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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.

The Future of Sim-Racing

by Paul Slavonik on February 22nd, 2014

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In a race he entered having no championship points whatsoever, he knew he’d have an uphill battle to face in order to keep not only his reputation alive, but also his hopes for a championship victory. Despite the fact that he had won the race here last year, he had qualified in P3 this time in an extremely competitive series of only 22 cars. No rain was in sight and the conditions were perfect as the race got under way. For 56 grueling laps, he charged on. Using every bit of mental concentration and physical fortitude, he stuck to the racing line, hit all of his points, avoided the tire marbles, stayed out of trouble and kept his soft compound tires clean of grass and other debris. In the end, [...]

Get to Know . . . Allan Paterson

by David Ifeguni on February 3rd, 2014

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Given his passion for sports car racing, it's no surprise to find Patterson in the HPD ARX 01c.

When you think of sim-racing veterans, one of the names you have to put on the list is Allan Paterson. Born in Falkirk, Scotland, Paterson has been on iRacing since December of 2009 after having has first encounter with virtual racing 20 years ago. The 52 year old now living in Wrexham, North Wales has scored eight career victories in his time on iRacing, with his latest victory coming at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the Skip Barber Race Series. Although this is his favorite hobby there is more to Allan Paterson than just sim racing. You can learn more about him in this week’s Get to Know… Q:    How long have you been sim racing? A:    Well I first dabbled with GP2 in 1994 whilst I was still club [...]

iRacing.com Grand Prix of Brazil Set for Friday and Saturday

by David Phillips on November 19th, 2013

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The curtain comes down on the 2013 World Tour of iRacing on Friday, November 22 at 8PM Eastern (01:00 GMT Saturday) and Saturday, November 23 at 1PM Eastern (18:00 GMT Saturday) with the iRacing Grand Prix of Brazil. Much like Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber and rising star Valtteri Bottas, iRacers of all stripes (from rookie to Pro) will be able to test their mettle in their Williams-Toyota FW31s for 71 laps of online racing on the 15 turn, 2.6 mile/4.3 km Interlagos circuit, formally known as Autódromo José Carlos Pace. Open practice sessions get underway on Wednesday, November 20 at 00:00 GMT (Tuesday at 20:00 US ET), with open 20 minute qualifying sessions beginning a half hour later. Click here to go to the series page [...]

Racing Game… And Suddenly It Went Vrooooooom!

July 19th, 2013

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A Ferrari pit stop: In amongst the roaring engine noise, double World Champion Fernando Alonso relies on Sennheiser technology.

Editor’s Note:  Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG, a German company specializing in the design and production of high fidelity products, recently published a story featuring iRacers Andre Boettcher and Chris Dymond in its annual report.  Dymond competes in the British Porsche Carrera Cup and Boettcher, who drives for My3id Racing, is currently 12th in the iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series standings.  Click here to read the full story. Nowhere else are virtual reality and the real world more closely related than in motor racing. The lines are often blurred between racing simulation and the circuit, but one element is always constant: the right sound can make the difference between victory and defeat. Someday, André Böttcher will get around to getting his driver’s license. Maybe in a few months, [...]

iRacer Profile: Ariel Eduardo Bernardi

by David Phillips on March 23rd, 2013

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It’s purely coincidental, but there has been a decidedly Italian flavor to inRacingNews lately.  First came the iRacer Profile on Star Mazda/Spec Racer Ford/Skip Barber front runner and Florence resident Tommaso Carla, then the story on my rendez-vous with iRacing.com World Championship Series competitor Matthias Egger in Bolzano.  Now this week’s iRacer Profile is Ariel Eduardo Bernardi, who hails from Asiago. Bernardi came home second in the iRacing.com Star Mazda Championship in 2012 S4, just behind champion Tony Repussard, on the strength of a dozen wins and 19 top fives from 32 starts – a record that earned him the Division 1 title to go along with the Division 3 title from 2012 S1 and runner-up in Division 4 in 2011 S3.  You’ll be hard-pressed to find much in the [...]

Drivers hint at more pitstops in 2013

February 19th, 2013

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Drivers hint at more pitstops in 2013

Leading Formula 1 drivers are predicting the 2013 season will start with higher tyre degradation and more pitstops than the early races of 2012.

Vettel sets early pace at Barcelona

February 19th, 2013

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Vettel sets early pace at Barcelona

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull were quickest by a comfortable half-second margin as Formula 1 2013 winter testing resumed at Barcelona on Tuesday morning. Even by testing standards, the initial session featured little activity at first, with most teams remaining coy and focusing on shakedowns and aero tests for the opening part of the morning

Vettel says Karthikeyan delay costly

November 18th, 2012

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Vettel says Karthikeyan delay costly

Sebastian Vettel doubts whether Lewis Hamilton would have been able to beat him to United States Grand Prix victory had he not been delayed lapping Narain Karthikeyan’s HRT.

