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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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

Gooden Dominates to Take Second Pro Mazda Title!

by Cam Stark on June 15th, 2015

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One of Gooden's most emphatic wins happened at Mount Panorama, a circuit notorious for punishing any mistake.

With Oran Park being a ghost town in the final week of the season, it meant the championship was all but sorted-out after the penultimate week of the season; for one person in particular it was a dominant season. For Wyatt Gooden this season was one to savour. The Radicals Online driver was the dominant force throughout the whole of the season, albeit not totally unbeatable. To his credit he made 27 starts, took 16 pole positions and brought home 22 top fives; more importantly, Gooden had 19 wins to his name which helped him accumulate 1691 points overall.  The American had scored 127 more points over the course of the season than the second placed finisher Justin Brunner, but third place was nowhere to be seen as Mark Jarvis [...]

Coanda Dominate Tricky Day in Canada

by Wil Vincent on June 10th, 2015

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Coanda blunted the Team Redline steamroller as and Luis grabbed the lead at the start and were never threatened.

The months of April and May saw one driver win races in the iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series.  And as the Fanatec Team Redline machine of Greger Huttu scored victory after victory, it prompted the same f questions we hear every year: Can anyone stop the four time World Champion? Overall, Redline have also been the superior team, winning all but one race othe season, and really outshining their long term rivals, Foracer Coanda Simsport. In a nutshell, as the weather gets warmer and the nights shorter, something had to be done otherwise a championship could well be over before we get to the end of summer. Coanda needed to step up. Enter Montreal, one of the most entertaining online races of the year. This was a track that [...]

Lionheart IndyCar Series Heads to AutoClub for Season Finale Tonight!

by Justin Laxton on June 10th, 2015

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The checkered flag will wave on the Lionheart tonight at Auto Club Speedway.

On Wednesday night the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by Overdrive Graphics and Sim Posters heads to the Auto Club Speedway for the Season Finale! Tonight’s race is broadcast at 9:35pm Central Time on the Global SimRacing Channel. With the championship already wrapped up for Jesse Vincent, and Big Joe Hassert sitting solidly in second, the focus of the night will be on the race for third through ninth in the point standings and the fight for 20th, the final lock-in spot for the first four races of next season. Monday night’s practice race saw Team #nailedIt driver Ian Adams win. However with the new build release on Tuesday, final practice race proved that it will be anyone’s race with the newly-formed No Name Racing team taking the top two spots [...]

Smith Wins Chaotic Montreal ANZ Skip Barber Race

by Paul Wood-Stotesbury on June 3rd, 2015

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Benjamin Smith stormed to victory in a last-to-first win the fifth round of the 2015 ANZ Skip Barber Championship at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. David Buda of Relentless Racing had qualified on pole with a lap time 1:52.882, almost half a second clear of Kevin Wilmen on grid two, and was looking to extend his championship lead. His hard work came undone before the lights went out for the 50 minute race when he jumped the start. He would serve his pit lane penalty and start a storming drive through the field. The action came on thick and fast. Twenty-three starters watched the lights go out, and the first corner complex of Turns One and Two would see Kevin Wilmen pushed wide off the track in the melee and drop to [...]

Holzmann Wins Phillip Island, Closes on iRacing GP Series Title

by Cam Stark on June 2nd, 2015

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No one could be deemed safe this race after the chaotic race start!

With the final week of the season on the horizon, the iRacing Grand Prix Series headed to Victoria, Australia to tackle Phillip Island Circuit in the penultimate week. The 12-turn, 4.445km circuit – which features the 1km Gardner Straight – is notoriously the fastest paced. Although lap times will be less than 70 seconds per lap, three hairpins throughout the lap provide overtaking opportunities throughout the race, as well as Doohan Corner where following cars could have a 10km/h speed advantage heading-in to initiate overtaking opportunities. Patrik Holzmann took pole position ahead of Apex Racing UK’s Peter Berryman. Much like Canada one week ago the start was not a pretty sight; and this time for both ends of the field. With two separate incidents in two corners it was not [...]

GoT 3 Hours of Suzuka June 14

June 1st, 2015

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Gathering of Tweakers is pleased to announce another Season Finale: the GoT 3 Hours of Suzuka! At the end of Week 13, drivers will face off in either the Ruf C-spec or the Mazda MX-5 for a 3 hour race around Suzuka! This event is a team race with optional driver swaps. Each team may consist of one or two drivers. BROADCAST The race will be broadcast by RaceSpot TV! https://www.facebook.com/RaceSpotTV https://twitter.com/RaceSpotTV https://www.youtube.com/user/hdracespot EVENT DETAILS Date: Sunday June 14th, 2015. Track: Suzuka International Racing Course (Grand Prix) Cars: Ruf RT12-R C-spec (30 spots), Mazda MX-5 (30 spots) Length: 3 hours Team: one – two drivers with optional driver swap Fair Share: Off, divide however you like. Setups: Open, but setups will be shared in the practice sessions. Grid: Rolling start. [...]

