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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.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to Corey's aunt!

  • 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.

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • 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.

  • Ray Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give iRacing.com a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and iRacing.com and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Penske: Pagenaud worth adding car for

September 30th, 2014

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Penske team president Tim Cindric says the squad has achieved a long-standing goal in signing Simon Pagenaud to drive a fourth car in its IndyCar line-up in 2015. Pagenaud’s arrival at Penske, which was confirmed on Monday, marks the first time that the team will field four full-time cars. Cindric admitted that the expansion will serve up some challenges, but said that the opportunity to get Pagenaud on board will make any additional burden worthwhile. “It’s the first time we’ve run four cars with Team Penske, so it will certainly be a challenge,” he said. “Simon had had an association with [former Penske driver] Gil [de Ferran] back in the sportscar days when we were running the ALMS programme, and that’s where we took notice of what his capabilities were. [...]

Pagenaud joins Penske for 2015

September 29th, 2014

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Simon Pagenaud will join Will Power, Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya at Penske in a four-car 2015 IndyCar Series line-up. Pagenaud has finished in the top five with Sam Schmidt’s team in each of his full-time IndyCar seasons so far. Team boss Roger Penske said the 30-year-old Frenchman had made a big impression while battling with Penske drivers in recent years. “Simon Pagenaud is a very talented, focused and determined driver,” said Penske. “We know how tough he has been to compete with over the last few seasons and we are very happy to welcome him to Team Penske starting in 2015. “With Simon coming on board to join Will, Helio and Juan, we feel we have four drivers very capable of winning on any given weekend and four [...]

Abt and Gonzalez get IndyCar tests

September 25th, 2014

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GP2 and Formula E racer Daniel Abt and ex-Formula 1 test driver Rodolfo Gonzalez are both exploring IndyCar moves. Gonzalez ran with Dale Coyne Racing earlier this week, while Abt is scheduled to test with Andretti Autosport for the first time next month. The 21-year-old German is slated to spend a day in the team’s Dallara-Honda at Barber Motorsports Park on October 27. Abt, who was GP3 Series runner-up to Mitch Evans in 2012, made his first visit to an IndyCar paddock at last month’s season-finale at Fontana, and admitted at the time that a move to the US could be on the horizon. “It’s an option in my mind, but before I can really make a decision I need to get a feeling for the sport,” he said. “Formula [...]

Holgate Triumphs in Iowa

by Seth Eggert on September 23rd, 2014

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Week Seven of the 2014 Season 3 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series saw the series journey to the Hawkeye State and Iowa Speedway. Only 159 sim-racers participated in races during a week where the ability to keep up with the front runners, handling, tire fall-off and pit strategy were key to success (or lack thereof). Tim Holgate (Ohio) started on pole with Matt A Kingsbury (Connecticut) on his outside. Nigel Marneef (Benelux) started third ahead of Toni Helminen (Finland) while Randy Crossno (California) and Matt Lambertson (Pennsylvania) were slated to share Row Three of the grid.  Before the race even began, however, Marneef failed to join the grid, allowing the entire inside line to move up a row. This allowed Crossno to assume the third starting spot, and Adam Dock (Texas) [...]

IndyCar seals return to Brazil in ’15

September 18th, 2014

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IndyCar’s long-expected return to Brazil has been confirmed, with the series set to race at Brasilia’s Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet on March 8 next year. Plans for a return to Brazil have been in the works for many months, and Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar parent company Hulman & Co, said that confirmation of the race is a significant step in the ongoing rebuilding of the series. “We’re eager to continue IndyCar’s rich history of racing in Brazil with today’s announcement of an IndyCar Series event in Brasilia next season,” Miles said. “This event is an instrumental step in the growth of IndyCar as we continue to execute our strategy of adding race markets and events that drive us forward. “IndyCar fans throughout the world are unbelievably enthusiastic about our [...]

Holgate Dominant in Homestead

by Seth Eggert on September 15th, 2014

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Week Six of the 2014 Season 3 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Homestead-Miami Speedway. A grand total of 144 sim-racers participated in online races throughout a week where aero-push, cautions, handling, and pit strategy were the dominant storylines. Tim Holgate (Ohio) started on pole with Daniel Olszewski (Ohio) starting on his outside. Starting third was Danno Brookins (Florida), with Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) fourth, and Niles Anders (Plains) rounding out the top five starting positions. Holgate had an excellent start, ditto Trost who passed both Olszewski and Brookins by Turn One, with holgate sprinting to a seven car length lead by the exit of Turn Two. The top three soon consolidated into single file as the Brookins and Anders battled for fourth. The field quickly began to became [...]

