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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.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing 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.

Johnston Doubles Down in Vegas

by Corey Davis on June 30th, 2015


When the ITSR Power Series goes to Las Vegas, it’s a smart idea to bet on green.  That’s because the series’ races at the mile-and-a-half desert oval tend to have long green flag runs with competitive sim racing and varied strategies throughout the field.  That was again the case last Sunday night in the Las Vegas 250. Before the race, the Fast 5 qualifying format gave the top five qualifiers an extra five minutes to improve their times and go for the pole.  Provisional polesitter Jeff S. Davis couldn’t improve his time of a 29.271s, but Timothy Johnston found some extra speed and ran a 29.248s to grab the pole position.  Brian Motisko, Scott Simley, Davis, and Adam Hallock rounded out the top five on the starting grid. Johnston jumped [...]

Tanson Prevails at the “Park”

by Cam Stark on January 26th, 2015

Easy going in the opening laps? No chance

Week 5 of the Star Mazda championship saw Donington Park make its first appearance on the schedule. The 11 turn, 4km circuit would certainly keep all 19 sim racers thoroughly on their toes throughout this week’s 18 lap feature race, as blind apexes and sweeping bends could certainly cause havoc for some competitors. Justin Brunner (Indiana) took pole position with a 1.24.032, a mere 15 hundredths ahead of Gregory Tanson (Benelux) who rounded-out the front row. A driver who we’d have to really keep an eye on this race would be Riku Alatalo (Finland). He opted not to qualify and would have to make a hard charge through the field if he wanted to win once again. Unfortunately for James Barr (Mid-South) his race was all but over before the [...]

Get to Know: Eric Nordhoff

by David Ifeguni on November 3rd, 2014

Nordoff has three sprint car titles to his name . . . but he'd love to drive a Lotus 79 at Spa!

In 2010 on December 26th, New York native Eric Nordhoff earned a late, but very good, Christmas present: his first career win in iRacing. That win, coming in the Legends car at Lanier National Speedway, set up a successful iRacing sim racing career. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Nordoff currently lives in Ashland, KY where he is a production planner for Contech Engineered Solutions and, together with his wife of Debra, has two step children and four grand children.  The 41 year old Nordoff has been a regular on iRacing since November 30th four years ago. In that time frame he has amassed 11 career oval wins and 108 top five finishes in 383 starts, including three Sprint Car Division championships. Nine months after his first day on iRacing, Nordhoff scored [...]

Four Winners in Four Races for Skippy 2K Cup

by Justin Sutton on September 3rd, 2014

Not even pole-sitter Leybaert was immune to Turn Four.

With three solid races already under their belt the sim-racers of the Skip Barber 2K Cup congregated at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for a 34 lap race of the road course with South Oval.  Philippe Leybaert announced his return in the best fashion after grabbing pole position with a 1:09.348 with Kevin Vaughn best of the rest.  Bart de Laat took third with Vinicius Rocha and Ricardo Ferreira once again starting from the top five.  When the lights went green Vaughn dove to the left to prevent any attacks from behind at the inside of Turn One, but de Laat snuck inside anyway.  When contact between de Laat’s front right and Vaughn’s rear left occurred exiting Turn Two,Vaughn was sent into a spin directly in front of de Laat and [...]

Road Warriors at Mid-Ohio

by Andrew Pinkerton on August 19th, 2014

Labati leads the field into the Keyhole.

The iRacing Road Warrior Series traveled to the challenging Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio for Round 10. This battle saw the Road Warriors take on the course in the Dallara DW-12 for a 50 lap sprint to the checkers. The high downforce car was on edge the whole way around Mid-Ohio’s off camber sweepers, and crooked crests. The weekend kicked off at 1:00 GMT Saturday with one large split totaling 37 cars. This made for an interesting race, as there were many different skill sets in the same race. Between aggressive, fast-paced drivers and slower yet more calculated drivers this race was anyone’s to call. The message to heed in this race?  Discretion is the better part of valor. Rob Kodey was victorious after leading only six laps [...]

