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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.

Webber/Bernhard/Hartley Porsche wins

August 30th, 2015

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Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley claimed their first World Endurance Championship victory at the Nurburgring on a day that Porsche dominated on home ground. The #17 car won by over a lap from the sister 919 Hybrid driven by Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas, which was stationary in the pitlane for 1m35s after a series of stop-go penalties for fuel useage violations. The latest high-dowbnforce version of the 919 Hybrid had a clear advantage over the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, as well as the Toyota TS040 HYBRID, around the ‘Ring, which explained the one-lap margin of victory and why the Jani/Lieb/Dumas car was able to get back to second in the final hour. Jani was able to propel the #18 Porsche into a clear lead through [...]

Rossi beats Petrucci to win wet race

August 30th, 2015

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Valentino Rossi re-established his MotoGP lead by holding off underdog Danilo Petrucci to win a wet British Grand Prix, as Marc Marquez crashed out and Jorge Lorenzo was only fourth. Andrea Dovizioso made it two Ducati riders on the podium in a remarkable race turned upside down by rain before the start. The shower had prompted the entire field to head into the pitlane for their wet-weather bikes at the end of for the formation lap, with race direction opting to delay the start by 25 minutes rather than allowing the whole grid to try to start from the pit exit. Although Lorenzo initially burst into the lead ahead of a huge battle between Marquez and Rossi when the race eventually began, his pace was not a match for his [...]

Rockenfeller claims Moscow Sunday pole

August 30th, 2015

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Audi’s Mike Rockenfeller secured his second pole position of the DTM season at Moscow Raceway, in a session where less than one tenth covered the top six. Rockenfeller was third behind Mattias Ekstrom and Marco Wittmann when the second round of runs commenced, but jumped to the top with a time of 1m28.540s. Ekstrom couldn’t improve in the closing minutes, despite going fastest of all in the middle sector, and finished the session just 0.038 seconds shy of his stablemate, who is still searching for his first 2015 podium. The Swede will, though, drop to fifth on the grid as a result of a stewards penalty for his clash with Timo Glock during Saturday’s race. That elevates Bruno Spengler to the front row of the grid, the Canadian and fellow [...]

Marquez storms to Silverstone pole

August 29th, 2015

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Marc Marquez claimed pole position for MotoGP’s British Grand Prix with a blistering performance in Silverstone qualifying. Having been a touch behind Yamaha rival Jorge Lorenzo for much of the weekend, Marquez and Honda found a step forward ahead of the fourth practice session immediately before qualifying, topping that half-hour by eight tenths of a second. Marquez then began Q2 with a record 2m00.564s lap, a quarter of a second ahead of Lorenzo at that point. There was still more pace to come, with Marquez improving to a final pole time of 2m00.234s on his last run. Championship leader Lorenzo had to settle for getting between the Hondas as he took second, 0.288s off Marquez and 0.194s ahead of Dani Pedrosa. Valentino Rossi couldn’t quite find front row pace but [...]

Porsche sweeps WEC front row again

August 29th, 2015

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Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas claimed pole position for Sunday’s Nurburgring round of the World Endurance Championship as Porsche blocked out the front row. Lieb was the fastest of the first batch of drivers in the aggregate session with a single flying lap of 1m36.192s aboard the #18 Porsche 919 Hybrid and then Dumas needed two quick laps to get down to a 1m36.755s. Timo Bernhard trailed team-mate Lieb by two tenths, but Mark Webber managed a 1m36.693s to close the eventual gap to their sister car to just 0.069s. Dumas said: “Porsche has brought the new high-downforce car here, so we are lot better and a lot quicker than we were in testing here [at the end of July]. “In my first lap I got a P2 car, but [...]

Porsche gets ahead in final practice

August 29th, 2015

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Porsche beat Audi to the top of the timesheets in final free practice ahead of this afternoon’s qualifying session for the Nurburgring World Endurance Championship round. Marc Lieb went quickest in the one-hour session, posting a 1m36.036s in his Porsche 919 Hybrid to beat team-mate Mark Webber’s time of 1m36.647s by six tenths of a second. The fastest Audi R18 e-tron quattro was the #8 car in which Lucas di Grassi set a 1m37.035s. That put him just over half a tenth up on the sister car’s best of 1m37.109s recorded by Marcel Fassler Toyota was again more than two seconds from the ultimate pace with its TS040 HYBRID, Sebastien Buemi setting a best of the marque of 1m38.850s. Strakka Racing’s new Gibson-Nissan 015S was fastest in LMP2, Jonny Kane’s [...]

Karam released from hospital

August 24th, 2015

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Sage Karam has been released from hospital following his heavy crash during Sunday’s IndyCar race at Pocono, although he is yet to receive clearance to drive in this weekend’s Sonoma finale. Karam was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pennsylvania for evaluation of his right heel and left wrist after his car snapped up the track and into the wall while he was leading on lap 180. According to IndyCar medical consultant Dr Terry Trammell, CT scans of Karam’s injuries revealed no broken bones, and the 20-year-old rookie will undergo further evaluation before being cleared to return to the cockpit. Airborne debris from Karam’s accident struck the helmet of Justin Wilson, who remains in a critical condition in hospital with severe head injuries. “First and foremost, [...]

