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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.

  • 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.

Tolnay Takes the Honours in Canada

by Cam Stark on February 24th, 2015

Star Mazda Mosport

The iRacing Star Mazda championship headed north to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – formerly known as Mosport – for the tenth round of this season. The track features 10 turns around the 2.459 mi (3.957 km) circuit. The nature of the circuit would certainly make for an exciting race once again! Out of the 10 turns, only one of them is at a significantly slow speed – that corner is Moss Corner. Moss can be no easy corner to get right either; coming down the hill from Turn 4 at a high speed, and maybe with a taste of draft you can misjudge the braking and head where you don’t want to, the wall. Qualifying proved to be incredibly close, with just over a second separating the 18 car field! [...]

No Love Lost

by Cam Stark on February 17th, 2015

lewis coming thro

The ninth week of the iRacing Star Mazda championship took the sim racers to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin where one of America’s most famous tracks — Road America — awaited with its 14 turns in four miles (aka 6.515 kilometres). With Road America’s variation of long straights and quick sweeping corners it was essential to find a perfectly balanced car. The safer option would be piling on the downforce to get towed along in draft – although this isn’t always certain to happen. On the flip side of this, other drivers may opt for a lower downforce setup, creating higher straight line speed in an attempt to shake-off the chasing pack. Only time would tell if either of these options were chosen, and if so which one was the way to [...]

Mosport Thrills for Skippies

by Justin Sutton on January 21st, 2015

Avery steals third on the final lap as Job defends his lead from Ward.

A field of nearly three dozen sim-racers sat on the grid for the 16 lap race at Mosport prior to what would be one of the hardest fought races seen recently.  Paul F. Grillo took pole position with a 1:32.731, just two and a half hundredths quicker than Wojciech Swirydwocz.  Simon Povey sat in third alongside Sebastian Job, both of whom have yet to win a race this season despite being in fifth and second in the championship respectively. Marc Mercer (also yet to claim a win this season) could only manage tenth on the grid but made up a position almost immediately after the start.  Not far behind Mercer, Jonathan Maycock had started in P11 and was keen to follow Mercer’s lead of first lap overtaking by relegating P9 [...]

Past Champs Dominate GTC’s Mosport Week

by Jeff Jacobs on January 8th, 2015

Nicholas Bailey (#10), Gustavo Cianfarani (#22) and Roman Gelogorodov (#19) found a way to share the back stretch at Mosport in the closing laps during Week 3.

The Grand Touring Cup series rang in the New Year with a week of sim-racing at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park that ended with two past and one defending class champions atop their respective classes despite fierce competition from others contending for podium spots. Todd Honczarenko is a past champion of the Mustang Challenge who has returned to the car in the third season of it being included in the reconfigured GTC series. His victory in Sunday’s highest strength-of-field race for the week extended in lead in the class championship points standings. Brad Wootton has finished atop the Solstice class in the GTC series in the past and made a strong bid to claim another championship by getting a key win to slightly extend his points lead during [...]

UK&I Skip Barber’s Lime Rock Thriller

by Justin Sutton on November 17th, 2014

Overtake of the week?  Maybe.

After the exciting season opener at Mosport, Richard Avery took the lead of the UK&I Skip Barber League’s fourth season of 2014, ahead of Dominic Brennan and Bill Fraser.  Avery would certainly be on the back foot, however, as he was absent from the second race at Lime Rock Park.  Lime Rock has always been an interesting race for the league, with plenty of surprises and a shocking amount of overtakes for such a small track.  Brennan looked to improve on his second place finish last time out by taking pole position ahead of Marc Mercer and Fahim Antoniades, while Fraser could only manage P21 in the huge grid of 41 sim-racers. As per usual, the launch and opening lap were respectful as the grid got a feel for the [...]

DE-AT-CH Drivers Bolt to Early Radicals Lead

November 13th, 2014

Radicals Watkins Glen 1

The DE-AT-CH duo of Willi Kuhlmann and Gerd Hoefferer made the early running in the first round of what will hopefully be another classic season in the SR8 Radical. Changes between seasons 3 and 4 were minimal with global tyre changes and a greater range of spring adjustment. Kuhlmann and Hoefferer were separated by just two points and six ahead of Iberia’s Jairo Via and a further four ahead of UK&I’s David Burnett. In contrast to last season, when Division 2 drivers made the early running, all four leaders are from Division 1, with the first Division 2 drivers holding the next three spots in the overall championship. Miko Harji, Ricardo Inacio and Ian Card are the trio leading the second Division with all three separated by just five points [...]

Monstrous Mosport for GPL

by Justin Sutton on October 7th, 2014

Snelson regains fourth position in brilliant fashion.

