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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.

iRacing Blancpain GT Series Planned for 2016

by David Phillips on May 21st, 2015

racing games and the SRO Motorsports Group are joining forces to establish the world’s first professional endurance sim racing series: the iRacing Blancpain GT Series. Scheduled to debut next spring, the iRacing Blancpain GT Series will feature the world’s elite endurance sim racing teams in GT3 cars competing for cash prizes and merchandise in races broadcast on iRacing Live. “The iRacing Blancpain GT Series will enable premier sim racers and teams around the world to compete on a highly professional level.” – Stephane Ratel “We’re proud to partner with the SRO Motorsports Group in creating the iRacing Blancpain GT Series,” says Tony Gardner, President of  “It’s a perfect marriage of SRO Motorsports’ experience organizing and marketing both the Blancpain Endurance Series and Blancpain Sprint Series with iRacing’s proven ability to [...]

Thrilling Start to 2nd AMGSC Season

by Danny Kane on April 22nd, 2015

DeVriese, #1, steals the win from Kane, #79, in a dead heat.

The second season of the Autobahn Motorcar Group Sportscar Challenge kicked-off on Monday night at Daytona International Speedway. With a packed grid of 43 drivers, the race was always going to be a thriller. However, few could have predicted just how hard and how close the sim racing would be. Reigning Prototype champion John Ulmer put his HPD on pole position for the 90-minute event and set the early pace ahead of Jason DeVriese and Danny Kane. Despite Ulmer’s convincing qualifying time, the long straightaways allowed DeVriese and Kane to get a tow from and keep pace with the leader. When Ulmer made an error exiting Turn 1 on the fourth lap, DeVriese and Kane pounced. The trio continued to battle hard as they began catching traffic from the slower [...]

SRO, Announce Blancpain GT Sim Racing Series

by David Phillips on March 16th, 2015

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SRO Motorsports Group and today announced the creation of two online racing series for virtual sports cars that are based on the Blancpain Sprint Series and Blancpain Endurance Series.   The two series will feature iRacing’s digital GT3 cars, including the BMW Z4, Ford GT and McLaren MP4-12C (with Aston Martin and another major manufacturer expected in the future) in races from thirty minutes to three hours in duration. To celebrate this new partnership iRacing is offering a special 3-month membership for only $5 for new members – a more than 80% savings. New members can use promo code PR-SROMG at when signing up. “We’re proud to have the SRO Motorsports Group as the first European-based racing series promoter in a group of iRacing partners that includes NASCAR, IndyCar [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series powered by – New Build, Same Plan

by Matt Holden on March 12th, 2015

Clint Bowyer tested the Gen-6 Toyota Camry at Kansas in 2012, and unsurprisingly stayed close to a "COT" car through almost every run.

A few weeks ago, I had a chat with an old friend.  He’s an old “iRacing buddy” of mine, one of the big-wigs at the team I was part of before joining Gale Force Sim Racing.  The two of us are great examples of how iRacing has developed its own types of members, very similar to how the real world of motorsport works.  He is from the northern US, and Modified Stock Cars and weekly short-track racing is his deal.  I am from the Carolinas, where engineering, math, and wind-tunnels have taken over the world of NASCAR.  His iRacing vehicle of choice is obviously the Modifieds, and he calls the big stock cars “Taxi cabs.”  I, however, have no real vehicle of choice, and haven’t run anything on a week-to-week [...]

A New Season Starts for Brazilian Leagues

by Thiago Izequiel on May 23rd, 2014

A big field of cars on the 1st race of BLMS.
O grid estava realmente cheio na 1ª etapa da BLMS.

Two weeks ago, after a short break, Brazilian leagues started their new season of races for this year. Two of them are iRacing Brasil and Brasil Lemans Series, which I have been covering for iRacing News since the first season of this year. Both leagues follow the official iRacing calendar for their series and, this time, they decided to join forces and do a partnership. The product of this was a promo for iRacers, with a subscription fee discount so they could be more motivated to race two similar championships (one for each league) simultaneously, based on iRacing GT3 Challenge. The idea was a success and more than 100 sim-racers joined up to race on both leagues. Because of that, iRacing Brasil had to create a rookie series for the [...]

