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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.

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series powered by – For the Alpha: the Omega, Part 2

by Matt Holden on July 8th, 2015


Before we dive back into this, let’s review:  We’re talking about how to be more efficient with your setup process, and spend less time trying 28 different setups every week that don’t work and spending more time in the fine-tuning stages.  In the last article, I discussed how to approach the initial setup build, as well as forming a plan for how you’re going to wind up with what you want.  If you missed it, you can check it out here: In that article, I focused primarily on the setup I built for the GFR cars in the Daytona race for the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series.  Nobody in their right mind would expect the setup built for Daytona to have a chance at Charlotte, or Iowa, even, but it [...]

Hendrick Cars Lead Daytona 500 Start

by Dave Moulthrop on February 20th, 2015

Hendrick Cars Lead Daytona 500 Start

The Budweiser Duels had been expected to leave some of the higher profile drivers on the sidelines for the Daytona 500 but after 300 miles of racing there were no surprises and with six of the 49 cars involved in accidents, none of which were major the  cars of Hendrick Motorsports swept the Duels much like they did front row qualifing 5 days earlier. Starting Line Up Daytona International Speedway 57th Annual Daytona 500 Pos Car Driver Team Reason 1. 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 2. 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 3. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet 4. 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Crispy Toyota 5. 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 6. 19 Carl Edwards Arris Toyota 7. 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet [...]

Gordon on Top for Final Daytona 500

by Dave Moulthrop on February 15th, 2015

Gordon on Top for Final Daytona 500

The last time a driver qualified over 200 mph at Daytona International Speedway was 1986 when Cale Yarborough made a single car lap of 203.519 mph. That 200 mph barrier came down during Coors Light qualifying for the 57th Annual Daytona 500. For the first time qualifying for the 500 was done in groups with the 49 entrants broken into two groups. Each group would have 5 minutes of track time with the fastest 24 out of the combined groups moving on to the next round. The frustration was evident from many of the competitors and less than a two minutes into session one an incident involving David Stremme and Clint Bowyer brought out the red flag and eliminated some on the on track momentum many drivers had. The second [...]

The Most Famous Beach in Racing

by Dylan Kapisky on February 11th, 2015

The 2015 NASCAR iRacing Series gets underway with the Daytona 500 the week of February 19.

In Daytona Beach, Florida lies one of the most historic sites in racing, Daytona International Speedway. In roughly one week, hundreds of sim racers will take to a digital recreation of this historic track for’s Daytona 500 in the NASCAR iRacing Series – Open and Fixed setups.  Daytona is home to the most prestigious race on the NASCAR circuit, and has a rich history of great racing. What makes this race so special? Founding and Construction: For many years, racing in Daytona Beach meant racing on the Daytona Beach and Road Course, a 3.2 mile (until the late 1940s, where it was extended to 4.2) beach-road combination track. This was until NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. (aka “Big Bill”) envisioned a large paved super-speedway, with incredible banking to maximize [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Returns to Action

January 20th, 2015

Daytona 500 NiS

Seven Full Distance Races Scheduled One of iRacing’s most popular series returns to action on the week of February 17 when the green flag waves on the opening round of the 2015 NASCAR Series at Daytona International Speedway.   Actually, make that two of iRacing’s most popular series as there will be distinct versions of the series for open and fixed chassis setups: the NASCAR Series Open and NASCAR Series Fixed. The series precisely mirrors the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, with Gen6 Chevys, Fords and Toyotas racing on digital versions of the same tracks as Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Dale Jr & Co. on a given week, with three Open and four Fixed races each weekend.  Both the Open and Fixed series will match [...]

Get to Know: Francesco Rizzi

by David Ifeguni on April 28th, 2014

Rizzi in his favorite virtual race car: the Class C Chevy Silverado

If the last name of 21 year old iRacer Francesco Rizzi seems familiar, it may be because last week we learned about his brother, Massimiliano. This week, it’s Francesco’s turn. Living in Savigliano, just like his brother, he loves to drive a #08 Kellogg’s liveried car, no surprise given that when he started playing NASCAR 2002 and 2003 by Papyrus his favorite driver to be was Terry Labonte in his Kellogg’s Chevrolet. Having won 91 race in 445 starts, Francesco knows how to get around iRacing fast. In addition to his 91 career victories, he has 280 top five finishes overall, giving him a top five finishing percentage of more than 60%. He also is one of the select few on iRacing to have won an overall championship in an [...]

Get to Know: Will Lamb

by David Ifeguni on March 17th, 2014

Best known for his IndyCar success, Lamb is also drawn to the Lotus 49.

