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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.

Laughton Beats Humpe, Wins Texas

by Jason Lofing on April 8th, 2015

Laughton (26) kept Humpe (58) at bay over a tense final 24 laps to win at Texas.

Chad Laughton proved Kenny Humpe is mortal, coming out on top of a head-to-head battle at Texas Motor Speedway for his first victory of the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. A late caution bunched the field and erased Laughton’s sizable lead but Humpe could not take advantage after the restart and came-up just over a tenth of a second short. Two-time series champion Ray Alfalla finished on Humpe’s bumper in third with Chris Overland fourth followed by polesitter Justin Bolton. Laughton started from fourth and wasted little time making his way to the front. On Lap 35 Laughton passed Bolton for the lead and assumed control of the race. Humpe started ninth and by Lap 55 he moved into the runner-up position before taking the lead the [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Midwest Style!

by Scott Smith on March 9th, 2015

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When thinking about short track racing in NASCAR, legendary names like Bristol, Martinsville, Richmond and the deceased North Wilkesboro usually top the list.  Well, its time to add another one: Iowa Speedway!  The 7/8-mile track located in “America’s Heartland” provides some of the best side-by-side racing on the schedule.  The Newton, Iowa track opened in 2006 and has hosted a myriad of real-world races, ranging from lower rung NASCAR series, to the high-tech grip-machines of the Indy Racing League.  The native Missourian, and former NASCAR Winston Cup Champion, Rusty Wallace, had a hand in the design of the track.  Taking blueprint ideas from Richmond International Raceway, the influence is evident on track.  Progressive banking in the corners from 12-14 degrees allows the bottom, middle and top grooves all to be [...]

Scott Jr. Makes Early Championship Statement at Richmond

by Brian Tate on December 29th, 2014

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Although the big ball in Times Square has not even dropped yet, 2015 is underway — at least in iRacing, where the NASCAR Class B Series Open opened its first season of the year under the lights of Richmond International Raceway.  After falling 11 points short of championship in the final season of 2014, Gulfport, Mississippi’s Larry Scott Jr. hit the track running strong, marking himself as one of the top contenders in 2015′s first championship The first race of 12 of 2015 Season 1 took place on the 3/4-mile oval in Richmond, Virginia.  Usually, the first race of a season has plenty of questions marks with the setup of the cars as physics updates put the setup builders to the fire.  However, coming off the short final season [...]

Laughlin Pulls the Upset at Richmond

by Jason Lofing on December 10th, 2014

Laughlin's gamble paid-off with a win over ? and ?

Tyler Laughlin scored a surprise victory Tuesday night in the NASCAR iRacing Pro Series race at Richmond International Raceway after making the right call to stay on the race track with 38 laps to go when the leaders chose to pit for new tires.  Five cautions slowed the field during the last 33 laps, allowing Laughlin to survive despite running on very used rubber. Trey Eidson and Tyler Hill, both on the same strategy as Laughlin, finished second and third after coming-up just short on the final one lap shootout. Kevin King wound-up fourth after dominating most of the race and Brian Schoenburg rounded out the top five. Richard Dusett started on pole but King flexed his muscle early, taking the lead 13 laps into the race. King rode ahead [...]

Iivonen Dominates The Glen

by Jason Lofing on December 3rd, 2014

Iivonen led all but one lap en route to a convincing win at The Glen.

Teemu Iivonen scored his first career NASCAR iRacing Pro Series win in absolutely dominating fashion at Watkins Glen International on Tuesday night. The Finn, who also holds a Road Pro license, looked right at home on the road course and led 44 of 45 laps en route to his triumph. After starting on the pole by a wide margin, Iivonen quickly built a comfortable margin over the pack and won by 15.4 seconds. “Though I personally don’t consider this as (an) Oval win because it wasn’t, it’s still a W in one of the highest series in the world. I’m happy to bring it to my teammates, my flag, and everyone who helps me out in this series!” said Iivonen. It was apparent from the start that barring a mistake [...]

Holgate Dominates Richmond

by Matt Pawelski on October 9th, 2014

Anders’s late challenge on Holgate fell just short of victory.

From last week’s visit to the Valley of the Sun the IndyCar Series headed east, past another valley named “Shenandoah” to Richmond and Richmond International Raceway.  A unique hybrid of a track, Richmond is part short track (.75 miles), part speedway (14 degree banking) and one challenging place to race. Tim Holgate was definitely up to that challenge, taking the pole ahead of Erick Davis by what – for this series – is a HUGE margin – .08 seconds. Holgate turned a a 14.185 second lap, with Davis running at 14.268 seconds and Vick Caudill posting a time of 14.305 seconds for third on the grid. Holgate got a good jump at the green and pulled away into Turn One as Caudill carried the bottom side and cleared Davis. Brandon [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series – And Then There Were Three

by Matt Holden on September 30th, 2014

2014 NPSA Final 3

I could have written an article after the Richmond race, and probably should have.  It was a huge deal to win that race, but none of us really celebrated it.  It was our team’s first win since the California race in March, it was my first win in 11 months, and it was exactly what we had to do to stay in the championship picture.  One year ago, we were out of it completely and there were only two drivers eligible to win the title.  Thanks to that win in Richmond, we now enter the final race of the season with a shot at the championship for the first time.  Ever. So why weren’t we going crazy and burning GFR HQ down?  In all seriousness, we got lucky…very lucky.  I’ve [...]

NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Wrap-up: Richmond

by Dylan Kapisky on September 16th, 2014

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Last Tuesday, the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series took to the track at Richmond International Raceway.  A race that saw the first full course caution in nearly three full races, also saw Nick Ottinger cruise to his first victory since Auto Club Speedway in March.  He may have won by only 1.720s, but he totally dominated the race, leading 153 of 200 laps. “I felt very confident we had a great car all across the board. I can’t say I expected it to be that dominant, however,” Ottinger said Wednesday in a quick Q&A. Championship leader Michael Conti saw his points lead shrink significantly, as two-time series champion Ray Alfalla (third place finish) gained eight points. Race winner Ottinger made up 14 points in the championship, but still sits 21 points [...]

Crabtree is NiS Open Champion!

by Tom O'Leary on September 11th, 2014

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Richmond International Raceway had the pleasure of hosting the final round of the 2014 NASCAR iRacing Open Series, in which the final places in the standings were cemented in history, and those who finished inside the Top 20 were rewarded with Pro licenses – meaning they qualified for the iRacing Oval Pro Series. The Fixed Series still has plenty of weeks remaining, meaning lots of opportunities for good results for those running the Fixed format. Corey Vincent set the fastest time in qualifying trim for the Open Series; his a 19.963 was quick enough for pole around Richmond’s .75 mile ribbon of virtual tarmac. Race One in the Open Series followed tradition by once again being the highest SoF online race of the week at Richmond; a 6335 SoF providing [...]

Ottinger Cruises to Dominant Richmond Victory

by Jason Lofing on September 10th, 2014

Despite a couple of late cautions, Ottinger (05) was in total control at Richmond.

With his hopes for a NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by championship fading in the past couple of races, Nick Ottinger showed he is not out of the fight yet with a dominating performance at Richmond International Raceway. Starting fourth, Ottinger wasted no time moving to the lead, then paced the field for 153 of 200 laps on his way to the win. Adam Gilliland finished second, followed by Ray Alfalla. Matt Bussa and PJ Stergios finished fourth and fifth to round out the top five. Alfalla started from the pole and, like Ottinger, was hoping to gain ground on series points leader Michael Conti. Alfalla’s car was good on the short run but fell off the pace once the tires started to wear. Ottinger, on the other hand, [...]

Track Preview: Richmond International Raceway

by Dylan Kapisky on September 9th, 2014

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Next up on the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series schedule is Richmond International Raceway in Henrico County outside of Richmond, Virginia. Michael Conti leads Ray Alfalla by 25 points, and Nick Ottinger by 35 points in the series standings heading to “America’s Premier Short Track.” Let’s take a closer look at the track and see what the sim racing might be like tonight. Built in 1946 as a half-mile dirt track named Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds, the facility’s first win went to Ted Horn in what is known today as a Sprint Car en route to the AAA National Championship. Since then the track has undergone two reconfigurations, going from a ½ mile dirt track to a paved .542 mile oval before morphing into the current D-shaped oval. Today’s Richmond International [...]

NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series by the Numbers

by Dylan Kapisky on September 5th, 2014


Three races remain in the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by before a new champion is crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway. As things stand heading into next week’s sim race at Richmond, Michael Conti leads Ray Alfalla by 25 points and Nick Ottinger by 35 points. Although behind by a full race or more, Chad Laughton (-48), Chris Overland (-57), Jake Stergios (-63) and Matt Bussa (-74) are all within 100 points and thus are all still mathematically in the hunt for the sim racing title. Dylan Kapisky takes a look at what it would take (at the least) for each driver to win the championship. These scenarios are based off of a 43 car field every race. The points are based-off of the NASCAR points system, which is [...]

NiS Open Garage – Richmond/Season Finale

by Don Scott on September 4th, 2014

Richmond offers competitors a final chance to apply the wisdom of this season's NiS Open Garage.

As we return to Richmond for this year’s final NASCAR iRacing Series race and bring to a close this season’s “Open Garage,”  I thought I might use this week’s article to review some of the basics we have learned over the past 20 weeks. We have covered a myriad of ways to diagnose handling issues, increase our speed and analyze the information we gather in an effort to identify elements of our setups we might improve. In this edition I would like refresh your memory concerning some of the most common changes you will make. Among the first topics we discussed this season – and one of the most common adjustments you will make in a stock car – is the track bar. To summarize, in the left rear if [...]

