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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.

Krönke Takes the Second; Huttu Takes the Fifth

by David Phillips on October 5th, 2015

Kronke did all he could do to keep his championship hopes alive at Interlagos, tigering his way past Huttu and Pahkala to his third win of the season.

For the second time this season the 2015 iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series visited fabled Autódromo José Carlos Pace (aka Interlagos), Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola having scored an impressive win in Round One back on the final day of February.  Seven months and 14 rounds later, the sinuous virtual circuit produced a different winner; make that two different winners as Coanda Simsport’s Martin Krönke earned his third victory of the season with a purposeful drive from fourth on the grid while Team Redline’s Greger Huttu came home second to secure his fifth iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series title. “The race was one of the toughest for me this season . . . Main thing on my mind was the championship so very happy that that’s done.”  Greger Huttu As was [...]

Dynamic Tracks, Corvette and Camry Highlight New Build

by David Phillips on September 9th, 2015


The Season 4 build ushers-in a new era in sim racing with iRacing’s unique new dynamic track feature.  Now, for the first time, the digital pavement (and grip levels) will constantly evolve during the course of races based on changing weather conditions, track temperature and the amount of virtual rubber laid down by the competitors. And that’s just for starters. The build also features the sensational Corvette C7 Daytona Prototype and the NASCAR Xfinity Toyota Camry which, together with the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang, completes iRacing’s lineup of NASCAR Xfinity cars. In addition, we’ve added taking new and improved cheat prevention/detection measures plus we’ve updated our multi-class split algorithms, enhanced the race control functions on several tracks, improved the v6 tire model’s lateral stiffness, upgraded several additional cars to [...]

Justin Wilson 150 Set for Saturday, September 12

by David Phillips on September 8th, 2015

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iRacing will honor Justin Wilson, an outstanding human being, one of the finest racers of this (or any) generation and enthusiastic supporter of iRacing, on Saturday, September 12.  The Justin Wilson 150 features the Dallara DW12 in a 100 lap, 150 mile race at Texas Motor Speedway, site of the last of Justin’s seven IndyCar wins. Open to all license levels, the open setup race starts at 12 noon (eastern)/ 16:00 GMT and will be preceded by a 15 minute warmup.    As the race is scheduled for a Week 13 weekend, single car qualifying sessions will be run every half hour once the new build is released, with 30 car grids based first on qualifying times, then iRating.  Click here for complete details. Those wishing to support Justin’s family during [...]

iRacing Goes Gold to Raise Childhood Cancer Awareness

by David Phillips on September 4th, 2015

sim racing is GOING GOLD! To raise awareness and funds in support of families affected by childhood cancer, the iRacing Ford Mustang Pace Car will feature the gold livery of the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) during its fall sim racing season.  In addition, links on will enable the more than 60,000 iRacers to make online donations to the ACCO. “We’re proud to partner with the American Childhood Cancer Organization in such an important cause,” says Tony Gardner, President of iRacing.  “The ACCO is on the front lines of the fight against childhood cancer and iRacing is proud to join them in their efforts to make a difference in the lives of childhood cancer patients, survivors and their families.” “The ACCO remains dedicated to giving every child facing childhood cancer [...] Releases Game Changing Dynamic Race Track Feature

by David Phillips on September 3rd, 2015

sim racing is changing the racing game industry.  Again.   Starting September 8, all of the more than 70 digital race circuits on the popular online motorsports simulation service will incorporate iRacing’s new dynamic race track feature.  The surfaces of iRacing’s tracks will constantly evolve during the course of sim races based on factors like changing weather conditions and the amount of virtual rubber laid down by the competitors. “Although iRacing has always had groundbreaking, accurate laser scanned tracks, they have not been living, breathing objects like ‘real world’ tracks.  Those days are now gone,” says Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer at  “Now the racing groove you see on the track will be the actual virtual rubber that is on the racing surface.   And as a race progresses, [...]

