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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.

Get to Know: Matthew Largen

by David Ifeguni on December 23rd, 2013

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

Eng (left) got the drop on Truex at Montreal and went on to win the 2013 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 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

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

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

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

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 Series World Championship champion each added their name to the list of winners at the famed raceway during Week Two of the NASCAR 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

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 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

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

The third week of online racing in the NASCAR 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

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 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

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 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 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

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 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

Coppinger Captures Class C at Daytona

The highly popular NASCAR 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

Brian Steals the Show at Chicagoland

While most eyes were on the championship chase in the final week of the season in the NASCAR 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

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

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

by Steve Potter on February 23rd, 2011

Trevor Bayne First Drove Daytona on

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 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: 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

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

Carolinas Rule USA International Late Models

The 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

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

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 [...]