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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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Tom O'Leary

    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 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.

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 [...]

Martti’s Blog – Tough Luck?

by Martti Pietilä on October 27th, 2014

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


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


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


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


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


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

racing games

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

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

The weeks have flown by in the second ever 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


Mattias Anreus stormed into the lead of the 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

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 [...]