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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Norton Tames The Lady in Black

by Seth Eggert on December 9th, 2014

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Racing Simulation

Week Four of the 2014 Season 4 iRacing.com 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 [...]

Majeski Rides Late Pass to Victory

by Stan Bragg Jr. on December 3rd, 2014

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SK Mods Langley 2014 S4 Majeski Bragg

Week 5 of 2014 Season 4 saw the NASCAR iRacing.com SK Modified Series ventures to Hampton, Virginia for a meeting with Langley Speedway. Langley is one of the flattest tracks in the area with just six degrees of a banking and measuring at just .395 miles in length. Setting-up for this shortest of short track can be a challenge as, with the long sweeping corners, you need to have a setup that rotates through the center of the corner while still having enough grip to power out of the corner without causing too much oversteer.  And just to make the sim racing even more interesting, drivers must avoid the bump entering Turn 1 each and every lap. Even if you were to accomplish all of that, overtaking opportunities are at [...]

PJ Stergios Rumbles the Sprint Cars Back on inRacing News

by Brooks Westfall on November 5th, 2014

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PJ Stergios leads the field to the green flag.

After a brief leave of absence, the iRacing Sprint Car Cup returns to inRacingNews for the modified, shorter Season 4. Before the season even began, many of the “regulars” in the Sprint Car were unsure about the car’s recent change to the New Tire Model, which drastically modified the car’s performance. Some decided the change was too much for them, and opted out of this season’s action. Others, however, decided it was time for change. The community has come together to help get through what figures to be a supremely challenging time. Nevertheless, many faithful sim racers turned-out for the season opener in the wild west: Phoenix International Raceway. The 40 lap sim race began with PJ Stergios leading the field to the green, followed by Fred Lampela and Vinnie [...]

What if This is the Future?

by Thiago Izequiel on October 28th, 2014

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So, let me start being very clear about one thing: I love motorsports. I do.  I really do!  More than anything else. Are we clear with that?  OK. Now, this is of course, my opinion. My way of seeing things related to this issue. I don’t usually write about subjects like this, because honestly, sometimes (OK, almost always) people don’t agree with us and since this is the internet, I don’t feel comfortable about being shouted at for something that it’s my right to do: Having an opinion about something. But this time I just felt like I needed to write it down. I’m here at iRacing for almost four years. And I’m not lying when I tell you that I discovered this service a couple of months after buying [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series – The Checkered has Waved

by Matt Holden on October 8th, 2014

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I’ve been through five Pro-level races at Homestead in the past three years, and each one has presented its own unique set of problems.  This week’s finale for the 2014 NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series brought a new variable:  points.  Like I said in my last article, this was the first time the #05 team (or Gale Force Racing as a whole, for that matter) has gotten to a finale with a chance to win a championship.  Yes, it was a long shot, but Nick (Ottinger) still had a mathematical shot at winning the title at the last restart.  Had Mike Conti and Ray Alfalla both been caught up in a crash and couldn’t get back out on track, it could have happened. However, it did not, and never before has [...]

Classic New Venue for Classic Drivers

by Thiago Izequiel on September 22nd, 2014

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Smoke screen on the last lap.

The sixth week for the Classic Team Championship in 2014rought the sim racers to Donington Park, a classic track that arrived one the service one and a half month ago, bringing new challenges and fulfilling the wishes of many. The virtual replica of the famous European race track was probably one of the biggest achievements of iRacing so far, and it was time for the Lotus 79 drivers to officially do their first laps there. The week had 10 official races, one of them the SoF race with two splits.  The week’s winners were Maykel Melis, Alex Saunders, PJ Gaudie, Michel Dudognon, Marcel Penzkofer, Tapani Linnaluoto, David Wormald and Andre Heggheim. Dudognon won three times, one of them coming in the Sunday’s main event, achieving his first victory in a [...]

The Top, Back in Black

by Thiago Izequiel on September 15th, 2014

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Gernot Fritsche is back on the sunday victories.

Brazilian portuguese version below Sebring was the fifth race on the schedule of the Classic Lotus Grand Prix for 2014 Season 3. Like last week’s venue (Canadian Tire Motorsports Park), Sebring is a fast and very bumpy track – if not moreso – but less popular. The fact is, Sebring does not like ground effect cars and the feeling is mutual when it involves the Lotus 79. With the major bumps and some very slow corners, it’s a big challenge for the drivers to keep their cars under control, thus it is twice as important for them to understand and dominate their setups. Eight official races took  place, one of them being a two-split event: Sunday’s SoF race. Michel Dudognon, Gernot Fritsche (who won three times), Marcel Penzkofer, Richard Walker, [...]