CFH close to Chevy deal for 2015

September 11th, 2014

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Chevrolet is emerging as the most likely candidate to partner the newly-merged CFH Racing IndyCar team, with a final decision expected in the coming days. CFH is in the process of being created through a union between Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. Multiple sources have confirmed to AUTOSPORT that Chevrolet is in advanced talks to supply engines and aero kits to the new team, although the deal is still yet to be finalised. Co-owner/driver Carpenter offered few details, but said that he is pleased at how the new team is coming together. “We should have [the manufacturer deal] sorted out within a week, I think,” he said. “I’m really excited. We [ECR and SFHR] are already starting to work on development plans together; combining what we were [...]

Armstrong Wins at Auto Club

by Seth Eggert on September 5th, 2014

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Week 5 of the 2014 Season 3 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to the virtual Inland Empire and Auto Club Speedway for only the third time in its history. A grand total of 227 sim-racers took part in races punctuated by cautions and where the draft, pit strategy and handling were just some of the storylines throughout the entire week of sim racing. Mitch McCracken (Indiana) started on pole with Tim Holgate (Ohio) on his outside. Danno Brookins (Florida) started from the inside of Row Two ahead of Erick Davis (Canada) with Indiana’s own Cary Bettenhausen rounding-out the top five starting positions. McCracken had an excellent start as Holgate quickly made his way to the inside line. Within a lap the top five had broken away from Joe [...]

IndyCar race director joins IMSA

September 5th, 2014

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Beaux Barfield has left IndyCar to take up the role of race director at the United SportsCar Championship’s sanctioning body IMSA, with immediate effect. Barfield previously served as race director for the American Le Mans Series between 2008 and 2011 before moving into a similar role at IndyCar, although his influence was reduced as the result of an overhaul of the series’ judicial system by IndyCar president of competition and operations Derrick Walker. An IndyCar statement thanked Barfield for his contribution and said it will begin sourcing a replacement immediately. “IndyCar would like to thank Beaux Barfield for his contributions to the IndyCar Series during the past three seasons and we wish him all the best as he assumes his new position with IMSA,” it said. “IndyCar’s on-track product showcases [...]

Honda eyes Indy team collaboration

September 5th, 2014

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Honda is hoping to consolidate its stable of single-car teams as part of a plan to reclaim the IndyCar manufacturers’ championship after being beaten by Chevrolet for three years running. Chevrolet secured the 2014 manufacturers’ title with a couple of races to spare, however Honda was still able to salvage a major success from the season by winning the Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay. Honda’s seven-team line-up in 2014 included four single-car outfits, while the only single-car squad in Chevrolet’s four-team stable was Ed Carpenter Racing. HPD vice president and COO Steve Eriksen said that a tighter group of partner teams in 2015 would allow Honda to use its race-weekend resources more effectively. “There’s no doubt there’s benefits from being a multi-car team over single-car teams,” he said. [...]

Daly targets 2015 IndyCar drive

September 2nd, 2014

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GP2 racer Conor Daly is targeting a full-time return to US in 2015 with the ambition of finding a place on the IndyCar grid. The 22-year-old American has spent the past few years dovetailing Indy Lights appearances with GP3 campaigns before moving up to GP2 full-time this year with Lazarus, but he believes that the growing momentum in the US means that the time is right to switch his focus back to his native country. “There’s no ‘abandoning’ anything,” he said. “It’s making a career move that I think is the right time to do, and the right situation, and the right momentum that IndyCar has got right now. “There’s a sense of not a lot of momentum in the young driver paddock in Europe right now, and that’s kind [...]

Kanaan: Ganassi has 2015 momentum

September 1st, 2014

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Tony Kanaan expects Ganassi to carry its recent momentum into the 2015 IndyCar season after he earned his first win for the team in Saturday’s season-finale at Fontana. Kanaan’s win was the third for Ganassi from the last four races, following on from Scott Dixon’s wins at Mid-Ohio and Sonoma. A poor start to the year meant that neither driver was in championship contention going into last weekend’s race, but Kanaan said that the team’s recovery bodes well for next year. “I’m extremely confident,” he said. “I think the team showed the potential when we’re struggling how quick we can turn situations around. “Next year is a whole new ballgame.We have new aero kits coming up. We have a lot of work to do. “But it’s really good to end [...]

Aleshin in huge final practice crash

August 30th, 2014

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Final practice for Saturday’s IndyCar season-finale at Fontana was cut short by a massive accident involving Mikhail Aleshin at Turn 4. The Russian was travelling at speed behind the car of Scott Dixon, who was slowing to enter the pits, when he spun. His Schmidt Peterson Dallara was flicked up the track into that of Charlie Kimball, who was also at full speed on the high line and had nowhere to go. Aleshin’s car launched off Kimball’s and flew into the fence, where it tore away a large section of mesh – leaving its right-front wheel tangled among the wires – before spinning violently back down onto the track and coming to rest. Both the SPM car and Kimball’s Ganassi machine sustained substantial damage, while several other drivers including Marco [...]

