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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.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to Corey's aunt!

  • 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.

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • 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.

  • Ray Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give iRacing.com a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and iRacing.com and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

    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
    author

    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 Fountain of Youth

by Divina Galica on December 11th, 2010

When ex-Formula One driver turned iRacing director of partner relations Divina Galica was offered a ride in a vintage sports car event at Sebring recently, she was of two minds.  On the one hand, she very much wanted to have a go; on the other hand, she was a trifle apprehensive, given that she’d driven the very car on offer a couple of years earlier and was concerned that she’d “lost a step” in the intervening time. She needn’t have worried. Unbeknownst to Divina, she had found a veritable Fountain of Youth in recent years.  Where better to put it use than in Florida, where Ponce de Leon first searched for the Fountain of Youth some 500 years ago . . .

Hamich and Divi

Hamish Somerville and Divina Galica

When Hamish Somerville invited me to share his 1970 Lola T212 2 liter sports car for the Bobby Rahal Legends of Motorsport endurance race at Sebring, I realized it was nearly two years since I had driven on a real race track.  More importantly, I was two years older so was bound to be slower. I hesitated for just a mille-second before accepting and then told my sim racing friends in the RSR League the good news.

Immediately my online mentor and coach Les Turner said, “I’ll set up a hosted Sebring practice session so you can practice.” After some discussion as to which car would be the closest in handling and lap times, we chose the Star Mazda.  Although the lap times were considerably faster, the handling and gears were similar, plus the following week we were to race this car at Sebring for the final race in our RSR League Championship.

So with Les helping by leading me round (and occasionally following me shouting instructions), I drove multiple laps of Sebring International Raceway in the iRacing virtual world, gradually getting down to a competitive time.

When I arrived at the real Sebring track to be greeted by my friends at Lee Chapman Racing I still felt a bit apprehensive. Everyone knows that as you get older your reflexes slow and you drive more cautiously.  As I said, even though I’d driven the Lola before I’m now two years older. But after three laps I was happily and comfortably turning 2:12s, a whopping two seconds faster than I could achieve in the same car two years before when I found it hard to break 2:14.

What was the difference? Did the Lola have a refreshed engine?  A different set of gears? Better tires?  No, no and no.  The engine had not been touched, the gears were exactly the same and the tires were old. I realized that the change was in me, thanks to my multiple laps with Les online. I now had a better rhythm, was braking more efficiently and carrying more speed onto the long straights, plus the daunting Turn One and Seventeen no longer seemed such a challenge.

A rejuvenated Divi hustles the Lola T212 around Sebring.

A rejuvenated Divi hustles the Lola T212 around Sebring.

Hamish was so delighted with my speed that he immediately entered me in the car for a different class.  I had to run on treaded tires in that class, which should be slower, but in qualifying I was still turning 2:12s. The car was now doing four sessions a day, two for Hamish in his class and two for me and, without warning, the engine failed whilst Hamish was pushing for pole in his qualifying session.

We all felt a bit glum until another driver with our team, Rick Carlino, said please use my GRD for the Enduro. Rick was having problems with the car and was interested in our comments. So Hamish and I each had a couple of laps and then the team scrambled to get the car ready for the Enduro.

Divi tries on the GRD

Trying-on the GRD for size.

Originally Hamish was to drive first but a last minute change of plan had me taking the green with a mixture of 34 other cars from all classes. The GRD was heavier than the Lola and the gears were way off so my lap times were considerably slower.  However, I had a major battle with a Chevy Monte Carlo.  With 750hp to play with, he shot down the four straights, but I would catch him in the corners and try to pressurize him into a mistake. We both pitted to change drivers on the same lap and then met for the first time to shake hands and compare notes on the fun we had had on the track.

I had given up the car in eighth position but after two laps Hamish parked the car with a broken throttle cable, so we were eventually classified 27th.  But I had my fun and made a new friend, BJ McDonald, driver of the Chevy Monte Carlo.

In summing up I am convinced that the driving I have been doing online, both racing with the RSR League and the intensive sessions at Sebring with Les Turner, helped improve my lap times. The only difference between driving online and on the real track is the g-force load which left me felling pretty stiff for a couple of days. I don’t know when I’ll drive a real track again but I do know that the laps I do using the iRacing software will prepare me for any eventuality.

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  1. Jeff Thomas
    December 11th, 2010 at 1:06 am

    I went through that same school with Les, he can be a bit demanding sometimes :)
    lol

    great story Divi, sure looks like ya had fun down there. Cannot express how much we enjoy having Divi race with us at Red Sox Racing Leauge, She is one of the nicest folks I know and very interesting to speak with, a pleasure.

  2. Hadden
    December 11th, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Great Job, Divi. Thanks for taking the time to write up the story, and so happy to hear you had a good time. See you on the (sim) track soon!

  3. Ed
    December 11th, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Great story Divi!

  4. Reed
    December 11th, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Awesome story Divi!!!

  5. Fabrizio Cuttin
    December 11th, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Great job e nice story, it’s a shame the car had those failure…

  6. T McCuin
    December 11th, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Great story Divi!

  7. Jim Albertson
    December 11th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Divi thank you very much for the recap. That was an interesting read and a vicarious thrill for us all. You are definitely one courageous person to do these things and all of us at Red Sox Racing and iRacing look up to you. Truth be told, I always end up watching a few of your laps in practice sessions and have always found more speed by studying your line.

    Thank you, ma’am!!!