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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
    Contributin 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.

  • Raymond 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.

Road Warriors Silverstone

by Andrew Pinkerton on April 16th, 2014

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Road Warriors Silverstone 1 Jens leads into t1 (2)

For Round Four of  iRacing.com’s Road Warrior Series we hop the pond and head to the quaint English village of Silverstone. The town’s 2,000 or so residents used to hear the thunder of mighty Rolls-Royce engines in the Vickers Wellington bombers. Now, nearly 70 years on, those roars have not ceased, but rather have been replaced by sound of virtual Corvettes, McLarens, and HPDs. Sit down and buckle up for the 60 minute Endurance Challenge from the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit. The Saturday 1:00 GMT race kicked-off the weekend with a total of 33 starters. The race would run 38 laps within the hour allotted. This was just barely the third highest SOF tops split coming in at 3136. The HPD field had 11 starters with some very familiar names, [...]

Prototype & GT Challenge Week 5: Virginia International Raceway

by Phil Diaz on December 4th, 2013

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At VIR, sometimes the track is more difficult than the competition itself.

The iRacing.com Prototype & GT Challenge returned to the United States for the second time this season, this time at Virginia International Raceway (VIR).  The 17-turn, 3.27 miles (5.263km) circuit has a multitude of corner types, plenty of elevation change, and also entails two straights of 3,000’ and 4,000’ respectively.  The backside of the track includes a fast collection of esses that flows directly into the most famous corner on the circuit: Oak Tree. Thus, sim-racers focused on conquering this classic circuit just as much as the competition The HPD main race saw Tommaso Carlà, once again, on pole ahead of Simone Montaldo, Leonid Sokolov, Anton Volodin, Jacob Groth, Fabio Milani, Robert Tinsey and Gary Fellows.  The first lap indicated just how much quicker Carlà was this week, as he [...]

Prototype & GT Challenge Week 4: Silverstone

by Phil Diaz on November 27th, 2013

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The wide Silverstone circuit made traffic much easier this round for drivers.

The iRacing.com Prototype & GT Challenge series went from the Land Down Under to the United Kingdom and the Silverstone Circuit for Week Four.  The 17-turn, 3.194 miles (5.14km) British road course hosts the Formula One World Championship as well as the World Endurance Championship. Therefore it is only fitting that our Prototype and GT Challenge drivers tackle the course as well.  The track is fast and twisty but drivers enjoy it because of how wide and easy on traffic it can be; and after the previous round at Bathurst, this is truly a breath of fresh air. The HPD main race saw Tommaso Carlà on pole ahead of Paul Ilbrink, Mack Bakkum and Raffaele A Di Palo.  The first lap saw Ilbrink suffer a technical issue, falling back from [...]

Prototype & GT Challenge Week 3: Bathurst

by Phillip Diaz on November 20th, 2013

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Bourke tackles The Mountain en route to the Corvette win.

The iRacing.com Prototype & GT Challenge bid adieu to Japan and the Suzuka International Circuit to head Down Under to Australia and iRacing’s newest addition, the legendary Mount Panaroma (aka Bathurst). The 23-turn, 4 mile (5.81km), track hosts a multitude of real life racing series, including the ever so popular V8 Supercars and the Bathurst 12 Hour sports car race.  Bathurst is a circuit that drivers look forward to as it is one of the best in the world in terms of being an absolute challenge.  The track isn’t wide, actually quite the opposite, and the elevation changes are second to none.  The Prototype & GT Challenge sim-drivers kept that in mind this week as the series tackled this track for the first time, as they know difficulties in traffic [...]

Prototype & GT Challenge Week 2: Suzuka

by Phillip Diaz on November 15th, 2013

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Drivers go under the bridge in Suzuka's unique crossover.

The iRacing.com Prototype & GT Challenge traveled across the globe to Japan for their week of online racing at the Suzuka International Racing Course.  The 17-turn, 5.81km, track hosts a multitude of real life racing series, including Formula One.  Suzuka can be seen as a driver’s favorite for hot-lapping, but when the unique figure eight layout hosts multiclass onine racing there are drivers who get frustrated at the difficult or awkward overtaking situations it can present.  Drivers keep that in mind this week as the series enters this track for the first time in a while. The HPD main race saw Tommaso Carlà on pole ahead of Antti Neijonen, Leonid Sokolov, Naruko Ishida, Aidan Walsingham and Arkadiusz Neumann.  Carlà got a good jump as the green flag waved.  Carlà had [...]

