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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.

Towler Wins Indy, Huttu Takes iWCRR Title

by Chris Hall & David Phillips on September 7th, 2010

Claiming his first ever victory in the iRacing World Championship Road Racing Series (iWCRR), Richard Towler became the first person other than Greger Huttu to chalk a mark in the winners column by taking Round 15 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The Englishman started a drama-filled online race from pole position and, within a few laps, was leading the field to the first round of scheduled pit-stops by a second. Despite losing the lead on his first visit to the pits when avoiding lapped traffic, Towler went on to reclaim the top slot and take the chequered flag with a margin of nearly two-seconds over Illka Haapala and Shawn Purdy, while Huttu recovered from a sub-par starting spot to finish fourth and secure the inaugural iWCRR title.

Towler took full advantage of his pole position to score his first win of the iWCRR.

Towler took full advantage of his pole position to score his first win of the iWCRR.

Towler and Haapala engaged in a spirited — not to mention controversial — battle for the pole position that was resolved in the Englishman’s favour by a scant .019s.  Towler used his pole position to good advantage, taking the lead at the start and staying out front for all but 10 of the race’s 60 laps.  However, he was under pressure from Haapala throughout most of the race.  In fact, after Towler bobbled getting around the lapped car of Robinson Shields on pit lane, the Finn emerged from the first round of pit stops on top.

“I had a bit of a whoops in the pits going around the outside of Robinson,” Towler explained.  “Totally my fault.  I thought I was going to run wide over a bump and just lost it downshifting. After that I had to drive my ass off to keep in the Finn’s draft, but for some reason his pace wasn’t that hot.”

Indeed, after Haapala led Laps 27 to 31, Towler took advantage of Haapala’s sub-par entry onto the front straightaway and drafted past on the approach to the first turn.

“I got out of the pits first, but few laps later I messed up the last sector and Richard got a nice run on me into Turn One,” Haapala told inRacingNews.  “I gave it to him a bit too easily and actually lost so much time in the process I lost his draft as well. I thought he was running much lighter than me, that’s how quick his pace was. I tried to push hard but just couldn’t manage to keep up.”

Towler (1) battles Haapala (9) and Purdy (3) through the twisty IMS infield.

Towler (1) battles Haapala (9) and Purdy (3) through the twisty IMS infield.

Although Towler would lose the lead a second time when he was the first of the leaders to make a second scheduled pit stop, he found himself back out in front again after everyone else pitted and proceeded to drive to a 1.466s   victory over Haapala.

“I just drove as hard as I could until about three laps to go,” Towler said.  “I thought (Haapala) might be able go further than me due to his pace but he only managed one extra lap.”

Shawn Purdy finished an additional 10.4s back in third place.  The Canadian had pinned his hopes on a slightly unconventional fuel strategy, but it was not to be.

“I took on more fuel than (Towler and Haapal), which I think was a mistake in the end,” said Purdy of his first pit stop.  “I figured both would short fill, and I was hoping to put in a little extra to hopefully make it work on the last stop.  But didn’t work out that way, and had some close encounters with some lapped cars which didn’t help either. Pretty much after the last stop I was just settling into third and getting to the finish.

“But overall was a fun race, and I actually enjoyed this track, its very technical in the infield as you gotta be really smooth with the throttle and steering.”

Although nobody enjoyed the race more than Towler, the winner confessed to a somewhat muted sense of accomplishment.

It’s great to get a win in the series, but still haven’t really beat Greger in a one to one fight which bothers me!”

Speaking of whom . . .

Although Huttu’s unbeaten run came to an end with a fourth place finish at Indianapolis, the result enabled him to secure the inaugural World Championship Road Racing title.   And while he might have preferred to have clinched the title with a fifteenth consecutive win, given the circumstances, the Finn’s drive was a drive worthy of a champion.   Currently visiting the United States, Huttu had to race in a foreign environment without his normal equipment – a daunting challenge that resulted in the champion-elect qualified a (for him) lowly tenth, some .6s off Towler’s pole-winning time.  However, over the course of the 60 lap race, Huttu got comfortable enough to work his way up the order, lead a lap and capitalise on retirements to finish fourth, some 17 seconds adrift of Purdy.

Townend (23) snuck past Lake (21) on the final lap.

Townend snuck his multi-coloured Dallara past Lake's monochromatic IndyCar on the final laps.

Taking the chequered flag in fifth position in only his second race of the championship, Blake Townend recovered from a trip to the grass to earn his best result of the series with a pass on Australia’s Ian Lake in the closing laps.

“Coming up to the second pit-stops I made a mistake while pushing hard, and went rally-crossing on the grass but kept it under control,” explained the Englishman. “I thought it would be best to pit after my ‘off.’  Due to me coming off, Ian Lake got passed me in Turn One as I was exiting the pits. It took a while to find a way past but managed to get through with five laps to go. I was lucky that some of the guys up front early on had misfortunes that moved me up a few more places to fifth.”

Lake, who finished a mere seven-tenths behind Townend, made a net gain of two from his eighth place grid spot, as did Brad Davies who started the race in ninth position and finished twelve seconds behind the Australian. Finishing in eighth, ninth and tenth respectively, Florian Goddard, Richard Crozier and Jake Stergios claimed personal best finishes on the season.

With 15 rounds of the iRacing World Championship Road Racing complete, Huttu has mathematically claimed the highest honour in sim-racing with a total of 1352 points (after dropped events) and will receive $10,000 in prizes. Looking to have sealed second in the championship, Towler holds a 139 point margin over Haapala who has Purdy and Cornett vying for the final prize- paying position in the standings.  Whilst Huttu receives the accolades, the remaining rounds from Watkins Glen, Mid Ohio and Philip Island will be the battle ground for the remaining honours of the iWCRR.

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  1. Ryan Terpstra
    September 7th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Does an article written, at least in part, and published by David Phillips a staff member mean the result is no longer under review?

    I’m in the “it shouldn’t change the result of this race” camp, but it would be nice for a formal result of the review to be published. In any form of motorsport any time something goes before the stewards the findings are always published aren’t they? Even if the finding is “no penalty.”

  2. Ryan Terpstra
    September 7th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Ignore the above comment due to my seeing another article detailing exactly that information.

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