Born in 1995, Will Lamb has accomplished a great deal since joining iRacing in the summer of 2010.  Lamb’s career oval and road statistics are nearly mirror images of one another.  On the oval side, Lamb has 376 career starts races and has scored 43 wins. He has finished in the top five nearly 62% of the time. On the road side of iRacing, he has started 373 races and has won 46 times, and has finished in the top five nearly 50% of the time. If you think don’t think those statistics aren’t close, than look at his road and oval iRating and ttRating. His ttRating across the board is 1350 and his iRating between the two types of racing is exactly the same: 3048. Will Lamb is definitely [...]

Virtual Daytona 500 Kicks-Off Full NASCAR Cup Series Schedule on iRacing

by David Phillips on February 19th, 2014

Starting with the virtual Daytona 500, the NASCAR iRacing Series mirrors the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.

Real world racers and sim-racers alike are preparing for the biggest stock car race of all: the Daytona 500.  This year 50,000 iRacers worldwide can compete in an online version of the full NASCAR Sprint Cup Season in the NASCAR iRacing Series (NiS), which kicks-off this week with iRacing’s version of the Daytona 500. From this week’s season opener at Daytona International Speedway through to the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November, the NASCAR-sanctioned sim-racing series exactly mirrors the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.  Driving virtual Chevy Impalas and Ford Fusions, iRacers will compete on precisely recreated laser-scanned versions of tracks on the same weekends as the “real” tracks host the likes of Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr as they vie for a spot in The Chase. [...]

Get to Know: Christopher Shella

by David Ifeguni on December 2nd, 2013

Shella scored ? wins in NASCAR Class A.

Chris Shella has been a part of the iRacing community since July of 2010.  Since then, he has given us 182 reasons why he is one of the top competitors on the service. Specifically, he has scored 172 wins in nearly 1400 oval starts and ten victories in 177 starts on road courses. This year, he has won nearly 20% of the oval races he has started and has finished in the top five, over half of the time. Chris hasn’t stopped at race wins either. He won the championship for his division in the Grand Touring Cup in 2011 Season 4.  No question, Shella is one of the top iRacers in the Carolina Club.  I got the chance to talk to him (and ask him some questions) in [...]

Get to Know: Brandon Trost

by David Ifeguni on September 3rd, 2013

driving games

This week, I had the pleasure of  interviewing iRacer Brandon Trost.  If you look at his career statistics, you would think he is a sim-racing addict. Since joining iRacing in June of 2012, he has started 1669 oval races, winning 124 times and taking 502 top five finishes, along with 152 pole starts.  The majority of Brandon’s oval starts came last year but he has still made his fair share of races this year. The 13 year old from Erie, Pennsylvania has raced in over 700 oval events in 2013 (so far!)  and has won about 10% of the races he has entered. One of Brandon’s biggest achievements on iRacing would have to be winning the 2013 Season 1 IZOD IndyCar Oval Fixed Series championship for Division 2, and [...]

Get to Know . . . Josef Miele

by David Ifeguni on June 24th, 2013


Right now, it probably isn’t the best time to be a Jeff Gordon fan. So far though, in the summer he has finished in the top 12 in three of the past four races, including a third at Dover and a runner up finish at Sonoma yesterday, giving his fans something to smile about — especially his biggest iRacing fan Josef Miele. Josef Miele, an 18 year old from Schenectady, NY, has been on iRacing since May of 2009. Since joining iRacing, he has run hundreds of races and won in several different cars at several different tracks, but there are many interesting things about him that many of you probably don’t know. Why is his favorite track Dover International Speedway? Which NASCAR driver does he dislike the most? How [...]

Get to Know . . . Guy Driggers (Part II)

by David Ifeguni on April 15th, 2013

Angela Cope's car -- a favorite of Driggers (if not Kevin Harvick).

Last week in the first part of my interview with the 22 year old Guy Driggers, we discussed his sim-racing career, and his feelings on it up until now. This week, we talked about his painting career in racing, how he started painting, who he has painted for, and why he loves to paints race cars. So sit back, read, and get to know the “colorful” side of Guy Driggers… Q:    How did you get started in sim painting? A:    I can trace my sim-painting roots back to 2006, but I didn’t actually start until June of ’08 when NASCAR ’09 came out on the consoles. The biggest feature of the game was the capability to design a paint scheme on the computer and then upload it to use in [...]

The Art and Physics of iRacing’s Gen-6

by David Phillips on March 25th, 2013

Within days of the Gen-6's debut at Daytona, iRacers were competing in their Chevrolet SSs and Ford Fusions.

As the saying goes, “art imitates life.”  Or is it the other way around?  Does life imitate art?  In the case of iRacing’s Gen-6 Chevy SS and Ford Fusion, it’s both.  Read on . . . Just two days after Jimmie Johnson drove his new Generation-6 Chevrolet SS to victory in 2013 Daytona 500 on February 26, iRacing released its digital version of the Gen-6 Chevy.  A little more than a week later, iRacing made its Gen-6 Ford Fusion available and, on March 8, Jason Karlavige drove iRacing’s virtual Chevy SS to victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the top-rated split of the new NASCAR iRacing Series. No matter how you cut it, making a digital version of the new platform for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series available a [...]

