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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.
  • David Judson
    Contributor

    29 years old, Dave Judson lives in Mentor, Ohio. Dave has grown up with racing, watching his father win races and championships at the local go-kart track as a youngster and continuing his love of racing while watching NASCAR, Indycar, Formula 1 and sports cars.
    Judson has enjoyed a successful sim-racing career of his own in the IZOD Indycar iRacing Open and Fixed Setup Series. He has race wins to his credits as well as the Division 1 Championship of the Open Series in Season 1 of 2013 and the Overall Championship of the Fixed Series in Season 3 of 2013.
    Dave has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is looking to expand his horizons by writing for inRacingNews.

  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield, 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 his aunt!

  • Raymond 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.

  • 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."

  • Scott Kelly
    Contributor

    Born and raised in the greater St. Louis, Missouri area, Scott Kelly has had a love for motorsports ever since his father did the right thing by introducing auto racing into his life. No longer able to quench his need for speed by spectating NASCAR races on TV and watching dirt track stars slide around local tracks, Kelly eventually picked-up sim racing in his teens, wheeling cars found in Ratbag Games' "Dirt Track Racing" and "World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars" while also becoming introduced into multiple Papyrus sim-racing series. Joining the iRacing ranks in late 2011, Kelly set his sights on the short track racing he was familiar with, focusing on the sprint car, while also driving the Legends and street stock in multiple iRacing.com leagues.

    Kelly brings not just his enthusiasm for racing to the highest-rated motorsports simulation, but also his B.A. degree in English; he covers the action seen in the iRacing.com Sprint Car Series, while also placing the spotlight on various leagues within the service. Enjoying his start to a career in motorsports journalism, Kelly also doesn't mind visiting victory lane from time-to-time.

  • George Wood
    Contributing Writer
    After beginning his racing career with go-karts at age seven, George then turned wrenches on street stocks until he could finally turn the wheel. Following the successes of his friends and family, George has since retired from real-world racing, where he is now a science and mathematics faculty member for several local community colleges. When George isn't grading laboratory reports or iRacing, he is performing at bluegrass festivals in the Northeast, making fishing lures, playing golf, and rooting for his beloved Baltimore Orioles.
  • Chris Hall
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Chris Hall has been writing since the nineties and moved into motorsports reporting in 2005, covering series such as ALMS, British GT, FIA GT, Le Mans and 2CV racing for Full Throttle magazine, Motorsport.com, The-Paddock.net, GTGateway.com, L' Endurance and, of course, inRacingNews. During 2008 and 2009, he worked with the RSS Performance Porsche Carrera Cup Team (and former British GT(C) champions) as a data engineer for a variety of drivers and models of 997s.
  • 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.
  • Dylan Sharman
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in Adelaide and we moved-out for Angle Vale for a few years until I was about 7 years old, when we moved to the Barossa Valley where I live now. I'm 19 years old and currently traveling back and forth weekly as I'm studying for a Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology.

    I've always had a love for racing as my close family did some racing and we were always out at the local dirt track. I joined iRacing back in 2010 and slowly but surely got the hang of it as this is my first experience with sim racing and am loving it each time I race. I've won two SK Modified titles (almost had three in a row but finished P2 in 2011 S4), an iRacingNews Challenge championship (2012 S1 Mazda) and was also an AustralAsian Intel GT Series Finalist.
  • 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.

Cooke’s Iowa Win Clinches IndyCar Crown

by Seth Eggert on April 18th, 2014

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Week Eleven of the 2014 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Iowa Speedway. Only 43 drivers participated in a week of sim-racing where story of the week was the ability to keep up with the front runners. Ron Meier Jr. (Midwest) started on pole with Matt A. Kingsbury (Connecticut) on his outside. Matt Cooke (Canada) qualified on the inside of Row Two with Rob Unglenieks (Michigan) in fourth and Connor Cross (Ohio) rounding out the top five starting positions. Meier had an excellent start, gapping Kingsbury by a handful of car lengths. Kingsbury slowly caught up, until Cooke got around him for second. Kingsbury struggled to keep up with the two front runners as they pulled away, leaving him behind with Cross several more car lengths [...]

Kops’ Third Win; Paes’ Lead at iRacing Brasil

by Thiago Izequiel on April 16th, 2014

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Kops became the driver to win most times at Nascar Pro Series.

Versão em português abaixo NASCAR Pro Series at iRacing Brasil had its ninth race on April 7th. Now, with only April 14th’s final race, Anderson Paes will come as the favorite driver to win the championship. With a 339 points lead, he has a minor advantage against Igor Kops, who has 327 points in second place. This means that, even if Kops can earn his fourth win, becoming the driver with most victories at this season, Paes would need to finish on the top 10 to grab the cup. But with so many kinds of bonus points, things could change. A participant of this series can receive bonus points by finishing the race, finishing without incidents, leading one or more laps, leading the most number of laps and winning. So [...]