S4 Blancpain Endurance Series: Your Ticket to Pro Endurance Sim Racing

by David Phillips on August 3rd, 2015


With the second half of 2015 Season 3 upon us, it’s time for sim racers and sim racing teams to start turning their attention to the Season 4 Blancpain Endurance Series, the qualifying series for iRacing’s newest professional sim racing series:  the Blancpain GT Series.   Running from April to September, the 2016 Blancpain GT Series will award cash and other prizes to the top finishing teams and drivers as well as to the first place finishers in the manufacturer’s championship. Only those drivers and teams with iRacing’s new World Championship Endurance Licenses will be eligible to compete in the 2016 Blancpain GT Series.  And the top 40 teams in the Season #4 Blancpain Endurance Series will be awarded iRacing World Championship Endurance Licenses. See the forum for complete details on [...]

iRacing Signs Agreement with Le Mans

by David Phillips on July 9th, 2015

sim-racing announced today it has signed an agreement with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest to develop a digital version of the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit for its award-winning online motorsports simulation service.  iRacing’s team of nearly a dozen laser scanning technicians, photographers and artists recently completed their data-gathering work in France prior to the 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. “It’s an honor to add Le Mans to the iRacing service,” said Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer at  “While we already offer many of the world’s most iconic race tracks, no sim racing service is complete without Le Mans.   Recently, iRacing introduced a first-of-its-kind team and endurance racing feature adding to the world’s most realistic and complete sim racing service.  [...]

iAnalyze This!

by David Phillips on June 19th, 2015


In sim racing as in real racing, races are won and lost in the pits.  But only sim races are lost because drivers were frantically typing instructions to their pit crew during their “in” laps or while negotiating a crowded digital pit lane.  Imagine if, like real racers, you could just give verbal instructions to your pit crew about what your car needs . . . then focus 100% on getting your Ford Fusion, Dallara DW12 or BMW ZX4 whoa-ed down to the pit lane speed limit before stopping on a virtual dime in your stall with the help of your crew chief’s 5-4-3-2-1 countdown. “iAnalyze Racing integrates tightly with iRacing so you don’t you don’t have to become a bit of geek to get at the data.” – Doug [...]

Recovery Road

by David Phillips on June 6th, 2015

Driving for Slip Angle Motorsports, Blackford is enjoying another strong season in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze series.

As many iRacers know, Bryan Blackford has been a fixture in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series from Day One, having twice finished in the top ten in the overall standings.   The Tampa-based Blackford is well on his way to another strong finish in the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series as his fifth place in last weekend’s Dover race vaulted him to sixth place in the standings at the mid-point of the season.  Now if he could only get that first win . . . his best finish to date being a second at Phoenix in 2011. Outside of iRacing – yes, there is life outside of the sim – Blackford has his own video production company (Snowcone Productions) and his friend Lisa Pineda operate a non-profit organization designed to promote [...]

Record-Setting 6th Annual iRacing Indianapolis 500

by David Phillips on June 2nd, 2015

Nearly 1400 sim racers took part in the 6th Annual iRacing Indy 500.

The Sixth iRacing Indianapolis 500 is in the record books, and oh what records!  With four time slots over the weekend of May 29-31 the Greatest Spectacle in Online Racing saw nearly 1400 iRacers take part in 62 splits featuring between 31 and 33 drivers.  With some sim racers competing in two, three and even all four of the time slots, a total of 1983 digital Dallara DW12s took the green flag at The Brickyard last weekend. All told, iRacers completed 209,414 laps for a total of 523,535 miles with Martin Miller2 posting the fastest race lap of 39.8741s for an average speed of 225.71 mph. (By comparison, Charlie Kimball set the fastest race lap of the “real” Indianapolis 500 at 39.6979s at a speed of 226.712 mph.) Of those [...]

