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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.

Hudson on the Rebound

by Aaron Grosskopf on July 29th, 2013

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Hauck leads the field into Turn One to start the NiS race week at Indy.

After a much-needed week off, the NASCAR iRacing Series was back in action at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, offering the service’s top stock car racers a chance to kiss the bricks. Coming-in to the week Tyler D Hudson stood atop the series standings by 843 points over Landon Harrison. Thursday was the first race of the week and the field was packed with the world’s best stock car sim-racers due to the fact that it coincided with Week 13 – aka Fun Week – enabling the NASCAR iRacing.com World Championship Series competitors to come out and play. When it was time for the first grid of the week Brandon Hauck found himself-sitting on the front row on pole alongside of Ashley Miller. Hauck wasted no time showing how he [...]

iRacer of the Week: Cody Byus

by David Ifeguni on July 2nd, 2012

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Byus celebrates at Charlotte, site of one of his NiCAS wins earlier this season.

Have you ever wondered how it would feel to race in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car? Ask one of the 2000 sim-racers who have raced in the iRacing.com NASCAR Class A Series this season. The series runs the car used in the Sprint Cup Series on the same tracks as their real life counterparts like Kentucky Speedway, Daytona International Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. In real life, Matt Kenseth is leading the NASCAR Sprint Cup points. In iRacing, the NASCAR Class A championship points leader is Pennsylvania’s Cody Byus. Cody has two Class A wins this season, one at Charlotte and one at Michigan, but do you know when he got his first iRacing win? Do you know what he does outside of iRacing? Find out the answers [...]

Warren Edges Buchberger for Truck Title

by Tim Terry on January 25th, 2012

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Nearly 900 sim racers journeyed to Thunder Valley for the final week of the 2011 NiCCS.

2011 NiSWC champion Adds NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series Crown to His Trophy Case In the span of seven days, Alex Warren went from winning the NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series championship to having to battle fellow Pro pilot Brandon Buchberger down to the wire in the NASCAR iRacing Class C Series (NiCCS). The duel was just that, close enough that it came down to the final laps of the season and when the points were tallied, it was Warren and his Core Pipe/GSRacing.net sponsored team who came out on top after the grueling twelve week season – by one point. Week Eleven saw the series convene at the Tricky Triangle, formally known as Pocono Raceway. Warren finished atop the standings for the week and gained 13 points on his nearest [...]

Alfalla Wins Texas, Closes in on Championship

by Jason Lofing on September 14th, 2011

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iRacingSim 2011-09-13 22-56-38-90

With only three races remaining in the 2011 NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship, (NiSWC) it is do or die time, especially for those still alive in the quest for the championship. Texas Motor Speedway played host to the sixteenth race of the season and saw one man rise above the rest. Championship leader Ray Alfalla passed polesitter Josh Parker for the lead on the race’s long green flag run and led nearly all the remaining laps for his third victory of the 2011 NiSWC season. Early in the race, it appeared that it was Parker’s race to lose. He started on the pole and was quickly building a gap when a massive crash happened off of Turn Two on the second lap of the race. The wreck was sparked when [...]

Gorlinsky Breaks Through at Daytona

by Jameson Spies on June 30th, 2010

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Gorlinsky Breaks Through at Daytona

John Gorlinsky drove his way to the front of the field, and eventually into victory lane at Daytona International Speedway last night in Round Eleven of the NASCAR iRacing World Championship Series (NiWCS). Pit stops were key in the one stop online race.  Pit road closed the door for some and opened it for others, including Gorlinsky who put his Virgina Tech Chevy into the lead on Lap 44 following the pit stop exchange and was never headed. However, the Hokie’s first NiWCS win was did not come easily.  While leading the race, Gorlinsky momentarily pulled a vanishing act when he lost his internet connection with the iRacing.com server on Lap 68. When his car reappeared, it was in the side of second-placed Derek Wood, causing “The Big One.” Involved [...]

iRacing: Music to Florian Godard’s Ears

by David Phillips on June 9th, 2010

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iRacing: Music to Florian Godard’s Ears

Florian Godard lives life in the allegro lane.  A world-class double bassist in the Orchestre d’Ile de France, Godard is one of just five sim racers regularly competing in both the NASCAR iRacing.com World Championship Series (NiWCS) and the iRacing Drivers World Championship Road Racing (iDWCRR).  But beautiful music and fast cars have long been vital components of Godard’s life. Now living near Paris, Godard grew-up in a musical family.  His mother is a pianist and singer, his father plays the accordion and guitar.  So it was only natural, predictable even, for Florian to begin making music at an early age.  He began playing the piano as a toddler and was composing music inspired by his favorite video games on his father’s synthesizer by age eight. “I was in love with [...]

Atchison Extends Early NiCSS Lead

by Jason Lofing on May 20th, 2010

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Atchison Extends Early NiCSS Lead

Jesse Atchison came into Week Two of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (NiCCS) fresh-off a very impressive week of online racing at Daytona with the points lead in hand. Charlotte Motor Speedway was the venue for Week Two and Atchison did not disappoint. Tuesday night was the race of the week, with several top NiCCS sim racers taking part, including NASCAR iRacing.com World Championship Series competitors Atchison and good friend Brian Schoenburg. Altogether, 11 of the 17 drivers were Pro license holders, making for a star- studded field as far a NiCCS race goes. Joey Brown led the field to the green and the yellow was quick to follow only two laps in, as Kenneth Decker got sideways and lost it off of Turn Four, causing the field to [...]