Car issue caused Massa’s spins

October 26th, 2012

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Car issue caused Massa’s spins

An incorrect setting on his Ferrari caused Felipe Massa to struggle with its handling during second practice for the Indian Grand Prix. The Brazilian, who had been seventh quickest in the morning, spun several times during the second session and was unable to set a proper laptime after damaging his tyres. Massa finished down in 15th position, 1.5 seconds off team-mate Fernando Alonso

Get to Know: Pablo López

by David Ifeguni on September 24th, 2012

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With two races to go, Lopez has his Radicals Racing Williams-Toyota FW31 ninth in the iRacing.com Grand Prix Series World Championship standings.

As we all know, people from all around the globe race on iRacing daily, including this week’s featured driver: Pablo López.  On iRacing, he is mostly known for his road racing skills. He has a Pro/WC license and races in the top level of road racing: iRacing.com Grand Prix Series World Championship. Currently, out of the 53 drivers that have attempted a race in that series, he is seated ninth in the overall standings. The 25 year old sim-racer who lives in Santiago de Compostela, Spain has 44 career road wins, including victories at Road America, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Watkins Glen International and Road Atlanta. He also won the 2010 Season 3 iRacing.com Prototype Challenge MC Overall Championship. A member since 2009, López has accomplished many [...]

Ferrari wary of Raikkonen threat

September 10th, 2012

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Ferrari wary of Raikkonen threat

Kimi Raikkonen has emerged as a ‘danger man’ for Ferrari’s title hopes, according to the Italian team. The Lotus driver moved up to third place in the standings after Monza thanks to his fifth-place finish, and his impressive consistency leaves him just 38 points behind Fernando Alonso in the standings – and one point behind Lewis Hamilton.

McLaren tipped for Monza success

September 6th, 2012

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McLaren tipped for Monza success

McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are the bookmakers’ tip for victory in this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix. Hamilton is the shortest priced, with Paddy Power offering 3/1 on him scoring his first Monza win on Sunday

Alonso relieved to escape injury

September 2nd, 2012

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Alonso relieved to escape injury

Fernando Alonso said he felt fortunate to escape serious injury in the Belgian Grand Prix startline crash.

Teams, Drivers Hoping For More Passing In ’11

January 18th, 2011

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Will there be more passing on the track this year?

Alonso Has Eyes On Schumacher

January 17th, 2011

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Alonso Has Eyes On Schumacher

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is certain that Michael Schumacher (pictured) will be a serious Formula One title threat in 2011. (Steve Etherington Photo) BLOOMINGTON, Minn.

Ferrari Reshuffles Engineers

January 14th, 2011

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Chris Dyer has lost his post as head of race track engineering following Ferrari’s pit strategy fiasco in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that cost Fernando Alonso the world championship. Pat Fry replaces Dyer who has been moved to another position within the Scuderia as part of a reshuffle of the engineering department

Season Rewind: Formula One

December 28th, 2010

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Season Rewind: Formula One

CHAMPION: Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel won the last two races of the Formula One season to beat Fernando Alonso and win the Formula One World Driving Championship. (Steve Etherington Photo) Sebastian Vettel became the youngest driver to win the Formula One World Driver’s Championship, clinching the title by winning the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and defeating former World Champion Fernando Alonso by four points.

Third Time’s a Charm

by Glen Alden on December 21st, 2010

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Third Time’s a Charm

The inRacingNews Challenge made its third visit to the West Virginia panhandle in 2010 Season Four, with a week’s worth of mixed class online racing competition between SpecRacer Fords and Pontiac Solstices at Summit Point Raceway’s Jefferson Circuit.  Reverse.  While some sim racers acted like they didn’t know if they were coming or going, the cream certainly rose to the top in both classes and the nearly two dozen divisions of competition. Jose Luis was the week’s top scorer, collecting 199 points from a clear-cut Solstice win on Monday in which his was the only Pontiac to finish the race after rivals Mark Dahlgren and Marshall Enloe disconnected!  Chris Hughson took it relatively easily (for him) at Summit Point – contesting just seven Solstice races and winning six of them [...]

Eighteen Nominated For Performer Of The Year

December 16th, 2010

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eighteen drivers (or riders) are among those nominated for the annual Speed Performer of the Year Award, with the winner taking home the 100-pound bronze Mario Andretti Trophy designed by artist Elie Hazak. Representing both four-wheel and two-wheel efforts across the globe, the Mario Andretti Trophy goes to the racer who puts a premium on winning races, shines on his/her sport’s biggest stages and does it with a measure of sportsmanship and class.

F-1 Notes: Team Orders Now Allowed

December 14th, 2010

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F-1 Notes: Team Orders Now Allowed

CONTROVERSIAL: Ferrari teammates Felipe Massa (left) and Fernando Alonso were accused of listening to team orders during the German Grand Prix, which led to Massa pulling over to allow Alonso to pass him for the victory. (Steve Etherington Photo) BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The ban forbidding team orders has been deleted from the 2011 regulations.