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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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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 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.

Skip Barber 2k World Cup – Nassi Returns and Wins

by Paul Malokas on October 8th, 2015

Mikko Nassi and Ricardo Faria fight for the lead

After a dominating win by Philip Leybaert at Lime Rock, the 2k Cup moved on to Philip Island this week. This was expected to be a much different race due to Philip Island’s long straights and wide corners. The championship standings are still settling after starting the season at the Motegi oval. Philip Island should add more clarity to who the contenders will be for the rest of the season. Standings, results and links to video replays can be found at Qualifying: The first lap of qualifying saw previous league champion, Mikko Nassi, return and set the pace with a 1:47.541. He was followed by Ricardo Faria and Paul Malokas. The critical second lap saw some changes to this order. Nassi improved his lap time and captured pole position, [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Desert Breakdown

by Scott Smith on October 5th, 2015


The road was narrow and the sky resembled a color like the shallow waters of the Bahamas. There wasn’t a cloud in sight. The planet’s host star was suspended in the air like the watchful eye of a guardian; a flaming hot one warming the cacti littering the rugged landscape. Giant red-tinged rocks and tan sands were in abundance. And occasionally, a winged creature resembling a buzzard, would swoop out of the turquoise sky and stretch its wings alongside the speeding big rig. RJ’s watch had quit vibrating some time ago. The metal timepiece coiled around his wrist was silent. It was calm. In its rumbly wake, however, a number was left: 10. There was no decimal point followed by numbers creeping upwards. There were no buttons to push. And [...]

Chubirko Outsmarts The Monster

by Scott Smith on September 30th, 2015


Monsters are known as tough critters – and usually the only way to tame the gnarly beasts is by knockin’ their blocks clean off. In last night’s running of Round 28 of the NASCAR iRacing Class B Open Series, Jake Stergios almost had Miles The Monster’s head severed and the virtual Dover International Speedway conquered, enjoying nearly a full straightaway advantage over Nikolas Shelton with only nine laps remaining. Nevertheless, late race cautions can throw a monkey wrench into the strategy of even the fastest racers. And that’s exactly what happened as Jacob Herbert’s spinning Chevrolet Camaro brought out the third yellow flag of the race. The leaders pitted, employing a mixed bag of both two and four tire strategies. Scored in 13th at the time, Brandon Chubirko rolled the [...]’s Dale Lomas test-drives iRacing’s Nordschleife

by Jack Davidson on September 24th, 2015


Dale Lomas from, an expert on all things Nürburgring, was kind enough to test-drive our version of the Nordschleife. Here’s what he had to say. The Nürburgring is tentatively scheduled for release this November.

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Rublix Lands in Chi-Town

September 21st, 2015

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The winds blew with enough force to overturn an elephant, but the house stood strong. Tree limbs cracked, while the bowling of strikes from the heavens and the thud of Jawbreaker-sized hail hitting the ground, composed the ambiance outside the large brick home. Inside, none of that was heard. In a basement room of the house was a man sitting in a contraption that moved and bucked like a bull. Only its legs weren’t stitched together with flesh and bone. They were comprised of nuts, bolts, aluminum, and hydraulic fluid. It sounded like robots when it moved and it moved often. Rublix Jenkins was a sim-racer. And every morning began the same. He would lock himself into his room of electronic pleasure, staying for hours, unaware of the outside world [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series powered by – The Dawn of a New Era

by Matt Holden on September 19th, 2015

The first lap on the new Dynamic Tracks for the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series at Darlington Raceway

Who would have thought that, after three races in a row that were so strategy-heavy in the later stages of the race, the fourth in that series would be so unpredictable?  So much so that even those of us who were taking part in the race itself were struggling to get a hold on what was going on with their own car, much less everyone else?  I’ll be the first to admit that it caught me off guard.  Our whole Gale Force Racing team was caught off guard, not just Nick Ottinger, Peter Fisher, and myself.   This time though, it wasn’t the cars that were bad.  In fact, they were awesome right up until the race session began.  We simply did not prepare properly for this race, and for a [...]