With defending series champion Mick Claridge on pole position for the Grand Prix Legends race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, it appeared the only sim-racer to post a qualifying time in the 1:16s was in the perfect position to cruise to another victory.  Victor Perelman sat best of the rest in second position with a qualifying time only four hundredths faster than Bruce Snelson in a short-lived third; short-lived because,  at the start, Snelson got a poor launch and immediately lost positions to Daniel Garrison Jr. and Richard Gerhardt. Snelson looked to regain the ground he’d lost straight away, and with a nice tow from Gerhardt was able to pull alongside up the Andretti Straight before heading into The Esses.  Snelson had the outside line for Turn Eight but, after [...]

The Top, Back in Black

by Thiago Izequiel on September 15th, 2014

Gernot Fritsche is back on the sunday victories.

Brazilian portuguese version below Sebring was the fifth race on the schedule of the Classic Lotus Grand Prix for 2014 Season 3. Like last week’s venue (Canadian Tire Motorsports Park), Sebring is a fast and very bumpy track – if not moreso – but less popular. The fact is, Sebring does not like ground effect cars and the feeling is mutual when it involves the Lotus 79. With the major bumps and some very slow corners, it’s a big challenge for the drivers to keep their cars under control, thus it is twice as important for them to understand and dominate their setups. Eight official races took  place, one of them being a two-split event: Sunday’s SoF race. Michel Dudognon, Gernot Fritsche (who won three times), Marcel Penzkofer, Richard Walker, [...]

Anreus Cops Chaotic Canadian CTC

by Thiago Izequiel on September 5th, 2014

The chaos after turn 1. Different accidents on the same time.

Brazilian Portuguese version below Week Four has arrived and the Classic Lotus Grand Prix was at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, better known as “Mosport”. The circuit is one of the few on the schedule that was actually a fixture on the real Formula 1 ’70s era calendar, and is one of the favorites tracks for the CTC members. To prove this fact, there was thirteen official race starts through the week that ended the first month of the championship. The list of winning racers is as follows: David Wormald, Marcel Penzkofer, Tapani Linnaluoto, Daniel Pedrosa, Gernot Fritsche, Michel Dudognon, Mattias Anreus, Paolo Accurso, Gary Larsen and Arto Ihamäki. On Sunday, four official races took place, with one before the SoF race main event (that had two splits), and another [...]

Richard Hamstead: The Making of a Champion

by Paul Slavonik on July 25th, 2014


Motor racing is a passion which can be difficult to explain to someone who has never experienced it for themselves. The intensity, the excitement, the euphoria; these are the things which drive us towards the next turn and beyond. It’s what sometimes keeps us awake at night and what allows our imagination to relive those special moments until we’re able to create new ones. Although many of us will never have the opportunity to drive an actual race car, these feelings translate equally between the realms of real and sim-racing. Through platforms such as iRacing, many people have been able to experience what it’s like to drive a car to its limit, clip the apex of a turn and rush towards the next challenge that lies ahead. Some have excelled [...]

Bieri Repeats as Mustang Champ in Final Series Season

by Jeff Jacobs on July 24th, 2014

Patrick Bieri is only the second sim-racer to earn back-to-back Championships in the 16-season history of the Mustang Challenge.

Patrick Bieri mounted a come-from-behind charge through the points standings in the final season of the Mustang Challenge to repeat as Champion in the pony-car series. In a points battle that remained close into the final two weeks of sim-racing, Bieri went on to win 19 of the 21 races he entered during the 12-week season and never finished out of the top five. Bieri is only the second competitor in the series’ history to earn back-to-back Mustang Challenge Championships – a feat accomplished twice by Dariusz Bielawski. The series comes to an end after 16 seasons, with the Mustangs being moved to an exciting new multi-class Grand Touring Cup series that includes the VW Jetta and Pontiac Solstice. The competition at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the [...]

Bieri Blasts Bathurst to Lead Mustang Challenge

by Jeff Jacobs on July 16th, 2014

With the advantage of the inside line in Turn 1, Patrick Bieri (#1) capitalized on his top qualifying time and pole position to win each of the four races he entered in Week 11 at Bathurst.

The race may have been Down Under but Patrick Bieri’s performance was over-the-top in Week 11 of the Mustang Challenge. The defending Season 1 Champion showed he has continued to get better in Season 2 by setting the top qualifying time of the week (2:27.493) by nearly a half-second over any other Mustang sim-racer at Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst. Bieri capitalized on the pole position advantage by winning all four of the races he entered including the crucial “Strength-of-Field” race on Sunday at 20:15GMT against the best in the series. Nearly as impressive was the speed with which Revolution Race Group driver Jared Jewell learned the tricky 23 turns having never run at Bathurst. After leading the overall points standings for several weeks, Jewell came into Week 11 [...]

The House That Hamstead Built

by Paul Slavonik on July 1st, 2014

sim racing

Although it was a gloomy overcast day in Narellan, New South Wales, Australia, that didn’t stop some of the top V8 Supercars drivers from showing up for Week 9 of the 2014 Season 2 Championship battle. With 50 laps to complete on Oran Park Raceway’s slippery surface, the stage was set for an excellent race filled with many challenging battles and close sim racing. Starting on pole was Trans-Tasman Racing (TTR) driver and defending series champion, Madison Down, with a 1:05.382. He was followed closely by Team TTL driver Richard Hamstead as Leigh Ellis, Beau Cattell and Shaun Kelly rounded out the top five starting grid. As the lights turned green, Hamstead wasted no time getting things started as he got the jump on Down and tried to press [...]