Nothing Has Changed, and Nothing is the Same: F1 in 2014

by Justin Sutton on April 18th, 2014

Nothing Has Changed, and Nothing is the Same: F1 in 2014

The 2014 Formula 1 season has been steeped in drama since long before the cold, wet weekend in Australia ever began.  Pessimists and naysayers had been dismissing the radical changes and not one championship point had been given out (some such pessimists are from Italy and have red cars with horses on them).  F1 is known for pushing boundaries, but how exciting is it when the boundaries are fuel conservation and efficiency coupled with a safety standard unrivaled in the sport?  No longer is lap time the ultimate measure of a race winner, and gone are the days of racing dozens of qualifying laps in a row.  The whole thing has been turned upside down and yet the racing is as good, or better, than it has been in recent [...]

SuperGT Season 2 at BLMS Ends

by Thiago Izequiel on April 14th, 2014

These guys took home a very good looking trophy.

Versão em português abaixo The ride is over. After two months of championship sim-racing, five online races done bi-weekly, and hours of hosted sessions, we already knew the champion Renato Silva.  But there was still one race to go, on April 9. Only after Bathurst, Mt. Panorama,would we know the whole story of SuperGT. Renato Silva had dominated the series, winning the title one race before the end, with four victories, five pole-positions and three fastest laps. The only race that Renato would not make the pole position, would be this final one, achieved by Andrew Lauret who, in contrast, earned his first pole of the series. Andrew is also the only driver who had won a race besides Renato, and things would keep that way. Having the pole, Andrew [...]

Brasil Lemans: With Two to Go, Renato Silva Dominates SuperGT

by Thiago Izequiel on March 18th, 2014

Leandro spins off after Andrew’s contact, at race start. The worst was avoided.

The 4th race of SuperGT, the multi-maker championship of Brazilian league “Brasil Lemans Series,” saw Renato Silva once again do the winning. With a hat trick at Daytona, Renato and his Ruf RT 12R number 10 are keeping the lead on the point standings, with a difference of 21 points to the 2nd place of Anderson Mota, who has been doing a great campaign, keeping himself on the top 5 of every race so far, including 2 podium finishes. Andrew Lauret, on the 3rd place, is having a bad time while he chases for the title. After two great performances at Montreal and Brands Hatch, where he became the only winner besides Renato, Andrew has battled some difficult situations: a DNF at Zolder and Daytona, results far from being satisfactory [...]

Cancer Research UK 2.4 Hours of Spa

by Darren Kirk on March 11th, 2014

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Apex Racing UK’s 2.4 Hour Spa Cancer Research UK Charity Race proved to be a great success. In total, the event raised £1358.25 for the charity which could not have been done without the generosity of iRacers on the service, not to mention the sponsors who very kindly donated around £1500 worth of prizes to be won throughout the race. The event itself started with three  hotlap sessions in the week running up to the main race and the main goal for the drivers here was to set as fast of a lap as they could around the challenging Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The top three times at the end of the three hotlap sessions would win cash prizes kindly donated by Kimmy’s Rural Fencing. Claiming the fastest time of a 2:17.823 [...]

Brasil Lemans Series SuperGT at Brands Hatch

by Thiago Izequiel on February 14th, 2014

Ready to start, 28 cars were at the virtual track of Brands Hatch.

Versão em português abaixo The only Brazilian league to organize endurance and multi-makes championships made their 2nd race on February 12, taking 28 virtual drivers to Brands Hatch for a 43 lap race. Renato Silva was again at the pole position driving his nº 10 RUF alongside with Andrew Lauret on the nº 01 McLaren on the front-row. Andrew was a strong contender for the victory once again. The 1st lap of the race had also the 1st accident. Alex Belão and Wendel Parra were racing for the 4th position, which belonged to Belão before they had contact. Alex needed to go to the pitlane for damage repair a few laps later. Meanwhile, Renato had a good start and got some distance from Andrew, leaving behind the Mclaren driver with [...]

