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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.

Montoya beats Power to victory

March 29th, 2015

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Juan Pablo Montoya held off Penske team-mate Will Power to open the 2015 IndyCar season with a victory in St Petersburg. Power had been in command for much of the afternoon before conceding the lead to the ex-Formula 1 racer during the final round of stops. Montoya tried to capitalise by opening a gap, but the need to conserve fuel and tyres forced him to back off and allowed Power to close down what had been a four second lead in just a few laps. The battle between them was intense but short: Power made an optimistic move with a handful of laps to go, Montoya shut the door (and damaged Power’s front wing in the process), and then finished the job by making quicker work of the lapped traffic [...]

Power on pole as Penske dominates

March 28th, 2015

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Reigning IndyCar champion Will Power will start his title defence from pole position after leading a Penske domination of qualifying in St Petersburg. Power reset Sebastien Bourdais’ track record of 1m00.8344s from 2003 several times during the afternoon before sealing the top spot with a 1m00.6931s. “I thought we had an extra lap but we left it a little late and got the chequered flag,” said Power. “But I’m stoked to get pole.” New team-mate Simon Pagenaud pushed the Australian hard, and for a few fleeting moments stole the top spot late in the session before being pushed back to the outside of the front row for his Penske debut; his lap just 0.03 seconds down on Power’s. “I’m super happy,” Pagenaud said. “It’s incredible to start this way with [...]

Power leads all-Penske top three again

March 28th, 2015

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Will Power continued to set the pace in the early phase of this weekend’s IndyCar season-opener in St Petersburg after leading another Team Penske 1-2-3 in Saturday’s third practice session. The defending series champion’s fastest lap of 1m01.3621s came mid-way through the session, and never really appeared under threat. New team-mate Simon Pagenaud came closest to matching the Australian with a time 0.1 seconds slower, leaving Helio Castroneves to round out the top three. ANALYSIS: Is IndyCar out of the wildnerness? It would have been a Penske 1-2-3-4 had Takuma Sato not managed to squeak ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya by 0.03s, making the 2014 St Pete polesitter the highest-placed Honda driver. Sato’s AJ Foyt Racing team expanded to two cars over the winter with the addition of a second [...]

Second St Pete practice washed out

March 27th, 2015

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IndyCar has abandoned its second scheduled practice session for this weekend’s season-opener in St Petersburg due to bad weather. The afternoon session was initially delayed due to standing water left by earlier rain, which the series attempted to clear with sweeper trucks. However the rain returned a few minutes later, eventually prompting race control to throw the chequered flag. Is IndyCar out of the wilderness? Earlier in the day, Will Power gave the manufacturer aero kits a memorable race weekend debut by cutting 0.4 seconds out of Takuma Sato’s 2014 pole time in the first practice session; an outing that ended with an all-Penske top three, and an all-Chevrolet top five. The cars are scheduled to return to the track for third practice onSaturday before qualifying later in the afternoon. [...]

Power leads first session of 2015

March 27th, 2015

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Will Power began his IndyCar championship defence by topping a Penske sweep of the leading times in the first practice session for the season-opener in St Petersburg. On a morning dominated by Chevrolet-powered cars, Power secured the top spot with a 1m04.4709s in the final minutes of the session. He shaved 0.4 seconds off Takuma Sato’s pole time from last year in the process: the first real hint of the performance upgrades of the new manufacturer aero kits. Is IndyCar out of the wilderness? Juan Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves rounded out a Penske 1-2-3 ahead of Ganassi’s Scott Dixon and KV’s Sebastien Bourdais, with new AJ Foyt Racing arrival Jack Hawksworth earning the fastest Honda honours in sixth, albeit 0.4s down on Power’s time. Quickest of the rookies was [...]

Wilson gets Andretti seat for Indy

March 27th, 2015

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Andretti Autosport will run an additional car for Justin Wilson at IndyCar’s two Indianapolis races this season. The British driver was left on the sidelines for 2015 after spending the past three years with Dale Coyne Racing, and he will return to action for the Indianapolis road course race and the Indy 500 in May with Andretti. Wilson will drive the team’s No.25 entry which will be driven by Simona de Silverstro at the start of the season. “This is a fantastic opportunity for me and it should be a strong programme,” said Wilson. “I’m looking forward to continuing my relationship with Honda and working with the team. “Thank you to Michael [Andretti] for bringing me on board and giving me this great opportunity. “I know that the team has [...]

Magnussen was chasing IndyCar drive

March 27th, 2015

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Kevin Magnussen has revealed that replacing Fernando Alonso for the Australian Grand Prix scuppered his plan to race in IndyCar in 2015. Now McLaren’s reserve driver after racing for the team in 2014, the Dane explored opportunities to race outside of Formula 1, including IndyCar and at Le Mans with his father Jan. But his call-up to replace the injured Fernando Alonso for the Australian Grand Prix ended his chances of racing in IndyCar, with a link having existed through Honda’s involvement in the series as an engine manufacturer. AUTOSPORT also understands that frontrunning team Andretti Autosport – run by former McLaren driver Michael Andretti – was sounded out earlier in the winter about the possibility of fielding a car for Magnussen. “We were looking at IndyCar, trying to get [...]

