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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.

  • 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.

Emerson Delivers at Road America

by Paul Slavonik on January 7th, 2015


With the first season of 2015 now well under way, the level of competition is heating up in the V8 Supercars Series. Road America was the battleground for Week 3 and for 30-laps, drivers from all over the world competed against both man and mechanical beast in the debut season of the official Ford vs. Holden battle. As the cars took to the starting grid, it was veteran sim-racer, John Emerson of Team TTL, who took pole-position with a staggering time of 2:07.409 while driving the Commodore. Starting alongside Emerson in second was Ian Ford of Evolution Racing Australia. The second row of the grid belonged to SDC Motorsports driver, Martin Carroll and Team TTL driver, Vail Riches, with Michael Fulcher of SDC rounding out the top-five. Green flag! [...]

Road Warriors R-E-S-P-E-C-T The Mountain

by Andrew Pinkerton on October 28th, 2014

The combination of Mt Panorama, the Ford Falcon V8 Supercar and the Road Warriors Series demanded respect.

After a weekend off, iRacing’s Road Warriors were back at it Down Under.  The vehicle of choice was the Ford Falcon V8 Supercar, making a last hurrah before it gives way to the Holden VF Commodore. The main theme for the 100 minute sim race around the Mount Panorama circuit was respect. The car, competitors and — most importantly the track – command respect.  With over 600 horsepower and a top speed nearing 200, the Ford Falcon is a handful.  And a cast of Falcons 40 strong thundering around any track demands a level head to avoid disaster. Finally The Mountain must be respected; forget that for just a split second and it will end in disaster. Once described by a NASCAR great as a “geological oddity,” Mt Panorama’s severe [...]

Road Warriors Get “Rad” at Oulton Park

by Andrew Pinkerton on October 2nd, 2014

The combination of the Radical and Oulton Park proved a formidable one.  Here Moreno leads a howling pack of SR8s.

Oulton Park hosted the fifteenth round of the 2014 iRacing Road Warrior Series. The Road Warriors’ weapon du jour was the Radical SR8, an extremely nimble and very fast car. Weighing-in well under 2,000 pounds and with nearly 380 horsepower on tap, this beast demands a few hairs on a sim racer’s chest – and preferably the soles of their feet — in order to extract its peak performance. The Radical will bite you when you least expect it, and this past weekend of sim racing was no exception: Only nine cars finished on the lead lap at the checkered flag across all of the races . . . combined. The Saturday 1:00 GMT kicked the weekend off with 18 starters. Rob Kodey had the pole, but ran into problems [...]

Hamstead Takes-Up the Title Fight

by Clayton Brooks on March 6th, 2014

V8 Montreal 2014 S 1 b Last Lap Hamstead makes his move

The official V8 Supercar Series headed to Montréal, this week for Round Five of 2014 S1. The race didn’t involve any pit stops so it would be a sprint from start to finish. All the drivers had to do was negotiate the tough and unforgiving Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve for 20 laps, or 87 kms. Once again Madison Down topped the qualifying time sheets, taking his fifth consecutive pole position with TTL sim-racer Richard Hamstead gridding alongside in P2. Row Two was occupied by George Maris and Tobias Czerny, with Beau Cattell starting fifth ahead of Leigh Ellis. ANZ Motorsports sim-racer Jarrad Filsell gridded up seventh with Mitchell McLeod eighth, while the fifth row had Marlon McMullen on the inside ahead of TTR steerer Shaun Kelly. As the online race got [...]

Marlon J. McMullen Claims V8 Supercars Americas Championship

by Paul Slavonik on January 27th, 2014

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With the year coming to an exciting close, the V8 Supercars  Americas league saw Marlon J. McMullen claim the 2013 Season 4 V8 Supercars Americas Championship with a 169 point margin. Concluding the season at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, there were two celebrations going on as victory at the final race was claimed by Chad Chastain with McMullen and Beau Cattell finishing on the podium respectively. Chastain, who only appeared for six out of the 12 weeks in the season and still managed to finish the season in the top five, also claimed pole position and set the fastest lap time of 1:36.821. It was a close championship battle all the way to the end. Week 11 at Virginia International Raceway was the deciding factor for Kurt Stenburg who finished the [...]

