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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.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • 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.

Hunter-Reay flies in morning practice

August 29th, 2015

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Ryan Hunter-Reay smashed the Sonoma lap record on his way to setting the fastest time in the second practice session for this weekend’s IndyCar season finale. The Andretti driver reeled off a 1m16.8702s with his first flying lap, and the time remained unbeaten for the rest of the session. The venue’s single-lap qualifying record of 1m17.2393s was set by Will Power in the opening qualifying round last year. However that time would only have been good enough for 12th-fastest on Saturday morning: seven drivers ended the session with times in the sub-1m17s range, with title contender Graham Rahal finishing up just 0.02 seconds off Hunter-Reay’s time. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver could potentially have gone faster still, based on a late radio message to his team suggesting that he’d made [...]

Karam struggling after Wilson crash

August 29th, 2015

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Sage Karam hopes being in the IndyCar paddock at Sonoma will help him come to terms with the circumstances of Justin Wilson’s death following a crash at Pocono last Sunday. Wilson was fatally injured after being struck by airborne debris shed from Karam’s Ganassi car when he hit the wall 20 laps from the finish. OBITUARY: Justin Wilson 1978-2015 While there has been no suggestion the rookie should shoulder any blame for the freak incident, Karam admitted he has been having difficulty coming to terms with what happened. “It’s been a tough week,” said Karam who will be replaced in Ganassi’s #8 entry by Sebastian Saavedra this weekend as scheduled in their part-time deals. “I’ve been working with a psychologist this week, I’ve worked with him in the past, but [...]

Power fastest on Friday at Sonoma

August 29th, 2015

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Will Power was fastest for Penske in the marathon three-and-a-half hour opening IndyCar session at Sonoma on Friday. The reigning champion was on top for most of the afternoon, finally settling on a 1m17.4858s effort that was less than 0.1 seconds off his pole time from last year. “That was an interesting session,” Power said. “It’s the first time we got to try that new [compound] tyre on a long run and it definitely degrades a lot, so I think that’s going to create really good racing. “Obviously [qualifying] tomorrow is what really counts, but I think we’re in a good window. “We’ll just go home, study, and see if we can make some good changes to go a little bit faster.” Graham Rahal’s hopes of toppling Juan Pablo Montoya’s [...]

Servia to race Wilson’s car in finale

August 27th, 2015

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Oriol Servia will race Justin Wilson’s car at this weekend’s IndyCar season finale at Sonoma as a tribute to the Briton, who died earlier this week following a Pocono crash. Wilson suffered a severe head injury on Sunday when he was hit by debris from Sage Karam’s crashing car, and passed away on Monday night. OBITUARY: Justin Wilson, 1978-2015 “Justin was a true racer and advocate to our sport,” said team owner Michael Andretti. “We will have Justin and his family in our hearts this weekend as we honour him in the way he would want us to, by doing what he loved – racing.” Servia was a close friend of Wilson’s, and was hand-picked by his family to drive the #25 Andretti Autosport entry. “The situation is so difficult [...]

Vautier punished for Rahal collision

August 26th, 2015

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Tristan Vautier will miss the first two hours of Friday running time at Sonoma after being found guilty of causing avoidable contact with IndyCar title contender Graham Rahal at Pocono. The Frenchman eliminated himself and Rahal from Sunday’s race when he tried a dive to the Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver’s inside while Rahal was battling side-by-side with Justin Wilson. Vautier was already on probation for making contact with one of his Dale Coyne Racing pit crew at Fontana in late June. In addition to being benched for part of Friday, he has been docked three points and fined $10,000. Elsewhere, IndyCar issued fines for assorted violations of pitlane safety regulations. Penske’s #2 entry for Juan Pablo Montoya was fined $3000 for hitting an air hose – his third such offence [...]

Justin Wilson obituary: 1978-2015

August 25th, 2015

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In an alternative reality, with an altogether more palatable conclusion to Sunday’s Pocono 500 IndyCar race, it’s possible Justin Wilson would have been savouring the latest chapter in his recent renaissance. He’d led the race briefly and run near the front for long periods. Two weeks earlier he’d finished second to his friend Graham Rahal at Mid-Ohio having produced the kind of road course performance that had long since marked him among his peers as the gold standard to which they should all strive – yet few could achieve. Tributes flow for Justin Wilson The 37-year-old Briton was enjoying the kind of break with Andretti Autosport he’d waited his career for. Wilson was finally driving for one of IndyCar’s ‘big three’ – an opportunity ludicrously overdue him and blindingly obvious [...]