Lichtenberg Wins Big in Michigan

by Seth Eggert on April 11th, 2014

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Week Ten of the 2014 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Michigan International Speedway. A season high 123 sim-racers participated in online races throughout the week. Fuel conservation and fuel strategy were the stories throughout the week. Brandon Traino (New Jersey) started on pole with Terry Matthiensen (California) starting on his outside. Brad Sanford (Texas) qualified on the inside of Row Two along side Troy Eddy (Atlantic), with Randy Crossno (California) rounding out the top five starting positions. Traino had an excellent start as Crossno spun his tires, holding-up those behind him. Matt Cooke (Canada) also had an excellent start as he jumped from sixteenth to eleventh by the time the field reached the back stretch. The race quickly became a single-file, follow-the-leader freight train up [...]

Kaique Wins his First Race at Masters of Track

by Thiago Izequiel on April 8th, 2014

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Huge crash changed the whole race.

Versão em português abaixo The races of RUF Masters of Track on iRacing Brasil keep surprising their participants and spectators. Spa-Francorchamps was the eighth race done on the sim-racing series and we have two more to go with no clue of who could be the next champion. Thiago Almeida is still leading the point standings but he only has a one point difference to the second place driver, Ricardo Inácio. A curious fact is that Thiago only won one race and Ricardo doesn’t have any wins until now, while Bruno do Carmo, four-time winner, is in fourth place, eight points behind Almeida. Kaique, with his first victory at this race, managed to climb to third place, with seven points less than the leader. The fifth place Diego Rancaño, is a [...]

Home race at iRacing Brasil: Interlagos!

by Thiago Izequiel on April 1st, 2014

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Starting grid at Interlagos, the 8th race of iRacing Brasil begins.

Versão em português abaixo The eighth race of iRacing Brasil’s schedule took place on March 25th. Races at the Brazilians’ home track, Interlagos are always much anticipated by sim racers from the South American country. Because of this, all participants have a huge amount of practice hours and everyone aims for the first place even more. This mix usually results in exciting online races, achieving the pole position, his first of this season. Kaique has been fighting hard and finishing in the top five since the fourth race, at Silverstone this time was no different. One of the good surprises of this day, was to see Kaique Piropo finally achne. By his side on the first row was the RUF of  Bruno do Carmo, starting at this row for the [...]

Bicca Wins Again; Paes Still Leads at iRacing Brasil

by Thiago Izequiel on March 31st, 2014

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Race start, but not for long. The 1st caution would come at turn 1.

As iRacing Brasil approachs the final moments of NASCAR Pro Series championship, it is still unpredictable to know the next champion of the Brazilian league. So far, seven races and five different winners, with Marcos Bicca winning again at Auto Club Speedway, the last race. Marcos also won at Bristol, showing his skills at two tracks, which require very different driving styles and strategies to make it to the top. But Anderson Paes and Igor Kops are still on the top, separated by only nine points. Bicca came up six positions at the standings and is 43 points behind Paes, the leader until now. With two consecutive wins, can Bicca still fight for the title on the remaining three races? Auto Club Speedway saw a new pole position for Anderson [...]

Spectacular Skippies at Spa

by Justin Sutton on March 31st, 2014

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Townend hangs onto P1 through Eau Rouge and down the Kemmel Straight.

There is only one Circuit de Spa Francorchamps.  Few tracks boast the kind of  history of Spa; even fewer can match the exhilaration of a fast lap through the Ardennes.  When the four dozen competitors from the UK&I Skip Barber league lined-up for the run down to La Source the excitement was palpable.  Blake Townend kicked-off his weekend just the way he wanted grabbing pole with a 2:46.389 from Jonathan Maycock, Sebastian Job, and Wojciech Swirydowicz.  Marc Mercer could only manage P6, sandwiched behind Simon Povey and ahead of George Streetley, meaning before the lights went out Mercer’s 44 point gap was already in jeopardy.  The start was clean as the 48 (!) cars filed through Turn One without incident and Townend actually managed to maintain his lead down the [...]

Tough as Steele

by Brooks Westfall on March 27th, 2014

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Silver Crown Kansas finish

The iRacing.com Silver Crown Cup raced their way into the virtual plains of Kansas for the first race with this car at Kansas Speedway. With many unknowns prior to the event, there was more uncertainty than ever as to who would emerge victorious in Thursday’s sim race.  Jeffery Mays snagged the pole away from Thomas Wargula, who lead 42 of 67 laps. The virtual race at Kansas featured five caution flags totaling 20 laps. An astounding 12 lead changes took place as well, as drivers realized they did not need to lift whilst sailing off into the corners. Drafting and pack racing became more and more important as the online race progressed, giving the edge to whomever could make his/her move at the right time. Several championship contenders were victims [...]

