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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.

  • 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 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.

Get to Know: Andrew Micke

by David Ifeguni on May 18th, 2015

Andrew Micke iRacing

25 year old Andrew Micke has been a member on iRacing since March, 2013. Racing out of his home in Rhode Island, Micke has a lot to be proud of in his two year iRacing career with 29 oval victories and 24 road course victories in 641 and 605 starts respectively. His first victory on an oval came at USA International Speedway in the iRacing Street Stock Series while he scored his first road course victory during Week 13 after the first season of 2013 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Perhaps Andrew’s biggest win on iRacing came in the 12 Hours of Sebring, where he and his team finished first in the BMW Z4 GT3 car. Sim racing aside, there is more to Andrew Micke than meets than eye, and [...]

GTC Champ Chase Focused After Mosport

by Jeff Jacobs on May 16th, 2015

At the green flag, it was Ralph Caban2 (#12) leading Luis Antonio Piccolo (#7) into turn 1 while the Solstice class competitors pursued closely behind during Week 8 racing at Mosport.

Class championship battles came into focus at the close of Week 8 of the Grand Touring Cup series with the points leaders setting the mark that all other contenders must beat in the remaining four weeks of sim-racing. With class championships determined by the highest cumulative points earned in a competitor’s best eight of 12 weeks, the eighth week of the season typically reveals who’s in contention and who’s not. By the time racing concluded at Mosport, the championship podium picture in all three GTC classes – Mustang, Jetta, and Solstice – suggests an exciting four-week dash to the end of the season. In the Solstice class, defending champion Brad Wootton grew his lead to 216 points over Andreas Katz and 246 points over Marco Luca Abbate. But both [...]

Road America, Homestead & Indy See “Xtreme” Racing Action

by Jeff Jacobs on May 15th, 2015

Series newcomer Jason Roy (#75) is chased by Chad Osborn (#24), Russell Rudduck (#95) and Raymond Bader (#21) into Turn 1 on the opening lap of Week 9 at Indy.

The second half of the twelve-week Continental Tire Road Series kicked off at Road America, followed by Homestead Miami Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All three tracks brought out the edge-of-your-seat racing that has been a feature of the opening weeks in this new League. The hour-long races provide sim-racers the chance to test their endurance and concentration in the ST class featuring the Mazda MX-5 Cup car and the GS class featuring the Ford Mustang FR500S. The season mid-point arrived with a number of questions to be answered: would Liam Hackwith run away with the GS championship after winning four of the first six races, and who would take charge in the ST class with Tyler McEwen and Brian Bennett having three wins each to start the [...]

Hanner Holds-on at Talladega; Locks into iSuperChase

by Evan Posocco on May 14th, 2015

Hanner held-off Woffard by the thinnest of margins to capture The Stars Fell Over Alabama

On the heels of a busy news week in the world of the Racing Series, the top 42 drivers hit the ‘Dega high banks for one of the largest races of the year, second only to the iSuperSpeedway 500k season kick-off: The Stars Fell on Alabama 250. Round 8 of the championship meant that only four races would remain following the event (five including the All Star Race).  Thus the window of opportunity to win, or get into the top five in points, was narrowing for championship hopefuls. The majority of iSS races are run in a heat race format. Drivers qualify in to the main (which pays out championship points) through heat races, where those who qualify set the grid order in the ‘Dash for Cash’ race. Those [...]

Bakkum States his Intention

by Cam Stark on May 14th, 2015

iGPS Silverstone 2015

The iRacing Grand Prix Series headed to Northern Europe for Round 8 of the season. One of the (if not THE) most historic and well known tracks in Britain was the destination: Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. The track was a fitting one for the series to end its journey of Europe before heading back to Central America for the final leg of the season. Jorge Montanes took pole position with a 1.18.126; Mack Bakkum was just under two tenths behind starting the race from second position. 21 drivers turned out for the race, the majority of whom are still in the battle to claim a Pro license. The start of the race was fairly hectic – only for fifth down to ninth though – they were four wide as Copse [...]

