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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.

A Three “Crown” Race

by Brooks Westfall on April 17th, 2014

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It all comes down to Homestead as Buchberger, Sansone, and Williams, all have a shot to take the championship.

The finale of Season One is upon us, and the iRacing Silver Crown Cup has one of the tightest point battles of any series heading into the final week. Vinnie Sansone and Paul Williams have come within 39 points of series leader Brandon Buchberger ahead of the finale, set for the virtual plains of Homestead-Miami this Thursday. After a dramatic and controversial race at New Hampshire last week, Buchberger has lost tremendous and valuable points. Last Thursday’s race was worthy of a conversation or two, as drivers encountered a variety of “challenges” throughout the sim race. The most notable was a bump in Turn One, causing racers to lose control of their ‘Crowns, spinning, and collecting others. Drivers such as  Brian Elmore, Brooks Westfall, and points leader Brandon Buchberger encountered [...]

Road Warriors Silverstone

by Andrew Pinkerton on April 16th, 2014

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Road Warriors Silverstone 1 Jens leads into t1 (2)

For Round Four of  iRacing.com’s Road Warrior Series we hop the pond and head to the quaint English village of Silverstone. The town’s 2,000 or so residents used to hear the thunder of mighty Rolls-Royce engines in the Vickers Wellington bombers. Now, nearly 70 years on, those roars have not ceased, but rather have been replaced by sound of virtual Corvettes, McLarens, and HPDs. Sit down and buckle up for the 60 minute Endurance Challenge from the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit. The Saturday 1:00 GMT race kicked-off the weekend with a total of 33 starters. The race would run 38 laps within the hour allotted. This was just barely the third highest SOF tops split coming in at 3136. The HPD field had 11 starters with some very familiar names, [...]

Sansone Gains Ground in Kentucky

by Brooks Westfall on April 11th, 2014

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Vinnie Sansone cruises to victory after the 1-lap shootout.

With the first Season of iRacing’s 2014 year quickly coming to a close, the iRacing.com Silver Crown Cup stormed into the virtual hills of Kentucky for a 100 mile contest. The Thursday night sim race featured thrills and spills, as the points battle for the overall championship tightens-up with just two weeks of sim racing left in Season 1. Three cautions were waved on Thursday, accounting for 12 of the 67 lap race, one of which involved two championship contenders.  Drivers such as Ian Seely, Ryan Steele, and Bristol winner Brandon Buchberger all finished outside the top ten, limiting their point count for the week. Many benefitted from their misfortune, however, race winner Vinnie Sansone and runner-up Paul Williams in particular, both of whom gained a lot of ground on [...]

Shelton’s Rockingham Upset; Kusheba’s Shrinking Lead

by Brian Tate on April 4th, 2014

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For the first time in four weeks, PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series points leader, Paul Kusheba is starting to look in his rear view mirror in the championship chase.  Meanwhile, Greenfield, Indiana’s Caleb Shelton is celebrating his first weekly win of the season. Week 9 put the PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series in the sand hills of North Carolina and a visit to the Rockingham Speedway, better known as “The Rock.”  The 1.017-mile oval is loved and hated among iRacing’s drivers.  Those who can find the right balance of speed and tire wear generally enjoy great results which, predictably, lead to a love affair with the bumpy and abrasive track.  For those that can’t, long and frustrating sim-races breed contempt for The Rock. While most eyes were on [...]

Majeski in Control at Langley

April 3rd, 2014

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Langley SLM

Week 9 saw the NASCAR iRacing.com Super Late Model Series venture to Hampton, VA to take-on Langley Speedway.  Langley is one of the flattest tracks in the area with just 6 degrees of a banking and measuring at just .395 miles in length.  Turning 90 laps here tested the sim-racers, especially on a night when weather conditions were more of a factor then car contact.  In the 2650 SoF feature race of the week Ty Majeski would share the front row with Richard Bruce. Lead changes would not be a factor in this race as Majeski took control from the drop of the green flag to the checkers, leaving his fellow sim-racers to decide who was gonna play second fiddle.  Early on it was a tight three car battle with [...]

