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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.

iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series Round 13 Saturday!

by David Phillips on August 29th, 2014

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Round 13 of the 2014 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series at Interlagos will be broadcast Saturday on iRacing.com/live. The 71 lap online race airs beginning at 10 AM EDT (14:00 GMT). Olli Pahkala snapped Greger Huttu’s seven race winning streak at Spa-Francorchamps a fortnight ago with Martin Krönke finishing runner-up ahead of newcomer Mitchell Dejong.   While Huttu (P13 at Spa) still enjoys a commanding lead in the championship standings over Krönke, Pahkala has closed to within striking distance of second place in the points heading to Brazil. Be sure to catch all the sim racing action on Saturday at 10:00 am EDT (14:00 GMT) on iRacing.com/live. In the meantime, to learn more about all of the drivers and to follow the series all season long visit the World Championship [...]

Disabled Racer with Dreams

by David Phillips on August 29th, 2014

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Disabled Racer with Dreams

Aaron Grosskopf was born with cerebral palsy some 24 years ago.  But he’s never let that get in his way.  Ever since he was a young boy, Aaron has dreamed of becoming a race car driver and, since 2012 he has been an iRacer.  And a darned good one at that, with road and oval A licenses and nine victories to his credit in everything from street stocks to a Silverado and a Dallara IndyCar. As regular readers of iRacingNews can attest, Aaron’s by-line has frequently appeared on the web site both as a reporter covering the NASCAR iRacing Series and through his blogs on the exploits of fellow iRacer – and Venturini Motorsports driver– Justin Boston in the ARCA Racing Series.   As well, Aaron founded Disabled Racers in 2013 [...]

A New Home for UK&I Skip Barber League

by Justin Sutton on August 29th, 2014

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Job drops two spots on Lap Six.

The third race of the third season of 2014 for the UK&I Skip Barber league ventured to a track Allan Paterson had expressed his excitement about in my Q&A with him earlier this year, and the newest road track to iRacing did not disappoint.  Donington Park is a circuit that brings this league one step closer to their dream of an all-British season.  Sebastian Job took top honors in qualifying with a 1:44.041 ahead of both SSR team members Simon Povey and Simon Hulbert who sat in second and third respectively.  Mark Jarvis qualified fourth by a couple of hundredths ahead of George Lambert in fifth while Marc Mercer could only manage P13 for the league’s first race at Donington. The big surprise after the lights went green for this [...]

Coanda Simsport Debuts in iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series

by David Phillips on August 29th, 2014

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Some of the most accomplished drivers in sim racing have joined forces to form the Coanda Simsport team.  The new team will make its official debut Saturday in Round 13 of the 2014 iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series at the virtual Interlagos circuit.  broadcast Saturday on iRacing.com/live beginning at 10 AM EDT (14:00 GMT). Alphabetically-speaking, Coanda Simsport’s founding members are André Böttcher, Jörn Jens, Klaus Kivekäs, Martin Krönke, Hugo Luis, Jesse Nieminen, Martti Pietilä and Philip Stamm.  Numerically-speaking, the founders have 25 race wins, a championship and more than half a dozen top ten finishes in the overall iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series standings to their names. According to the founders, Coanda Simsport was created “with two driving forces: passion for sim racing and determination for success. We [...]

Fabian Stops the McLeod Train

by Paul Slavonik on August 28th, 2014

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In a flawless display of driving skill, Mad Cow Racing driver, Michael Fabian, toppled the winning streak of Mitchell McLeod with a dominant win at Oulton Park.  With McLeod coming into this race as the driver to beat, Fabian put one on the former champ with a dominance of his own. Starting on pole position with a lap time of 1:30.626, Fabian was all set for a good run as he out-qualified fellow front row starter McLeod. Starting in third was Hi-Tec Sim Racing’s Beau Cubis followed by Trans-Tasman Racing (TTR) driver, Tony Autridge. The top-five starting order was rounded out by Kurt Stenberg of Kustom Image Motorsports. From the drop of the green, it was all Fabian all the time. Getting a perfect launch, Fabian wasted no time building [...]

A Thrilling Third Winner for Skip Barber 2K Cup

by Justin Sutton on August 28th, 2014

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Garnett's slide through Turn Four was all Job needed.

The third race of the flagship season for the Skip Barber 2K Cup headed to a new circuit to iRacing for a 22 lap race at Donington Park.  In qualifying LJ Garnett was fastest by less than a tenth after posting a 1:45.731 ahead of Ricardo Ferreira.  Sebastian Job took third, less than two hundredths behind Ferreira, with fellow race winner Vinicius Rocha in fourth and Simon Povey finishing the top five.  Graham Carroll was sat in sixth when the lights went green, but a first turn attack on Povey earned him an early position and put Povey under attack from Mattia Branchini who also managed to get by the Brit. The obligatory first-lap incident came when Steijn Schothorst in P12 got oversteer under braking for the Old Hairpin, made [...]

