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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
    Contributin 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.

  • Raymond 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.

Anders Wins in Milwaukee

by Seth Eggert on August 22nd, 2014

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Week Three of the 2014 Season 3 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. A total of 156 sim-racers took to the track this week, with cautions, handling and tire conservation just some of the storylines throughout the week of sim racing. Mitch McCracken (Indiana) started in the pole position with Tim Holgate (Ohio) starting second ahead of Niles Anders (Plains) and Randy Crossno (California) with Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) rounding out the top five starting. McCracken had an excellent start, easily clearing Holgate by Turn One and proceeded to build a five car length lead over the second place Dallara DW12.  McCracken’s lead would be short-lived however, as a wreck in the back slowed the field on Lap 4. Matt Lambertson (Pennsylvania) [...]

Second Winner in Second Race of Skippy 2K Cup

by Justin Sutton on August 22nd, 2014

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Mancusi attacks Carroll at Bridge.

The second round of the Skip Barber 2K Cup at Silverstone was another popular affair with nearly three dozen sim-racers in attendance for a 20 lap race on the Historical Grand Prix layout.  In qualifying Vinicius Rocha took pole position by 0.006s ahead of Sebastian Job with previous pole sitter Philippe Leybaert in third ahead of Mattia Branchini while inaugural race winner Riku Alatalo sat in fifth. At the start Leybaert challenged Job into Copse while Branchini and Alatalo took the normal racing line and the tide turned to a four-way battle for second place as they approached Maggotts.  Branchini and Alatalo went side-by-side into the legendary stretch of tarmac while Simon Hulbert in P6 made a lunge on both of them that damaged his own race when he clipped [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Open Garage: Bristol

by Don Scott on August 21st, 2014

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"Thunder Valley" hosts this week's edition of the NASCAR iRacing Series.

If you drive north of Knoxville on Highway 81 you will pass a number of small towns. One you just might miss if you blink is Bristol, Tennessee. With a population less than the number of people in attendance at most college football games, it seems an unlikely setting for the fourth largest sports venue in the United States. With its high progressive banking and short length plays, however, Bristol Motor Speedway plays host to some of the most exciting – and popular — racing on the NASCAR circuit; what’s more, BMS’ proximity to the Carolinas make it a local track for the many teams who call the area home. On race weekend fans flock to the 160,000 seat venue heralded as “The Last Great Coliseum” to produce one of [...]

Grand Touring Produces Grand Racing at The Glen

by Jeff Jacobs on August 21st, 2014

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Nicholas Sladeczek (#1) defends a charge by Joshua Shum (#3) in the early laps of a race at Watkins Glen.  The win left Sladeczek just nine points behind the class season points leader, an impressive feat when combined with his second-place standing in the Jetta class.

Watkins Glen hosted more than 840 sim-racers for thrilling racing in Mustangs, Jettas and Solstices for the third week of the new-look iRacing.com Grand Touring Cup. Leading in participation numbers for the first time, the Ford Mustang FR500S saw 397 different drivers compete in at least one of the 109 official races on The Glen’s “Boot” configuration. Solistice participation also remained high with 301 drivers taking a start and 55 of them claiming one or more wins. And despite lower total numbers, the racing was no less fierce between the 150 VW Jetta TDI drivers with 73 of them claiming at least one class win during the week. Solstice sim-racer Craig Hopkins raved about the competition in Week 3. “Just had a race at Watkins Glen in my Solstice and [...]

Road Warriors: Five Story Drops in the Lotus 49

by Andrew Pinkerton on August 20th, 2014

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Lopez leads a full field of Lotus 49s to the green flag.

This weekend iRacing once again virtually paralleled a world class event, namely the Monterey Historic weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  While the Monterey Historics see a wide variety of vintage classics, our virtual Monterey Historics used one of racing’s most iconic open wheel cars: the Lotus 49. Suffice to say competitors did their best Jim Clark imitations in pursuit of a Road Warrior series win. The first 45 minute race of the weekend took the green at 1:00 GMT on Saturday, and yet again it was the Aday Coba Lopez Show at the finish line. Lopez and Cullen Brown had a very close race, finishing just under a second apart after 33 laps of sim racing. Lopez not only won the race and took home the most points on [...]

