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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.
  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

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

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

  • Matt Holden
    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.

  • 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.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

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

  • Jason Lofing
    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.

Oltmanns Takes Win #2 at Daytona

by Evan Posocco on May 22nd, 2015

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Jason Oltmanns celebrates after winning his second race of the season.

Jason Oltmanns’ single car operation became the first team to take multiple Feature Race wins on the 2015 iSuperSpeedway.com Racing Series Season 4 campaign, with his first career win at the World Center of Racing. Oltmanns parked his #51 Best Buy Ford Fusion in Gatorade Victory Lane in Race 9 of the season, after qualifying into the A-Main through his respective Heat Race and via an eighth place finish in the Dash For Cash. The #51 started on the outside of Row 4 for the 40 lap main event which was shown LIVE on LSRTV. Before the green flag dropped on the A Main Feature, the remaining drivers who had been unable to qualify in through the preliminaries (p12 <) had to qualify in through the B-Main event, which was [...]

Grigg-Gault Wins Sebring Thriller

by Paul Slavonik on May 22nd, 2015

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Sebring International Raceway is one of the oldest and most historic race tracks still in existence in the United States. A former training base during World War II for the U.S. Army Air Corp, Sebring has been continuously operating since 1950 and is home to the world famous 12 Hours of Sebring. Although the 65-year old track plays host to several categories of motorsports including the FIA World Endurance Championship, International Le Mans Cup and, more recently, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Sebring’s virtual counterpart was home to the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Americas Series for Week 9 of the second season of 2015. The Starting Grid As the pre-race qualifying session got underway, 4 Motorsport driver and former iRacing.com V8 Supercars champion, Mitchell McLeod, put in a fast lap which [...]

New face, New rival? Storm Dominates Okayama

May 21st, 2015

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Storm looking to build on a fantastic qualifying performance.

After a one week sabbatical for many drivers in the iRacing Pro Mazda Series, the road courses returned for Week 9 at Japan’s Okayama International Circuit. The track features 11 corners over its 3.703km course. Much to my surprise we had a totally new front row! It featured none of the common iRacing Pro Mazda names that we’ve been accustomed to throughout the season; although it was incredibly tight based on the top three positions’ times – all separated by less than a tenth. Michael Storm took pole position with a 1.26.438, whilst Wojciech Rabsztyn joined him on the front row, only .76s slower. Wyatt Gooden was a place further back, but had his work cut out to make his way to the head of field based on the pace [...]

iRacing Blancpain GT Series Planned for 2016

by David Phillips on May 21st, 2015

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iRacing.com and the SRO Motorsports Group are joining forces to establish the world’s first professional endurance sim racing series: the iRacing Blancpain GT Series. Scheduled to debut next spring, the iRacing Blancpain GT Series will feature the world’s elite endurance sim racing teams in GT3 cars competing for cash prizes and merchandise in races broadcast on iRacing Live. “The iRacing Blancpain GT Series will enable premier sim racers and teams around the world to compete on a highly professional level.” – Stephane Ratel “We’re proud to partner with the SRO Motorsports Group in creating the iRacing Blancpain GT Series,” says Tony Gardner, President of iRacing.com.  “It’s a perfect marriage of SRO Motorsports’ experience organizing and marketing both the Blancpain Endurance Series and Blancpain Sprint Series with iRacing’s proven ability to [...]

A Manic Monza for AOR

by Justin Sutton on May 21st, 2015

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Knowlden gets the 2 for 1 on Lap Six.

There is only one temple of speed, and legendary  Monza played host to the fourth round of the AOR Pro Mazda Championship.  As a new addition to the iRacing track library, the circuit is both brand new and also well-known to racing fans around the world, providing a unique experience for all the sim-racers.  With three rounds in the books, Justin Brunner led the championship with 74 points, as he was yet to finish a race outside of the podium positions.  His nearest rival, Phil Reid of Team AOR Blue, sat on just 48 points, a gap of 26 points between them.  Brunner took pole at Monza and looked strong for the race, while defending Season One champion Kerry Knowlden once again languished in P7 on the grid (same as [...]

Warren’s Bold Pit Call Wins Charlotte

by Jason Lofing on May 20th, 2015

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Warren and Hill head to a 1-2 finish as mayhem unfolds in their wake.

Alex Warren made it the second straight week an underdog has found his way to victory lane in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing, winning last night’s long, drawn-out race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Warren did not have a car that could win on outright speed but his gutsy pit call under caution with 18 laps remaining put him in the lead and the flurry of yellow flags that followed gave him all he needed to pick up his first win of the season. The race came down to a three lap dash to the finish with Warren and Tyler Hill on the front row. Cody Byus and Kenny Humpe, the dominant cars of the night, occupied Row Two and looked to capitalize on the fact their fresher [...]

