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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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

Auto GP champion to get F1 test

November 7th, 2014

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A prize Formula 1 test will be offered to the Auto GP drivers’ champion next season, the series has announced. Auto GP also plans to introduce performance upgrades and reduced budgets for its sixth season in 2015. The Enzo Coloni-promoted championship hopes modifications will bring around a one and half second improvement over the current spec machine. A reduced race calendar from eight to seven rounds and other cost-saving measures are intended to bring the average full-season budget down to 400,000 euros. Auto GP will continue to act as a support series to the World Touring Car Championship, a relationship that can be traced to 2010. “We worked really hard to make Auto GP the best possible choice by improving the car’s performance, consolidating the media exposure thanks to the [...]

Michimi claims first Auto GP win

October 19th, 2014

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Shinya Michimi scored his first Auto GP race victory in the final race of 2014 at Estoril. The Euronova Racing driver took the chequered flag 3.698s ahead of Zele Racing’s Luis Sa Silva. Michimi took the lead of the race with five laps remaining when Francesco Dracone made his mandatory pitstop, paving the way for Michimi to stretch out a slight gap to Sa Silva, who put behind him a tardy first race to score his first Auto GP podium despite a damaged front wing. Completing the podium was Antonio Pizzonia in the other Zele Lola. The former Jaguar and Williams Formula 1 driver put in a late charge but could not replicate his race one runner-up position. Tamas Pal Kiss, came home in fourth place in his Virtuosi UK [...]

Kiss claims runner-up spot with win

October 19th, 2014

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Tamas Pal Kiss took a well-judged victory in the first Auto GP race at Estoril. It was the Hungarian’s third win of the 2014 season, and his second with the Virtuosi UK squad. The win confirmed Kiss as the series runner-up behind Kimiya Sato, who was crowned champion at the Nurburgring in August. The race began under some confusion as an apparently clean initial start was red flagged due to what appeared to be a procedural issue involving the medical car at the back of the grid. The cars made the second start under safety car, with Kiss leading away and soon opening up a four second gap. Behind Kiss, ex-Formula 1 racer Antonio Pizzonia used all of his experience at the restart to sweep ahead of 2013 Auto GP [...]

Kiss on pole for Auto GP finale

October 18th, 2014

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Tamas Pal Kiss will start from pole position for the penultimate round of the Auto GP season at Estoril. The Virtuosi UK driver beat returning 2013 champion Vittorio Ghirelli’s Super Nova Lola by just 0.083s. Ex-Formula 1 driver Antonio Pizzonia got to within a tenth of a second of being on the front row in his Zele-entered car but ultimately had to settle for third place after his tyre performance dropped off on the notoriously abrasive surface. Markus Pommer’s Super Nova-run machine completes the second row of the grid as he endeavours to overturn Pal Kiss for second in the title standings. The first session was interrupted by Luis Sa Silva stopped in his Zele Racing car with a suspected electrical problem. The Angolan was forced to park his car [...]

Kiss quickest in Auto GP practice

October 18th, 2014

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Tamas Pal Kiss topped the times in Auto GP free practice at Estoril on Saturday morning. In damp conditions the Hungarian set a best time of 1m42.601s in his Virtuosi UK-run Lola to head Markus Pommer by 0.7 seconds. Kiss is aiming to cement the runner-up in the 2014 Auto GP series this weekend, and currently has a 13-point cushion over Super Nova driver Pommer. 2013 champion Vittorio Ghirelli was third fastest on his return to the series with Super Nova. He replaces the injured Michela Cerruti this weekend. Antonio Pizzonia registered the fourth quickest time, setting his best lap of 1m43.558s on his final tour of the session. The former Williams and Jaguar Formula 1 driver is http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/116375 this weekend after winning the final race of the 2012 Auto [...]

Pizzonia makes single-seater return

October 16th, 2014

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Ex-Formula 1 driver Antonio Pizzonia will return to Auto GP for the last round of the season at Estoril this weekend. Zele Racing will field Pizzonia alongside Angolan Auto GP debutant Luis Sa Silva in a completely revised line-up. The Austrian team and Pizzonia previously worked together at the 2012 Auto GP finale at Sonoma in the United States. Pizzonia had arrived at Zele fresh from an impressive maiden outing in the series, scoring a victory at his home round at Curitiba for Ombra Racing. The forthcoming meeting at Estoril marks Pizzonia’s return to single-seaters. The Brazilian was an LMP2 class winner in the World Endurance Championship for Delta-ADR last season, and has focused on the Stock Car Brazil series this year.

Cerruti to miss Auto GP finale

October 15th, 2014

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Auto GP race winner Michela Cerruti will miss this weekend’s season finale at Estoril to undergo back surgery. The 27-year-old, who became the series’ first female winner at Imola earlier this year, tested at the former Portuguese Grand Prix Formula 1 venue earlier this month in preparation for the event, but has now had to withdraw. “Following a medical check, I was strongly advised not to race due to a recurring back injury,” said Cerruti. “This is an issue I had been dealing with for a while. “In order to solve the problem and be at 100 per cent for the next season, the doctors advised me to stop and undergo a surgery procedure that will keep me parked for the next month.” The Super Nova driver is currently sixth [...]

Karthikeyan to contest Auto GP opener

March 21st, 2013

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Karthikeyan to contest Auto GP opener

HRT Formula 1 refugee Narain Karthikeyan is set to continue his career in single-seater racing after securing a late deal to contest the Auto GP series opener with Austrian team Zele Racing. AUTOSPORT understands the former Jordan and HRT grand prix driver could expand his deal and race in the full eight rounds of this year’s series.

Quaife-Hobbs keen to make amends

September 7th, 2012

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Auto GP champion Adrian Quaife-Hobbs has vowed to make amends for his accident last time out in Brazil by winning at the forthcoming series finale in America. Quaife-Hobbs had led eventual Curitiba winner Antonio Pizzonia by over half a minute when he lost control entering the pitlane before a mandatory pitstop