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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.

  • 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.

Red Sox Hallows’ Eve at Okayama

by James Prostell Jr. on November 13th, 2013

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OKAYAMA PREFECTURE, JAPAN – Overshadowed by the legendary Japanese Formula One circuits of Fuji and Suzuka, it can be easy to forget that a few chapters of F1 racing history have taken place at Okayama International Circuit. Then known as TI Circuit Aida, the facility played host to the Pacific Grand Prix in 1994 and 1995, where Michael Schumacher won both races en route to his first two world championships. Though Formula 1 hasn’t returned since, Okayama International Circuit has seen many local and international series run on the track, creating memorable moments for drivers and fans alike. Perhaps a few more memorable moments are in store for Round Nine of Red Sox Racing’s McLaren Turbo Challenge racers. Another new venue for the series, Okayama’s varied mix of corners run [...]

Get to Know: Dustin McGrew

by David Ifeguni on October 28th, 2013

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This week, I interviewed iRacer Dustin McGrew, whose nickname could very well be Modest McGrew. The 29 year old from Pennsylvania claims he hasn’t done a lot since joining the service in 2008, but many iRacers would dispute that point.. In 576 oval starts, he has won 178 times and has 399 top five finishes. On the road side of iRacing he has 23 career victories in 146 starts. Dustin has finished in the top three in points overall in the iRacing Late Model Tour, NASCAR iRacing Class A and Class B, the Advanced Legends Series, Star Mazda, and the SK Modified Weekly Series. Long story short, Dustin McGrew is a top-notch sim-racer. Learn more about him in this week’s edition of Get to Know… Q:    How long have you [...]

Red Sox Fleet Motorplex 30 at Road Am

by James Prostell Jr. on September 29th, 2013

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ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN – Just seven days ago, after Troy Harder’s Team THM McLaren MP4-12C GT3 was pushed out of Silverstone’s victory circle, crew members were trying to clean off the winning #13, attempting to pry off a mixture confetti, champagne, and who-knows-what else as a result of celebrating his first win of the season. Now, he and his team has arrived in Wisconsin after a long journey back across the Atlantic Ocean to get ready for Round 3 of the Red Sox Racing McLaren Turbo Challenge, the Motorplex 30 at Road America. With another win, Harder would not only replicate his back-to-back wins from last season, but build some much needed momentum to come back from a tough result at the season opening Gentleman Jim 24 Laps of Daytona. [...]

McGrew on top down under

by Ed Sutcliff on March 24th, 2013

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McGrew on top down under There were three races remaining on the Red Sox Racing League’s 2013 Season One schedule when  members traveled to Australia for the ”Australian Grand Prix 30” at Phillip Island.  Twenty-four drivers made the trip, but a cold forced points leader Brad Vincent to miss his first start of the season.  Vincent’s absence meant Les Turner, Reed Rundell, and Dustin McGrew had a chance to cut into his points lead, but only McGrew was able to take advantage of the opportunity. McGrew earned his third pole of 2013 with a lap time of 1:29.479 to edge out Turner’s 1:29.526 lap.  Rundell put himself in a position to keep pace with both when he posted a time of 1:29.547.  Dean Moll (4th), Corey A. Wolf (5th), Chris [...]

Vincent back on top at VIR

by Ed Sutcliff and Andy Feldman on March 21st, 2013

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Virginia International Raceway (VIR) was the site of this week’s Red Sox Racing League race, the ”McLaren Challenge Trofeo Pirelli”.  Originally opened in 1959, the full VIR road course was transformed in 2000  re-establishing it as a  world-class racing circuit.  The current configuration has seventeen corners along a sprawling 3.27 miles layout with so many twists, turns, and elevation changes that Carroll Shelby once said “one lap at VIR is like a hundred at Watkins Glen”. After competing on the relatively flat road course in Miami last week, RSR drivers arrived in southern Virginia eager to test their skills on the demanding VIR layout.  Brad Vincent led the way during qualifying and earned his sixth pole of the season with a lap time of 1:47.085.  Tommy Rhyne earned the 2nd [...]

