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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.

Record-Setting 6th Annual iRacing Indianapolis 500

by David Phillips on June 2nd, 2015

Nearly 1400 sim racers took part in the 6th Annual iRacing Indy 500.

The Sixth iRacing Indianapolis 500 is in the record books, and oh what records!  With four time slots over the weekend of May 29-31 the Greatest Spectacle in Online Racing saw nearly 1400 iRacers take part in 62 splits featuring between 31 and 33 drivers.  With some sim racers competing in two, three and even all four of the time slots, a total of 1983 digital Dallara DW12s took the green flag at The Brickyard last weekend. All told, iRacers completed 209,414 laps for a total of 523,535 miles with Martin Miller2 posting the fastest race lap of 39.8741s for an average speed of 225.71 mph. (By comparison, Charlie Kimball set the fastest race lap of the “real” Indianapolis 500 at 39.6979s at a speed of 226.712 mph.) Of those [...]

New Chapter for SEKQLD GT Championship

by Paul Mansell on March 27th, 2015

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As new season starts, a new chapter begins in the SEKQLD  GT Championship. The series has gone from strength to strength over the past few years now and with continued support from the series now has the ability to attract even more. Also throwing their support in is Pagnian/Next Level Racing products ( who is now sponsoring iRFF Racing giving the team the ability to run with a great sponsor and provide support to iRacing members with fantastic products. Check out their website. The SEKQLD GT Championship is about to head into another season with revamped schedules and a new qualifying format that will see a whole new approach for some teams to get the top spot. Gavin Sadler, who runs the series, has be actively working out a [...]

SafeisFast with Shane van Gisbergen

by David Phillips on March 10th, 2015

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V8 Supercars star Shane van Gisbergen is no stranger to iRacing or iRacers. He has more than iRacing 800 starts to his credit and has collected a total of 263 wins . . . and as evidence of Shane’s multi-faceted talent, 131 of those wins came on the ovals as compared to his 132 road course wins. Shane is also the latest “Ask a Pro” instructor for presented by Honda Performance Development, a free online resource offering video tutorials on safety, fitness, mental skills, race craft, career development, sponsorship, marketing and more to assist the careers of drivers in all forms of racing. Questions for Shane can be submitted here:

Hill Cruises to Victory in iRacing Pro Race of Champions

by David Phillips on December 18th, 2014

The field thunders into Turn One.

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Timmy Hill drove to a commanding win in last night’s 4thAnnual iRacing Pro Race of Champions.  Starting on the front row at the virtual Iowa Speedway, Hill drove his digital Super Late Model into the lead when pole sitter, defending champion – and German Porsche Carrera Cup champion — Phillip Eng went wide in the first turn.  Hill never looked back and went on to win by more than 14 seconds over IMSA champion Alex Gurney and NASCAR K&N Pro Series driver Michael Self. “Off the get-go Phillip hit the apron, shot up towards the wall and that kind of ended his race before it even got started,” said Hill, whose brother Tyler earned his first win in the NASCAR iRacing Pro Series on Tuesday.  “After [...]

4th Annual iRacing Pro Race of Champions Tonight!

by David Phillips on December 15th, 2014

The iRacing International Race of Champions feature top professional racers from across the motorsports specturm.

Past champions Shane Van Gisbergen and Philipp Eng headline an impressive lineup of professional racers expected to compete in tonight’s 4th Annual iRacing Pro Race of Champions.  Van Gisbergen, Eng and other pros from stock, sports and touring cars, open wheel and drag racing will compete against one another from the comfort of their homes on, the world’s foremost online motorsports simulation service. There’s more on the line than bragging rights: iRacing and CXC Simulations have pledged to donate more than $4000 to the favorite charities of the top three finishers. Tonight’s event consists of a 50 lap Super Late Model race at the virtual Iowa Speedway.  The race will be broadcast live on iRacing ( beginning at 9 pm EST. Among the other drivers expected to compete are [...]

Oceanic Sim Racing (OSR) Bathurst 1000 Powered by

by Paul Slavonik on November 14th, 2014

Scott McLaughlin

To some, it’s just a game. To others, it’s as real as it gets without actually having to deal with people like Roland Dane. The Oceanic Sim Racing (OSR) Bathurst 1000 powered by was a monumental step forward in the world of virtual racing. Boasting features such as driver-swaps, a digital replica of the Holden VF Commodore which Jamie Whincup piloted to the 2013 V8 Supercar Championship and 161 laps around an exact laser-scanned replica of Mount Panorama Circuit, the OSR Bathurst 1000 was the first of its kind in the world of sim-racing and it was all done for a great cause. Making a difference Proudly supporting the Kids with Cancer Foundation, the entry fee for the event was a $10 donation (minimum) with all proceeds going directly [...]

