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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.

Rietveld Runs the Table at Sebring

by Matt Pawelski on October 2nd, 2014

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Jeffrey Rietveld took the win from the pole, leading almost every lap along the way.

Ahhhhh, Sebring . . . The historic runway course has seen incredible races, cars, and drivers over the years. Run on Sebring Regional Airport, formerly known as Hendricks Army Airfield, “Sebring International Raceway” has sections that have not been repaved since the World War II era. As a result, this spectacularly bumpy track is, well, almost violent. The track is infamous for catching out cars and drivers alike. Sebring – and some of its pavement – have seen the likes of Phil Hill in his Ferrari, Mario Andretti and Dan Gurney just to name a few American heroes. The track has seen storied manufacturers such as Porsche, Ferrari, Ford, Audi and Peugeot take victories in its hallmark 12 hour race not to mention playing host to the inaugural Grand Prix [...]

Q&A With Matt Orr

by Brooks Westfall on July 23rd, 2014

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No stranger to open wheels, Mr. Orr spends most of his oval time in Indycars.

Matt Orr (AKA Empty Box) has been sim racing since the golden days of Papyrus with the NASCAR Racing series and the infamous NASCAR Racing 2003 Season. He has been on iRacing since 2009. Besides his YouTube videos, Matt spends his time in many iRacing series such as GT3, Prototype & GT Challenge, and any time the virtual NASCAR series heads to a virtual road course. I had the honor of asking Matt a few questions about his sim racing career: How did you hear about iRacing? To tell the truth? As a NASCAR Racing 2003 player at the time, iRacing / FIRST made themselves more than known. There was no way to not know about it, it was unavoidable with the way it came about. It went from the [...]

8 Reasons To Race the Lotus 49

by Justin Sutton on July 8th, 2014

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Jo Siffert classic livery.

After half a season of covering (and occasionally racing in) the Grand Prix Legends series featuring the Lotus 49 I feel marginally qualified to explain why every road-racing enthusiast should purchase this car yesterday.  There are many reasons to participate in this series, some of which are obvious, but others not so much.  In this article I will outline the eight most compelling reasons. 1.  Style Very few cars elicit the kind of passion and emotion of the Lotus 49.  The lines on this classic Formula One car are simple and elegant, and the historic and exotic liveries available for it on Trading Paints are a dime a dozen.  It’s very, very recognizable as well.  Very few racing fans would have a hard time identifying a Lotus 49 within the [...]

Road Warriors 120 Minutes of Sebring

by Andrew Pinkerton on March 17th, 2014

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More than ? sim-racers took part in the 120 Minutes of Sebring.  Here Andrew Pinkerton harries Ryan Terpstra at the Hairpin.

For 51 weeks of the year, the town of Sebring, Florida is a quiet hamlet of 10,491 people.  But that 52nd week, the second in March, the town is overrun by the wild, the restless and the crazies. You may ask who are these wild, restless and crazy beings. Well, the ruthless are the crews, the engineers, mechanics, and managers that spend hours to attempt to steal victory away from their competition. The wild are the fans that came to watch racing and party for a week on scissor lifts, buses, tents, and whatever other contraptions they can fit in a trailer. Then you have the drivers or as I like to call them the crazies. It takes a twisted mind to willingly show up to a track that constantly [...]

Andretti and Dempsey for Austin demo

October 19th, 2012

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Andretti and Dempsey for Austin demo

American racing legend Mario Andretti will demonstrate a Lotus Formula 1 car at the opening of the new Austin grand prix venue in Texas on Sunday. The Circuit of the Americas will host its first F1 race on 18 November, and is being officially opened this weekend.

iRacer Profile – Scott Green

by David Phillips on June 11th, 2011

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racing games

Not all iRacers belong to Generation X or Y.  There’s plenty of baby-boomer sim racers out there, and no small number are probably identify more with Geritol than Generation X, Y or Z. I wouldn’t be so presumptuous as to guess Scott Green’s generational affiliation, but the fact the Albuquerquean lists his birth date as “quite some time ago” leads me to believe his contemporaries in a famous local clan are familiarly known as Big Al and Uncle Bobby, rather than Little Al and Bobby, Jr.  And the fact that his favorite cars on the iRacing service are the Silver Crown sprint car and Mustang FR500S also suggests Green is “old school.”  Did I mention the person he most admires is a fellow named Mario Andretti? While he may be [...]