Two Continents, Two Victories

by Brooks Westfall on June 18th, 2014

Sansone takes two in a row with his win at Motegi.

The Land of the Rising Sun is home to many famous race tracks, such as Suzuka, Okayama and Twin Ring Motegi. And the iRacing Silver Crown Cup visited the historic racing land of Motegi for a white-knuckle 65 lap sim race last Thursday night. While the sim racing was cleaner than last season’s event, the 23 caution laps were still a disappointment to competitors who made the virtual pan-Pacific trek. Thomas Wargula and Brett Reynolds showed their hot lap abilities and shared the front row for the start of the 100 mile sim-race.  At the green, Wargula stepped out to an early lead over Vinnie Sansone, who snatched second from Reynolds through Turn One and Two. Sansone then broke away from the fierce pack containing the rest of the 18 [...]

Ryan “Steeles” Indy

by Brooks Westfall on May 28th, 2014

Sansone and Aumont gave their best, but Steele came home victorious.

The iRacing Silver Crown Cup made a stop to the famed virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway for their version of the Freedom 100. The 40 lap sim-race on Thursday had as much- if not more action than the real Freedom 100 ran last Friday afternoon.  A mere one caution flag flew, giving the sim-racers 36 laps of racing, and a chance to kiss the bricks. Thomas Wargula snagged the pole position, with Eric Aumont on his outside. After the 22 car field roared onto the back straight the #9 car of Eric Aumont took the lead and began to stretch out his lead. After the first quarter of the race was complete, Eric had over a two second lead without the oh-so important draft that played a key role in the outcome [...]

Riding Shotgun with Justin Boston: Week Three

by Aaron Grosskopf on May 1st, 2014

Riding Shotgun with Justin Boston: Week Three

Sunday marked the third race of the 2014 ARCA Racing Series season.  After two disappointing races, 2013 rookie of the year Justin Boston was looking to rebound from a tough start to the season. There have not been many bright spots for the iRacer’s season so far, the  highlight being his pole position for the most recent race at Mobile. Boston was looking to turn his season around at Indiana’s Salem Speedway, a track that has been good to Boston during his young career. At the start of the race weekend Boston was fastest in practice and was looking to carry the momentum into qualifying.  He did just that picking-up his third pole in three races at Salem and making it back-to-back poles in 2014 and leaving the Venturini Motorsports [...]

Martinez’ Homestead Magic

by Seth Eggert on March 28th, 2014

Martinez takes the win at Homestead.

Week Eight of the 2014 Season 1 IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Homestead-Miami Speedway. A grand total of 42 sim-racers participated in online races throughout the week. Drive-off of Turn 4, pit strategy, and restarts were the stories of the week. Matt A. Kingsbury (Connecticut) started in pole position with Randy Crossno (California) starting on his outside. Starting third was Erick Davis (Canada), with Georg Naujoks (DE-AT-CH) fourth, and Connor Cross (Ohio) rounding out the top five starting positions. Kingsbury got off to a good start, gapping Crossno and Davis by several car lengths entering Turn 1. Crossno understeered exiting Turn 4 a lap later, giving-up the second spot to Connor Cross. Meanwhile, further back in the field, TM Hauser (DE-AT-CH) drifted up the track and made [...]

Mann Up at Richmond

by Jake Cameron on March 19th, 2014

Mann had Walker in his mirrors from start to finish.

Week Seven saw the Street Stocks Series sim-racers take to the short but tricky Richmond International Raceway.  The grid this week saw Scott Mann in pole position ahead of Jammey Walker, Robert Dykstra and Darrin Isenberg, with the rest of the 10 car field sorted by their iRatings. The green flag flew and the field was off to the races.  Going three wide into Turn One, Isenberg got turned around in front of the pack to bring out the first caution of the race.  The restart everyone got off to a great start with Caleb Geist gaining two spots being followed by Kenneth Lane. Further back in the field came the off-the-pace cars of Randy Bledsoe and the damaged Chevy of Isenberg, who doesn’t look like he’ll be able [...]

