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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.

Rundell Runs Well at Road America

November 11th, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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 iRacing.com 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 [...]

Martti’s Blog – Tough Luck?

by Martti Pietilä on October 27th, 2014

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Thanks to support from his teammates, an understanding wife and a timely steering wheel tweak the end of the season brought a return to form . . . and eager anticipation for the 2015 iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.

Coanda Simsport‘s Martti Pietilä endured a roller coaster of a 2014 iRacing World Championship Grand Prix season, one that started out with great promise only to gradually turn uncompetitive before a late season resurgence.  Martti takes us along for the ride with his blog . . . I guess I could say that I got the idea for this blog already right after the 2nd Spa-Francorchamps qualifying. At least the title fits really well, as what was my most promising qualifying since the start of the season, turned into one of the fastest races I have ever done; it ended at about the same time I got into second gear. Even though that start/race ending could have been considered tough luck, I am not going to spend an entire blog [...]

Turner Tames Tough Field at Indy

by James Prostell Jr on October 20th, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – The Red Sox Racing League’s Season 3 GT Class Battle has reached its halfway point, and the sixth round of the 12-race series takes place at one of the racing world’s most revered grounds. For over a century, The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has inspired, challenged, and championed generation after generation of racers and race fans alike, all eyes annual running of the Indianapolis 500. In recent history, though, stock car, motorcycle, sportscar, and even Formula One teams have all taken their shots at motorsports glory, thanks to an infield section that winds through the venue’s expansive lot before joining the traditional oval’s turn 1 and frontstretch. Where Indycar and NASCAR fans would normally watch their favorites run nearly flat-out and make four left turns a lap, Red [...]

Slam Dunk for Jordan at Notre Dame 45

by James Prostell Jr. on October 9th, 2014

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MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA – Last time out, Dave Hoffman took the overall win in his RUF, John Koscielniak won the BMW’s class, and Joseph Jordan took top honors in the McLaren MP4 race at the majestic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. This time around, the trio hopes to do more of the same at another famed Formula One venue, Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, situated on Montreal’s man-made Ile Notre-Dame. The 13-turn, 2.71-mile circuit has a unique blend of high speed curves and tight chicanes, urging drivers aim to push the limit on the wall-lined track. “There is very little run-off room here, at least not where you’d need it,” commented Caribbean Food Delights BMW driver James Prostell Jr. in a pre-race interview. “You’ve got no room for error, and I’ve been bitten here before, [...]

Spa Treatment for Hoffman

by James Prostell Jr. on October 1st, 2014

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SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM – With the checkered flag waving for McLaren MP4-12C GT3 driver Brian Irby last week at Sebring, the cars and stars of the Red Sox Racing League have already completed the first quarter of the season and now set their sights on the next round of the GT Class Battle Championship. Kicking off the first of two international trips scheduled this season, Round 4, the Eau Rouge 45 will be anything but overlooked as the race takes place at the venerable Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. While advances in aerodynamics, technology like traction control, and the venue’s own changes (Prior to 1981, laps on the Formula One circuit were over twice as long, and used public roads) have taken some of the edge off the intimidating racetrack, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps [...]

Irby Zaps Field in 45 Minutes of Sebring

September 24th, 2014

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SEBRING, FL – After opening rounds at Virginia International Raceway and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the Red Sox Racing League GT Battle rages south to Florida for Round 3, the 45 Minutes of Sebring. Home of the annual 12 Hours of Sebring Endurance Race Sebring International Raceway’s 17-turn, 3.7-mile layout and its abrasive surface has tested countless teams, drivers, and cars over the years. Made up of a wide variety of corners, ranging from fast, sweeping corners, to hairpins, and nearly everything in between, the unique Sebring International Raceway has become a popular year-round test facility for major racing teams, as it is a great venue to test the limits of man and machine. Perhaps too tough of a venue. As the last round in the United States before [...]

