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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.

Latvala wins in Corsica ahead of Evans

October 4th, 2015

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Jari-Matti Latvala took his third World Rally Championship win of the 2015 season in Corsica, and only his second career win on asphalt, beating Elfyn Evans by 43.1 seconds. Volkswagen driver Latvala took the lead away from Evans on Saturday’s final stage and never looked like conceding it from that point on. Evans was sublime on Friday. He was 10s faster than anyone else through the wet and treacherous SS3, which gave the Welshman an overnight lead of 18s over Kevin Abbring after the young pair had jumped from sixth and seventh to first and second overall. Latvala was dominant on Saturday’s opening stage, though, taking 21.2s out of Evans’s lead and bringing the overall gap down to just 1.7s heading into the afternoon. He eventually snatched the lead away [...]

Latvala escapes, Evans holds second

October 4th, 2015

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Jari-Matti Latvala extended his and Volkswagen’s Tour of Corsica lead over M-Sport’s Elfyn Evans to 32.7 seconds, with just Sunday’s powerstage to run. Latvala ensured he kept it clean and controlled through the morning loop, all the while being consistently quicker than Evans. If Evans is hoping for a possible slip up by the Finn on the powerstage he may be disappointed, as Latvala confirmed at the end of SS8 that he won’t be taking any unnecessary risks. “No risks, I need to be clever now,” said Latvala. “I am just thinking about the rally.” Evans will now be more concerned with the threat from behind from Andreas Mikkelsen, who is now just 9.8s adrift of the Welshman in the next VW. “He’s been driving really well today and maybe [...]

Latvala deposes Evans from lead

October 3rd, 2015

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Jari-Matti Latvala snatched the Tour of Corsica lead away from Elfyn Evans on the final stage of Saturday, despite suffering gearbox issues. Latvala looked set to top the stage but at the final split his times dropped behind Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier’s. World Rally champion Ogier – badly delayed on Friday – finished the stage 8.7 seconds ahead of Latvala, who surprisingly was still second fastest. The Finn confirmed at the stage end that he encountered a gearbox problem late on. “It was OK but we had a problem with the gearbox,” said Latvala. “I struggled with downshifting. I had to use the manual gear lever but we got through, that’s the main thing, now we need to get to service and change the box.” Latvala did make it back [...]

Latvala closes in on leader Evans

October 3rd, 2015

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Jari-Matti Latvala closed the gap to Tour of Corsica leader Elfyn Evans to just 1.7 seconds after a blistering run through a slippery and treacherous first Saturday stage. Once again the Casamozza-Ponte Leccia stage was cancelled due to flooding and landslides, meaning the day started with a second run through the 22.6-mile Francardo-Sermano stage. World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier, who rejoined under Rally2 after a gearshift problem heading to parc ferme on Friday night, was the early pacesetter but was quickly bettered by Volkswagen team-mate Latvala coming in 14.4s faster. Andreas Mikkelsen came closest to beating the Finn but fell short by just 4.5s. He did however climb to third overall. This left all eyes on M-Sport Ford driver Evans. The Welshman didn’t set the timing screens alight but was [...]

Another Corsica stage cancelled

October 2nd, 2015

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Saturday’s first Tour of Corsica stage has been cancelled as poor weather conditions continue to hamper the World Rally Championship’s French round. The 27.14-mile Casamozza-Ponte Leccia stage had already been called off on Friday due to severe flooding and landslips in the area. It was scheduled to run again as Saturday’s opener, but organisers announced late on Friday evening that they would not attempt to hold it due to the continuing tough conditions. AUTOSPORT understands the problem is with both the stage itself and the access roads leading to it, and that it has not been possible to clear the course of debris in time. Leg two should now begin at 10.08am local time on Saturday with the second running of the Francardo-Sermano stage. This was delayed on Friday amid [...]

WRC drivers slam night stage safety

September 12th, 2015

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Leading World Rally Championship drivers have slammed Rally Australia organisers for the decision to run a night stage. The Valla test was run in its entirety in darkness with dust clouds making the stage – in the WRC drivers’ eyes – unacceptably dangerous. Rally leader Sebastien Ogier told AUTOSPORT: “Night stages on gravel shouldn’t happen, for safety it’s not good. “We all said it before the event to the organiser: ‘Please think about it, maybe this is not the best idea…’ “And especially on this kind of ground, which is so dusty. Even though they give us five minutes [between cars], OK it was not a nightmare, but it’s not the safest condition.” Kris Meeke had led the event ahead of the stage, but dropped to second – 0.3 seconds [...]

