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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.

  • 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.

Behind the Scenes: NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series – Into the Wild Unknown

by Matt Holden on March 23rd, 2015

The Duel between Nick and Ray Alfalla in 2013 at Texas was phenomenal to watch, and I think we'll start seeing this more and more in the future.

I’ve had this article planned for a while and I’m very excited about it.  Honestly, I do not want to write a single word about the Las Vegas race.  But I will, if for no other reason than to put a period on that and go into what I actually want to discuss.  If you want to read about the race from a broad view, Jason Lofing wrote a good article on it which can be found here: Our race was a disaster.  There is no better way to describe it.  Of our six drivers, one didn’t qualify, one disconnected on Lap 5 (No, he did not switch to Nick Ottinger’s internet service provider), three crashed, and one managed to escape the cataclysmic final restart to finish third.  In [...]

iRacing in Top Gear

by Mike Channell on March 23rd, 2015

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Editor’s note:  The following story by Mike Channell appeared on the Top Gear website today.  Click here to read the full story (and see an image of Jeremy Clarkson). iRacing launches Blancpain GT3 series Geektastic race simulator to host online GT3 championship.  Who’s up for a real-time Spa 24-hour? Fancy going GT racing but don’t have a spare £300,000 stuffed under your Nomex-upholstered mattress? Well rejoice, because the FIA’s Blancpain GT Series has cosied up with fantastically nerdy simulator iRacing for an online multiplayer series that pits players against each other in GT3 machinery. If you’re unfamiliar, iRacing’s the videogame equivalent of that one mate who turns up for a kickabout and offers to referee. It’s got a startlingly pedantic list of rules and regulations, but the upshot is you [...]

Burnin’ Rubber and Cash 2015 Nascar iRacing Series: Phoenix Spring

by Dylan Schmidt on March 23rd, 2015

Holy paint schemes Batman!  Schmidt's latest livery is no joke!

Welcome to sunny Phoenix, Arizona everyone!  We got into town yesterday, after a seemingly endless drive across country.  I feel sorry for those East Coast teams that have to drive even further than we did… two days stuffed in a car full of smelly dudes with questionable hygiene is enough for me.  I’m restless and ready for some action! After last week’s horrible finish, we were forced to purchase a new chassis and engine.  It’s horrible having to scrap a whole car, but we’re considering options for what to do with the trashed bodies.  Maybe we’ll start a bone-yard in homage to NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Jr.  He likes to collect other people’s cars though, so I guess ours will just be our own dead machines. This week, we [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Bump Drafting… Again!

by Scott Smith on March 23rd, 2015

Bump drafting is back.

As the Earth continues to orbit around our sun, she begins to tilt about on her axis, and point in a more direct manner towards the heart of our solar system.  With this seemingly incomprehensible act of the heavens comes change.  Spring is in the air (at least in north of the Equator). Critters begin to come out of hibernation, the grass turns a vibrant green, and beautiful flowers begin to bloom. In the virtual world of iRacing, a cycle of change has also dawned.  Not only are us iRacers beginning Season 2, but we have a new build to get accustomed to, as well as an up-to-date model of the 2015 NASCAR Camping World truck.  Diehard Ford fans may be disappointed, as the blue oval has been kicked to [...]

Phoenix Recovery Room

by Jake Hayes on March 20th, 2015

Last year's runner-up finish and a strong qualifying effort this year promised a good race.

So far this season in the 2015 NASCAR iRacing Series (Open) we have visited two 1.5 milers. Week 3 took us to the unique one mile oval at Phoenix International Raceway. The thing about Phoenix that makes it so different from any other track NASCAR goes to is the “Dogleg” located on the backstretch. Drivers in both real and sim worlds use the dogleg to make passes and it often leads to some interesting racing. This is also one of my favorite tracks and I managed a second place finish here in the 2014 season. I was hoping to improve on that this year and bring home a win! NASCAR updated its rules package for 2015 and, with its newest update, iRacing incorporated this rules package in Gen-6 Sprint Cup [...]

Two for Two for Uusi-Jaakkola

by Wil Vincent on March 19th, 2015

Winning can be habit forming.  Just ask Alexi Uusi-Jaakola!

For the second round of the World Championship Grand Prix Series, teams headed from South America to Australasia, and to the ultra fast Phillip Island. The first round of the championship saw Team Redline’s new recruit Aleksi Uusi- Jaakkola claim a dominant victory, placing himself firmly in the pool of drivers considered to be championship contenders. The race was really one that highlighted the new drivers to the series, as the two previous champions struggled, with neither finishing on the podium.  How would the new boys fare “Down Under?”  Would the old guard stage a resurgence? Phillip Island is fast, arguably the fastest track in the entire series. Turn 1 is akin to an oval when considering speeds: flat-out in top gear before the eternally tricky 180 degree left [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Outlook: Auto Club Speedway

by James Falcon Pratt on March 18th, 2015

NASCAR iRacing Series Outlook: Auto Club Speedway

We did not have this track in 2013. It was one of two tracks we did not have in the first season. (I think the other was Kansas for the first race of the season.) As a result we ran at Iowa and Rockingham. I did very well at those two fill-in tracks coming home sixth at Iowa and 11th at Rockingham. In 2014 I came home sixth in the Fixed race and 13th in the Open. Much like Michigan I do not seem to run these larger near-super speedways well, but both finishes were good. In the Open races my 13th was great in my eye. The reason is that I tend to leave a bit more room than needed braking into Turns 1 and 3. This lets the [...]