Irby Finds Sunshine in China Beach 30

by James Prostell Jr. on September 16th, 2014

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LEXINGTON, OH – One down, eleven to go. A week removed from an exciting opening round at Virginia International Raceway, the stars and cars of the Red Sox Racing League leave a hilly, twisting, technical track and head for, well, a hilly, twisting technical track as they make their way to Ohio’s famous Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Sharing the spotlight with iRacing’s GT3 Challenge, the league’s China Beach 30 not only serves as the second round of the championship, but also the first of three ITT Engineered For Life Sprint Championship races. With only thirty minutes to battle for position, getting each of the natural-terrain track’s 13 turns right on every 2.25-mile lap will be crucial to getting to arriving in victory lane at the end of the day. But, [...]

Lowe Ignites Indy

by Tom O'Leary on July 31st, 2014

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After a week’s break from competition, the NASCAR iRacing Series moved to the world renowned Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Week 20 of the championship. The virtual Brickyard plays host to not just the NASCAR iRacing Series – it recently hosted  the 2nd running of the iRacing Indy 500, which was well populated due to unparalleled notoriety of the Indianapolis 500 itself. This popularity carried over to this week; with almost 900 drivers racing in the Fixed Series – and 450 sim racers taking part in at least one of the thee Open Races that ran during the week. The first race in the Open Series was the not the highest SoF race this week for the first time in a long time! The second race provided a 6038 Top Split [...]

Broekman Extends RUF Cup Lead

by Harrison Widelitz on June 27th, 2014

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Matt Bussa decided that a "flyer" should be both figurative and literal!

The weeks have flown by in the second ever iRacing.com RUF Cup season, and one thing has become abundantly clear: Rens Broekman (Benelux) has been nothing short of impressive. This does not mean he hasn’t had stiff competition; rather he has capitalized on all of his opportunities and has been rewarded with an impressive points lead. The last two weeks of sim racing have seen tons of competition, with the RUF Cup paying its first visit to Lime Rock Park before heading to Circuit Zolder, which also served as the eighth race last season. Most road racers on iRacing are very familiar with Lime Rock, which sees action in a wide variety of classes on the service. The 2.462 kilometer (1.53 mile) circuit, locatedin northwestern Connecticut, opened in 1957 and [...]

Anreus Storms into Radicals Lead as Avery Stars

by Katier Scott on June 11th, 2014

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Mattias Anreus stormed into the lead of the iRacing.com Radical Racing Challenge with a dominant performance at Barber Motorsports Park. The Scandinavian was the only driver to score more than 200 points during the week but he was hounded all the way by UK&I driver Richard Avery. The Pro-licensed sim racer netted 194 points and surged a dozen places into the top 10 after his superb driver and has the pace — and time — to challenge for the 2014 Season 2 championship. Barber has a reputation for being one of the less popular tracks for the Radicals and four of the top 10 drivers decided to skip this week’s sim racing action, which resulted in them all dropping into the top 15; indeed only 65 drivers attended the circuit [...]

Kerekes Tips the Barber

by Harrison Widelitz on June 6th, 2014

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Roberto Badinelli (Italy) hits the apex in Turn Two.

After last week’s racing at Oran Park Raceway, the RUF Cup found its way to Barber Motorsports Park, which lies in the middle of a heavily forested area on the outskirts of Birmingham, Alabama. While Oran Park has recently closed in the interest of a developing suburbia, Barber finds itself on the opposite side of the spectrum as a facility that has only been open for about a decade, making it one of the newer tracks on the schedule. 311 sim-racers competed on a short course layout at Barber, which at 2.33 kilometers (1.45 miles), is about 1.5 kilometers shorter than the full course configuration. Every racetrack has its own personality, and Barber is no different, but maybe most unusual about the facility is its inclusion of sculptures that surround [...]

From Japan to Delaware

by Jordan Hightower on June 6th, 2014

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After spending Week Three in the Mecca of NASCAR, the NASCAR iRacing Class A Fixed Series heads across the Pacific Ocean towards Japan for Week Four and back to the United States for Week Five. Week Four brought sim racers from all over the world to the virtual Twin Ring Motegi circuit for 50 laps of action at the 1.549 mile speedway located in Motegi, Japan while Week Five saw 55 laps at the 1 mile concrete monster known as Dover International Speedway. Twin Ring Motegi (Top Strength of Field) After leading 40 of the event’s 50 laps, Chris J Miller (Carolina) took his No. 1 Toyota Camry from the race track into Motegi’s famed victory lane. Even though Miller started from the fifth position, he quickly found himself in [...]