Hunter-Reay wins crash-marred race

August 23rd, 2015

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Ryan Hunter-Reay won Sunday’s chaotic IndyCar race at Pocono, although the afternoon was overshadowed by a frightening accident involving his Andretti Autosport team-mate Justin Wilson. Hunter-Reay had been strong on restarts right through the afternoon, and moved into the lead on the final green flag with five laps to go. He might have faced a late challenge from Josef Newgarden or Juan Pablo Montoya, who were just behind him, but was spared when Gabby Chaves’ engine let go a lap later and brought the yellows back out. With insufficient time remaining to clean the track, the race finished under caution. Just minutes earlier, Wilson had been airlifted to a nearby hospital after being struck by a large piece of debris from the car of Sage Karam, who had spun into [...]

Neal snatches win away from Morgan

August 23rd, 2015

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Matt Neal made a penultimate-lap pass on Adam Morgan to snatch victory in the final British Touring Car Championship race at Knockhill. Morgan had established a comfortable lead on two occasions in his Ciceley Racing Mercedes A-Class, but saw one wiped out by a safety car and the other by his own mistake. Starting a reverse-grid finale on pole for the third time this season, Morgan led stable-mate Aiden Moffat away at the start and proceeded to space between himself and the Scottish youngster in the opening laps. A dislodged tyre stack at the chicane required a one-lap safety car so it could be replaced, and on the restart Morgan pulled away from Moffat again – this time to the tune of more than three seconds as the Scot came [...]

Post-race press conference – Belgium

August 23rd, 2015

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 DRIVERS 1 – Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes) 2 – Nico ROSBERG (Mercedes) 3 – Romain GROSJEAN (Lotus) PODIUM INTERVIEWS (Conducted by David Coulthard) Lewis, your 39th grand prix victory, your 80th time on the podium – equalling your great hero Ayrton Senna – a pretty good day at the office? Lewis HAMILTON: Wow. How you guys doing, you good? We’ve had such a great crowd here this weekend. It’s been incredible, the whole circuit just packed out with all you fans, so thank you all for coming. And for me, just an amazing weekend again. Incredible job done by the team throughout the pit stops, throughout the whole weekend, the guys back at the factory… You know, today was a dream. The whole weekend the car was fantastic, so thank [...]

Shedden claims clear victory at home

August 23rd, 2015

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Gordon Shedden claimed a comfortable home victory in the second British Touring Car Championship race at Knockhill. The local hero passed polesitter Mat Jackson in the early stages of the race and managed a safety-car restart with ease to eventually win by over three seconds. Shedden got ahead of Jackson’s Motorbase Ford by virtue of a superb run through the chicane on lap five, and dived by into Clark’s Curve before going on to build a lead of almost five seconds before half-distance. Stewart Lines’ stranded Houseman Toyota Avensis required a safety-car clear-up though, which meant Shedden’s Honda Civic Type-R soon had Jackson for company again. At the restart, though, the Scot was untroubled – and streaked clear again to claim his third win of the season. His nearest challenger, [...]

Hamilton beats Rosberg to Spa win

August 23rd, 2015

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Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to victory in the Belgian Grand Prix to extend his Formula 1 world championship lead to 28 points. The reigning F1 champion made a good getaway and then held off a fast-starting Sergio Perez in the Force India at Les Combes to lead. Rosberg bogged down at the start, dropping to fifth, and though he recovered to second and started closing the gap to Hamilton, he was unable to get close enough to challenge. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was on course to complete the podium, after attempting a one-stop strategy that required a 29-lap stint on the mediums, but a right-rear tyre failure with a few laps to go ended his race. That allowed Romain Grosjean, who had been hustling Vettel, to give Lotus [...]

Rossi claims his first GP2 win of 2015

August 23rd, 2015

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Alexander Rossi led Jordan King in a Racing Engineering one-two and claimed his first win of the 2015 season in the GP2 sprint race at Spa. From third on the grid Rossi jumped ahead of Nathanael Berthon into La Source and quickly set about catching poleman King. Rossi looked to have the lead down the Kemmel straight but King defended well, only to run wide coming out of Les Combes and gift the place to Rossi. The American managed the gap for the majority of the race, although King did managed to bring it down to as low as 0.6 seconds towards the end. Rossi was never under any serious pressure and crossed the line 1.5s clear of his team-mate to take his first GP2 win since Abu Dhabi 2013. [...]

