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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.

iRacer Profile: Brian V Macklin

by David Phillips on April 13th, 2013

racing games

When Brian V Macklin goes sim-racing nowadays you could say the fix is in.  That’s because he favors the fixed setup versions of his favorite series, be it NASCAR Class A, B or C.  Why not?  With 29 wins in 97 starts in the Gen6, Chevy COT and Chevy Silverado in Season 1 – so far — the iRacing setups seem to be working for him . . . just as the generic iRacing package did in 2012 when the Harrington, Delaware sim-racer captured the overall National series title on the strength of six wins and 18 top fives. But while Macklin’s clearly favors the fixed oval packages, it doesn’t mean he’s afraid to play with the settings . . . or turn right as well as left.  In fact [...]

Get to Know: J.D Laird

by David Ifeguni on April 1st, 2013

Laird's all time favorite iRacing paint scheme triggered a few forum brawls.  (Jordan Hightower image)

J.D Laird, a 25 year old from Anaheim, CA, may have accomplished a great deal in his sim-racing career — but he has accomplished far more in his painting career, which is the focus of this week’s Get to Know. Even though you may not have known it, you have probably seen some of Laird’s paint schemes at some point in time. If you watch the NASCAR Series World Championship races, then you’ll see drivers like two time series champion Ray Alfalla, Byron Daley and Brian Schoenburg sporting cars painted by Laird. Even if you don’t watch the NiSWC (which you should), you’ve probably seen one of Laird’s paint schemes run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series last year or this year. This year, he developed the paint scheme [...]

iRacer Profile – John-Michael Shenette

by David Phillips on March 10th, 2012

motorsport simulations

John-Michael Shenette has one foot grounded real world racing, the other in sim racing.  Or is it the other way around?  For in the case of the Connecticut’s Shenette, the boundaries between the real and virtual racing are blurred.  And that’s a good thing.  A former marketing intern, past Late Model and SK Modified divisional champion, Shenette assists in the administration of the DWC.  He is  also president of the Short Track Pro Cup Series (, iRacing’s longest-running league, and creator of Dynasty Motorsports. On the other hand (or foot, as it were), Shenette has nearly two decades of real world racing under his belt, having raced Super Late Models, Trucks, Pro Stocks, IMCA Modifieds, karts andquarter midgets, with plans to compete in PASS North races and the [...]

Illini Mighty at Michigan

by Tim Terry on August 18th, 2011

Three of the 2000+ iRacers to tackle MIS in Week 2 cross the stripe.

Illinois sim racer Brandon Buchberger flexed his muscle during Week Two as he took the overall win in the NASCAR Class C Series (NiCCS) at Michigan International Speedway. Over 2000 sim racers took to the track, but it was a win on August 14th that put Buchberger over the top for the victory. Buchberger bagged the win to take home 236 points. With an sof rating pegged at a 3770, the winner led just seven laps in the highly competitive race which featured a total of 21 lead changes over the 80 lap duration. The race was slowed by six yellow flags and saw Justin Fuller come home in second, ahead of Kwame Adjei, Carl Taylor and Ryan Ameen. Justin Brooks led the race with five laps to go [...]

iRacer Profile: Nick Ottinger

by David Phillips on June 18th, 2011

racing games

OK, OK.  If you’re a regular (or even irregular) reader of inRacingNews, you’re already familiar with Nick Ottinger’s name.  After all, as a serial winner in the NASCAR Street Stock Series, he’s a staple of Jordan Hightower’s weekly reports.  The Carolina Club sim racer is also very active — and competitive — in Legends Cup and NASCAR Class A and B, where he got out of the gate fast with four top fives and a couple of wins in the early weeks of the season. But would you have guessed that Ottinger’s most recently read book was Of Mice & Men? Or that one of this confessed oval junkie’s favorite tracks on iRacing is Infineon Raceway?  Read on . . . Q:      How long have you been sim racing [...]

Black Stripes Pave the Way at Charlotte

May 31st, 2011

Black Stripes Pave the Way at Charlotte

You would think that the NASCAR Class C Series (NiCCS) resembled the NASCAR Series World Championship (NiSWC) division when looking at the results from the third week of racing! Week Three for the NiCCS took the trucks to Charlotte Motor Speedway, a popular stop among the racer in the series. Over 2000 sim racers took to the track this week and in the end, it was two NiSWC drivers who took top honors in the series. Josh Berry became the overall winner at Charlotte for the NiCCS when he topped a 4426 sof race on May 21st and, in turn, took away 277 points. Berry led the “black stripe” podium as he raced to the line on lap 90 ahead of fellow NiSWC drivers Brad Wright and Jordan [...]