Red Sox Moss Corner 30

by James Prostell Jr. on May 24th, 2014


BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA – When the checkered flags waved to end the Gentleman Jim 24 Laps of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway in March, it not only brought a close to the race, but a grueling, 12-week season for Red Sox Racing League’s RUF Track Challenge as well. Troy Harder took home top honors for both the race and the season, but now that the calendar has flipped to May, the focus has shifted from celebration to the last bits of preparation now that the new season is set to start at the picturesque Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Beyond the expected changes brought about during the offseason as drivers and teams scramble to set up teams and secure sponsorship, series officials changed things up quite a bit by moving away [...]

Rodriguez Moreno Seals the Deal at Mosport

by Harrison Widelitz on April 28th, 2014

The inaugural RUF Cup champion, Julian Rodriguez Moreno.

It’s hard to believe that the inaugural RUF Cup season has come to a close. The twelve-week season saw sim-racing action at twelve different tracks across five different continents. It felt like just yesterday that the series made its debut at Interlagos, but after a season that saw nearly 3,000 sim-racers compete at some of the most famous road courses around the world, we have reached the conclusion in a points battle that came down to the final race. After last week’s event at Montreal, the RUF Cup stayed in Canada for the series finale at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, or more familiarly, Mosport. Although the two tracks are relatively close to each other and have each been the home to the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix, that is about [...]

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 [...]

Moreira Rebounds at Mosport

by Marc Dorval on March 3rd, 2014

Fraser and Pawelski battle through Turn One.

Week Five of the Classic Lotus Grand Prix Series was held at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It was a beautiful, warm, and sunny day at the 2.5-mile (4km) track, and many drivers and their teams were in attendance. Six warm-up races were held leading up to the main Sunday event. Nuno Moreira, last year’s series champion, was still smarting from his DNF last Sunday in Australia and hoping to make a splash this week for his Abilad Williams Racing Team. And, with a little luck, break Team Essex Lotus’ Gernot Fritsche’s three-week win streak! Sunday started out well for Moreira, as he gained pole position with a qualifying time of 1:07.543, fractionally faster than Fritsche’s time of 1:07.554. There were 36 cars gridded for the online race, with [...]

Fristche’s Hat Trick

by Marc Dorval on February 25th, 2014

Cunningham, Hill, and Mangan in chase mode.

The Classic Lotus Grand Prix Series held its fourth racing week of 2014 Season 1 in Australia last Sunday. The 4-mile (6.2km) Mount Panorama was the setting, and the weather was gorgeous. With the drivers still reeling from last week’s wreck-fest at Circuit de Spa, much practice and care was on display prior to this online race. After five warm-up races during the week, 33 cars elected to grid on Sunday’s 16:30GMT race. There would have been 34, but Mark Pickford’s Team ATS pit crew put water into the fuel tank instead of gasoline, and the engine just couldn’t be cleaned up in time. Team Essex Lotus’ Gernot Fritsche was first on the grid with a qualifying time of 1:54.489. The Albilad Williams Racing Team’s Nuno Moreira, fresh from [...]

Bucheim on Top of Radical Challenge

by Katier Scott on February 17th, 2014

Radical Laguna 1

Tino Bucheim scorched to the top of the Radical Challenge championship standings after a scorching week at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The DE-AT-CH sim-racer scored an emphatic 211 points to sit atop the tables by 14 points in a week that saw 259 drivers cross the start line. Pj Stergios was the top overall scorer for the week, after a dreadful first week at Mosport, the New Englander moved inside the top 10 with his impressive 223 point score on the virtual Monterey Peninsula. This early in the season places will be very fluid but other drivers to make impressive gains during this second week include Juergon Voss whose 152 point haul took him to 14th overall and Ralf Gilles3 who moved into 27th up from 60th. By the [...]

Mustangs at Mosport Set New World Records

by Jeff Jacobs on February 12th, 2014

After starting 12th on the grid, Kevin Parrish (#4) stalks John Unsbee (#3) for third place at Mosport.

Cool temperatures, ideal track conditions and a new tire model produced several new World Records for the Ford Mustang FR500S at Mosport in Week 2 of the Mustang Challenge. Series points leader Vedran Broz turned a 1:29.107 during Sunday’s 20:15 GMT race to set the new World Record for a race lap. Broz’s quick lap bested the previous race lap record of 1:29.231 posted by Douglas Lundberg on Thursday. Charles Cosper now holds the third fastest race lap with a 1:29.313 he posted on Saturday. Broz also finished the week with the qualifying World Record at 1:29.076, but it didn’t come easy. Going into the last day at Mosport, Matthew Pilus held the qualifying record at 1:29.080, with Broz just behind at 1:29.148, and defending Champion Dariusz Bielawski with [...]