New Build Gives Second Lives at PIR

by Paul Williams on March 18th, 2015

Turn Four bit many a sim racer, including Moore.

This past weekend’s NASCAR iRacing Series action at Phoenix International Raceway saw tempers flaring, fenders caving, and incident points accumulating. The culmination of a short track, a new build and anxious racers with little in terms of official racing available left the iRacing official pace car in need of its own pit crew. NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Josh Berry headed-off the tumultuous week with a win Wednesday night over Jordy Lopez Jr. in the Open series, while Matt Bussa celebrated a win Thursday’s Fixed series event. The average number of cautions for each opening night were in excess of 10 with nearly one third of the races being run under yellow. Friday night’s Open series event saw Jeremy R Allen sneak the win away from defending series champion Patrick Crabtree, [...]

Barber Hosts Penultimate Round Again

by Justin Sutton on March 18th, 2015

Swirydowicz steals second at Turn Seven.

Barber Motorsports Park has produced some of the best races the UK&I Skip Barber League has seen in recent seasons, but has often suffered in attendance.  With a grid of over three dozen this season for the 15 lap race and with less than a quarter of a second between first and tenth in qualifying, the sim racing was guaranteed to be tight for this penultimate round.  Championship challenger Sebastian Job took pole ahead of Matthew Daniels, while championship leader Tom Ward was stuck in fourth behind Wojciech Swirydowicz. When the lights went green the top five maintained position into Turn One and through the completion of the opening lap.  In fact, the status quo remained in effect at the front for almost the entire first half of the race.  [...]

ineX Racing Masters of Endurance Champions

by Michael Booth on March 17th, 2015

Ibérica Racing Team leads the field towards Hell Corner at Bathurst.

Coanda Win Bathurst Masters of Endurance concluded its 2014/15 season with a visit down under for the 6 hours of Bathurst sponsored by The 6.2km Mount Panorama circuit, famous for hosting V8 Supercars’ Bathurst 1000 and the 12 hour GT3 race, would provide a challenge for the teams of sim racers. With little runoff and walls lining the circuit across the Mountain, Bathurst offers no room for mistakes in corners resembling an undulating, high speed street circuit. Only two teams remained in contention for the championship after four rounds and 48 hours of racing. The odds were stacked heavily in ineX Racing’s favour thanks to their 56 point lead. Coanda Simsport needed to win the race and hope ineX finished lower than 17th in order to overcome the points [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Diary: PIR

by James Falcon Pratt on March 16th, 2015

NASCAR iRacing Series Diary: PIR

This week’s Fixed race was very messy. Why?  Well it seems that 156 lap races are too short for some drivers who feel they had to make it three wide on every restart. If you are fast the 156 laps should give you time to move through the field, or so one would think! I started in the top third of the field and with the yellows flying more than the greens I stayed out to avoid the mess in the center of the pack. This worked well and I ran as high as third at times. I would bring my nearly clean car home 10th and was very happy with that. In the Open, unlike the Fixed, I was set on the grid in the 27th spot. But as [...]

SRO, Announce Blancpain GT Sim Racing Series

by David Phillips on March 16th, 2015

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SRO Motorsports Group and today announced the creation of two online racing series for virtual sports cars that are based on the Blancpain Sprint Series and Blancpain Endurance Series.   The two series will feature iRacing’s digital GT3 cars, including the BMW Z4, Ford GT and McLaren MP4-12C (with Aston Martin and another major manufacturer expected in the future) in races from thirty minutes to three hours in duration. To celebrate this new partnership iRacing is offering a special 3-month membership for only $5 for new members – a more than 80% savings. New members can use promo code PR-SROMG at when signing up. “We’re proud to have the SRO Motorsports Group as the first European-based racing series promoter in a group of iRacing partners that includes NASCAR, IndyCar [...]

Get to Know: Matthew O’Donnell

by David Ifeguni on March 16th, 2015

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Born in Horsham, PA and now living in Mission Viejo, CA, Matthew O’Donnell has come a long way in a short time on iRacing. He has won 92 times in 667 road course starts and has 14 official victories in 122 starts on ovals, yet he will only complete his second full year on the service on April 1st this year. It is undeniable that O’Donnell loves sim racing; earlier this year, he took his sim racing experience to a whole new level when he competed in the 24 Hours of Daytona on a team-of-one. He drove  the entire race by himself and ended-up completing all 24 hours. I got the chance to discuss the 24 hour endurance race with him, along with his other sim racing endeavours in [...]

