total of seven cars suffered some form of contact or damage from the restart mishap.

Complete chaos on a lap nine restart!

When the race restarted on lap 18, the field was able to get some laps under green with Doyle once again pulling away from the second place car of Cahoe and the remainder of the field.  The second caution period was for the car of John Gilbert, making only his second ever IndyCar start.  Exiting turn four, Gilbert made contact with the outside wall before coming back across the track and making hard contact with the inside front stretch wall.

The race would continue on with various self spins bringing out a yellow every 10-15 laps.  Each time Doyle would pull away leaving the battle for second place.    A frustrating day for many of the drivers who enjoy running here.  In the end though Doyle would score a convincing win over Branch, who ran as low as eighth position at one point in the race.  Cahoe held onto third over an impressive fourth place run for Crossno.  Al Nagy picked up his first top 5 of the season, finishing in fifth.

Race ends behind the pace car yet again.

Race Stats-

Laps-  130
Pole-  Chris Cahoe
Lead changes-  7
Cautions-  10
Caution laps-  39
Lap leaders-  Cahoe 1; Doyle 2-34; S. Manifold 35-36; Doyle 37-57; Cahoe 58-68; Doyle 69-81; Todd Bettenhausen 82; Doyle 83-130.
Margin of victory-  -00.316
Hard charger-  Fabio Pierotti (13 spots)
Biggest loser-  Scott Manifold (14 spots)
Laps lead-  Doyle (115)
Fastest lap-  Doyle, 22.547 lap 116

Top 5-
1-  Tim Doyle
2-  Joe Branch
3-  Chris Cahoe
4-  Randy Crossno
5-  Al Nagy

Cars finishing-  11

DNF-  David Wright, Albert Soler, Guy Vandiver, Aawg, Gilbert, John Ahles, S. Manifold, David Ogden, Eric Vanek, David B Jackson, Sebastian Taylor, Michael Peters, C. Manifold, Robert Bohanek.

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  1. mitch
    April 22nd, 2012 at 2:40 am

    ? I had a DNF? I didn’t think I signed up for this race?

  2. Tim Doyle
    April 22nd, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Good point Mitch! Edit in process… :)