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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.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    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
    Contributin 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 iRacing.com 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
    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."

  • 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
    Contributor

    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 iRacing.com 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.

  • 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.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

    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
    author

    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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Hamstead Wins Season 2 V8SC Championship

by Paul Slavonik on July 22nd, 2014

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The battles were many and oftentimes costly. Still, the warriors eagerly arrived every week wanting more and ready to put it all on the line. Throughout these various tests of skill and stamina, some found triumph while others found only ruin and disappointment. However, after an exciting 12 Weeks of door-to-door sim-racing action from the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series, we’re pleased to announce the one driver who stood above the rest. Ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause to the 2014 Season 2 iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series Champion, Team TTL driver, Richard Hamstead! In the final weeks of the season, it was a very close battle for the championship lead between Hamstead and ANZ Motorsports driver, Jarrad Filsell. Although Hamstead had the upper hand because of his race wins, Filsell [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Open Garage: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

by Don Scott on July 22nd, 2014

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The Brickyard poses special set-up challenges for NASCAR iRacing Series competitors.

This just in: Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a 2.5 mile oval. Long straights and four sharp turns provide the qualities of the high speed speedways with the challenge of setting-up the car for braking and corner rotation which will be key here as corner exit is going to play heavily on the cars’ acceleration going into the straights. Beginning with the stock setup you will find the rear of the car is tight on entry and loose beyond control from middle off. Most of this can be attributed to the weight distribution. In this case they have set the weight all the way back. What this does to the car is pull the center of gravity back like a ball on a pendulum. When the weight is shifted in the [...]

Get to Know: Dylan Murcott Part I

by David Ifeguni on July 22nd, 2014

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An iRacing member since September, 2011, iRacer Dylan Murcott is the definition of a dedicated racer. Whether it is sim racing on ovals, sim racing on road courses, stock cars, open wheel cars or racing in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, Murcott is a racer anytime and anywhere. On iRacing, his statistics are impressive. In a Dylan and Dylan one-two finish with Dylan M. Schmidt, Murcott scored his first career road course victory at Lime Rock Park in the Mazda MX-5 Cup Series. Since then he has visited victory lane 70 more times and has 270 top five finishes in 382 total starts. Nearly a second ahead of runner up Steven Gaines, Murcott scored his first iRacing oval victory at USA International Speedway in the Street Stock Series. In [...]

Price Grabs Third Win at NHMS; Keeps Heat on Ringler

by Brian Tate on July 22nd, 2014

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Price Grabs Third Win at NHMS; Keeps Heat on Ringler

The NASCAR iRacing Class B Open Series took to the flat one mile oval in Loudon, New Hampshire for the next-to-last race on the 2014 Season 2 schedule with Lowline Racing’s Trent Ringler clinging to a precarious points lead in the championship fight.  Gone were the super-speedway heroes from the week before at Daytona, leaving the series regulars to fight amongst themselves for those valuable championship points. Ringler entered the week 45 points ahead of BRB Motorsports, Anthony Price while RPM Race Team’s Johnny Reed Foley was still stalking Ringler in third 78 points back.  With only 14 events at New Hampshire going official for the week, it would be very important to make the most of all the races entered by the three as well as others fighting it [...]

Lotus 49s Take To Phillip Island

by Justin Sutton on July 19th, 2014

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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 [...]

iRacing World Championship GP Series Round 10 Saturday!

by David Phillips on July 18th, 2014

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Round Ten of the 2014 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series at Twin Ring Motegi will be broadcast Saturday on iRacing.com/live. The 64 lap online race airs beginning at 10 AM EDT (14:00 GMT). Rebounding from a spotty start to the season, Team Redline’s Greger Huttu is in the midst of a five race win streak and, with a championship lead just one point shy of the century mark, is threatening to lap the field. Forarcer 3ID Motorsport’s Hugo Luis (269) holds a 15 point advantage over teammate Martin Kronke, with Glacier Racing’s Olli Pahkala (239), Aleksi-Uusi Jaakkola (233) and ineX Racing’s Jake Stergios (228) in his wake heading to the Land of the Rising Sun. Be sure to catch all the sim racing action on Saturday at 10:00 am [...]

iRacing Q&A: Dan Garrison

by David Phillips on July 18th, 2014

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The next time an email or PM arrives from iRacingNews asking you to answer some questions for a story . . . you might want to keep Dan Garrison in mind.   Away back in August of 2012, Dan took time to supply some “A’s” to our “Q’s” for an iRacer Profile.  Fast forward to June, 2014 and iRacing.com was happy to welcome our newest employee, also known as senior programmer Dan Garrison. This is not to suggest Dan got his job at iRacing strictly because of his iRacer Profile. There were, after all, the little matters of a BS in computer science followed by a lengthy stint with a company called IBM.  But the iRacer Profile didn’t hurt his chances of making a cross-country move from Arizona to Bedford, MA [...]