Billy the Kid? Try Ryan the Comeback Kid…

by Brooks Westfall on June 4th, 2014

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Ryan Steele made the outside line work, as he passed defending winner Vinnie Sansone with less than 30 laps to go.

The virtual Silver Crowns of iRacing were loaded in digital big rigs and hauled out to the desert of Phoenix, Arizona for Round Five of the iRacing Silver Crown Cup. After last week’s thrilling 40 lap sim race in Indianapolis, some short track action was the right medicine for the sim racers. With three of the first four rounds staged of speedways, it was a good change for the drivers to test their sim racing skill on the grass roots of racing. Unlike the short track opener at Lucas Oil Raceway, the 100 lap sim race at Phoenix International Raceway was quite clean. The iRacing FIRST Safety car only paced for 24 laps, leaving over three quarters of the event in the drivers’  hands. With Jeffery Mays and Michael Clement [...]

Broekman Shines at Oran Park

by Harrison Widelitz on May 30th, 2014

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Daniel Schwiperich enters Turn Seven on a hot lap.

If you talk to a racing enthusiast for any stretch of time, conversation will eventually shift to the classic tracks of yesteryear. One of the most beautiful things about having laser-scanned racetracks on the iRacing service, aside from their incredible accuracy, is the immortalizing of tracks in virtual form. Just a few short years ago Oran Park Raceway was open for business with drivers testing their limits and massive crowds on hand to watch. That was before the wrecking balls and bulldozers began transforming the site into a residential development — Oran Park Town — which, when completed, will boast 8,000 new homes and 25,000 residents.  Fortunately, iRacing’s scanning team was one step ahead of the ‘dozers and thus a virtual Oran Park Raceway lives on.  Last week  a few [...]

Putting the Online in Online Racing

by David Phillips on May 30th, 2014

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Josh Wise is – arguably – the world’s foremost online racer.  Forget for the moment that he’s been a member of the iRacing community since 2010 (with 22 wins to his credit) and consider the enormous impact the larger online community has had on Wise’s efforts to campaign the #98 Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup.For openers, of course, the PPR Chevy SS sports the colors of two Internet-based sponsors in Dogecoin, an open source peer-to-peer digital currency, and the entertainment, social networking service and news website Reddit.com. But don’t forget the Internet community raised the $55,000 needed to sponsor Wise at Talladega, an effort he repaid with a twentieth place finish.  Then there’s the giant-slaying story of how a successful online campaign resulted in Wise [...]

RUF Cup Heads to Austin

by Harrison Widelitz on May 27th, 2014

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Rens Broekman works his way through Turn Two.

As the second season of the RUF Cup pushes forward into a schedule filled with visits to new and different tracks, it offers a reminder that the quality of iRacing’s laser-scanned tracks is second to none. With there being so many tracks to choose from, the various divisions on the service can travel to a rotating canvas of tracks in order to spice up the schedule constantly, which keeps things from becoming monotonous. One of the most glorious examples came in the third week of competition for the RUF Cup, as the new-to-iRacing Circuit of the Americas made its RUF Cup debut as a race venue. Sim-racers competed on the West configuration of the race course, which cuts a few corners from the Grand Prix layout and takes away the [...]

Red Sox da Matta 30 at Road Am

by James Prostell Jr. on May 24th, 2014

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ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN – Heading into the second week of the young season, the question on a lot of minds in the paddock and in the stands was what to run? With BMW Z4 drivers making a strong showing, but RUF inhabitants taking the top two steps on the podium, cases could be made for each mark. Yet when the trailers unloaded at Road America, it became clear that the Z4 was becoming the car to have as over two-thirds of the field decided to put their faith in the new racer. “All the teams are free to choose which car they run week-to-week,” said a league official, “the only rule is you can’t cry about it if you feel you picked the ‘wrong’ car.” It wasn’t long before pre-race [...]