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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.

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – The Last Great Colosseum

by Scott Smith on August 25th, 2015


Bristol Motor Speedway is known by a variety of nicknames: The World’s Fastest Half-mile, Thunder Valley, The Bullring, and my personal favorite, The Last Great Colosseum.  Anyone that has watched a race from inside the facility, as the modern-day gladiators wage battle with their mechanical fire-breathing chariots, understands the truth in this nickname.  Nevertheless, if a fan was asked to associate a phrase with the speedway, I bet the answer is one in particular: “Didn’t mean to really turn him around, meant to rattle his cage, though.”  Dale Earnhardt spoke those famous words in victory circle after spinning Terry Labonte exiting Turn Two for the victory of the speedways running of the 1999 Goody’s Headache Powder 500.  Since then, “cage rattling” and the Bristol Motor Speedway have gone together like [...]

Get to Know: Dexter Castro

by David Ifeguni on July 27th, 2015


iRacer Dexter Castro celebrates his four year anniversary on iRacing in a couple days and in that time, he has accomplished . . . well, a lot of things on and off the sim. Not even being diagnosed with high-functioning Asperger’s Syndrome at age 12 has stopped him from his living life and from tearing-up the virtual track. The 20 year old has nearly 140 career victories in 666 oval starts, and has raced to victory lane in eight official races on road courses. In addition, Castro (who hails from “the land of the mosquito-bird” aka Maine) has an IndyCar division championship on his very long iRacing resume. Learn more about Dexter in this week’s edition of Get to Know… Q:    What attracted you to racing in the first place? [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – NASCAR’S Backyard

by Scott Smith on May 18th, 2015

When crossed the stripe inches apart, a great finish seemed to be in the offing.

Charlotte Motor Speedway holds some pretty kick-ass memories for me.  You see, as a youngster, I was fortunate enough to attend many races at CMS.  My dad had a great job of working for a company that supplied the speedway with lawn care equipment to keep the grounds on the beautiful complex looking tip-top.  What did this mean for me?   Nothing short of cherished road trips with my father and grandfather to and from the speedway for the All-Star, spring, and fall races for many years in a row. I’ve looked-on in astonishment as my favorite driver – ole DW himself – signed my ball cap with the fine point of a Sharpie; I was front-and-center for some of Humpy Wheeler’s craziest pre-race shenanigans.  The Intimidator was a living legend, [...]

Get to Know: Chuck Chambliss

by David Ifeguni on March 31st, 2015

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A solid sim racer in both disciplines, iRacer Chuck Chambliss is a threat on any type of racetrack, oval or road. The 43 year old out of Hueytown, Alabama, has nearly 3600 races to his credit since joining iRacing back in May, 2008. Chambliss is primarily a road racer, with over 60% of his starts coming on the road courses of iRacing.  In 2250 road starts, Chambliss has visited victory circle 171 times and has nearly 100 top five finishes. Not that he’s exactly a slouch on the ovals: Exclusively turning left, Chambliss has 62 career victories and 376 top five finishes in 1265 starts. In addition, Chambliss is an iRacing champion, having won the championship in the Star Mazda series in his division in 2008 Season 3 and the [...]

The Most Famous Beach in Racing

by Dylan Kapisky on February 11th, 2015

The 2015 NASCAR iRacing Series gets underway with the Daytona 500 the week of February 19.

In Daytona Beach, Florida lies one of the most historic sites in racing, Daytona International Speedway. In roughly one week, hundreds of sim racers will take to a digital recreation of this historic track for’s Daytona 500 in the NASCAR iRacing Series – Open and Fixed setups.  Daytona is home to the most prestigious race on the NASCAR circuit, and has a rich history of great racing. What makes this race so special? Founding and Construction: For many years, racing in Daytona Beach meant racing on the Daytona Beach and Road Course, a 3.2 mile (until the late 1940s, where it was extended to 4.2) beach-road combination track. This was until NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. (aka “Big Bill”) envisioned a large paved super-speedway, with incredible banking to maximize [...]

Get to Know: Justin Osborne

by David Ifeguni on June 16th, 2014

While Osborne's cars may not qualify as Rainbow Warriors, they are colorful . . . and fast!

Born and raised in Georgia, 25 year old iRacer Justin Osborne may appear to be your average sim racer, but there is more to him than meets the eye. On iRacing, he has been very impressive since joining the service in May of 2009. He has won 10% of his 241 career oval starts, his first win coming on just his second day on the service. Osborne’s best year on iRacing was his rookie year, when he won six races and had 15 top five finishes in 31 starts. Still yet to visit victory lane in 2014, his best outing this year came in the form of a second place at Daytona International Speedway in January. When Justin isn’t sim racing, he is studying mechanical engineering at Gordon College, and [...]

Get to Know: Christian Ingram

by David Ifeguni on May 5th, 2014

For Ingram, Class B will always be "home."

