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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.
  • David Judson
    Contributor

    29 years old, Dave Judson lives in Mentor, Ohio. Dave has grown up with racing, watching his father win races and championships at the local go-kart track as a youngster and continuing his love of racing while watching NASCAR, Indycar, Formula 1 and sports cars.
    Judson has enjoyed a successful sim-racing career of his own in the IZOD Indycar iRacing Open and Fixed Setup Series. He has race wins to his credits as well as the Division 1 Championship of the Open Series in Season 1 of 2013 and the Overall Championship of the Fixed Series in Season 3 of 2013.
    Dave has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is looking to expand his horizons by writing for inRacingNews.

  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield, 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 his aunt!

  • Raymond 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.

  • 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."

  • Scott Kelly
    Contributor

    Born and raised in the greater St. Louis, Missouri area, Scott Kelly has had a love for motorsports ever since his father did the right thing by introducing auto racing into his life. No longer able to quench his need for speed by spectating NASCAR races on TV and watching dirt track stars slide around local tracks, Kelly eventually picked-up sim racing in his teens, wheeling cars found in Ratbag Games' "Dirt Track Racing" and "World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars" while also becoming introduced into multiple Papyrus sim-racing series. Joining the iRacing ranks in late 2011, Kelly set his sights on the short track racing he was familiar with, focusing on the sprint car, while also driving the Legends and street stock in multiple iRacing.com leagues.

    Kelly brings not just his enthusiasm for racing to the highest-rated motorsports simulation, but also his B.A. degree in English; he covers the action seen in the iRacing.com Sprint Car Series, while also placing the spotlight on various leagues within the service. Enjoying his start to a career in motorsports journalism, Kelly also doesn't mind visiting victory lane from time-to-time.

  • George Wood
    Contributing Writer
    After beginning his racing career with go-karts at age seven, George then turned wrenches on street stocks until he could finally turn the wheel. Following the successes of his friends and family, George has since retired from real-world racing, where he is now a science and mathematics faculty member for several local community colleges. When George isn't grading laboratory reports or iRacing, he is performing at bluegrass festivals in the Northeast, making fishing lures, playing golf, and rooting for his beloved Baltimore Orioles.
  • Chris Hall
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Chris Hall has been writing since the nineties and moved into motorsports reporting in 2005, covering series such as ALMS, British GT, FIA GT, Le Mans and 2CV racing for Full Throttle magazine, Motorsport.com, The-Paddock.net, GTGateway.com, L' Endurance and, of course, inRacingNews. During 2008 and 2009, he worked with the RSS Performance Porsche Carrera Cup Team (and former British GT(C) champions) as a data engineer for a variety of drivers and models of 997s.
  • 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.
  • Dylan Sharman
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in Adelaide and we moved-out for Angle Vale for a few years until I was about 7 years old, when we moved to the Barossa Valley where I live now. I'm 19 years old and currently traveling back and forth weekly as I'm studying for a Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology.

    I've always had a love for racing as my close family did some racing and we were always out at the local dirt track. I joined iRacing back in 2010 and slowly but surely got the hang of it as this is my first experience with sim racing and am loving it each time I race. I've won two SK Modified titles (almost had three in a row but finished P2 in 2011 S4), an iRacingNews Challenge championship (2012 S1 Mazda) and was also an AustralAsian Intel GT Series Finalist.
  • 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.

Get to Know: Matthew Largen

by David Ifeguni on December 23rd, 2013

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Largen (5) battles at PIR.

In two days, one of the best holidays of the year, Christmas, will be here. Also, in three days, iRacer Matthew Largen from Abingdon, Virginia will be celebrating his third anniversary on iRacing.  A member since Christmas Day of 2010, he has started 597 races on the oval side of iRacing and has won 50 times. In addition, he has earned 16 victories in 182 starts on the road courses. One of those victories came in his split of the 2013 Roar Before the 2.4. Since he started sim racing on iRacing, Matthew has quickly moved through the ranks, from starting as a rookie driver in the Legends car, to being a Class A driver with an iRating over 5000. You can learn more about iRacer Matthew Largen in this [...]

Eng Captures 2013 iRacing Pro Race of Champions

by David Phillips on December 13th, 2013

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Eng (left) got the drop on Truex at Montreal and went on to win the 2013 iRacing.com Pro Race of Champions.

Porsche Carerra Cup racer Phillip Eng drove his Chevy Impala and McLaren MP4-12C GT3 to a convincing in in last night’s iRacing.com Pro Race of Champions.  The Austrian parlayed a third place finish in the opening online race of the contest at Iowa Speedway with a dominant win in the nightcap at iRacing’s virtual Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to top Peter Dempsey (Indy Lights) and Timmy Hill (NASCAR) in the aggregate standings. The iRacing Pro Race of Champions enables racers from different disciplines around the world to compete against one another online.  The inaugural event was won by NASCAR K&N West driver Brandon Davis, while last year saw V8 Supercar standout Shane van Gisbergen take the top prize.  Eng’s victory not only makes three different nationalities to take top honors in [...]

