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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
  • Matt A Kingsbury

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to Corey's aunt!

  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

    I've been sim racing since 2011 when I joined iRacing. I've jumped to many different sims, including rFactor, Richard Burns Rally, and the famous NASCAR Racing 2003. I picked up a copy of NR2003 with my birthday money when I was only 9, but was limited to a keyboard and a controller. After reciving a G25 for Christmas in '11, I've loved sim racing and the community iRacing has. I hope to end up writing for a car magazine or website in the near future, and intend on attending university to accomplish that.
    Aside from my career in sim racing and the real world, I hope to have my own small, yet functional race team soon with the purchace of a go kart. Since I'm currently residing in Maryland, I don't have a wide range of racing to choose from. My only options on a small budget are drag racing or kart racing. After the completion of my senior year in high school next year, I hope that inRacing News and other affiliates will help my dreams of writing for Road & Track become a reality!

  • Jeff Jacobs

    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.

  • Jordan Hightower

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

    Marc Dorval has been a dedicated but talentless iRacer since 2009. Currently hanging out near the back of the Lotus 79 pack, he nonetheless contributes to the community through posts, statistics, and a weekly recap on the main events of the Lotus 79 series.
    Outside of iRacing, Marc is married with two grown-up children, loves Jaguar cars, and runs an IT consulting practice.

  • Matt Holden

    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.

  • Ray Kingsbury

    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 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 and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • Thiago Izequiel

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • Tom O'Leary

    Tom is an 18-year old student from London, UK. Tom started sim-racing quite recently, although his passion for motorsport started at an early age, watching BTCC since the late 90s. Tom has since then expanded his interests in motorsport, watching Le Mans 24hr (and endurance racing as a whole) as well as the DTM, F1, and since starting to write about the NASCAR iRacing Series - NASCAR!

    Tom appeared on the sim-racing scene by trying out rFactor, rFactor 2 and then iRacing - where he spends most of his time racing in the Star Mazda Series where he has claimed third and then second overall in the two full seasons he has competed. On the oval side, Tom has completed a few races in the NASCAR Class C (Fixed) although he most enjoys the road side. Tom is an active member of Friction Racing, a team which focuses on the Star Mazda and the Williams-Toyota FW31, with the aim of reaching the Pro Series - and the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.

    In his personal life, Tom spend time with his girlfriend (they have been together for two years) and likes a variety of games and has started to livestream his races/gameplay on Twitch, to give an insight to his approach to racing and gaming.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing 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.

16th Street Pounds Through Sebring

by Matt Pawelski on October 18th, 2014

Porzuc (1st black car) passes Matthiensen (green). Behind them are Espitee and Auwg, respectively. Behind Auwg, Peterson looks to lap them.

So. After  a thriller in Homestead, the 16th Street Racing League entered Sebring on a high. The league would come to its first road course of the year, and it was sure to shake things up. Not a single sim racer could predict what could happen in this race. Sebring has been used almost as a testing ground for the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans for many years. Why? Because it is a bumpy, fast, flat and grueling track known for breaking man and machine. It is generally thought that if you can survive Sebring in one piece, you can survive Le Mans. In the 16th Street League, the principle of running to the limit was the same. Who was the toughest of the competitors? Who could handle the [...]

USA Race Settled by a Bumper

by Stan Bragg Jr. on October 15th, 2014


The NASCAR Late Model Series season is drawing to a close as competitors headed to USA International Speedway. At three quarters of a mile and 14 degrees of banking and with lap times in the 23 second bracket, USA offered sim-racers plenty of time to make moves in the 50 lap race. The only snag came with the weather, which created a slick track surface meaning the sim racing would come down to who could best survive coming out of the corners without losing the rear end. In this weeks’ feature race Todd Sipe garnered the P1 starting spot with Eric J. Smith starting just to his outside.  Wasting no time, as the green flag dropped Sipe got a great start and began pulling away. As the field sorted [...]

Gritty Sipe Holds on for Bristol Win

by Stan Bragg Jr. on September 30th, 2014

Late Model Bristol

Week 9 saw the NASCAR Late Models series travel to the Volunteer State, to the high banked half mile oval known as Thunder Valley or, officially, Bristol Motor Speedway. No matter what you call it, it’s the only short track on the Late Model schedule that requires little or no braking every lap (at least under normal circumstances) as sim-racers just do a quick crack of the throttle then get right back on the gas. With lap times in the 15 second bracket and the speeds being carried around Bristol sim-racers would be on the edge for the entire 70 laps. Todd Sipe would rolled off P1 in this week’s featured race with Michael Torres to his outside and, when the green flag dropped, Sipe was able to clear [...]

