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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.

Fast, Just Not Fast Enough

by Jake Hayes on April 27th, 2015

Hayes won this late race battle for P7.

Week 7 of the 2015 NASCAR iRacing Series Open takes us to Thunder Valley, aka Bristol Motor Speedway. Bristol is a track you either love or hate. Many people love Bristol for its fast half mile racing; others dislike Bristol cause of the beat ‘n bang nature of short tracks. Personally, Bristol is a track I always look forward to every year. Last year I had a really fast car and was up front for a lot of the race. A crash though left me with 21st, so I hope that doesn’t happen again. Bristol is a very fast, very bumpy, half mile oval. The teams that get their car to travel well over the bumps are always the fastest at this track. Bristol is also a track where the [...]

Burnin’ Rubber and Cash 2015 Nascar iRacing Series: Phoenix Spring

by Dylan Schmidt on March 23rd, 2015

Holy paint schemes Batman!  Schmidt's latest livery is no joke!

Welcome to sunny Phoenix, Arizona everyone!  We got into town yesterday, after a seemingly endless drive across country.  I feel sorry for those East Coast teams that have to drive even further than we did… two days stuffed in a car full of smelly dudes with questionable hygiene is enough for me.  I’m restless and ready for some action! After last week’s horrible finish, we were forced to purchase a new chassis and engine.  It’s horrible having to scrap a whole car, but we’re considering options for what to do with the trashed bodies.  Maybe we’ll start a bone-yard in homage to NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Jr.  He likes to collect other people’s cars though, so I guess ours will just be our own dead machines. This week, we [...]

Howell’s Runaway Thompson Victory

by Joe Schaffer Jr. on October 15th, 2014

With Thompson in the books there's one week remaining in the 2014 S3 iRacing Super Late Model Series.

Week 11 of the NASCAR Super Late Model Series brought the powerful stock cars to the unique 5/8 mile track in Thompson, Connecticut. With the preferred high line, and tricky turn two exit, Thompson International Speedway is truly a one-of-a-kind sim-racing experience and — typically — one of the most popular tracks on the iRacing Super Late Model schedule.  However, this was a strange week.  Between Monday and Saturday of Week 11, only seven races had gone official.  With the low car count, it is very likely that most sim drivers competing for a championship will be using Thompson as a drop week. Although it was difficult to find a full racing field, when enough drivers got together the racing was excellent — as usual.  On Tuesday, October 7th [...]

Caudill Carries Phoenix

by Matt Pawelski on October 8th, 2014


Week 9 of the iRacing IndyCar oval series saw the drivers scream into the virtual Valley of the Sun for a week of sim racing at Phoenix International Raceway, where Dustin Ollis grabbed the pole with a fast lap time of 18.711 seconds. Starting on his flank was Ray Kingsbury, who clocked-in with a lap time of 18.799 seconds, while Nigel Marneef’s lap time of 18.811 seconds was good for third on the grid. Ollis led the plunge to Turn One followed by Ray Kingsbury and Marneef, who held station. In their wake Austin Espitee had managed to pass Matt Kingsbury for fourth while Brian Heath got the jump on Vick Caudill, taking sixth place.  By the end of Lap Three, however, both Caudill and Hermann Pflander had managed to [...]

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 [...]

Demeritt Dominates Motegi

by Seth Eggert on August 27th, 2014

Motorsports Game

Week Four of the 2014 Season 3 IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Twin Ring Motegi in the Empire of the Sun. Only a mere 52 sim-racers would tackle the track throughout a week of sim racing marked by cautions, handling and passing opportunities that were few and far between. Tim Holgate (Ohio) started on pole, with Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) on his outside. Miguel Angel Martinez (Iberia) slotted into the inside of Row Two with Randy Crossno (California) and Niles Anders (Plains) rounding-out the top five starting positions. Holgate had an excellent start, easily opening up a sizeable gap by Turn One, only for Demeritt to catch-up by the middle of the backstretch. Demeritt swung low, using his momentum to pass Holgate who drifted low to take [...]

Demeritt Dominates Phoenix

by Seth Eggert on July 8th, 2014

Sim Racing

Week Nine of the 2014 Season 2 Indycar Oval Series saw the competitors head to the Valley of the Sun and Phoenix International Raceway. A grand total of 28 sim-racers participated in online races, where clean pit stops, good handling and domination by a single driver would be the stories of the week. Matt Pawelski (Pennsylvania) started on the pole with Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) starting on the outside pole. Robert Grosser (DE-AT-CH) started third, with Scott Beck (California) fourth, and Connor Cross (Ohio) rounding out the top five starters. Pawelski, Demeritt, and Grosser all had excellent starts as chaos erupted behind them. Beck spun his tires and slid into Cross. The impact sent Cross into the inside wall as Beck bounced into the outside wall. The accident clogged [...]