Pahkala Breaks Huttu’s Streak, Dominates at Spa

by Wil Vincent on August 20th, 2014

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Pahkalla took his second win of the season with a dominant performance at Spa.

Two big streaks were broken this past weekend; in Moto GP, Marc Marquez’s run of victories in the 2014 campaign came to a shuddering halt after looking unstoppable throughout the season, and in the iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series, Fanatec Team Redline’s Greger Huttu’s seven win streak came to an end in rather dramatic fashion, as drivers made their second trip of the sim racing season to the picturesque Spa-Francorchamps. Spa always produces some of the best racing in the series, and the first race of the season saw Glacier Racing’s Olli Pahkala storm onto the scene in his debut outing, charging through the field to take fourth. Although the headlines that day focused on the dual between Huttu and Hugo Luis, reigniting a five year old rivalry with [...]

Alfalla, Bolton, Luza Share Honours in NiS

August 20th, 2014

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racing games

The NASCAR iRacing Series made its second trip to a road course this season – namely to Watkins Glen International in upstate New York. The 2.4 mile ‘Cup’ configuration contains the Inner Loop section, where drivers struggle to get their cars slowed and turned into the double chicane of a corner – both in qualifying and race trim, offering potential overtaking moves and opportunities that we don’t see on the traditional oval courses. Ray Alfalla scored the most points at Watkins in the Open Series, by winning the largest SoF race of the week, which – in keeping with tradition — turned out to be Race One of the week. Alfalla took away 399 points from the 6220 SoF, and by leading every lap, driving the fastest lap and pulling [...]

Can Anyone Stop McLeod?

by Paul Slavonik on August 20th, 2014

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In a third straight show of dominance this season, 4 Motorsports driver Mitchell McLeod, continues to illustrate how the former iRacing.com V8 Supercars champion still has what it takes. For 36 laps of sim racing on the West configuration at the Circuit of The Americas, the finest drivers in the category fought door-to-door for every possible position. Indeed, there have been many movers and shakers this season and Week 3 promised to be no different. Still absent, however, were many of the series’ favorites such as Madison Down, Richard Hamstead and Jarrad Filsell. Coming off of a strong victory last week at Circuit Zolder, McLeod started on pole position with a time of 1:33.119, a full half second quicker than the number two starter, Ian Ford of Demidov Motorsports. Starting [...]

The Kitchen Sink: Finding a Little Bit of Speed at Motegi

by Raymond Kingsbury on August 19th, 2014

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TheKitchenSinkDW12

Twin Ring Motegi’s Oval course is one of the trickiest on iRacing. At first glance one would think that it is a very easy course. The racing surface is very wide and the pavement very smooth; however there is something about the Japanese asphalt that makes this track very difficult and lacking a lot of grip. With the superspeedway aero package being on the Dallara DW12 for Motegi, most drivers are having to lift on the fixed set through Turn One and Two and brake into Three and Four. There are some things that a driver can do to his or her car to significantly improve the handling here and find some time. For one, you are going to want a lot of downforce to help you carry speed and [...]

Lotus 49s at Mid-Ohio

by Justin Sutton on August 19th, 2014

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Ruokola takes P2.

Week Two of the Grand Prix Legends series arrived at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for 18 laps of a track that some might say is too twisty for the Lotus 49.  The big Sunday race saw a dozen sim-racers line-up on the grid with Victor Perelman starting from pole position with a 1:21.561 qualifying time, over three tenths quicker than Kalle Ruokola who shared the front row.  The rest of the qualifiers were Ivan Voloshin, Darwin Meints, Todd Laribee, and Duncan Coppedge; while Alex Uelk started highest of the non-qualifiers. The start was good for Laribee who jumped Meints at Turn One for fourth place.  Anton Omnell had an average launch from eighth on the grid and didn’t gain or lose positions into Turn One, but when Uelk went [...]