Buchberger Thrashes to Victory at Bristol

by Brooks Westfall on April 2nd, 2014

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Action was found all over Bristol last Thursday

After an exciting, draft-filled week of sim-racing on the virtual plains of Kansas, the iRacing Silver Crown Cup traveled east to the last great (digital) colosseum: Bristol Motor Speedway. This half-mile re-creation of the historic speedway produced some classic sim-racing during Thursday night’s event. With drivers having such experience with this car/track combination, the yellow flag flew just twice during 100 laps at Thunder Valley. Thomas Wargula snatched the pole position from Paul Williams and  Brandon Buchberger. After leading for 19 laps, Wargula ran into trouble, going multiple laps down, ultimately finishing  16th, more than a dozen laps down. Following the trouble, Buchberger took the lead. But Vinnie Sansone was not about to go down without a fight. Throughout the night, Sansone was looking for every gap possible to make [...]

Ottinger Shows the Way at Auto Club Speedway

by Jason Lofing on March 26th, 2014

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Nick Ottinger (05) battled to his first win of the season at Auto Club Speedway.

Nick Ottinger held-off Danny Hansen during a flurry of late-race restarts at Auto Club Speedway Tuesday night, capturing his first victory of the 2014 season in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. The two battled for the lead for much of the race after starting fourth and second respectively, with Hansen appearing to have the better car before an incident with Josh Berry.  Despite the setback Hansen held on for second, the best finish of his career. Even though he led a race-high 72 laps, Ottinger may have left some speed on the table. “Awesome to get our first win of 2014!” he said. “We saved fuel for a portion of each run and could still run competitive.” Two-time NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series champion Ray Alfalla finished third [...]

Fritsche Overtakes in Last Laps to Win at Silverstone

by Marc Dorval on March 26th, 2014

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Fritsche overtakes Moreira as they speed apst Randy Hachez

The Classic Lotus Grand Prix iRacing Series held its eighth race week of the season at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, UK, this past Sunday. Chilly temperatures of 66F (18C) and a 10MPH (16kph) westerly wind required windbreakers for the fans, and setup and gearing adjustments for the drivers! Five warm-up races were held in the week leading up to the big Sunday race. ATS’ Daryl van der Geer, Matt Pawelski of RAM Viceroy, Nuno Moreira of Albilad Williams (x2), and Essex Lotus’ Gernot Fritsche won those races. Moreira earned pole position this week with a time of 1:27.833, just edging out Fritsche’s 1:27.878. Ligier Gitanes’ Ben Chadwick was third at 1:28.438. The race’s slowest qualifier had a time of 1:32.782. The race gridded 35 cars this Sunday’s race, and [...]

Brink Closes on Radical Lead

by Katier Scott on March 24th, 2014

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Week 7 saw the Radicals tackle Oulton Park's many challenges.

A good week for Lambert Brink, and a poor one for championship leader Tom Lanpheer enabled the Division 2 driver to close to just over 100 points of the top of the 2014 Season 1 standings in the iRacing.com Radical Challenge. In all 155 sim-racers took part in the seventh round of what is promising to be an enthralling and popular season. The Radical SR8 has been “radically” enhanced by the latest version of the NTM which, coupled with some general setup and physics tweaks, have resulted in a car that is better than ever.  This has resulted in regular races and consistent participation, in this case 25 races went ahead, if anything slightly above average for the season, impressive as many series start to see a decline once they [...]

Stergios Survives Late Restart for Stafford Win

by Stan Bragg Jr. on March 24th, 2014

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Stafford Motor Speedway played host to week 8 of the iRacing.com Super Late Model Series. At a half mile in length and hosting various forms of racing, Stafford has survived the test of time, starting with horse racing and moving on to automobiles on dirt then later being paved to its current configuration.  The racing here is as action-packed as any other track in the series as, with varying corner lengths, different approaches are made in car set-up and driving style.  This week’s feature event saw a field of 12 sim-racers take the grid with a SoF of 3246. Ty Spearman and Joe Quinn would led the field to the green flag, with Spearman going on to lead the first 25 of the 70 laps.  On Lap 25 Spearman, however, [...]