Christian Ingram has been tearing-up the virtual tracks of iRacing since the summer of 2012. Racing out of Fairfax, Virginia for team 4Wide Racing, the 25 year old Ingram is a regular on the oval side of iRacing, specifically in the NASCAR Class B Open Series. With multiple victories at short tracks like Iowa Speedway and big, fast superspeedways like Pocono, Ingram has quickly made a name for himself in the two years he has been a member. Although he has been able to call iRacing his home for sim-racing for the past two years, Ingram is no graduating sophomore. His career in sim-racing started nearly a decade before he found iRacing. I got the chance to talk to Christian about his start in sim-racing and his iRacing career [...]

Get to Know: Kevin Carr

by David Ifeguni on December 30th, 2013

Carr has won a lot of races.

As New Years approaches, people everywhere look forward to what is coming ahead in 2014.  But they also take time to look back on 2013.  Kevin Carr, for one, has a lot to be proud about. Bucks County, PA’s Carr accomplished a lot in 2013 on iRacing.  He has started 989 races and has won 23 times – so far.  In fact, nearly two-thirds of his total career wins have come this year and he has also scored nearly half of this total career top five finishes in the past twelve months. Overall, Carr has started 2212 races since joining the service on November 27th in 2011, taking the checkered flag first 39 times and scoring nearly 600 top five finishes. But there is more to Kevin then meets the [...]

Circle Track Setup: The Case for Caster

by George Wood on November 13th, 2013

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In the last article, I talked about the uses of toe and how it affects both drivability and front-end dynamics. However, that is only one of the three basic geometric ways to move a tire on a race vehicle. Of the other two, camber is well-recognized, but for all intents and purposes, the least-understood of the three, caster, is sometimes the most overlooked about setups. Everyone who has pushed a shopping cart understands caster. Caster wheels, when placed on heavy objects that need rolling, allow the object to maintain momentum in a straight line. In other words, once it gets going, it likes to keep going. Think of it as a way to love Newton’s First Law of Motion: an object in motion tends to stay in motion. Newton would’ve [...]

iRacer Profile: Don Stephenson

August 24th, 2013

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Don Stephenson is movin’ on up.  Not to a de-lux apartment on the east side, but in the rankings of iRacers.  Since joining the service in the spring of 2012, the Floridian has collected over a 100 wins on the virtual ovals and road courses of  But that only tells part of the story.  Arguably, the most noteworthy feature of Stephenson’s brief but successful iRacing career is the fact that his results consistently improve from season-to-season in ever more challenging circumstances. After winning the 2012 S3 National Series (Fixed Setup) Division 3 title, he came home P2 the following season in Division 1.  He got-off to a strong start in 2013 by placing second overall to Austin Ogonoski in the S1 National Series.  Care to guess how he did [...]

Get to Know: Drake Alvarado

by David Ifeguni on July 29th, 2013

NASCAR Class Series competitors can expect to see a lot of Alvarado this season.

This week, I interviewed iRacer Diego Antonio “Drake” Alvarado. The 15 year old from Riverside, California has been on iRacing for 17 months and has already shown he can run up front and win races in any series. Alvarado has 37 wins and nearly 200 top fives in 467 oval starts on iRacing. Although he has only run in 60 road races, his average finish compared to his oval statistics is better: In 60 starts, he has seven wins and has finished in the top five in nearly half of his starts. Clearly, whether it’s on the high banks of Daytona or the twists and turns at Lime Rock, when Drake Alvarado enters an iRacing event, he is sure to be a contender. You can learn more about him in [...]

iRacer Profile: Brian V Macklin

by David Phillips on April 13th, 2013

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When Brian V Macklin goes sim-racing nowadays you could say the fix is in.  That’s because he favors the fixed setup versions of his favorite series, be it NASCAR Class A, B or C.  Why not?  With 29 wins in 97 starts in the Gen6, Chevy COT and Chevy Silverado in Season 1 – so far — the iRacing setups seem to be working for him . . . just as the generic iRacing package did in 2012 when the Harrington, Delaware sim-racer captured the overall National series title on the strength of six wins and 18 top fives. But while Macklin’s clearly favors the fixed oval packages, it doesn’t mean he’s afraid to play with the settings . . . or turn right as well as left.  In fact [...]

The Confidence Game

by Michael Self on February 26th, 2013


I heard a quote several years ago from one of the two racers I idolize more than anyone else in the sport.  “It’s not about who has the faster car, it’s who refuses to lose.”  From the day I heard this quote to the last time I strapped in the car, and for every time in the future, this quote is going to stick with me.  The late Dale Earnhardt, who I’m fortunate enough to even be associated with the same team he was on said this, and stuck by it every time he drove. When I was racing a go kart I realized that all I had to do was perform these outrageous, never thought of, unlikely to work, curb-jumping passes, and I could psych the guy out enough [...]

Alfalla & Kligerman’s Double Date

by Jordan Hightower on February 12th, 2013

Week 2 Darlington Fixed P1

Darlington Raceway is considered by many to be the most difficult track on the NASCAR circuit which leaves some drivers running for cover while others embrace the challenge. Trying to tame “The Lady in Black” has been a challenge for NASCAR competitors since 1950. Names such as Petty, Pearson, Waltrip, and Earnhardt have all graced the famed track’s victory lane and now an up and coming NASCAR star along with a two time NASCAR Series World Championship champion each added their name to the list of winners at the famed raceway during Week Two of the NASCAR Class C Series (fixed setup). Ray Alfalla (Florida) took the checkered flag in his ProGeek Consulting Silverado under caution after leading 30 of the race’s 35 laps in the 4439 Strength [...]

