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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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

Aero Wars: The uphill battle NASCAR has gotten itself into

by Matt Holden on July 25th, 2015

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The year is 1968.  The racing series:  Formula 1.  Colin Chapman bolts a small front wing and a rear spoiler onto Graham Hill’s Lotus 49.  The result is tremendous.  All Formula 1 teams follow suit in affixing their cars with some kind of aerofoil-shaped device on their cars.  Dubbed “guillotine” wings because….well never mind, let’s just end that with the fact that they were banned at one point in 1969 and returned after the FIA was able to drum up some rules on how they could be attached to the cars. What does the 1968 Formula 1 season have anything to do with NASCAR?  That’s like asking what did the Wright Flyer do for Boeing’s 747!  The moment Chapman bolted a wing onto Hill’s car, it started a revolution.  Many [...]

IndyCar Reality Check: The Milwaukee Mile

by Jared DePouw on July 17th, 2015

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Built in 1903 and located on the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, The Milwaukee Mile is the oldest motor speedway in the United States and is home to the second shortest track on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. At 1.015mi in length and only 9.25° of banking in the corners, Milwaukee is one of the most difficult ovals on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. While making nothing but left turns is easy, building setups for Milwaukee is challenging due to both the track layout and weather conditions. “This place is like a skid pad.” – Ben Bretzman, Team Penske race engineer Ben Bretzman, race engineer for Simon Pagenaud’s #22 Team Penske car, described Milwaukee as being “…really tough, this place is like a skid pad. Here we have a lot of tire [...]

No Love Lost

by Cam Stark on February 17th, 2015

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The ninth week of the iRacing Star Mazda championship took the sim racers to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin where one of America’s most famous tracks — Road America — awaited with its 14 turns in four miles (aka 6.515 kilometres). With Road America’s variation of long straights and quick sweeping corners it was essential to find a perfectly balanced car. The safer option would be piling on the downforce to get towed along in draft – although this isn’t always certain to happen. On the flip side of this, other drivers may opt for a lower downforce setup, creating higher straight line speed in an attempt to shake-off the chasing pack. Only time would tell if either of these options were chosen, and if so which one was the way to [...]

Smidl Cleans-Up at Okayama

by Cam Stark on November 4th, 2014

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Okayama International Circuit played  host to the opening week of the 2014 S4 iRacing Star Mazda Championship, with over 1000 iRacers taking the green flag! Every online race this week – bar two -had a couple of splits or more, indicating it was going to be a closely-fought battle for the advantage in the championship on the opening week of the season. The Friday 19:45 GMT race had the highest SOF (strength of field) of the week, one amounting to 3188 . The grid was incredibly competitive, with even a couple of Pro and Pro/WC drivers turning-out for the race in the forms of Riku Alatalo and  Joonas Nukarinen. But Michal Smidl (Central-Eastern Europe) took the pole, with Mike McKinney (Illinois) beginning in second  and Jerome Haag (France) rounding-out the [...]

The Kitchen Sink: Homestead – Not a Typical 1.5 Miler

by Ray Kingsbury on September 4th, 2014

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Previous: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 Homestead is one of those tracks that is so similar to yet so different from other tracks on the schedule. At 1.5 miles, Homestead is the same length as far too many high banked speedways; however, the differences between Homestead and other 1.5 mile circuits are easily seen as a driver. A typical 1.5 mile setup for the Dallara DW12 IndyCar will not work here: You will find a lack of rear grip and, at the same time, a lack of front end grip. It may be a good idea to load-up a base 1.5 mile set for starters; the chassis, gear ratios, and dampers should be a good starting point. The biggest thing you are going to want to change is [...]

The Kitchen Sink: Finding a Little Bit of Speed at Motegi

by Raymond Kingsbury on August 19th, 2014

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Previous: 1 | 2 | 3 Twin Ring Motegi’s Oval course is one of the trickiest on iRacing. At first glance one would think that it is a very easy course. The racing surface is very wide and the pavement very smooth; however there is something about the Japanese asphalt that makes this track very difficult and lacking a lot of grip. With the superspeedway aero package being on the Dallara DW12 for Motegi, most drivers are having to lift on the fixed set through Turn One and Two and brake into Three and Four. There are some things that a driver can do to his or her car to significantly improve the handling here and find some time. For one, you are going to want a lot of downforce [...]

Road Warriors at Mid-Ohio

by Andrew Pinkerton on August 19th, 2014

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Labati leads the field into the Keyhole.

