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  • David Phillips
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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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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
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    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
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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
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  • 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.
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    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.

Road to Pro – NiCAS

by Brennan Mercer on July 17th, 2013

The last week of the season sees the NASCAR Class A Series stop at The Brickyard. Heading into the final week it will become a grind for these drivers trying to get into the Elite Eleven. Five drivers have mathematically clinched a spot into consideration to the NASCAR Pro Series but a dozen drivers are still vying for remaining six spots.

The race for the final six spots in the NiPS is coming down to the wire.

This week the Magic Number to clinch is 2424. A sim-racer who achieves that point total this week will mathematically clinch. This is assuming that the highest paid point race is 360 points. With it being a week that coincides with the NASCAR Series World Championship, we could see higher point total as most of those drivers like to test their setup with the A class drivers to make sure they are set for their race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday.

All situations in the following scenarios are assuming that there will be races no more than 360 points scored in a 25 car field.


1 Simon Crochart 2650 281 2729 CLINCH CLINCH
2 Randy Hockaday 2556 275 2641 CLINCH CLINCH
3 Brandon Hauck 2550 216 2694 CLINCH CLINCH

Looking at the championship, it comes to these three racers…

Simon Crochart can clinch the championship with a point total of 2695. For him to do that he would need to have a point total of this week of 326 points. He would need to finish 3rd or better.

Randy Hockaday can bypass Simon Crochart but he would need 370 points to do so and not have Crochart gain any and not have Brandon Hauck pass him in points. It is a very outside chance Randy will be the champ but stranger situations have happened.

Brandon Hauck can bypass both Simon Crochart and Randy Hockaday with 317 points. A fourth place finish or beter would help achieve it. If Simon were to score more points than his drop (which is 281) Brandon would need to achieve three more spots than Simon. (Example: if Simon finishes fourth, Brandon would need to win).  The scenario is close and anything could happen.


4 Nicholas Morse 2449 229 2580 CLINCH CLINCH
5 Tom Moustakas 2429 270 2519 CLINCH CLINCH

Nicholas Morse and Tom Moustakas have clinched their spot for consideration into the Pro Series. Congrats to these two sim-racers.


6 Benjamin Burmeister 2402 246 2516 268 IN
7 Charlie Foster 2371 223 2508 276 IN

These two drivers are almost safe, a solid finish this week and they can both clinch a spot into the Elite Eleven

Benjamin Burmeister - Needs 268 points to clinch, a 6th place or better can achieve a spot.
Charlie Foster - Needs 276 points to clinch, a 5th place or better can achieve a spot.


8 Mitchell Hunt 2327 233 2454 330 IN
9 Kwame Adjei 2308 239 2429 355 IN
10 Steven Gilbert 2299 237 2422 362 IN
11 Sascha Wesler 2288 224 2424 360 IN

These are the spots that are up for grabs. All four of these drivers are on the bubble and you could see them lose a shot at their chance of getting into the Elite Eleven this week. Some of these guys can clinch though if they have strong weeks. Again this is based on the assumption that the maximum amount of points scored is 360.

Mitchell Hunt - Needs 330 points to clinch, a P2 or better finish to clinch.
Kwame Adjei – Needs 355 points to clinch, a win can get him a spot.
Steven Gilbert – Cannot mathematically clinch. This is because a driver outside the Elite Eleven has no drop and can leap frog their way into the Pro Series.
Sascha Wesler – Needs 360 points to clinch. A win can earn him a spot.


12 Ashley Miller 2240 184 2416 368 IN
13 Nicholas Goertzen 2221 231 2350 434 IN
14 Kory Henry 2201 230 2331 453 IN
15 Kyle Wicka 2189 224 2325 459 IN
16 Steven Eszenyi 2176 208 2328 456 IN
20 Brodie Kostecki 2076 0 2436 348 IN

It is hard to even put any of these drivers into my Living on a Prayer category because these guys can bump. Interesting to note that Brodie Kostecki made his return to the A series after missing five straight weeks. His six weeks counted gives him points to work with. Bottom line, all of these drivers with the exception of Brodie and Ashley Miller, need wins and help.

Ashley Miller - Is in a very good position to knock into the Elite Eleven. His drop is low. Assuming no one in the Elite Eleven gains points he would need 232 points to knock. If 11th in points goes above 2415 he would be eliminated

Nicholas Goertzen – Needs 299 points to get into the Elite Eleven. This is assuming no one in the Elite Eleven gain points. If 11th in points goes above 2350 points he would be eliminated.

Kory Henry - Needs 317 points to knock into the Elite Eleven, again this is assuming no one in the Elite Eleven exceed their highest drop and gain points. If 11th in points goes above 2331 he to would be eliminated

Kyle Wicka – Needs 323 points to burst the bubble of the Elite Eleven, assuming no one gains points. If 11th in points goes above 2325 in points he to would be eliminated.

Steven Eszenyi – Needs 320 points to pop the bubble of the Elite Eleven, assuming no one gains points. If 11th in points goes above 2328 he would not be able to gain enough points and would be eliminated.

Brodie Kostecki – Is the interesting scenario here. He can not only knock but he could also achieve enough points to get to the magic number of 2424. Brodie needs 212 points to knock and 348 points to clinch a spot. It will be interesting to watch this driver as he has an interesting scenario because of the lack of drop weeks.

These drivers have been eliminated mathematically do not have a chance of getting into the Elite Eleven.

17 Brandon Hauff 2163 247 2276 508 ELIM
18 Alex Scribner 2130 228 2262 522 ELIM
19 Dwayne Vincent 2125 225 2260 524 ELIM
21 Brandon Coppinger 2062 218 2204 580 ELIM
22 Armando Vargas 2025 114 2271 513 ELIM
23 Chris Overland 2013 185 2188 596 ELIM
24 Brad Patton 2009 194 2175 609 ELIM
25 Shane Dougherty 1967 218 2109 675 ELIM

And that’s it, well at least the way I see it… Good luck to the drivers this week at Indy and we will see you guys next season where it will be the last chance for drivers to get into the NASCAR Pro Series.

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