Week 13 SRF Grand Prix Heads to Japan for 4th Edition

by Luca Varani on July 18th, 2014

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Great racing and close finishes are a tradition of the Week 13 SRF Grands Prix.

Registrations are open for the traditional end of season big field race, running at Suzuka on Sunday July 27. Participation is free and everyone is welcome, provided that s/he can drive cleanly and respectfully. Just register on the iRacing forum at: http://members.iracing.com/jforum/posts/list/3263784.page 60 drivers started the previous races at Road America and Watkins Glen, with 45 minutes of non-stop sim racing with multi-car battles all over the fields. The margin for victory at  Road America was 0.000 seconds. Watkins Glen saw nine cars separated by less than two seconds for the whole race. We are all eager to see what Suzuka will bring us. Kevin Vaughn, Niccolo’ Cedrati and Jordan Dixon won the previous editions. Could you be the next one? The race will be broadcast live once again by [...]

McCormick & Gilliland Find Success at Daytona/NHMS

by Tom O'Leary on July 18th, 2014

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Week 18 saw a return to Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR iRacing Series with drivers coming into the week with more experience than they previously had at our last visit to Daytona back in Week 1: better understanding of the car, as well as how to set up the Gen-6 for bump-drafting around its 31-degree banked corners. Logan Sheets set the fastest qualifying time of the week (44.874s) – although having the pole doesn’t have the effect that it does at the other style of tracks the NASCAR iRacing Series uses. In the Open Series, Kyle McCormick took advantage of a 6090 SoF race to score the most points of the three races that took place at Daytona. The win, coupled with a +102 iRating gain, surely made for [...]

Moreira Wins at Watkins!

by Marc Dorval, photos by Thiago Izequiel on July 17th, 2014

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Kiikka and Thissen, closely followed by Leocata and Rawson

Week 11 of the Classic Lotus Grand Prix 2014 Series ran at venerable Watkins Glen International this weekend. For those of you that are interested in what the track looked like in 1973, please review this YouTube slide show. Six warm-up races were held leading up to the main Sunday online race. Antti Lepistö (Brabham), John G. Hill (Elf Team Tyrrell), David Wormald (Theodore Racing), and Nuno Moreira (Ligier Gitanes) (three races) claimed wins in those heats. Qualifying laps saw Gernot Fritsche (Lotus) claim pole position with a time of 1:33:273, closely followed by Moreira with a time of 1:33.395. The Race 29 CTC drivers were on hand this Sunday, and an additional 10 sim racers made this an exciting 39-car grid! There has been a lot of discussion among [...]

Lichtenberg Wins in Pocono

by Seth Eggert on July 17th, 2014

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Week Ten of the 2014 Season 2 iRacing.com 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 [...]

How Many Skippies is Too Many for Summit Point?

by Justin Sutton on July 16th, 2014

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Another casualty in the top ten.

Week Ten of the UK&I Skip Barber League returned to Summit Point for a 19 lap race at what was the inaugural race of the first 2014 season, and over three dozen F2000s lined up on the grid to challenge for top honors. Heading into the race Wojciech Rabsztyn and Marcus Hamilton were sitting on 187 and 186 points respectively, and Wojciech Swirdowicz was still within striking distance with 154 points.  Sitting on pole position was Brands Hatch race winner, Richard Avery, with a qualifying time of 1:21.326, over a tenth of a second ahead of Swirydowicz.  Marc Mercer experienced a return to form as he qualified third ahead of race winners Paul F. Grillo, Tom Ward, and Rabsztyn.  Meanwhile, the championship order figured to be spiced-up with Hamilton starting [...]

Moreno Mounts Stellar GT3 Comeback

by Paul Slavonik on July 16th, 2014

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Julian Rodriguez Moreno: The name alone brings memories into many people’s minds. Winner of the first GT3 season (2014 Season 1), Moreno was a bit of a no-show during the first few weeks of Season 2. A late entry, Moreno re-emerged as a force to be reckoned with and, if his latest victory is any indication, may in fact be leading an almighty comeback. Staking his claim as the Week 11 victor of the 2014 Season 2 iRacing.com GT3 Challenge, Moreno scored 250 championship points while racing the new BMW Z4 at Okayama International Circuit. If you remember in recent weeks, Moreno had barely cracked the top-100 but still he pressed on. Now, as he currently sits eighth in the championship, some might discount him as not having a chance [...]

Warren Nips Bussa in Wild Finish

by Jason Lofing on July 16th, 2014

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A victorious Warrien crosses the line in a cloud of smoke with Bussa inches behind.

Alex Warren took home his first career NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing.com victory in a chaotic race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The finish, which will go down as one of the closest and most exciting in series history, saved the race from a complete mess after several championship contenders finding trouble. Warren crossed the line sideways in a cloud of smoke after Matt Bussa’s last-ditch effort to steal the win in the final turn came up just short. With 11 laps to go, Warren looked to have the race in the bag barring a caution, but Bussa steadily cut into his lead until he was right on the lead car’s bumper when the two took the white flag. Bussa tried the low side into Turn One, not [...]

