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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.

  • 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.

Crabtree is NiS Open Champion!

by Tom O'Leary on September 11th, 2014

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Richmond International Raceway had the pleasure of hosting the final round of the 2014 NASCAR iRacing Open Series, in which the final places in the standings were cemented in history, and those who finished inside the Top 20 were rewarded with Pro licenses – meaning they qualified for the iRacing Oval Pro Series. The Fixed Series still has plenty of weeks remaining, meaning lots of opportunities for good results for those running the Fixed format. Corey Vincent set the fastest time in qualifying trim for the Open Series; his a 19.963 was quick enough for pole around Richmond’s .75 mile ribbon of virtual tarmac. Race One in the Open Series followed tradition by once again being the highest SoF online race of the week at Richmond; a 6335 SoF providing [...]

Aston Martin Coming to iRacing

by David Phillips on September 11th, 2014

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iRacing today announced plans to add four Aston Martin Racing cars to its lineup of digital race cars. iRacing will create a virtual version of the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 that will compete next weekend in the iRacing.com Nürburgring 1000 Blancpain Sprint Series event, as well as other Aston Martin Racing cars including the Le Mans class-winning DBR9. “The opportunity to produce these authentic digital Aston Martins is genuinely exciting news for iRacing,” says Tony Gardner, President of iRacing.com.  “Aston Martin has long been synonymous with sports car racing excellence, and the opportunity to race the Vantage GT3, DBR9 and other Aston Martins on the virtual tracks of iRacing will generate tremendous enthusiasm among our members.” The Aston Martins will join an impressive list of more than 40 world class [...]

Bonito Has Another

by Paul Slavonik on September 11th, 2014

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Virginia International Raceway (VIR) is known for its many different traits and characteristics. “Simple” and “forgiving” are not among them, however. Indeed, VIR is renowned as one of the most demanding and unforgiving road courses on the iRacing service; so much so that this writer has begun to firmly believe the track actually scares people. Indulge me. Last week at Watkins Glen, 1765 different drivers entered an official race in the iRacing GT3 Challenge. Question: How many entered a race at VIR for Week 6 of the series? Answer: Exactly 913 sim-racers; in other words, slightly more than half of last week’s entry. Still the top-drivers couldn’t be swayed by the daunting 3.27 mile road course in Alton, Virginia. Returning for Week 6 and taking the weekly win for the [...]

Okaya-Mamma Mia!

by Justin Sutton on September 10th, 2014

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Ferreira loses the lead on Lap Nine.

Round Five of the Skip Barber 2K Cup ventured to Okayama for a 23 lap race and one mandatory pit stop, as per usual.  Simon Hulbert took pole position for the first time this season after posting a lap of 1:45.733, only four hundredths faster than Vinicius Rocha in second.  Ricardo Ferreira looked to build on his good result at New Hampshire and started in third place ahead of last week’s race winner Sebastian Job.  Behind Job came Kevin Vaughn in the unfortunate position of sixth, ahead of race winners Philippe Leybaert and LJ Garnett. As 30+ sim-racers revved their F2000s to the limiter and the lights went green the whole top ten filed into their qualifying positions.  Leybaert had a look on Vaughn coming out of the Turn Five [...]

Ottinger Cruises to Dominant Richmond Victory

by Jason Lofing on September 10th, 2014

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Despite a couple of late cautions, Ottinger (05) was in total control at Richmond.

With his hopes for a NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing.com championship fading in the past couple of races, Nick Ottinger showed he is not out of the fight yet with a dominating performance at Richmond International Raceway. Starting fourth, Ottinger wasted no time moving to the lead, then paced the field for 153 of 200 laps on his way to the win. Adam Gilliland finished second, followed by Ray Alfalla. Matt Bussa and PJ Stergios finished fourth and fifth to round out the top five. Alfalla started from the pole and, like Ottinger, was hoping to gain ground on series points leader Michael Conti. Alfalla’s car was good on the short run but fell off the pace once the tires started to wear. Ottinger, on the other hand, [...]

Track Preview: Richmond International Raceway

by Dylan Kapisky on September 9th, 2014

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Next up on the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series schedule is Richmond International Raceway in Henrico County outside of Richmond, Virginia. Michael Conti leads Ray Alfalla by 25 points, and Nick Ottinger by 35 points in the series standings heading to “America’s Premier Short Track.” Let’s take a closer look at the track and see what the sim racing might be like tonight. Built in 1946 as a half-mile dirt track named Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds, the facility’s first win went to Ted Horn in what is known today as a Sprint Car en route to the AAA National Championship. Since then the track has undergone two reconfigurations, going from a ½ mile dirt track to a paved .542 mile oval before morphing into the current D-shaped oval. Today’s Richmond International [...]