IndyCar Reality Check: GP of Indianapolis

by Jared DePouw on May 20th, 2015

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IMS T9-10

Contained withinnfield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway — and utilizing the oval’s Turn One and front straightaway — is a 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course that was re-designed in 2014. While we can race on a road course at The Brickyard, we use the old 13-turn, 2.605-mile configuration used by Formula One in its all-too brief flirtation with The Brickyard. There are two major differences between the old and new configurations. The first is a bypass of the old Turn 5-6-7 sector with a chicane designed to increase the speed down the backstretch. The second is the use of an infield section in the Oval Turn One which we have on the Bike configuration. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the hardest part of building a setup for [...]

Virtual and Real Race Control Meet

by Niel Hekkens on May 20th, 2015

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WEC Spa 3

NEO Endurance Series co-founder Niel Hekkens had the opportunity to talk with and observe race control of FIA WEC during the recent 6 Hours of Spa. Below you can read his experience in this blog post. After a great debut season of the NEO Endurance Series, we already started preparing for Season 2. Right now we are evaluating every aspect of our league. Together with the feedback from the teams, we aim to improve the NES experience. In our first season we set a good benchmark for ourselves and now we can build on that. One of the great aspects of the NEO Endurance Series is live race control during the races. NEO’s race control makes sure all drivers behave themselves on the race track and punish those who fail [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series powered by iRacing.com – Seconds, please

by Matt Holden on May 20th, 2015

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From the 2014 Brickyard 400, the winning #24 car was run with the suspension package that we currently have on iRacing:  No minimum ride height, allowing bump springs.

I built this one setup.  It was awesome, if I’m allowed to say that about my own work.  Purpose-built specifically for the virtual high-banks of the Daytona International Speedway, it was meant to run in one, and only one, race of the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series.  I built it knowing that once the checkered flag fell in that race, it would immediately become obsolete.  Still, it didn’t stop me from turning over 700 laps by myself on the track, filling my iRacing folder with over three gigabytes of telemetry data, and even researching race car aerodynamic properties.  It worked perfectly, was balanced mechanically and efficient aerodynamically.  The setup was put on only one car in its unaltered state and finished in eighth place.  After that, it was archived. While [...]

NASCAR for the Masses Brought to Us by iRacing

by James Falcon Pratt on May 19th, 2015

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Rubbin's racing' when the NASCAR Xfinity Chevy Camaros and Ford Mustangs get together in the NASCAR iRacing Class B Series.

Since opening its virtual doors nearly seven years ago, iRacing has brought the many worlds of NASCAR to the masses all around the world. As you start your sim racing life you learn car control, track types and racing with others all around you on the track. The rookie level has changed in the nearly four years that I have been a part of iRacing, but the basics will always be the same. Depending on when you started you drove the Street Stock or the Legends cars first then advanced to the other. These two race cars drive very differently, but the basics are a part of each of them. Rookie Class Today you start with the Street Stocks, a car you may have raced on local tracks. Maybe it [...]

Siggy Soaks-Up the Pressure

by Cam Stark on May 18th, 2015

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In a spin: Kotovaara was entitled to be disgruntled after turn 12.

Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas; by modern racing standards a unique track. Hermann Tilke was one of the masterminds behind the creation of COTA — like many modern circuits — although some would certainly question the term “mastermind.” With many of Tilke’s tracks, you either like them or hate them; and it certainly showed for Week 9 of the iRacing Grand Prix Series. Surprisingly only two races through the weekend split – putting in a sub-par participation level akin to Brands Hatch; which is not renowned for being a good modern Formula One track. However the lower participation than usual didn’t take away the calibre of field that was on offer for the 16:00gmt broadcast top split: 15 drivers made the trip to the Lone Star state in an [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – NASCAR’S Backyard

by Scott Smith on May 18th, 2015

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When crossed the stripe inches apart, a great finish seemed to be in the offing.

Charlotte Motor Speedway holds some pretty kick-ass memories for me.  You see, as a youngster, I was fortunate enough to attend many races at CMS.  My dad had a great job of working for a company that supplied the speedway with lawn care equipment to keep the grounds on the beautiful complex looking tip-top.  What did this mean for me?   Nothing short of cherished road trips with my father and grandfather to and from the speedway for the All-Star, spring, and fall races for many years in a row. I’ve looked-on in astonishment as my favorite driver – ole DW himself – signed my ball cap with the fine point of a Sharpie; I was front-and-center for some of Humpy Wheeler’s craziest pre-race shenanigans.  The Intimidator was a living legend, [...]