Prototype & GT Challenge Week 1: Sebring

by Phillip Diaz on November 10th, 2013

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Proto GT Sebring 4

The iRacing.com Prototype & GT Challenge arrived at historic Sebring International Raceway for the first of twelve rounds in 2013 Season 4.  The new season has seen no changes since last S3, featuring the HPD ARX-01c, the Corvette C6R GT1, and the Ford GT.  Field sizes reached their limits and the competition displayed great promise with many exciting finishes across all classes. The HPD had a main race at Sebring consisting of Tommaso Carlà on pole followed by last season’s runner-up Mack Bakkum, along with Andre Martins, Paulo Martins and Matthieu Leroy. The first lap of the race can sometimes be the most crucial one. While you can’t win the race on the first lap, you can be wise with your decisions and make-up positions if the opportunities are there. [...]

Prototype & GT Challenge Week 12: Road Atlanta

by Phillip Diaz on October 29th, 2013

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The final week of the season produced typically fierce prototypeand GT racing at Road Atlanta.

The twelth and final round of the iRacing.com Prototype and GT Challenge series came to the famous Road Atlanta circuit in Braselton, Georgia.  Site of the annual Petit Le Mans, the 2.54 mile (4.08 km) circuit is twisty, and extremely unforgiving, especially The Esses. Drivers Paul Ilbrink, WIlliam Levesque and Roope Turkkila had the HPD, Corvette and Ford GT Championships all but wrapped up, and arrived at Road Atlanta planning to close the deal. The Prototype main race for the week involved drivers Jörn Jens, Mack Bakkum, Roderic Kreunen and Ilbrink. Jens lead the field to green and retained the lead for the first few laps while Kreunen made his way from fourth to third after the first lap, setting Bakkum back to the fourth position. On Lap Five Jens [...]

Prototype & GT Challenge Week 11: Silverstone

by Phillip Diaz on October 18th, 2013

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Week 11 took the iRacing.com Prototype and GT Challenge to England to race at the famous Silverstone Circuit.

The eleventh round of the iRacing.com Prototype and GT Challenge series took place on the fast and flowing Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, England.  The twisty and somewhat unforgiving 3.194 mile (5.14 km) circuit hosts many different pedigrees of racing, including Formula One and the World Endurance Challenge.  Prototype and GT Challenge drivers Paul Ilbrink, William Levesque and Roope Turkkila were still the championship leaders in HPD, Corvette and Ford GT classes heading into Silverstone, with all three feeling comfortable about their prospects of remaining on top. The main Prototype online race for the week had Mack Bakkum on the front row with current HPD championship leader Ilbrink, followed by Paulo Martins, Alain Sabbagh and JB Massida.  The five remained in order until Lap Two when Sabbagh lost the rear end [...]

Prototype & GT Challenge Week 10: VIR

by Phillip Diaz on October 9th, 2013

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1 Proto GT VIR HPD

The tenth round of the iRacing.com Prototype and GT Challenge series took the HPD ARX 01Cs, Corvette C6.Rs and Ford GTs to twisty Virginia International Raceway (VIR).  The circuit was the host for the American Le Mans Series this past weekend, and was therefore a fitting venue for our second endurance round of 75 minutes.  The 3.27 mile (5.263 km) circuit is one that sim-racers either highly dislike or thoroughly enjoy.  The track is far from wide and has numerous quick corners that can catch you out, including the renowned Oak Tree (Turn 12) which can reward you with a great run down the back straight . . . or punish you with a thick tire wall.  Paul Ilbrink, William Levesque and Roope Turkkila were still the championship leaders in [...]

Prototype & GT Challenge Week Nine: Spa

October 5th, 2013

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Week Nine produced plenty of great online racing at Spa.

