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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.

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 [...]

Next Up on Ask A Pro: Graham Rahal

by Glen Alden on April 21st, 2014


Verizon IndyCar Series star Graham Rahal will serve as the next Online Driving Instructor for the Road Racing Driver’s Club’s highly acclaimed SAFEisFAST website, which is now presented by Honda and features recently announced Worldwide Ambassador Dario Franchitti. From today until next Sunday, April 27, questions for Rahal can be posed by logging onto and following the link to “Ask The Pros.” His answers will be posted for the following two weeks. Aspiring race drivers and serious fans alike will be hard-pressed to come up with a racing topic the 25-year-old Ohioan can’t tackle from personal experience. Eleven years ago, at age 14, Rahal (son of three-time IndyCar Series champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal) jumped from shifter karts into the fledgling Formula BMW series. In 2005, [...]

iRacer Simona De Silvestro to Serve as Online Instructor

by Glen Alden on January 15th, 2014

iRacer Simona De Silvestro to Serve as Online Instructor

There have been plenty of talented female racers over the years, and one who is steadily gaining in prominence, Switzerland’s Simona De Silvestro, will be available to offer advice and answer questions as she becomes the latest Online Driving Instructor for the Road Racing Drivers Club’s highly acclaimed website. Questions for De Silvestro — an iRacer since 2009 — can be posted to the website throughout this week. Her answers will be available from next Monday, January 20. is a free online resource featuring video tutorials on a wide variety of topics including safety, fitness, mental skills, race craft, career development, sponsorship, marketing and more to assist the careers of drivers in all forms of racing. De Silvestro will become the latest top-line professional to be featured on [...]

Takuma Sato Becomes RRDC Online Instructor

by Tamy Valkosky on July 18th, 2013

Takuma Sato Becomes RRDC Online Instructor

Newest Video Tutorial Highlights Resources for Drivers to Improve Road Safety Takuma Sato, who first sprung to prominence in his native Japan in 2004 when he became only the second Japanese driver ever to score a podium finish in Formula 1 – and this year earned his first IZOD IndyCar Series victory when he guided the legendary A.J. Foyt’s #14 ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara-Honda DW12 to the checkered flag on the streets of downtown Long Beach, Calif. – has become the latest top-line driver to lend his time as an Online Driving Instructor for the Road Racing Drivers Club’s highly acclaimed website. Questions for Sato can be sent via from now through Sunday. His answers will be posted beginning next Monday (July 22). This week also sees [...]

McLaren, Vodafone partnership to end

March 14th, 2013

McLaren, Vodafone partnership to end

McLaren’s long-running title sponsorship deal with Vodafone will end later this year. The partnership began in 2007, but it had been widely expected since last season that the contract would not be renewed when it ran out at the end of ’13

Grosjean leads test day two for Lotus

February 6th, 2013

Grosjean leads test day two for Lotus

Romain Grosjean set the pace on the second day of pre-season Formula 1 testing at Jerez, while Lewis Hamilton’s first outing for Mercedes was cut short by a crash. Lotus driver Grosjean, who led the way in the morning , went faster on a series of short runs on the soft tyre in the afternoon

Indy 500 Winning Team Owner Bryan Herta Offers Free Online Advice

December 3rd, 2012

Indy 500 Winning Team Owner Bryan Herta Offers Free Online Advice

Newest SAFEisFAST Video Tutorial Focuses on Maximizing the Benefits from Simulation Programs Bryan Herta is one of the most recognizable characters in American auto racing. An accomplished driver and team owner, Herta has never shied away from helping other youngsters to follow in his footsteps, as evidenced by his personal support of the Team USA Scholarship – of which he was a recipient in 1991 – as soon as he achieved professional status himself. Starting today, Herta will continue in that vein as he becomes the latest Online Instructor for the Road Racing Drivers’ Club’s acclaimed initiative. Beginning today, questions to Herta will be accepted via His answers will be posted daily beginning next Monday, December 10.  In adddition, a new video tutorial entitled “Getting the Most out [...]

Button worried about first-lap chaos

November 17th, 2012

Button worried about first-lap chaos

Jenson Button fears he is at risk of getting caught up in a chaotic first corner after a technical problem left him 12th on the United States Grand Prix grid.

Button: Second will be better than pole

November 15th, 2012

Button: Second will be better than pole

Jenson Button suspects that qualifying second for the United States Grand Prix might be better than starting on pole position. The McLaren driver believes that the run out of the second slot on the grid is a little flatter than it is for first, meaning that whoever qualifies there could have an edge on the charge to the first corner

Button relieved to avoid collision

September 23rd, 2012

Button relieved to avoid collision

Jenson Button admitted that it would have been a major embarrassment had he taken Sebastian Vettel and himself out of the Singapore Grand Prix behind the safety car. The McLaren driver avoided a collision with Vettel by just inches as the pair were weaving while attempting to warm-up their tyres as the safety car prepared to pull in at the end of lap 36

