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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.

Like a Win

by Jake Hayes on March 25th, 2015

Hayes Auto Club 1

Week 4 of the 2015 NASCAR iRacing Series Open keeps us in the West at Auto Club Speedway in sunny California. Auto Club Speedway is one of two 2.0 mile tracks on Sprint Cup series schedule, the other being its Midwestern cousin: Michigan International Speedway. Interestingly enough, although the two tracks race and drive similarly, I usually run well at Auto Club despite struggling at Michigan. Last year I recorded a fifth place at Auto Club; with past success at the track, I always have high expectations for a good finish. As this was the first large track we have visited with the new rules package, I had no idea what to expect, handling-wise this week. Early in practice the car felt quite different due to the large horsepower difference [...]

SRO, Announce Blancpain GT Sim Racing Series

by David Phillips on March 16th, 2015

driving games

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

Get to Know: Matthew O’Donnell

by David Ifeguni on March 16th, 2015

racing games

Born in Horsham, PA and now living in Mission Viejo, CA, Matthew O’Donnell has come a long way in a short time on iRacing. He has won 92 times in 667 road course starts and has 14 official victories in 122 starts on ovals, yet he will only complete his second full year on the service on April 1st this year. It is undeniable that O’Donnell loves sim racing; earlier this year, he took his sim racing experience to a whole new level when he competed in the 24 Hours of Daytona on a team-of-one. He drove  the entire race by himself and ended-up completing all 24 hours. I got the chance to discuss the 24 hour endurance race with him, along with his other sim racing endeavours in [...]

Another IndyCar Season in the Books

by Seth Eggert on March 16th, 2015

IndyCar Indy HiRes 1

The 2015 Season 1 IndyCar Oval Series featured a wide variety in racing as well as a wide range in participation and hard racing for the participating sim-racers during the 12 weeks of competition. A number of firsts also took place throughout the season. The series crowned yet another new champion, Nigel Marneef (Benelux). The series reached new heights in Strength of Field, including a new record Strength of Field of 4347 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The season featured attrition, close racing, domination, luck (both good and bad), shockers, and several strange moments, among other storylines. This season also saw the championship come down to the final ten laps of the Strength of Field race in the final week of the season. The series had the most participation [...]

Putting the Excitement Back in Restarts

by Paul Williams on March 13th, 2015

video game

While last week’s NASCAR iRacing Series visit to the virtual Las Vegas Motor Speedway produced many splits and some great sim racing, there was an outcry from the community about the need for an overhaul when it comes to restarts in the Gen6 cars. “I have no problem overcoming adversity of my own doing. But, to have this black flag issue affect me 2 out of 3 races so far in NASCAR iRacing Series is getting old,” said Anthony Palombo. “Driving through the field is fun, but I only want to do it if I am back there on purpose or my own doing, not because of others handling on restart issues.” Unfortunately, it’s hard to imagine a reasonable scenario from the reactive side that could resolve the problem. Programming [...]

Marneef Wins Race, Championship Battle at Indy

by Seth Eggert on March 11th, 2015

Racing Game

The twelfth and final week of the 2015 Season 1 IndyCar Oval Series sent the competitors to the Indianpolis Motor Speedway.  A grand total of 212 sim-racers took to the historic track throughout a week when aero-push, cautions, handling, high attrition rates, lap traffic, pit road exits, pit strategy and tire wear – not to mention a championship battle — were just some of the storylines that played-out. Championship leader Nigel Marneef (Benelux) started on pole with Derek M Murray (UK and I) on his outside. Marneef’s championship rival Vick Caudill (Michigan) started third with Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) fourth, and Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) rounding out the top five starting positions. Before the field even left the grid positions, Seth Eggert (Carolina) realized he still had the qualifying set-up [...]

Qualifying Was Close, Race Was Closer

by Justin Sutton on March 10th, 2015

Three-wide once again.

Road America is undoubtedly one of the best circuits in the country, and when the swarm of over 50 sim-racers from the UK&I Skip Barber League land for a ten lap race the legendary nature of the circuit is highlighted for all to see.  Matthew Daniels took pole position by two thousandths of a second with Sebastian Job alongside him in second while championship leader Tom Ward sat in third. Ward went on the early attack at Turn Five of the first lap with the inside line on both Job and Daniels as well.  Ward and Daniels went side by side into Turn Six but Daniels carried more speed around the outside and then Job took the inside line at Turn Seven on Ward, dropping him back down to his [...]

