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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.

Pedersen Strikes in the Land of the Rising Sun

by Brooks Westfall on August 15th, 2014

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Brake. Turn. Clutch. Turn Again. Throttle.

As Week 2 of the 2014 S3 iRacing Mazda Cup concluded, all eyes turned to Jesper Pedersen, who for the second week in a row, piloted his virtual Mazda MX-5 to a top-5 points finish and topped the 170-point barrier. He went two-for-two this week, winning both races he participated in. As the Scandinavian tallied 173 points, a popular Finn on the iRacing service showed his SCCA skill: Joni Bäckman. The 2.3 mile course in Mimasaka, Okayama Japan hosted 168 races this week, and counted over 3000 drivers competing to join 2014 S2 Mazda Cup winner Evan Maillard in earning a spot in the Mazda Shootout this fall. The former home to the Pacific Grand Prix Formula 1 race, the Okayama International Circuit is something of a stranger to the [...]

Get to Know: Dylan Murcott Part II

by David Ifeguni on July 28th, 2014

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To some of us, he may just be Dylan Murcott the iRacer. To others, he is Dylan Murcott, driver for Mitchum Motorsports in the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. Although his first start for the Mitchum Motorsports team came in 2013, Murcott’s real world racing career started in 2007 with motocross racing. He began racing SCCA cars in 2011, where he found great success, scoring 12 victories and 45 top five finishes in 57 starts spanning the course of two years. Nevertheless, Dylan has had an uphill climb to get into one of the top sports car racing series in America, and in part two of my Q&A with the 21 year old driver, we talk more about his real world racing career, his ups and downs so far, [...]

Want to go Racing? Be a Chump!

by Paul Slavonik on July 11th, 2014

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CWS

I’m not alone when I say that I would love to go racing. Although I love the thrill of driving cars on iRacing.com which I will most likely never even get to touch, much less race in real life, I just don’t get that “real life” sensation while I’m sitting in my wheeled swivel chair at home while racing barefoot and in my underwear (Go on and admit it…you do it too).  I want to go racing. REAL racing. And just like I know that YOU also race on iRacing in your underwear, I also know that YOU want to go racing, too! So who’s with me?! Ready? Let’s go! Okay, who’s paying for it? That question, unfortunately, is usually where the conversation stops. Ask anyone who has ever been [...]

An Unfamiliar Story

by David Phillips on September 12th, 2013

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"What do you mean 'we' Ke-mo sah-bee?"  Wolfgram and 'co-driver' in action.

It’s a familiar story: kid dreams of being a race driver but because of finances/age/location (take your pick) gets his start sim-racing rather than in “real” racing.  Parlays success as a sim-racer into a chance at “real” racing and makes good. In the case of Randy Wolfgram you can put that familiar script in the circular file and google unfamiliar story instead. A senior web operations engineer for a San Jose-based start-up, he grew-up never giving motorsports a second thought and was introduced to sim-racing more or less by accident.  Fast forward to 2013 and he’s doing real world racing that would have never happened BUT for iRacing. “I grew up in a small Midwest town, with no real interest in cars or auto-racing,” says the 40-something Wolfgram. “With a [...]

Sim to Reality

by Fred Myers on June 6th, 2012

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Sim to Reality

One afternoon in May I was testing iRacing’s new Cadillac CTS-V at Watkins Glen when the mail arrived with an invitation to attend a Cadillac “arrive ‘n drive” event at Monticello Motor Club (MMC).  Naturally, I accepted – immediately – and a few days later found myself pulling up to the gates of MMC, about 90 minutes northwest of New York City. First a bit of background . . . I currently own a BMW M5, and I also raced a GT1 Corvette in the SCCA and SVRA for more than 10 years.  I suspect that, as an M5 owner, I’m right in the sweet spot of Cadillac’s target demographic for their V-Series.  So it’s fair to say I had an advantage on the other folks at MMC that day.  [...]

Gooden Plenty II

by Wyatt Gooden on July 18th, 2011

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A familiar sight at Mid-Ohio: a victorious Wyatt Gooden.