Gress Holds on to Win at Irwindale

by Stan Bragg Jr. on September 16th, 2014


The Late Model Series headed west — way west — as they ventured to California’s Irwindale Speedway. This half mile progressive banked speedway proved to be a challenge as the surface was slick, but that did not deter the sim-racers as they raced hard for the 50 laps, some drivers completely sideways coming out of the corners. Some competitors opted for dirt track “slide jobs” to pull off passes while others drove it in deep on the high side and used momentum to get around. In this week’s feature race ten sim-racers would be bidding for the win, with James Babb starting on the pole with James Spivey to his outside. At the green flag Babb caught Spivey napping, allowing the inside row a distinct advantage going into Turn [...]

Myers Grabs Late Model Win at Lucas Oil Raceway

by Stan Bragg Jr. on September 9th, 2014

Late Model IRP

As the NASCAR Late Model Series reached the half way point in 2014 Season 3, Lucas Oil Raceway (formerly Indianapolis Raceway Park) would be the venue the sim-racers would try to master. The momentum style sim racing required to be fast here would put a few in the hole on speed while others where able to pick up on it and find the pace required to reach victory lane. At just .686 miles in length and with 12 degrees of banking, LOR’s high line would be the fast way around, making clean passes extremely difficult. In this week’s feature race of the week 14 cars would be bidding for the race win. Tim Bills grabbed the pole position while Dario Ricov lined-up to his outside.   When the race [...]

Road Warriors Go Dutch

by Andrew Pinkerton on September 5th, 2014

The Road Warriors put on quite a show at Zandvoort.  Here Joao Dario does a slide job on Rooij.

The latest round of the iRacing Road Warrior Series took place along the shores of the North Sea at Circuit Park Zandvoort .  All told, 61 Road Warriors did battle for 25 laps around the Grand Prix circuit in the twin rotor Star Mazda formula car. Zandvoort has a rich F1 history as home of the Grote Prijs van Nederland through 1985. This tricky seaside circuit combines high speed undulating corners with tight technical hairpins. The competition was intense, as it always is when some of the world’s best sim racers go head-to-head — or wheel-to-wheel The Saturday 1:00 GMT race kicked off the weekend. Julian Rodriguez Moreno narrowly won after leading all 25 laps. Aday Coba Lopez crossed the line in second a mere nine tenths of a second [...]

Four Winners in Four Races for Skippy 2K Cup

by Justin Sutton on September 3rd, 2014

Not even pole-sitter Leybaert was immune to Turn Four.

With three solid races already under their belt the sim-racers of the Skip Barber 2K Cup congregated at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for a 34 lap race of the road course with South Oval.  Philippe Leybaert announced his return in the best fashion after grabbing pole position with a 1:09.348 with Kevin Vaughn best of the rest.  Bart de Laat took third with Vinicius Rocha and Ricardo Ferreira once again starting from the top five.  When the lights went green Vaughn dove to the left to prevent any attacks from behind at the inside of Turn One, but de Laat snuck inside anyway.  When contact between de Laat’s front right and Vaughn’s rear left occurred exiting Turn Two,Vaughn was sent into a spin directly in front of de Laat and [...]

Road Warriors – Zolder

by Andrew Pinkerton on August 27th, 2014

Kodey carried the McLaren standard to a couple of top fives.

iRacing’s Road Warriors were back in action this weekend in Belgium. The battles this weekend were staged at the two and a half mile Circuit Zolder, with drivers having a choice between the McLaren MP4 GT3, RUF Track or the BMW Z4 GT3 for the 2.4 hour sim races. By the end of the weekend 166 drivers scored points around this 10 turn circuit. The sim racing was action-packed as Zolder is a tricky circuit with an abundance of chicanes and curbs ready to send sim racers and their cars flying. The Saturday 1:00 GMT kicked-off the weekend as usual. Another usual is Aday Coba Lopez winning. Lopez won by almost 35 seconds after leading all 95 laps in his RUF. Yuta Saito brought his BMW home in second after [...]

Sensational Suzuka for GPL

by Justin Sutton on August 25th, 2014

A wild Snorlax appears!