Brasil Lemans Series Starts the SuperGT

by Thiago Izequiel on February 7th, 2014

Brasil GT 3

Versão em português abaixo Brasil Lemans Series has started the 1st Brazilian multi-makes championship of the year. The league, which started its activities at the end of 2013, already had followed an original way on the last championships organized by them, making never seen before car combinations by the members of Club Brasil. SuperGT, who now follows the same car combination of GT3 Challenge official series of iRacing, had already innovated on their 1st season, combining the McLaren, Cadillac and the Ford GT40, running them together on the same class, equalizing them by weight penalty, proportionally distributed on the cars. Today, with the GT3 Challenge, the league decided to follow the same line to find a even more balanced competition between the cars, and keep their originality. Besides running [...]

Red Sox 24 Laps du Montreal

by James Prostell Jr. on December 30th, 2013


MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA – Well, ladies and gentlemen, this is it. After eleven weeks of intense racing, the Red Sox Racing League’s McLaren Turbo Challenge competitors now have the final checkered flag in their sights. Somehow, despite all the twists, turns, ups and downs the season has thrown at them, series leaders Brad Vincent and Troy Harder come into the final race with their points battle almost as tight now as when it started 0-0 at Daytona. Vincent does arrive in Montreal with a slight points advantage, but with Harder looking to take that away and speedster Dustin McGrew possibly playing spoiler, there’s little margin for error. Diminishing that margin even further is Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Built on a man-made island that was once home to the World’s Fair, Ile [...]

Red Sox Canadian Tire 30 at Mosport

by James Prostell Jr. on December 21st, 2013


BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA – Fair or not, race car drivers have always been known as a bit of a different breed. However, as the season draws to a close, very natural feelings of reflection to the past and hope for the future that everyone seems to have as December gives way to January. With only two rounds left for the Red Sox Racing League McLaren Turbo Challenge drivers, arriving in Canada for the final races has left some looking in the rear-view mirror, wondering what might have been had things been a little different. Others look ahead through the windshield, hoping to nail down sponsorship and form teams for the next season that’s just around the corner. Either way, champions will soon be crowned, and the whole process will begin [...]

Red Sox Dust In The Wind 30

by James Prostell Jr. on December 16th, 2013


PIPER, KANSAS – Typically, when the sun sets on a racetrack, it’s time for the fans and teams to call it a night. This week in Kansas, however, the night lights coming on mean the party is just getting started. Better known for hosting NASCAR oval races since opening in 2001, Kansas speedway has added a few road course events to its repertoire this year, including races for the Grand-AM Rolex Series, Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, and the McLaren Turbo Challenge among others. Joining the short lists of rovals (Daytona, Indianapolis, and Homestead) and night races (Daytona and Sebring), the 2.37-mile Kansas Speedway road course poses another unique challenge in the short history of the McLaren Turbo Challenge. Practically combining the tight hairpins of Sebring, the flat-out highbanks of [...]

Get to Know: Jeff Drake

by David Ifeguni on November 18th, 2013

Much of Drake's iRacing success has come in the Dallara IndyCar.

Michigander Jeff Drake has been a part of the iRacing community since April of 2010. Since joining the service he has predominantly competed on the oval side of iRacing, scoring six wins in 46 starts and finishing in the top five in exactly half of those starts. His last seven starts on iRacing have been his first starts in the Skip Barber Race Series, where he has scored two victories, a second, third, fourth, sixth and twelfth place finishes. Jeff may still be new to road courses but he is already showing he knows how to turn left and right. Learn more about Jeff Drake in this week’s edition of Get to Know . . . Q:    How long have you been sim-racing? A:    I started sim-racing back in 2004 [...]