A Different Way to Introduce Sim Racing Teams

by Thiago Izequiel on August 27th, 2014

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The “Desafio das Equipes” (Teams’ Challenge) made its debut on August 1. This Brazilian league started their activities with a different approach: aiming to give more focus on brazilian sim racing teams (for a start) who are part of the Brazilian sim racing scene. An oval series, the events run on a biweekly schedule, counting a total of 10 races, finishing by December 5. Each event has a challenging team, who borrows its name for the hosted session, sponsored by “Óticas Diniz” and with the support of Racespot, that broadcasts live via streaming each race. Running Nationwide series Chevrolet Camaros and Ford Mustangs, the 10 races schedule includes Daytona, Texas, Atlanta, Auto Club Speedway, Talladega, Watkins Glen, Michigan, Indianapolis, Charlotte and Las Vegas. The events at Daytona and Texas already [...]

Anders Wins in Milwaukee

by Seth Eggert on August 22nd, 2014

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Sim Racing

Week Three of the 2014 Season 3 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. A total of 156 sim-racers took to the track this week, with cautions, handling and tire conservation just some of the storylines throughout the week of sim racing. Mitch McCracken (Indiana) started in the pole position with Tim Holgate (Ohio) starting second ahead of Niles Anders (Plains) and Randy Crossno (California) with Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) rounding out the top five starting. McCracken had an excellent start, easily clearing Holgate by Turn One and proceeded to build a five car length lead over the second place Dallara DW12.  McCracken’s lead would be short-lived however, as a wreck in the back slowed the field on Lap 4. Matt Lambertson (Pennsylvania) [...]

A Fitting Farewell

by Seth Eggert on July 29th, 2014

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Week Twelve of the 2014 Season 2 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Twin Ring Motegi in the Empire of the Sun. A total of 23 sim-racers would tackle the track throughout the week. The story of the week would be handling, and the final official series race in the IndyCar Dallara Circa 2011. Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) qualified on the pole, with Georg Naujoks (DE-AT-CH) on his outside. Jon Goke (International) started third, with Denis Garese (France) and Connor Cross (Ohio) rounding-out the top five starting positions. At the green, both Trost and Goke had excellent  jumps as Naujoks laid back on the start. Although Trost and Goke quickly opened-up a five car length lead on Garese, their lead would be short-lived as TM Hauser (DE-AT-CH) got loose [...]

Lichtenberg Wins in Pocono

by Seth Eggert on July 17th, 2014

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Week Ten of the 2014 Season 2 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Only 25 sim racers took part in trying to master The Tricky Triangle. The story of the week would be troublesome Turns 1 and 2, along with handling. Erick Davis (Canada) started on pole, with Brendan Lichtenberg (Midwest) on his outside. Dave Jinks (West) started third, with Pablo Donoso (Hispanoamérica) fourth and Kyle Orso (Illinois) rounding out the top five starting positions. Davis had a good start as he gapped Lichtenberg by several car lengths entering Turn 1. Further back in the pack, Henry Clarke (California) went wide in Turn 3 and bounced off the SAFER barrier, damaging his suspension. Instead of holding his car against the wall, Clarke [...]

8 Reasons To Race the Lotus 49

by Justin Sutton on July 8th, 2014

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Jo Siffert classic livery.

After half a season of covering (and occasionally racing in) the Grand Prix Legends series featuring the Lotus 49 I feel marginally qualified to explain why every road-racing enthusiast should purchase this car yesterday.  There are many reasons to participate in this series, some of which are obvious, but others not so much.  In this article I will outline the eight most compelling reasons. 1.  Style Very few cars elicit the kind of passion and emotion of the Lotus 49.  The lines on this classic Formula One car are simple and elegant, and the historic and exotic liveries available for it on Trading Paints are a dime a dozen.  It’s very, very recognizable as well.  Very few racing fans would have a hard time identifying a Lotus 49 within the [...]

Dudognon Wins at Suzuka as Moreira Gains Series Lead

by Marc Dorval, Photos by Thiago Izequiel on July 2nd, 2014

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Leocata, Hill, head into the Chicane

Japan’s Suzuka Circuit was the scene for Week Nine of the Classic Lotus Grand Prix 2014 Series. This fast track usually sees some amazing driving, while remaining a relatively safe course for most. The wind and temperature combined to slow most of the drivers in qualifying, compared to last season. Nonetheless, we saw some great qualifying times from Sachs Racing’s Michel Dudognon (1:50.179) and Ligier’s Nuno Moreira (1:50.192). Four warm-up races were run prior to the main Sunday race. Moreira won three of them, with Dudognon taking the other one. Some attempts were made to sabotage Moreira’s cab on the way to the track, but he still managed to make it on time and win all those races. Elf Team Tyrrell’s Andrea Ventura, leading the series’ Championship Standings, was unable [...]

Kingsbury Wins in Homestead

by Seth Eggert on June 22nd, 2014

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Week Seven of the 2014 Season 2 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Homestead-Miami Speedway. Only 18 sim-racers participated in online races throughout the week. Drive-off of Turn 4, tight sim racing and restarts were the stories of the week. Matt A. Kingsbury (Connecticut) started on pole with Michael Armstong2 (Indiana) on his outside. Starting third was Connor Cross (Ohio), with Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) fourth, and Brendan Lichtenberg (Midwest) rounding out the top five starting positions. Both Matt Kingsbury and Cross got off to good starts, clearing Armstrong by Turn 1. However, the green flag run was short-lived as Paul Jennings (Carolina), ricocheted off of Mark Shaffer (West), and slammed the outside wall, ending his race after only five laps. The early caution immediately created different strategies as [...]