Greger’s Grand Slam

by David Phillips on May 29th, 2015

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In a class of his own, Huttu sprints to a fourth straight win as the rest give chase.

Greger Huttu scored a dominant victory at challenging Virginia International Raceway for his fourth consecutive iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series win and, in the bargain, enhanced his already commanding lead in the series standings.  Three other sim racers – Olli Pahkala, Enzo Bonito and Mitchell DeJong – led at one time or another as pit stop strategies came into play, but in the end it was the four time world champion cruising to a commanding 12s win over a close squabble for the runner-up spot between Pahkala and Bonito that was, ultimately, decided in the Finn’s favor giving Team Redline an impressive sweep of the podium positions. Having missed the past couple of races owing to his Global Rallycross commitments, DeJong made an impressive return to the series by [...]

So Near Yet So Far

by James Falcon Pratt on May 26th, 2015

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So Near Yet So Far

NASCAR iRacing Seres Open  – Week 12: 400 Laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway This is one of the races I look forward to more than most. The reasons are many, but the long green flag runs and pitting under green as well as the raw tactics of the long race always get me pumped. How hard does one push in the first 100 laps or even in the first half of the race? Do you short pit between  Lap 345 and Lap 350 knowing you’re on new tires early in the run with the Lucky Dawg should you get picked-off by a yellow? Do you stay out if a run goes short to hold lapped carw back? All of this runs through your head as the race winds down. Things [...]

Oltmanns Takes Win #2 at Daytona

by Evan Posocco on May 22nd, 2015

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Jason Oltmanns celebrates after winning his second race of the season.

Jason Oltmanns’ single car operation became the first team to take multiple Feature Race wins on the 2015 iSuperSpeedway.com Racing Series Season 4 campaign, with his first career win at the World Center of Racing. Oltmanns parked his #51 Best Buy Ford Fusion in Gatorade Victory Lane in Race 9 of the season, after qualifying into the A-Main through his respective Heat Race and via an eighth place finish in the Dash For Cash. The #51 started on the outside of Row 4 for the 40 lap main event which was shown LIVE on LSRTV. Before the green flag dropped on the A Main Feature, the remaining drivers who had been unable to qualify in through the preliminaries (p12 <) had to qualify in through the B-Main event, which was [...]

New face, New rival? Storm Dominates Okayama

May 21st, 2015

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Storm looking to build on a fantastic qualifying performance.

After a one week sabbatical for many drivers in the iRacing Pro Mazda Series, the road courses returned for Week 9 at Japan’s Okayama International Circuit. The track features 11 corners over its 3.703km course. Much to my surprise we had a totally new front row! It featured none of the common iRacing Pro Mazda names that we’ve been accustomed to throughout the season; although it was incredibly tight based on the top three positions’ times – all separated by less than a tenth. Michael Storm took pole position with a 1.26.438, whilst Wojciech Rabsztyn joined him on the front row, only .76s slower. Wyatt Gooden was a place further back, but had his work cut out to make his way to the head of field based on the pace [...]

A Manic Monza for AOR

by Justin Sutton on May 21st, 2015

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Knowlden gets the 2 for 1 on Lap Six.

There is only one temple of speed, and legendary  Monza played host to the fourth round of the AOR Pro Mazda Championship.  As a new addition to the iRacing track library, the circuit is both brand new and also well-known to racing fans around the world, providing a unique experience for all the sim-racers.  With three rounds in the books, Justin Brunner led the championship with 74 points, as he was yet to finish a race outside of the podium positions.  His nearest rival, Phil Reid of Team AOR Blue, sat on just 48 points, a gap of 26 points between them.  Brunner took pole at Monza and looked strong for the race, while defending Season One champion Kerry Knowlden once again languished in P7 on the grid (same as [...]

NASCAR for the Masses Brought to Us by iRacing

by James Falcon Pratt on May 19th, 2015

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Rubbin's racing' when the NASCAR Xfinity Chevy Camaros and Ford Mustangs get together in the NASCAR iRacing Class B Series.

Since opening its virtual doors nearly seven years ago, iRacing has brought the many worlds of NASCAR to the masses all around the world. As you start your sim racing life you learn car control, track types and racing with others all around you on the track. The rookie level has changed in the nearly four years that I have been a part of iRacing, but the basics will always be the same. Depending on when you started you drove the Street Stock or the Legends cars first then advanced to the other. These two race cars drive very differently, but the basics are a part of each of them. Rookie Class Today you start with the Street Stocks, a car you may have raced on local tracks. Maybe it [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – NASCAR’S Backyard

by Scott Smith on May 18th, 2015

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When crossed the stripe inches apart, a great finish seemed to be in the offing.

Charlotte Motor Speedway holds some pretty kick-ass memories for me.  You see, as a youngster, I was fortunate enough to attend many races at CMS.  My dad had a great job of working for a company that supplied the speedway with lawn care equipment to keep the grounds on the beautiful complex looking tip-top.  What did this mean for me?   Nothing short of cherished road trips with my father and grandfather to and from the speedway for the All-Star, spring, and fall races for many years in a row. I’ve looked-on in astonishment as my favorite driver – ole DW himself – signed my ball cap with the fine point of a Sharpie; I was front-and-center for some of Humpy Wheeler’s craziest pre-race shenanigans.  The Intimidator was a living legend, [...]