Andretti: Attracting Fans Is The Key

December 21st, 2010

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Andretti: Attracting Fans Is The Key

Mario Andretti (IndyCar Photo) CONCORD, N.C. — Many in the auto racing industry realize the sport has a lot of older racing fans and attracting younger spectators is a priority

Johnson Earns Fourth DOY Award

December 15th, 2010

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Johnson Earns Fourth DOY Award

Jimmie Johnson won the Driver of the Year Award for the fourth time.

Andretti To Visit Troops

November 10th, 2010

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Andretti To Visit Troops

Mario Andretti prepares to drive the IndyCar Series two-seat Indy car at Homestead-Miami Speedway. INDIANAPOLIS — Mario Andretti will be earning his frequent flier miles this winter. Andretti, the 1969 Indy 500 winner and 1978 World Driving Champion, has confirmed his participation in the Indy 500 Centennial Tour, which will visit U.S

Prototype Challenge Opens at Mosport

by Jason Lofing on August 11th, 2010

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Prototype Challenge Opens at Mosport

The second season of mixed class online racing in the iRacing Prototype Challenge (iPC) began with a journey to Ontario for the start of Season Three. Like most series in iRacing, the iPC had its schedule restructured for this upcoming season, with Mosport International Raceway occupying the Week One slot of the twelve week season. The ten turn track checks in at just a hair under 2.5 miles, with the Riley MkXX Prototype owning roughly a 1.5 second advantage over the Radical SR8 due to its speed advantage on the long, uphill “Mario Andretti” straightaway. On the Prototype side, Marcus Saari edged ahead of the pack with his three wins on the week in three starts. The Scandinavian was dominant in all of his starts, leading wire-to-wire and winning by [...]

Historic British Grand Prix Preview

by Ryan Terpstra on July 9th, 2010

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Historic British Grand Prix Preview

I hope all of you sim racers are looking forward to this weekend’s Historic British Grand Prix (aka Round Eight of the iRacing World Tour) like I am.  This week’s online racing event features the most under-rated car in iRacing’s virtual garage, the Lotus 79 as driven by Mario Andretti to five of his six victories and the Formula 1 world championship in 1978.  <http://www.formula1.com/teams_and_drivers/hall_of_fame/242/> The event will run on the historic layout of Silverstone simulating a historic British Grand Prix.  While some of you may be quick to point out that the historical details aren’t perfect, please enjoy the event for what it is. The iRacing World Tour event will feature 25 car splits, and will be open to all license levels.  The race distance is set for 60 [...]

Pikes Peak Hill Climb Remains Challenging, Revered Event

June 22nd, 2010

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Pikes Peak Hill Climb Remains Challenging, Revered Event

It didn’t take long before end-of-the-19th century automobile owners were challenging each other to tests of speed. Proving one’s ponderous, wood-rimmed, thundering machine faster, better handling or better accelerating than another was natural from the time horseless carriages began chugging down streets.

An Interesting Year, Part I

by Divina Galica, iRacing.com Director of Partner Relations on January 1st, 2010

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An Interesting Year, Part I

1978 was an interesting year for me, as it was the year I was named to drive the Hesketh 308E in the FIA Formula One Championship. I would be on the tracks with the great drivers of that time, six of whom were or would become World Champions: Emerson Fittipaldi (1972 and ’74), Niki Lauda (‘75, ‘77 and ’84), James Hunt (’76), Jody Scheckter (’79), Alan Jones (’80) and Mario Andretti, who would become that year’s champion.  Plus, the iconic Gilles Villeneuve and Ronnie Peterson were in the mix as well.” In all there were 27 drivers and 14 teams entered for the first race, which was held at the Oscar Galvez track outside Buenos Aires on January 15th. There was no pre-training on simulators those days or even straight [...]

Lotus 79 Now Available to iRacing Members

by iRacing.com on July 30th, 2009

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Lotus 79 Now Available to iRacing Members

Three decades on from their Olympic-winning performances, human athletes are invariably long past their prime. But today, as the Lotus 79 becomes available to members of the iRacing.com service, this remarkable racecar is every bit as fast as it was in its halcyon days 31 years ago, when it carried Mario Andretti to the 1978 Formula One World Championship. And by any standard of measurement it’s still a very quick racecar. Just how fast is the Lotus 79? With its light weight and road-hugging ground effects, the Lotus 79 is about quick enough to match the road-circuit lap times of a modern IndyCar. “It’s neat that the first historic racecar we’re introducing to the service is one with contemporary performance,” said Tony Gardner, iRacing’s president. “The braking and cornering ability [...]