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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.

  • 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.

iRacing’s Driver Swap: A New Era in Sim Racing

by David Phillips on October 22nd, 2014

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Thanks to iRacing's Driver Swap, true endurance sim racing is now a reality.

iRacing ushered-in a new era in sim racing and racing games today with the release of its Driver Swap team racing feature. The first of its kind feature allows the 50,000+ iRacers around the world to team-up with multiple numbers of fellow iRacers to share driving duties and a myriad of other roles on a race team including team manager, race strategist, crew chief, race engineer and race spotter. “Driver Swap brings a whole new dimension to racing games,” says Tony Gardner, President of iRacing.com. “It’s the first time anything like this has been available to sim racers, who can finally work together in real time in a variety of roles as teammates. It’s so much more fun driving if you’re with a couple guys on your team. It really [...]

SIMply Extraordinary

by David Phillips on October 6th, 2014

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Blackford will be showing the Shriners Hospial colors in tomorrow night's NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series finale.

While attention on tomorrow’s 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series season finale naturally focuses on the championship battle between Michael Conti, Ray Alfalla and Nick Ottinger, series mainstay Bryan Blackford is already well on the way to winning a battle of his own.  The veteran sim racer is making a remarkable recovery from an accident in August that left him with third degree burns and a severely broken elbow.  (You can see pictures and follow his progress at crowdrise.com/bb33) Initially expected to be hospitalized for months, Blackford returned to his Florida home just days after a rental go-kart he was driving exploded and erupted into flames. He managed to participate in a NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series event the following week. He followed that up by taking a season-best fourth place in [...]

iRacing’s New Story Teller

by David Phillips on October 3rd, 2014

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Davidson conducts exhaustive "research" for his next iRacing story.

Jack Davidson is a story-teller at heart.  But it took a little while for him choose the vehicle that best suited his story-telling talents.   As iRacers have already begun to see, Davidson’s decision to choose film/video as his preferred medium fit the proverbial bill. Soon after joining iRacing last month, Davidson posted a video teaser on the Forums offering a peak at iRacing’s upcoming driver swap feature.  The video was well-received . . . a preview of what’s to come both in terms of iRacing’s new feature and the format and professionalism of future iRacing videos.  Davidson has since created a couple of additional offerings on the PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge and Timmy Hill. “iRacing wanted to have a dedicated videographer, so I was hired as a multi-media specialist,” [...]

The Nürburgring is Coming to iRacing!

by David Phillips on September 19th, 2014

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Racing.com Motorsport Simulations, the world’s most realistic racing game, announced it will add the fabled Nürburgring to iRacing.com’s catalogue of over 65 laser-scanned race tracks.  The news comes in the wake of iRacing’s licensing agreement with Aston Martin Racing cars and the revelation that iRacers recently eclipsed the one billion lap milestone. Today’s announcement at the iRacing Nürburgring 1000 means the more than 52,000 iRacers worldwide will be able to race on digital versions of the 20.8 km (12.9 mile) Nordschleife, the 5.15 km (3.2 mile) Grand Prix Strecke and a combination track linking the two circuits.  The tracks are scheduled to be released to iRacers in 2015.  In celebration of its partnership with the Nürburgring, iRacing is offering a free, three month subscription to new members who visit www.iracing.com/Nürburgring1000. [...]

Tanned,Tested and Ready

by David Phillips on September 18th, 2014

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Coming off their runner-up finish at Road America, iRacers Negri and Pew are looking to do one better at CoTA this weekend.

With a trio of top six finishes in the past three races – including a storming run to second place at Road America – Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian is mounting a charge in the latter stages of the Tudor United Sports Car Championship.  Indeed, it would come as no surprise if drivers Oswaldo Negri, Jr and John Pew figured prominently in this weekend’s Lone Star Le Mans at the Circuit of the Americas. If so, Shank and Co can give thanks to iRacing for contributing to their success.  After all, both Pew and Negri are pretty dedicated iRacers who, despite a wealth of “real” racing experience, turn to iRacing to keep themselves sharp between races and to prepare for upcoming events. Negri (aka Ozz to teammates, friends and his [...]

Aston Martin Coming to iRacing

by David Phillips on September 11th, 2014

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iRacing today announced plans to add four Aston Martin Racing cars to its lineup of digital race cars. iRacing will create a virtual version of the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 that will compete next weekend in the iRacing.com Nürburgring 1000 Blancpain Sprint Series event, as well as other Aston Martin Racing cars including the Le Mans class-winning DBR9. “The opportunity to produce these authentic digital Aston Martins is genuinely exciting news for iRacing,” says Tony Gardner, President of iRacing.com.  “Aston Martin has long been synonymous with sports car racing excellence, and the opportunity to race the Vantage GT3, DBR9 and other Aston Martins on the virtual tracks of iRacing will generate tremendous enthusiasm among our members.” The Aston Martins will join an impressive list of more than 40 world class [...]

