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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.

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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.

Cecce Tops Late Model Tour

by Tim Terry on November 21st, 2012

The NASCAR Late Model Tour (NiLMT) has spawned some great champions of this virtual sport and with the drivers and teams of this series visiting a diverse set of tracks in 2012 Season Four, it would be no surprise to see the top drivers from this season move on to the upper echelons of the iRacing simulation. In fact, in the first three weeks of the season, the series would visit three distinct tracks and produce three different winners when the points were handed out at the end of each week.

Week One took place at the Lanier National Speedway bullring and when the final laps were completed, it was a Late Model veteran who stood tall amongst his 815 peers who took a green flag at the Georgia track. Burris took one win in one start on the week in a 2951 sof race on November 3rd. Burris led all 65 laps of the race from the pole, besting Scott Howell, Joel Putty, Patrick Thomas and Cody Dusty. The race was worth 182 points for the short track ace out of the Carolina club.

Season 4 of the Late Model Tour kicked-off at Lanier National Speedway.

While Bart Hector Jr and Matthew Wright2 tied for second with 172 points, the week may have belonged to Dylan Cecce. Cecce took the big win of the week by taking down the 3023 sof race on November 5th. Cecce took the win by over seven seconds from the pole and topped Wright2, James Locke, Caleb Williams and Kristopher Marlow. The 187 points that Cecce got from that race would have been good enough to lock up first for the week, but the New York driver was on a mission as he finished the week with an incredible 24 wins in 25 starts!

Heath Smith was the pole sitter for the week at Lanier, turning in a 13.451 second lap, besting Landon Sciacca and Ty Majeski. Smith also took top honors in Time Trials over Ron Hagolin and Ty Majeski.

Week Two saw the NiLMT drivers take to the South Boston Speedway. The Virginia track is a favorite amongst most short track racers on the service and once again proved to bring out of the best as nearly 800 sim-racers strutted their stuff at “SoBo.” Randy Bechdel topped the charts with his 3013 sof win on November 6th. Bechel led all 65 laps in the race, defeating Wright2, Daniel Williamson, Dylan Roe and Casey Kirwan. The margin of victory for Bechdel was over seven seconds. The win placed Bechdel atop the weekly standings with 186 points while Wright2’s total of 171 points for this race put him tied for third at the end of the week.

Mike Budzien took home second overall for the week, but once again it was Cecce who sent a statement with five wins in six races and a 171 point total at the completion of Week Two. Cecce’s biggest triumph for the week came during a 3000 sof race on November 7th in which he took the victory over Williamson. Williamson started on the pole and led the first eight of the 65 circuits before handing the lead over to Cecce in the only lead change of the race. Budzien was fourth in this race, behind Hector Jr and in front of Richey Etheridge. Williamson came home in fifth for the week with 170 points.

NASCAR Series World Championship driver Nick Ottinger took the pole for the week at South Boston with a time of 14.879 seconds. Burris and Smith completed the podium of 400 qualifiers. Hagolin picked up where he left off in Week One by taking the top spot in Time Trials at SoBo over Jeffrey Hileman and Kevin J Myers.

Charlotte Motor Speedway hosted the third week of the season and Eastern Canadian driver Ken OKeefe was the driver to beat as he topped the week after a win in a 2835 sof event on November 14th. OKeefe led the final 18 laps after Cecce led the first 22 circuits of the event with Cecce finishing side-by-side with OKeefe at the line (margin of victory was 0.091 seconds with OKeefe over Cecce). Chase Raudman, Wright2 and Michael Peters3 completed the top five in the race. OKeefe captured 175 points for the win while Cecce’s only start of the week would reward him with 161 points and second place overall out of 1,106 drivers who races on Week Three.

Hagolin had a big win on the week, capturing a 2885 sof online race on November 14th. Hagolin took the win by leading 34 of the 40 laps from the pole over Edward Burch Jr., Hamish Gallagher, Jammey Walker and Joshua Shum. The win was one of two on the week for Hagolin, who would finish eighth overall on the week with 152 points.

Australia’s Francis Dunnett was the quickest driver in qualifying as he put a 30.893 second lap up on the board, which was better than podium runs by Cecce and Malik Ray. He was also the quickest in the Time Trial competition over Mark Jorgensen and Scott Mann. Hagolin’s sixth place run in the Week Three Time Trials will keep him on top of the standings in Time Trials.

New Smyrna is next on the NiLMT agenda.

When we look at the standings, we see Cecee as one of the drivers to beat this season with drivers like Wright2, Burris and Budzien as early favorites, among others, for the title. Who will win the coveted 2012 Season 4 NASCAR Late Model Tour crown? Find out here as we go through the season on inRacingNews. Next up for the series is the high banks of New Smyrna Speedway!

Until next time, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!

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