Another IndyCar Season in the Books

by Seth Eggert on March 16th, 2015

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The 2015 Season 1 IndyCar Oval Series featured a wide variety in racing as well as a wide range in participation and hard racing for the participating sim-racers during the 12 weeks of competition. A number of firsts also took place throughout the season. The series crowned yet another new champion, Nigel Marneef (Benelux). The series reached new heights in Strength of Field, including a new record Strength of Field of 4347 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The season featured attrition, close racing, domination, luck (both good and bad), shockers, and several strange moments, among other storylines. This season also saw the championship come down to the final ten laps of the Strength of Field race in the final week of the season. The series had the most participation [...]

Putting the Excitement Back in Restarts

by Paul Williams on March 13th, 2015

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While last week’s NASCAR iRacing Series visit to the virtual Las Vegas Motor Speedway produced many splits and some great sim racing, there was an outcry from the community about the need for an overhaul when it comes to restarts in the Gen6 cars. “I have no problem overcoming adversity of my own doing. But, to have this black flag issue affect me 2 out of 3 races so far in NASCAR iRacing Series is getting old,” said Anthony Palombo. “Driving through the field is fun, but I only want to do it if I am back there on purpose or my own doing, not because of others handling on restart issues.” Unfortunately, it’s hard to imagine a reasonable scenario from the reactive side that could resolve the problem. Programming [...]

NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series: Manufacturer Points

by Dylan Kapisky on March 13th, 2015

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Tuesday night, the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series rolled into the virtual Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 1.5 mile track was host to a mixed bag of great sim racing, from long green flag runs to  cautions within six laps of restarts. Kenny Humpe dominated the early part of the race, and it looked as if Chevrolet would pick-up their first victory of the season. But bad timing for Humpe on a caution put Nick Ottinger in the lead late, with Toyota in position to notch their first win of 2015. With only a handful of laps to go, Humpe and Ottinger were battling for the lead, when they made contact, sending Nick into the wall, while Humpe emerged in P1. Humpe would hold the lead on a “one lap shootout” [...]

Touch ‘n Go in Vegas

by Jake Hayes on March 13th, 2015

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Week 2 of the NASCAR iRacing Series sent us west to another fast 1.5 miler: Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Vegas has never been my favorite track, and I failed to finish last year’s race with a blown engine. Despite not really liking the track, I’m pretty quick around the place, which means we could get our first top five of the season! Atlanta and Las Vegas may both be 1.5 mile tracks, but they share very few traits other than that. Vegas has nowhere near the amount of bumps of Atlanta, which makes tuning your car lots easier. Vegas also has a unique line in Turns 1-2 with the fastest line often being right in the middle of the track. This makes passes challenging and track position a factor in [...]

Grand Touring Cup Crowns 3 Champions

by Jeff Jacobs on March 13th, 2015

The 2015 Season 1 Grand Touring Cup class champions are:  Todd Honczarenko (Mustang), Marco Luca Abbate (Jetta), and Brad Wootton (Solstice).

Three sim-racers from three different continents earned class championships with strong season-long performances in the Grand Touring Cup series. New Jersey resident Todd Honczarenko won the Ford Mustang FR500S class championship with a total of 1735 points – 303 points more than the next closest competitor. Italian driver Marco Luca Abbate won his eighth consecutive class championship in the VW Jetta TDI by an impressive 325-point margin. Australian driver Brad Wootton won his second class championship in the Pontiac Solstice, besting his next closest competitor by 152 points. Their achievements are all the more impressive for having done so in a season that twice broke weekly participation records and that set a new record for overall participation in the four-year history of the series at 3669 total sim-racers. The [...]

Emerson Takes V8SC S1 Title; McKnight Takes Season Finale

by Paul Slavonik on March 12th, 2015


Wrapping-up what has been nothing short of a remarkable season which included 21 wins and 24 pole positions out of 25 starts, veteran V8 Supercars driver John Emerson of Team TTL claimed the Season 1 championship with 1890 points. A dominating force from the start, there were only a handful of drivers who were able to keep pace with Emerson throughout the season. One such driver was Beau Cubis who completed the season in second with 1817 points. Oftentimes fighting alongside Cubis was his former teammate, Ian Ford, who claimed the final step of the championship podium with Marlon McMullen and Tony Autridge rounding out the top-five. A win for Holden With Season 1 bringing the first ever Holden vs. Ford battles to iRacing, Emerson’s championship win also gives [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series powered by – New Build, Same Plan

by Matt Holden on March 12th, 2015

Clint Bowyer tested the Gen-6 Toyota Camry at Kansas in 2012, and unsurprisingly stayed close to a "COT" car through almost every run.

A few weeks ago, I had a chat with an old friend.  He’s an old “iRacing buddy” of mine, one of the big-wigs at the team I was part of before joining Gale Force Sim Racing.  The two of us are great examples of how iRacing has developed its own types of members, very similar to how the real world of motorsport works.  He is from the northern US, and Modified Stock Cars and weekly short-track racing is his deal.  I am from the Carolinas, where engineering, math, and wind-tunnels have taken over the world of NASCAR.  His iRacing vehicle of choice is obviously the Modifieds, and he calls the big stock cars “Taxi cabs.”  I, however, have no real vehicle of choice, and haven’t run anything on a week-to-week [...]