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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.

  • 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.

Karthikeyan to contest Auto GP opener

March 21st, 2013

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Karthikeyan to contest Auto GP opener

HRT Formula 1 refugee Narain Karthikeyan is set to continue his career in single-seater racing after securing a late deal to contest the Auto GP series opener with Austrian team Zele Racing. AUTOSPORT understands the former Jordan and HRT grand prix driver could expand his deal and race in the full eight rounds of this year’s series.

F1 doctor Hartstein to leave role

November 14th, 2012

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F1 doctor Hartstein to leave role

Formula 1 is to have a new medical delegate next year, after the FIA decided not to renew the contract of the long-serving Gary Hartstein beyond the end of this season. Hartstein replaced the late Sid Watkins as F1′s chief doctor from the start of the 2005 season and has worked at every race since. As well as his efforts at the tracks, the American also played a key role in developing new medical safety policies for the governing body through his work as chair of the FIA Institute’s Medical Training Working Group

Karthikeyan eyes qualifying boost

August 16th, 2012

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Karthikeyan eyes qualifying boost

Narain Karthikeyan has made matching his HRT team-mate Pedro de la Rosa in qualifying his major aim for the second half of the Formula 1 season. The 35-year-old Indian is yet to outqualify de la Rosa this year and, while he feels his race performances have been strong, he concedes he has to raise his game on Saturdays. “I think that my race performance has been very strong, with my 15th place in Monaco standing out, but in qualifying I’ve been a bit weaker,” said Karthikeyan

IndyCar’s Firestone Roadblock

January 10th, 2011

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IndyCar’s Firestone Roadblock

Firestone tires stacked in an IndyCar garage area during the 2010 season. (IndyCar photo). MOORESVILLE, N.C.

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.

Juncos Confirms Star Mazda Drivers

December 22nd, 2010

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VERO BEACH, Fla. — Juncos Racing has confirmed its driver lineup for the 2011 Star Mazda Championship Series season.

Shank Racing Adds Wolf As Lead Engineer

December 21st, 2010

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Michael Shank Racing has added veteran engineer Henry Wolf to the team’s Grand Am Rolex Series No. 60 Crown Royal XR Ford Riley Daytona Prototype operation

D’Ambrosio Lands Virgin Seat

December 21st, 2010

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D’Ambrosio Lands Virgin Seat

Jerome D'Ambrosio will join Virgin Racing for the 2011 Formula One World Championship season. (Steve Etherington Photo) SOUTH YORKSHIRE, England — Jerome D’Ambrosio will replace Lucas di Grassi aboard the second Virgin Racing entry in the Formula One World Championship in 2011.

U.S. Grand Prix Submits Homologation Plan

December 17th, 2010

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AUSTIN, Texas — Formula One United States Grand Prix developers have submitted the United States Grand Prix track homologation design the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) for approval. “We are excited to submit the track design to the FIA for homologation design approval.

IMS Hosting Emerging Tech Day In May

November 19th, 2010

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Motor Speedway will continue its legacy as a proving ground of automotive innovation for more than a century through the 100th Anniversary Indy 500 Emerging Tech Day May 7 at IMS.

Red Bull Renews With Renault

November 5th, 2010

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Red Bull Renews With Renault

Sebastian Vettel has driven his Renault-powered Red Bull Racing entry to three Formula One victories this year. (Steve Etherington Photo) MILTON KEYNES, England — Red Bull Racing will continue its partnership with French engine manufacturer Renault, signing a contract extension that will keep its Formula One entries powered by Renault for the next two years

Perez Joins BMW Sauber For 2011

October 5th, 2010

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HINWIL, Switzerland — BMW Sauber has signed 20-year old Mexican driver Sergio Perez to race for the Formula One team next season, partnering him with current driver Kamui Kobayashi. Perez, who will make his Formula One debut during the 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix next March, finished second in this year’s GP2 Series, winning four races. “Formula One is the dream of every young racing driver,” said Perez

F-1 Notes: Team Lotus Back Next Year

September 28th, 2010

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F-1 Notes: Team Lotus Back Next Year

SINGAPORE — Team Lotus will be back in Formula One now that Tony Fernandes has bought the rights to run his team under the famous banner used by founder Colin Chapman.

Schumacher Promises To Return In 2011

September 28th, 2010

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Schumacher Promises To Return In 2011

SINGAPORE — Eddie Jordan, who hired Michael Schumacher for his inaugural Formula One race, has speculated that Schumacher will quit at the end of this season. So will he be back in 2011? “Indeed, yes,” Schumacher told the assembled Formula One media including, National Speed Sport News, in the Singapore paddock

Final Champs Crowned At Road America

September 28th, 2010

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Final Champs Crowned At Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — The final SCCA National Championship were handed out Sunday during the final day of the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America

First Grids Set For SCCA Runoffs

September 23rd, 2010

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First Grids Set For SCCA Runoffs

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — After three days of qualifying, the grids for the first seven races have been set at the 47th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America. Provisional poles changed hands in an additional seven classes Wednesday to set up Thursday’s final day of qualifying.

Qualifying Continues For SCCA Runoffs

September 22nd, 2010

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Qualifying Continues For SCCA Runoffs

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — Day two of qualifying during the 47th running of the SCCA National Championship Runoffs has been completed, with six more classes setting provisional poles in their opening sessions and three drivers improving into the top spot during second sessions Tuesday at Road America. A damp 14-turn, four-mile racing surface greeted competitors in the six classes who, in addition to 22 classes yesterday, were still waiting for their first chance to turn a meaningful lap over four days of qualifying for this weekend’s National Championship races

SCCA Runoffs Begin At Road America

September 21st, 2010

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SCCA Runoffs Begin At Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — The opening day of qualifying at the 47th SCCA National Championship Runoffs featured several record-setting performances, with provisional polesitters in 15 of 22 classes running times faster than the Road America track records.

Heidfeld In At BMW Sauber

September 15th, 2010

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Heidfeld In At BMW Sauber

HINWIL, Switzerland — BMW Sauber announced Tuesday that Nick Heidfeld will replace Pedro de la Rosa at the team for the remainder of the 2010 Formula One season. Heidfeld is a veteran of 10 Formula One seasons, seven of which were spent with the Sauber organization.