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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Ganassi Team Goes One-Two At Daytona

January 30th, 2011

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It was a long 24 hours, but in the end it was favorites that drove into the sunset in the 49th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona that concluded Sunday afternoon at Daytona Int’l Speedway. Defending Grand Am Rolex Series champions Chip Ganassi Racing with lead driver Scott Pruett captured the twice-around-the-clock classic with an impressive one-two-finish in the event at the 3.56-mile road course, despite a yellow flag with only nine minutes remaining and the green flag waving for a one-lap dash to the checkered flag with less than two minutes in the race.

Franchitti Collects Driver Of Year Accolade

December 31st, 2010

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Franchitti Collects Driver Of Year Accolade

TRENTON, N.J. — Dario Franchitti, the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series champion and a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, was selected by the Eastern Motorsport Press Ass’n as the 2010 Al Holbert Memorial National Driver of the Year.

Season Rewind: Grand Am Rolex Series

December 22nd, 2010

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Season Rewind: Grand Am Rolex Series

CHAMPIONS: Scott Pruett & Memo Rojas Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas drove to nine victories and the Grand Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype championship in 2010. (Grand Am Photo) To say that the Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates duo of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas dominated the Grand Am Rolex Series season would be an understatement.

Ganassi Using ‘Hendrick Model’

December 17th, 2010

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Ganassi Using ‘Hendrick Model’

Chip Ganassi (center) is flanked by his new drivers Graham Rahal (left) and Charlie Kimball during a press conference Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Ron McQueeney/IndyCar Photo) INDIANAPOLIS — Team owner Chip Ganassi topped his epic 2010 season that earned him NSSN’s Economaki Champion of Champions award with Thursday’s blockbuster announcement at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball will headline his expanded IZOD IndyCar Series operation

Ganassi Signs Rahal For IndyCar Slate

December 16th, 2010

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Ganassi Signs Rahal For IndyCar Slate

Chip Ganassi Racing has signed second-generation American driver Graham Rahal to drive in the IZOD IndyCar Series next year. (Ron McQueeney/IndyCar Photo) INDIANAPOLIS — As expected by many, second-generation IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal has joined Chip Ganassi Racing with the formation of Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing. Ganassi’s IZOD IndyCar Series stable will expand to four cars with the addition of the new team, which will be sponsored by TBC Retail Group

Kimball Making Jump To IndyCar

December 16th, 2010

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Kimball Making Jump To IndyCar

Charlie Kimball will advance to the IZOD IndyCar Series next year through a partnership with Novo Nordisk and Chip Ganassi Racing. (Chris Jones/IndyCar Photo) INDIANAPOLIS — Charlie Kimball has become the latest American driver with a full-time ride in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care, has partnered with Chip Ganassi Racing, LLC to create the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team

Chip Shot: Ganassi Had Dream Season

December 14th, 2010

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Chip Shot: Ganassi Had Dream Season

Chip Ganassi (left) and Jamie McMurray celebrate after winning the Daytona 500 in February. (HHP/Gregg Ellman Photo) Chip Ganassi vividly remembers the day his picture appeared on the back cover of National Speed Sport News .

Chip Ganassi Named Champion of Champions

December 14th, 2010

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Chip Ganassi Named Champion of Champions

Based on his tremendous season, Chip Ganassi was named the Economaki Champion of Champions for the 2010 racing season. (NSSN Staff Photo) HARRISBURG, N.C.

Ganassi Not Looking To Expand IndyCar Team

October 13th, 2010

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Ganassi Not Looking To Expand IndyCar Team

Three-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti (left) chats with team owner Chip Ganassi. (IndyCar Series photo). INDIANAPOLIS — Despite the presence of some quality racing drivers on the free market, IZOD IndyCar Series championship-winning car owner Chip Ganassi said this week that he is not likely to expand his two-car operation in the series.

Rahal Finds Sponsor, Looking For Team

October 4th, 2010

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Rahal Finds Sponsor, Looking For Team

Graham Rahal has signed TBC Retail Group as his primary sponsor next year. Now all he needs is a race team. (IRL IndyCar Photo) HOMESTEAD, Fla.

