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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.

  • 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

    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.

A Season of Highs and Lows

by Seth Eggert on December 18th, 2014

Sim Racing

The 2014 Season 4 IndyCar Oval Series featured a number of high and lows in participation and for the sim-racers who participated. Season 4 of the 2014 IndyCar Oval Series was an abbreviated season, featuring only six weeks of competition instead of the normal dozen weeks. The number of drop weeks was also reduced from four to one. A number of firsts also took place throughout the season. The series crowned another new champion: Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania). The series visited several tracks for the first time, and returned to others after a lengthy hiatus. The series also saw the implementation of single file restarts. The season featured attrition, bad luck, domination, shockers, and several strange moments, among other storylines. The high water mark, participation-wise, came during Week One [...]

4th Annual iRacing Pro Race of Champions Tonight!

by David Phillips on December 15th, 2014

The iRacing International Race of Champions feature top professional racers from across the motorsports specturm.

Past champions Shane Van Gisbergen and Philipp Eng headline an impressive lineup of professional racers expected to compete in tonight’s 4th Annual iRacing Pro Race of Champions.  Van Gisbergen, Eng and other pros from stock, sports and touring cars, open wheel and drag racing will compete against one another from the comfort of their homes on, the world’s foremost online motorsports simulation service. There’s more on the line than bragging rights: iRacing and CXC Simulations have pledged to donate more than $4000 to the favorite charities of the top three finishers. Tonight’s event consists of a 50 lap Super Late Model race at the virtual Iowa Speedway.  The race will be broadcast live on iRacing ( beginning at 9 pm EST. Among the other drivers expected to compete are [...]

Nahkala Takes the Mountain

by Matt Pawelski on December 15th, 2014

IndyCars at Bathurst . . . the mind boggles.  Here Nahkala leads Simon up The Mountain.

Week 3 of the IndyCar road series saw the sim racers leave the Dallara DW12-friendly Phillip Island GP Circuit for something more . . . out of the ordinary. Yep, that’s right, the series took-on Mount Panorama. With fast and flowing sections, nearly vertical plunges and tons of blind corners, the immensely popular and challenging circuit will test every driver. With a 570 foot variation between its highest and lowest points, Mount Panorama has drivers clinging for dear life as they rocket up the mountain past the barriers at full or very close to full throttle, and then shoot right back down, presumably on the edge of control for the entire time. It is a true driver’s circuit, where precision and control and commitment are key. Joonas Nahkala started on [...]

Cornwell Shocks at Dover

by Seth Eggert on December 11th, 2014

Sim Racing

Week Five of the 2014 Season 4 IndyCar Oval series brought the competitors to the high-banked concrete mile known as Dover International Speedway. Only total of 42 sim-racers were brave enough to take on the challenge of the “Monster Mile” throughout the week. Cautions, a difficult pit road entry, a high attrition rate, lapped traffic, single file restarts and tire wear were just some of the storylines that played out throughout the week. Robert German (Texas) started on pole with Daniel Kendall (Illinois) on his outside. Seth Eggert (Carolina) started from the inside of Row Two  alongside Dave Judson (Ohio) fourth with Ray Kingsbury (New England) rounding-out the top five starters. German and Kendall had an excellent start as Eggert was slow coming to take the green, and quickly [...]

Norton Tames The Lady in Black

by Seth Eggert on December 9th, 2014

Racing Simulation

Week Four of the 2014 Season 4 IndyCar Oval sent the series to Darlington Raceway for the first time in series history. Only a mere 31 sim-racers had the courage to tackle the “Track Too Tough to Tame” throughout the week. Cautions, a difficult pit road entry, lap traffic and single file restarts were just some of the storylines that played out throughout the week. Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) started on pole with Matt Pawelski (Pennsylvania) on his outside. Ryan Norton (Florida) started third with Vick Caudill (Michigan) fourth, and Adam Dock (Texas) rounding out the top five starting positions. Both Trost and Pawelski made excellent starts as they easily gapped Norton and Caudill by several car lengths into Turn One. Norton quickly closed back in and passed Pawelski on [...]