Editor’s Note: Wyatt Gooden has enjoyed great success racing sedans in both the real and virtual worlds.  As winner of the iRacing.com VW Jetta TDi Cup series in 2008, the young Ohioan earned an iRacing.com-sponsored ride in the 2009 SCCA Pro Racing VW Jetta TDi Cup.  After a rough first outing,Gooden rebounded to score a pair of wins and capture the series rookie of the year honors. Earlier this month, Wyatt turned his attention to open wheels, making his debut in the SCCA F1600 Formula F Championship at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Quantum Racing’s Honda Fit-powered Van Diemen with support from iRacing.com 2.0 and Starting Grid. Things went pretty well, as Wyatt explains . . . The schedule was rather unusual as everything started late in the afternoon. [...]

Former SCCA Formula Vee Champ Noble Dies

January 20th, 2011

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Former SCCA Formula Vee Champ Noble Dies

Bill Noble celebrates a victory aboard his Formula Vee entry several years ago. (SCCA Photo) TOPEKA, Kan.

Brimtek Enters World Challenge

January 19th, 2011

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Brimtek Enters World Challenge

Brimtek Motorsports will field this Volkswagen GTI in the Touring Car class of the SCCA World Challenge in 2011.

Runoffs Staying At Road America Through ’13

January 18th, 2011

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Runoffs Staying At Road America Through ’13

The Sports Car Club of America will hold its annual National Championship Runoffs at Wisconsin's Road America through 2013. (Mark Weber/SCCA Photo) TOPEKA, Kan. — The SCCA National Championship Runoffs will remain at Road America through the 2013 season

Campbell Named Interim SCCA President

January 14th, 2011

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TOPEKA, Kan. — The Sports Car Club of America has named Tom Campbell, chairman of the SCCA Pro Racing Board of Directors, as interim SCCA Pro Racing president and CEO beginning Jan. 17

SCCA Reveals Contingency Programs

December 22nd, 2010

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TOPEKA, Kan. — The Sports Car Club of America has revealed its contingency programs for the 2011 season. Five automobile manufacturers — Volkswagen of America, Mazda North American Operations, Toyota/TRD, Honda Performance Development and Nissan North America — have committed to contingency programs

SCCA Sets Three Trans-Am Dates

December 3rd, 2010

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TOPEKA, Kan. — The Sports Car Club of America has confirmed three dates for its Trans-Am Series next year, including the opener at Sebring (Fla.) Int’l Raceway March 17-19. Other announced dates include a trip to Canada’s Mosport Int’l Raceway in Mosport, Ontario, May 20-22 and an event at Road American in Elkhart Lake, Wis., Aug

Partial World Challenge Slate Set

December 2nd, 2010

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Partial World Challenge Slate Set

Andy Pilgrim takes a turn during a World Challenge sports-car event on the Streets of St. Petersburg in Florida earlier this year

SCCA Boss Wildberger Resigning

November 11th, 2010

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SCCA Boss Wildberger Resigning

Bob Wildberger, president and CEO of SCCA Pro Racing, will resign his post in January. (SCCA/Shaun Lumley Photo) TOPEKA, Kan

Five MAZDASPEED Shootout Finalists Selected

November 2nd, 2010

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IRVINE, Calif. — Five drivers have been selected as finalists for a fully funded ride in the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup through the MAZDASPEED Shootout program

SCCA Adds To World Challenge Tech Staff

November 2nd, 2010

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TOPEKA, Kan. — SCCA Pro Racing and WC Vision have added T.C. Kline and Ken Brown to the World Challenge Technical Department

SCCA Amends Runoffs Process

October 29th, 2010

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SCCA Amends Runoffs Process

The field for September's SCCA Formula Vee National Championship Runoffs event heads into the first turn at Wisconsin's Road America road course. (Mark Weber/SCCA photo)

Wittmer King Of GT Class At Miller

October 4th, 2010

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Wittmer King Of GT Class At Miller

Kuno Wittmer leads the SCCA World Challenge field at Miller Motorsports Park Sunday. (Mark Weber/SCCA Photo) TOOELE, Utah — Kuno Wittmer captured the season-ending SCCA World Challenge GT victory during the Toyo Tires Utah Grand Prix Sunday afternoon at Miller Motorsports Park. Peter Cunningham (GTS) and Robert Stout (Touring Car) capped championship seasons with victories in their respective classes.