McGrew tops the field in Miami

by Ed Sutcliff and Andy Feldman on March 13th, 2013

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After a week in the chilly winter air of upstate New York, members of the Red Sox Racing League were eager to arrive in Miami, Florida for the “John Nemechek 30″ and to bask in the south Florida sun.  Brad Vincent entered week eight with the overall points lead and an impressive streak of four wins and seven podium finishes in RSR’s first season of 2013.  Les Turner, a Canadian driver with plenty of experience and a history of RSR championships stretching back several years was Vincent’s nearest challenger in the championship race. The contrast was stark between Homestead Miami Speedway and the rolling hills of Watkins Glen, New York.  Homestead’s B-course is relatively flat, much wider than Watkins Glen, and it includes a significant section of the banked speedway [...]

Vincent crushes the field in Georgia

by Ed Sutcliff and Andy Feldman on February 6th, 2013

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Brad Vincent arrived at Road Atlanta for the “No Georgia Peach 30″ with a streak of three straight podium finishes, but hungry for his first victory of 2013.  “We’ve raised the bar at Team VBR”, said Vincent before the event.  “I told people last week that I was not going to be satisfied with podium finishes.  This team was built with one thing in mind, winning races!” Vincent’s statements might have sounded arrogant to some, but not to those who have followed his career in the Red Sox Racing League (RSR).  “Brad has an amazing record of 27 wins in 37 starts in our league”, said one league official.  “I would not bet against him.  I think he’ll get back to Victory Lane early in 2013.” The group’s qualifying speeds [...]

McGrew outpaces Vincent at Laguna Seca

by Ed Sutcliff and Andy Feldman on January 30th, 2013

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After two weeks of domination by Paul Hesla, aka “BEERcobra”, the rest of the Red Sox Racing League (RSR) arrived in California for the “Pebble Beach 30″ at Laguna Seca eager to prove that they had not been snake-bit by the Empty Keg Racing driver.  A classic North American road racing course, Laguna Seca winds through the rolling terrain of the Monterey Peninsula. Featuring eleven corners, the 2.23 mile layout includes one of the world’s most famous corners, The Corkscrew”.  The two-section corner is a sharp downhill so steep that drivers are forced to enter it without a sight line to their next turning point.  The tricky corner proved to be the location of several major incidents during the RSR event. Brad Vincent entered the event with back to back [...]

RSR League welcomes McLaren to iRacing

by Ed Sutcliff and Andy Feldman on January 17th, 2013

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The largest ever starting field in Red Sox Racing League history, a record forty-one drivers, qualified for the “Gentleman Jim’s Day” at the Daytona Road Course in Daytona Beach, Florida.  The event was held in memory of former RSR member, “Gentleman” Jim Albertson.  Jim’s race number, 67, was retired by the league in a moving ceremony prior to the race.  “Jim was the consummate competitor”, said Jeff Thomas.  “Everyone at RSR has positive memories of their races with Jim, so we thought it was only fitting the league should retire number 67.”  In a further tribute to Gentleman Jim, driver Corey Wolf drove a unique “POW/MIA” paint scheme to mirror the one used by Albertson during his final season of racing. After several seasons of multi-class competition, RSR took advantage [...]

The Battle of Kent

by Ed Sutcliff and Les Turner on March 18th, 2012

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  Kent, England’s Brands Hatch Circuit hosted the “Glover Excavating 30 at Brands Hatch”, a 23 lap test of patience and endurance in week nine of the Red Sox Racing League’s 2012 Season One schedule.   Featuring a nine corner, 2.30 mile layout, the track was a welcome break from the flat courses driven in Florida during weeks seven and eight. Brands Hatch is full of elevation changes, sharp corners, and straights with just enough room to allow for daring passes.  Drivers and fans alike love coming to the track because there isn’t a bad spot on the circuit when it comes to seeing racing action.  The track was originally used as a dirt track motorcycle track, but was eventually paved and groomed into a world class road course which was [...]

Shootout in Homestead

by Ed Sutcliff and Les Turner on March 7th, 2012

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Homestead, Florida was the site for the “Sanchez 30 at Homestead B”, a 25 lap shootout which finally allowed the Class B Corvette drivers a chance to compete for podium spots with the Class A HPD drivers.  After being dominated by their HPD counterparts in the first seven weeks of competition, Corvette drivers were eager to show they could keep pace in a road course event. The 2.3 mile, eleven corner lay out at Homestead’s Road Course B includes two long straight sections in the infield, and over half the speedway section of the main oval.  The result is fast racing and plenty of opportunity for the powerful Corvettes to keep pace with the more nimble HPD cars. Showing just how close the racing would be, Les Turner and Andrew [...]