Red Sox Hallows’ Eve at Okayama

by James Prostell Jr. on November 13th, 2013


OKAYAMA PREFECTURE, JAPAN – Overshadowed by the legendary Japanese Formula One circuits of Fuji and Suzuka, it can be easy to forget that a few chapters of F1 racing history have taken place at Okayama International Circuit. Then known as TI Circuit Aida, the facility played host to the Pacific Grand Prix in 1994 and 1995, where Michael Schumacher won both races en route to his first two world championships. Though Formula 1 hasn’t returned since, Okayama International Circuit has seen many local and international series run on the track, creating memorable moments for drivers and fans alike. Perhaps a few more memorable moments are in store for Round Nine of Red Sox Racing’s McLaren Turbo Challenge racers. Another new venue for the series, Okayama’s varied mix of corners run [...]

Red Sox Sao Paulo 30

by James Prostell Jr. on November 8th, 2013


SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – After seven weeks of close racing, the championship race for Red Sox Racing’s McLaren Turbo Challenge continues to be up for grabs. Leaving the season’s first night race in Sebring and heading south of the equator to Interlagos in Brazil, the series is bound to see some more dramatic action as the differences between the tracks are literally night and day. Founded in 1940, and part of Formula One since 1972, the hilly circuit mixes long straights and a twisty infield with its iconic elevation changes. Success on this circuit requires a high sense of rhythmical driving, maintaining high amounts of momentum to carry onto the long straights. Dustin McGrew proved his technical prowess during the qualification session, taking home the Wil-Trans Pole Position Award for [...]

Red Sox Fall Classic 30 at Sebring

by James Prostell Jr. on October 30th, 2013


SEBRING, FLORIDA – From one classic American road racing venue to another, Red Sox Racing League’s McLaren Turbo Challenge finishes its mid-season stretch of races in the U.S. leaving New York’s Watkins Glen to race at Florida’s Sebring International Raceway. Once a WWII United States Air Force training ground, Sebring has served as a racing battleground since 1950, highlighted by the annual 12 hours of Sebring endurance race. The bumpy surface combined a lack of reference points has tested both the construction of the cars and the concentration of the drivers inside for over 60 years. Adding to the difficulty, for Round 7 of the McLaren Turbo Challenge, the Red Sox Racing League drivers take to the track after dark, for the Fall Classic 30 at Sebring, where the darkness [...]

Fritsche Champion After Stellar Season

October 23rd, 2013

Fritsche was the undisputed CTC champion in 2013 Season 3.

Despite a quiet end to the season, Gernot Fritsche comfortably retook the Classic Teams Championship as the veteran sim-racer fully got to grips with the Lotus 79 on the NTMv5 (new tire model version 5) after two slightly off-colour seasons. Fritsche finished the season with a massive 134 point lead over second placed Tapani Linnaluoto, with Season 2 championship contender, Nuno Moreira, finishing another 44 points back after a strong late-season showing. Anthony Goodale bagged the Formula 2 championship and finished a highly impressive 19th overall, three places behind early leader Paul Hackett. Hackett, who was snapped up mid-season by Arrows, finished P16 — just one place behind his Arrows team-mate — after a superb season. In all 260 sim-racers took part in another excellent Lotus 79 season with 66 [...]

Red Sox 24 Laps of Watkins Glen

by James Prostell Jr. on October 18th, 2013


WATKINS GLEN, NEW YORK – A former home to the Formula One United States Grand Prix, current home to one of NASCAR’s road events, and likely home to many more future motorsport events, Watkins Glen International has played a pivotal role in countless series over the years. Just before the leaves on the trees surrounding the classic track turn color and drop along with the temperature, “The Glen” is ready to heat up, and possibly shake up, yet another group of racers as Red Sox Racing League’s McLaren Turbo Challenge visits New York for Round 6, the 24 Laps of Watkins Glen. Any trip to the Finger Lakes is special, but for the competitors, not only does the season’s sixth race represent the halfway point, it is also the second [...]