Imitation of Life

by Brooks Westfall on September 8th, 2014


Every time a sim racer starts up his/her wheel, we expect to have a software experience that mimics real-life racing. However, sim racers try their absolute hardest to find the loopholes and gaps in the given software to find the extra tenth of a second they need. Whether it be from setups, track lines, or the car itself, the term “sim” is farther from real life than we think. Real-world drivers and sim racers share much in common. We need a similar degree of focus to achieve success, we communicate in similar fashion and sometimes we even race the same. But when it comes to the cars’ “drivability,” the difference is almost night and day. Drivers in real life only get limited time in their race cars. Maybe they get [...]

So You Think You Can Drive?

by Paul Slavonik on August 4th, 2014


So you think you can drive, huh? Well, you’re only as good as the people you race against. Racing, whether sim or real, is a challenging sport which is meant to push you to your limits. When you’re NOT challenged, however, the sport can become too easy, less rewarding (or not rewarding at all) and can oftentimes give you a false sense that you’re a “great driver.”  Let’s face it; if you have an iRating of 1750+ and you’re winning multiple races against a Strength of Field (SoF) of around 1000, you’re not really pushing yourself and your victories are not much to speak of. True victories come from mastering both car and track while battling against the best and coming out on top. If you’re not being challenged, you’re [...]

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 [...]

Southern Meteor

by David Phillips on November 22nd, 2013

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It’s an understatement to say February 27 figures to be a big day in the life of Chelsea Angelo.   That’s when Angelo is slated to make her debut for Evans Motorsport in the 2014 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series opener at Adelaide.  The development series for the V8 Supercar Series itself, the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series propelled 2012 champion Scott T McLaughlin into the 2013 V8 Supercar Series. Needless to say, Angelo would like to follow McLaughlin’s footsteps and become a regular in the “big” V8 series sooner than later.   In one respect, however, Angelo is already following in the footsteps of McLaughlin – not to mention those of V8 Supercar aces Shane van Gisbergen, Mark Winterbottom, Garth Tander and Will Davison. That’s because, like Messrs McLaughlin, van Gisbergen, Winterbottom, Tander [...]

Get to Know . . . Adam McCosh

by David Ifeguni on November 12th, 2013

McCosh got the monkey off his back with a win in his Chevy SS Gen 6 at LVMS.

Adam McCosh has been able to do something most of us dream of doing, and that is racing in real life. He began racing real cars in 2006, but has recently had to stop due to other priorities.  It is clear though that his experiences with real world racing have contributed to his success on iRacing, as he has scored 11 career victories in 131 starts on the oval side of iRacing, including two victories this year in 13 starts.  He also races in several leagues on iRacing including the Short Track Pro Cup league, as well as both ISRA STARS and the POWER Series. You can learn more about iRacer Adam McCosh in this week’s Get to Know . . . Q:     How long have you been sim [...]

Third iRacing Pro Race of Champions Set for December 12

by David Phillps on November 5th, 2013

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It’s not every day the stars of NASCAR, IndyCar, ALMS, GRAND-AM, NHRA, V8 Supercars and other major professional series go head-to-head on the same race track.  But thanks to ( – the world’s leading online motorsports game — some of the world’s top racers will go head-to-head, door-to-door and wheel-to-wheel from the comfort of their homes in the third annual Pro Race of Champions on Thursday, December 12. Past line-ups have included NASCAR’s Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, GRAND-AM champions Alex Gurney and Jordan Taylor, ALMS champion Joey Hand, IZOD IndyCar Series favorite Justin Wilson and NHRA Funny Car star Ron Capps, not to mention V8 Supercar Series ace Shane van Gisbergen, the defending iPRoC champion. “The iRacing Pro Race of Champions has become one of [...]

iRacers at Bathurst

by Greg Workman on November 5th, 2013

The iRacing contingent included

Bathurst . . . Mount Panorama . . . “The Mount.”  For Australians it is our Daytona, our Indy and our Le Mans all rolled into one. For us Down Under, it conjures recollections of epic battles, Ford versus Holden, Machine versus the Mountain. It is a weekend where most watch the start of the “great Race” at the very least, while many organise parties, others prefer the solitude of the lounge room and the television. Tens of thousands camp-out at the circuit, reveling in four days of V8 heaven. Bathurst is a cultural icon for Australians. A Facebook group was created for iRacers going to Bathurst to connect and meet, and at very least share a few ales one evening. Shane Van Gisbergen — who is competing in the [...]