Tributes flow for Justin Wilson

August 25th, 2015

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Members of the motorsport community have paid tribute to Justin Wilson, who lost his life following an IndyCar accident at Pocono on Sunday. The popular Brit rose through the junior ranks to reach Formula 1 in 2003 with Minardi and Jaguar, before turning his attention to open-wheel racing in America, winning in both Champ Car and IndyCar. STEFAN WILSON – Made one IndyCar start alongside his brother at Baltimore in 2013 “Can’t even begin to describe the loss I feel right now. He was my Brother, my best friend, my role model and mentor. He was a champion! “He never stopped giving & caring for others. Even at this time. He had pre-chosen to donate his organs to help others in need. #myherojw “I often told him, I just want [...]

Wilson dies from head injuries

August 25th, 2015

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Justin Wilson has died from head injuries sustained when he was struck by debris during Sunday’s IndyCar race at Pocono. He was 37 years old. The Briton was hit on the helmet by the nose section of Sage Karam’s car, which had broken free when the Ganassi rookie spun into the wall on lap 180 of the 200-lap race. Immediately after the impact, Wilson’s Andretti Autosport car skewed down the track and slid head-on into the inside barrier. Safety crews were on the scene swiftly, and Wilson was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital where he was assessed to have suffered severe head injuries. He died on Monday afternoon without regaining consciousness. “With deep sadness, the parents of Justin Wilson, Keith and Lynne, his wife Julia, and [...]

Wilson remains in critical condition

August 24th, 2015

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Justin Wilson remains in a critical condition after suffering a severe head injury in a freak accident during Sunday’s IndyCar race at Pocono. The Briton was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania after being struck on the helmet by a large piece of debris shed by Sage Karam’s Ganassi car after it spun and hit the outside wall. Following the impact, Wilson’s car swung down the track and drifted nose-first into the inside barrier. The medical update, which was released by IndyCar on Monday, indicates that the 37-year-old’s condition is essentially unchanged since he was first assessed yesterday evening.

Wilson in coma with head injury

August 24th, 2015

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Justin Wilson is in a coma and in a critical condition after suffering a severe head injury when he was struck by debris during Sunday’s IndyCar race at Pocono. The Briton was hit on the helmet by a large piece of bodywork shed by Sage Karam’s car when the Ganassi rookie crashed late in the race. Immediately after the impact, Wilson’s car veered left and slammed nose-first into the inside barrier. Safety crews were on the scene immediately, and Wilson was airlifted to nearby Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital, where evaluation of his condition is ongoing. An IndyCar Series statement issued on Sunday night confirmed the severity of his injuries. “All I know is that he was unconscious, he was not responding and he was airlifted,” said Wilson’s [...]

Wilson airlifted to hospital after crash

August 23rd, 2015

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Justin Wilson has been airlifted to hospital after being struck by debris in a crash late in Sunday’s IndyCar race at Pocono. The Andretti Autosport driver had gone high to avoid the wreckage created by Sage Karam, who had crashed into the outside wall while leading. However he hit Karam’s airborne nosecone and veered into the inside barrier. TV replays appeared to show the nosecone striking Wilson’s car in the vicinity of his helmet. Emergency crews responded swiftly, and the Brit was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital, with an IndyCar statement saying he had sustained a head injury. Karam also needed to be helped out of his car, but was later able to walk to an emergency vehicle and was checked at the infield medical centre. [...]

Penske Front Row at Pocono, Kimball Crashes

August 22nd, 2015

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By Dave Moulthrop -During  day one of the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, Helio Castroneves watched Will Power claim the provisional pole as the second car to qualify, Power was able to hold on for the next 10 attempts before his teammate Simon Pagenaud moved to the point. As the 19th car to make an attempt Helio Castroneves jumped to the front of the field with a lap average of 220.530 mph., giving Team Penske the first three starting positions in the 24 car field. Points leader Juan Pablo Montoya in the fourth Penske car qualified 19th. Cars failing to get times were rookie,Stefano Coletti, who crashed in the morning practice and Charlie Kimball who after being the fastest car in practice crashed in turn three during his qualifing lap. [...]

Castroneves on pole, Montoya in 19th

August 22nd, 2015

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Helio Castroneves led a Penske top-three sweep in Pocono IndyCar qualifying, although team-mate and championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya faces the prospect of fighting through from the 10th row. Castroneves bumped Simon Pagenaud from pole with a two-lap average of 220.530mph, while the 220.398mph average set earlier by Will Power – who was second in line to qualify – proved good enough to keep him in third. Based on the performance of his colleagues Montoya might have expected to have started up at the front with them. But the Colombian encountered a load of understeer in the first corner of his first flying lap and was forced to lift off the throttle. His second lap was a little better, but the combined average of 217.194mph ultimately left him down in [...]

