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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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Tom O'Leary

    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 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.

Ceccon secures Arden GP3 deal

March 4th, 2015

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Kevin Ceccon has secured a 2015 GP3 deal with the Arden team that took Mitch Evans and Daniil Kvyat to the 2012 and ’13 titles. Ceccon first raced in GP3 in 2012, when he moved into the series as reigning Auto GP champion and finished ninth in the standings with Ocean Racing Technology. He has not raced full-time since then, contesting a part-season of GP2 with Trident in 2013 and then rejoining GP3 with Jenzer for the final part of last year. “There are decisive moments in life and this is definitively the case for me,” said the 21-year-old Italian. “It was under the heat of the desert that I found clarity and I shall embrace the heat of this difficult competition with serenity to fight for the 2015 championship. [...]

Fontana moves to Status for 2015

February 24th, 2015

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Alex Fontana has been named as the first of Status Grand Prix’s drivers for the 2015 GP3 season. The 22-year-old makes the switch from ART Grand Prix for his third year in the class, having finished 11th in 2014 with a best result of second in Sochi’s feature race. A race winner in Formula 2 and the 2011 European Formula 3 Open champion, Fontana will run with Status for the first time during Estoril’s official pre-season test on March 18-19. “The 2015 season will be the third year in the GP3 Series for me, therefore I needed a team where I could put all my experience to good use and have a nice environment to work in,” the Swiss-Greek driver said. “For three years I’ve always seen with respect the [...]

Gilbert seals Carlin chance

February 13th, 2015

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Formula 3 European Championship graduate Mitch Gilbert has joined Carlin for his first full season in the GP3 Series. The Twickenham-based, Malaysian-born Australian was a race winner in the German F3 Cup with Performance Racing in 2012 and showed flashes of speed in European F3 with Mucke Motorsport and Fortec Motorsport, but with disappointing results. He switched to GP3 for some late-season races in 2014 with Trident, and now joins Ferrari Driver Academy protege Antonio Fuoco at Carlin. “The last two years haven’t been the best for me,” said 20-year-old Gilbert. “I always felt it was right place wrong time, wrong place right time, and for some reason things just didn’t line up right. “Now I feel like everything is coming together to show everyone what the last two years [...]

Campos announces first GP3 drivers

February 12th, 2015

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Campos Racing has signed Alex Palou (pictured above) and Zaid Ashkanani as the first two drivers for its GP3 Series programme in 2015. Ex-Formula 1 racer Adrian Campos’s team, a winner in GP2, has replaced Hilmer Motorsport in GP3 this year. Palou finished third in EuroFormula Open with Campos last season, and tested Trident and ART’s GP3 cars over the winter. The 17-year-old Spaniard also contested the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix with Fortec and raced in the Silverstone GP track round of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship during 2014, which was his first season out of karts. His 20-year-old Kuwaiti team-mate Ashkanani won the 2013/14 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East title and has limited single-seater experience from a handful of UK Formula Ford and ADAC Formula Masters appearances. [...]

Ferrari protege Fuoco joins Carlin

January 23rd, 2015

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Ferrari Driver Academy protege Antonio Fuoco will race in the GP3 Series this season. The 18-year-old from Calabria in southern Italy has joined Carlin, one of three teams he tested with in last November’s post-season Abu Dhabi test. Fuoco makes the move after winning the 2013 Formula Renault ALPS title in his rookie season of car racing, and then taking two race wins last year in the Formula 3 European Championship. He is the first 2015 GP3 driver confirmed by Carlin, which carried Alex Lynn to last year’s title. “I’m so happy about this new venture,” said Fuoco. “I tested the car last November in Abu Dhabi and I immediately found the pace I need to be on top of the grid – being part of such a successful team [...]

Tuscher fastest in GP3 testing

November 28th, 2014

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Matheo Tuscher kept the Jenzer team on top of the times on the second day of GP3 testing at Yas Marina. While Kevin Ceccon put Jenzer ahead on Thursday, it was Tuscher who topped the times on Friday by going quickest in the afternoon session. The Swiss driver’s 1m55.583s laptime put him ahead of Formula Renault NEC race winner Seb Morris, who was second fastest for Status. Trident’s Luca Ghiotto rounded out the top three, the Italian also having posted the best time in the morning session. The 13 quickest times of the day were, however, set in the afternoon. Spaniard Alex Palou was fourth fastest after switching from Trident to ART, which put him ahead of GP3 race winner Jimmy Eriksson in the Koiranen car. Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco [...]