Muggleton Survives Canadian Chaos

by Dylan Sharman on September 23rd, 2013

Hamstead and Ruggier come together.

Round Seven of the V8 Supercar Series headed to a brand new track to iRacing for this season: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (also known as Montreal).  With the drivers now into the second half of the season, the championship is well and truly alive. Qualifying was led by Josh Muggleton, following on his excellent form at Phillip Island to take back-to-back pole positions, with Justin Ruggier once again joining him on the front row. Richard Hamstead and Madison Down would start from the second row with the Leighs  — as in Leigh Day (P5) and Leigh Ellis (P6) — locking-out the third row. Tobias Czerny led the internationals in seventh with James McKnight joining him on Row Four as Shaun Kelly and Wayne C Bourke rounded out the top 10. [...]

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 [...]

Down Dominates at the Island

by Dylan Sharman on April 5th, 2013

Down drove to a flag-to-flag win to regain take the V8 points lead.

Round Nine of the V8 Supercars Series headed back to Australia and Phillip Island to start the run home with the series now into the final month of racing and into the drop rounds. Justin Ruggier took over the championship lead last round with Madison Down now in second place.  Joshua Muggleton has been absent the past week and will not race in this round either so he has fallen back into fourth behind Vail Riches but is not out of the championship picture. Qualifying was led by the five time champion Down, who took pole position after being the only sim-racer to break into the 90 second bracket with a blazing 1:30.979. Ruggier would start from position two with a 1:31.044 while Riches and Brad Ryan were .020s [...]

Van Gisbergen, McCumbee Top iPROC

by David Phillips on December 13th, 2012

Van Gisbergen nipped Stanaway for an "all New Zealand" finish to the Watkins Glen round of iPROC II.

Shane Van Gisbergen and Chad McCumbee each won a pole position and a race, and they each finished third in the other race, but Van Gisbergen won the third tie-breaker and was crowned the winner of the second annual iRacing Pro Race of Champions. McCumbee (NASCAR CWTS) dominated the opening round of the Chevy Silverado event at Iowa Speedway, besting Kyle Larson (NASCAR K&N) for the pole, then leading the 25 lap online race from start to finish. “I knew qualifying was going to be important,” said McCumbee.  “I’d run a few races beforehand and knew how hard it is to get through traffic.  So I practiced doing qualifying runs and it worked out well.  I got a good start and was able to stay up front the whole way.” [...]

iRacing Pro Race of Champions II Tonight!

by Kevin Bobbitt on December 4th, 2012

Scott Speed and Brandon Davis pace the field to the start of last year's Pro Race of Champions.

International Cast of Pro Racers to Battle Online at Iowa and Watkins Glen A remarkably diverse collection of international racing talent is set to compete online in the second annual Pro Race of Champions on December 12. Drivers with resumes from NASCAR, IndyCar, GRAND-AM, ALMS, V8 Supercars, NHRA and even Formula One will square-off in a pair of online races broadcast live staring tonight at 8 pm Eastern (01:00 GMT Thursday) on Drivers expected to compete in the event include 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski along with Dale Earnhardt, Jr and Scott Speed, GRAND-AM champion Alex Gurney, ALMS champion Joey Hand, IZOD IndyCar Series favorites Tomas Scheckter and Indy 500 pole-winner Bruno Junqueira, ex-Formula One driver/Champ Car champion Cristiano da Matta, NHRA Funny Car star Ron [...]

Second iRacing Pro Race of Champions Set for December 12

by Kevin Bobbitt on October 9th, 2012

Brandon Davis and Scott Speed lead the field to the start of last year's Pro Race of Champions.

Real World Pros Meet in the Virtual World for a Rematch An impressive line-up of the world’s top professional race drivers will square-off in the second annual Pro Race of Champions on Wednesday, December 12.  Drivers who are expected to compete in the online racing event include NASCAR Sprint Cup stars Dale Earnhardt, Jr, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, GRAND-AM  champion Alex Gurney,  Indy 500 pole-winner Bruno Junqueira, ex-Formula One driver/Champ Car champion Cristiano da Matta, NHRA Funny Car star Ron Capps and GP3 competitor Conor Daly, along with NASCAR K&N Series driver Brandon Davis and V8 Supercar Series standout Shane van Gisbergen, who finished one-two in last year’s event. “I had a blast last year,” says Capps, “so when iRacing invited me this year, I signed-up right away.  [...]