Time for NASCAR i.Racing Pro Series

by Glenn Alden on May 7th, 2010

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Time for NASCAR i.Racing Pro Series

The time has finally come for the NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series (NiPS) to get underway. The fight to get into the NiPS was brutal, but that’s just the beginning. As the feeder series to the Grand Daddy of them all – the NASCAR iRacing.com World Championship Series (NiWCS) – all the drivers will need to be at the absolute top of their game, week-in and week-out. In the inaugural Pro season, Josh Parker took home the crown, amidst one of the most intense points battles in sim racing history. Parker snagged the championship away from Brad Davies in the final week of the season, and has gone on to a successful NiWCS season thus far. The favorites going into the season are simple… There are none. With the top drivers [...]

Berry Surprised Winner at Darlington

by Jameson Spies on May 5th, 2010

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Berry Surprised Winner at Darlington

Coming down for the white flag at Darlington Raceway, Brad Davies, the online racing winner at Talladega Superspeedway two weeks ago, could have been forgiven for being excited.  Davies, of Wauchula, FL, was a little more than a lap from becoming the first two-time winner and taking over the point lead in the NASCAR iRacing.com World Championship Series.  But there’s an old adage in racing – to finish first, first you must finish – and technical issues ended the 25-year-old veteran sim racer’s day two laps shy of the checkered flag, giving a surprised Josh Berry (Hendersonville, TN) his first-ever series win. Berry, who has recently been driving a late model for JR Motorsports in the physical world, finished fourth in the 2009 NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series and was one [...]

Watch the World’s Top Sim Racers Tackle Darlington Tonight on iRacing.com

by David Phillips on May 4th, 2010

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Watch the World’s Top Sim Racers Tackle Darlington Tonight on iRacing.com

The world’s best sim racers are set to take-on the Lady in Black – aka Darlington Raceway – tonight in Round Seven of the NASCAR iRacing.com World Championship Series (NiWCS).  And you’ll be able to watch all the action, live, on iRacing.com.  The race will be streamed at www.iracing.com/multimedia/live-broadcasts in Silverlight and Windows Media Player, beginning at 9:00 pm eastern time (1:00 GMT). Will points leader (and Bristol winner) Richard Towler rebound from a tough outing at Talladega Superspeedway?  Will Talladega winner Brad Davies make it two in a row?  Will another previous race winner like Ray Alfalla, Josh Parker, Sandeep Banerjee or Dale Earnhardt, Jr. become the first two-time winner in NiWCS competition?  Or will the combination of Darlington and the NiWCS produce a seventh new winner in as [...]

Who Needs Swahili in Sim Racing?

by Jameson Spies on March 17th, 2010

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Who Needs Swahili in Sim Racing?

Jesse Atchison, aka JA28, is one of iRacing’s top oval competitors.   Champion of 2009 Season One Legends Cup and Season 4 Impala SS B, the Maryland-basd sim racer was a leading contender in the inaugural iRacing Pro Series Oval (iPSO) competition earlier this year.  Atchison started online racing in 2002 and was the 2003 TVR Busch Series champion, 2005 S1 IROC champion, FLM SMSS Season 8 champion, the first ever ASCORS-sanctioned race winner and the 2007 ESCORS Alienware Series Champion. As one of the top fifty finishers in the iPSO, Atchison qualified for the NASCAR iRacing.com World Championship Series where he is currently fourth in the standings behind Richard Towler, Jayson Anderson and Thomas Lewandowski.  iRacingNews‘ NiWCS correspondent and (in the interest of full disclosure) teammate Jameson Spies tracked-down [...]

Schoenburg Breaking Free

by Chris Hall on March 11th, 2010

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Schoenburg Breaking Free

With five weeks of racing in the NASCAR iRacing Class A Series (NiCAS) now complete, it’s Brian Schoenburg who continues to lead the online racing championship, with an even bigger points margin. The Californian secured the second highest tally of the week of 207 points, with a victory in his only race at the Bristol Motor Speedway, that now leaves Schoenburg 95 marks ahead of the chasing pack. Heading up the group of sim-racers following in Schoenburg’s wake, former series leader Justin Roberts appeared in the same event as the championship leader; but despite finishing just five tenths behind the incumbent ‘top dog’ in second position, the Virginias’ Club driver couldn’t match Schoenburg’s pace, reflected in the fact Roberts didn’t lead single lap of the race. Just 19 points behind [...]

Q&A with NiCWS Winner and Pro Road Racing Champion Richard Towler

by Jameson Spies on March 11th, 2010

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Q&A with NiCWS Winner and Pro Road Racing Champion Richard Towler

Over the past seven years Richard Towler has emerged as one of world’s top sim racers.  Based in Hull, England, the 26 year old Towler traveled a well-trodden online racing path from Gran Tourismo 2002 to NASCAR 2003 and has been a member of iRacing.com since June of 2008.  In that time he has won 229 of the 294 road course events he’s contested and 53 of 144 ovals.  To save your calculator batteries, that works-out to a 77.8% winning average on road courses, 36.8% on ovals and 64.3% overall.  Did we mention that, overall, he finishes in the top five 86% of the time? Last year, Towler edged Luke McLean and Shawn Purdy for the inaugual iRacing Pro Series Road Racing title.  At the same time, he more than [...]