Home Cooking

by Wil Vincent on March 19th, 2014

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Despite this spectacular pass for the lead, Bonito was destined to finish second.

Hugo Luis Scores an Impressive Home Win at Interlagos After the thrills and spills of the first round of the iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series which saw the lead battle go down to the wire at Spa, fans and drivers were both expecting more intensity in Round 2, which saw drivers head to the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, better known as Interlagos, in the heart of Sao Paulo. Once again, the series delivered, with Hugo Luis taking his first victory of the season at his home track, in an online race which saw excitement and drama from start to finish. Qualifying saw a 3id Motorsports lockout, with Luis claiming pole position and team mate Martin Krönke starting the race alongside him in the first row. Mogar Filho qualified in [...]

Mann Up at Richmond

by Jake Cameron on March 19th, 2014

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Mann had Walker in his mirrors from start to finish.

Week Seven saw the iRacing.com Street Stocks Series sim-racers take to the short but tricky Richmond International Raceway.  The grid this week saw Scott Mann in pole position ahead of Jammey Walker, Robert Dykstra and Darrin Isenberg, with the rest of the 10 car field sorted by their iRatings. The green flag flew and the field was off to the races.  Going three wide into Turn One, Isenberg got turned around in front of the pack to bring out the first caution of the race.  The restart everyone got off to a great start with Caleb Geist gaining two spots being followed by Kenneth Lane. Further back in the field came the off-the-pace cars of Randy Bledsoe and the damaged Chevy of Isenberg, who doesn’t look like he’ll be able [...]

Demeritt Wins Richmond Thriller

by Seth Eggert on March 19th, 2014

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The starting stand gets a close-up view of the Crossno/Kingsbury crash.

Week Seven of the 2014 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Richmond International Raceway. Only 41 sim-racers participated in online races throughout the week, marking a low in participation for the season. Restarts and tire wear would be the key stories throughout the week. Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) started Sunday’s 2729 Strength of Field race on pole with Erick Davis (Canada) on his outside. Miguel Angel Martinez (Iberia) qualified third, with Connor Cross fourth, and Randy Crossno (California) rounding-out the top five starting positions. Demeritt got off to a good start, avoiding any wheel spin and opening up a several car length lead. Davis, however, did experience wheel spin and nearly made contact with Cross. Turn One proved to be tricky as several drivers including Crossno, [...]

Brasil Lemans: With Two to Go, Renato Silva Dominates SuperGT

by Thiago Izequiel on March 18th, 2014

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Leandro spins off after Andrew’s contact, at race start. The worst was avoided.

The 4th race of SuperGT, the multi-maker championship of Brazilian league “Brasil Lemans Series,” saw Renato Silva once again do the winning. With a hat trick at Daytona, Renato and his Ruf RT 12R number 10 are keeping the lead on the point standings, with a difference of 21 points to the 2nd place of Anderson Mota, who has been doing a great campaign, keeping himself on the top 5 of every race so far, including 2 podium finishes. Andrew Lauret, on the 3rd place, is having a bad time while he chases for the title. After two great performances at Montreal and Brands Hatch, where he became the only winner besides Renato, Andrew has battled some difficult situations: a DNF at Zolder and Daytona, results far from being satisfactory [...]

Road Warriors 120 Minutes of Sebring

by Andrew Pinkerton on March 17th, 2014

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More than ? sim-racers took part in the 120 Minutes of Sebring.  Here Andrew Pinkerton harries Ryan Terpstra at the Hairpin.

For 51 weeks of the year, the town of Sebring, Florida is a quiet hamlet of 10,491 people.  But that 52nd week, the second in March, the town is overrun by the wild, the restless and the crazies. You may ask who are these wild, restless and crazy beings. Well, the ruthless are the crews, the engineers, mechanics, and managers that spend hours to attempt to steal victory away from their competition. The wild are the fans that came to watch racing and party for a week on scissor lifts, buses, tents, and whatever other contraptions they can fit in a trailer. Then you have the drivers or as I like to call them the crazies. It takes a twisted mind to willingly show up to a track that constantly [...]