“Cross”ing off Texas

by Seth Eggert on June 16th, 2014

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Sim Racing

Week Six of the 2014 Season 2 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. A total 58 sim-racers took to the track this week. The stories of the week would handling and be the ability to keep up with the leaders. Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) started on pole, with Matt A. Kingsbury (Connecticut) starting on his outside. Connor Cross (Ohio) started third, with Ricardo Rossi (Brazil) fourth, and Aaron Kitterman (Illinois) rounded out the top five starting positions. Trost, Kingsbury, and Cross all had great starts as they easily gapped the rest of the field by Turn One. As the leaders continued stretching their lead, further back in the pack Niall McBride (UK and I) understeered and slammed the outside wall. Two cars [...]

Strategy Double-”Cross”-es Richmond

by Seth Eggert on June 3rd, 2014

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Week Five of the 2014 Season 2 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Richmond International Raceway. Only 28 sim-racers participated in online races throughout the week, nearly matching a season low in participation. Handling  and pit strategy would be the stories throughout the week of sim-racing with the new Dallara DW12. Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) started on the pole with Herman Pfander (DE-AT-CH) starting on his outside. Philippe Lambert (France) started third ahead of Connor Cross (Ohio) with Rob Unglenieks (Michigan) rounding out the top five starting positions. Demeritt got off to an excellent start as Pfander laid back a full row at the green. This advantage gave Demeritt a three car length lead over Pfander by the time he reached Turn One. As Pfander closed-in on Demeritt [...]

A Design Contest Story: From iRacing to Real Racing

by Thiago Izequiel on June 2nd, 2014

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Bobby testing his new car.

Last year, by the month of October, I was taking a look on the iRacing forums for paint requests. I’m a Brazilian graphic designer, living in Rio de Janeiro, and had decided to offer my services for the community – as many of you reading this right now already know. Before, I would only paint for myself or for friends, mainly to create sim-racing teams liveries, but things got different in a quick way after making this decision to offer my services to the iRacers everywhere. One topic called my attention: It was about a contest and the author was Robert Eberle. I didn’t know him yet, but got interested on his public proposal. He was looking for a new design on his Pro Mazda.  It was very simple: He [...]

Moreira wins in Lotus 79 Sonoma, Gernot Fritsche DNF!

by Marc Dorval on May 27th, 2014

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Week 4 of the Classic Lotus Grand Prix Series was held at the Sonoma Raceway in California, USA. Many regular drivers spent the week practicing for the iRacing Indy race and so were not ready to qualify and race with us. Despite that, 29 cars registered for the main Sunday race! Lotus driver Gernot Fritsche and Ligier’s Nuno Moreira were one-two on the grid today, with qualifying times of 1:20.048 and 1:20.083 respectively. The slowest qualifier timed a lap at 1:24.993. Turn Two Incident Moreira got a great start at the green light over Fritsche, and the two ran side-by-side through Turn One and up the hill to Turn Two. As they were jostling for space, Fritsche’s right wheels touched the dirt slightly. Coming back on the asphalt, Fritsche touched [...]

A New Season Starts for Brazilian Leagues

by Thiago Izequiel on May 23rd, 2014

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A big field of cars on the 1st race of BLMS.
O grid estava realmente cheio na 1ª etapa da BLMS.

Two weeks ago, after a short break, Brazilian leagues started their new season of races for this year. Two of them are iRacing Brasil and Brasil Lemans Series, which I have been covering for iRacing News since the first season of this year. Both leagues follow the official iRacing calendar for their series and, this time, they decided to join forces and do a partnership. The product of this was a promo for iRacers, with a subscription fee discount so they could be more motivated to race two similar championships (one for each league) simultaneously, based on iRacing GT3 Challenge. The idea was a success and more than 100 sim-racers joined up to race on both leagues. Because of that, iRacing Brasil had to create a rookie series for the [...]

Laguna Seca + Power – Downforce = Win

by Justin Sutton on May 22nd, 2014

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I can see my house from here!

Thirteen sim-racers lined up on the grid at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in their Lotus 49s for a 2834 SOF race.  The top three qualifiers (Michel Dudognon, Mick Claridge, and Jason Shadd) all posted times in the low 1:24s and were separated by less than a quarter of a second.  Behind them came another set of three (Gary Teall, Peter LeBlanc, and Jack Ulstad) who were all in the 1:25s and less than half a second apart, while a group of four at the back didn’t qualify and had big question marks looming over them.  Claridge was only ninth in the points last week at COTA and was certainly looking to regain some ground in the championship after qualifying 0.022s slower than Dudognon. The many changes of altitude at Laguna [...]