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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
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    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.

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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 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.

Skip Barber Race Series at VIR

by Tim Dembowski on August 17th, 2010

The Skip Barber Race Series made its way to the seventeen turn North Course configuration of Virginia International Raceway this past week for its first visit to the track of the online racing season. Drivers new to the series who found Lime Rock familiar and inviting were thrown into a beautiful, green, yet alien world full of blind apexes and technically challenging corners with colorful names like “Hog Pen,” “Roller Coaster” and “The Horseshoe.”  VIR would prove daunting even for veteran sim racers with what was seemingly acres of runoff to punish the slightest dropped wheel or loss of control.

A total of 594 drivers took to the grid this week and 87 different winners took top honors in 129 races. It was a persistent Division Four driver, Benjamin Lindsay of Club West, taking to the top step of the podium more often than anyone else with six wins in his fourteen starts this week. Marlon Williams of Club England quite fancied the North Course at VIR making a series high twenty six starts, fourteen of which he finished in the top five.

Before the first green flag fell though there was the matter of qualifying where Club DE-AT-CH had a stranglehold on the top two spots with Marcus Jirak and Frank Hermann posting the best times of the week followed close behind by Club France’s Samuel Libeert.

Rank Driver Club Time
1. Marcus Jirak DE-AT-CH 1:37.043
2. Frank Hermann DE-AT-CH 1:37.118
3. Samuel Libeert France 1:37.175
4. Dániel Sinka International 1:37.340
5. Simon Edwards England 1:37.390
6. Roland Ehnström Scandinavia 1:37.468
7. Ville Siltanen Scandinavia 1:37.484
8. Simon Hulbert England 1:37.495
9. Ryan Field Massachusetts 1:37.523
10. Vit Mistina International 1:37.547

Club Massachusetts’ Ryan field makes his way by Roland Ehnström and sets his sights on Marcus Jirak.

Club Massachusetts’ Ryan field makes his way by Roland Ehnström and sets his sights on Marcus Jirak.

It was International Club’s Dániel Sinka though who took home the biggest win of the week on Monday for 199 points ahead of Club Italy’s Dario Frattini and Club England’s Simon Hulbert in a tightly contested battle with only five seconds separating the three at the end of their eighteen laps of racing. The win helped move Sinka closer to Hermann who still holds a fairly commanding lead with 399 points compared to Sinka at 363 points. Behind them is the first American driver of Club Massachusetts’ Ryan Field at 358 points and Frattini slightly further behind at 344 points. At the end of two weeks of racing the series has a distinctly international flavor with five different clubs represented in the top five.

Rank Driver Club Points
1. Frank Hermann DE-AT-CH 399
2. Dániel Sinka International 363
3. Ryan Field Massachusetts 358
4. Dario Frattini Italy 344
5. Simon Edwards England 333
6. Vit Mistina International 333
7. Simon Hulbert England 313
8. Alexey Dronov New York 309
9. Anthony Miller England 303
10. Roland Ehnström Scandinavia 300

While much of the attention in a race is typically focused on the front of the pack, it’s usually somewhere in the middle that you can find the best racing. The Skip Barber Series is no exception and this week we will focus on Division Nine where the top six drivers are separated by a mere twenty three points. As the virtual trailers make their way down to Charlotte Motor Speedway for Week Three, Club International’s Alexandr Chernavin holds a scant one point lead over Club Carolina’s Ed Benson. Coming into the week Chernavin held a comparatively huge four point gap over Benson.  However, a solid sixth place finish in a full sixteen car field on Sunday night helped Benson close in and Chernavin has to be feeling the pressure. Behind this great battle we find a quartet of drivers themselves covered by only nine points. Lukas Macedo of Club South America leads the second Club International driver involved in this tussle, Sergey Zakharov, by four points while Zakharov finds himself only two points ahead of Club Italy’s Carlo Bellini. Three points behind Bellini we find Club Plains driver Bill Murphy who, with a solid week at Charlotte, could theoretically jump from his sixth position all the way to the bottom step of the podium behind Chernavin and Benson. We’ll surely need to keep an eye on this division as the next ten weeks of racing will certainly reshuffle the order.

Being aggressive with the kerbing at VIR was key to a fast lap time.

Being aggressive with the kerbing at VIR was key to a fast lap time.

Over the course of seven days 164 different drivers took to the track alone in the race against the clock that is the Time Trial Championship. VIR demanded five laps of flawless, flat-out driving and it was the second time in as many weeks that Club DE-AT-CH’s Frank Hermann edged out Club England’s Simon Edwards. Over his five lap and eight plus minute run Hermann managed to gap Edwards by .305 seconds at the line to take home the 100 points that were up for grabs.

Rank Driver Club Time
1. Frank Hermann DE-AT-CH 1:37.450
2. Simon Edwards England 1:37.511
3. Samuel Libeert France 1:37.599
4. Marcus Jirak DE-AT-CH 1:37.639
5. Simon Hulbert England 1:37.713
6. Timothy Hopper Northwest 1:37.817
7. Alexey Dronov New York 1:37.844
8. Tim Dembowski New Jersey 1:38.003
9. Michael Janke DE-AT-CH 1:38.013
10. Gary Teall Michigan 1:38.057

With that we wrap-up this week’s review and invite you to join us again at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course from August 16th-23rd followed by a trip to the Circuit Park Zandvoort club circuit August 23rd-30th.

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  1. John Bodin
    August 18th, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Hey, Tom — I think you short-changed the Skip Barber folks on participation numbers; the iRacing “Stats” page shows 597 participants in the Skip Barber series for Week 2. That means there are 3 iRacers out there who are going to file “Hurt Feelings” forms for not being counted!


    Seriously, though, great write-up!

  2. John Bodin
    August 18th, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Er . . . I mean “Tim” — sorry about the fat fingers . . . there’s never an editor around when you need one!


  3. Gary Teall
    August 18th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Nice article. I look forward to more like it.

  4. Tim Dembowski
    August 19th, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Whoops! Nice catch John, at the time of writing the article the last races were wrapping up. I caught the new/different winners but must have missed out that we had three new entries. Guess I’ll double check next time!