Thompson Victorious at Martinsville

by Stan Bragg Jr. on March 17th, 2014

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Thompson best Pierce in a fierce SLM battle at Marty.

Week 7 of the NASCAR iRacing.com Super Late Model Series traveled east to Ridgeway, Virginia to pack the stands at Martinsville Speedway.  At just .526 of a mile, action here happens fast . . . and in an abundance as the track is just 55 feet wide; so when accidents happen there’s usually more than one car involved.  In the 3296 SoF feature race of the week 14 cars gridded for the race with pole-winner Cody Thompson leading the field to the green with Casey Pierce starting on his outside. The first five laps saw three lead changes amongst two drivers with Thompson setting the pace before Pierce took command as Thompson drifted back to P5.  Pierce would be in control the majority of the race leading 46 of the [...]

Moreira wins in Cold Montreal!

by Marc Dorval on March 17th, 2014

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Starting Grid

Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve hosted the 7th week of the Classic Lotus Grand Prix iRacing Series this past Sunday. Chilly temperatures of 65F (18C) and a light northerly wind greeted fans and drivers, causing setups to feature softer tires and more stable arrangements than usual. The week leading up to the main Sunday event featured five warm-up races. Nuno Moreira of Albilad Williams (x2), Renault Elf’s Pim Lagaay, RAM Occidental’s Giosue Leocata, and Essex Lotus’ Gernot Fritsche won those races. Qualifying for Sunday’s race saw Fritsche get pole position with a time of 1:26.734, closely followed by Moreira with 1:26.879 and Lagaay with 1:27.138. The slowest qualifier came in at 1:37.610. 34 sim-racers and their pit crews joined the fun for this Sunday’s race. 28 of those drivers are members [...]

Lotus 79 Races at Lime Rock!

by Marc Dorval on March 14th, 2014

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Moreira's car jumps after turn 5

Week 6 of the iRacing.com Classic Lotus Grand Prix Series marked the very first time that the Lotus 79 raced at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, USA this Sunday! It was a warm and partly cloudy day at this short (1.53-mile / 2.5km) track. Everyone was quite curious about how it would all turn out. A few drivers elected to skip this week’s venue because of worries about having too many cars on the track. At an average of 44 seconds per lap, with a four-wheels-in-the-air jump right after turn 5 (The Uphill), the expectations were high that there would be a lot of bent sheet metal. Five warm-up races were held leading up to the main Sunday event. These were won by Charles W Clowes Racing‘s Daryl van der [...]

Mazda Motorsports & iRacing Team-Up

by David Phillips on March 13th, 2014

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New Entry Point for the Mazda SportsCar Racing Academy Mazda announced the latest addition to its driver development program with a partnership with iRacing.  Mazda Motorsports has more than 9,000 club racers in the U.S., most of who race MX-5 Miatas, while many of  the more than 50,000 iRacers around the world have raced the virtual Mazda MX-5 Cup car.  This newly formed partnership enables iRacing’s top North American sim-racers a chance to race an actual Mazda MX-5 Cup car the following year. iRacers competing in Seasons 2 and 3 of the 2014 iRacing MX-5 Cup will be eligible to compete in the annual Mazda Club Racing Shootout.  The shootout winner earns a Mazda Motorsports scholarship for the following year’s Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires.  Complete details are [...]

Stergios Stretches Fuel to Win Vegas

by Jason Lofing on March 12th, 2014

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Once again, Stergios played his cards exactly right in Vegas.

Jake Stergios has something figured out at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, something that is leaving the rest of the field collectively scratching their heads. For the second time in three years Stergios played the fuel mileage game just right at Vegas and scored his second career victory in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. “(I) still can’t believe it,” said Stergios. “Even if it was on fuel strategy again it is amazing to pick up another win in this series.” Stergios’ victory is proof positive that the first driver across the finish line is not necessarily the fastest; rather it’s the one who puts together the most complete race. Although he only led 14 of 167 laps, Stergios made the winning move with 116 laps remaining when he [...]