Ogier deposes Meeke from rally lead

September 12th, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier moved one step closer to clinching his third World Rally Championship title by snatching the Rally Australia lead away from Kris Meeke on Saturday’s final stage. Meeke held onto his Saturday morning lead through the opening stage of the afternoon loop, the second run of the 31.5-mile Nambucca. He did however lose 1.5s to Ogier, who topped Nambucca and brought the lead gap down to just 2.4s heading into the short Valla stage. With the final stage being held at night visibility was poor, so cars set off at five minute intervals. This didn’t help a great deal though as hanging dust affected the middle of the stage, giving the advantage to the early runners. That allowed Ogier to capitalise on his road position behind Citroen reserve driver [...]

Ogier gives VW first Rally Germany win

August 23rd, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier ended Volkswagen’s win drought on Rally Germany at the head of a 1-2-3 for the German manufacturer, securing his 30th World Rally Championship win in the process. After crashing out last year, Ogier set his intentions out early, leading at the end of a fraught battle with Jari-Matti Latvala on day one. A perfectly timed dominant run through the second Panzerplatte Long test turned out to be the decider for the Frenchman, who doubled his lead over Latvala during Saturday. Despite Latvala clawing back some time on Sunday morning, and winning the powerstage to make up for crashing out on its first running while leading in 2014, Ogier cruised home to win by 23 seconds. Andreas Mikkelsen suffered a scare on Sunday morning as Dani Sordo reduced the [...]

Dominant Ogier leaves Latvala puzzled

August 22nd, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier continued to extend his Rally Germany lead on Saturday afternoon, highlighted by a time through the longer Panzerplatte stage that bewildered Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala. Latvala headed the first stage of the afternoon, but when the drivers completed the famous 28-mile test next time through Ogier almost doubled his lead gap, going 15.3 seconds quicker than Latvala. The Finn thought he had set a good time through the stage but said he “had no answers” to Ogier’s time. The double champion then headed Latvala again on the day’s concluding stage, extending the overall gap to 33.8s with four stages to go on Sunday morning. Andreas Mikkelsen continued to hold third while setting a steady pace, also trying out new differential settings with the next asphalt round – Corsica [...]

Latvala gets penalty after crash repair

July 5th, 2015

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Jari-Matti Latvala fell to fifth in the overall Rally Poland standings after his last-stage crash forced repairs to his Volkswagen and a penalty. The Finn had entered the powerstage just 1.1 seconds behind Ott Tanak’s M-Sport Ford Fiesta in the battle for third, but he understeered wide on a left hand corner and hit a tree. Rally Poland report: Ogier wins, Tanak stars That broke the radiator, and although Latvala brought the car to the end of the stage without losing a place, repairs were required on the short liason stage back to the official finish in the service park. He therefore received a 40s penalty for checking in late, falling back to fifth. “Fortunately the Polo is a sturdy car and, in the end, we were grateful to our [...]

Ogier fends off Mikkelsen in Poland

July 4th, 2015

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World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier stabilised his Rally Poland advantage over Volkswagen team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen at 5.6 seconds with two stages remaining after a shortened afternoon loop. Mikkelsen threatened the reigning WRC champion all day without ever overhauling him for first. Issues with spectators cancelled the afternoon’s opener, which Mikkelsen said compromised the tyre strategy he had planned for the loop. He fought back by winning the following Wieliczki stage, and with Ogier only sixth fastest the gap came down from 7.2s to 5.8s. But Ogier was then boosted by his road position on the day’s final full-length stage. The VW man has been critical of the new-for-2015 start position rule, but it worked to his advantage on Swietajno as the dust he threw up impacted on the visibility [...]

Ogier beats Paddon to Rally Italy win

June 14th, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier claimed his fourth World Rally Championship win in six events in a bruising Rally Italy led for most of its distance by Hyundai’s Hayden Paddon. The revamped Sardinia route proved punishing, with Ogier the only World Rally Car runner to get through the entire weekend without some form of mechanical drama or driver error. Paddon made the most of running late in the order on the very dusty roads to take the lead on Friday, though even Ogier had plenty of praise for the Kiwi’s pace. Even when Paddon’s road position advantage over Ogier was less pronounced, Volkswagen’s world champion was often only able to gain small amounts of time. Ogier suspected the second run of the Saturday stages would be his best opportunity, and it proved easier [...]