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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.

Luza Raids Richmond

by Jordan Hightower on February 22nd, 2013

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Richmond International Raceway plays host to Week Three of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (open setup), which is a favorite track among many sim racers within the iRacing.com service. The track is one of the fastest short tracks in the country which allows for drivers to get the best of both worlds when it comes to racing–the sense of speed as well as the beating and banging that short track racing generally provides. A total of 635 racers attempted at least one race during the week, but the fastest sim racer in Texas brought home the checkered flag in the week’s high Strength of Field and earned the most championship points as a result. Ryan Luza took the checkered flag first in the 3803 Strength of Field by 1.010 [...]

Plenty of Passion at Phoenix

by Scott Kelly on February 18th, 2013

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Before the final weeks of 2012 S4, iRacing.com announced that they would be expanding the race times and dates for all series. No longer would iRacing.com series be racing on just a few days a week, but every day, opportunities to participate in official races would be given. The likelihood for newcomers to participate in the iRacing.com Sprint Car Series had never been higher until this time. With this in mind, a shakeup in the roster of iSCS regulars was sure to be seen. As with every season in the iSCS, the first stop in 2013 was at Phoenix International Raceway. Coming off of his hottest streak yet, 6-time defending champion Alan Binder was primed to return to dominating form once more, but with new blood taking the time to [...]

Moustakas & Humpe Master Darlington

by Jordan Hightower on February 16th, 2013

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Week 2 Darlington Open P1

Week Two of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (open setup) is arguably the most difficult week of the season. The series pays a visit to the track too tough to tame in Darlington Raceway for some beating, banging, and undoubtedly, some arguing. Over 400 sim racers took the green flag for at least one race during the week and it’s safe to bet that a majority of them weren’t happy with their results. Even though a lot the racers probably weren’t happy, there were at least two people happy after a long, long week of online racing. Last season’s champion Kenny Humpe (Ohio) returned to form this week as he took the checkered flag in dominating fashion over teammate Nick Neben (Plains) by 18.087 seconds in a caution free [...]

Scribner Scores Big at Kentucky

by Jordan Hightower on February 6th, 2013

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Week 1 Kentucky Open P1

A new season is upon us on the iRacing.com service and that means thousands of drivers with many great opportunities. Some drivers hope of taking their Silverado to victory lane as many times as possible, while others search for top five finishes. However, there are a select few who look to leave the ultimate mark and win the Season One championship. Nearly 850 sim racers took the green flag during Week One of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (open setup) at Kentucky Speedway located in Sparta, Kentucky. The 1.5-mile D-shaped oval is unlike many other speedways on the NASCAR circuit. Its bumps and abrasive surface cause havoc for many drivers, making this racing venue a favorite for those who love a challenge and the least favorite for others. Texan [...]

Neben/Laughton Conquer Chicago

by Jordan Hightower on January 27th, 2013

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As the old saying goes, “all good things must come to an end”. After twelve weeks of online racing, Season Four 2012 comes to a conclusion as the checkered flag falls at Chicagoland Speedway. Opening in 2001, Chicagoland Speedway has played host to many races in the top three series throughout its history. Names such as Gordon, Stewart, Earnhardt, and Keselowski have all made visits to victory lane at Chicago. Over 1,000 sim racers tried to add their name to the list of winners, but a few familiar faces visited the winner’s circle during the final week of action in the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (open setup). Nick Neben (Plains) put his Silverado in the right place at the right time during this week’s high Strength of Field, which [...]

Dave Kaemmer Comes Clean on Dirt

by Nick Neben on December 2nd, 2011

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Developing artist's conception of iRacing sprint car on dirt? Easy (relatively).  Developing practical model of dirt track racing for iRacing? Not so much.