Get to Know: Andrew Micke

by David Ifeguni on May 18th, 2015

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Andrew Micke iRacing

25 year old Andrew Micke has been a member on iRacing since March, 2013. Racing out of his home in Rhode Island, Micke has a lot to be proud of in his two year iRacing career with 29 oval victories and 24 road course victories in 641 and 605 starts respectively. His first victory on an oval came at USA International Speedway in the iRacing Street Stock Series while he scored his first road course victory during Week 13 after the first season of 2013 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Perhaps Andrew’s biggest win on iRacing came in the 12 Hours of Sebring, where he and his team finished first in the BMW Z4 GT3 car. Sim racing aside, there is more to Andrew Micke than meets than eye, and [...]

Hanner Holds-on at Talladega; Locks into iSuperChase

by Evan Posocco on May 14th, 2015

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Hanner held-off Woffard by the thinnest of margins to capture The Stars Fell Over Alabama

On the heels of a busy news week in the world of the iSuperSpeedway.com Racing Series, the top 42 drivers hit the ‘Dega high banks for one of the largest races of the year, second only to the iSuperSpeedway 500k season kick-off: The Stars Fell on Alabama 250. Round 8 of the championship meant that only four races would remain following the event (five including the All Star Race).  Thus the window of opportunity to win, or get into the top five in points, was narrowing for championship hopefuls. The majority of iSS races are run in a heat race format. Drivers qualify in to the main (which pays out championship points) through heat races, where those who qualify set the grid order in the ‘Dash for Cash’ race. Those [...]

Bakkum States his Intention

by Cam Stark on May 14th, 2015

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iGPS Silverstone 2015

The iRacing Grand Prix Series headed to Northern Europe for Round 8 of the season. One of the (if not THE) most historic and well known tracks in Britain was the destination: Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. The track was a fitting one for the series to end its journey of Europe before heading back to Central America for the final leg of the season. Jorge Montanes took pole position with a 1.18.126; Mack Bakkum was just under two tenths behind starting the race from second position. 21 drivers turned out for the race, the majority of whom are still in the battle to claim a Pro license. The start of the race was fairly hectic – only for fifth down to ninth though – they were four wide as Copse [...]

NASCAR Takes a Week Off

by James Falcon Pratt on May 14th, 2015

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Charlotte ? laps, 600 miles of fun.

The Coke 600 is the next points race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule, so NASCAR iRacing Series competitors will run the full 600 miles at the famous Charlotte Motor Speedway next week. This means we will run 400 laps on a track that can provide some of the best racing in NASCAR and some of the best sim racing anywhere. In the past three season we have run five races here and my team has come home with a top five and three top tens (fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth) and only once did we fall outside the top 10 with an 11th place finish in the second race in 2014. The track is clean and smooth – if you don’t over-drive it — and  tire wear is low [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Tornado Alley!

by Scott Smith on May 11th, 2015

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Although the chances of a twister breaking out and causing massive damage within the simulator are nil, certain race tracks can often leave sim-racers with the feeling of being spun like a top and dumped on their heads.  This week — getting back in-sync with our real-world counterparts — the iRacing NASCAR Camping World Trucks will be doing battle on the 1.5-mile tri-oval Kansas Speedway.  In race track years, the speedway is still but a child, with this year marking its 14th year of existence.  However, July of 2011 saw the speedway renovate, which included a repave and the addition of a new progressive banking from 17-20 degrees in the corners.  Often times, when a race track is repaved it lends itself to being a fast, one-groove surface.  For a [...]

Gooden’s Tactical Success

May 11th, 2015

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The Pro Mazdas headed to the second and final part of their Japanese tour by taking a week to race at the Suzuka International Racing Course. 14 drivers headed out to the 18 turn, 5.807km circuit to compete in Week 7 of the season. Once again many familiar names took to the grid, with Wyatt Gooden being the highest profile – and most prolific – among them. Living up to this reputation, Gooden took yet another pole position although a new, up and coming name – a Dutchman, Ghovand Keanie – took up the second position on the grid, only 3 thousandths of a second behind his American rival! The online race would be not be an easy one to run away with; sweeping corners and long straight meant draft [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Recap: Week 10 Talladega

by James Falcon Pratt on May 8th, 2015

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Wednesday’s NASCAR iRacing Series race at Talladega Superspeedway went green from start to finish, requiring us all to pit from full speed, and the sim racing was great. As the cars left the track for the pits in teams or groups working together I moved up the standings from 16th on Lap 34 to second on Lap 41 as the only other driver, Gregory McKnight, to stay out as long as I did headed into the pits himself on Lap 42. This left me all alone to lead Lap 42 as I waited until the following lap to stop. I returned to the track way back in P13 some 9.13s back of the leader and with no drafting partners. A lap or two later I ran up behind the 30 [...]