Demeritt Wins Richmond Thriller

by Seth Eggert on March 19th, 2014

The starting stand gets a close-up view of the Crossno/Kingsbury crash.

Week Seven of the 2014 Season 1 IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Richmond International Raceway. Only 41 sim-racers participated in online races throughout the week, marking a low in participation for the season. Restarts and tire wear would be the key stories throughout the week. Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) started Sunday’s 2729 Strength of Field race on pole with Erick Davis (Canada) on his outside. Miguel Angel Martinez (Iberia) qualified third, with Connor Cross fourth, and Randy Crossno (California) rounding-out the top five starting positions. Demeritt got off to a good start, avoiding any wheel spin and opening up a several car length lead. Davis, however, did experience wheel spin and nearly made contact with Cross. Turn One proved to be tricky as several drivers including Crossno, [...]

Williams’ Richmond Redemption

by Brooks Westfall on March 18th, 2014

Brandon Buchberger went for the gap, leading to contact between him and Vinnie Sansone.

After an unexpectedly clean race at Indy last week, the Silver Crown Cup headed south to Richmond International Raceway for a grueling 100 lap contest. Only two different leaders featured in the brawl and just a single caution flew the 75 virtual miles of online short track racing. Paul Williams shared the front row with pole sitter Thomas Wargula, who led the first 30 laps of the race. Series points leader Brandon Buchberger started in a dismal eleventh place, having to work his way up the field for the entire sim-race. Wargula jumped to the lead quickly, only to have Williams hunting him down on Lap 10. For the next 20 laps, Paul was setting up his move, while Thomas was driving the wheels off his ‘Crown. However, after [...]

Kingsbury Flies in the Lone Star State

by Seth Eggert on February 25th, 2014

Stock cars and Talladega don't have a monopoly on The Big One.

Week Four of the 2014 Season 1 IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Only 48 drivers took to the track this week. The story of the week however would be the attrition rate. Troy Eddy (Atlantic) started on pole, with Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) starting on his outside. Miguel Angel Martinez (Iberia) started third, Georg Naujoks (DE-AT-CH) fourth, and Hermann Pfander (DE-AT-CH) rounding-out the top five starting positions. Troy Eddy got off to a good start as every driver from third through ninth spun their tires. This botched start by many put sim-racers such as Pfander, Seth Eggert (Carolina), and Gary Borkenhagen (Midwest) in some very tense situations. Eggert tried to make the most of his opportunity to pass Pfander, while [...]

Can’t Stop Rocking At Rockingham

by Jake Cameron on February 25th, 2014

Simmons leads the way from the start.

Week 4 of the Street Stock Series, see us head to the high banks of Rockingham International Raceway. This week’s attendance and official races where on the down low this week, with only seven races counting towards the Championship.  These online races saw the top seven in the championship take part with only 60 points separating them all. The race got off to a great start for Andrew Simmons, continuing from his previous week’s form. Everyone got off to a good start with the pack singling out into one line all following the leaders Simmons and Shane Parish. A few laps in we already saw two groups forming of the faster drivers and the slower drivers, with Stephan Raughton and Jay Hollingsworth fighting it out near the back but [...]

Silver Crowns Rumble The Rock

by Brooks Westfall on February 3rd, 2014

Try as he might, Williams3 (3) just couldn't get by Reynolds (15) in the closing laps

Rockingham is considered to be one of the most challenging oval tracks on iRacing, and the Silver Crown one of the most challenging oval cars on the service. With this kind of combination, drivers not only need to be on top of their game, but have a little bit of luck. This week proved no different. At the start of the week, iRacing encountered multiple server problems causing SOF races across the site to be wiped out. Luckily on Thursday night the Silver Crowns were smooth sailing, server wise. The race, however, featured constant battles and carnage over the 100 lap contest. Kyle Sterk (4) started on pole position beside Marc Pilon (1). After a slow start by Pilon, Sterk jumped to an early lead over Brett Reynolds (15) and [...]