Get to Know: Nick Del Campo

by David Ifeguni on January 21st, 2013

It took Del Campo three days to notch his first iRacing win.  He's been on the fast track to victory lane ever since.

This week, I interviewed a driver who is no stranger to painting cars on Along with racing the cars on iRacing, he also paints them. As the owner of N.D.D (Nick Del Campo Designs), he paints cars on iRacing as well as real world racecars. Many people know him for the signature lime green logo he places on many of the cars he paints, and if you haven’t guessed by now, the driver I interviewed for this week, is Nick Del Campo. For some iRacers, it might have taken weeks or even months until they got their first win on the service. Nick Del Campo took three days. He scored his first win on October 16th of 2010 in the Legends car at South Boston Speedway, and since then [...]

iRacing Pro Race of Champions II Tonight!

by Kevin Bobbitt on December 4th, 2012

Scott Speed and Brandon Davis pace the field to the start of last year's Pro Race of Champions.

International Cast of Pro Racers to Battle Online at Iowa and Watkins Glen A remarkably diverse collection of international racing talent is set to compete online in the second annual Pro Race of Champions on December 12. Drivers with resumes from NASCAR, IndyCar, GRAND-AM, ALMS, V8 Supercars, NHRA and even Formula One will square-off in a pair of online races broadcast live staring tonight at 8 pm Eastern (01:00 GMT Thursday) on Drivers expected to compete in the event include 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski along with Dale Earnhardt, Jr and Scott Speed, GRAND-AM champion Alex Gurney, ALMS champion Joey Hand, IZOD IndyCar Series favorites Tomas Scheckter and Indy 500 pole-winner Bruno Junqueira, ex-Formula One driver/Champ Car champion Cristiano da Matta, NHRA Funny Car star Ron [...]

iRacer Profile: Mitch Miller

November 3rd, 2012

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In some iRacing circles, M stands for Mitch, Miller . . . and Modified.  While he is no stranger to NASCAR Class A, B and C, Street Stocks and IndyCars, 16 year old Mitch Miller (from West Boylston, Massachusetts, naturally) has focused most of his racing energy on the NASCAR Tour Modified and SK Modified Series of late.  To good effect, witness the fact that he captured the 2012 Season 3 Tour Modified Time Trials title and finished a close second to Brandon Salvatore in the Tour Mod racing points on the strength of 17 wins and 28 top five finishes from 32 starts. And there’s another M in Mitch Miller’s racing repertoire, namely the Modified he races in the PASS (Pro All Star Series) North series.  As with [...]

iRacer Profile: Chris Gombos

by David Phillips on September 29th, 2012

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Chris Gombos may be new to iRacing but he’s hardly a racing rookie.  The Naugatuck, CT resident is a veteran of his local kart track (Berlin World of Wheels of Nutmeg Kart Club) and looking to move into late models or modifieds in the not too distant future.  Although he’s no stranger to online motorsports, he counts his sim-racing career as having begun when he joined iRacing in July. And he’s a quick study.  After finishing P15 in Season 3B of the Street Stock Series, Season 3C finds him enjoying a narrow lead in the points over Daniel Kapuscinski and Michael Williams4 on the strength of a perfect record: six poles and six wins from six starts.  Would it come as any surprise if he enjoyed a considerable degree [...]

iRacing Satisfies Need for Speed With New Street Stock Series

by Scott Kelly on August 7th, 2012

The Class C Street Stock Series gets the street stocks back to their roots at short tracks like Oxford Plains.

When the topic of “stock car racing” comes up in a conversation, what’s the first image that comes to mind? More often than not, it’s usually a NASCAR great such as Dale Earnhardt and his famous #3 Chevrolet. A common misconception which people hold who may not follow motorsports is that the NASCAR acronym actually holds the same weight it carried years ago, when it truly was the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. Much has changed over the course of NASCAR’s existence, and many debate how far NASCAR has strayed from the path of what it was founded on. The “Race on Sunday – Sell on Monday” ideal is quite difficult to follow when consumer-friendly cars such as the Impala, Fusion, or Charger don’t even look like their [...]

Langley Speedway Available for Pre-Sale

by David Phillips on May 29th, 2012

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Langley Speedway, one of America’s most historic short tracks, is now available for pre-sale  The flat .395 mile oval will be released in June and includes both day and night versions, as well as our new track shaders. Langley has been a launching pad for the careers of race drivers like Denny Hamlin and Elliott Sadler as well as the site of past victories by the likes of Ned Jarrett, Richard Petty, David Pearson, Bobby Allison and Dale Earnhardt.  Today, Langley Speedway remains a staple of NASCAR-sanctioned series, including the Whelen All-American Series, and is among America’s most popular short tracks for racers and spectators alike.  It can be yours now for $11.95.