The iRacing Road Warrior Series traveled to the challenging Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio for Round 10. This battle saw the Road Warriors take on the course in the Dallara DW-12 for a 50 lap sprint to the checkers. The high downforce car was on edge the whole way around Mid-Ohio’s off camber sweepers, and crooked crests. The weekend kicked off at 1:00 GMT Saturday with one large split totaling 37 cars. This made for an interesting race, as there were many different skill sets in the same race. Between aggressive, fast-paced drivers and slower yet more calculated drivers this race was anyone’s to call. The message to heed in this race?  Discretion is the better part of valor. Rob Kodey was victorious after leading only six laps [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Open Garage: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

by Don Scott on July 22nd, 2014

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The Brickyard poses special set-up challenges for NASCAR iRacing Series competitors.

This just in: Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a 2.5 mile oval. Long straights and four sharp turns provide the qualities of the high speed speedways with the challenge of setting-up the car for braking and corner rotation which will be key here as corner exit is going to play heavily on the cars’ acceleration going into the straights. Beginning with the stock setup you will find the rear of the car is tight on entry and loose beyond control from middle off. Most of this can be attributed to the weight distribution. In this case they have set the weight all the way back. What this does to the car is pull the center of gravity back like a ball on a pendulum. When the weight is shifted in the [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Open Garage: Kentucky Speedway

by Don Scott on June 27th, 2014

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Kentucky Speedway, for some, is one of the most difficult of the 1.5 mile speedways. You would think with its steep banks and wide front straight it would be one of everybody’s favorites; however the bumpy surface and limited preferred driving grooves can be deceiving. There are points where the rough surface, combined with windy conditions and track temperature, can cause the car to just cut loose for no apparent reason . . . or just bog down, reducing critical momentum. Many have commented that the base setup is loose to the point of being nearly uncontrollable. Newer drivers have found themselves spinning through the front stretch. Further inspection of the base setup shows an overly aggressive camber setting in the left front and a conservative right front camber also [...]

The Kitchen Sink: Dallara DW12 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway

by Raymond Kingsbury on May 21st, 2014

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This week I had the unique pleasure and opportunity of sitting down with iRacing.com’s Eric Hudec.  First, let me just say, Eric is one of the most accommodating people I have ever interviewed. He took time out of his work day to sit down with me for an hour and a half and describe every nuance between the “old” Dallara IR03/05 and the Dallara DW12. So, let me take this opportunity to say thank you Eric. For  your time and for the amazing work you do  for this community. Without Eric, this piece simply wouldn’t have been possible. Many of the things I thought I understood were misconceived notions. Some things were right, but certainly some things were wrong. First of all, let me just say that the setups included [...]

The Kitchen Sink: Getting Started with AutoClub

by Ray Kingsbury on April 25th, 2014

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Auto Club Speedway, the latest oval to be added to the simulation, offered iRacing.com IndyCar Series a breath of fresh air last season as it ushered-in some of the highest strengths of field we had ever seen. A lot of teams prepared before the season started so they could be competitive at the track. I know my team had a setup together before the clocks turned for the new season to start. However, the weather conditions sent us back to the drawing board. Depending which corner the wind most affects — and keeping in mind the asymmetry of Auto Club — one must determine the proper route to go with their setup. Turns One and Two are more representative of what we would find at an intermediate speedway, Homestead maybe. [...]

The Kitchen Sink: Setting Up Iowa

by Ray Kingsbury on April 7th, 2014

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Previously: Article 1, Article 2 Iowa is one of the most unique tracks on the IndyCar circuit. It is essentially a replica of Richmond with higher banks and in general is a bit longer. As the fastest short track out there, Iowa provides some crazy sim-racing. For the past couple seasons the track was flat-out all the way around, unless you cooked the right front tire. With this weather and the fact that it is during the day, the car gets a massive push in Turns Three and Four. If you have a solid Richmond base set, that is a great starting point, just adjust your cambers and gears. For the purpose of this article however, we will start with the Iowa Fixed set with 5 rear ARB arm and [...]

The Kitchen Sink: Setting Up Michigan

March 27th, 2014

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Michigan is one of my favorite tracks on the Indy Car schedule, second only to Iowa Speedway. Both tracks require different driving styles, and both tracks are next on the IndyCar schedule. So, expect another article next week. I decided to skip Kentucky because the eight page document that I wrote introducing you to Homestead, should’ve been enough to give you a set for Kentucky. Actually, it is exactly what I used at Kentucky with minimal adjustments. Michigan is different from both of these tracks, but if you had a set that you really liked from Kentucky and Homestead, I would say throw it on and try it at Michigan with some tweaks. The base suspension settings are close enough that it could work. For starters though, let’s use the [...]

The Kitchen Sink: IndyCar Setup Introduction

by Ray Kingsbury on March 15th, 2014

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Last night while running some go karts at On Track Karting with a friend who was back on spring break and my brother, I had a bit of a revelation. Even on these rental karts, which had no setup components or anything, there were things you as a driver could change to make it handle better. My friend did not really understand much of this at all, he doesn’t sim race, but he also isn’t a complete idiot when it comes to racing. We did two races back to back for a start. In the first one I went out without changing anything, but as I came into the pits to prepare for race two I had them move the seat forward. Why? To fix the balance of the car. [...]