Crawford and Bussa Sprint to Victory Lane at PIR

by Tom O'Leary on March 6th, 2014

More than 1600 sim-racers took part in Week Two of the NASCAR iRacing Series at PIR.

Phoenix International Raceway was the scene for Week Two of the NASCAR iRacing Series, and with its small front straight and trademark left dogleg occupying the backstretch, it proved to be quite a challenge for most of the drivers this week. With close to 1650 sim-racers participating in the seven Open and Fixed races at Phoenix this week, we were sure to be in for some great online racing. In the Fixed set action it was Matt Bussa who drove to Victory Lane in the first race of the week at PIR, and he took it in a rather convincing fashion, starting from the pole position and leading 152 laps out of the total race distance (156). Justin Bolton came up through the field from 20th at the start to [...]

My Daytona 132.5

by Stephanie Lessentine on March 3rd, 2014

My Daytona 132.5

February and means only one of two things: We either have more months of bitter cold, and crazy insane winter weather . . . or spring is coming early. For anyone living in Las Vegas, well it has been spring since September. So I hope it’s not one of those blistering hot years. However, there’s one thing that Punxutawney Phil doesn’t see and that would be that the stock cars have returned to the track. As an avid NASCAR fan, I’m excited to see the racing back. The two month break is just too much for me to handle. With the season kicking-off for the NASCAR teams, another season is kicking off for the iRacing motorsports simulation enthusiast like me. February is the start of the new NASCAR iRacing Series, [...]

Full Throttle at Daytona on iRacing Brasil

by Thiago Izequiel on February 28th, 2014

Green flag at Daytona: More 84 to go.

Versão em português abaixo The 4th race of iRacing Brasil’s NASCAR Pro Series was realized at February 24th, in Daytona International Speedway. The race had 85 laps at one of the fastest speedways available on the service and only one caution lap was seen: the last lap. A total of 84 laps were raced under green flag, and drivers only had their feet off the throttle to get in and out of the pit lane, making a historical race for the league. Anderson Paes was again the pole position, achieving his 2nd one and reaching the number of poles from Igor Kops, the owner of the other 2 of the championship. Murilo Augusto did the 2nd best time and would have started on the 1st row for the 1st time, [...]

Gunfight at the PIR Corral

by Brooks Westfall on February 25th, 2014


The virtual Silver Crowns were strapped back into the virtual DeLoreans following last weeks 2007-like Daytona finish, only to go to 2010, and to the Wild West that is Phoenix International Raceway. An online race featuring only four cautions for 15 laps, this brawl between two of the greats in the Silver Crown Cup lived up to the name of the Wild West. Paul Williams on pole  made a very quick getaway from the rest of the field on the start, pulling away from outside pole sitter Thomas Wargula and Vinny Sansone. Sansone would quickly start the hunt on Williams by passing Thomas on Lap Two. As this season has shown so far, calamity in the first few laps is certain. The carnage ensued on Lap Three as Ryan Steele [...]

Kudlick Survives SoBo

by Philip Thompson on February 25th, 2014

Kudlick makes a great save after Sipe applies the chrome horn.

The NASCAR Late Model Tour made its fourth stop of the season at South Boston Speedway — aka SoBo, a .4 mile oval with twelve degrees of banking that offers loads of tight door-to-door action. The online race of the week was stacked with great competitors and claimed a 2054 Strength of Field and saw Paul Kudlick line-up on pole position with Todd Sipe, Jeff Kendrick, Josh Northcutt, and Mathieu Rioux rounding out the top five on the grid. Kudlick fired-off of Turn Four as the pace car dove off the track and jumped out to a quick lead. The rest of the field stayed tight with several rows of side-by-side racing before Austin Penney got loose into Turn Three and shot down into car of Randy Koshatka. The [...]