Get to Know: Steven Eszenyi

by David Ifeguni on March 25th, 2013

Although he's still looking for his first win in 2013 S1, Eszenyi is batting 1000 (as in 1000 points) and currently sits P19 in the Class A points.

If you look up improvement or persistent in the dictionary, you’ll probably find a picture of Steven Eszenyi. Steven has been on iRacing since July of 2010.  Statistically, he didn’t get off to a very great start. In 2010 he ran 217 oval races and three road races, and although he won a total of 17 times, his average incidents per race on the oval side was 8.21 and on the road side, 18.66. The 17 year old driver from Trumbull, Connecticut has definitely had a long and a rather messy road towards being one of the top drivers on the oval side of iRacing. In 2012, in Eszenyi’s words, “(I) decided to take this seriously” and he definitely got results. He started 931 oval races and earned 157 checkered [...]

Now Available: Generation-6 Chevrolet SS

by David Phillips on February 26th, 2013

sim racing

You watched Jimmie, Dale and Danica race it in Sunday’s Daytona 500, now you can have your very own Generation-6 Chevrolet SS.  The Gen-6 Chevy SS is available on iRacing for $11.95, just in time to start preparing for the new NASCAR iRacing Series.  Think of it as iRacing’s version of “Win on Sunday, Sell on Tuesday.”  Click here for complete details.

Get to Know: Nick Del Campo

by David Ifeguni on January 21st, 2013

It took Del Campo three days to notch his first iRacing win.  He's been on the fast track to victory lane ever since.

This week, I interviewed a driver who is no stranger to painting cars on Along with racing the cars on iRacing, he also paints them. As the owner of N.D.D (Nick Del Campo Designs), he paints cars on iRacing as well as real world racecars. Many people know him for the signature lime green logo he places on many of the cars he paints, and if you haven’t guessed by now, the driver I interviewed for this week, is Nick Del Campo. For some iRacers, it might have taken weeks or even months until they got their first win on the service. Nick Del Campo took three days. He scored his first win on October 16th of 2010 in the Legends car at South Boston Speedway, and since then [...]

Johnson takes Chase lead with win

October 28th, 2012


Jimmie Johnson jumped back up to the lead of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with his fourth win of the season and his seventh at Martinsville Speedway. The victory puts Johnson two points ahead of Penske’s Brad Keselowski with just three races to go. Johnson got maximum points after a gruelling 500 laps

Hot ‘lanta

by Jameson Spies on September 8th, 2011

If anything, the battle between Bryant, Davies and Berry overshadowed the earlier race.

Atlanta Motor Speedway has built its physical world reputation as being fast, slick, and downright tough to get a grip on . . . literally. All the same characteristics transferred over to iRacing’s virtual version of the facility and it showed as only the best of the best were able to make a charge at the aging track. Although its 1.5 mile layout may tempt some to classify AMS as a typical “Cookie Cutter,” competitors in the NASCAR Class A Series learned that claim is half-baked. In the week’s top slit, Steve Sheehan and Bob Bryant had a dogfight to the finish, much resembling Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson’s ten lap brawl to end the Sprint Cup race early Tuesday. Unlike Johnson, Sheehan was able to track down the [...]

Introducing: The Allen Wrench

by David Allen on June 4th, 2011

racing games

Editor’s Note: inRacingNews is pleased to introduce David Allen who will be contributing a regular column focusing on the technical side of iRacing.  A long-time sim racer himself, David brings two decades of experience to bear on some the technical challenges associated with sim racing.  Ray Bryden fans relax.  He’ll still be contributing to his, er unique perspectives to inRacingNews.  In other words, it’s a win-win situation for our readers. Building a competitive race car can cost a considerable amount of money right?  If you’re a racer, rookie or not the decision on how to spend that money to run up front can be a brain-numbing decision.  Racing on a simulator in your game room can be the same way. Confused yet?  Don’t worry that’s why I’m here. As a [...]

Don’t Just Watch The Daytona 500, Drive It!

by Steve Potter on February 11th, 2011

Don’t Just Watch The Daytona 500, Drive It!

The Great American Sim-Race Is Open to Everyone Practice starts tomorrow (February 12) for the Daytona 500, a virtual version of NASCAR’s 2011 season-opening event that runs on February 19, the day before the real Daytona 500.  Unlike the NASCAR Sprint Cup race that more than 200,000 will view from the grandstands at Daytona International Speedway and another ten million will watch on television, participation in this virtual version of the Daytona 500 is open to everyone – all that’s needed is a PC and a broadband internet connection. The Daytona 500 is the second event in the 2011 World Tour of, a for-fun nine-race series that samples  a variety of motorsport – ranging from street-stock racing on short ovals, to world-famous events including the Indy 500, [...]