Bill Martin cruises to victory at Stafford

by Stan Bragg Jr. on August 19th, 2014

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Stafford Late Models

Week 3 of the NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model Series brought the sim-racers to Stafford Motor Speedway, in Stafford Springs, Connecticut.  This ½ mile track with long sweeping corners would test the sim-racers for 50 laps.  With tire conservation in mind, drivers had to take an easy entry into the corners and try not to push up into the outer lanes to help save the right front tire for later in the race.  The feature race of the week would see Bill Martin start from the pole with Jacob Linkiewicz to his outside, followed on the second row by Todd Sipe and Bryan S Fallen. When the green flag waved Martin wasted no time getting clear of Linkiewicz and leaving him in the clutches of Sipe who got to the quarter [...]

Road Warriors at Mid-Ohio

by Andrew Pinkerton on August 19th, 2014

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Labati leads the field into the Keyhole.

The iRacing Road Warrior Series traveled to the challenging Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio for Round 10. This battle saw the Road Warriors take on the course in the Dallara DW-12 for a 50 lap sprint to the checkers. The high downforce car was on edge the whole way around Mid-Ohio’s off camber sweepers, and crooked crests. The weekend kicked off at 1:00 GMT Saturday with one large split totaling 37 cars. This made for an interesting race, as there were many different skill sets in the same race. Between aggressive, fast-paced drivers and slower yet more calculated drivers this race was anyone’s to call. The message to heed in this race?  Discretion is the better part of valor. Rob Kodey was victorious after leading only six laps [...]

Get to Know: Mark Hewitt

by David Ifeguni on August 18th, 2014

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Originally from Birmingham, England, now living in Holland, Mark Hewitt joined iRacing on the 10th of October in 2010. 10-10-10. He earned his first career oval victory at Thompson International Speedway and his first road course victory at Lime Rock Park also in the 10th month of the year. 10 may be Mark’s number, but luck has had nothing to do with his success in the soon-to-be four years he has been a part of the iRacing community. He has 100 (10 x 10) official victories in total, with 28 career oval victories coming from 742 starts. The other 72 victories have come on road courses, on which he has started nearly 1000 races. This year alone he has started 235 races and has driven to victory lane seven times, [...]

Rights and a Few Lefts

August 16th, 2014

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Week 2 Watkins Glen P3

After spending the first week of the season making only left turns, the NASCAR iRacing Class B Fixed Series brought 1,231 sim racers from all around the world to the virtual Watkins Glen International circuit for 15 laps of road racing action. Regarded as the oval of road racing, Watkins Glen drew many of the top oval racing drivers in the iRacing.com service outside of their typical scenery into a somewhat more difficult one. Even though Watkins Glen is one of the less difficult road courses in the world, it still poses a severe challenge to those drivers take the circuit lightly. Michael Conti (New Jersey) was not one to take Watkins Glen lightly. The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series competitor started from the seventh position in the No. 1 Camaro [...]

UK&I Skip Barber League Silverstone

by Justin Sutton on August 15th, 2014

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Job spun at Priory, Carroll takes the lead.

Round Two of the UK&I Skip Barber League’s third season of 2014 headed to Silverstone for 12 laps of the Historical Grand Prix layout.  Over 30 sim-racers participated as last week’s race winner and pole sitter Sebastian Job continued his winning ways with his second consecutive pole of the season putting in a 2:01.171, 0.130s faster than Graham Carroll in second.  Simon Hulbert took third with former champion Blake Townend alongside him in fourth followed by Richard Avery in fifth. When the lights went green the big shocker was Townend’s terrible launch which immediately lost him a position to Avery before even reaching Copse.  In contrast, Fahim Antoniades had a great start from P7 and used the inside line at Copse to grab sixth from Sam Everest, only to be [...]

Road Atlanta and the Returning Winner

by Thiago Izequiel, photos by Gabriel Amaral on August 15th, 2014

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Tapani Linnaluoto goes by Cam Walsh, who was being lapped, on the back straight.