De Jong has back surgery after crash

August 23rd, 2015

De Jong has back surgery after crash

MP Motorsport driver Daniel de Jong suffered a fractured vertebrae in his GP2 feature race collision with Red Bull protege Pierre Gasly at Spa. De Jong, who was described as being conscious and in good spirits after the crash, was transferred by helicopter to hospital in Liege for further assessment following the race. Doctors there confirmed the Dutchman had fractured his sixth vertebrae and that it needed immediate attention. AUTOSPORT understands de Jong underwent a successful four-hour surgery last night. He is in now in a stable condition, but will remain in Liege hospital next week. The GP2 series issued the following statement from de Jong’s family: “We would like to thank the medical team that treated him with success and would also like to thank their colleagues, the GP2 [...]

Ocon penalised, Bernstorff gets win

August 22nd, 2015

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Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon has lost his GP3 race one win at Spa following a five-second time penalty for breaching safety car rules. ART Grand Prix driver Ocon picked up the penalty for exceeding the virtual safety car speed at Blanchimont before the green lights were shown at the race’s third and final restart. The penalty demotes Ocon to second, and means Arden International driver Emil Bernstorff picks up his first win of the season. Several other GP3 drivers also received grid and time penalties following race one at Spa. Status Grand Prix driver Seb Morris picked up a five-place grid penalty for causing a collision with Jenzer Motorsport’s Pal Varhaug at Les Combes but will start race two from the pitlane as he was only 19th on a 23-car [...]

Kirchhofer gets penalty for blocking

August 22nd, 2015

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ART Grand Prix driver Marvin Kirchhofer has received a three-place grid penalty following GP3 qualifying at Spa for impeding Koiranen GP driver Matt Parry. The penalty means Kirchhofer will lose third place and will have to start back in sixth, just in front of Parry, for the opening race of the weekend. Kirchhofer was deemed to have blocked Parry, who was on a flying lap, three minutes before the end of the session between Rivage and the unnamed downhill left-hander at Turn 9. The incident promotes Arden International driver Emil Bernstorff up to third, while Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco and Hungary race winner Kevin Ceccon move up to fourth and fifth respectively. Parry agrees that his lap was disrupted by Kirchhofer but believes the German didn’t do it on purpose [...]

Marquez steals victory from Lorenzo

August 9th, 2015

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Marc Marquez snatched victory from Jorge Lorenzo three laps from home to take another Indianapolis MotoGP triumph. The reigning world champion relinquished the lead to Lorenzo at the start, as the Yamaha rider beat both Marquez and his Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa away to hit the front from third on the grid. Marquez then sat on Lorenzo’s tail lap after lap, waiting until three laps from the end to finally attempt a pass. He made a move stick into Turn 1, and while Lorenzo stayed on his case, Marquez had the pace to prevent his fellow Spaniard from coming back through. Behind the leaders, their team-mates played out a more eventful battle for third, with Valentino Rossi getting the better of Pedrosa. Rossi stormed from eighth to fourth in the [...]

Chaotic race two won by Turkington

August 9th, 2015

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British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington made it two victories from two at Snetterton after a chaotic second race. The Team BMR ace became the second driver this season – after team-mate Jason Plato’s double at Oulton Park – to win races one and two on the same day with a faultless drive in his Volkswagen CC. Turkington was aided by fellow front-row starter Sam Tordoff getting away very poorly in his WSR BMW 125i M Sport, which dropped him from second to fourth behind Adam Morgan and Andy Priaulx. That was nothing compared to the chaos behind. Rob Collard, Barry Horne and Stewart Lines went off at Riches, while the two Eurotech Hondas of Jeff Smith and Martin Depper hit each other and Warren Scott. But the most significant [...]

Marquez takes Indy pole in Honda 1-2

August 8th, 2015

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Marc Marquez led a Honda one-two in MotoGP qualifying to take pole position for this weekend’s race at Indianapolis. The reigning world champion set his best time of 1m31.884s on his first flying lap of the session, which at the time put him three tenths clear of factory Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa. While Pedrosa improved with four minutes to go in the pole-deciding Q2 segment, he could only reduce his deficit to Marquez. Jorge Lorenzo salvaged Yamaha’s day by climbing onto the front row with his final lap of qualifying, jumping from seventh to third as the chequered flag came out. His team-mate, championship leader Valentino Rossi, continued to struggle on the Indianapolis road course, ending the session eighth having briefly been as high as third a few minutes before [...]

Rahal closes in on Montoya with win

August 2nd, 2015

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Graham Rahal blasted the IndyCar title fight wide open with a hometown win at Mid-Ohio on Sunday. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver saw off a brief challenge from Andretti Autosport’s Justin Wilson on a restart with seven laps to go, and coasted away to secure the victory. He picked up an extra point on the final lap for most laps led, bringing him to within just nine points of Juan Pablo Montoya with two races remaining. “Honestly, for me, other than the Indy 500 this is the biggest race of the year,” Rahal said. “To get this victory at a time when we really needed it … man, I don’t know what to say. This means more than my first win. This is everything.” Wilson held on for second to [...]