Grand Prix Legends Battle at Spa

by Justin Sutton on July 15th, 2014

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Piccolo and McQueen at Malmady.

The Circuit Spa-Francorchamps is another track on the iRacing.com Grand Prix Legends calendar that was actually hosted a race during the 1967 Formula One season, although the layout was much different back then.  La Source and Eau Rouge were similar, as were Blanchimont and the Kemmel straight.  The major differences came once you hit the modern day track’s Les Combes where, instead of turning right, drivers of old turned left and traversed what amounts to a high-speed Belgian back road.  Today’s modern version of this classic circuit has become has legendary as the original, and provided some of the best racing across multiple series the world has ever seen. Over a dozen GPL sim-racers lined-up on the grid after La Source with Michel Dudognon sitting on pole position with a [...]

Championship Hopes Rise for Filsell

by Paul Slavonik on July 15th, 2014

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It’s been a relatively quiet championship season for ANZ Motorsports driver Jarrad Filsell. Although he’s consistently been finishing races in the top-five, he’s yet to come home with a Strength of Field (SoF) race win this season. On a sunny but windy race at Circuit Gilles-Villenueve (AKA Montreal), however, that all changed.  Week 11 of the 2014 Season 2 iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series saw Filsell take a dominating win over an extremely competitive field. Filsell began the race in second position beside the pole-sitter, Trans-Tasman Racing (TTR) driver and defending series champion, Madison Down. Starting in third was Team TTL driver Richard Hamstead with Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series driver, Justin Ruggier of Eggleston Motorsport starting in fourth. Rounding out the top-five starting grid was two-time V8 Supercars [...]

Shaw Survives Busy Week Under the Lights at Daytona

by Brian Tate on July 14th, 2014

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Big Ones happen.  Just ask Seth DeMerchant (2), Timmy Logwood Jr. (18) and Johnny Reed Foley (9).

As with the season opener at Talladega, Week 10 of the NASCAR iRacing Class B Open Series was a busy one, as the big high-banked super speedways brings virtual racers out in droves.  With the season hitting the home stretch, the tenth round of the 12-week schedule brought the Impalas and Mustangs to the World Center of Speed, otherwise known as the Daytona International Speedway.  As expected, drivers who were not regulars to the series made their marks at Daytona as championship contenders scrambled for results while dodging the pitfalls that can accompany restrictor plate sim racing. Only three of the series’ regulars who are fighting for their series or division championships finished in the top 10 for the week at Daytona.  While series points leader, Trent Ringler earned fourth [...]

Get to Know: James Kirsch

by David Ifeguni on July 14th, 2014

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Although his "dream" race car would be the Dallara DW12 at Indy, when it comes to iRacing Kirsch's favorite mount is the Chevy Silverado.

A nearly-five year veteran on iRacing, James Kirsch from Western New York has been a contender on the track from the day he joined the sim racing service in 2009. The 31 year old Kirsch has visited victory lane five times in 46 career oval starts, his first career victory coming in the Legends car at South Boston Speedway and his most recent win coming in his most coming, at Iowa Speedway in the iRacing Late Model Tour in 2012. Even when he isn’t winning, James still does a pretty good job. He has 32 top five finishes, has led an average of 42 laps in each race he has entered and has an incident per race rating of less than two. He is the model of consistency on the [...]

Circle Track School – Speed and Quickness

by George Wood on July 11th, 2014

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Sometime last year (!), my first article for the service had to do with line of sight behind the wheel; where and how you should be looking down the track in order to effectively race and avoid the inevitable; to become a survivor instead of a victim. With the long-awaited release of the Super Late Model, iRacers have been flocking to the short tracks in droves to play with the cool kids on some of the most charming tracks the service has to offer; except for one very, very big problem: this is a “Super” Late Model, with a chassis built like a railroad, more horsepower than Superman, more aero-dependency than an F-22, and sprint car-like tires. In other words, everything a racer wants: speed. What’s inherently understood but not [...]

Q&A With Donald FitzGerald

by Brooks Westfall on July 11th, 2014

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No stranger to short track racing, Donald commits most of his free time to the Silver Crown.

Mr. FitzGerald has been with the iRacing service since 2012 and spends just about all of his time competing in the Silver Crown Cup. He also runs in ‘Crown leagues such as “Old Bastards.”  With as much experience as he has with the Silver Crown, he is definitely a senior figure in the short track sim racing community. I had the pleasure of asking Donald a few questions about his iRacing experience and how he enjoys the service. Here’s what he had to say: Q: How long have you been sim-racing?   A: I have been iRacing for about two years now. I used to play NASCAR on the Xbox for almost five years before switching over to iRacing. Can’t really compare the two, can you?! Q: What do you like [...]