Larry MacReynolds to Announce $4500 Landon Cassill Challenge on iRacing

by Mark Royer on May 3rd, 2011

Larry MacReynolds to Announce $4500 Landon Cassill Challenge on iRacing

FOX-TV’s Larry MacReynolds will announce the feature event of the Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge tonight, May 3rd, at 9 PM EDT on Web Racing Network. Last night, well over 100 top iRacing oval drivers battled in preliminary sessions for the 40 feature spots. Catch all the excitement tonight as each driver lines up, one at a time, for his pressure-cooker, single lap effort to conquer the field and capture a portion of the purse.  The top single-lap time wins the trophy plus $2000 of the purse.  Who has veins of ice to back up their preliminary performance when everything is on the line?  We’ll find out tonight.  Don’t miss it! First Name Last Name Time iRating 1 Brad Wright 26.842 6514 2 Brad Davies 26.866 7142 3 Kenny Humpe 26.867 [...]

iRacer Cassill Takes Over for Elliott

by David Phillips on March 24th, 2011

iRacer Cassill Takes Over for Elliott

iRacer and NASCAR driver Landon Cassill will take over driving duties for Phoenix Racing beginning at Auto Club Speedway this weekend.  Cassill, 21, replaces 1988 NASCAR Cup champion Bill Elliott, who started the first four races of the season in the No. 09 Chevrolet. “Hopefully, I can do good enough to keep the car in the top 35 (in points) and even in the top 25,” Cassill said. For more details, see Lee Spencer’s story here:

Trevor Bayne First Drove Daytona on

by Steve Potter on February 23rd, 2011

Trevor Bayne First Drove Daytona on

It was standing room only in the Daytona media center this past Sunday afternoon when Trevor Bayne walked in following his dramatic win in the Daytona 500.  But in the same room a year earlier, just a handful of people looked on as drove an simulator while Michael Waltrip talked him around Daytona International Speedway. Posted on You Tube by Simcraft, builder of the Apex simulator builder, here’s a video of that day in 2010 when a former Daytona 500 champion used iRacing to coach a future one: This wasn’t Bayne’s first exposure to iRacing; in 2009 a friend bought the then aspiring NASCAR Nationwide driver a gift subscription to the iRacing service.  According to Rocky Bayne, Trevor’s dad, his son has a setup in his house, and [...]

Cassill Creates $1,000-to-Win Online Qualifying Challenge

by Joey Dennewitz on December 11th, 2010

Cassill Creates $1,000-to-Win Online Qualifying Challenge

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Landon Cassill is pleased to announce the formation of a new online competition that gives iRacing drivers the opportunity to win $1,000. The Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge invites iRacing drivers to feel the pressure of a one lap qualifying showdown at the simulated Charlotte Motor Speedway. The winner of the December 18th event will receive $1,000. “I began studying on iRacing simulators back in 2007 and it has really helped my ability to qualify at the Sprint Cup Series tracks that I had not been to before this season,” said Cassill. “Each week I would host a session at the upcoming Sprint Cup Series track on iRacing and work on qualifying runs. Eventually there were 40 to 50 drivers that would join the session and [...]

Hometown Hero Long Captures Snowball Derby

December 6th, 2010

Hometown Hero Long Captures Snowball Derby

Johanna Long (Adam Fenwick Photo) PENSACOLA, Fla. — Johanna Long may just be getting her feet wet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but she’s on top of the super-late-model world after winning the 43rd annual Snowball Derby Sunday at Five Flags Speedway. Long survived a wild finish to win the prestigious short-track event at her home track and in doing so, joined 1994 race winner Tammy Jo Kirk as the only female Snowball Derby champions.

Snowflake Go Belongs To Elliott

December 5th, 2010

Snowflake Go Belongs To Elliott

Chase Elliott, seen here at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway earlier this year, won Saturday's Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. (Adam Fenwick Photo) PENSACOLA, Fla. — Chase Elliott raced through the field from his 31st-starting position in Saturday night’s Allen Turner Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway and passed Bubba Pollard with 14 laps remaining to win the pro late model event.