NASCAR Takes a Week Off

by James Falcon Pratt on May 14th, 2015

Charlotte ? laps, 600 miles of fun.

The Coke 600 is the next points race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule, so NASCAR iRacing Series competitors will run the full 600 miles at the famous Charlotte Motor Speedway next week. This means we will run 400 laps on a track that can provide some of the best racing in NASCAR and some of the best sim racing anywhere. In the past three season we have run five races here and my team has come home with a top five and three top tens (fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth) and only once did we fall outside the top 10 with an 11th place finish in the second race in 2014. The track is clean and smooth – if you don’t over-drive it — and  tire wear is low [...]

Does NASCAR Need More Road Races?

by Paul Slavonik on May 13th, 2015

With only two road courses on the NASCAR Sprint Cup season calender, is it time for that to change?

The year was 2012 and the scene was Race 22 at Watkins Glen International for the Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen: over 90,000 fans watched as 43 NASCAR drivers negotiated 90 laps of the historic 2.45 mile road course. After 89-laps of hard fought racing, however, the true battle finally began on the last lap. Fighting like gladiators, Brad Keselowski and two-time V8 Supercars champion, Marcos Ambrose, engaged in a battle that was nothing short of epic. In fact, I’m willing to go so far as to say that their battle was some of the best racing NASCAR has seen in years. Outside looking in To be perfectly honest, I would be lying if I said I was a NASCAR enthusiast. As a road racing fan, the idea of [...]

Ward Goes Two in a Row

by Evan Posocco on May 13th, 2015

Jeff Ward celebrates his win in the Get to Know Newton 125

Jeff Ward’s  ‘STIHL Timbersports’ #89 Chevrolet Silverado out of the Steel Horse Racing stable took home its second straight win in Real Sim Racing Outlaw Truck Series competition Wednesday evening. Ward, who is not a major player in the championship after missing a start early in the eight race season, took home his second win on the year in r5/8 from Iowa Speedway, the ‘Get to Know Newton 125′. This immediately on the heels of his first win on the season two weeks prior in r4/8 from the Kentucky Speedway, where Ward finished atop the pile in a special Kentucky Derby themes Silverado. The race was one of attrition, as trucks at lower speeds in close quarters are sure to always provide a race full of action. With 125 laps [...]

The More We Run the More We Learn

by Oswaldo Negri Jr. on May 12th, 2015

Ozz and John Pew celebrate on the podium.

Round 4 of the Tudor United Sportscar Championship was at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  I say “Round 4” because it’s important to realize that, in our first year running an LMP car, this was Michael Shank Racing’s fourth race – ever– with the Ligier/Honda.  So while a lot of the teams running Daytona Prototypes have run those same basic cars for ten years, we were on just our fourth race weekend with our LMP. And it was quite a weekend.  After Long Beach I spent a good amount of time with my engineer Dale Wise and we put together a good setup. The car rolled off the trailer at Laguna pretty fast; in fact we set the fastest time in the opening practice session. As the weekend progressed we made [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Tornado Alley!

by Scott Smith on May 11th, 2015

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Although the chances of a twister breaking out and causing massive damage within the simulator are nil, certain race tracks can often leave sim-racers with the feeling of being spun like a top and dumped on their heads.  This week — getting back in-sync with our real-world counterparts — the iRacing NASCAR Camping World Trucks will be doing battle on the 1.5-mile tri-oval Kansas Speedway.  In race track years, the speedway is still but a child, with this year marking its 14th year of existence.  However, July of 2011 saw the speedway renovate, which included a repave and the addition of a new progressive banking from 17-20 degrees in the corners.  Often times, when a race track is repaved it lends itself to being a fast, one-groove surface.  For a [...]

Huttu Takes Seventh Straight at The Glen

May 11th, 2015

A Huttu win at The Glen joins death and taxes as one of life's certainties . . .