A Billion Laps . . . and Counting!

by David Phillips on September 9th, 2014

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iRacing has reached – and breached – the billion lap mark. The milestone came on Friday evening when Pebst Augusta (Scandinavia) crossed the start-finish line at Homestead-Miami Speedway in his Dallara DW12 to record the billionth lap run in an official iRacing session.  He will receive $500 in iRacing credits for turning that historic lap. “Congratulations to Pebst,” said Tony Gardner, President of iRacing.com. “And thanks for racing on Friday! “Wow! A billion is a lot of laps. When you figure iRacing opened for business in August, 2008, that’s a little over six years to hit a billion laps. In that time iRacing has developed into a worldwide community of over 52,000 members – and we’re growing every day. Rest assured it won’t take us another six years to hit [...]

Myers Grabs Late Model Win at Lucas Oil Raceway

by Stan Bragg Jr. on September 9th, 2014

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As the NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model Series reached the half way point in 2014 Season 3, Lucas Oil Raceway (formerly Indianapolis Raceway Park) would be the venue the sim-racers would try to master. The momentum style sim racing required to be fast here would put a few in the hole on speed while others where able to pick up on it and find the pace required to reach victory lane. At just .686 miles in length and with 12 degrees of banking, LOR’s high line would be the fast way around, making clean passes extremely difficult. In this week’s feature race of the week 14 cars would be bidding for the race win. Tim Bills grabbed the pole position while Dario Ricov lined-up to his outside.   When the race [...]

Imitation of Life

by Brooks Westfall on September 8th, 2014

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Every time a sim racer starts up his/her wheel, we expect to have a software experience that mimics real-life racing. However, sim racers try their absolute hardest to find the loopholes and gaps in the given software to find the extra tenth of a second they need. Whether it be from setups, track lines, or the car itself, the term “sim” is farther from real life than we think. Real-world drivers and sim racers share much in common. We need a similar degree of focus to achieve success, we communicate in similar fashion and sometimes we even race the same. But when it comes to the cars’ “drivability,” the difference is almost night and day. Drivers in real life only get limited time in their race cars. Maybe they get [...]

Fun in the Sun for Cubis

by Paul Slavonik on September 8th, 2014

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It’s a glorious path to heaven for some and the bane of existence to others. In one moment, you could be having that special “Whincup” moment where you’re ripping through the field, hitting all of your marks and feeling like you should be doing this racing stuff for a living. In the next moment, one could easily be asking, “Whose idea was it to put a corkscrew in a racetrack?” as you careen out of control towards the nearest concrete barrier. Yes, that would be Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca which is, in my opinion, one of the most challenging/rewarding road courses in the United States. It has a little bit of everything so if your sim racing appetite is as picky as your mouth-chewing appetite, you might find yourself in [...]

Team USA Scholarship Names Six Candidates for Shootout

by Glen Alden on September 8th, 2014

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Six young American drivers will converge on Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA today (September 8), for a shootout to determine who will represent the Team USA Scholarship in the traditional Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone, England, later in the fall. This will be 25th year the scholarship has assisted promising American youngsters at an early stage in their careers. Jimmy Vasser was awarded the inaugural Team USA Scholarship in 1990. Subsequent winners have included Bryan Herta (1991), Buddy Rice (1997), A.J. Allmendinger (2001), Charlie Kimball (2003), J.R. Hildebrand (2005), Dane Cameron (2006), Josef Newgarden and Conor Daly (2008), Spencer Pigot (2010/2011) and Tristan Nunez and Matthew Brabham (2012). This year’s candidates are: •    Ben Auriemma, 16, from Manhasset, N.Y. – currently [...]

Legendary Loti at Laguna

by Justin Sutton on September 8th, 2014

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Dumitrescu becomes the first casualty.

Week Four of this season’s Grand Prix Legends championship returned to the site of one of the most exciting races from last season, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  There were 18 sim-racers on the grid for an 18 lap race up, down, and all around this hilly and twisty American classic.  Michel Dudognon took pole position posting a 1:20.335 ahead of the Lotus 49s of Victor Perelman, Kalle Ruokola, and Daniel Garrison Jr. who were all within one second of Dudognon’s qualifying time.  As the sim-racers filed into the tricky Andretti hairpin Dudognon maintained his lead while Bogdan Dumitrescu broke rank with oversteer at the outside of the corner, dropping him to last place from sixth. Raimond Brakenhoff ended the first lap up a position thanks to Dumitrescu’s troubles, but a [...]

Road Warriors Go Dutch

by Andrew Pinkerton on September 5th, 2014

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The Road Warriors put on quite a show at Zandvoort.  Here Joao Dario does a slide job on Rooij.

The latest round of the iRacing Road Warrior Series took place along the shores of the North Sea at Circuit Park Zandvoort .  All told, 61 Road Warriors did battle for 25 laps around the Grand Prix circuit in the twin rotor Star Mazda formula car. Zandvoort has a rich F1 history as home of the Grote Prijs van Nederland through 1985. This tricky seaside circuit combines high speed undulating corners with tight technical hairpins. The competition was intense, as it always is when some of the world’s best sim racers go head-to-head — or wheel-to-wheel The Saturday 1:00 GMT race kicked off the weekend. Julian Rodriguez Moreno narrowly won after leading all 25 laps. Aday Coba Lopez crossed the line in second a mere nine tenths of a second [...]