Burnin’ Rubber & Cash: Vegas

by Dylan Schmidt on March 9th, 2015


Viva Las Vegas!  I love this town.  There’s always plenty to do, stuff to see, and money to make. Last week, we left Hotlanta with a little over $2.27 million in the bank, a chassis with barely any damage, and a great engine.  We had to repair some sheet metal and most of the more friable parts, but overall we left with a great car that we barely had to tweak to get ready for this week.  Gotta love the cookie-cutters, am I right?  More good news: we picked up another major sponsor this week.  After my deal with “The Adventures of Kratos Danger” is over, I’ll be partnering with DC Comics for a few weeks.  I’m very excited about working with a multi-national company, it’s a fantastic opportunity.  I [...]

Lionheart IndyCar Series Shines from Start to Last Lap at Phoenix

by Ray Kingsbury on March 7th, 2015


The Lionheart IndyCar Series is by far and away the premiere fixed setup league for the IndyCar on iRacing. With races being broadcast by GSRC, and play by play and color commentary from Sean Ambrose and Evan Posocco, it is a spectacle to be seen. So far this season racers have ventured to six different venues across the American continent spanning primarily the oval discipline, but still having visited the road courses already twice in the six weeks so far. Reigning champion Jesse Vincent took the double points season opener at Michigan International Speedway with Tony Lurcock and Rick Music close behind to finish off the podium. Week Two saw the team visiting the cornfields at Iowa Speedway as Rick Music dominated and ended up with the win. His only [...]

Setup “Meritts” Success at Homestead

by Seth Eggert on March 6th, 2015

IndyCar Homestead

Week Eleven of the 2015 Season 1 IndyCar Oval sent the series Homestead-Miami Speedway. A total of 112 sim-racers took to the track near Miami Beach throughout the week. Aero-push, cautions, handling, lap traffic, pit road entrances and exits, pit strategy and tire wear were just some of the storylines that played out throughout the week of IndyCar sim racing in South Florida. Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) started on pole with Vick Caudill (Michigan) on his outside, while Nigel Marneef (Benelux) started third with Connor Cross (Ohio) fourth and Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) rounded-out the top five starting positions. Even as Demeritt got off to a good start, Marneef pulled alongside his championship rival Caudill. Marneef easily cleared Caudill in Turns One and Two with Trost in tow. Trost jumped [...]

Taking Bumps and Lumps at ‘lanta

by Jake Hayes on March 5th, 2015

A promising qualifying run did not translate to a great finish.

Week 1 of the 2015 NASCAR iRacing Series season takes us down south to my home track located in Hampton, Georgia! Every year  this is one of the best  races to watch (although I am a bit biased on this topic) and I often go to this race. I sadly wasn’t able to make the trip to the track this year, but I was able to race it using iRacing’s beautiful laser scanned edition of the track. Atlanta is one of the bumpiest tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup calendar. Knowing this, getting your car to travel over the bumps smoothly without killing the car’s speed is something my team and I focused on heavily. After getting the springs, bumpstops, etc. at the correct settings to maximize speed over the [...]

Champions Crowned in Chaotic Finale

by James Prostell Jr. on January 3rd, 2015


DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – And it all comes down to this. Eleven parts have been completed of the twelve-act drama known as the Red Sox Racing League’s GT Battle, and the final act is set to take place on quite the stage. Home to both the Daytona 500 and Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, the Daytona International Speedway has given fans of both oval and road course disciplines plenty to cheer about over the years, and the season-ending Gentleman Jim 25 Laps of Daytona elicit a few more roars. If that wasn’t enough, fans in attendance are in for a special treat – this particular weekend the Red Sox Racing League is sharing the 12-turn, 3.56-mile with the Historic Sportscar Racing group as they put on their annual Classic 24 [...]

Royal Race for Turner at Donington

by James Prostell Jr. on December 19th, 2014


LEICESTER, ENGLAND – Donington Raceway Park touts itself as the “Heart of British Racing,” and with good reason. The venerable circuit has seen more than its fair share of pulse-pounding moments over the years, hosting the best that Formula One, Superbike, Touring Car, and virtually every world-touring category of racing has to offer. A week removed from a great race at another classic British circuit in Brands Hatch, the cars and stars of the Red Sox Racing League look to add its name to Donington’s star-studded list of competitors, and create a few new memories in the process. While over 3,000 miles of Atlantic Ocean waters separate the United States from the United Kingdom, at least one driver in the paddock doesn’t feel things to be so foreign after all. [...]