Norton Dominates at Lucas Oil Raceway

by Seth Eggert on November 17th, 2014

Racing Simulation

Week Two of the 2014 Season 4 IndyCar Oval sent the series to Lucas Oil Raceway for the first time in series history. Only 23 drivers racers participated in sim racing throughout the week. Cautions, lapped traffic, a tight track and pit road, pit strategy and single file restarts were just some of the storylines that played out throughout the week. Ryan Norton (Florida) started on pole with Rob Unglenieks (Michigan) on his outside. Erich Moraga (Texas) started third with Seth Eggert (Carolina) fourth, and Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) rounding out the top five starting positions. Norton had an excellent start as Unglenieks was nearly a row behind coming to the green. Moraga immediately attempted to pass Unglenieks on the inside in Turn One, only to lose ground to the [...]

Foyt undergoes heart surgery

November 13th, 2014

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Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner AJ Foyt is recovering in a Houston hospital after undergoing successful triple-bypass surgery. The 79-year-old was admitted to Baylor St Luke’s Medical Centre with chest pains last Friday, and medical tests revealed blockages in arteries three days later. He is expected to be released from hospital next Monday. Foyt has endured a number of hospital stays in recent years, many of which stemmed from his 1990 IndyCar accident at Road America. In 2013 he underwent separate back surgeries and hip and knee replacements, and a year earlier received treatment for a life-threatening staph infection following surgery to remove bone spurs from his artificial left knee. His eponymous race team, which is managed by his son Larry, recently announced plans to run a second IndyCar for Briton [...]

Castroneves: Aero kit big speed boost

November 11th, 2014

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Helio Castroneves says that he can already feel the improvements in the new IndyCar aero kit scheduled for 2015, despite having only tested an early iteration of Chevrolet’s oval-spec version. Chevrolet and Honda have testing programmes under way ahead of the homologation deadline in January, with the new bodywork set to make its race debut in St Petersburg. Both manufacturers have actively worked to maintain a high level of secrecy around their projects, although Chevrolet was the victim of leaked spy shots from a road course test at Austin last month. Descriptions from drivers about tests have been correspondingly rare, but while Castroneves declined to discuss when or where he sampled the new kit, the Team Penske star told AUTOSPORT that his initial impressions were that the projected improved lap [...]

Trost Triumphs at Indy

by Seth Eggert on November 6th, 2014

Sim Racing

Season 4 of the 2014 IndyCar Oval Series started out with a bang as the series visited the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 186 drivers participated in sim-racing throughout the week. Aero-push, caution-free races, the draft and single file restarts were just some of the storylines that played out throughout the week. Ryan Norton (Florida) started on pole with Erick Davis (Canada) on his outside. Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) started third with Rob Unglenieks (Michigan) fourth, and Austin Espitee (New England) rounding out the top five starting positions. Norton had an excellent start as Davis was half a row back. Trost immediately took advantage of this to get past Davis. The field quickly became single-file going into Turn One as the top five broke away from Hermann Pfander (DE-AT-CH) and the [...]

Howard signs with BHA for Indy 500

November 3rd, 2014

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Jay Howard will make his first IndyCar appearance in four years at the Indy 500 next May after securing a drive with Bryan Herta Autosport. The Indianapolis-based Briton will drive the team’s #97 entry for what will be his third appearance at Indy. “There are no words that can describe how happy I am for this opportunity,” said Howard. “The entire BHA team all have the same determination and passion to win as I do, so it is a perfect fit.” Despite his previous presences at Indy, Howard has only actually started the race once; a campaign that ended with a tyre failure while running seventh for Schmidt in 2011. His other IndyCar appearances have yielded a career-best finish of 13th, which he achieved at Motegi and Kansas with Roth [...]