A Billion Laps . . . and Counting!

by David Phillips on September 9th, 2014

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iRacing has reached – and breached – the billion lap mark. The milestone came on Friday evening when Pebst Augusta (Scandinavia) crossed the start-finish line at Homestead-Miami Speedway in his Dallara DW12 to record the billionth lap run in an official iRacing session.  He will receive $500 in iRacing credits for turning that historic lap. “Congratulations to Pebst,” said Tony Gardner, President of iRacing.com. “And thanks for racing on Friday! “Wow! A billion is a lot of laps. When you figure iRacing opened for business in August, 2008, that’s a little over six years to hit a billion laps. In that time iRacing has developed into a worldwide community of over 52,000 members – and we’re growing every day. Rest assured it won’t take us another six years to hit [...]

Krönke Headlines Coanda’s Coming-Out Party

by David Phillips on September 3rd, 2014

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Kronke used  his pole position to good advantage but deJong grabbed second Pahkala on the opening lap.

Coanda Simsport had a spectacular coming-out party in its official debut in the 2014 iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series last weekend at Interlagos, as co-founder Martin Krönke started from pole and led all 71 laps en route to a convincing win over Glacier Racing’s Olli Pahkala and Team Redline’s Greger Huttu. Krönke’s dominant performance narrowed, if every so slightly, the yawning points differential to Huttu in the battle for the series title.  Nevertheless, the three time champion still enjoys a cushion of more than 100 points heading into the final three races of the season, while Krönke put a little more distance between himself and Pahkala in the battle for runner-up. That Krönke would be a formidable force at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace became apparent when he posted [...]

PEAK Stock Car Dreams Challenge Airs Saturday on the Velocity Channel

by David Phillips on July 31st, 2014

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Earlier this year,  iRacing partnered with PEAK Antifreeze to sponsor the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing.com and the 2014 Season 1 PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series. As part of the agreement, the defending champion of the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series (Tyler Hudson) and the winner of the S1 PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series (Paul Kusheba) qualified to participate in the 2nd annual PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge.  This was a competition featuring real world short-track racing standouts around the country in a three-day challenge at Charlotte Motor Speedway this past June. The event was taped for a two hour television special which will premier on the Velocity Channel this Saturday (August 2) at 9 pm Eastern time.  If you miss the show on Saturday, you’ll have [...]

Too Good Not to be True

by David Phillips on July 30th, 2014

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Maillard negotiates The Corkscrew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca en route to one of his wins in the Season 2 Mazda MX-5 Cup.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is . . . except in the case of Evan Maillard.  The French sim racer is a marketer’s dream, at least if those marketers work for iRacing.com or Mazda.  After all, the resident of Nesles La Vallée (25 miles north of Paris) drives a Mazda MX5, in no small part because he fell in love with the car after racing its digital counterpart on iRacing.  And to bring the story full circle, Maillard will be competing in what has been called “the biggest prize in club racing” — the Mazda Shootout – thanks to the fact that he won iRacing’s 2014 Season 2 Mazda MX-5 Cup – Fixed title. The MX-5 does have some competition in Maillard’s heart; it’s not [...]

iRacing World Championship GP Series Round 10 Saturday!

by David Phillips on July 18th, 2014

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Round Ten of the 2014 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series at Twin Ring Motegi will be broadcast Saturday on iRacing.com/live. The 64 lap online race airs beginning at 10 AM EDT (14:00 GMT). Rebounding from a spotty start to the season, Team Redline’s Greger Huttu is in the midst of a five race win streak and, with a championship lead just one point shy of the century mark, is threatening to lap the field. Forarcer 3ID Motorsport’s Hugo Luis (269) holds a 15 point advantage over teammate Martin Kronke, with Glacier Racing’s Olli Pahkala (239), Aleksi-Uusi Jaakkola (233) and ineX Racing’s Jake Stergios (228) in his wake heading to the Land of the Rising Sun. Be sure to catch all the sim racing action on Saturday at 10:00 am [...]

iRacing Q&A: Dan Garrison

by David Phillips on July 18th, 2014

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The next time an email or PM arrives from iRacingNews asking you to answer some questions for a story . . . you might want to keep Dan Garrison in mind.   Away back in August of 2012, Dan took time to supply some “A’s” to our “Q’s” for an iRacer Profile.  Fast forward to June, 2014 and iRacing.com was happy to welcome our newest employee, also known as senior programmer Dan Garrison. This is not to suggest Dan got his job at iRacing strictly because of his iRacer Profile. There were, after all, the little matters of a BS in computer science followed by a lengthy stint with a company called IBM.  But the iRacer Profile didn’t hurt his chances of making a cross-country move from Arizona to Bedford, MA [...]

iRacing Q&A: Ike Adams

by David Phillips on June 6th, 2014

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You’d have to look hard to find senior programmer Ike Adams’ fingerprints on any track, car or feature of iRacing.  Then again, you’d have to look even harder to find a track, car or feature of iRacing that Adams hasn’t impacted since he joined iRacing in 2013.   That’s because he focuses his talents on making the jobs of iRacing’s other programmers and artists easier . . . or at least more efficient.  But as you’ll learn, Adams is used to improving the quality of life – so to speak – for lots of people, iRacing colleagues and members of course, but also some kids who may never take a lap on the sim in their lives. Q:    Can you tell us a little about your background?  How did you come [...]

