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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.

Caudill Conquers Pocono

by Seth Eggert on December 24th, 2014

Sim Racing

Week One of the 2015 Season 1 IndyCar Oval sent the series to Pocono Raceway. A grand total of 129 sim-racers had the courage to tackle the “Tricky Triangle” throughout the week. Cautions, handling, lap traffic, pit strategy, tire wear and single-file restarts were just some of the storylines that played out throughout the week. Vick Caudill (Michigan) started on pole with Miguel Angel Martinez (Iberia) on his outside. Thomas Sturm (DE-AT-CH) started third with Georg Naujoks (DE-AT-CH) fourth, and Toni Helminen (Finland) rounding out the top five starting positions. Caudill had a good start as he easily led the field into Turn One. Sturm had an even better start, passing Martinez entering Turn One and using his momentum to pass Caudill and take the lead on the “Long [...]

Fortune and Misfortune for WiFiSPARK in European Stock Car Championship

December 19th, 2014

Fortune and Misfortune for WiFiSPARK in European Stock Car Championship

Excitement and anticipation were both high as the WiFiSPARK iRacing NASCAR team prepared for the penultimate round of the 2014 European Stock Car Championship. Staged at the famed Indianapolis motor speedway, (aka The Brickyard) the race was broadcast live, in high definition, on MaxSpeedTV. The race marked the debut of The Netherlands’ Harm Smit on the team in his orange #29 WiFISPARK Chevrolet SS Gen 6, partnering with 2014 European Stock Car Championship veteran Rick Timmis in the black #55 WiFiSPARK Chevy. An unfortunate crash-out episode at New Hampshire for the newly augmented WiFISPARK team was followed by a no-show at Pocono Raceway by Timmis, while Smit suffered a critical failure that took the final WiFISPARK car out of the race at the “tricky triangle.” Thus the team headed to [...]

Close But No Cigar

by Brooks Westfall on November 21st, 2014

This is the closest Sansone would ever get to victory lane.

As the iRacing Sprint Car Cup crossed the halfway mark of 2104 S4  last week at Lucas Oil Raceway, it was made very clear that the driver to beat during this shortened season would be Pro-licence-bearing sim racer PJ Stergios. The past two weeks in the six week calendar have been nothing short of dominance for the New England Club member. But with Sprint Car Series veteranVinnie Sansone starting along side him on the front row, it seemed that PJ might have a run for his money at LOR The sim race got under way with Stergios stepping his foot in the door to take an early lead. This lead, however, would be shortened rather quickly as Sansone soon reeled-in the leader. Stergios’ tremendous start had propelled him into that [...]

Trost Tames the Tricky Triangle

by Seth Eggert on September 30th, 2014

Sim Racing

Week Eight of the 2014 Season 3 IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. A mere 104 sim-racers tried to master the tricky track during a week of sim racing when aero push, draft, the troublesome Turns 1 and 2, momentum, and handling were just some of the storylines. Mitch McCracken (Indiana) started on pole for the week’s featured race, with Danno Brookins (Florida) on his outside. Cary Bettenhausen (Indiana) started third, with Daniel Olszewski (Ohio) fourth with Vick Caudill (Michigan) and Tim Holgate (Ohio) completing Row Three of the starting field. McCracken used his pole position to excellent advantage, easily clearing Brookins by Turn One while Holgate quickly jumped from sixth to fourth by the time he exited Turn One.  Joe Branch2 [...]

Conti Conquers Pocono II

August 8th, 2014

racing simulations

Pocono Raceway was once again the scene for 7 online races in both the Open and Fixed Series that combine to make – the NASCAR iRacing Series. Last time we visited the Pocono Mountains just inside Pennsylvania, Ryan Lowe got the best of the competition – and with him rolling into Week 21 with a boosted morale after claiming the most points last week; It would be hard to bet against him this week. Ryan Michael Luza topped the timing sheets in qualifying, putting in a 52.631s lap around Pocono – almost .2s quicker than anyone else! Race 1 of the Fixed series saw Matt Bussa lead the way by over 1 second, taking 301 points away for his win in the 4698 SoF race. Pole-sitter Luza lead almost the [...]

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 [...]

Lichtenberg Wins in Pocono

by Seth Eggert on July 17th, 2014

Racing Simulation

Week Ten of the 2014 Season 2 IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Only 25 sim racers took part in trying to master The Tricky Triangle. The story of the week would be troublesome Turns 1 and 2, along with handling. Erick Davis (Canada) started on pole, with Brendan Lichtenberg (Midwest) on his outside. Dave Jinks (West) started third, with Pablo Donoso (Hispanoamérica) fourth and Kyle Orso (Illinois) rounding out the top five starting positions. Davis had a good start as he gapped Lichtenberg by several car lengths entering Turn 1. Further back in the pack, Henry Clarke (California) went wide in Turn 3 and bounced off the SAFER barrier, damaging his suspension. Instead of holding his car against the wall, Clarke [...]