Brink Closes on Radical Lead

by Katier Scott on March 24th, 2014

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Week 7 saw the Radicals tackle Oulton Park's many challenges.

A good week for Lambert Brink, and a poor one for championship leader Tom Lanpheer enabled the Division 2 driver to close to just over 100 points of the top of the 2014 Season 1 standings in the iRacing.com Radical Challenge. In all 155 sim-racers took part in the seventh round of what is promising to be an enthralling and popular season. The Radical SR8 has been “radically” enhanced by the latest version of the NTM which, coupled with some general setup and physics tweaks, have resulted in a car that is better than ever.  This has resulted in regular races and consistent participation, in this case 25 races went ahead, if anything slightly above average for the season, impressive as many series start to see a decline once they [...]

Brazilian “Bristol Baby!” at iRacing Brasil League

by Thiago Izequiel on March 21st, 2014

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Bicca, Murilo Augusto and Nóbrega at the last lap. Nascar Pro Series has a new winner.

NASCAR Pro Series is going for its second half part of the championship, at the Brazilian league “iRacing Brasil”. The series has been always very popular and with many participants until this point. After the fifth race, won by Rafael Matta at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a race of 130 laps who consecrated the fourth winner so far, it was now time for a fifth different sim-racer to go for the Victory Lane, coming from a distant 22nd place at the start. As expected, Bristol was the place of many yellow flags, counting 10 at the total after 180 laps, meaning that 50 laps, or almost one-third of the race, were behind the pace car. Also, there was a big number of leading changes, a total of 19, shared between [...]

Bruno do Carmo: Hat trick at iRacing Brasil

by Thiago Izequiel on March 3rd, 2014

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Bruno do Carmo wins again and leads the championship with a good upperhand.

Versão em português abaixo The 4th race of Masters of Track happened on February 25th, at Brands Hatch, who had Bruno do Carmo on his 2nd consecutive win and 3rd overall at the most popular series of iRacing Brasil. On the grid, 36 cars again broke the record for registered drivers, which was 34 until Silverstone. Masters of Track has 40 sim-racers registered at total, but this number was not yet seen on a online race. Bruno do Carmo now leads the championship, which had Diego Rancaño, the Spanish, at the top of the charts until then, since race number two. But now, Bruno has a good advantage, counting 160 points against 126 from the 2nd place, Henrique Mandziuc. Thiago Almeida, 3rd place, has 118 points, Ricardo Inácio (4th) 116 [...]

Star Mazda Champion takes Pre-WCS Showdown Overall

February 19th, 2014

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Star Mazda

The Pre-WCS (World Championship Series) Showdown took place on Saturday with 30 drivers taking it to the track, and a good one third of the grid holding World Championship licenses. This was a chance for any lower-licensed drivers to race against these drivers as we are getting closer to the start of the 2014 WCS. Event sponsor http://www.v-racing.se jumped onboard and offered a $50 iRacing credit sum for the winner to spice things up. And it sure did… With the showdown taking place in two sequences, the first race took place with the Star Mazda car at Watkins Glen Boot configuration. WCS driver Enzo Bonito showed the way in qualifying as he took pole position infront of Star Mazda specialist Marcus Hamilton and 2014 Pro Series Champion – Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola. [...]

Sim-Racing for Cancer Research

by David Phillips on February 19th, 2014

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2.4 hours of spa

Apex Racing UK will be running a 2.4 hour race on iRacing on March 1  in order to raise some money and awareness for Cancer Research. The race will pit  co47mpetitors against each other around the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit in McLaren MP4-12C and RUF RT 12R Track cars and the event will be broadcast live to http://www.arl-tv.com Many of our fellow racers and families have been affected by cancer, and Apex Racing UK is proud to be able to offer the chance to help make a difference. All entrants to the event will be paying an entry fee, which will go directly to Cancer Research UK.   Apex Racing UK have a variety of prizes to give away, both to donating entrants and spectators throughout the event. ALSO: In the [...]

Huttu Out in Front as Luis Falls By Wayside

by Chris Hall on May 28th, 2013

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Huttu notched win #5 on the season at the Glen, but it was anything but business as usual for the Finn.

When reflecting on the seventh Round of the iRacing,com World Championship Grand Prix Series at Watkins Glenn, people may see it as the turning point of the season for Greger Huttu. The Finn was gifted his fifth victory of the 2013 season when a series of errors saw his main title rival Hugo Luis retire on the opening lap and a Team Redline team-mate hand him the win with a pit-lane mistake. Starting from the second row of the grid, Huttu could only watch as pole-sitter Luis and the sister Redline entry of Atze Kerkhof come together around Turn One. Whilst Kerkhof was able to continue relatively unscathed, Luis was not so fortunate.  As he attempted to recover from the collision, his My3id stable-mate Martin Krönke came into the opening [...]

