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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.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to Corey's aunt!

  • 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.

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • 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.

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

    Marc Dorval has been a dedicated but talentless iRacer since 2009. Currently hanging out near the back of the Lotus 79 pack, he nonetheless contributes to the community through posts, statistics, and a weekly recap on the main events of the Lotus 79 series.
    Outside of iRacing, Marc is married with two grown-up children, loves Jaguar cars, and runs an IT consulting practice.

  • 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.

  • Ray Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give iRacing.com a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and iRacing.com and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • 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.

  • 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.

The Brickyard Finnvasion

by Justin Sutton on May 28th, 2014

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Usually there aren't any chicanes in an oval race.

On a Wednesday like any other 18 sim-racers in their Lotus 49s got into formation for the rolling start of a 27 lap sprint around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a 2488 SOF race.  Ten of the 18 participants were from Finland, over half the field.  Leading the charge towards the Start/Finish line was championship hopeful Mick Claridge after qualifying with a 56.167s lap.  Also (possibly by chance, probably not) as it happened, two of the Finns competing were Aleksi Elomaa and Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola; both of whom are Pro Class license holders and competitors in the iWCGPS.  The pros were starting from third and fifth on the grid (Elomaa in third) with Antti Pihlaja in second and Jere Seppälä in fourth, also from Finland. Going into Turn One Uusi-Jaakkola had the [...]

Hansen Handles the Bricks

by Jordan Hightower on September 24th, 2013

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Week 8 Indy P1

In the eyes of many motorsport fans, Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the premier racing venue in the United States and one of the top in the world. The prestigious speedway played host to Week Eight of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Fixed Series where over 1,900 sim racers took the green flag for at least one race. Jordy Lopez (New Jersey) may not have led every lap during the 3927 Strength of Field, but he did lead the most important one. That’s correct, Lopez’s only lap led was the very last one as he took the victory over Joshua Johnston (New York) by 0.268 seconds. The third spot was held down by Jesus Andrade (Florida) who started from the sixth position. Positions four and five were occupied by Josh Berry [...]

Ringler & Elliott Claim Indy

by Jordan Hightower on March 31st, 2013

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Week 8 Indianapolis Open P2

Indianapolis Motor Speedway plays host to 565 sim racers for Week Eight of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (open setup). Winning at the famed speedway is something that every racer should have on their bucket list, and this week, a select few were able to cross that special event off of their list and drive into victory lane. Keith Elliott (Western Canada) topped the top Strength of Field event for the week, taking the victory over Steven Lutz (Ohio) by a slim margin of 0.047 seconds in a drag race back to the finish line after leading nine of the event’s 40 laps. Trent Ringler (Indiana) rounded out the podium in the 2986 SoF, 3.103 seconds back with Jason Lupo (Mid-South) and Scott Austin (Michigan) rounding out the top [...]

Blackford’s Brickyard Ballad

by Tim Terry on December 3rd, 2011

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Blackford’s Brickyard Ballad

Bryan Blackford (Seminole, FL) outlasted an altercation on the final restart of the Mason Baker Designs 150 on Thursday night at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to take his first win of the GSRacing.net Truck Series season. The two time and defending Truck Series titlist and Jeremy Allen (Indinapolis, IN) slammed into each other on the final restart of the event, triggering a multi-truck wreck that ended the event under the race’s eighth caution flag. Josh Berry (Mooresville, NC) dodged the trucks to finish second in the event with Nick Ottinger (Claremont, NC), Patrick Fogel (Hughesville, PA) and Danny Hansen rounding-out the top five. The 60-lap, 150 mile race took one hour, 35 minutes to complete. Eight lead changes between eight drivers set the pace for the race. A season high [...]

IndyCar’s Firestone Roadblock

January 10th, 2011

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IndyCar’s Firestone Roadblock

Firestone tires stacked in an IndyCar garage area during the 2010 season. (IndyCar photo). MOORESVILLE, N.C.

Chip Shot: Ganassi Had Dream Season

December 14th, 2010

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Chip Shot: Ganassi Had Dream Season

Chip Ganassi (left) and Jamie McMurray celebrate after winning the Daytona 500 in February. (HHP/Gregg Ellman Photo) Chip Ganassi vividly remembers the day his picture appeared on the back cover of National Speed Sport News .

Ganassi Honored With IMIS Achievement Award

December 1st, 2010

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INDIANAPOLIS — Car owner Chip Ganassi received the first International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS) Achievement Award Tuesday night during the IMIS welcome reception at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. Chris Paulsen, owner of C&R Racing and one of the founders of IMIS, presented the award to Ganassi, who scored two championships and numerous high-profile victories throughout the 2010 season as an owner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, IZOD IndyCar Series and Grand Am Rolex Series

Reformed Hmiel Gaining Ground In Racing

September 21st, 2010

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Reformed Hmiel Gaining Ground In Racing

On the morning of this year’s Brickyard 400, Steve Hmiel, director of competition at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, glanced at the calendar on his cell phone, and, with a slight smile, said, “He’s been clean for three years and six days.” Steve, with the day’s fortunes of Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray weighing his thoughts, had time to proudly boast about his son, Shane. There was a time when Shane Hmiel had been on a fast track to NASCAR stardom himself. Then, in 2006, his addictions derailed his dreams

Pro Oval iRacers at the Brickyard: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

by David Phillips on November 18th, 2009

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Pro Oval iRacers at the Brickyard: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway brought-out the good, the bad and the ugly in the iRacing Pro Series Oval.  Happily there was a lot more good than bad or ugly.  Case(s) in point: a couple of days after iRacing Pro Series Road Racing points leader Luke McLean finished runner-up to Josh Berry, Richard Towler (P2 in the iPSRR points) bested John Prather and Kirk Hapke on Friday evening. Towler’s was an impressive drive, given the fact that he started a lowly tenth.  It didn’t take long for the Englishman to show his strength, however.  Pole-winner Hapke led the first nine laps before ceding the top spot to Prather on Lap 10, only for Towler to breeze past the two of them and into first place on Lap 16.  He would [...]

Virtually Indy

by David Phillips on September 4th, 2009

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Virtually Indy

It didn’t take long for Indy car drivers past, present and future to get their hands on iRacing’s virtual Dallara IndyCar or the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at Infineon Raceway last month.  Even before the August 22nd announcement of iRacing.com’s partnership with the IndyCar Series, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Dallara Automobili, Justin Wilson took a development version of the Dallara out for a few laps around the Brickyard. Wilson remarked on the authenticity of the experience even before he left the virtual pits. “Well, the bump’s there,” he exclaimed, as the Dallara bounded over a rough patch exiting pit lane. Before completing a flying lap, Wilson was working with iRacing engineer Eric Hudec to tune the Dallara’s set-up to his liking.   Front camber split?  Check.   Stiffer rear springs?  Check.  Less [...]