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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.

Power will have access to team orders

September 7th, 2012

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Power will have access to team orders

Penske team president Tim Cindric says that maximising Will Power’s chances of claiming his first IndyCar title will be the main focus of the strategy across all three of the team’s cars at next weekend’s finale at Fontana . Power goes into next weekend’s race with a 17-point lead over main rival Ryan Hunter-Reay , although the Australian’s team-mates Helio Castoneves and Ryan Briscoe are both within reach of finishing the season in the top five. Cindric said that all three drivers’ ambitions will be taken into account, but that the championship takes precedence.

Briscoe beats Power to Sears win

August 27th, 2012

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Briscoe beats Power to Sears win

Ryan Briscoe held off Penske team-mate Will Power to take the win at Sears Point, although the latter’s championship hopes received a huge boost when many of his rivals struck trouble. Power held the advantage for most of the race, but was caught out when he pitted just as the yellow flags came out for a heavy crash between Sebastien Bourdais and Josef Newgarden

Franchitti Claims Titus Award Again

January 12th, 2011

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Franchitti Claims Titus Award Again

Dario Franchitti poses with the Jerry Titus Award after the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association award ceremony Sunday in Indianapolis. (Ron McQueeney/IndyCar Photo) INDIANAPOLIS — Dario Franchitti capped his third IZOD IndyCar Series championship by winning the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association’s Jerry Titus Award for the third time in four years Sunday. AARWBA President Dusty Brandel announced Franchitti as the organization’s Driver of the Year as AARWBA honored its 41st All-America Team at the headquarters of Target Chip Ganassi Racing in Indianapolis

Season Rewind: IZOD IndyCar Series

December 25th, 2010

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Season Rewind: IZOD IndyCar Series

CHAMPION: Dario Franchitti Dario Franchitti overcame a 59-point deficit to win the IZOD IndyCar Series championship. (Ron McQueeney/IndyCar Photo) Dario Franchitti trailed Will Power by 59 markers entering the four-race stretch of oval races that concluded the IZOD IndyCar Series season. And when it was all said and done, Franchitti had earned his third IndyCar Series championship and the fourth for Chip Ganassi Racing by five points over Power

Eighteen Nominated For Performer Of The Year

December 16th, 2010

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eighteen drivers (or riders) are among those nominated for the annual Speed Performer of the Year Award, with the winner taking home the 100-pound bronze Mario Andretti Trophy designed by artist Elie Hazak. Representing both four-wheel and two-wheel efforts across the globe, the Mario Andretti Trophy goes to the racer who puts a premium on winning races, shines on his/her sport’s biggest stages and does it with a measure of sportsmanship and class.

Meijer Joins Penske IndyCar Program

December 1st, 2010

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Meijer Joins Penske IndyCar Program

All three of Penske Racing's IZOD IndyCar Series teams will receive backing from Meijer during the 2011 season.

Castroneves, Others Headed To Australia

October 20th, 2010

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Castroneves, Others Headed To Australia

Helio Castroneves is one of six IZOD IndyCar drivers making the trip to Australia this weekend. (Chris Jones/IRL IndyCar Photo) SURFERS PARADISE, Australia — Helio Castroneves is one of six IZOD IndyCar Series drivers making the trip to Australia’s Gold Coast to compete in this weekend’s Armor All Gold Coast 600 for the Australian V8 Supercar Series

Franchitti Honored At IndyCar Banquet

October 4th, 2010

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Franchitti Honored At IndyCar Banquet

Dario Franchitti (center) celebrates with his team owner Chip Ganassi (right) and wife Ashley Judd after winning his second-straight IZOD IndyCar Series title. (Chris Jones/IRL IndyCar Photo) HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Tony Kanaan discovered that paybacks are hell at Sunday night’s IZOD IndyCar Championship Celebration as Dario Franchitti’s hero was his engineer, Chris Simmons

Franchitti Hits His Target

October 3rd, 2010

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Franchitti Hits His Target

Dario Franchitti (Ron McQueeny/IRL IndyCar Photo) HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Dario Franchitti was able to charge to his third IZOD IndyCar Series championship thanks to a “short circuit” from Team Penske’s Will Power in Saturday night’s Cafes Do Brasil Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, a race won by Scott Dixon.

Franchitti Claims Homestead Pole

October 2nd, 2010

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Franchitti Claims Homestead Pole

Dario Franchitti claimed the pole for Saturday's IZOD IndyCar Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Dana Garrett/IRL IndyCar Photo) HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Dario Franchitti is now only 11 points behind IZOD IndyCar Series championship leader Will Power

Power, Franchitti Set For Homestead Finale

September 30th, 2010

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Power, Franchitti Set For Homestead Finale

Dario Franchitti (left) and Will Power will each attempt to capture the IZOD IndyCar Series title this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Right On Target

September 28th, 2010

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Right On Target

Ganassi’s Hull More Than Happy Directing Behind The Scenes While Chip Ganassi gets more than his share of headlines as a team owner in the IZOD IndyCar, NASCAR and the Grand Am Rolex Series, there are many who work in the background to get his teams up front. Perhaps the most important member of that group is Mike Hull, the managing director of Target Chip Ganassi Racing who has been with the team since June 1992. He oversees the two-car IndyCar Series operation that features two-time IndyCar champion and two-time Indian-polis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, and 2008 IndyCar champion and Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon.

Castroneves Wins Second Straight

September 19th, 2010

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Castroneves Wins Second Straight

By Bruce Martin MOTEGI, Japan — Not even Helio Castroneves’ impressive victory in Sunday’s Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi could take the spotlight away from the battle for the IZOD IndyCar Series championship between Dario Franchitti and Will Power.

Franchitti In Hot Pursuit Of Power

September 7th, 2010

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SPARTA, Ky. — When Will Power closes his eyes he must see Dario Franchitti’s No

IRL Notes: Dan Wheldon Bounces Back

August 31st, 2010

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IRL Notes: Dan Wheldon Bounces Back

JOLIET, Ill. — Just one week after landing upside-down heading to the green flag to start last Sunday’s race at Infineon Raceway, Dan Wheldon nearly landed right side-up in victory lane at Chicagoland Speedway. The Panther Racing driver finished second to Dario Franchitti by just .0423 second — the sixth-closest IZOD IndyCar Series finish at the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway

Victory Helps Franchitti Close On Power

August 29th, 2010

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Victory Helps Franchitti Close On Power

JOLIET, Ill. — Just when it looked like Will Power was in position to score the first oval win of his career, his hopes went up in exhaust fumes as his fuel tank ran out of ethanol just four laps from the finish.

Changes Coming To DP?

August 24th, 2010

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Grand Am Rolex Series is considering some changes for its Daytona Prototypes in 2011 that include a more efficient two-element rear wing, as well as the use of paddle shifters and a spec carbon clutch.

IRL Notes: Quals Tough On Hunter-Reay

August 24th, 2010

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IRL Notes: Quals Tough On Hunter-Reay

SONOMA, Calif. — One-tenth of a second isn’t very long — probably less than the blink of an eye — but that’s the amount of time that Team IZOD driver Ryan Hunter-Reay missed making the Firestone Fast Six Saturday at Infineon Raceway. So instead of starting sixth or better in Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar Series Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, Hunter-Reay started eighth