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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.

GTC Kicks Off at Okayama, Glen

by Jeff Jacobs on September 29th, 2015

Mixed class racing is underway in Season 4 of the Grand Touring Cup.

A new season of multi-class sim-racing kicked off in the Grand Touring Series with close battles on the slick pavement of Okayama International Circuit, followed by a week of 40-minute endurance races on Watkins Glen’s Cup configuration. Brad Wootton is the defending champion of the Solstice class. Jetta champion Marco Luca Abbatte announced at the end of last season that he would not return to defend his string of 10 consecutive titles. Mustang class champ Daniel Schön appears to have turned his attention to the Cadillac Cup where he has dominated the first two weeks of racing (much to the relief of all the other Mustang racers he’s no longer clobbering). Week 1 at Okayama featured the slick track conditions that make hustling the big Mustang around such a [...]

GTC Class Leaders Excel at Donington

by Jeff Jacobs on August 5th, 2015

Eero Nomm (#1) and Kevin C Ford (#2) lead the Mustang class into Turn 1 at Donington during the Sunday 21:15GMT race in Week 7 of the Grand Touring Cup series.

Challengers take note – the leaders aren’t going to make it easy. That was the lesson to be learned in Week 7 of the Grand Touring Cup series at Donington Park. Kicking off the second-half of Season 3, the championship points leaders in all three classes expanded their leads over their respective podium challengers. The revised class standings serve as notice that any potential rivals have to raise their game in the remaining five weeks if they hope to have a shot at the season points championship. In the Mustang class Daniel Schön took the high points for the week at Donington, expanding his lead over defending champion Kevin C Ford from 36 points to 61 points. Third-place Christian Challiner had a strong week to close within 18 points [...]

Charlotte Tightens GTC Championship Battles

by Jeff Jacobs on July 29th, 2015

On lap 10 of 19 it was still and six-way battle at the front the Solstice class as Frank Giesler2 (#1) goes door to door with Christian Challiner (#3) while Chris E Pence (#7) and others give chase.

Fewer than 40 points separate the top two drivers in all three class championship battles in the Grand Touring Cup. With 738 sim-racers competing in at least one of the 96 official races at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s road course during Week 6, there was no shortage of opportunities to score championship points coming into the mid-point of Season 3. The new iRacing scoring system has made it harder for one driver to run away with a class championship early in the season. Series racers have been rewarded with championship battles that promise to come down to the final week of racing. The biggest shakeup came in the Solstice class where defending champion Brad Wootton lost his grip on the top spot to Frank Giesler2. While more than 400 Solstice [...]

Neal’s win remains under scrutiny

April 19th, 2015

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Matt Neal has provisionally kept his win in the third British Touring Car Championship race at Donington Park, but a final decision will be made in three weeks’ time. The Honda driver beat Jordan to triumph in a wild final encounter on Sunday, which included a clash between the two in the early stages. Neal hit the MG driver at McLeans while they battled for third on lap six, sending Jordan sideways and through the gravel. Jordan rejoined and their battle resumed, eventually for the lead, but Neal held on and took a second on-track victory of the year. The MG man told AUTOSPORT he would “be amazed if nothing is done about it”, and he and his Triple Eight team protested. Officials investigated the incident and Neal was given [...]

Home Again at Donington National

by Justin Sutton on February 13th, 2015

Mercer and Swirydowicz making big gains.

For only the second time ever the UK&I Skip Barber League lined-up at their home circuit of Donington Park.  Sebastian Job sat on pole position for the 19 lap race of the National layout after posting a time of 1:17.6 which was just over six hundredths faster than Wojciech Swirydowicz and Stuart Adcock in second and third. The opening laps were tame in nature, as usual, as the sim-racers sized each other up and began making strategic decisions about where they might attempt their overtaking moves.  At the front, Swirydowicz was the first to fall with Adcock making a move around the outside of Redgate.  With the inside line for Craner he moved ahead of Swirydowicz heading into the Old Hairpin. Amazingly the top three remained unchanged until just about [...]

UK&I Skippies Return Home to Donington

by Justin Sutton on November 25th, 2014

Povey loses out once again.

With a third of the season already completed, Dominic Brennan found himself atop the UK&I Skip Barber League championship standings while race winners Marc Mercer and Richard Avery languished in second and third.  Week Three saw the return of Donington for the league’s second race ever at this British classic, with 19 laps of the National layout.  Taking pole position, for what is likely the most important race of the season for this league of Brits, was Simon Povey.  Also starting from the front row, though, was the championship leader, followed by Graham Carroll, Mercer and Wojciech Swirydowicz (in his first race of the season). The typically very polite Skippy league seemed to jump quickly to full attack as the field failed to complete three corners without an incident.  Fahim [...]

Donington Races Shake Up GTC Podiums

by Jeff Jacobs on November 14th, 2014

Todd Honczarenko (#1), Liam Hackwith (#4) and Kevin C Ford (#3) battled door to door and bumper to bumper for several laps at Donington in Week 2.

What happens when you take the usual 12-week sim-racing season where the best eight count and compress it into just six weeks with the best five counting? The intensity goes through the roof. Nowhere was that more evident than in the second week of the Grand Touring Cup. The Mustang, Jetta, and Solstice classes attacked the Donington National Circuit throughout the week and produced a startling result – only one of the nine drivers who finished on a class championship podium last season is in the top three of their class so far this season. In the Solistice class, Mike Theunissen dominated the week by taking the top points earned, the fastest qualifying time, and the top time trial time. He also vaulted to the top the class championship [...]

Anreus Leads New CTC Season

by Thiago Izequiel and Kalle Ruokola on November 12th, 2014

CTC Donington 2014 S4

After a brief pause between seasons, the Classic Lotus Grand Prix is back in business with a week at Donington Park, using the “National” configuration. The CTC will run popular road tracks in this brief championship in a calendar featuring Donington, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Mount Panorama, Silverstone (Historical) and Road America. Donington’s “National” configuration wasn’t used in 2014 S3 by the CTC members, who only officially raced the “Grand Prix” track. This is the fastest circuit of the whole schedule, and Mattias Anreus now holds the inaugural record with a lap time of 57.091 seconds. The average pace of the race was a bit slower, with sim racers running around one minute per lap. Sunday’s SoF race had two equal splits. Each one had a [...]