Over a dozen and a half Grand Prix Legends sim-racers attended the big Sunday race at Suzuka in the land of the rising sun for 13 laps of this classic Japanese F1 circuit.  Last season’s champion Mick Claridge sat on pole with a 2:01.172, over a second faster than Victor Perelman could manage in second place.  Bruce Snelson shared Row Two with Uwe Jacobsen with Duncan Coppedge rounding out the top five.  When the red lights turned green Coppedge immediately lost a position to J. Matt Steele but some late braking at Turn One earned him his position straight back.  Kevin Kosiorek had a great start as he overtook Scott Spahr for P11, but a wheel in the grass sent him spinning at the Turn 11 hairpin. Kosiorek wasn’t the [...]

Pedersen Strikes in the Land of the Rising Sun

by Brooks Westfall on August 15th, 2014

Brake. Turn. Clutch. Turn Again. Throttle.

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

The Road to the Shootout Begins at the Summit (Point).

by Brooks Westfall on August 8th, 2014

A hair dresser's car? Nah, this is a racecar!

The 2014 Season 3 on iRacing is a great time to race the Mazda Cup. Not only will you have classic SCCA-Style racing on all-free content, but the overall champion will receive an invitation to the Mazda Shootout. In Season 2, Evan Maillard (France) raced his way to the top, as he was crowned champion of the fixed-setup showdown. This season, however, the tides will be turning, and the apexes will be eaten, as some of the greatest sim racers in the world will thrash their way through 12 grueling weeks of intense sim racing from the hills of Lime Rock to the mountains of Okayama. The season’s opener featured a 15-lap virtual runoff at West Virginia’s Summit Point Raceway. During the week of hourly sprint races, Richard Eklund (New York) [...]

The Kitchen Sink: DW12 at Michigan Quick Tips

by Ray Kingsbury on July 28th, 2014


  Previous: 1 | 2 The first week of the inaugural sim racing season for the Dallara DW12 IndyCar is upon us. The much-anticipated, long-awaited car is now an iRacing favorite. Though the first official DW12 races are a week in the past, there is still oh so much to look forward to. On the old IndyCar, Michigan was one of my favorite tracks to visit; in the open series there was a lot of strategy that came into play. With the new car, however, it is less about strategy, less about setup and nearly 100% about the driver’s ability. With so much aero- push, having a car that can drive in the pack will be crucial; drivers who stay with the main group, nail their pit stops and trim-out after pits [...]

Lotus 49s Take To Phillip Island

by Justin Sutton on July 19th, 2014

Uelk does at Turn Two what Cox could not at Turn One.

For Week 11 the Grand Prix Legends series packed up their Lotus 49s and headed to Australia for 16 laps of the visually stunning — and technically challenging — Phillip Island for a Sunday race of 16 sim-racers from across the globe.  Only four of the cars on the grid actually qualified before the race, and Uwe Jacobsen took pole position with a 1:33.003 with Greg Longfield only three tenths behind.  The second set of qualifiers were Joe Peak with a 1:34.493 and Duncan Coppedge with a 1:34.678, while Mark Hewitt started from fifth as the highest of the non-qualifiers. As the lights went green it was immediately obvious that the best launch of the day came from Kevin Cox in sixth position as he shot in between Hewitt and [...]

Riding Shotgun with Justin Boston

by Aaron Grosskopf on July 18th, 2014

Boston rebounded for an early incident to claim a top three finish at Winchester.

Coming off a solid top-five run last race at Elko Speedway, second year ARCA Racing Series driver Justin Boston was looking to keep the momentum going at famed Winchester Speedway. Boston and his Venturini Motorsports crew started the weekend a little off as they ended-up 10th fastest in the opening practice.  Although Boston gained a little more speed in the second session, his other competitors picked-up even more speed and he finished-up P11.  In qualifying, however, Boston made some good gains and grabbed sixth position for the race even as fellow iRacers Brandon Jones and Mason Mitchell qualified second and third, respectively. When the green flag flew for the start of the 200 lap event, Boston was looking to crack the top five right off the bat. But his luck [...]