The Brickyard Dominator

by Jordan Hightower on June 25th, 2013

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Week 8 Indianapolis P1

The eighth week of the NASCAR iRacing Class C Fixed Series takes the sim racers to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 20 circuits around the famed speedway. Over 2,000 eager racers watched the green flag fall for at least one race during the week, but after seven days of fun sim racing, one driver left IMS as the top dog. Bobby Hackel (New York) drove his No. 3 Silverado into Indianapolis’ famed victory lane during the week’s top Strength of Field event. Hackel started from the pole position and never looked back as he paced the field for all 20 laps of the event, besting V8 Supercar veteran Shane van Gisbergen (Australia/NZ) by 0.172 seconds. Frequent front runner Jason Jacoby (Georgia) took home the third position after starting from the same [...]

Get to Know: Steven Eszenyi

by David Ifeguni on March 25th, 2013

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Although he's still looking for his first win in 2013 S1, Eszenyi is batting 1000 (as in 1000 points) and currently sits P19 in the Class A points.

If you look up improvement or persistent in the dictionary, you’ll probably find a picture of Steven Eszenyi. Steven has been on iRacing since July of 2010.  Statistically, he didn’t get off to a very great start. In 2010 he ran 217 oval races and three road races, and although he won a total of 17 times, his average incidents per race on the oval side was 8.21 and on the road side, 18.66. The 17 year old driver from Trumbull, Connecticut has definitely had a long and a rather messy road towards being one of the top drivers on the oval side of iRacing. In 2012, in Eszenyi’s words, “(I) decided to take this seriously” and he definitely got results. He started 931 oval races and earned 157 checkered [...]

iRacer Profile: Lee Ball

by David Phillips on February 16th, 2013

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racing games

It’s common for sim-racers to sing iRacing’s benefits in making the transition from online racing to real world motorsports.  In Lee Ball’s case, you could almost say the process has worked in reverse.  The McLeansville, NC resident already had plenty of real racing miles under his belt when he joined iRacing in 2012.  So you could say he put the racing know-how and savvy he learned in karts, Limited Late Models and Late Models to use once he added iRacing to his resume. Then again, sim-racing has been a part of Ball’s repertoire from an early age – seven to be exact — when he contracted the virtual bug via NASCAR 96 . . . In any case, he sure proved to be a quick study on iRacing, winning the [...]

Alfalla & Kligerman’s Double Date

by Jordan Hightower on February 12th, 2013

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Week 2 Darlington Fixed P1

Darlington Raceway is considered by many to be the most difficult track on the NASCAR circuit which leaves some drivers running for cover while others embrace the challenge. Trying to tame “The Lady in Black” has been a challenge for NASCAR competitors since 1950. Names such as Petty, Pearson, Waltrip, and Earnhardt have all graced the famed track’s victory lane and now an up and coming NASCAR star along with a two time NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship champion each added their name to the list of winners at the famed raceway during Week Two of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (fixed setup). Ray Alfalla (Florida) took the checkered flag in his ProGeek Consulting Silverado under caution after leading 30 of the race’s 35 laps in the 4439 Strength [...]

Get to Know: Nick Del Campo

by David Ifeguni on January 21st, 2013

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It took Del Campo three days to notch his first iRacing win.  He's been on the fast track to victory lane ever since.

This week, I interviewed a driver who is no stranger to painting cars on iRacing.com. Along with racing the cars on iRacing, he also paints them. As the owner of N.D.D (Nick Del Campo Designs), he paints cars on iRacing as well as real world racecars. Many people know him for the signature lime green logo he places on many of the cars he paints, and if you haven’t guessed by now, the driver I interviewed for this week, is Nick Del Campo. For some iRacers, it might have taken weeks or even months until they got their first win on the service. Nick Del Campo took three days. He scored his first win on October 16th of 2010 in the Legends car at South Boston Speedway, and since then [...]

Berry Blisters Miami

by Jordan Hightower on November 27th, 2012

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1500+ iRacers towed their Silverados to South Florida for Week 3 of the NiCCS.

The third week of online racing in the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (fixed setup) sent the online racers to South Florida for some action at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Put up against 1,548 sim racers proved to be no challenge to JR Motorsports Late Model driver Josh Berry (Mid-South). Berry dominated Week Three’s high Strength of Field event, leading an impressive 32 out of 45 laps enroute to a 0.594 second margin-of-victory over North Carolina native Brad Wright. Week Three’s NiCCS open setup weekly winner Kenny Humpe (Ohio) finished in the third postion 0.781 seconds back. Richie Davidowitz (New York) came home in the fourth position and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Scott Speed (Carolina) rounded out the top five. Berry’s victory enabled him to earn the most championship points for [...]