Ceccon tops Abu Dhabi GP3 test

November 27th, 2014

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Kevin Ceccon led the opening day of post-season GP3 testing in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, with Formula Renault Eurocup race winner Andrea Pizzitola best of the newcomers. Driving for the Jenzer team with which he contested the latter part of the 2014 season, Ceccon topped the first test session with a 1m55.501s lap before handing over to regular team-mate Matheo Tuscher for the afternoon. European Formula 3 racer Ed Jones was second for Carlin in the first session, albeit six tenths down on Ceccon. He only narrowly shaded McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award finalist and BRDC Formula 4 champion George Russell, who starred on a prize drive with Arden by taking third place. Pizzitola was fourth in the first session, but took his ART car to the top later on, ahead [...]

Niederhauser excluded, Yelloly wins

November 23rd, 2014

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Nick Yelloly has picked up victory in the GP3 finale in Abu Dhabi after Patric Niederhauser was excluded from the result. Niederhauser’s Arden car was found to be in breach of Article 4.3.4 of the technical regulations due to the upper rear wing angle not conforming to the correct specification. The issue means that the Swiss driver is excluded from the race result, which promotes Status Grand Prix’s Yelloly to his first GP3 series win. Champion Alex Lynn is now second and Emil Bernstorff completes the revised podium. Kevin Ceccon was also penalised one position for exceeding track limits and gaining an advantage at Turn 5, dropping him from what would have become fifth to sixth behind Jimmy Eriksson.

Niederhauser dominates GP3 finale

November 23rd, 2014

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Patric Niederhauser scored victory in the final GP3 Series race of the year in Abu Dhabi. As usual, the Arden International driver made a lightning start and although poleman Nick Yelloly tried to squeeze him out of coming through, the Swiss made it stick into Turn 1. There was a brief safety car, caused by Ryan Cullen being stranded after a collision with Luis Sa Silva, but Niederhauser made a strong restart and gradually extended his lead to win by five seconds. Status GP driver Yelloly was similarly untroubled in second, while newly-crowned champion Alex Lynn (Carlin) completed the podium. Lynn was one of many to jump ahead of third-on-the-grid Alex Fontana in the opening moments, with Fontana dropping to seventh. Ahead of him, Saturday winner Dean Stoneman backed out [...]

Stoneman swoops to Abu Dhabi success

November 22nd, 2014

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Dean Stoneman continued his superb recent form to win the main race of the GP3 Series season finale in Abu Dhabi. The Englishman got the jump on poleman Marvin Kirchhofer away from the lights, and led the German from start to finish to take his second win since switching to the Koiranen GP team. An early safety car was caused by a tangle at Turn 11 on the opening lap, Patrick Kujala punting Matheo Tuscher into a spin and then getting collected by Luis Sa Silva. Stoneman bolted incredibly early at the restart, almost catching the safety car but giving himself a nice advantage over Kirchhofer. The ART Grand Prix driver got the gap briefly down to within a second on the 12th lap of 14, but ran too deep [...]

Lynn champion as Kirchhofer gets pole

November 21st, 2014

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Alex Lynn became the 2014 GP3 Series champion after his only title rival Dean Stoneman failed to take the Abu Dhabi pole position necessary to keep him in contention. Stoneman was second fastest around the Yas Marina circuit, but like everyone else he had no answer to the pace of Marvin Kirchhofer, the German taking pole by 0.471 seconds in his ART Grand Prix car. Kirchhofer led Stoneman after the field had made their first runs, and it was Dino Zamparelli who was the first to lower the poletime on the second runs. That time was quickly beaten by Lynn and then Emil Bernstorff before Kirchhofer put in his final effort. Stoneman then moved up to second place in his Koiranen GP car and set a purple time in sector [...]

Lynn ‘fed up’ of not sealing GP3 title

October 13th, 2014

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Red Bull junior driver Alex Lynn said he came away from last weekend’s Russian GP3 round “fed up” not to have sealed the title before the Abu Dhabi finale. The Briton was on course to wrap up the championship this weekend, but a race-two charge from Dean Stoneman enabled the 2010 Formula 2 champion to keep the title race alive. “I’m a bit fed up that I didn’t seal it this weekend,” said Lynn. “Almost, but not quite. “I’m not stressed about it but it’s disappointing that it didn’t happen here. “The plan was to try and stay ahead of my closest title rivals in race two and wrap up the championship. “I was sitting nicely there [in third], but I didn’t really have an answer to Dean and Marvin [...]

Stoneman on pole on Koiranen debut

October 11th, 2014

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Dean Stoneman will start the first-ever GP3 race at Sochi Autodrom in Russia from pole position later today after dominating qualifying by almost half a second. Stoneman has switched from the absent Manor team, which failed to make the trip to Sochi due to commercial reasons, to Koiranen GP this weekend. Still wearing his Marussia-branded overalls, Stoneman led the way for the majority of the 30-minute session. After topping the first runs with a 1m52.501s laptime, Stoneman set a stunning 1m51.715s on his second set of new tyres. The closest anyone came was the ART trio of Alex Fontana, Marvin Kirchhofer and Dino Zamparelli, who all lapped within 0.084s of each other. Stoneman’s advantage over Fontana was 0.489s. Koiranen’s Jimmy Eriksson will start fifth, 0.6s off the pole time of [...]

