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February 2015

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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.

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

    I've been sim racing since 2011 when I joined iRacing. I've jumped to many different sims, including rFactor, Richard Burns Rally, and the famous NASCAR Racing 2003. I picked up a copy of NR2003 with my birthday money when I was only 9, but was limited to a keyboard and a controller. After reciving a G25 for Christmas in '11, I've loved sim racing and the community iRacing has. I hope to end up writing for a car magazine or website in the near future, and intend on attending university to accomplish that.
    Aside from my career in sim racing and the real world, I hope to have my own small, yet functional race team soon with the purchace of a go kart. Since I'm currently residing in Maryland, I don't have a wide range of racing to choose from. My only options on a small budget are drag racing or kart racing. After the completion of my senior year in high school next year, I hope that inRacing News and other affiliates will help my dreams of writing for Road & Track become a reality!

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • 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.

  • Tom O'Leary
    author

    Tom is an 18-year old student from London, UK. Tom started sim-racing quite recently, although his passion for motorsport started at an early age, watching BTCC since the late 90s. Tom has since then expanded his interests in motorsport, watching Le Mans 24hr (and endurance racing as a whole) as well as the DTM, F1, and since starting to write about the NASCAR iRacing Series - NASCAR!

    Tom appeared on the sim-racing scene by trying out rFactor, rFactor 2 and then iRacing - where he spends most of his time racing in the Star Mazda Series where he has claimed third and then second overall in the two full seasons he has competed. On the oval side, Tom has completed a few races in the NASCAR Class C (Fixed) although he most enjoys the road side. Tom is an active member of Friction Racing, a team which focuses on the Star Mazda and the Williams-Toyota FW31, with the aim of reaching the Pro Series - and the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.

    In his personal life, Tom spend time with his girlfriend (they have been together for two years) and likes a variety of games and has started to livestream his races/gameplay on Twitch, to give an insight to his approach to racing and gaming.

  • 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.

Lotus might not run until Tuesday

February 1st, 2015

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Lotus expects its E23 2015 Formula 1 car to complete its first proper running on day three of the first pre-season test at Jerez this week. The team missed the opening day’s running on Sunday as its car was en route to Spain from its Enstone base. While the E23 arrived during the afternoon on Sunday, the team now needs to work through its build programme before it can hit the track. A press release issued by Lotus on Sunday evening said that the team did not expect to complete any “significant” running until Tuesday, but its technical director Nick Chester said it would be a case of getting the car ready as soon as possible. “We have been pursuing a very tight and aggressive build programme with the E23 [...]

Red Bull breaks cover in camouflage

February 1st, 2015

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Red Bull’s 2015 Formula 1 car emerged for the first time in a camouflage livery as Jerez testing began on Sunday morning. The four-time champion team chose not to carry out any form of official launch or car unveiling for the Renault-powered RB11, instead heading straight out of the garage in the surprise colour scheme without ceremony. Daniel Ricciardo is behind the wheel for the first day of running at Jerez. Toro Rosso graduate Daniil Kvyat replaces Ferari-bound Sebastian Vettel as his team-mate for 2015. Red Bull’s chief engineering officer Rob Marshall, who has stepped into the new role following Adrian Newey’s change of emphasis, said that the majority of changes from the 2014 would be hard to spot, but that significant steps had been made. “There are some changes [...]

New Williams makes first appearance

February 1st, 2015

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The Williams Formula 1 team officially unveiled its 2015 FW37 at Jerez ahead of the first day of pre-season testing. The British outfit had previously only shown computer renderings of its new car, which were revealed by F1 Racing magazine. Williams enjoyed a resurgence in 2014 as it became a regular podium finisher on its way to finishing third in the constructors’ championship, and team boss Frank Williams said the aim is to continue that upward trajectory this year. “After such a strong season in 2014 we are looking to continue the move back towards the front of the grid,” he said. “The move from ninth to third was a tough challenge, but ultimately every step up from now on will be even harder. “I am confident that we have [...]

Red Bull passes crash tests in time

January 31st, 2015

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Red Bull is on course to get its new RB11 Formula 1 car out for the first day of pre-season testing at Jerez after successfully passing all its crash tests. Team principal Christian Horner revealed earlier this week that the Milton Keynes-based squad had elected to keep open the design of its new car for as long as possible in a bid to maximise its development time. Horner said: “It’s probably the shortest production and assembly in our previous 10 seasons. Newey not expecting 2015 title challenge “It is unbelievable what the factory have turned around so far. But still there is plenty to do before Sunday.” As well as the short build time, the decision to lock down the design late meant the crunch crash tests that need to [...]