Putting the Online in Online Racing

by David Phillips on May 30th, 2014

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Josh Wise is – arguably – the world’s foremost online racer.  Forget for the moment that he’s been a member of the iRacing community since 2010 (with 22 wins to his credit) and consider the enormous impact the larger online community has had on Wise’s efforts to campaign the #98 Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup.For openers, of course, the PPR Chevy SS sports the colors of two Internet-based sponsors in Dogecoin, an open source peer-to-peer digital currency, and the entertainment, social networking service and news website Reddit.com. But don’t forget the Internet community raised the $55,000 needed to sponsor Wise at Talladega, an effort he repaid with a twentieth place finish.  Then there’s the giant-slaying story of how a successful online campaign resulted in Wise [...]

Nice Guy Finishes First – at Last!

by David Phillips on May 29th, 2014

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Chaves wins the Freedom 100 by the narrowest of margins.

You know the saying, “Nice guys finish last.”  Last year it was a case of a nice guy finishing second when Gabby Chaves was runner-up in the closest race in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, losing-out to Peter Dempsey in the Freedom 100 by .0026s. Chaves had a whole year to think about “what might have been” at the Brickyard, a year in which he went on to finish second in the Indy Lights championship driving for Schmidt Peterson Racing on the strength of a win (Mid-Ohio) and nine more podium finishes.  This year has seen the 21 year old doing double duty, driving his Belardi Auto Racing entry to wins at Long Beach and Barber Motorsports Park in his sophomore Indy Lights campaign while piloting the unique [...]

Dallara DW12 Now Available!

by David Phillips on May 19th, 2014

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The Dallara DW12 IndyCar is now available for $11.95. That’s just in time for iRacers looking to channel their inner Tony Kanaan or Ed Carpenter – or Kurt Busch – in the iRacing Indy 500 on Friday and Saturday. You say you recently bought the “old” Dallara? Anyone who purchased the Dallara IR03/05 in the past 90 days will automatically have a $6 credit applied to their account to use whenever and on whatever they choose. Click here to start driving your Dallara DW12 today.

Crash Test Programmer

by David Phillips on May 16th, 2014

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Oh the lengths iRacing goes to in the quest for authenticity; up to and including risking life, limb . . . and ego.  Days after submitting to a rigorous grilling for a Q&A for iRacingNews, senior programmer Richard Jobling – together with fellow programmer Ike Adams – journeyed to Lime Rock Park for a one day Skip Barber Racing School. Those who read Richard’s Q&A (and at last count there were over 3400 of you; either that or Richard’s mother can’t get enough of the article) are aware of the fact that he is currently focused on improving iRacing’s crash damage model. You know where this is going, right?  On a day to warm the cockles of a Scotsman like Richard, he and Ike got through the classroom sessions and [...]

A Dream Come True

by David Phillips on May 1st, 2014

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Kusheba was out front of the PEAK series virtually from start to finish,

For many an iRacer, winning the PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series and getting an opportunity to drive a real race car for a major league race team would be, quite literally, a dream come true.  Make no mistake, earning a spot in the 2014 PEAK Stock Car Dreams Challenge driver combine is the chance of a lifetime for Paul Kusheba.  But when he takes to the track at the driver combine it will hardly be the first time the Connecticut-based sim-racer will find himself behind the wheel of a real race car. After all, Kusheba already has a trophy case full of hardware from his days racing go-karts and Legends – including the 2013 Waterford Speedbowl championship – and is making his debut in the cauldron of Northeast SK [...]

iRacers at Long Beach

by David Phillips on April 14th, 2014

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Ten lucky iRacers from as far away as Chicago and Salt Lake City enjoyed a special tour of the Target/Chip Ganassi Racing paddock area on Saturday afternoon at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.   The first to respond to a post on the iRacing forums, the iRacers got an inside look at the TCGR operations including a guided tour of the team’s transporters and paddock work area hosted by TCGR vice president of communication John Olguin.  Our thanks to Target/Chip Ganassi Racing for their hospitality!

Mazda Motorsports & iRacing Team-Up

by David Phillips on March 13th, 2014

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New Entry Point for the Mazda SportsCar Racing Academy Mazda announced the latest addition to its driver development program with a partnership with iRacing.  Mazda Motorsports has more than 9,000 club racers in the U.S., most of who race MX-5 Miatas, while many of  the more than 50,000 iRacers around the world have raced the virtual Mazda MX-5 Cup car.  This newly formed partnership enables iRacing’s top North American sim-racers a chance to race an actual Mazda MX-5 Cup car the following year. iRacers competing in Seasons 2 and 3 of the 2014 iRacing MX-5 Cup will be eligible to compete in the annual Mazda Club Racing Shootout.  The shootout winner earns a Mazda Motorsports scholarship for the following year’s Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires.  Complete details are [...]