Q&A with Thomas Lewandowski

by Dylan Kapisky on August 27th, 2014

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Worth the wait: Saturday will mark four seasons since Lewandowski edged Ray Alflalla at Dover.

After 3 years, 361 days (Dover: August 30, 2011), Thomas Lewandowski made a return to victory lane in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series, followed quickly by a trip to a virtual gas station! He didn’t have the fastest car, or the best track position (starting 16th). However, he did have the best fuel-mileage game, as his strategy ultimately won him the race. Lewandowski was one of only four lead-lap drivers who pit twice (the other seven pitted three times each), with his last stop coming on lap 109 of 163. He went on to hold-off a charging Michael Conti, who had been the fastest car all night, and had much fresher right side tires after his third pit stop on Lap 138. Conti caught Lewandowski with two to go and [...]

Here Comes a New Challenger

by Thiago Izequiel, photos by Gabriel Amaral on August 27th, 2014

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Brazilian portuguese translation below The Circuit of the Americas, one of the newest tracks on the service, was the third stage of the 2014 Season 3 Classic Lotus Grand Prix schedule. It was interesting to see the contrast between classic and modern during the week that had only eight official races and six different winners: Michel Dudognon, Mattias Anreus, David Wormald, Kalle Ruokola, Gernot Fritsche and Daniel Pedrosa. Among them, Anreus was the highlight of the week, winning three times. Anreus is a young Swedish sim racer, and a newcomer on the CTC scene. But don’t let that fool you: He’s been one of the fastest racers around during his debut season. Coming from the Radical Challenge, he experienced some intense sim racing with past champions like Fritsche and Nuno [...]

Demeritt Dominates Motegi

by Seth Eggert on August 27th, 2014

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Motorsports Game

Week Four of the 2014 Season 3 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Twin Ring Motegi in the Empire of the Sun. Only a mere 52 sim-racers would tackle the track throughout a week of sim racing marked by cautions, handling and passing opportunities that were few and far between. Tim Holgate (Ohio) started on pole, with Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) on his outside. Miguel Angel Martinez (Iberia) slotted into the inside of Row Two with Randy Crossno (California) and Niles Anders (Plains) rounding-out the top five starting positions. Holgate had an excellent start, easily opening up a sizeable gap by Turn One, only for Demeritt to catch-up by the middle of the backstretch. Demeritt swung low, using his momentum to pass Holgate who drifted low to take [...]

Road Warriors – Zolder

by Andrew Pinkerton on August 27th, 2014

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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 [...]

Lewandowski Breaks Drought, Wins Atlanta

by Jason Lofing on August 27th, 2014

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Strategy and hard-nosed driving enabled Tom Lewandowski to beat Michael Conti (5) to the stripe.

Tom Lewandowski played the fuel mileage game perfectly at Atlanta Motor Speedway and held-off a charging Michael Conti, finally breaking a three-year winless drought in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. Lewandowski did not have the fastest car, but the caution-free race let him play the strategy game while Conti, Ray Alfalla and other contenders ran dry and needed an extra pit stop to go the distance. Conti crossed the line in second ahead of Alfalla, while CBR/Virtual Performance Racing teammates Cody Byus and Adam Gilliland were strong all night and rounded-out the top five. Conti, who clearly had the fastest car and led 118 of 163 laps, nearly pulled-off a miraculous comeback. With 24 laps to go, he came down pit road for a splash of gas [...]

Q&A with Ray Alfalla

by Dylan Kapisky on August 26th, 2014

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Once again, Alfalla is in the thick of the race for the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series title.

Ray Alfalla is on a mission in the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing.com.  Having captured successive titles in 2011 and ’12, he was denied a “three-peat” last year when Tyler Hudson came from behind in the final three races to capture the 2013 crown  Suffice to say, Alfalla is out to start another title streak this year. To that end he has rebounded from a disappointing start to the season that saw him finish P21 and P20 at Daytona and Las Vegas to score five top fives, including a win at Indianapolis.  As the 2014 season heads into the home stretch, Alfalla  finds himself second in the standings with 384 points, 23 adrift of series-leading Michael Conti. A busy Dylan Kapisky spoke with Ray to discuss the [...]

Majeski Charges to South Boston Win

by Stan Bragg Jr. on August 26th, 2014

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So Bo Late Models

With a third of the season put away the NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model Series journeyed to South Boston Speedway. At just 4/10 miles in length and lap times in the 15 second bracket, So Bo challenged sim-racers in a variety of ways but primarily accident avoidance. In this week’s feature race it took less then a lap for sim-racers to see the horrors that sim racing on a tight track can bring. The field was led to the green flag by Kevin Burris with James Linkiewicz to his outside and, as the green flag dropped Burris cleared Linkiewicz going into Turn 1. Linkiewicz found himself stuck in the outside groove as Stacey Adams got to his inside in the first turn and, coming out of Turn 2, the two got [...]