Toro Rosso launches its 2015 F1 car

January 31st, 2015

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Toro Rosso revealed its STR10 2015 Formula 1 car at Jerez on Saturday afternoon ahead of the start of winter testing. The Renault-powered machine will be driven by all-rookie line-up Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen, following Daniil Kvyat’s promotion to Red Bull and Toro Rosso’s decision not to retain Jean-Eric Vergne. Gallery: The 2015 Formula 1 field so far Team boss Franz Tost declared the “unique” STR10 the best Toro Rosso yet. “I am convinced it will be the best car we have ever built at Toro Rosso,” he said. “There has been a lot of hard work and a lot of investment in a unique design. “The design looks clean. And if it looks clean and nice it should be fast.” The Toro Rosso unveiling means Red Bull [...]

Newey not expecting 2015 title bid

January 31st, 2015

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Adrian Newey thinks it too early to expect Renault to have made the progress needed to enable Red Bull to challenge for the Formula 1 world championship this year. The design genius, who has stepped back from a full-time role at Red Bull’s F1 team, is well aware that his squad’s hopes of success depend on how Renault performs. On the back of a disappointing 2014 campaign, Newey believes it unrealistic to expect the French car manufacturer to have fully closed the gap to F1 pace-setter Mercedes. “I think we should be realistic about our expectations for this year,” said Newey in a video interview published by Red Bull ahead of the first pre-season test at Jerez in Spain. “Mercedes have a very strong power unit, we estimate [with] somewhere [...]

Ferrari engine gains to help race pace

January 30th, 2015

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Ferrari believes there will be a better balance between its Formula 1 qualifying and race performance in 2015 due the major design overhaul for the SF15-T. Comprehensive engine changes have featured in Ferrari’s winter efforts, and technical director James Allison believes a big step forward will be that its race form will no longer be compromised by its power unit being unable to recover as much energy as its rivals. “We had a number of issues with last year’s engine and power unit,” explained Allison. FERRARI SF15-T LAUNCH New Ferrari F1 design unveiled Ferrari sets two-win target for 2015 Vettel hails straightforward Raikkonen Ferrari engine gains to help race pace “Early on in the season the power delivery was not particularly sophisticated and quite tough for the drivers to get [...]

Mercedes reveals glimpse of 2015 car

January 29th, 2015

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Mercedes has provided a sneak glimpse of what its new Formula 1 car looks like, after shaking the W06 down at Silverstone on Thursday. The team elected to run a systems check in Britain before sending it to the first test at Jerez in Spain this weekend, where it will be officially launched on Sunday. Nico Rosberg was drafted in for driving duties. Teaser videos posted by the team on Twitter offered the first look at the new car. Although the images are far from clear, it is possible to ascertain some initial details. The most obvious difference from its predecessor, which won 16 races on its way to a world championship double, is the nose and the way it blends in to the chassis. The very short nose tip [...]

No Button concerns over Alonso style

January 29th, 2015

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Jenson Button reckons the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team will benefit from pairing him with Fernando Alonso in 2015, because they prefer similar car characteristics. This will be the first season Alonso and Button have been team-mates in F1 since 2002, when Button raced for Renault and Alonso was the team’s test driver. There had been suspicions that they would have contrasting car preferences for their respective driving styles, which could hinder development of the new MP4-30, as AUTOSPORT’s technical consultant Gary Anderson considered when Button’s 2015 deal was secured. McLAREN MP4-30 LAUNCH NEWS McLaren changes F1 design philosophy No Button concerns over Alonso style McLaren unveils Honda-powered MP4-30 Alonso promises to be patient However, Button reckons early simulator running at McLaren’s Woking base suggests he and Alonso will want similar [...]

Ricciardo: Drivers would relish 1000bhp

January 28th, 2015

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Daniel Ricciardo has no doubts Formula 1 drivers would back a move to 1000 horsepower engines in 2017, and thinks it will help the top stars better show their talent. F1 teams are due to meet again next week to continue discussions about a change to the engine regulations in a bid to make the sport more appealing. Engine manufacturers believe that tweaks to the fuel-flow rate and minor design changes would be enough to allow the current V6 turbo hybrid power units to deliver the 1000bhp target. OPINION: 1000bhp: The latest cure-all F1 imposter With several leading figures having shown support for the move, after a year when F1 was criticised as being too slow, Ricciardo says the men in the cockpit would relish the change. “I think every [...]

Lynn gets Williams development role

January 28th, 2015

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GP3 champion Alex Lynn has joined the Williams Formula 1 team as a development driver for 2015. The role will involve extensive simulator work and a day of on-track testing following the Spanish Grand Prix. Lynn will dovetail Williams duties with his already-announced deal to race for champion team DAMS in GP2. Deputy team principal Claire Williams said the intention was to develop Lynn for the future through his new role. “Williams has a strong track record in bringing young talent though the ranks and our development driver position is designed to fully immerse new recruits into the inner workings of a Formula 1 team,” she said. “As a British team we are always on the lookout for emerging homegrown talent and Alex has caught our eye with his impressive [...]