Dirt: It’s that painfully slippery surface that causes most of us a 1x or a 2x at some point; a 4x if we are unlucky enough to really lose it.  It’s something that will take a perfectly fine race car and send it 180 degrees backwards into a barrier or sand trap. For most road racers dirt is evil.  Most oval racers don’t even worry about dirt while racing in their paved coliseums.   But for one group dirt is for racing.  Pavement?  It’s just for getting there.  From short, bullring dirt tracks to miles of rally stages, this group thrives on sim racing in the dirty stuff. Motorsports on dirt takes many forms across the world.  It’s best known in America for dirt oval racing, while the rest of the [...]

Scanning What’s in Store for iRacing with Tony Gardner

by Nick Neben on November 18th, 2011

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The Long Beach spline is finished . . . now comes the tricky part!

One of the biggest selling points in iRacing for me is the laser-scanned tracks.  As a sim-racer I may not benefit from knowing each bump and nuance of the real-world track, but knowing what I am driving from my living room is accurate down to the millimeter to what I see drivers racing on TV and in person adds to my experience overall. This unique and authentic feel that you can only get from laser-scanning adds so much to each track within the iRacing service. Tony Gardner, president of iRacing.com, recently provided me with some insights to the process of how the company decided on laser-scanning, the process of signing tracks, what goes into the decision on what tracks are brought into the service for the members and the status [...]

Sansone Leads after Bristol

October 11th, 2011

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Thursday night produced more wheel-to-wheel action between Stergios and Sansone, with Sansone taking the win.

The high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway hosted the iRacing.com Sprint Car Cup for the 10th week of racing action in 2011 Season 3. Two nights of racing proved that even with a small car count, sprint cars at Thunder Valley can always provide great online racing action. Going into the week Alan Binder led the points over PJ Stergios and Vinnie Sansone. Tuesday night Casey Malone led the field to the green with Alan Binder on the outside front row. Malone led with Sansone right on his tail for the first 28 laps until Stergios found space up against the wall to fly by the top two. A late restart would set-up a six lap battle between Stergios and Sansone for the win. Stergios used the top line to [...]

iRacing.com Video Contest Winners Announced

June 17th, 2011

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iRacing.com Video Contest Winners Announced

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner in the iRacing.com Video Contest. Correct that, we have 15 winners in the iRacing.com Video Contest, headed by Christian Braun who received the lion’s share of the votes cast by his fellow iRacers. One of four grand finalists, Braun will receive $500 in iRacing credits and an opportunity to do some additional video work for iRacing.com for his efforts. The remaining three grand finalists – Florian Godard, Jens Denker and Nick Neben – will each receive $150 in iRacing credits, while $100 in iRacing credits will be deposited in the accounts of eleven other finalists including Daniel Vergara Muro, Nathan Lively, Jose Fernandez, Jyrypekka Lehtinen, Taylor Meyn, Jon Adams, Bryan Blackford, Andrew MacPherson, lefevre ludovic, Stefan Wisselink and Steve Claeys. Congratulations to all [...]

Duel in the Desert

by Nick Neben on February 14th, 2011

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Duel in the Desert

The first season for the Sprint Car Cup debuted at Phoenix International Raceway during Week Two of the 2011 season, starting the online racing action off fast at the one mile low-banked tri-oval in the Valley of the Sun. Twenty car fields battled their way around the desert for three days at blistering speeds with the top qualification lap set by Pat Dotson at 141.18 mph. Thirty-two races were run during the week with 234 drivers, and 21 different winners.   Mike McKinney and Brandon M Thrasher found themselves crossing the line first three times each at the end of the 40 lap sprint races, taking in the most wins for the week. Alan Gray, the top points earner for the week, captured two wins in the two highest strength [...]