Portuguese translation below After a great first week, Classic Lotus Grand Prix kept rolling on a high note. Road Atlanta, site of the second week of sim racing, had 11 official races, two less than Silverstone, and 10 different winners. Kalle Ruokola, Jean-Francois Boscus, Michel Dudognon, Sean Wiltshire, Gernot Fritsche, David Wormald, Mattias Anreus, Henri Salminen and Gabriel Linden Amaral, won races that preceded Sunday’s main event with Henri Salminen the only repeat winner. The sim racers’ main challenge at Road Atlanta was to keep the classic Lotus 79 away from the majority, if not all, curbs of the track. Depending on how the car was set up, any careless move approaching the edge of each corner could cause a loss of control on the car and the sim racer [...]

Pedersen Strikes in the Land of the Rising Sun

by Brooks Westfall on August 15th, 2014

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Brake. Turn. Clutch. Turn Again. Throttle.

As Week 2 of the 2014 S3 iRacing Mazda Cup concluded, all eyes turned to Jesper Pedersen, who for the second week in a row, piloted his virtual Mazda MX-5 to a top-5 points finish and topped the 170-point barrier. He went two-for-two this week, winning both races he participated in. As the Scandinavian tallied 173 points, a popular Finn on the iRacing service showed his SCCA skill: Joni Bäckman. The 2.3 mile course in Mimasaka, Okayama Japan hosted 168 races this week, and counted over 3000 drivers competing to join 2014 S2 Mazda Cup winner Evan Maillard in earning a spot in the Mazda Shootout this fall. The former home to the Pacific Grand Prix Formula 1 race, the Okayama International Circuit is something of a stranger to the [...]

Armstrong Wins in Kentucky

by Seth Eggert on August 14th, 2014

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Sim Racing

Week Two of the 2014 Season 3 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Kentucky Speedway. A grand total of 296 sim-racers participated in online races throughout a week where fuel mileage, the draft, aero push and close finishes were just some of the storylines. Connor Cross (Ohio) started on pole, with Matt Lambertson (Pennsylvania) joining him on the front row. Michael Armstrong2 (Indiana) started third, with Mike Larsen (Scandinavia) fourth and Paul Jennings (Carolina) rounding-out the top five starting positions. Cross, Lamberston, and Armstrong all made excellent starts as they easily gapped Jennings and Larsen by Turn One. The top three continued to extend their lead as Vick Caudill (Michigan) passed Larsen for fifth and hounded Jennings for fourth. By Lap 10 Lambertson had lost touch with Cross [...]

More Shake-Ups in the GT3 Challenge!

by Paul Slavonik on August 14th, 2014

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Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has always been a favorite among sim-racers and Week 2 of the iRacing.com GT3 Challenge Series was no exception. Many road-racers have strong roots to this track as it’s where many (including myself) began their own epic sim-racing adventure. Taking to the signature track with the newly-balanced McLaren MP4 12C, drivers from all over the world are once again finding themselves in victory lane with this iconic supercar from the UK. A popular track by all accounts, participation at Laguna was high this week with a total of 1435 different drivers participating in races.  Predictably, some found ruin before they reached the treacherous Andretti Hairpin (aka  Turn Two). Others, however – including several Pro/World Champion (WC) drivers – maneuvered their virtual vehicles with precision and control [...]

UK&I Skip Barber League Opener at Lime Rock

by Justin Sutton on August 13th, 2014

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And you thought the Lotus 49 was dangerous...

After a thrilling season where Marcus Hamilton clinched his first championship title in the UK&I Skip Barber League, a much deserved break led to the first race of the new season at Lime Rock.  25 laps separate the 30 sim-racers from glory or disappointment as they start a new chapter in the league.  Sebastian Job started his season in the best possible way as he took pole position ahead of Simon Hulbert with a 57.693.  Simon Povey grabbed third position ahead of Marc Mercer and Dominic Brennan. The opening laps were fairly processional without much movement inside the top half of the top ten; although the same cannot be said about the bottom half of the top ten, where Graham Carroll jumped George Wiseman into Turn One of the first [...]