IndyCar reveals revamped calendar

October 30th, 2014

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Two new venues and a road course season finale are the main features of the 2015 IndyCar Series schedule, released on Thursday, but a mooted Middle East race is absent. As previously reported, the 2015 season will open with the series’ first visit to Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet in Brasilia on March 8 before moving to the United States for the first domestic race of the year on the streets of St Petersburg three weeks later. The third date on the calendar is reserved for the other new venue, NOLA, which will host the series in mid-April. The long-rumoured Dubai event, which series officials had earmarked for February, has been left off the schedule. Leading the list of notable date changes for already-established events is the selection of Sonoma to [...]

Hawksworth lands Foyt seat for 2015

October 29th, 2014

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IndyCar rising star Jack Hawksworth will join AJ Foyt Racing for 2015 in a deal that marks the realisation of the team’s long-held ambitions to add a full-time second entry. The Briton, who made his debut this year with Bryan Herta Autosport, will race alongside Takuma Sato in Foyt’s #41 car. “This is a great opportunity for me,” said Hawksworth, who will move to Texas to be close to the team’s base. “Ultimately, I want to win races and I feel that this is the place I can do that. We’ve got everything in place. so we have the potential to build something really special. “That’s what excites me. It’s a growing project and I want to grow with it, be a part of it and be a part of [...]

Abt eyes IndyCar move after test

October 28th, 2014

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GP2 and Formula E racer Daniel Abt says that he is more keen than ever to pursue a career in the US after testing an Andretti Autosport IndyCar on Monday. The 21-year-old German spent a day in the car at Barber Motorsports Park, and said that the experience exceeded his expectations. “I’d heard a lot about the car and the squad before, and all the positive things I was told were confirmed,” he said. “I had a fantastic day with plenty of fun and learned a lot. I didn’t do this test out of boredom, but would like to explore options for next year. The test was a cool experience that definitely whets my appetite for more.” The test was the culmination of a fact-finding visit that Abt made to [...]

Chevy plays down IndyCar spy shots

October 17th, 2014

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Chevrolet says that a representative version of its 2015 IndyCar aero kit will not be unveiled until the homologation process is completed, despite spy shots of an early iteration appearing. A member of the public managed to capture a handful of long-distance images of Chevrolet track-testing a version of its aero kit at Austin on Tuesday. The shots, which were released on the internet, represent the first time that images of aero kits from either of IndyCar’s manufacturers have made it into the public arena. Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Programme Manager for IndyCar, did not address the images directly, but he reiterated to AUTOSPORT that the design is still in development. “We are very excited about the first ever Chevrolet aero kit and look forward to unveiling it to the [...]

Hinchcliffe joins Schmidt for 2015

October 7th, 2014

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James Hinchcliffe has signed a multi-year deal to join the Schmidt Peterson Motorsport IndyCar team, where he will replace Simon Pagenaud in the #77 car. The Canadian, who has spent the past three seasons with Andretti Autosport, drove for Schmidt’s Indy Lights team in 2009, and said that he is excited to return to the fold next year. “Despite being around in Indy Lights for years, SPM is a relatively young team in the IndyCar paddock,” Hinchcliffe said. “To see what they have accomplished in the last few seasons has been incredible. Winning races, being competitive at all tracks and finishing in the top five in the championship against more experienced teams at this level is impressive. “Because they are young, there is still room for them to grow and [...]

IndyCar appoints engine director

October 7th, 2014

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IndyCar has reinforced its technical staff with the addition of former Honda Performance Development figure Marvin Riley as director of engine development. Riley will participate in the development of rules and performance standards for the series engine manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda. “I’m happy to have someone of Marvin’s experience join the team,” said IndyCar vice-president of technology Will Phillips. “As well as helping to define the future IndyCar powertrain regulations, Marvin will oversee the engine manufacturers’ performance and competition to ensure they are competing within the current rules.” Riley spent 10 years at HPD, where he most recently served as assistant manager of the engine development department.

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

Sim Racing

Week Seven of the 2014 Season 3 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) [...]