RSR 2013 Season One recap

by Ed Sutcliff on April 19th, 2013

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Red Sox Racing League 2013 Season One recap Forty-seven drivers, the largest opening day roster in Red Sox Racing League history, signed up for the league’s inaugural season of racing with the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 in Season One of 2013.  Forty-two  showed up for the “Gentleman Jim’s Day” night race at the Daytona road course.  The race was held in honor of “Gentleman” Jim Albertson, a founding member of the league who died in November of 2012 after a long struggle with cancer.  The opening day roster included so many past RSR winners and  champions that odds-makers in Las Vegas refused to take bets on who would win the opening race. Their hesitation to gamble on a front runner was well founded as three different drivers (Paul Hesla, Dustin McGrew, [...]

Vincent perfect at Suzuka

by Ed Sutcliff on April 11th, 2013

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Brad Vincent capped off a terrific season of racing by earning the pole and leading every lap en route to victory in the Red Sox Racing League’s last event of the 2013 Season One schedule, the ”Continental Circus 30” at Suzuka.  It was Vincent’s seventh win in eleven starts, and as was the case in most of his victories this season, he was never seriously challenged.  Vincent’s finishing average lap time was 1.5 seconds faster than his nearest competitor. Suzuka’s 3.6 mile, seventeen mile layout offers drivers a variety of challenges.  Originally designed as a Honda test track in 1962, Suzuka is one of few circuits to have a “figure 8″ layout, with the back straight passing over the front section.  In addition to hosting the Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka [...]

Vincent Clinches Title at Sebring

by Ed Sutcliff on April 4th, 2013

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Brad Vincent clinched the Red Sox Racing League’s 2013 Season One championship in impressive fashion as he earned the pole, led every lap, and dusted the field on the way to his sixth victory of the season at the ”You Bring It!” fifteen lap race at Sebring this week. Speeds during the qualifying session were impressive, with nine drivers posting sub-2:02 lap times.  Vincent was the fastest of the bunch as he earned his seventh pole of the season with an incredible lap time of 1:59.663.  Dean Moll (2:00.998) started on the outside of row one.  Reed Rundell, Les Turner, Andrew Humphrey, Andrew Gantman, Terry Daul, John Koscielniak, Douglas Beard, and Corey A. Wolf filled rows two through five.  Scott Husted, Gerald Livingston, David Weiss, James Prostell Jr., Jeff Thomas, [...]

McGrew on top down under

by Ed Sutcliff on March 24th, 2013

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McGrew on top down under There were three races remaining on the Red Sox Racing League’s 2013 Season One schedule when  members traveled to Australia for the ”Australian Grand Prix 30” at Phillip Island.  Twenty-four drivers made the trip, but a cold forced points leader Brad Vincent to miss his first start of the season.  Vincent’s absence meant Les Turner, Reed Rundell, and Dustin McGrew had a chance to cut into his points lead, but only McGrew was able to take advantage of the opportunity. McGrew earned his third pole of 2013 with a lap time of 1:29.479 to edge out Turner’s 1:29.526 lap.  Rundell put himself in a position to keep pace with both when he posted a time of 1:29.547.  Dean Moll (4th), Corey A. Wolf (5th), Chris [...]

Vincent back on top at VIR

by Ed Sutcliff and Andy Feldman on March 21st, 2013

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Virginia International Raceway (VIR) was the site of this week’s Red Sox Racing League race, the ”McLaren Challenge Trofeo Pirelli”.  Originally opened in 1959, the full VIR road course was transformed in 2000  re-establishing it as a  world-class racing circuit.  The current configuration has seventeen corners along a sprawling 3.27 miles layout with so many twists, turns, and elevation changes that Carroll Shelby once said “one lap at VIR is like a hundred at Watkins Glen”. After competing on the relatively flat road course in Miami last week, RSR drivers arrived in southern Virginia eager to test their skills on the demanding VIR layout.  Brad Vincent led the way during qualifying and earned his sixth pole of the season with a lap time of 1:47.085.  Tommy Rhyne earned the 2nd [...]

McGrew tops the field in Miami

by Ed Sutcliff and Andy Feldman on March 13th, 2013

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After a week in the chilly winter air of upstate New York, members of the Red Sox Racing League were eager to arrive in Miami, Florida for the “John Nemechek 30″ and to bask in the south Florida sun.  Brad Vincent entered week eight with the overall points lead and an impressive streak of four wins and seven podium finishes in RSR’s first season of 2013.  Les Turner, a Canadian driver with plenty of experience and a history of RSR championships stretching back several years was Vincent’s nearest challenger in the championship race. The contrast was stark between Homestead Miami Speedway and the rolling hills of Watkins Glen, New York.  Homestead’s B-course is relatively flat, much wider than Watkins Glen, and it includes a significant section of the banked speedway [...]