iRacing Announces Licensing Agreement with Mercedes-Benz

by David Phillips on May 29th, 2015


Virtual Mercedes AMG GT3 in Production announced today it has reached a licensing agreement with Mercedes-Benz Accessories to build a digital version of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 to race in online competition.  The Mercedes-AMG GT3 will join more than forty precisely-modeled race cars available on iRacing, the world’s leading online motorsport simulations service. “We’re thrilled that we’ll be adding the Mercedes-AMG GT3 to a lineup that is already brimming with world-class GT3 cars.” – Steve Myers “We’re tremendously excited to be partnering with Mercedes-Benz,”said Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer at  “iRacing and Mercedes-Benz actually had signed the licensing agreement awhile back, but we were waiting until we could announce the Mercedes-AMG GT3 was in production before we made our partnership public.   We’re thrilled that we’ll be [...]

Greger’s Grand Slam

by David Phillips on May 29th, 2015

In a class of his own, Huttu sprints to a fourth straight win as the rest give chase.

Greger Huttu scored a dominant victory at challenging Virginia International Raceway for his fourth consecutive iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series win and, in the bargain, enhanced his already commanding lead in the series standings.  Three other sim racers – Olli Pahkala, Enzo Bonito and Mitchell DeJong – led at one time or another as pit stop strategies came into play, but in the end it was the four time world champion cruising to a commanding 12s win over a close squabble for the runner-up spot between Pahkala and Bonito that was, ultimately, decided in the Finn’s favor giving Team Redline an impressive sweep of the podium positions. Having missed the past couple of races owing to his Global Rallycross commitments, DeJong made an impressive return to the series by [...]

iRacing Blancpain GT Series Planned for 2016

by David Phillips on May 21st, 2015

racing games and the SRO Motorsports Group are joining forces to establish the world’s first professional endurance sim racing series: the iRacing Blancpain GT Series. Scheduled to debut next spring, the iRacing Blancpain GT Series will feature the world’s elite endurance sim racing teams in GT3 cars competing for cash prizes and merchandise in races broadcast on iRacing Live. “The iRacing Blancpain GT Series will enable premier sim racers and teams around the world to compete on a highly professional level.” – Stephane Ratel “We’re proud to partner with the SRO Motorsports Group in creating the iRacing Blancpain GT Series,” says Tony Gardner, President of  “It’s a perfect marriage of SRO Motorsports’ experience organizing and marketing both the Blancpain Endurance Series and Blancpain Sprint Series with iRacing’s proven ability to [...]

Ty Brings Home the Win at State Park Speedway

by David Phillips on May 18th, 2015

Ty Majeski strikes a familiar pose . . .

Ty Majeski took a big step towards a successful defense of his ARCA Midwest Tour title by winning the second round of the 2015 series at State Park Speedway in Wausau, WI.  Despite posting a record-breaking qualifying lap in the iRacing Ford Fusion, Majeski was bumped down to second by Tim Sauter.  After coming from P7 to second in the Fast Dash race, Majeski traded paint — and the lead — with Sauter over the final 13 laps of the 100 lap feature before the veteran sim racer grabbed the lead for keeps with five laps remaining. “(Sauter) got me a little messed up there and I returned the favor,” said Majeski.  “But that, that’s just typical short track racing. It was awesome! Kudos to him, he could’ve wrecked me [...]

Not Just a Game

by David Phillips on May 5th, 2015


Editor’s note:  The following is an excerpt from the cover story of the June, 2015 edition RaceTech magazine.  Click here to read the complete article starting on page 30.  iRacers can also take advantage of a special 50% discount in a subscription to RaceTech by going to the magazine’s web site and entering the code IR50. IT SEEMS ages since Jacques Villeneuve set tongues wagging by mentioning he used racing video games to learn unfamiliar circuits whilst transitioning from Indy cars to Formula 1. Some 20 years on, motorsports simulation has become integral to manufacturer and race team programmes at all levels of the sport. Only the most senior of old-school drivers does not hone his or her skills “in the sim”, be it the multimillion-dollar, full-motion machines found at [...]