Q&A with Nick Ottinger

by Dylan Kapisky on August 25th, 2014

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Ottinger has taken the mid-season switch to Toyota in stride.

With seven wins to his credit, Nick Ottinger has been a more frequent visitor to Victory Lane than any other competitor in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series over the past two seasons.   Despite six wins, however, he finished behind Tyler Hudson and Ray Alfalla in the 2013 standings.  And with another win to his credit this year (along with four more top five finishes) the Claremont, NC-based sim racer finds himself in familiar territory heading into the final four rounds of the 2014 campaign.  With 381 championship points to his credit, Ottinger is currently in third place behind two-time champion Alfalla and series-leading Michael Conti as the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series gears-up for tomorrow’s event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Dylan Kapisky caught-up with Ottinger over the weekend to discuss his [...]

As Tough as (Lime) Rock

by Brooks Westfall on August 25th, 2014

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After one of two visits to Lime Rock this season, the cones for the chicane will be added next time.

Week 3 in the iRacing Mazda MX-5 Cup brought the series to the virtual Lime Rock Park for the first of two visits for the season. While the course features only one left-hand turn, it was nonetheless a challenging week for the sim racers not only in terms of negotiating the track itself, but overtaking their fellow competitors. Unless the overtaker has guts of steel, sim racers are limited to two or three good passing opportunities throughout the seven-turn, 1.5 mile road course on any given lap. However, with that said, qualifying well was at the very top of the contenders’ priority list. Hot-lapping is an important skill that all racers (sim or not) must have to be competitive, and Steven Diem once again made the headlines in that regard. [...]

Get to Know: Matt Pawelski

by David Ifeguni on August 25th, 2014

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These days the Dallara DW12 ranks among Pawelski's favorites.

With 51 career oval and 40 career road victories, Pennsylvanian iRacer Matt Pawelski is a contender every time he hits the racetrack. That’s nothing new.  He joine iRacing on March 11th in 2011 and, two days later, found himself sitting in virtual victory lane with his Legends car at Lanier National Speedway. Eleven months later, Pawelski led 23 of 25 laps at Okayama International Circuit in his Mazda Cup car on his way to his first career road racing victory. Fast forward to 2014, and Pawelski not only nearly 100 career official victories, but several championships to his name. He scored the first of two championships in the Classic Lotus Grand Prix Series in 2013 Season 4 Division 3, then backed it up in 2014 Season 1 in Division 2. [...]

Sensational Suzuka for GPL

by Justin Sutton on August 25th, 2014

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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 [...]

Q&A with Michael Conti

by Dylan Kapisky on August 22nd, 2014

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Conti showed a clean pair of heels to the competition at Watkins Glen.

As the 2014 NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series season enters its final four race stretch at Atlanta, Richmond, Darlington and Homestead, Michael Conti (407) is atop the standings ahead of former series champion Ray Alfalla (384), Nick Ottinger (381) and Chad J Laughton (378).  Conti heads to the virtual Atlanta Motor Speedway on the heels of his series-best third victory of the season at Watkins Glen. Dylan Kapisky spoke with the New Jersey-based sim racer to discuss his season to date, along with a variety of other topics. Q:    This first question is about the last race (Watkins Glen).  You wanted to lead every lap, and came very close (47/50).  Are you upset that you missed those three laps? A:    No, not at all. Leading 99% of the laps is fine [...]

Anders Wins in Milwaukee

by Seth Eggert on August 22nd, 2014

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Week Three of the 2014 Season 3 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. A total of 156 sim-racers took to the track this week, with cautions, handling and tire conservation just some of the storylines throughout the week of sim racing. Mitch McCracken (Indiana) started in the pole position with Tim Holgate (Ohio) starting second ahead of Niles Anders (Plains) and Randy Crossno (California) with Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) rounding out the top five starting. McCracken had an excellent start, easily clearing Holgate by Turn One and proceeded to build a five car length lead over the second place Dallara DW12.  McCracken’s lead would be short-lived however, as a wreck in the back slowed the field on Lap 4. Matt Lambertson (Pennsylvania) [...]

Second Winner in Second Race of Skippy 2K Cup

by Justin Sutton on August 22nd, 2014

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Mancusi attacks Carroll at Bridge.

The second round of the Skip Barber 2K Cup at Silverstone was another popular affair with nearly three dozen sim-racers in attendance for a 20 lap race on the Historical Grand Prix layout.  In qualifying Vinicius Rocha took pole position by 0.006s ahead of Sebastian Job with previous pole sitter Philippe Leybaert in third ahead of Mattia Branchini while inaugural race winner Riku Alatalo sat in fifth. At the start Leybaert challenged Job into Copse while Branchini and Alatalo took the normal racing line and the tide turned to a four-way battle for second place as they approached Maggotts.  Branchini and Alatalo went side-by-side into the legendary stretch of tarmac while Simon Hulbert in P6 made a lunge on both of them that damaged his own race when he clipped [...]