Gilliland & Byus Stand Tall in NiS

by Tom O'Leary on September 5th, 2014

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After two weeks away iRacingNews is back on point, recapping all of the action from the NASCAR iRacing Series as the sim racers fighting for the championship(s) headed to Bristol and Atlanta Motor Speedways. The tracks have major contrasts in style, and so drivers needed to make the transition after Week 24 at Thunder Valley to adjust to the high speeds generated in Hot ‘Lanta. Bristol Motor Speedway In the Open Series, Adam Gilliland proved to be the best driver of the week at Bristol, capitalising on a 6165 SoF to take 394 points from the highest SoF race of the week, hence having the highest points payout in the week at Thunder Valle. Gilliland lead 195 of the 250 lap race – and with a 1.6 second gap to [...]

Armstrong Wins at Auto Club

by Seth Eggert on September 5th, 2014

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Week 5 of the 2014 Season 3 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to the virtual Inland Empire and Auto Club Speedway for only the third time in its history. A grand total of 227 sim-racers took part in races punctuated by cautions and where the draft, pit strategy and handling were just some of the storylines throughout the entire week of sim racing. Mitch McCracken (Indiana) started on pole with Tim Holgate (Ohio) on his outside. Danno Brookins (Florida) started from the inside of Row Two ahead of Erick Davis (Canada) with Indiana’s own Cary Bettenhausen rounding-out the top five starting positions. McCracken had an excellent start as Holgate quickly made his way to the inside line. Within a lap the top five had broken away from Joe [...]

NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series by the Numbers

by Dylan Kapisky on September 5th, 2014

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Three races remain in the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing.com before a new champion is crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway. As things stand heading into next week’s sim race at Richmond, Michael Conti leads Ray Alfalla by 25 points and Nick Ottinger by 35 points. Although behind by a full race or more, Chad Laughton (-48), Chris Overland (-57), Jake Stergios (-63) and Matt Bussa (-74) are all within 100 points and thus are all still mathematically in the hunt for the sim racing title. Dylan Kapisky takes a look at what it would take (at the least) for each driver to win the championship. These scenarios are based off of a 43 car field every race. The points are based-off of the NASCAR points system, which is [...]

Anreus Cops Chaotic Canadian CTC

by Thiago Izequiel on September 5th, 2014

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The chaos after turn 1. Different accidents on the same time.

Brazilian Portuguese version below Week Four has arrived and the Classic Lotus Grand Prix was at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, better known as “Mosport”. The circuit is one of the few on the schedule that was actually a fixture on the real Formula 1 ’70s era calendar, and is one of the favorites tracks for the CTC members. To prove this fact, there was thirteen official race starts through the week that ended the first month of the championship. The list of winning racers is as follows: David Wormald, Marcel Penzkofer, Tapani Linnaluoto, Daniel Pedrosa, Gernot Fritsche, Michel Dudognon, Mattias Anreus, Paolo Accurso, Gary Larsen and Arto Ihamäki. On Sunday, four official races took place, with one before the SoF race main event (that had two splits), and another [...]

The Kitchen Sink: Homestead – Not a Typical 1.5 Miler

by Ray Kingsbury on September 4th, 2014

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Previous: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 Homestead is one of those tracks that is so similar to yet so different from other tracks on the schedule. At 1.5 miles, Homestead is the same length as far too many high banked speedways; however, the differences between Homestead and other 1.5 mile circuits are easily seen as a driver. A typical 1.5 mile setup for the Dallara DW12 IndyCar will not work here: You will find a lack of rear grip and, at the same time, a lack of front end grip. It may be a good idea to load-up a base 1.5 mile set for starters; the chassis, gear ratios, and dampers should be a good starting point. The biggest thing you are going to want to change is [...]

NiS Open Garage – Richmond/Season Finale

by Don Scott on September 4th, 2014

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Richmond offers competitors a final chance to apply the wisdom of this season's NiS Open Garage.

As we return to Richmond for this year’s final NASCAR iRacing Series race and bring to a close this season’s “Open Garage,”  I thought I might use this week’s article to review some of the basics we have learned over the past 20 weeks. We have covered a myriad of ways to diagnose handling issues, increase our speed and analyze the information we gather in an effort to identify elements of our setups we might improve. In this edition I would like refresh your memory concerning some of the most common changes you will make. Among the first topics we discussed this season – and one of the most common adjustments you will make in a stock car – is the track bar. To summarize, in the left rear if [...]

Bonito Conquers The Glen

by Paul Slavonik on September 4th, 2014

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Week 5 of the iRacing.com GT3 Challenge Series got under way at the historic Watkins Glen International in Upstate, NY. With sim-racers from all over the world descending on the flat-out, 3.4 mile road course which consists of varying degrees of elevation, the action was loaded and several pro-level drivers capitalized on their experience. With 1765 different drivers taking part in official races during Week 5, there was only one driver who successfully conquered them all. Team Redline and Italian driver, Enzo Bonito entered Week 5 as the driver-to-beat as he took pole position in both of the events he entered. Driving the McLaren MP4, Bonito’s main points haul came from a monstrous Strength of Field (SoF) race of 4830 which also featured the Season 2 champion, Rens Broekman, who [...]