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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.

  • Jack Davidson
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    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.

Ganassi Using ‘Hendrick Model’

December 17th, 2010

Chip Ganassi (center) is flanked by his new drivers Graham Rahal (left) and Charlie Kimball during a press conference Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Ron McQueeney/IndyCar Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS — Team owner Chip Ganassi topped his epic 2010 season that earned him NSSN’s Economaki Champion of Champions award with Thursday’s blockbuster announcement at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball will headline his expanded IZOD IndyCar Series operation.

In a still-wobbly economy, Ganassi’s announcement of the new Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing team scored not only an economic triumph but also a victory for those who favor a resurgence of American driving talent.

Rahal, 21, from Dublin, Ohio, will drive the No. 38 Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing entry. Already with 60 starts at the top levels of American open-wheel racing, the son of 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner and three-time CART champion Bobby Rahal, has one victory, two pole positions, and 12 top-five and 32 top-10 finishes.

TBC Retail Group announced in October that it inked a multiyear spokesperson and sponsorship association with Rahal to represent its family of tire and automotive retail brands, which include Service Central, Tire Kingdom, Big O Tires, NTB (National Tire and Battery), and Merchant’s Tire and Auto Centers.

Kimball, a 25-year-old from Camarillo, Calif., will continue his association with diabetes care world leader Novo Nordisk, his two-year sponsor in the Firestone Indy Lights Series. Kimball will drive Ganassi’s No. 83 Novo Nordisk entry.

The partnership between Novo Nordisk and CGR makes Kimball the first driver from the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights Series to move up the official “Mazda Road to Indy” with a full season sponsorship.

He likened his expanded organization to that of NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsports.

“That was the template,” Ganassi said. “It’s not a four-car team. It’s two two-car teams. I would compare it much like the Hendrick NASCAR operation where they have the 48, the 24 and the 5 and the 88. We think that’s a model that might work a little better than just doing straight four cars.”

Mike Hull, CGR managing director, said the new arrangement will operate seamlessly with the established team, just as the Grand Am/Rolex sports-car team of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas do alongside the Target-sponsored IZOD IndyCar Series duo.

“What we’re all about is direct communication, and that is the culture at Chip Ganassi Racing, plain and simple,” Hull said. “It’s an open dialogue from the time we get up in the morning until we dream about it at night. So it will be a very open-book situation between everybody that works for Chip Ganassi.

“Under our roof here in Indianapolis, we currently run two programs. We run a Rolex Sports Car team and an IndyCar team. Those people totally interact with each other. What we’re doing today and Chip said it the best way, I think. What we’re doing is creating a new team. It’s an expansion of what we currently do at Chip Ganassi Racing. So this team will be treated in exactly the same manner as the other two teams. We simply have three groups of people that operate as one.”

However, they’ll be in two separate buildings. The Kimball-Rahal operation’s home will be the Brownsburg, Ind., shop that belongs to NHRA drag-racing legend Don Prudhomme and once housed his Top Fuel and Funny Car operations.

“Mike has a great way of just focusing,” Ganassi said, expressing faith in Hull’s ability to execute everything properly.

“It’s going to be case study for the Harvard Business Group,” Hull joked. “We have a distinct managing system. Communication flows immediately between our teams. What has made us good is that each driver learns from each other, wins with each other, and applauds each other.”

Alluding to the Henrick model he used, Ganassi said, “We always look at growing our business. We want to grow it in the right manner,” he said.

He insisted that, “I’ve never been the most nationalistic guy” when he chooses a driver, saying, “We always went for the most talented guy.” However, he acknowledged this “surge of American drivers right now” and suggested that IRL CEO Randy Bernard and the media can exploit that, if they wish, but “I’m in the business of racing cars.”

Ganassi indicated his desire to embrace his current open-wheel champions, who have grabbed the four most recent series titles and five of the past eight, while developing the next generation of headliners.

“Not to take anything away from Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti, but we have to keep a keen eye on the next generation. And what better way than to have our finger on them?” Ganassi said.

“I’m not pushing Dixon and Franchitti out the door yet, but they are of a different era, you might say, than these two guys up here today,” he said. “So I think it’s obvious that we need to, as a company, we need to keep our — we need to keep current with people coming along. We as a company need to stay competitive, stay in the forefront and look at what drivers are coming along,” he said. “Who better than to have two Americans come along like this? We wanted to make sure we had an opportunity, if at all possible, to work with them.”

That’s exactly what Rahal said he wanted, as well.

“There’s no one that’s been better,” Rahal said of CGR. “It’s the perfect opportunity for me. You want to be in a position to be as successful as you can every single weekend. The future of the IRL is very bright right now. I hope I can be here a long, long time. Of course, you have to succeed to do that. There’s not a better place you can be. It’s an honor to have the opportunity.”

Even with his pedigree, Rahal had to earn his chances. He said that struggle to land a home in the series actually has benefited him.

“When you getting to through four or five different teams in one year, you see how everybody operates, different mentalities, work ethics, all of those things. So it really makes you appreciate when you get an opportunity like this,” he said. “So it’s a huge breakthrough. Now it’s time for us to put our heads down.”

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