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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.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, 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 Corey's aunt!

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • Ray 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.

  • 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.

Honda reveals 2013 MotoGP contender

January 24th, 2013

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Honda reveals 2013 MotoGP contender

Honda has unveiled the new-liveried 2013 MotoGP bike with which Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez will contest this year’s MotoGP world championship. Dubbed the RC213V, the bike was revealed at Repsol’s Madrid headquarters. 2013 marks the 19th year of the Japanese marque’s partnership with the oil giant.

Juncadella completes Ferrari F1 test

November 9th, 2012

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Juncadella completes Ferrari F1 test

Formula 3 Euro Series and European F3 champion Daniel Juncadella completed his Formula 1 test with Ferrari at the Vallelunga circuit on Friday. The Spaniard earned the outing after winning the FIA’s new European F3 crown this year. Juncadella drove Ferrari’s 2009 single seater, the F60, and completed six runs of eight laps each at the dry, but foggy Italian circuit.

Toro Rosso duo play down Korea repeat

October 27th, 2012

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Toro Rosso duo play down Korea repeat

Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne believe it will be hard to repeat the kind of performance they put on in Korea in tomorrow’s Indian Grand Prix. The Italian squad enjoyed one of its strongest races of the season in Korea a fortnight ago when Vergne finished in eighth and Ricciardo in ninth after showing strong race pace. The Australian driver qualified in 15th position for tomorrow’s race and, although he feels a points finish is still on the cards, he reckons the competition will be tougher than at Yeongam

Espargaro wins Aragon Moto2 thriller

September 30th, 2012

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Espargaro wins Aragon Moto2 thriller

Pol Espargaro claimed his third win of the season on home spoil after a scintillating three-way battle with Moto2 championship rivals Marc Marquez and Andrea Iannone. The trio had been part of a larger group before gradually easing away in the closing stages, their battle building into a thrilling climax. On lap 16 alone Marquez traded position with Iannone five times in as many corners, with the Italian eventually coming out in front

Ferrari wary of Raikkonen threat

September 10th, 2012

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Ferrari wary of Raikkonen threat

Kimi Raikkonen has emerged as a ‘danger man’ for Ferrari’s title hopes, according to the Italian team. The Lotus driver moved up to third place in the standings after Monza thanks to his fifth-place finish, and his impressive consistency leaves him just 38 points behind Fernando Alonso in the standings – and one point behind Lewis Hamilton.

McLaren tipped for Monza success

September 6th, 2012

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McLaren tipped for Monza success

McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are the bookmakers’ tip for victory in this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix. Hamilton is the shortest priced, with Paddy Power offering 3/1 on him scoring his first Monza win on Sunday

Kubica tests factory WRC Fiesta

August 28th, 2012

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Kubica tests factory WRC Fiesta

Robert Kubica tested a factory Ford Fiesta RS WRC in France last month, AUTOSPORT’s sources have confirmed. The Polish driver joined Ford for its development test at the Circuit des Ecuyers close to Reims in central France.

Marquez triumphs in close Brno fight

August 26th, 2012

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Marquez triumphs in close Brno fight

Marc Marquez gave his 2012 Moto2 title hopes a significant boost with victory in a cagey four-way fight at Brno that exploded in the final laps.

Ferrari Reshuffles Engineers

January 14th, 2011

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Chris Dyer has lost his post as head of race track engineering following Ferrari’s pit strategy fiasco in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that cost Fernando Alonso the world championship. Pat Fry replaces Dyer who has been moved to another position within the Scuderia as part of a reshuffle of the engineering department

F-1 Notes: Williams Dumps Hulkenberg

November 23rd, 2010

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ABU DHABI — Team Williams has dumped Nico Hulkenberg despite the promising talent he displayed in his rookie season. Rubens Barrichello has been retained and will compete in a record 19th season in F-1. In recent years the sport has seen wonder kids like Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel soar to stardom and championships.

Formula One Title Race Heating Up

September 20th, 2010

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Formula One Title Race Heating Up

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — While the results of all 19 races will determines who wins the crown, every lap is crucial now as Mark Webber’s four opponents try to oust him from the top of the points table in the final five events. “The Singapore Grand Prix will…give us a clearer idea of the destiny of the world championship,” said McLaren’s Jenson Button.

F-1 Notes: Ferrari Closing On Red Bull

September 14th, 2010

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F-1 Notes: Ferrari Closing On Red Bull

MONZA, Italy — That a Ferrari won the pole for the first time in 31 races is an interesting statistic, but more important is that The Reds fired an ominous warning shot at the Red Bulls. And Ferrari followed up on its pole Saturday with a win on Sunday.

Fernando An Italian Crowd Pleaser

September 12th, 2010

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Fernando An Italian Crowd Pleaser

MONZA, Italy —Fernando Alonso thrilled the tifosi fans by winning Ferrari’s home Grand Prix of Italy on the fabled Monza Autodromo. ”It is something really only possible to compare with the Spanish Grand Prix victory I had in 2006,” he said. “A very, very special win, this one, and very special feelings right now.

F-1 Notes: Will Korea Facility Be Ready?

September 7th, 2010

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — While concern and speculation continue over whether the overall complex of the new Korea Int’l Circuit will be totally finished in time for that country to host its first grand prix on Oct.

Wing Rules Don’t Worry Red Bull

September 7th, 2010

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Red Bull is unconcerned about the more stringent tests the FIA will introduce at the Italian Grand Prix in an effort to prevent the front wings from flexing.

F-1 Notes: Mercedes Focused On 2011

August 31st, 2010

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F-1 Notes: Mercedes Focused On 2011

FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium — It happened a while ago, but it was only at Spa that Timo Glock confirmed to National Speed Sport News an amusing tale. During the winter some hooligans were pelting Glock’s house with snowballs, so he telephoned the police. “Hello,” said the policeman who answered the phone, “This is Michael Schumacher.” Obviously it was not the seven-time world champion but a policeman with a sense of humor, when Glock said, “Hello, this is Timo Glock and I would like to report…” and he went on to tell the policeman what was going on

No Flexibility Issues For Red Bull In Belgium

August 31st, 2010

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FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium — Red Bull’s front wing passed the much tougher load test mandated by the FIA for the Belgian Grand Prix. Indeed, the team used the same wing it did in Hungary. But was it drooping as close to the ground at Spa as it was at the last race