Emerson is King of the Mountain

by Dylan Sharman on December 13th, 2013

V8 Bathurst 1

Round six of the V8 Supercar Series came back to Australia to visit a 6.213km circuit which is famously known as Mount Panorama (Bathurst).  The question was left open to see who would be King of the Mountain for the very first time in the series history! Qualifying went the way of TTL with another front row lock-out with Richard Hamstead topping the time sheets at 2:05.213 and John Emerson joining him on the front row with a 2:05.323.  Josh Muggleton and Rens Broekman would start from the second row while Michael Fabian and Dean O’Brien claimed the third row ahead of Madison Down and Shaun Kelly with Beau Cattell and Wayne C Bourke rounding out the top 10 starters. Hamstead jumped to the early lead while Muggleton and [...]

Muggleton Makes a Perfect Start

by Dylan Sharman on November 22nd, 2013

Muggleton completed his season-opening hat trick at Road Atlanta.

The V8 Supercar Series headed back to the USA for Round 3 of 2013 Season 4, Road Atlanta would host the first endurance event of the season in the form of a 45 lap online race. Josh Muggleton led the qualifying for the second straight week with Richard Hamstead joining him on the front row. Rens Broekman and Mitchell McLeod both had strong qualifying performances which put them up the front of the grid but for Broekman his stay at the front wouldn’t last long.  As the lights went out the Dutchman went nowhere as he had neglected to put his Ford Falcon in gear and so got collected by Matthew Hill. Nor was the carnage limited to the grid.  The Big One unfolded in Turn 1 when Tony [...]

Muggleton’s Title Defence Off to a Strong Start

by Dylan Sharman on November 8th, 2013

Emerson and Down trip over the lapped car of Hen.

Season 4 of the 2013 V8 Supercar Series kicked-off on Monday night at Okayama in Japan. A record Strength of Field of 4648 saw a great turn-out of over 126 people competing in the main online race. Josh Muggleton started his title defence in the best way possible, edging-out team mate Madison Down and Rens Broekman to take home the season opener and continue on his good form which took him to the 2013 S3 title. For the majority of the race, however, it was John Emerson in the TTL Good Game Falcon leading the way with the two Falcons following closely behind closely. But things went pair shaped for Emerson on Lap 22 of 30.  A lapped car had a moment when re-joining the track and drove [...]

V8 Championship Heats-Up in The States

by Dylan Sharman on October 15th, 2013

Down was in top form in the States, taking wins at Road Atlanta and The Glen.

Rounds Nine and 10 of the V8 Supercar Championship went to two of the classic American tracks, Road Atlanta and Watkins Glen.  With the championship heating up between the two team mates the battle for third is also well and truly alive. Round Nine at Road Atlanta saw Madison Down dominate from start to finish, never really being challenged at all cruising to an 8.5 second win. Josh Muggleton came home in second place just ahead of Richard Hamstead who threw everything at Muggleton in the final laps but couldn’t get the job done and settled for third place. Shaun Kelly and Michael Fabian rounded-out the top five finishers as they both try and hunt down Leigh Day who is currently third in the overall points. Day had a [...]

Muggleton Survives Canadian Chaos

by Dylan Sharman on September 23rd, 2013

Hamstead and Ruggier come together.

Round Seven of the V8 Supercar Series headed to a brand new track to iRacing for this season: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (also known as Montreal).  With the drivers now into the second half of the season, the championship is well and truly alive. Qualifying was led by Josh Muggleton, following on his excellent form at Phillip Island to take back-to-back pole positions, with Justin Ruggier once again joining him on the front row. Richard Hamstead and Madison Down would start from the second row with the Leighs  — as in Leigh Day (P5) and Leigh Ellis (P6) — locking-out the third row. Tobias Czerny led the internationals in seventh with James McKnight joining him on Row Four as Shaun Kelly and Wayne C Bourke rounded out the top 10. [...]

Ruggier Too Good Down Under

by Dylan Sharman on September 16th, 2013

Out in the cold after this coming-together with Autridge at Siberia, Hill rebounded to finish in the top ten.