Britton Takes Demidov Innovations Round One

by Charles Harris on January 29th, 2014

Britton Takes Demidov Innovations Round One

26 members of the Australian and New Zealand club turned up to race at Atlanta Motor Speedway this Wednesday night  for the opening round of the Demidov Innovations Nationwide Championship. Formerly known as the SimInstruments Trucks Series, the championship has found a new sponsor and some new cars to race. Nathan Britton took the first split win by a quarter of a second from Timothy Jackson2 and Ian Ford. Jackson started on pole and led 13 laps. Britton only led two laps, but led the most important one. Ian Ford finished third while Ray Schroder, who led the bulk of the laps, finished fourth. In the second split, Leo Graae won by over half a second from Aaron Pearce and Colin Kennedy. American Joseph Persinger led from the pole for [...]

How to Cooke the Egg

by Matt Kingsbury on October 7th, 2013

Judson managed to keep Dock at bay in the closing laps.

Week Nine of the IZOD IndyCar Oval Fixed Series brought the drivers to Japan to do battle at the Twin Ring Motegi oval. The egg-shaped circuit is one of the most challenging on the schedule as it asks drivers to transition from (right) foot-to-the-floor on one end to slowing down 50 miles per hour in the other end. As expected, the sim-racing was very good as some of the 334 drivers mastered the circuit and others struggled. The weekly Strength of Field race of 3024 saw 16 drivers in a top split that was slowed by only one caution flag. Matt Cooke (Canada) started the field off on the pole position, followed by Dave Judson (Ohio) and Matt Lambertson (PA). It did not take long for the one and [...]

Racecraft Trumps Strategy at Indy

by Matt Kingsbury on August 29th, 2013

Miller2 leads more than two dozen Dallara IndyCars to the green flag.

Week 4 of’s premiere open-wheel oval racing series saw the IZOD IndyCar Oval Series pound the bricks of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Only 58 teams made the virtual journey across town, but more than two dozen of them sought the ultimate prize in the weekly Strength of Field race, with drivers and teams in search of victory at the venerable Speedway. The Strength of Field event registered an average iRating of 3263 with 26 Dallara IndyCars on the grid – a full field. The race featured only three cautions for 11 of the 60 laps and saw the top six positions in the starting lineup locked-up by the Banshee and Aero-X team sim-racers. Defending series champion Martin Miller2 (Mid-South) was the man to beat from the start and led the [...]

Stroud Takes Milwaukee

by Tim Doyle on February 16th, 2012

Stroud cruising to victory!

The Milwaukee Mile, the oldest operating motor speedway in the world, hosted Round 3 of the 2012 Season 1 IZOD IndyCar Series.  The one mile track is one of the toughest the series travels to and usually provides great short track action.  29 drivers showed-up to do battle, with the Top Split comprising 15 of the higher iRated drivers. Shaun Stroud led qualifying to earn the pole position with a 21.702 second lap, while Tim Doyle’s 21.767s lap earned him a  spot on the outside of the front row.  Chris Cahoe, Matthew Lambertson and Niles Anders rounded-out the top five in a starting field blanketed by just over half a second. The start of the 135 lap race saw Stroud jump out to the early lead with Doyle and [...]

Two Straight For Stewart In 360 Nationals

August 7th, 2011


KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Shane Stewart made it back-to-back ASCS Knoxville Nationals championships by taking the $10,000 winner’s share in Saturday night’s 25-lap Lucas Oil ASCS presented by K&N Filters feature event atop the half-mile Knoxville Raceway clay oval. Stewart held off a mid-race bid from Sammy Swindell and then slipped away in the final circuits aboard Paul Silva’s Wesmar-powered Rockstar Energy Drink No. 57 A.R.T

IndyCar Going Double-File, More Changes

January 11th, 2011


INDIANAPOLIS — Double-wide restarts will begin with the Indianapolis 500 on May 29 – the first oval race of the season. The race director will instruct drivers to line up according to running order on the final caution lap, with the race leader taking the inside position of row one.

No. 50 For Carl Edwards

November 6th, 2010

No. 50 For Carl Edwards

Carl Edwards, signing autographs at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, won Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. FORT WORTH, Texas — Carl Edwards scored his third NASCAR Nationwide Series win of the season while Brad Keselowski’s third-place finish gave him his first Nationwide championship. It is also the first NASCAR championship for team owner Roger Penske.

Busch Wins Three-Wide Finish

October 30th, 2010

Busch Wins Three-Wide Finish

Kyle Busch, shown earlier this season, won Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona Int'l Speedway. TALLADEGA, Ala. – Kyle Busch’s late drive toward the finish line netted a victory in the Mountain Dew 250 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, in the process tying the NASCAR record for closest margin of victory.