Triangles and Ovals

by Jordan Hightower on June 18th, 2014


After spending Week Five at the concrete monster known as Dover International Speedway, the NASCAR iRacing Class A Fixed Series heads to Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway for Weeks Six and Seven. While each circuit is over two miles in distance, that’s where the similarities between the two end. Pocono is a 2.5-mile triangle-shaped race track. With each of its three turns possessing different degrees of banking, navigating the speedway in a fast pace requires a lot of effort from behind the wheel. Michigan on the other hand is a 2-mile D-oval. While it may appear to be similar to other ovals on the NASCAR circuit, being fast at Michigan is also a task. Not over driving the wide sweeping corners proves key to success at MIS. Pocono (Top [...]

Riding Shotgun with Justin Boston: Part Eight

June 16th, 2014

Boston battles fellow iRacer -- and eventual race winner -- Kyle Larson.

ARCA Racing Series driver Justin Boston continued his roller coaster of a season with Race Seven at Pocono Raceway. Boston and his Venturini Motorsports crew were geared-up to make their third start at the Tricky Triangle. The team started Week Seven of the ARCA season off early with two test sessions on Monday before the Pocono ARCA 200. The morning session saw Boston post the fastest time but, while several other cars picked up speed in the afternoon and Boston slipped to fourth on the speed chart, he and the Venturini Racing crew were optimistic about their chances come race weekend. Saturday’s qualifying session saw Boston’s up and down season continue. On his first lap of qualifying, Boston got overly aggressive in Turn One where he lost control and slam [...]

Laughton & King Trade Wins at Pocono

by Tom O'Leary on June 12th, 2014

racing games

Pocono was the next location for the NASCAR iRacing Series as the teams drive themselves towards the midpoint of the season. ‘The Bermuda Triangle’ hosted some thrilling sim racing in Week 14 – even if most of the actual competition lasted only a few laps at a time what with the many caution laps over the seven races. Casey Tucker set the pole time of 52.149 seconds, and Teemu Iivonen was the closest sim-racer to that time over the course of the week. The opening race of the Fixed Series saw NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series driver Matt Bussa take the win after leading the field for 41 laps — including the most important one — round Pocono Raceway. He was one of three black-striped sim-racers to finish in the top [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Open Garage: Pocono Raceway

by Don Scott on June 6th, 2014


Summer is upon us, bringing up the temperatures both on the track and in our cars. Monitoring your temps can sometimes be the difference between having that little extra speed and being parked with a blown motor. So this week we will talk about a couple of different ways you can get a little extra speed by being more aggressive with tape and gear ratio. We will talk about the car temps and when to start being concerned. We will discuss qualifying setups vs. race setups and start to do a little fine tuning to help our car run fast and stable while not pushing the temps beyond the motor’s limits. Pocono’s stock setup has one major flaw that makes it perfect for this week’s discussion: The gear ratio will [...]

Conti Masters the Monster

by Tom O'Leary on June 5th, 2014

racing games

Week 13 of the NASCAR iRacing Series brought the teams and drivers to Dover International Speedway, all with the aim of competing with many drivers of the same skill level. iRacing’s iRatings system enables 32 drivers of the same speed to race against against each other, and this week  the one mile track brought the field even closer.  With The Monster Mile being one of the shortest tracks on the calendar, getting to the front and trying to avoid getting lapped became harder over the seven races run throughout the course of the week. Race One saw the highest SoF race (5237) in the Fixed Series at Dover, with 336 points therefore on offer to the victor. Matt Bussa claimed this prize, finishing around four seconds ahead of his closest [...]

Conti Makes Bittersweet Return to Victory Lane

by Jason Lofing on May 7th, 2014


After nearly a month long hiatus and a new tire on the cars, the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing returned to action at Pocono Raceway Tuesday night with everyone looking to gain an edge heading into the stretch run of the season. When all was said and done, Michael Conti emerged with the victory, his first of the 2014 NPAS season. Brad Davies finished second and Ray Alfalla was third. Chad Laughton hung around the top five all race and scored a fourth place finish while Chris Overland rounded out the top five. Conti had the car to beat from the drop of the green flag, but his victory was not without controversy. With nine laps remaining, Conti was attempting to pass teammate Brian Schoenburg, who had just [...]

Pocono NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Preview

by Michael Conti on May 5th, 2014

sim racing

Finding speed during a period of familiarity is hard in itself; NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series race teams spend countless hours between races searching for that ever-so-important tenth (or even hundredth) of a second. With new builds coming every twelve weeks, these teams enjoy a period in which car physics are static and the tire model goes unchanged. To competitors’ delight or displeasure, depending on whom you ask, the NASCAR Gen-6 vehicles have gone mostly unaltered since their introduction into the series one year ago. While global tire model changes affected the car in its v4 (referring to the new tire model — or NTM — version) state, this past build completely changed the technical picture, as all three, yes three, Gen-6 cars were updated to the latest and greatest tire [...]