Davis, Speed, van Gisbergen Shine in iPRoC

by David Phillips on December 15th, 2011

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Davis and Speed lead the iPRoC field to the start at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Scott Speed and Shane van Gisbergen won the battles, but Brandon Davis won the war in the inaugural iRacing.com Pro Race of Champions (iPRoC).  The first online event featuring an all star cast of 27 real world professional drivers from most of the world’s top race series, the iPRoC saw former F1 and NASCAR driver Speed take the victory in the opener, a 25 lap race for virtual Chevrolet Silverados at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Australian V8 Supercar standout Van Gisbergen responded with an equally impressive run in the finale, leading all ten laps at Watkins Glen International in his digital Mazda MX5. But it was NASCAR K&N Pro Series’ Davis, who finished .345s behind Speed at Charlotte and .167s behind van Gisbergen at the Glen who picked-up the overall win [...]

Gilliland Grabs Georgia Victory

December 8th, 2011

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More than 1,600 iRacers answered the call at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Adam Gilliland was one of the busiest drivers during Week Four of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (NiCCS) at the Atlanta Motor Speedway . . . and also one of the successful, as he captured the top split of the week. Gilliland is a regular at GSRacing.net and is racing to capture the NiCCS title in 2011 Season Four. Gilliland’s big win will go down as a 4767 Strength of Field (SoF) of victory in which he led just a single lap in the online racing event. Gilliland got past Kevin King on the final circuit to take the victory. Chris Overland came home in third, followed by Allen Krier and Bryan Blackford. King led the most laps (27) of any of the nine leaders, who exchanged the lead [...]

Buchberger Best Overall at Homestead

by Tim Terry on November 28th, 2011

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1,400+ iRacers traveled to South Florida for a week of NiCCS online racing.

Over 1,400 sim racers brought their skills to the track for Round Three of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (NiCCS) in 2011 Season Four at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. When all the dust settled after thousands of laps had been completed and the motors were silenced, it was Sugar Grove, Illinois, Brandon Buchberger who stood tall as the driver who amassed the most points amongst his peers. The race in which Buchberger captured his 212 point total for the week was Thursday’s 3362 Strength of Field (SoF) affair. Buchberger led just the final eight circuits of the 90 completed and outlasted Byron Daley, Scott Speed, Tyler Hudson and Alex Warren to take the win. Speed led the most laps in the race (78) and was one of just three drivers [...]

Coppinger Captures Class C at Daytona

by Tim Terry on May 13th, 2011

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Coppinger Captures Class C at Daytona

The highly popular NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (NiCCS) made its 2011 Season 2 debut this past week on the high banks at Daytona International Speedway. The tailgaters came from far and wide to take part in exciting NASCAR Super Speedway action on the virtual Florida track and while some struggled to get past “the Big One,” others excelled at the type of racing only Daytona (and its counterpart Talladega) can provide. Over 2700 sim racers took at least one lap in race conditions on the track – up by about 600 from one season ago! When the virtual Chevrolet Silverados became silent late Monday it was Division One driver Brandon Coppinger who came out on top. Though he did not win in either of his two starts, he did [...]

Brian Steals the Show at Chicagoland

by Tim Terry on April 27th, 2011

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Brian Steals the Show at Chicagoland

While most eyes were on the championship chase in the final week of the season in the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (NiCCS), Brian Schoenburg had his eyes on different goals. Schoenburg would come out on top of over 1600 other sim racers by taking the overall victory at Chicagoland Speedway in Week Twelve of 2011 Season One. Tyler Hudson came home in second place during the past week, which would be good enough to secure the NiCCS championship. Schoenburg was victorious in a 4361 sof race on April 19th where he led 43 of the 90 laps en route to the triumph. The California club driver was able to edge out Tommy Rhyne, Del Mears, Jesse James and Brian Macklin in the top five – which was good enough [...]

One Down, Two to Go

by Scott Carter on March 4th, 2011

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One Down, Two to Go

The past week of online racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca concluded the first NVIDIA Cup championship of the season, part one of three in 2011 Season One. The four weeks were full of close racing, constant back-and-forth, with over 2000 iRacers participating every week. A sincere congratulations goes out to Marcello Maio, for taking first place, with a total of 471 points. Throughout all four weeks of the season Maio drove seven races. Fighting back every lap of the way was second place, Artur Turcu. The deciding factor, one separating the two sim racers by two points, is that Maio won all seven of his races, while Turcu won five. Filling out the remainder of the top five are Jan Coomans, Emilio Puertas, and Bela Perei with 463, 453, [...]