Dobie Dominant in Brands Hatch Sprint

by James Prostell Jr. on December 4th, 2014


KENT, UNITED KINGDOM – It’s crunch time. With only three events in to go in the season, competitors of the Red Sox Racing League are running out of opportunities to earn points towards class championships at season’s end. Adding to the pressure, Round 10, the Dingle Dell 30 at Brands Hatch, not only takes place at the treacherous Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, but also plays host to the third and final round of the ITT Engineered For Life Sprint Challenge, meaning a few extra eyes will be watching to see who takes home some in-season bragging rights. At only nine turns and 2.3 miles per lap, the circuit is deceptively simple according to Caribbean Food Delights BMW Z4 GT3 driver James Prostell Jr. “On paper, the track design is [...]

Star Mazdas Take-on The Mountain

by Cam Stark on December 1st, 2014

Star Mazda Bathurst 2014 S4 featured image

Week 5 could be the decisive week in the Star Mazda championship for the shortened Season 4 as, inevitably, drivers would be giving it their all to achieve a good result. It just happened to be the notorious Mount Panorama (Bathurst) circuit which hosted this week’s sim racing. The grueling 23 turns and 174 meters height difference from the low to high points on the circuit over the 4 mile length could play havoc on driver’s concentration. Although Bathurst would have the shortest race time of the season, by no means did it make the race any easier. The 17:45 GMT race once again proved the race to be in as it resulted in a 3322 SOF (strength-of-field). Kerry Knowlden (UK&I) – for a second week in a row – [...]

Rundell Runs Well at Road America

November 11th, 2014


ELKHART LAKE, WI – The season may be winding down for the cars and stars of the Red Sox Racing League’s GT Class Battle, but the action on the track continues to heat up. Round 9, the Elkhart Lake 45, gives the competitors a chance to ply their trade on yet another great racing venue, but over the years many have learned not to be fooled by the park-like setting of Road America. Danger lurks behind each of the 14 corners of the four-mile layout, yet ironically it is arguably the least pronounced of these turns – the kink – that wreaks the most havoc. Bisecting the third of three long straights, the kink is just sharp enough of a right-hander to pose a tough decision for each driver on every [...]

PJ Stergios Rumbles the Sprint Cars Back on inRacing News

by Brooks Westfall on November 5th, 2014

PJ Stergios leads the field to the green flag.

After a brief leave of absence, the iRacing Sprint Car Cup returns to inRacingNews for the modified, shorter Season 4. Before the season even began, many of the “regulars” in the Sprint Car were unsure about the car’s recent change to the New Tire Model, which drastically modified the car’s performance. Some decided the change was too much for them, and opted out of this season’s action. Others, however, decided it was time for change. The community has come together to help get through what figures to be a supremely challenging time. Nevertheless, many faithful sim racers turned-out for the season opener in the wild west: Phoenix International Raceway. The 40 lap sim race began with PJ Stergios leading the field to the green, followed by Fred Lampela and Vinnie [...]

Irby Untouchable at Watkins Glen

by James Prostell Jr. on November 4th, 2014


WATKINS GLEN, NY – Over the past seven weeks, The Red Sox Racing League’s GT Battle has brought its band of teams and drivers to some of the most iconic racetracks to be found, and with round eight meaning a trip to Watkins Glen International, that trend continues. League members are certainly no strangers to “The Glen,” as each season almost invariably finds its way to upstate New York’s high speed, 3.4-mile, 12-turn road course. As a change of pace, this season’s race takes place on the NASCAR version of the track, avoiding the four turns that comprise the “boot” section and making each lap almost a mile shorter. Adding to the excitement, Round 8, the Skip The Boot 30, will be a thirty-minute sprint race that also serves as Round [...]

Hoffman Wrangles Win at COTA

by James Prostell Jr on October 28th, 2014


AUSTIN, TEXAS -There’s long been the saying everything’s bigger in Texas, and Austin Texas’ Circuit of the Americas certainly aids that claim. The 20-turn, 3.4 mile circuit is a state-of-the-art racing facility laid out on about 900 acres of land, offering enough room to let track developers to run wild. Tight hairpins, sweeping esses, multi-apex corners, long straights – nearly every test a driver would face over a season of races are seen on every single lap. “There is not one moment that you can afford to lose focus here,” said Les Turner, driver of the BMW Z4 GT3 in a pre-race interview. “Your ability to concentrate, hit your marks, and keep up your momentum is constantly tested here.” With the Texas Longhorn 45 making up Round 7 of [...]