Cooke Masters the Tricky Triangle

by Seth Eggert on March 4th, 2014

IndyCar Pocono S1 2014 c

Week Five of the 2014 Season 1 IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Pocono Raceway in Long Pond Pennsylvania. Only 53 drivers took part in trying to master the Tricky Triangle, with troublesome Turns One and Two the story(s) of the week. Randy Crossno (California) started on pole, with Brad Sanford (Texas) on his outside. Vick Caudill (Michigan) started third, with Denis Garese (France) fourth, and Matt Cooke (Canada) rounding-out the top five starting positions. Crossno got off to a great start as he opened up a three car-length lead going exiting Turn One. Cooke made the pass on Garese allowing Cristopher Demeritt (New Jersey) to attempt a pass on Garese off of Turn Three. Meanwhile, further back in the pack, Loïc Boussiquet (France) went wide off the [...]

Warren’s Magic Mile

by Jordan Hightower on February 18th, 2014

Week 1 New Hampshire P2

With visits to Pocono Raceway and Kentucky Speedway to start the season, the NASCAR iRacing Class C Fixed Series brings together over 1,700 sim-racers for 35 laps of action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. New Hampshire is a 1.058-mile flat oval with banking ranging from two to seven degrees in the turns. Since opening its gates in 1990, New Hampshire Motor Speedway has hosted many events including the top three NASCAR touring series as well as Global Rallycross and IndyCar. In many stick-and-ball sports, athletes have a favorite arena or field they like to play in as it seems to bring out the best in them and this theory applies to auto racing as well. Drivers have tracks they love and tracks they hate, but the ones they love seem [...]

Doing it the Wright Way

by Jordan Hightower on February 5th, 2014

Week 1 Pocono P1

With Paul Kusheba claiming the NASCAR iRacing Class C Fixed championship for the last season of 2013, thousands of sim racers are eager to hit the virtual Pocono Raceway to begin Season One 2014 with a bang. With over 1,700 racers attempting at least one race during Week One, it was easy to see that many racers were enthusiastic about starting the season with a good finish at the Tricky Triangle. Regarded among both real and sim racers as one of the most difficult oval tracks on the NASCAR circuit, it’s always a struggle for some and a success story for others. One success story for the week took place during the week’s top strength of field event, which saw Jarl Teien (Scandinavia) drive his No. 7 Silverado into Pocono’s [...]

Pocono Comeback

by Wil Vincent on January 30th, 2014

Cooke rebounded from his pit-lane blunder at Pocono to take the win.

Round 11 of the 2013-14 16th Street Racing League will go down as one of the greatest races in league history. Excitement, close battles, drama, and pure driver dedication abounded throughout the field, and for Matt Cooke, this was perhaps the most determined comeback drive of his iRacing Career. Down in P16 after a pit road speeding violation mid-way through the race, he somehow found a way to the front when it mattered, to retake the lead in the championship. The day started well for the Cooke, placing his Aero-X Racing Dallara IndyCar on pole position, and bouncing back from his DNF at Watkins Glen a week previous. Brad Sanford’s Banshee Autosport car lined up alongside him, and with Cooke’s championship rivals back in P5 and P8 on the grid, [...]

Overland, Uusi-Jaakola Top Pro Series

by David Phillips on January 27th, 2014

onine racing

Chris Overland and Aleksi Uusi-Jaakola took somewhat different paths in the recently concluded iRacing Pro Series, but both arrived at their destinations: iRacing Pro Series champions trophies, $300 in iRacing credits . . . and berths in the 2014 iRacing World Drivers Championships. Overland was the soul of consistency in the NASCAR Pro Series, scoring a win, three top fives and averaging a tenth place finish to outdistance  himself from his nearest rival, Richard Dusett by some 47 points.  With a record like that, it’s hardly a surprise to learn which race the Texan rates as the season’s highlight. “The highlight of the season for me was definitely the win at Pocono,” he says.  “Before that win I had never really performed well in a Pro or World Championship [...]

Unexpected Twists in Season Finale at Concord

by Stan Bragg Jr. on January 21st, 2014

Berg finally gets past Majeski as Spearman looks to follow suit.

The final week of the NASCAR Late Model Series traveled to Midland, North Carolina to race at Concord Speedway.  This unique track is easily comparable to Pocono due to its triangular configuration, but with one very significant twist: it’s only a half mile in length, shorter than 2.5 mile Pocono’s front straightaway alone. Sim-racers were tested all week in the setup department and tire management area; if you over-drove the track or had an ill-handling machine you either burned-up the right front tire or melted-off the right rear.  The final featured race of the 2013 season saw a couple Tys in the front row with Ty Majeski starting P1 and Ty Spearman on his outside, while Kevin Berg gridded in P3 ahead of William Harrington. Majeski got a clean [...]