Mosport in line for IndyCar return

August 30th, 2014

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IndyCar technical advisor Tony Cotman has carried out a track inspection at Mosport in anticipation of the likely need for a back-up venue for Toronto due to 2015 scheduling conflicts. Toronto’s place on the 2015 calendar has been in doubt for some time due to the Pan-Am Games, which are scheduled for July 10-26, and which will use the same Exhibition Place venue that serves as the staging ground for the IndyCar street circuit, currently Canada’s only venue in the series. Other alternative dates are also proving unviable: the June 6 weekend, which had been mooted as an option for Toronto next year, has been awarded to Texas Motor Speedway. A joint statement from Mosport management and Green Savoree Racing Promotions, which runs the Toronto race, confirmed that the historic [...]

Castroneves on pole, Power struggles

August 29th, 2014

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Helio Castroneves boosted his title hopes by securing pole for Fontana’s IndyCar finale, while a catastrophic session for Will Power leaves the points leader at the rear of the field. Castroneves was the last driver to make his qualifying run and delivered a 218.540mph two-lap average to give himself the top starting spot for Saturday night’s title-deciding race. Juan Pablo Montoya’s early run of 217.621mph was enough to secure a Team Penske 1-2 on the grid. “This certainly helps,” Castroneves said. “But it’s not everything. Will and JP [Juan Pablo Montoya] went out ahead of me and I was able to see their data and make a final adjustment. It wasn’t much, but it was enough to get pole. “But tomorrow is a 500 mile race. Our job is to [...]

Houston loses IndyCar date for 2015

August 29th, 2014

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IndyCar has confirmed that Houston will not be on the series’ schedule in 2015 due to difficulties in securing a workable date. Promoter Mike Lanigan spoke earlier this year about the difficulties in securing a date that was not compromised by other events in the Reliant Stadium complex or the high temperatures of southern Texas in mid-summer. “IndyCar is thankful to Mike Lanigan and his team for all their hard work and for the tremendous support of the Grand Prix of Houston that we received from Shell, Pennzoil and Honda,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “We look forward to a continued relationship with Mi-Jack Promotions and will always keep our options open when it comes to an important [...]

Power leads Castroneves in practice

August 29th, 2014

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Championship rivals Will Power and Helio Castroneves opened this weekend’s IndyCar season-finale with a Team Penske 1-2 in opening practice at Fontana. The pair shot to the top right at the beginning of the session, with Power unloading a 221.389mph in a qualifying simulation run on just his second lap, and Castroneves following suit a few moments later at 221.354mph. With the field having got a head-start on its race preparation work during the open test on Wednesday evening, neither driver completed more than nine laps during the morning. It was a busier session for everyone else, with Ed Carpenter covering 31 laps on his way to going third-fastest, although his speed of 219.413mph was almost two miles per hour slower than the lead Penske drivers. Ganassi’s Scott Dixon, Tony [...]

IndyCar adds New Orleans track

August 27th, 2014

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IndyCar has confirmed that NOLA Motorsports Park will join its schedule in 2015, marking the first time that the series has raced in New Orleans. The series will visit the 13-turn, 2.67-mile road course on April 10-12, two weeks after the first scheduled United States race of the season in St Petersburg. “We’re delighted about the opportunity to showcase the IndyCar Series at NOLA Motorsports Park and to IndyCar fans in the greater New Orleans area,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co, the parent of IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “The commitment from track owner Laney Chouest and his associates, combined with the support we received from the state of Louisiana, was the catalyst in making this come to fruition. “New Orleans has a history of hosting [...]

Demeritt Dominates Motegi

by Seth Eggert on August 27th, 2014

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Week Four of the 2014 Season 3 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Twin Ring Motegi in the Empire of the Sun. Only a mere 52 sim-racers would tackle the track throughout a week of sim racing marked by cautions, handling and passing opportunities that were few and far between. Tim Holgate (Ohio) started on pole, with Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) on his outside. Miguel Angel Martinez (Iberia) slotted into the inside of Row Two with Randy Crossno (California) and Niles Anders (Plains) rounding-out the top five starting positions. Holgate had an excellent start, easily opening up a sizeable gap by Turn One, only for Demeritt to catch-up by the middle of the backstretch. Demeritt swung low, using his momentum to pass Holgate who drifted low to take [...]

Ganassi team was distracted – Dixon

August 27th, 2014

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Outgoing IndyCar champion Scott Dixon believes that internal distractions over the winter played a role in his Chip Ganassi team’s slow start to the 2014 IndyCar season. Dixon has recovered from a poor start to the year to win two of the last three races, backing up his victory at Mid-Ohio with another win at Sonoma last weekend. However, the reigning champion heads into this weekend’s Fontana finale 103 points adrift of Will Power, and the New Zealander admitted that the team had not developed as fast as it needed to during the winter. “I think we started the season a little light in development,” Dixon said. “We had a lot of other projects as a team going on with the switch in engine manufacturer, but the switch to Chevy [...]