The ninth round of the iRacing.com Prototype and GT Challenge series was full of great online racing as the cars attacked Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for the full 45 minute duration.  The 4.35 mile (7.00 km) circuit hosts a number of series and events including Formula One, World Endurance Championship and the always popular 24 Hours of Spa.  With this being one of the widest tracks on the calendar, it allowed for traffic to play less of a role, and drivers were able to battle more with the cars within their class.  Paul Ilbrink, WIlliam Levesque and Roope Turkkila were still the championship leaders in HPD, Corvette and Ford GT classes heading into Spa, could they hold on to it once the week was over? [1, Lots of racing happened this [...]

Prototype & GT Challenge Week 7: Laguna Seca

by Phil Diaz on September 17th, 2013

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The second half of the iRacing.com Prototype and GT Challenge series kicked-off at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca located in Monterey, California.  The 11 turn, 2.238 mile (3.602 km) circuit promised to challenge not only the speed but the mental patience and awareness of drivers.  In particular, traffic would play a pivotal role this week as the small-ish track mixed with a not-so-wide track width created huge obstacles for cars in every class. Going into the week, sim-racers Paul Ilbrink, William Levesque and Roope Turkkila led the championship in the HPD, Corvette and Ford GT classes, respectively, and hoped to extend their leads on the Monterey Peninsula. The Prototypes would have a strong grid for the main race, one led by Csaba Volyka Jr who snagged the pole from Dominik Batz [...]

Prototype & GT Challenge Week 6: Motegi Night

by Phil Diaz on September 11th, 2013

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The season's only night  round came at Twin Ring Motegi.

The iRacing.com Prototype & GT Challenge series rolled into the sixth round of the season at Twin Ring Motegi.  While last week featured the first endurance races on the schedule at Interlagos, this week the races were held at night for the only time this season.  The Twin Ring Motegi circuit is located in the heart of Japan and hosts not only an International circuit for Moto GP and Super GT, but a one and a half mile oval that has hosted IndyCar races and a NASCAR exhibition event in the past.  This week, however, was all about our Prototype and GT sim-racers as they attempted to conquer the 2.983 mile/4.8 km GP circuit. The HPD ARX 01c prototypes had a strong main race for the week, one including the [...]

Prototype & GT Challenge Week 5 Endurance : Interlagos

by Phil Diaz on September 9th, 2013

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The first endurance round of the season came at Interlagos.

The iRacing.com Prototype & GT Challenge series came to Round Five of 2013 S3 at the historic Interlagos circuit, officially known as Autódromo José Carlos Pace.  With the circuit hosting the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) this past weekend, it is only fitting that the first of our two 70 minute ‘endurance’ be ran here. Two of the top competitors so far this season, Teemu Iivonen and Paul Ilbrink, would come together for this endurance race around Interlagos.  The main race consisted of pole-sitter Iivonen, followed by Mack Bakkum, Ilbrink, Paulo Martins and Vincenzo Amico.  At the green flag the top three took off in formation, however Martins was hit in Turn One by another HPD which shuffled him outside the top five by the time they got to Turn [...]

Prototype & GT Challenge Week 4: Mid Ohio

by Phil Diaz on August 27th, 2013

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The back section of the course is where you lost or gained time on your competitors.

The iRacing.com Prototype & GT Challenge headed to the legendary Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the fourth round of the season.  The circuit has hosted nearly every series you can think of, including NASCAR, Grand-Am, American Le Mans Series, and IndyCar . . . not to mention USRRC, F5000, Can-Am and the SCCA National Championships. Therefore it is only fitting that this tight and twisty circuit is on our schedule to challenge our sim-racers. While these drivers are constantly battling the track with its intense elevation changes, as always they are also battling the traffic with the three class format of HPD LMP2, Corvette GT1, and Ford GT (GT2). The HPD field had a dilemma this week when choosing which downforce package for their cars.  At most tracks, the drivers [...]

Prototype & GT Challenge Week 3: Montreal

by Phil Diaz on August 21st, 2013

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video games

The iRacing.com Prototype & GT Challenge series made its maiden visit to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Week 3.  Re-named in honor of Canadian Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve following his death in 1982, the tight and twisty circuit has fast straights intermixed with chicanes have high curbs that drastically upset the cars.  The most notable of these chicanes is the final one, where cars swing out toward the “Wall of Champions” on the exit, and some unfortunate drivers meet the wall. Some HPD drivers opted to sit-out this week, as most knew traffic was going to be brutal on the virtual Canadian circuit.  However, the online racing was far from lack luster, as demonstrated by the main race of the week.  Starting on pole for the main race would be [...]