New Red Bull still a Newey car

January 27th, 2015

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Formula 1 design genius Adrian Newey has still had a big role in the creation of Red Bull’s 2015 challenger, despite stepping back from his full-time technical role last year. Newey’s frustration at ever-tighter regulations prompted him to move away from focusing entirely on F1, and he now spends some of his time working on other Red Bull projects. OPINION: What Newey’s move says about F1 But despite the change of emphasis, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has confirmed that the team’s RB11 has still been heavily influenced by Newey – who will be attending the first pre-season test at Jerez in Spain this weekend. “Adrian has had a bit less input, but he has still been very much the architect of this car,” said Horner, during a Red [...]

Analysis: Will Mexican GP succeed?

January 27th, 2015

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Ahead of the revival of Formula 1′s Mexican Grand Prix, F1 Racing’s associate editor JAMES ROBERTS was among selected media invited to check progress on the revised Mexico City circuit The old circuit, reminiscent of Monza, lies in a public park close to the centre of the sprawling, vibrant capital of Mexico City. It’s expected the 110,000 capacity venue, accessible by two metro stations, will be a sell-out for the race in October. The old pits had been demolished and construction had begun in earnest on the new facilities by our visit. Not all of the track had been remodelled, but with 10 months before the race, there is plenty of time to throw more resources and personnel at the project. Financed by private companies, plus money from the state [...]

Loeb has to take Rally2 penalty

January 23rd, 2015

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Sebastien Loeb will return to the Monte Carlo Rally under Rally2 regulations on Saturday after retiring from Friday’s action on the road section back to Gap. Loeb, who led the event for much of the opening day, damaged the left-rear suspension on his Citroen DS 3 WRC on the final stage. The nine-time World Rally champion said: “It was on a very slow corner on the ice, maybe I accelerated a little bit early… a little bit early for sure! “There was a little ditch on the exit of the corner and I just fell a little bit in. There was a stone under the snow and… bang.” Loeb got through the stage, but was unable to secure the wheel for the 70-mile road section back to service. “We will [...]

Loeb leads the Monte on WRC return

January 22nd, 2015

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Sebastien Loeb leads the Monte Carlo Rally from Sebastien Ogier after the first evening of his World Rally Championship comeback. Citroen star Loeb stormed through the Entrevaux-Rouaine stage that opened the 2015 WRC season a full 22 seconds clear of surprise second-placed man Ott Tanak’s M-Sport Ford and half a minute faster than Ogier’s Volkswagen in third position. Ogier responded by going quickest on the Norante to Dignes-les-Bains stage that completed the after-dark double-header. If Loeb’s 14th position in the starting order had helped him on SS1, where everyone complained of extremely unpredictable ice levels, it was a hindrance on SS2, as most drivers further down the order found increasing amounts of gravel dragged onto the corners by cars ahead. Loeb was still third fastest, but he dropped 17.6s to [...]

FIA takes legal action against Streiff

January 22nd, 2015

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FIA president Jean Todt and medical chief Gerard Saillant are planning legal action against former Formula 1 driver Philippe Streiff over comments relating to the Jules Bianchi crash investigation. Streiff, who is confined to a wheelchair as the result of an F1 testing accident in Brazil in 1989, has been widely quoted in French media as suggesting the panel that looked into Bianchi’s Japanese Grand Prix accident was put together simply to exonerate the FIA of any blame for what happened. Bianchi accident panel reports its findings His comments, which were made in a radio interview, have infuriated Todt, who is close to Bianchi and his family. On Thursday, the FIA issued a strongly worded statement criticising Streiff’s stance and making clear its anger at what was being suggested. “The [...]

F-1 Notes: McLaren Skipping First Test

January 18th, 2011

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EXTRA TIME: McLaren officials have decided to skip the first Formula One preseason test in order to give team engineers more time to find additional performance for the new MP4-26 chassis. (Steve Etherington Photo) BLOOMINGTON, Minn.

AFS, Andretti End Partnership

November 30th, 2010

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Adam Carroll drove an Andretti Autosport/AFS Racing entry during select IZOD IndyCar Series events this year. (Ron McQueeney/IndyCar Photo) INDIANAPOLIS — Andretti Autosport and AFS Racing have ended their partnership. Andretti Autosport plans to field multiple entries in Firestone Indy Lights again in 2011, while AFS Racing will continue in Firestone Indy Lights and will explore additional opportunities in the IndyCar Series.

Daly Tests Andretti Indy Lights Ride

November 11th, 2010

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GREENCASTLE, Ind. — Conor Daly’s championship season in the Star Mazda Championship Series is continuing to pay dividends. Daly spent Wednesday testing an Andretti Autosport prepared Firestone Indy Lights Series entry at Putnam Park Road Course in Indiana.

Ganassi Grand Am Team Penalized

June 30th, 2010

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Grand Am Rolex Series officials have penalized the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team after discovering an issue with the car during post-race inspection June 19 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.