Lichtenberg Wins in Pocono

by Seth Eggert on July 17th, 2014

Racing Simulation

Week Ten of the 2014 Season 2 IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Only 25 sim racers took part in trying to master The Tricky Triangle. The story of the week would be troublesome Turns 1 and 2, along with handling. Erick Davis (Canada) started on pole, with Brendan Lichtenberg (Midwest) on his outside. Dave Jinks (West) started third, with Pablo Donoso (Hispanoamérica) fourth and Kyle Orso (Illinois) rounding out the top five starting positions. Davis had a good start as he gapped Lichtenberg by several car lengths entering Turn 1. Further back in the pack, Henry Clarke (California) went wide in Turn 3 and bounced off the SAFER barrier, damaging his suspension. Instead of holding his car against the wall, Clarke [...]

Dudognon Wins at Suzuka as Moreira Gains Series Lead

by Marc Dorval, Photos by Thiago Izequiel on July 2nd, 2014

Leocata, Hill, head into the Chicane

Japan’s Suzuka Circuit was the scene for Week Nine of the Classic Lotus Grand Prix 2014 Series. This fast track usually sees some amazing driving, while remaining a relatively safe course for most. The wind and temperature combined to slow most of the drivers in qualifying, compared to last season. Nonetheless, we saw some great qualifying times from Sachs Racing’s Michel Dudognon (1:50.179) and Ligier’s Nuno Moreira (1:50.192). Four warm-up races were run prior to the main Sunday race. Moreira won three of them, with Dudognon taking the other one. Some attempts were made to sabotage Moreira’s cab on the way to the track, but he still managed to make it on time and win all those races. Elf Team Tyrrell’s Andrea Ventura, leading the series’ Championship Standings, was unable [...]

Anreus Scorches into Big Radicals Lead

by Katier Scott on June 23rd, 2014

As ever, Watkins Glen proved popular with the Radical-set.  Mid-Ohio?  Not so much.

Anreus scorched into a 200 point lead in the Radical Racing Challenge after erstwhile leader, Tom Lanpheer, missed the last two weeks in the championship. Anreus  had two strong weeks of sim racing as the field first visited the classic Watkins Glen and then moved onto the slippery challenge that is Mid- Ohio. Watkins Glen, as usual, proved to be very popular with 146 drivers joining up for 26 races during the week. Todd Laribee led that week’s win count with four wins from 10 starts but it was Samuli Kumo and Richard Avery who led the win rate stakes, both managing two wins from two starts and netting strong points scores. Indeed they led the way with Avery’s 174 being the week’s best ahead of Kumo on 169 [...]

Making it Real

by Scott Heckert on June 18th, 2014


With more than 150 wins to his credits on the ovals and road courses of, it’s fair to say Scott Heckert is a serious sim-racer.  It’s also fair to say he’s a very serious professional racer.  A former karter and Skip Barber Racing School graduate, the Ridgefield CT native won Rookie of the Year honors racing Super Late Models in the 2012 Bright House Challenge Series.  This season finds Scott driving for Turner Scott Motorsports in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East where he has a pair of top ten finishes (including a third place at Iowa Speedway) and three straight top five starts to his credit. iRacing has become an integral part of Scott’s pre-race preparations, and we’re delighted to announce he will be sharing his thoughts about [...]

Anreus Storms into Radicals Lead as Avery Stars

by Katier Scott on June 11th, 2014


Mattias Anreus stormed into the lead of the Radical Racing Challenge with a dominant performance at Barber Motorsports Park. The Scandinavian was the only driver to score more than 200 points during the week but he was hounded all the way by UK&I driver Richard Avery. The Pro-licensed sim racer netted 194 points and surged a dozen places into the top 10 after his superb driver and has the pace — and time — to challenge for the 2014 Season 2 championship. Barber has a reputation for being one of the less popular tracks for the Radicals and four of the top 10 drivers decided to skip this week’s sim racing action, which resulted in them all dropping into the top 15; indeed only 65 drivers attended the circuit [...]

Kerekes Tips the Barber

by Harrison Widelitz on June 6th, 2014

Roberto Badinelli (Italy) hits the apex in Turn Two.

After last week’s racing at Oran Park Raceway, the RUF Cup found its way to Barber Motorsports Park, which lies in the middle of a heavily forested area on the outskirts of Birmingham, Alabama. While Oran Park has recently closed in the interest of a developing suburbia, Barber finds itself on the opposite side of the spectrum as a facility that has only been open for about a decade, making it one of the newer tracks on the schedule. 311 sim-racers competed on a short course layout at Barber, which at 2.33 kilometers (1.45 miles), is about 1.5 kilometers shorter than the full course configuration. Every racetrack has its own personality, and Barber is no different, but maybe most unusual about the facility is its inclusion of sculptures that surround [...]