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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
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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.

  • Tom O'Leary
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    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.

The Eyes Have It

by Chris Cunningham on May 4th, 2012

Week Five of the iRacing.com saw the Skip Barber Racing School Premier Series visit historic Watkins Glen, NY for half a dozen races on the 3.4 mile, 11 turn “Boot” version of the circuit.  Despite seeing his undefeated streak broken at Road Atlanta two weeks ago, Christian Aranha arrived at The Glen in complete control of the overall standings   . . . and eyeing the grand prize of the series:  a 3 day racing school courtesy of Skip Barber. On the other hand, 92 sim racers had their eyes set on Aranha in Week Five.  Suffice to say, with his performance at Watkins Glen he was able to re-claim his nickname, the “Flawless Floridian”.

The morning race (10:00 GMT) was an eye opener for the field, as Aranha marked his turf early by being the fastest qualifier of the week to grab the pole position. Aranha then won in his regular fashion, leading all 25 laps en route to a 132 point payday. Jan Niesiolowski started second and may have had something for Aranha, but we’ll never know as he spun out on the first lap while battling for the lead. Marco Corti took advantage of Niesiolowski’s misfortune to secure  second place roughly 38 seconds back of Aranha, and Ian Bevan finished third just over a minute behind in the 2096 Strength of Field (SoF) race.

The afternoon races (20:00 GMT) saw three exciting splits, with Aranha dominating the first (2177 SoF).  Aranha won in similar fashion to his earlier victory (leading all 25 laps while starting from the pole position) but this time Niesiolowski kept it on the road and finished second, just over 11 seconds back.  Battling to the finish line for third, Wade Hayward edged Ermanno Palumbo2 by a little more than half a second to take the final podium spot. Aranha’s victory in this higher SoF race earned him 136 points on the week, as he dropped the 132 points he collected from his morning win, while Niesiolowski and Hayward earned 127 and 119 points, respectively, for their efforts.

Aranha (1) and Niesiolowski (2) battle at the Glen. (Image courtesy of Christian Aranha)

The second split of the afternoon races was the Stuart Adcock Show, as he stamped his mark on the field and showed he is still a contender at the top of the overall standings. The Englishman led all 25 laps of his 2239 SoF race to earn 140 points – four more than Aranha took from his highest win earlier in the day.  Corti (second) and Luca Zanetti (third) added 130 and 121 points to their totals, respectively.

The third split of the afternoon arguably produced the closest racing yet seen in the series. In contrast to the run of flag-to-flag wins, the 2245 SoF split feature a bevy of lead changes – six to be exact – throughout 25 lap race. Championship contenders Kurt Krumm and Xavier Busoms both swapped the lead, taking the point for 15 and 10 laps respectively. Krumm seemed in control during the first ten laps, as he only surrendered the lead to Busoms on Lap Two.   Lap 11 saw Busoms make his climb to the top of the totem pole, and he was able to outrace Krumm until regained the lead on Lap 24.

“We were side-by-side entering yet again, but I was able to hold him off . . .” — Kurt Krumm

“On the penultimate lap, I got a good run out of Turn One and made my move down the inside coming into the chicane,” said Krumm.  “We entered side by side, and I just barely squeaked by. Now the pressure was on! I finished that lap well, but Xavier closed quickly in the Esses on the final lap. I defended by sticking right all the way from the Esses to the chicane. We were side-by-side entering yet again, but I was able to hold him off and avoid any mistakes to finish out in first.”

Krumm earned 140 points for his victory while Busoms was rewarded with 130 points for a strong and patient drive that left him .2s adrift of the winner. Twelve seconds back came the final podium finisher, Jeroen Ganzeveld who earned 121 points for his run.

The first of the two night race (2:00 GMT) splits went to another polesitter, Duncan Coppedge, who lead all 25 laps en route to his victory over podium finishers Mike McCormick and Joseph Peak. Coppedge unfortunately won in the lowest SoF race of the week (1987) and only earned 125 points for his win, while McCormick and Peak collected 118 and 111 points respectively for their podium efforts.

Peak takes evasive action as Flavien Vidal loops it. (Image courtesy of Joseph Peak)

The second split, which featured a SoF of 2003 was one of the most interesting contests of the week. Polesitter Curtis Fung took off from the starting grid and never looked back, leading all 25 laps for a 126 point payday.  Perhaps even more impressive was championship contender Jim Shedlick’s march to second from the back of the pack, as he started 15th after failing to qualify for the race.

Shedlick put his head down and motored through the field, jumping to ninth on the opening lap, sixth on Lap Two and moving into second spot by the fifth tour.  Despite his rapid progress, Shedlick quickly realized he had two chances of catching Fung: slim and none.

“At the start I was pretty aggressive and had some luck and managed to make it from 15th to second in five laps,” he said. “At that point Curtis had a 10 second lead and great pace, so I just cruised.”

Andrea Ventura rounded-out the podium positions, finishing just over 27 seconds back of Fung.

In two weeks the iRacing.com Skip Barber Racing School Premier Series will make its mark during Week 6 at Brands Hatch.   Aranha still has complete control over first place in the standings, leading Adcock and Krumm by 41 points with Marco Corti 55 points back in fourth after a consistent string of podium finishes at Watkins Glen. Race winner Coppedge sits in fifth, 93 points off of Aranha’s pace. So as the series heads “across the pond” for the first time, all eyes are focused on Christian Aranha, the Flawless Floridian, to see if he can continue his winning ways.

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