Laughton Lays It On ‘Em at Dover

by Tim Terry on March 1st, 2011

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Laughton Lays It On ‘Em at Dover

The stars of the NASCAR iRacing Class C Series (NiCCS) trucked into Delaware last week for seven days of online racing at the track nicknamed the “Monster Mile.” Dover International Raceway played host to Round Four on the schedule and proved popular with the drivers as 1112 of them came out to race in the series’ inaugural visit to the track. Many big sim racing names gave the underdogs a run for their money and in the end it was a NASCAR iRacing Series World Championship pilot showing them how to dance with the Monster at the close of the week. Josh Laughton was one of the drivers lined-up to take the initial race journey around the one-mile concrete oval as he entered the first race of the week. That [...]

Trevor Bayne First Drove Daytona on iRacing.com

by Steve Potter on February 23rd, 2011

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Trevor Bayne First Drove Daytona on iRacing.com

It was standing room only in the Daytona media center this past Sunday afternoon when Trevor Bayne walked in following his dramatic win in the Daytona 500.  But in the same room a year earlier, just a handful of people looked on as drove an iRacing.com-powered simulator while Michael Waltrip talked him around Daytona International Speedway. Posted on You Tube by Simcraft, builder of the Apex simulator builder, here’s a video of that day in 2010 when a former Daytona 500 champion used iRacing to coach a future one:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RkoG1MKvfU&feature=related This wasn’t Bayne’s first exposure to iRacing; in 2009 a friend bought the then aspiring NASCAR Nationwide driver a gift subscription to the iRacing service.  According to Rocky Bayne, Trevor’s dad, his son has a setup in his house, and [...]

Speed Tops King at Richmond

by Tim Terry on February 22nd, 2011

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Speed Tops King at Richmond

For the second consecutive week, the drivers of the NASCAR iRacing Class C Series (NiCCS) battled on a short track as the competitors rolled their trucks onto the Richmond International Speedway. As was the case at Bristol Motor Speedway, many big names in the sim racing world topped the charts after seven days of side-by-side paint swappin’ competition at Richmond with a familiar name to race fans bringing home the overall win. Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race winner Scott Speed scored 213 points in his only start on Saturday night – more than any of his 850 peers who raced during the past week in the NiCCS. Speed’s victory on Wednesday took place in a 3406 Strength of Field (SoF) race. The [...]

Carolinas Rule USA International Late Models

by Mike Laheta on February 21st, 2011

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Carolinas Rule USA International Late Models

The iRacing.com Late Model Tour’s trip to Florida made it one of several racing events taking place in the Sunshine State this week as the series headed to high banks of USA International Speedway. At ¾ of a mile in length, USA offers drivers the opportunity to carry a lot of speed around the asphalt oval. The track offers drivers a variety of grooves, and the lines drivers run are often the product of the setups they have built and their comfort level in the cars. The outside wall has bitten many drivers on corner exit as it tends to sneak up on even the most experienced of sim racers. A pair of Carolinians picked-up the most points in Week Two as Reilly L. Doyle and Tyler Price led the [...]

iRacer Profile: Michael Keeton

by David Phillips on February 19th, 2011

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iRacer Profile: Michael Keeton

One of the new features we’ll be including in inRacingNews V2 are brief profiles on your fellow iRacers, some of whose names will be familiar to you, others a little less so.  Chosen (almost) entirely at random, we’ll lead off with a quick introduction to Michael Keeton.  Not the star of Batman (who spells his name Keaton), our Michael Keeton lives in Alabama not far from Talladega Superspeedway and is relatively new to sim racing.  Michael got his iRacing career off to a great start by winning his split in the 2010 World Tour of iRacing finale, the iRacing Late Model 300 at South Boston Speedway . . . a memorable event, as you’ll see. Q:    How long have you been sim racing? A:    Since November 2010. Q:    What attracted [...]

French Moves to the Front in the NVIDIA Cup

by Scott Carter on February 17th, 2011

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French Moves to the Front in the NVIDIA Cup

Week Two of the NVIDIA Cup brought sim racers winding down The Corkscrew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Some new faces worked their way to the front of the pack, while some of the front runners from last week struggled to keep their grip. Once again, the online racing competition was like a game of ping pong, with racers constantly swapping positions throughout the week. Just to show how much back-and- forth that’s involved in this series; only one racer who finished in the top five for the week stayed in the top five for the series standings. Marcello Maio, currently holding on to fourth place, was able to keep himself up front. Chasing Maio, is Artur Turcu, whom only managed a best finish of ninth at Laguna Seca, but [...]