Two things have become true in recent years when considering the World Championship Grand Prix Series during the Month of May. First, there’s a trip to Watkins Glen International on the horizon, and second, Greger Huttu is guaranteed to win a race. Every year since joining the service, the four time world champion has won a race in motorsport’s greatest month, and this is helped to a large degree due to the fact that he has won each of the half dozen previous visits to the 11 corner racetrack in series history. In fact, the only time the Team Redline leader has failed to win a virtual race in the State of New York came in 2009, where he lost to Richard Towler by ¼ of a second. [...]

Gooden’s Tactical Success

May 11th, 2015

Pro Mazda Suzuka Gooden

The Pro Mazdas headed to the second and final part of their Japanese tour by taking a week to race at the Suzuka International Racing Course. 14 drivers headed out to the 18 turn, 5.807km circuit to compete in Week 7 of the season. Once again many familiar names took to the grid, with Wyatt Gooden being the highest profile – and most prolific – among them. Living up to this reputation, Gooden took yet another pole position although a new, up and coming name – a Dutchman, Ghovand Keanie – took up the second position on the grid, only 3 thousandths of a second behind his American rival! The online race would be not be an easy one to run away with; sweeping corners and long straight meant draft [...]

AOR Drama @ COTA

by Justin Sutton on May 8th, 2015

Knowlden makes an early exit.

With a 17 point lead over the rest of the field, Justin Brunner went to Circuit of the Americas in a comfortable position after his back-to-back podiums in the AOR Pro Mazda Championship’s second season.  Kerry Knowlden had shown signs of weakness at Barber Motorsports Park after qualifying outside of the front row for the first time in the league’s history, coupled with an off-track moment that gave him a DNF last time out.  The reigning champion’s struggles would continue at COTA, after a dismal qualifying in seventh position.  Knowlden’s teammate, Phil Reid, took pole for the 32 lap race of the West configuration, but would share the front row with the current championship leader Brunner. Brunner pressured Reid at Turn One from the outside of the corner, but Reid [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Recap: Week 10 Talladega

by James Falcon Pratt on May 8th, 2015

NiS Talladega

Wednesday’s NASCAR iRacing Series race at Talladega Superspeedway went green from start to finish, requiring us all to pit from full speed, and the sim racing was great. As the cars left the track for the pits in teams or groups working together I moved up the standings from 16th on Lap 34 to second on Lap 41 as the only other driver, Gregory McKnight, to stay out as long as I did headed into the pits himself on Lap 42. This left me all alone to lead Lap 42 as I waited until the following lap to stop. I returned to the track way back in P13 some 9.13s back of the leader and with no drafting partners. A lap or two later I ran up behind the 30 [...]

Buccialia’s iSS Daytona Win Reinstated

by Evan Posocco on May 8th, 2015

Buccialia’s iSS Daytona Win Reinstated

It was announced late Thursday evening in a press briefing at the virtual Talladega Superspeedway Media Center, site of this week’s Racing Series event, that the iSS Appeals Board had come to a conclusion. Based on a decision was reached by a review of race replay footage by the appeals committee, in response to appeals from both the #94 team, and the #14 team, the finishing order, that was modified two times while in Daytona, has yet again been changed. Initially, it was the #94 of Frank Buccialia who crossed the line in the first position, in front of the #14 of Robby Roy, followed by the #20 of Matt Bontempi. Bontempi, who had exited corner 4 on the final lap of the race in the lead, appeared to [...]

Rundell, Hoffman Highlight Season

May 8th, 2015


It was only months ago that the stars of the Red Sox Racing League spent the better part of 2014 battling in some of the latest GT3 equipment – complete with McLaren MP4-12Cs, BMW Z4s, and RUF Rt-12s each vying for victories. As the competitors worked to complete a third straight season of mixed GT racing, just about all signs pointed to more and more of the same for seasons to come. Yet, unbeknownst to many, save for members of the league’s board of directors or those closely related, the RSR brand of racing wasn’t in its strongest state. “Going GT3 racing is a no-brainer. There’s no arguing that when it comes to sportscar racing, GT3-spec vehicles are incredibly popular, versatile, and will be so for the foreseeable future. But, [...]