Kimball leads Pocono practice

August 22nd, 2015

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Charlie Kimball set the pace in the opening practice session for this weekend’s IndyCar round at Pocono. The Ganassi driver was the first to top the 219.365mph benchmark set by team-mate Sage Karam in the earlier rookie session, and improved his time again later to settle at 40.6554 seconds and 221.373mph. Karam also improved upon his own speed to 220.788mph to end the morning second-fastest for a Ganassi one-two, leaving Penske’s Simon Pagenaud to complete the top three just ahead of team-mate and championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya’s main title rival Graham Rahal had a quiet start to the weekend, and spent the first half of the session towards the bottom of the timesheets before eventually climbing to 11th. He’ll draw some encouragement from the pace of some of [...]

Montoya ‘in good shape’ for run-in

August 20th, 2015

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Juan Pablo Montoya believes he is “in good shape” for the IndyCar title run-in despite having his lead cut to nine points with just two races remaining. The Colombian has led the championship all season, but he has been outscored by Graham Rahal in each of the last four events to tighten up the points race. However, with just races at Pocono and Sonoma remaining over the next two weekends, Montoya believes he will finish the year strongly. “We’re in good shape,” he said. “We won at Pocono last year, and we should run pretty good going to these next races. “You can’t really know what’s going to happen, but I think we’ll be fine. Honestly I do feel we’re going to be OK. “We’ve done a really good job [...]

Andretti team settles lawsuit

August 19th, 2015

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The lawsuit filed against Andretti Autosport by Andretti Sports Marketing has been resolved, although the terms of the settlement have not been disclosed. John Lopes and Starke Taylor, who were co-owners of ASM along with Michael Andretti, launched the suit last week claiming, amongst other things, that Andretti’s IndyCar team is insolvent. A team statement issued on Tuesday said that the parties have reached a preliminary settlement agreement through the assistance of Mediator John R Van Winkle. According to the statement, Van Winkle observed that “all parties … went to extraordinary lengths to keep their employees, fans and the racing community in mind.” The statement also said there will be no further litigation, and that the matter has been dismissed. As part of the settlement, ASM will be sold to [...]

Rahal: Pocono pivotal to title race

August 19th, 2015

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Graham Rahal says the penultimate IndyCar round at Pocono could prove more crucial than Sonoma’s finale, in his bid to overhaul Juan Pablo Montoya and win a maiden title. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver moved from 42 points adrift to within just nine of the ex-F1 driver with two races remaining, following a hometown victory at Mid-Ohio. Penske’s Montoya was in control of the race until the safety car was called for a Sage Karam spin during the final round of pitstops, dropping the Colombian to finish 11th. As Rahal looks to join his father, three-time champion Bobby, as a title winner, he acknowledges that while he’s feeling confident about Sonoma’s double-points finale, the last oval at Pocono on August 23 will be vital. “You know, I feel very confident [...]

Foyt to miss races after surgery

August 19th, 2015

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AJ Foyt will miss the final two races of the IndyCar season while he recovers from recent surgery to his knee. The 80-year-old underwent surgery on August 10 after suffering a staph infection in his right artificial knee; a similar procedure to one performed on his left knee in early 2012. Doctors removed the prosthesis and replaced it with an antibiotic-infused cement spacer to help clear the infection. That is expected to remain in place for around six weeks, after which Foyt will undergo another procedure to have a new artificial knee implanted. A further six weeks of recovery time will follow. “This is one of the worst things I’ve gone through in my life,” said the four-time Indy 500 winner. “Knowing I have five or six weeks dealing with [...]

Harvey tops Lights-focused Sonoma test

August 14th, 2015

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Indy Lights championship leader Jack Harvey declared himself happy with his first IndyCar test after narrowly beating Nelson Piquet Jr and Matt Brabham to lead the non-regulars at Sonoma. Seven drivers turned out on Thursday for the special test, which was allowed under an IndyCar rule that grants teams two additional on-track days if an Indy Lights driver completes at least 50 per cent of the running in each car. Harvey completed 55 laps in a Schmidt car set up by Ryan Briscoe and finished with a fastest lap of 1m18.93s, which was good enough for sixth overall in the morning session. Formula E champion Piquet was just behind him on the unofficial times at 1m19.02s for Team Penske, while Brabham managed a 1m19.03s with Andretti Autosport in the afternoon. [...]

Indy part of Clauson’s 200-race aim

August 14th, 2015

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Dirt track star Bryan Clauson is aiming to use next year’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 as the centerpiece of an attempt to complete a 200-race schedule in 2016. The four-time USAC champion, who already has two Indy starts to his credit, will combine his Indianapolis programme in the No.88 Jonathan Byrd’s Racing entry with appearances in winged and non-winged sprint cars, midget races, and a limited Silver Crown and pavement winged sprint car schedule. “I’m not sure if this is awesome or crazy, but I’m beyond excited for our plans for ‘The Chasing 200 Tour’,” Clauson said. “As a race car driver, you dream of racing on the biggest stages, and this tour gives me the opportunity to race on every big stage in dirt track racing along [...]