World Cup of iRacing Intimidator Super Speedway Championship

by David Phillips on April 23rd, 2015

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The World Cup of iRacing Intimidator Super Speedway Championship is set for Saturday, May 2 at Talladega Superspeedway and will answer the nagging question:  Which club can best use the draft and teammates to intimidate their way to victory? Two heats are scheduled.  The Eastern Hemisphere Heat is slated for 11 am GMT/ 9pm Sydney time and is open to all European clubs as well as Australia/New Zealand and Asia.  The Western Hemisphere Heat goes off at 8 pm EST/Midnight GMT and is open to all US clubs as well as Canada, Brazil, Hispanoamerica and International. Depending on which clubs qualify from the Eastern Hemisphere Heat, the Finals will be held immediately following the Western Hemisphere Heat at roughly 10 pm EST (Noon on Sunday Sydney time) or at 8 [...]

iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series Saturday!

by David Phillips on April 9th, 2015


Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola leads the world’s top sim racers to Road America on Saturday for Round Four of the 2015 iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series in an online race that will be broadcast on starting at 14:00 GMT (10 am eastern). As he has been since he grabbed the pole at Interlagos in his Team Redline debut, Uusi-Jaakkola will be the man to beat.  However, as Foracer Coanda Simsport’s Mitchell deJong showed with an impressive win at Sebring a fortnight ago, the fast Finn CAN be beaten.  On the heels of his triumphs at Interlagos and Phillip Island, Uus-Jaakkola looked positively mortal at Sebring where he qualified a (for him) lowly fifth and led just three of 52 laps in his Fanatec Williams-Toyota FW31 before trailing deJong across the [...]

Making His Fortune

by David Phillips on April 3rd, 2015

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One of the most-used words in Mitchell deJong’s vocabulary is “fortunately.”   Indeed, just about every time he discusses some aspect of his burgeoning career as a race driver he employs some variation of the word. While there’s no doubt fortune has smiled on the 17 year old Californian, his accomplishments to date suggest he makes his own luck.  After winning nine karting and off road championships between the ages of 10 and 16, deJong entered Global Rallycross Lite competition in 2013 with backing from Red Bull and copped a silver medal in the X Games of Los Angeles.  Not content with becoming the youngest driver to win an X Games medallion, he captured the gold medal in the X Games of Austin even as he was winning six of eight [...]

IMSA, Announce IMSA Online Sports Car Championship

by David Phillips on April 2nd, 2015

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The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and today announced the creation of the IMSA Online Sports Car Championship.   The online racing series features iRacing’s digital versions of Daytona Prototypes, LMP and GT cars competing on laser-scanned versions of Daytona International Speedway, Sebring International Raceway, Watkins Glen International and many other tracks on IMSA’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship calendar. To celebrate this partnership iRacing is offering new members the chance to join iRacing at more than 80% off the normal price. Use promo code PR-IMSA2015 when signing up at to get a 3-month membership for just $5. “By partnering with IMSA,’s nearly 60,000 members will have the opportunity to experience the premier North American sports car racing series firsthand,” says Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Executive [...]

De Jong, Radicals Online and Foracer Coanda Simsport Win at Sebring

March 30th, 2015

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A busy day of sim racing at Sebring International Raceway on Saturday saw Mitchell deJong capture Round Three of the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series even as Radicals Online (prototype) and Forarcer Coanda Simsport (GT3) motored to the class wins in the top split of the iRacing 12 Hours of Sebring. DeJong scored an impressive maiden iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series win, starting from pole and leading 40 of 52 laps to best Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola by 7.8s with Enzo Bonito coming home third ahead of four time world champion Greger Huttu.  In taking the win, deJong derailed Uusi-Jaakkola’s bid to capture a third straight win on the season and, in the process, vaulted into second place in the overall season standings.  Uusi-Jaakkola (140) still holds a healthy lead [...]