IndyCar Reacts To Ganassi’s Achivement

July 27th, 2010

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IndyCar Reacts To Ganassi’s Achivement

EDMONTON, Alberta — It was a few hours before the start of the IZOD IndyCar Series race at Edmonton’s City Centre Airport and a large crowd was arriving to pack the grandstands for Sunday’s Honda Indy Edmonton. But huddled away in the back of the Target Chip Ganassi team transporter was two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, 2008 Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon and team managing director Mike Hull

Dixon Prevails In Crazy Edmonton Finish

July 26th, 2010

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Dixon Prevails In Crazy Edmonton Finish

EDMONTON, Alberta — Helio Castroneves paid a mighty big price when he was called for blocking Team Penske teammate Will Power on a restart with three laps to go in Sunday’s Honda Indy Edmonton. The penalty was a black flag that cost him a victory as Scott Dixon won the IZOD IndyCar Series race without ever leading a single lap.

McMurray Gets Ganassi Historic Indy Win

July 25th, 2010

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McMurray Gets Ganassi Historic Indy Win

INDIANAPOLIS – Jamie McMurray won the Brickyard 400 with a late-race pass of Kevin Harvick, and in the process gave team owner Chip Ganassi an historic triple. McMurray won the Daytona 500 to open the season and claimed both of the sport’s biggest races with his victory Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ganassi driver Dario Franchitti won the Indianapolis 500 in May.

Committee Closing In On New Engine, Car Deadline

June 22nd, 2010

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NEWTON, Iowa — When IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard announced the ICONIC Advisory Committee to determine the new car and engine formula that will lead the IZOD IndyCar Series into the future beginning in 2012, he set June 30 as the deadline to release the package. The engine platform was announced earlier this month and the committee continues to review the number of chassis options that have been presented.

Interview with Randy Bernard (Part Two)

May 27th, 2010

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Interview with Randy Bernard (Part Two)

By: Bruce MartinPosted On: 05/27/2010, 08:25 am Tagged in: Indy Car, IRL IndyCar Series As he heads into his first Indianapolis 500 as the IndyCar CEO, Randy Bernard recently sat down with NSSN to answer a variety of questions. While excerpts from the interview ran in the pages of National Speed Sport News, the full interview will appear in segments onwww.nationalspeedsportnews.com during the remainder of this week leading into the Indianapolis 500 May 30. This is the second of five segments. NSSN: Gil de Ferran was named by the team owners to be on the ICONIC IndyCar advisory committee that will choose the new car. What are your thoughts on de Ferran? BERNARD: “I think the team owners made a great choice. Here is a guy who was a driver, is a [...]

Bell Ready For Another Shot At Indy

May 13th, 2010

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Bell Ready For Another Shot At Indy

INDIANAPOLIS — As far as one-off drivers were concerned, Townsend Bell was easily the best of the bunch during the 2009 Indianapolis 500. Bell, driving for KV Racing Technology, brought his No.

Hunter-Reay Contemplating Future

May 3rd, 2010

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Hunter-Reay Contemplating Future

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Ryan Hunter-Reay was a “man on the move” in Saturday’s IZOD IndyCar Series race at Kansas Speedway.

Engine Engine No. 9: Action Express Tops Rolex 24

January 31st, 2010

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Engine Engine No. 9: Action Express Tops Rolex 24

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Some teams have tried for years to win the Rolex 24 At Daytona and never made it victory lane at Daytona Int’l Speedway

iRacer Justin Wilson Grabs Second Place in the Rolex 24

January 31st, 2010

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iRacer Justin Wilson Grabs Second Place in the Rolex 24

Team Target/Chip Ganassi put up a strong fight in 2010 Rolex. Their second place finish is not what they hoped for but it does put them in good shape in terms of season points – ahead of the Gainsco, Brumos and Suntrust teams. Justin drove several strong stints throughout the 24 hour race, only to come up less than a minute behind the winning car, the #9 Action Express Racing Porsche Riley.

Final Hour Of Rolex 24 is a Nail Biter for iRacer

January 31st, 2010

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Final Hour Of Rolex 24 is a Nail Biter for iRacer

Scott Pruett is at the wheel of the the 01 Target/Ganassi car, chasing down the 9 car, driven by Jaoa Barbosa. iRacer Justin Wilson can only watch and cheer on Pruett as he tries to catch and then pass the lead car.