Stanaway quickest in GP3 practice

October 10th, 2014

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Richie Stanaway set the pace in the first-ever GP3 Series practice session at the new Sochi circuit in Russia on Friday evening. Stanaway lapped the Russian GP venue in 1m52.876s, ending the 45-minute session over a fifth of a second clear of Dean Stoneman, who joins the Koiranen GP squad this weekend as his usual Manor team has not made the trip to Russia. Stanaway needs to overturn a 50-point deficit to points leader Alex Lynn over the next four races to wrest the title away. Lynn finished the session sixth fastest on 1m53.365s, almost half a second down. Behind Stoneman, fellow Briton Emil Bernstorff was third fastest for Carlin, ahead of another Briton, Dino Zamparelli, and his ART team-mate Marvin Kirchhofer. Behind Lynn, the third ART of Alex Fontana [...]

Stoneman denies Lynn in race two

September 7th, 2014

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Dean Stoneman won the race of the year in GP3 at Monza on Sunday morning to score his third victory of the season ahead of points leader Alex Lynn. Manor driver Stoneman made a great start from P4 on the grid to swoop into the lead by the first chicane, as Carlin’s Lynn jumped up from third to second while the front row of Matheo Tuscher and Patrick Kujala both made poor getaways from the front row. They would later collide at the Roggia, putting both out of the race. Lynn was right on Stoneman’s tail at the end of lap two, and, after shadowing him for a couple of laps, passed him for the lead on the start/finish straight at the start of lap four. But Stoneman repassed his [...]

Daly’s News

by Conor Daly on April 3rd, 2013

P16 to P23 to P13 to P21 to P13, fifth fastest lap . . . an eventful GP2 debut.

Editor’s note:  Lightning can strike any time, any place . . . but you have to be there for it to strike you.  Ask iRacer Conor Daly.  After an off-season which, among other things, saw him test an IndyCar for AJ Foyt Racing, test a GP2 car for the new Hilmer Motorsports outfit, win the MRF Challenge and prepare himself for a third season of GP3, he found himself on a plane to Malaysia with the somewhat murky prospects of a ride in the GP2 race at the Malaysian Grand Prix.  And that was just the start of a whirlwind for Daly as, shortly after writing this blog, he was named to drive one of AJ Foyt Racing’s entries in the 2013 Indianapolis 500.  More on that next time.  For [...]

Williamson quickest as GP3 test ends

February 22nd, 2013

Williamson quickest as GP3 test ends

Lewis Williamson set the pace on the final day of GP3 Series at Estoril on Friday. Driving for Bamboo Engineering, which only announced its series entry this week, the 23-year-old Briton went fastest in a time of 1m27.675s, almost a second slower than Carlos Sainz Jr’s mark from the opening day. A short spell of rain during the afternoon looked set to leave Toyota Racing Series Nick Cassidy, testing for Manor, as the pacesetter.

Evans boosts points lead with pole

September 1st, 2012

Evans boosts points lead with pole

Mitch Evans took a small but significant step towards the GP3 Series title by scoring four points for pole position at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday morning. This extends his championship lead to 21 over closest rival Aaro Vainio

Jenzer adds Regalia to GP3 line-up

July 1st, 2012

Jenzer adds Regalia to GP3 line-up

Facu Regalia will join the GP3 Series with Jenzer from next weekend’s Silverstone round. The 20-year-old Argentine driver is already contesting Auto GP and European Formula 3 Open this year, and is currently in the top six in both championships. Regalia joins Patric Niederhauser and Robert Visoiu in the Jenzer line-up.

Formula One Aero Testing for Conor Daly with Force India

by David Phillips on May 16th, 2012

Conor Daly gets acquainted with the Sahara Force India Formula One car.

Up and coming GP3 racer — and iRacer — Conor Daly, will get to enjoy his first taste of Formula One power this week when he gets behind the wheel of the VJM05 tomorrow. The 20-year-old American will help the team with its aero testing program, which takes place at Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire, England. Fresh from his race win during the opening round of the GP3 season at Circuit Catalunya last weekend, Conor visited the team’s Silverstone headquarters on Tuesday for a seat-fit and to familiarise himself with the systems on the car. It was a chance to meet his engineering crew and run through the functions on a Formula One steering wheel. The test program on Thursday is one of four full-size aerodynamic tests that teams are allowed [...]