Aero Wars: The uphill battle NASCAR has gotten itself into

by Matt Holden on July 25th, 2015


The year is 1968.  The racing series:  Formula 1.  Colin Chapman bolts a small front wing and a rear spoiler onto Graham Hill’s Lotus 49.  The result is tremendous.  All Formula 1 teams follow suit in affixing their cars with some kind of aerofoil-shaped device on their cars.  Dubbed “guillotine” wings because….well never mind, let’s just end that with the fact that they were banned at one point in 1969 and returned after the FIA was able to drum up some rules on how they could be attached to the cars. What does the 1968 Formula 1 season have anything to do with NASCAR?  That’s like asking what did the Wright Flyer do for Boeing’s 747!  The moment Chapman bolted a wing onto Hill’s car, it started a revolution.  Many [...]

Ty Brings Home the Win at State Park Speedway

by David Phillips on May 18th, 2015

Ty Majeski strikes a familiar pose . . .

Ty Majeski took a big step towards a successful defense of his ARCA Midwest Tour title by winning the second round of the 2015 series at State Park Speedway in Wausau, WI.  Despite posting a record-breaking qualifying lap in the iRacing Ford Fusion, Majeski was bumped down to second by Tim Sauter.  After coming from P7 to second in the Fast Dash race, Majeski traded paint — and the lead — with Sauter over the final 13 laps of the 100 lap feature before the veteran sim racer grabbed the lead for keeps with five laps remaining. “(Sauter) got me a little messed up there and I returned the favor,” said Majeski.  “But that, that’s just typical short track racing. It was awesome! Kudos to him, he could’ve wrecked me [...]

CXC Simulations iRacing Meet-Up Slated for June 6

by David Phillips on April 29th, 2015

motorsport simulations

CXC Simulations, designers and manufacturers of advanced personal racing simulation equipment, is holding an iRacing Meet-Up on June 6.  The event runs from 11 am to 6 pm at CXC Simulation headquarters at 5261 W. Imperial Hwy Unit B, Los Angeles, CA 90045. The agenda includes a giant LAN race, vendor product demos and give aways, and a gear swap & sell.  Best of all lunch will be provided! iRacers are requested to RSVP at: See the forum post for complete information.

From Online to On-Track Competition, Byron Quickly Finds Success

by Deb Williams on April 13th, 2015

From Online to On-Track Competition, Byron Quickly Finds Success

Stock car racing first caught William Byron’s attention at age 6 when he was channel surfing on his family’s TV, but it was iRacing on his computer that eventually led him to on-track competition. Today, the 17-year-old Byron is driving for two Mooresville-based teams: HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East, where he’s vying for the series title and rookie honors, and JR Motorsports in the late model ranks. Read more here: Photo: Rainier Ehrhardt NASCAR via Getty Images

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series powered by – Two Wide and Handsome

by Matt Holden on March 4th, 2015

Just repeat this formation for 16 rows and you have the race!

We had this grand plan laid out last month:  We’d get a decent finish at Daytona and use that as a springboard into a good season.  Instead of wadding the Daytona car up before the first pit stop, we’d just sail under the radar, get away with a few dents and scratches and start the season proper at Las Vegas without ever uttering the phrase “drop week”. This year would be different! It wasn’t.  The hopes of a luck-filled season disappeared before anyone had begun discussing what to do on the first pit stop.  All six of our Gale Force Racing drivers had settled into their respective positions on track, stuck in whichever lane they had wound up in at the time.  While our spotter, Peter Fisher, hadn’t let off [...]

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 [...]

Majeski Rides Late Pass to Victory

by Stan Bragg Jr. on December 3rd, 2014

SK Mods Langley 2014 S4 Majeski Bragg

Week 5 of 2014 Season 4 saw the NASCAR 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

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


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

Homestead 2

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

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

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


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 [...]