IndyCar wants to be F1 alternative

March 25th, 2015

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IndyCar boss Mark Miles believes that the high race-hosting fees in Formula 1 could work in his series’ favour as it explores opportunities to expand beyond North America. The US single-seater series is in the process of attempting a transition into a season that begins and ends earlier in the year, with the hope of compensating for the lack of North American venues with a suitable climate for racing in February and March by adding a handful of overseas events. The first step in that direction was intended to be a race in Brasilia earlier this month, however the event was cancelled in February after the local government withdrew its funding. However Miles remains optimistic that IndyCar can succeed outside of North America, and he believes that it can do [...]

iRacing in Top Gear

by Mike Channell on March 23rd, 2015

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Editor’s note:  The following story by Mike Channell appeared on the Top Gear website today.  Click here to read the full story (and see an image of Jeremy Clarkson). iRacing launches Blancpain GT3 series Geektastic race simulator to host online GT3 championship.  Who’s up for a real-time Spa 24-hour? Fancy going GT racing but don’t have a spare £300,000 stuffed under your Nomex-upholstered mattress? Well rejoice, because the FIA’s Blancpain GT Series has cosied up with fantastically nerdy simulator iRacing for an online multiplayer series that pits players against each other in GT3 machinery. If you’re unfamiliar, iRacing’s the videogame equivalent of that one mate who turns up for a kickabout and offers to referee. It’s got a startlingly pedantic list of rules and regulations, but the upshot is you [...]

IndyCar increases payments to teams

March 20th, 2015

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IndyCar has announced that it will increase payments to its ‘Leaders Circle’ teams to $1.25million per car this season. The series issues the payments to pre-selected teams – this year choosing 21 entrants – providing they qualify for every race during the season. Last year the chosen teams received $1million, but the money on offer has increased by $250,000. IndyCar president of competition and operations Derrick Walker said: “IndyCar is invested in the continued support of its teams. “This programme rewards teams for full-season participation and helps each of them with an additional source of funding. “The programme is also an asset to our [race] promoters as it guarantees over 20 cars at each event. “As IndyCar continues to grow we’re excited about opportunities like this that are beneficial to [...]

Power pips Dixon in IndyCar test

March 18th, 2015

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Will Power edged out Scott Dixon to set the fastest time on day two of IndyCar’s 2015 pre-season test at Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday. Chevrolet teams again had the advantage on the second day of running for the series’ new aero kits, filling the top six positions on the combined timesheets. Penske driver Power’s 1m07.3118s lap in the morning kept him on top to the finish, as afternoon pacesetter Dixon’s 1m07.3996s was 0.0878 seconds slower. Rookie Stefano Coletti had been Power’s closest challenger in the opening session, KV Racing Technology’s GP2 convert lapping two tenths off the reigning champion’s pace. Coletti’s team-mate Sebastien Bourdais completed the top three. Power was second to Dixon by 0.0988s in the afternoon, followed by his Penske team-mates Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud. Honda [...]

Dixon leads Chevrolet testing sweep

March 17th, 2015

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Scott Dixon topped the first day of IndyCar’s official pre-season test at Barber, out-pacing Simon Pagenaud with his final lap of the day. Ganassi’s Dixon led a Chevrolet engine and aero kit lockout of the top five places, with Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay the top Honda runner, nearly four tenths of a second back. “I think both cars are very different,” said Dixon. “I don’t care what it looks like as long as it’s fast. “It’s been a significant change in driveability or how to attack the car with all the downforce. “We’re working with the balance issues, just trying to feel out some of the changes with the aero kit and the loads changing significantly with the corner speeds.” Pagenaud set the pace in the morning session for Penske, [...]

Another IndyCar Season in the Books

by Seth Eggert on March 16th, 2015

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The 2015 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series featured a wide variety in racing as well as a wide range in participation and hard racing for the participating sim-racers during the 12 weeks of competition. A number of firsts also took place throughout the season. The series crowned yet another new champion, Nigel Marneef (Benelux). The series reached new heights in Strength of Field, including a new record Strength of Field of 4347 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The season featured attrition, close racing, domination, luck (both good and bad), shockers, and several strange moments, among other storylines. This season also saw the championship come down to the final ten laps of the Strength of Field race in the final week of the season. The series had the most participation [...]