Round 6 of the V8 Supercar Series headed home to Phillip Island for an endurance event which would see the sim-racers tackle 40 laps (178km) of “The Island.” Qualifying was extremely close with Josh Muggleton taking pole with a 1:31.222 with Justin Ruggier in second.  Madison Down and Richard Hamstead started from the second row with Shaun Kelly in fifth just .057s away from pole position. Leigh Day rounded-out the third row with Vail Riches and Beau Cubis on the fourth row ahead of the TT-R tandem of Leigh Ellis and Tony Autridge. When the green lights flashed Muggleton led the field into Turn One for the first time with Ruggier just ahead of Down and Hamstead. As everyone sorted themselves out the first lap, Hill and Autridge came [...]

Ruggier Reaches The Summit!

by Dylan Sharman on September 4th, 2013

Perfect strategy and a flawless drive put Ruggier in the winner's circle.

Round Four of the V8 Supercar Series headed to West Virginia and Summit Point Raceway. It has been a year plus since the series ran here last and with some different strategies on offer this time around competitors and fans alike could look forward to a different mix this time around the two mile road course. Qualifying saw Justin Ruggier taking the pole position with a best lap of 1:09.798, edging Madison Down for the inside of the front row. Josh Muggleton and Leigh Day would start from the second row ahead of Shaun Kelly and Dean O’Brien, with Wayne C Bourke and Michael Fabian occupying seventh and eighth on the grid ahead of Scott U’Ren and Leigh Ellis. The start saw Ruggier and Muggleton leading the way into [...]

Down Starts New V8 Season In Style

by Dylan Sharman on August 9th, 2013

"Air" Abrahall exits the race.

Round One of the 2013 S3 V8 Supercar Series and the start of the new season at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (affectionately known as Mosport); with Tatts dominating last season– winning 10 of 12 races — everyone was wondering if anyone can stop their domination. Qualifying offered some hope for the non-Tatts contingent as  Justin Ruggier posted a 1:18.291 to edge defending champion Madison Down for the pole. Josh Muggleton and Shaun Kelly grabbed the Row Two ahead of Leigh Day and Tony Autridge, with Leigh Ellis and Rens Broekman starting from the fourth row and Matthew Nethercote and Michael Fabian rounding-out the top 10 starters for the opening round. When the lights went green, however, it was Down getting the jump on the pole sitter Ruggier into Turn [...]

Tatts Domination

by Dylan Sharman on August 1st, 2013

Muggo wins with Down fighting back to

Round 12 of the V8 Supercar Series headed home to Oran Park. With the championship all but over it was time to sort out the minor placings, particularly the battle between second and third as Justin Ruggier tried to retain his grip on the runner-up spot and Josh Muggleton trying to slot-in behind presumptive champion Madison Down to make it a Tatts/TT-R 1-2 this promised to be a cracking race. Qualifying king Madison Down would take pole position with a 1:05.944, with Ruggier starting alongside ahead of Muggleton and Brad Ryan on the second row. John Emerson and Jon Latham grabbed Row Three ahead of Richie Stanaway and Shaun Kelly with Leighton Fine and Matthew Nethercote rounding-out the top ten on Row Five. When the lights went green it [...]

Down Edges Closer To V8 Title No.7

July 15th, 2013

Down was in top form at  Barber, never putting a wheel wrong in a lights to flag win.

Round 10 of the V8 Supercar Series headed to Barber Motorsports Park.  The last time the series was here was back in 2010 when the Pro Series visited the circuit, so this was a first time at Barber for most of the sim-racers. Qualifying was lead by Madison Down with a blistering time of a 1:24.450 with John Emerson moving up a couple rows in the final session with a 1:24.607. Josh Muggleton and Justin Ruggier would start from the second row with Rens Broekman making a return in fifth place.  Alongside Broekman on the third row would be Vail Riches with Shaun Kelly and Jon Latham starting on the fourth row ahead of Leigh Day and Leigh Ellis. When the lights went green it was Muggleton getting [...]

Down Does It Again

by Dylan Sharman on July 1st, 2013

Autridge ran wide on the first lap . . . chaos resulted.