A Team of One

by Eric Isenbeck on February 17th, 2014

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With the 2014 NASCAR iRacing Series set to get underway later this week, iRacingNews is introducing the first in a regular series of articles by Eric Isenbeck designed to help those many iRacers who are not part of multi-driver teams develop set-ups for the Gen 6 Chevy SSs and Ford Fusions they’ll be racing in the series.  While iRacingNews makes no guarantees that you’ll morph from mortal to alien by following the the ideas, concepts and opinions in the articles, we do hope A Team of One will help illuminate some of the art and science behind the black art of chassis set-up – Ed Set-up building is often considered one of the hardest feats to master in motorsports. There are about 50 different variables in iRacing that can be [...]

Brandt Wins Spa as IndyCar Title Chase Tightens

by Dave Judson on September 27th, 2013

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Garese leads a pack of IndyCar Dallara through daunting Eau Rouge.

The iRacing.com IZOD IndyCar Road Series made a visit to one auto racing’s most historic tracks – Belgium’s Circuit de Spa Francorchamps — for Week Eight in the series one and only appearance on European soil this season.  102 drivers put-in laps during the week with 10 different drivers taking victory on the 4.35 mile course. iRacers take to this 19 turn course and pass through one of auto racing’s most famous sections named “Eau Rouge.”  The track’s layout has changed a lot in its 90+ years of existence, but Eau Rouge has remained a constant.  This downhill-uphill left-right combination dares drivers to take it flat-out, but be just slightly off your line and the circuit will bite you.  Drivers can choose to take it easy, but those who don’t [...]

Ottinger Survives Schoenburg’s Charge, Wins Charlotte

by Jason Lofing on May 30th, 2012

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Ottinger had the pace and the reliability at Charlotte to take his second win of the season.

Nick Ottinger scored his second win of the 2012 NASCAR iRacing.com World Championship Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway, holding hard-charging polesitter Brian Schoenburg at bay on a late restart before the latter’s motor expired with four laps remaining. After starting eighth, Ottinger ran at or near the front throughout the online race and took advantage of misfortunes that befell Ray Alfalla and Steve Sheehan to move into contention as the laps wound-down. After grabbing the lead from Byron Daley with 29 laps remaining, Ottinger took the checkered flag ahead of Alfalla, Kevin King, Patrick Baldwin and Daley, hoisting himself into the middle of the championship picture in the bargain. The last quarter of the 200 lap, 300 mile race was packed with action. The final scheduled pit stop on Lap [...]

And She Don’t Scrape No More

by Katier Scott on November 9th, 2011

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The Lotus 79 is more fun to drive than ever.

iRacing’s Eric Hudec recently provided the Lotus 79 community with a superb example of community co-operation in working through a series of comparatively simple, but much requested, changes to this challenging Class B car. Led by Classic Lotus Grand Prix Series/community leader, Frank Herfjord, the Lotus 79 community used a forum thread started by Hudec to discuss changes they felt were fairly simple to implement but important to improving the realism and enjoyment of the car. Within a week of the discussion, Hudec had worked through the requests and created a patch which he successfully implemented on Monday night, allowing the community time to get used to the revisions before Week 2 commenced. The revisions included changes to the Lotus 79′s fuel economy, the increments for fueling the car, increased [...]

A Weekend to Forget

by Darryn Lobb on July 25th, 2011

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This past weekend saw the S.A. Shelby Can-Am championship head to the fastest track in South Africa, the East London Grand Prix circuit. After securing a hard-fought win at the last round at Zwartkops, debuting for new sponsor Hollard Insurance, reigning champion Darryn Lobb was aiming for nothing less than the top step of the podium. After struggling for pace at the previous round, the Kyalami based resident, elected to run the car of Sean Grieve who was unable to make the event. It was a car with which Lobb had previously won both events at Zwartkops in 2010. New body work, and a slightly modified design, meant that the Hollard-backed car was not only going to be fast, but also eye-catching. In summary though, East London proved that it’s [...]

IndyCar Aero Primer

by Henrik Müller on November 20th, 2010

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Most of new (as well as many experienced) IndyCar drivers feel a bit overwhelmed when they look at the aerodynamic setup options the Dallara IndyCar offers them. However, this subject is not as daunting as you might think. Since most sim racers lack a bachelor’s degree in physics but do know how to race the car, iRacing has developed the aero calculator just for you. You can find this extremely useful tool in the garage on the “tires /aero” screen (see screenshot below). So what does the aero calculator do? This tool calculates the amount of drag your current aero settings generate in relation to the amount of downforce they produce. For example: A high rear wing wicker setting combined with a low rear wing angle can generate the same [...]