Records Set in Monza Debut for GTC Series

by Jeff Jacobs on May 7th, 2015

Eero Nomm (#3) uses every inch of curb on his way to setting the race lap world record for the Ford Mustang FR500S during the Grand Touring Cup series debut at Monza in Week 7.  He’s chased by Liam Hackwith (#2) during one of Sunday’s SOF races.

Excited by the challenge of a great new track, 625 sim-racers joined in the debut appearance of the Grand Touring Cup at Autodromo Nazionale Monza’s Grand Prix circuit. The competition in Week 7 included 80 official races to choose from and awarded wins to 111 different drivers across the three classes. In the process, drivers set the first world records for qualifying, race, and time trial laps for the Mustang, Jetta and Solstice. In the Mustang class, defending champion Todd Honczarenko set the world record qualifying time (2:07.519) while Eero Nomm set a race lap record of 2:07.691. Dan Karaconstantis drove his Mustang to the time trial competition win, setting the average lap record at 2:09.025. None of the record setters took the high points score for the week, [...] Signs As Primary Sponsor For Ty Majeski For 2015

by David Phillips on May 6th, 2015

Majeski will carry the iRacing colors throughout the 2015 season.

2014 ARCA Midwest Tour Champion Plans Aggressive Schedule for New Season, the world’s leading online motorsports simulation service, is joining forces with Ty Majeski to sponsor the 2014 ARCA Midwest Tour champion and Rookie of the Year during the 2015 season.  A mechanical engineering student at the University of Wisconsin, the 20 year old Majeski is one of stock car racing’s rising stars and, with more than 735 wins to his credit on iRacing’s service, is already acknowledged as one of the world’s top sim racers. has more than 60,000 members worldwide including scores of professional race drivers in IndyCar, sports car racing and all three major NASCAR touring series who participate in “sim racing” for fun and to sharpen their skills. “I firmly believe that iRacing has [...]

Mojica Wins RSR Season Finale, 2015 Season 2 Title in Midnight Thunder Truck Series

by Evan Posocco on May 6th, 2015

Pedro Mojica parlayed his second pole on the season to take win #5 on the year  (and third in the final four events) to lock-up the title.

The Real Sim Racing Midnight Thunder Speedway Series hit the 1.5 mi oval at Homestead Miami Speedway in Dade County, Florida, for the season finale in the 2015 Season 2 racing campaign. The Midnight Thunder series has been around for some time now, running Friday evenings/Saturday mornings at midnight for east coast drivers, and 9:00pm for west coast drivers. Each season takes up about the same amount of time (10-12 weeks of racing) as each quarterly iRacing official season. Headed into the final event (which was broadcast LIVE on LSRTV as Part 2 of a special double header feature, including the Racing Series event from Daytona beforehand), there were only two drivers with a mathematical chance of driving away on top. Pedro Mojica, entered the championship event boasting a [...]

Boes Pulls Pocono Upset

by Jason Lofing on May 6th, 2015

Boes played the fuel strategy game perfectly at Pocono to notch his first NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze win.

Allen Boes scored the first win of his NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing career on Tuesday night at Pocono Raceway, becoming the most improbable winner thus far in 2015. Boes ran near the back for most of the race and narrowly avoided two wrecks before pit strategy enabled him to stay out for the last run of the race and attempt to stretch his fuel mileage to the finish. The gamble paid off, barely, as Boes crossed under the checkers running on fumes. Danny Hansen played the same strategy and finished second despite two spins early in the race. Series point leader Kenny Humpe settled for third after once again having the dominant car, while Tyler Hill and Landon Harrison rounded- out the top five. “Just kept hoping [...]