Round 8 of the V8 Supercar Series headed into the UK to tackle Oulton Park.  With the series about to head into the final four weeks and drop weeks coming into play, the championship has opened-up.  Madison Down may have taken victory in five of seven online races to date but consistency has thrust Justin Ruggier into the series at this point. Qualifying at the challenging Cheshire circuit again saw Down atop the charts with a best lap of 1:31.255, with the championship leader alongside him on the front row.  Josh Muggleton and John Emerson would start just behind on the second row ahead of Shaun Kelly and Vail Riches, with Richie Stanaway and Adrian Stratford a tenth of a second back in seventh and eighth as Matthew Hill [...]

Down Continues Fine Form at The Glen

by Dylan Sharman on June 21st, 2013

Down leads Hamstead into the Carousel en route to a lights to flag victory.

Round 7 of the V8 Supercar Series took the teams to one of the most popular tracks on the calendar: Watkins Glen.  However, this week’s racing saw the drivers take on a different challenge with the “Classic” layout bringing the big back straightaway into play. Qualifying for this week was (once again) led by Madison Down, whose lap of 1:07.543 secured the pole position with Richard Hamstead starting alongside him on the front row. Justin Ruggier and Josh Muggleton would start from the second row with Shaun Kelly and Leigh Ellis Row Three.  Adrian Stratford and Rens Broekman would start from the fourth row with Matthew Hill and Leigh Day rounding out the top 10 starters. When the green lights flashed it was even off the line, but into [...]

Crazy 8s in Virginia

by Dylan Sharman on June 7th, 2013

In a fitting end to a chaotic race, Stanaway muscled past Ruggier on the last lap at VIR to claim the win.

Round 5 of the V8 Supercar Series headed to Virginia International Raceway.  It has been a few seasons since the drivers took to VIR and the sim-racers would have to re-acquaint themselves with the full 5.2 km circuit consisting of 17 corners. Qualifying was lead by Madison Down who posted a very impressive lap of 1:48.159 which was two tenths quicker than fellow-front row sitter Justin Ruggier while Josh Muggleton and Richard Hamstead occupied the second row of the grid. Shaun Kelly and Richie Stanaway would start from the third row with Adrian Stratford and Troy Cox on the fourth row and Vail Riches and Leigh Day rounding-out the top 10 starters. When the lights went green Down went nowhere, causing a massive start line pile up.  By the [...]

Hamstead Stands Tall in Atlanta

by Dylan Sharman on May 20th, 2013

Hamstead emerged from a tense early battle to claim the win at Road Atlanta.

The V8 Supercar Series stayed in the States for Round Two as drivers and teams took to Road Atlanta.  Last week’s record number of 135 drivers was backed up with another 128 sim-racers traveling to Georgia for Week 2. Qualifying was led by Richard Hamstead with a lap at 1:21.044 to grab the pole position with Madison Down just .029s behind. Justin Ruggier and Adrian Stratford would qualify on the second row with Mitchell McLeod and Josh Muggleton from the third row. John Emerson and Shaun Kelly started from the fourth row with Brad Ryan and Matthew Hill rounding-out the top 10 qualifiers. Hamstead led the field into Turn One for the first time and, with Down hung-out on the outside, Ruggier was able to sneak by and move [...]

Down Continues Where He Left Off

by Dylan Sharman on May 10th, 2013

2013 S1 V8 Supercar champion Madison Down picked-up where he left off with a convincing win at Laguna Seca.

The opening round of the V8 Supercar Series headed to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  This would be the series’ first appearance at Laguna Seca for a few years and all the changes during Week 13 promise to make for a really interesting season of online racing. Qualifying for Round One was lead by defending series champion Madison Down with a 1:24.320 while Mitchell McLeod — now driving for 4Motorsports — would start on the front row for the first time in just over a year in the main series.  Justin Ruggier and Josh Muggleton were third and fourth on the grid while Richard Hamstead and Rens Broekman occupied the third row. John Emerson and Vail Riches from TTL locked-out Row Four with Corey Slade and Brad Ryan rounded-out the [...]