McLaren tipped for Monza success

September 6th, 2012

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

2011 Japan Grand Prix

by David Phillips on October 12th, 2011

racing simulation

Nearly 250 iRacers took advantage of last Saturday’s 2011 Japan Grand Prix at Suzuka International Circuit to see if they could “be like Jenson” — ie Jenson Button, who scored his third win of the 2011 World Drivers Championship at Suzuka on Sunday. Sebastian Schmalenbach (DE-AT-CH) topped the highest strength of field race of the day, leading 35 of 53 laps en route to an 8.716s victory over Rudy van Buren (Benelux) with Jake Stergios (New England) another .7s adrift of van Buren’s Williams-Toyota FW31. Istvan Balogh (Central Eastern Europe) won the closest race of the day, pipping Sergey Zakharov (Central Easter Europe) by just .103s with Jonathan Auger (Eastern Canada) in third, 4.7s back of the winner. That race also saw the lead change hands nine times, with [...] Japan GP Slated for October 8

October 5th, 2011

racing simulations

Scene of some of the most exciting – and controversial — races in the history of the World Drivers Championship, Suzuka Circuit hosts the final event in the 2011 World Tour of iRacing on October 8, 2011: the Japan Grand Prix.    Slated to run the day before Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and friends contest the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix, the Japanese Grand Prix features the Williams-Toyota FW31 and will consist of 53 laps of the 17 turn, 3.6 mile Suzuka Grand Prix circuit with its distinctive cross-over/figure 8 layout. Open practice and qualifying begins Thursday, October 6 at 00:30 GMT (Thursday, October 5 at 8:30 pm ET), and is open to all iRacing members who own the car and track content. The [...]

Three’s Company, 363 is a Crowd

by David Phillips on August 29th, 2011

The Belgian Grand Prix attracted more than 350 entries from iRacers around the world.

Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber and Jenson Button had plenty of company on the podium at Spa-Francorchamps over the weekend.  Less than 24 hours before 24 Formula One pilotes set off for the 2011 Shell Belgian Grand Prix, more than 363 iRacers took to the challenging 4.35 mile circuit in their virtual Williams-Toyota FW31s for the Belgian Grand Prix as part of the 2011 World Tour of iRacing. The entry produced 14 splits of 26 iRacers with Atze Kerkhof leading 40 of 44 laps in the top strength of field (4304) event to best fellow Benelux Club member Rudy van Buren by 16.9s with Alberto Baraldi (Italy) coming home third.  Other winners included Richard Crozier (Celtic), Marko Penttinen (Finland), Sam Hazim (Celtic), Philip Widdowson (England), Russell Kao (California), Andrew Hartley [...]

F-1 Notes: Williams Considering Selling Shares

January 24th, 2011


BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — If you have ever wanted to own a F-1 team, but perhaps didn’t have the multimillions needed to buy it, you may soon get the chance to own at least part of one. Williams is considering a flotation of shares of its team on the stock market.

Alonso Has Eyes On Schumacher

January 17th, 2011

Alonso Has Eyes On Schumacher

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is certain that Michael Schumacher (pictured) will be a serious Formula One title threat in 2011. (Steve Etherington Photo) BLOOMINGTON, Minn.

Sudden Impact

by David Phillips on December 30th, 2010

Sudden Impact

Some questions about iRacing’s relevance to real world racing were answered last summer when Greger Huttu acquitted himself quite well in the Skip Barber Racing School and in a test of Andersen Racing’s Star Mazda at Road Atlanta.  An accomplished sim racer who dominated the iRacing World Championship Series Road Racing championship, Huttu had never so much as sat in a race car before his experiences at Road Atlanta. A few more questions were answered last month when Panther Racing signed J.R Hildebrand to a multi-year agreement to drive their IndyCar following a successful test at Phoenix International Raceway.  Winner of the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights Championship but with no previous experience at PIR in an IndyCar, Hildebrand used iRacing to prepare for the test. Although the results speak for [...]

F-1 Notes: Bandits Try To Attack Button

November 9th, 2010

F-1 Notes: Bandits Try To Attack Button

BRAZILIAN TURNS: Sebastian Vettel leads the field through the opening turns of the Brazilian Grand Prix Sunday afternoon. (Steve Etherington Photo) SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Armed bandits failed to hijack Jenson Button’s car on Saturday evening. Button and three others were riding in a bullet-proof Mercedes driven by a police-trained driver.

Vodafone, McLaren Extend Sponsorship Deal

October 21st, 2010

Vodafone, McLaren Extend Sponsorship Deal

Vodafone will continue to sponsor McLaren and drivers Jenson Button (pictured) and Lewis Hamilton through at least 2013. (Steve Etherington Photo) WOKING, Surrey — The McLaren Mercedes Formula One team won’t have to worry about financial backing until at least 2013 after signing its sponsor Vodafone to a multi-year extension

Suzuka Unkind To Hamilton

October 12th, 2010

Suzuka Unkind To Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton had a rough weekend in Japan at the Suzuka Int'l Racing Course.