Night racing in Florida

by Ed Sutcliff and Les Turner on February 29th, 2012

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Members of the Red Sox Racing League traveled to warm, sunny Florida for the “Hendricks Field 30 at Night Sebring” on week seven of their 2012 Season One schedule.  The event was the first night race of the year for RSR drivers.  The fact that it was held on one of most challenging courses on the schedule meant drivers had to spend hours learning the 3.7 mile, 17 corner layout before race time. Sebring has been hosting races since 1950, including the famous “12 Hours of Sebring” endurance race.  The track includes sections of an active airport, so drivers are forced to race on a variety of surfaces as they transition between the hard concrete runways and softer asphalt side roads.  Turn Seventeen, named “Sunset Bend”, has a reputation for [...]

Thriller at Spa

by Ed Sutcliff and Les Turner on February 22nd, 2012

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Twenty-two drivers traveled to Belgium for the “Van Ophen 30 at the famous Circuit de Spa GP” in Francorchamps, Belgium during week six of the Red Sox Racing League’s 2012 Season One schedule.  After hearing about the photo finish between Chad Peterson and Les Turner in last week’s race at Okayama, race fans in Belgium were eager to see a repeat performance.  They would not be disappointed. Pre-race practice and qualifying sessions at the 19 turn, 4.35 mile track gave everyone a hint of what was to come as Peterson and Turner once again battled for the top spot.  Peterson won the pre-race competition by earning his 2nd pole of the season with a qualifying lap of 2:06.356.  Turner posted the only other sub-2:07 lap and secured the outside position [...]

Photo finish at Okayama

by Ed Sutcliff and Les Turner on February 14th, 2012

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It all came down to about four inches or 0.003 of a second.  That was the difference between first and second place after 50+ miles of racing action during the Red Sox Racing League’s 5th race of the 2012 Season One schedule.  Twenty-two drivers participated in the “Kōraku-en 30 at Okayama” in Mimasaka, Okayama Japan, but two of them gave fans the best road course finish in RSR history.   The tightly designed, 2.314 mile, eleven corner course at Okayama promised fans a delightful event, but race organizers couldn’t have predicted the incredible finish RSR drivers produced during the event.  The final outcome of the Class A event wasn’t decided until high speed photography confirmed the results posted on the electronic scoreboard.  Chad Peterson earned the win after recovering from [...]

Gary W Clark Memorial Race

by Ed Sutcliff and Les Turner on January 30th, 2012

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Members of the Red Sox Racing League honored former league member Gary W. Clark during week three of the 2012 RSR multi-class racing schedule.  League administrators dedicated the event, the “Gary W Clark Memorial 30 at Silverstone GP” in Clark’s honor after learning he had died in Knoxville, Tennessee on January 7th.  Clark was only 53 years old at the time of his death. Competitors who knew him from past RSR seasons recalled Clark as an upbeat person who was a consummate gentleman on the track.  “Clark was a classy guy who made sim racing fun”, said RSR members Jeff Thomas and Les Turner. The race was held at the Silverstone Grand Prix track in Towcester, Northamptonshire in the United Kingdom.  RSR drivers are very familiar with the track, having [...]

RSR Round 2 at Road America

by Ed Sutcliff and Les Turner on January 27th, 2012

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Members of the Red Sox Racing League traveled to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for the league’s second multi-class race of 2012, “The Kettle Moraine 30 at Road America”.  Family, friends, and fans enjoyed the beautiful countryside and attractions near the challenging road course while twenty-four RSR drivers practiced for the race.  The track has three long straight sections broken up by several tight turns and high speed corners along a 4.048 mile layout.  The track first opened in 1955 and is one of the few road courses in the world which has not changed its original layout.     Week one of the RSR multi-class experiment saw six drivers retire early from the Watkins Glen race as a result of damage.  In what was probably the most incident filled race in RSR [...]

Martinsville Shut-Out

by David Phillips on November 25th, 2009

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iRacing Pro Series Oval championship leader Brad Davies was shut-out of the win column last week at Martinsville.  Indeed, in two races the man who has led the iPSO points race from the get-go managed to add a “mere” 115 points to his series-leading total after disconnecting in one race and coming home twelfth in another.  Don’t worry.  Davies has not suddenly forgotten how to race, witness the fact that he qualified on pole on Sunday and led 138 of 200 laps against the likes of Greger Huttu and Tyler D. Hudson. I was able to stay pretty close to Brad although he was definitely quicker,” said Huttu. “The car was stable but didn’t rotate enough in the middle, but I’ve never really gotten it to do that properly here. [...]