InsideSimRacing Silver Crown Championship is Off and Running

by Chris Cunningham on November 12th, 2010

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InsideSimRacing Silver Crown Championship is Off and Running

The iRacing Silver Crown Series has started in full swing for the fourth season of 2010. Many iRacing members are unaware that his fun yet challenging B level car has taken on a whole new meaning, as InsideSimRacing has made it public that they will be holding a special contest for this season’s Silver Crown Series.  With a little help from strong Silver Crown series advocate, Nick Neben, the InsideSimRacing Silver Crown Championship was born. Aside from the regular points that iRacing will be calculating, a second series of points will be used for the InsideSimRacing championship.  Regardless of the number of drivers in each split, each race winner will receive 60 points, and last place will receive three points. You can also get three bonus points for leading the [...]

Five in a row, Jimmie who?

by Nick Neben on November 1st, 2010

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Five in a row, Jimmie who?

The Great Plains Club finished off the third season of 2010 the same way it had the previous four seasons: atop the Central Region standings in the World Cup of iRacing competition. After jumping out to an early lead in Week One of the season, the Great Plains never looked back, holding the lead for all twelve weeks. This championship puts them in position to clinch an automatic birth into the World Cup of iRacing and bypass the regional runoffs if they can extend the streak to six in a row. The season was led by Bill Bledsoe with 819 club points for the Great Plains, followed by Landon Harrison with 700, and Jared Thompson2 with 643. 187 drivers scored points for the club, and helped keep Michigan, Indiana, and [...]

Final Chance to Qualify for Regional Annual Club Championship

by Nick Neben on November 11th, 2009

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Final Chance to Qualify for Regional Annual Club Championship

The final season to qualify for the Regional Annual Club Championship (RACC) in January is underway with the first week in the books. Two teams that have yet to earn a spot in the RACC currently lead the way in their regions. The Northeast has the usual suspects back at the top of the leader board; the Pacific is once again led by the West, while two underdogs once again pull away from the rest of their regions. The Central European Region, which for the last three seasons has been dominated by Club Italia, has a new leader for now as the DE-AT-CH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) take the top spot after a week of racing. Italy has a chance to earn a spot directly to the World Cup of iRacing, [...]

World Cup: Checkered Flag Falls on Season 3

by Nick Neben on October 29th, 2009

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World Cup: Checkered Flag Falls on Season 3

Season Three of the World Cup of iRacing has reached the finish with an eventful ending. Week Twelve brought out a New England-New York rivalry that will last for many seasons to come, Central Europe has once again been ruled by a single country, and two underdogs took the top spots in their regions.  As a result, many new faces have been added to the mix for January’s Regional Annual Club Championship (RACC). The most talked about Regional Season Club Championship (RSCC) was the Northeastern Region’s battle for the top spot. The two-time defending champions New York were working hard to overcome the lead New England had built-up over the previous two weeks. New York’s top point scorer, Bob Kern, with an amazing 2029 points rewrote the rule books in [...]

Final Week of Season 3 for the World Cup

October 22nd, 2009

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Final Week of Season 3 for the World Cup

The final week for Season 3 of the World Cup of iRacing is underway and two regions are still too close to call a winner. In the Northeastern Region New England leads New York, and in the Southeastern Region South America still has a gap over the Mid-South. New England lost the lead going into Saturday’s events, falling back 140 points to New York, but came back strong through Sunday, retook the lead and were out front by 243 points by Monday morning. They now have a lead of 329 points and will look to hold onto it and take their first Regional Season Club Championships (RSCC). New York will have to make a bigger push this week than last to get to the top of the region and stay [...]

World Cup: Two Weeks and Counting

by Nick Neben on October 15th, 2009

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World Cup: Two Weeks and Counting

Less than two weeks remain in the third season of the World Cup of iRacing. Last week three regional championships were up for grabs, Italy has now taken a lead that looks too big for DE-AT-CH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) to overcome, New England still holds the point in the Northeastern Region over New York, as South America tries to hang on to a narrow lead over the Mid-South for the Southeastern Region. The third smallest club in iRacing, South America is in a battle with the Mid-South club for the Southeastern Region. South America has stayed out in front of the Mid-South by around 400 points over the last week, but one big push by the seventh largest club in iRacing could send South America back to the drawing board [...]