Class B Diversified Racing

by Jordan Hightower on September 3rd, 2014

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After spending Week Two in upstate New York, the NASCAR iRacing Class B Fixed Series spent the next three weeks journeying across the eastern portion of the United States. With trips to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Bristol Motor Speedway, and Atlanta Motor Speedway to fill Weeks Three, Four, and Five, the series was truly a spectacle of driving ability. Mid-Ohio After leading 13 of the event’s 15 laps, NASCAR K&N East Series competitor Jay Beasley (West) drove the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro into victory lane at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after starting from the second position. Pole sitter and top rated driver in the field Kyle Crump (Michigan) led the opening two laps, but relegated the lead to Beasley shortly thereafter and was never able to regain the top spot, [...]

Lewandowski Breaks Drought, Wins Atlanta

by Jason Lofing on August 27th, 2014

Strategy and hard-nosed driving enabled Tom Lewandowski to beat Michael Conti (5) to the stripe.

Tom Lewandowski played the fuel mileage game perfectly at Atlanta Motor Speedway and held-off a charging Michael Conti, finally breaking a three-year winless drought in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. Lewandowski did not have the fastest car, but the caution-free race let him play the strategy game while Conti, Ray Alfalla and other contenders ran dry and needed an extra pit stop to go the distance. Conti crossed the line in second ahead of Alfalla, while CBR/Virtual Performance Racing teammates Cody Byus and Adam Gilliland were strong all night and rounded-out the top five. Conti, who clearly had the fastest car and led 118 of 163 laps, nearly pulled-off a miraculous comeback. With 24 laps to go, he came down pit road for a splash of gas [...]

Strategy Double-”Cross”-es Richmond

by Seth Eggert on June 3rd, 2014

Motorsports Simulation

Week Five of the 2014 Season 2 IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Richmond International Raceway. Only 28 sim-racers participated in online races throughout the week, nearly matching a season low in participation. Handling  and pit strategy would be the stories throughout the week of sim-racing with the new Dallara DW12. Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) started on the pole with Herman Pfander (DE-AT-CH) starting on his outside. Philippe Lambert (France) started third ahead of Connor Cross (Ohio) with Rob Unglenieks (Michigan) rounding out the top five starting positions. Demeritt got off to an excellent start as Pfander laid back a full row at the green. This advantage gave Demeritt a three car length lead over Pfander by the time he reached Turn One. As Pfander closed-in on Demeritt [...]

The Kitchen Sink: Surviving New Hampshire

by Ray Kingsbury on May 12th, 2014


With the way the tires on the Dallara IndyCar act at cold temperatures, the car is quite difficult to drive until the front tires gain enough heat to stop the car from snapping loose. Because of this, the first two or three laps of a stint at New Hampshire mandate that competitors drive with caution. If you can set-up your car comfortably enough to gain some time on these opening laps, this could make up for a slower setup later on that would get too tight. At the start of each stint, you should definitely be running -20 Weight Jacker, to keep the car as tight as possible. What this does is drop the car’s right rear’s ride height down.  On the high banked ovals, we tend to try and [...]

Price ‘On The Money’ at Richmond

by Tom O'Leary on May 1st, 2014

Whether you consider it a short speedway or a long short track, Richmond is a challenge.

After a one week hiatus, the NASCAR iRacing Series was back in full swing for Round Nine of the season at Richmond International Raceway. Drivers had the opportunity to spend the week off concentrating on getting good and consistent lap times as well as tweaking their setup in preparation for Richmond’s upcoming online races. The front straightaway at Richmond in itself is not a straight – simracers can feel the rear of the car wanting to step out on you all the way along it – if you’re not gentle with the throttle pedal. In the Open races this week Billy Price made the most of the Richmond asphalt to claim the top points haul. Price won the first race of the week which had the highest SoF giving him [...]

NiS Open Garage: Richmond

by Don Scott on April 24th, 2014

Regardless of rules changes, Richmond will always be a drivers track.

This week’s column might have been titled “Changes” as we have seen a few changes in iRacing’s sim model to replicate the recent rules changes in NASCAR. Changes to the spoiler, ride height and — most importantly — the tire model have some cheering while others are scratching their heads wondering how they are going to change their thinking on setup design to remain competitive. I would be in the latter group, but I am confident in my crew. This is not unlike what you would experience in real life. Rules changes in NASCAR can leave a crew chief and everyone in the garage scrambling to evaluate how the new rules will affect the car and which adjustments to the setup will work best to keep the driver and the [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Open Garage

by Don Scott on April 21st, 2014

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Editor’s note — Later this week we will debut a new series of articles from veteran NASCAR mechanic Don Scott designed to offer some basic set-up tips to participants in NASCAR iRacing Series Open competition.  Read on to learn a little more about Don and what you can look forward to in the NiS Open Garage. There are a host of adjectives one might use to describe walking through the door of a NASCAR team as a young mechanic. Getting a spot at any race shop can be a daunting task. You want to display confidence in your knowledge of mechanics, express your willingness to learn, while remaining humble in your demeanor. But most of all you want to keep your mouth shut and listen, you are going to learn [...]