Prototype & GT Challenge Week 2: Road America

by Phil Diaz on August 14th, 2013

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Patience (occasionally) wore thin as drivers navigated traffic.

The iRacing.com Prototype & GT Challenge series arrived at fast and narrow Road America Circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for the second round of 2013 Season 3. With Sebring in the books last week, we discovered this season may be one of the closest we’ve had in the series.  Once again the drivers did not disappoint with stellar on-track battles, daring moves in traffic and spectacular participation. Drivers of the HPD knew as soon as they set foot on Road America that half the battle is making their way through the slower classes.  The track may be four miles long and one of the quickest on the calendar, but it is also rather narrow for its size and can cause issues.  The main race of the week made this quite [...]

GT Challenge Series Finale at Spa-Francorchamps

by Phil Diaz on July 24th, 2013

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Corvette C6.R, Ford GT and McLaren MP4-12C race together for perhaps the final time.

The iRacing.com GT Challenge series arrived at the seven kilometer Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for the final round of the season.  Championships in all three classes were still in doubt and if any circuit were to host a decisive finale, Spa would be the best choice.  The circuit is home to the Grand Prix of Belgium and also endurance races such as the Spa 24 Hours.  Drivers love the circuit and always classify it as one of their favourites. The C6R GT1 Corvettes arrived at Spa with two main drivers in the hunt for the championship.  Richard Avery had been leading Ricardo Goncalves Silva by a little over 60 points heading to the Ardennes, but Silva would be able to drop his lowest score if he could get a good one [...]

GT Challenge Series Week 11 : Road Atlanta

by Phil Diaz on July 19th, 2013

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Road Atlanta's fast, flowing Esses, where

The iRacing.com GT Challenge series headed to Road Atlanta for the eleventh round of the Championship.  This fast circuit that is most known for its panoramic Esses — and the famous Porsche GT1 back flip – hosts the American Le Mans Series and the annual Petit Le Mans.  Drivers of the GT Challenge Series attempted to tackle the circuit with full force, but attrition made its presence known. As is the case with its real world counterpart, the C6R GT1 Corvette was the top class at Road Atlanta.  Championship contenders Richard Avery, Ricardo Goncalves Silva, Fabio J M Cursino, and Luiz Eduardo Ribeiro all still had a possible chance at the crown coming into the week and, with Silva sitting out the week, the other three sim-racers decided to make [...]

iRacer Profile: Kevin Gries

by David Phillips on January 18th, 2013

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When Kevin Gries says his favorite iRacing car is “definitely” a Corvette C6.R believe him.  Officially-speaking, he hasn’t run a race, a time trial or even practiced in anything besides a ‘Vette since a mid-November run in a Class A Impala at Homestead.  Since then it’s been a steady diet of Corvette and the iRacing.com Prototype/GT Challenge . . . to good effect.  With 11 wins in 23 starts, Gries has planted himself securely in second place in the overall standings, a little bit too far behind Nikita Gorlov to have any hope of taking the title but well clear of third placed Marcin Skrzypczak. With a P2 and P3 in the same category in Seasons 2 and 3, respectively, Gries is no stranger to the Prototype/GT Challenge podium.  Nor [...]

iRacer Profile: Mirko Salati

by David Phillips on December 8th, 2012

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Funny what a difference a season can make.  2012 Season 3 saw Mirko Salati best Julian Rodriguez Moreno and Diego Comuni to take the iRacing.com Mustang Challenge on the strength of eight wins and 20 top fives from 22 starts.   Midway through Season 4, with just one start to his name, Salati occupies 318th place in the Pony Car series, some 725 points adrift of leader Dariusz Bielanski.  What’s up with that? Well the arrival of the “most admired” person in Salati’s life – his daughter, who was born in November – may have a little to do with his fall down the Mustang Challenge pecking order.  The resident of Reggio Emilia, Italy readily admits to a significant “downsizing” in the amount of time he spends sim-racing these days.  Then [...]