Down’s Trifecta

by Clayton Brooks on February 24th, 2014

Sparks flew at The Glen as Down motors to his third straight win.

The V8 Supercar Series visited Watkins Glen in upstate New York this week to contest the third round of 2014 Season 1. Madison Down continued his strong early season form by securing his third pole position in as many attempts thus far this season with a time of 1:10.349. George Maris grabbed second on the grid while Josh Muggleton and Jarrad Filsell on Row Two.  Rens Broekman would start from fifth alongside teammate Beau Cattell with Justin Ruggier and Leigh Ellis gridding just behind in seventh and eighth while TTL’s Richard Hamstead and Adrian Stratford completed the top ten qualifiers. When the lights went green it was Down jumping to the lead from Maris while Hamstead got the best start among the front runners and gained a couple of [...]

One… Two…. Three… Fun !!

by Giovanni Sellitto on February 20th, 2014

Different car, same result: fun

A new challenge just started for the iGPFun League: racing the Skip Barber F2000 for first time after three enjoyable and competitive seasons with the SpecRacer Ford. Leaving that little car that always provided exciting races was not an easy choice for the organizers, but the first race at Silverstone International made the community quite happy and pleased with the new car. The car is different but the “fun” is always the same. Racing is hard but very clean and fair throughout the field, offering battles and challenges to drivers of different skill levels. Conrad Makow took the pole at Silverstone International with a lap time of 1:33.770.  Francesco Maggi and Christian Manzini were just 0.139s back of him, with the rest of the field closely behind. The first surprise [...]

Simmons Start To Finish

by Jake Cameron on February 14th, 2014

Street Stock Thompson 1

Week 3 of the Street Stocks Series headed to one of the oldest paved tracks remaining in the USA, namely Thompson International Speedway. Again it was good to see newcomers to the series this week boosting the field to 15 cars for this race. The grid saw Andrew Simmons take pole position by three hundredths of a second, with  Tim Standaert starting second followed by Derek Colson, the last sim-racer to set a qualifying lap — which meant the rest of the field would be sorted by iRatings. The online race got off to a clean start with everyone making it through Turn One in one piece, Simmons taking the early lead from Standaert with these two looking to be the pace sitters for this event. Near the back [...]

Spanish Victory at iRacing Brasil’s RUF Masters of Track

by Thiago Izequiel on February 13th, 2014

Brasil Bathurst 1a

Versão em português abaixo The virtual track of Mount Panorama had 34 participants on the 2nd race of Masters of Track, the weekly road series of iRacing Brasil. This time a Spanish driver lead the way for the Brazilians. Diego Rancaño Boudon, from Club Iberia, is already known by the sim-racers of the Brazilian league, having raced several times on past seasons and always seen as a strong contender. Diego became the 1st driver of other club to win on the league, used to see their comrades at the top. Being the pole position, Diego leaded the other 33 cars to the start, who had Bruno do Carmo also on the front row on the 2nd position. Bruno had won the last race and was also one of the favorite [...]

Armstrong Strong Arms PIR

by Ray Kingsbury on February 12th, 2014

PIR attracted a bumper crop of Dallaras.

What was one of a couple Strength of Field Indy Car races at Phoenix started off with a bang. The 2600 SoF was not the highest, but it contained some of the best online racing action out there. For this race 26 drivers took to the grid, a FULL grid, somewhat of a rarity at the Valley of the Sun. We got underway with series regular Andreas Stratmann on the pole position with Chris C. Miller to his outside and Michael Armstrong2, Henry White and Tim Doyle starting up front to complete a very competitive grid. The outside row got off to a rough start as Armstrong worked his way past Miller, who nearly spun on the apron into Turn Three. All else went quite well, until we got to [...]