De Silvestro returns to IndyCar

March 11th, 2015

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Simona de Silvestro will return to IndyCar in the 2015 season-opener after securing a one-off deal to drive the fourth Andretti Autosport entry. The Swiss driver had signed an affiliate deal with Sauber in early 2014 with the aim of racing in Formula 1 this year, only to later split with the team due to contractual problems. Prior to returning to Europe, she had spent four years in IndyCar, and she said that she is looking forward to restarting her career in the US. “I am very excited to be joining Andretti Autosport and to become a part of a team with such a successful history,” she said. “I feel really special to have been given this opportunity to drive for them, and am really looking forward to getting back [...]

Marneef Wins Race, Championship Battle at Indy

by Seth Eggert on March 11th, 2015

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The twelfth and final week of the 2015 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the competitors to the Indianpolis Motor Speedway.  A grand total of 212 sim-racers took to the historic track throughout a week when aero-push, cautions, handling, high attrition rates, lap traffic, pit road exits, pit strategy and tire wear – not to mention a championship battle — were just some of the storylines that played-out. Championship leader Nigel Marneef (Benelux) started on pole with Derek M Murray (UK and I) on his outside. Marneef’s championship rival Vick Caudill (Michigan) started third with Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) fourth, and Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) rounding out the top five starting positions. Before the field even left the grid positions, Seth Eggert (Carolina) realized he still had the qualifying set-up [...]

Honda unveils IndyCar aero kit

March 10th, 2015

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Honda has released the first images of the road/short oval aero package that it will use in the 2015 IndyCar season. Aero kits have been introduced from this year as part of a push to provide more variety in the series around the basic Dallara chassis package used by all teams. “We’re excited to reveal our aero kits as Honda welcomes this era of enhanced competition in the IndyCar Series,” said Art St Cyr, president of HPD and vice president, auto operations, for American Honda. “Coupled to our proven Honda Indy V6 engines, these aero kits are the products of literally thousands of hours of research, development and testing, as we seek to give our drivers and teams the tools they need to win races, the Indianapolis 500 and the [...]

Coletti seals KV IndyCar drive

March 9th, 2015

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GP2 Series veteran Stefano Coletti will move to IndyCar this year after signing on to partner Sebastien Bourdais at KV Racing Technology. The Monegasque tested with the team at NOLA last month, and said that he was excited by the prospect of racing in the US. “I’ve always wanted to race in IndyCar and live overseas,” said Coletti. “It’s a great championship and the competition is very high. “When I tested at NOLA a few weeks ago there was a great atmosphere and the whole team really welcomed me, so I can’t wait to get to Indianapolis and start to work with the #4 crew and get to know everyone better.” Team co-owner Jimmy Vasser admitted that Coletti faces a learning curve in adapting to IndyCar, particularly with regard to [...]

IndyCar teams receive new aero kits

March 4th, 2015

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IndyCar teams have taken delivery of the initial road/street/short-oval manufacturer aero kits that will make their competitive debut in St Petersburg at the end of next month. Renderings of the Chevrolet kit were first released two weeks ago, while the first images of its Honda counterpart are expected to be revealed next week. The test window for the kits opens on March 13, with several teams scheduled to run either at NOLA, Sebring or Texas ahead of the two-day open test at Barber on March 16 and 17. CFH Racing general manager Tim Broyles said that the demands of integrating the new kit with so little testing before the first race will present all of the teams with a challenge. “In the past you’ve had the whole winter to go [...]

Caudill Grabs Gateway

by Seth Eggert on March 2nd, 2015

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Week Ten of the 2015 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval sent the series Gateway Motorsports Park. A season-low 39 sim-racers decided take to the track throughout the week. Aero-push, cautions, handling, lap traffic, pit strategy, tire wear, and track position were just some of the storylines that played out throughout the week on sim racing along the banks of the virtual Mississippi River. Vick Caudill (Michigan) started on pole with Nigel Marneef (Benelux) on his outside. Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) started third with Adam Dock (Texas) fourth, and Martijn Nagelkerken (Australia/NZ) rounding out the top five starting positions. Marneef had an excellent start, easily gapping Caudill only for Caudill used the draft to swing by into the lead a lap later. The leaders quickly resorted to single file as battles further [...]

Marneef Maximizes Japan

by Seth Eggert on February 24th, 2015

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Week Nine of the 2015 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval sent the series Twin Ring Motegi. Only a mere 52 sim-racers decided to take a trip across the virtual Pacific to the “Land of the Rising Sun” throughout the week. Aero-push, cautions, handling, lap traffic, pit strategy, tight racing, tire wear and use of the weight jacker were just some of the storylines that played out throughout the week of sim racing. Nigel Marneef (Benelux) started on pole with Ryan Norton (Florida) on his outside. Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) started third with Niles Anders (Plains) fourth, and Vick Caudill (Michigan) rounding out the top five starting positions. Marneef had an excellent start, gapping Norton by several car lengths before the first turn. Demeritt easily cleared Norton exiting Turn Two only [...]