Get to Know: Andrew Micke

by David Ifeguni on May 18th, 2015

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Andrew Micke iRacing

25 year old Andrew Micke has been a member on iRacing since March, 2013. Racing out of his home in Rhode Island, Micke has a lot to be proud of in his two year iRacing career with 29 oval victories and 24 road course victories in 641 and 605 starts respectively. His first victory on an oval came at USA International Speedway in the iRacing Street Stock Series while he scored his first road course victory during Week 13 after the first season of 2013 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Perhaps Andrew’s biggest win on iRacing came in the 12 Hours of Sebring, where he and his team finished first in the BMW Z4 GT3 car. Sim racing aside, there is more to Andrew Micke than meets than eye, and [...]

Hanner Holds-on at Talladega; Locks into iSuperChase

by Evan Posocco on May 14th, 2015

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Hanner held-off Woffard by the thinnest of margins to capture The Stars Fell Over Alabama

On the heels of a busy news week in the world of the iSuperSpeedway.com Racing Series, the top 42 drivers hit the ‘Dega high banks for one of the largest races of the year, second only to the iSuperSpeedway 500k season kick-off: The Stars Fell on Alabama 250. Round 8 of the championship meant that only four races would remain following the event (five including the All Star Race).  Thus the window of opportunity to win, or get into the top five in points, was narrowing for championship hopefuls. The majority of iSS races are run in a heat race format. Drivers qualify in to the main (which pays out championship points) through heat races, where those who qualify set the grid order in the ‘Dash for Cash’ race. Those [...]

Bakkum States his Intention

by Cam Stark on May 14th, 2015

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iGPS Silverstone 2015

The iRacing Grand Prix Series headed to Northern Europe for Round 8 of the season. One of the (if not THE) most historic and well known tracks in Britain was the destination: Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. The track was a fitting one for the series to end its journey of Europe before heading back to Central America for the final leg of the season. Jorge Montanes took pole position with a 1.18.126; Mack Bakkum was just under two tenths behind starting the race from second position. 21 drivers turned out for the race, the majority of whom are still in the battle to claim a Pro license. The start of the race was fairly hectic – only for fifth down to ninth though – they were four wide as Copse [...]

NASCAR Takes a Week Off

by James Falcon Pratt on May 14th, 2015

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Charlotte ? laps, 600 miles of fun.

The Coke 600 is the next points race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule, so NASCAR iRacing Series competitors will run the full 600 miles at the famous Charlotte Motor Speedway next week. This means we will run 400 laps on a track that can provide some of the best racing in NASCAR and some of the best sim racing anywhere. In the past three season we have run five races here and my team has come home with a top five and three top tens (fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth) and only once did we fall outside the top 10 with an 11th place finish in the second race in 2014. The track is clean and smooth – if you don’t over-drive it — and  tire wear is low [...]

Ward Goes Two in a Row

by Evan Posocco on May 13th, 2015

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Jeff Ward celebrates his win in the Get to Know Newton 125

Jeff Ward’s  ‘STIHL Timbersports’ #89 Chevrolet Silverado out of the Steel Horse Racing stable took home its second straight win in Real Sim Racing Outlaw Truck Series competition Wednesday evening. Ward, who is not a major player in the championship after missing a start early in the eight race season, took home his second win on the year in r5/8 from Iowa Speedway, the ‘Get to Know Newton 125′. This immediately on the heels of his first win on the season two weeks prior in r4/8 from the Kentucky Speedway, where Ward finished atop the pile in a special Kentucky Derby themes Silverado. The race was one of attrition, as trucks at lower speeds in close quarters are sure to always provide a race full of action. With 125 laps [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Tornado Alley!

by Scott Smith on May 11th, 2015

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Although the chances of a twister breaking out and causing massive damage within the simulator are nil, certain race tracks can often leave sim-racers with the feeling of being spun like a top and dumped on their heads.  This week — getting back in-sync with our real-world counterparts — the iRacing NASCAR Camping World Trucks will be doing battle on the 1.5-mile tri-oval Kansas Speedway.  In race track years, the speedway is still but a child, with this year marking its 14th year of existence.  However, July of 2011 saw the speedway renovate, which included a repave and the addition of a new progressive banking from 17-20 degrees in the corners.  Often times, when a race track is repaved it lends itself to being a fast, one-groove surface.  For a [...]

AOR Drama @ COTA

by Justin Sutton on May 8th, 2015

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Knowlden makes an early exit.

With a 17 point lead over the rest of the field, Justin Brunner went to Circuit of the Americas in a comfortable position after his back-to-back podiums in the AOR Pro Mazda Championship’s second season.  Kerry Knowlden had shown signs of weakness at Barber Motorsports Park after qualifying outside of the front row for the first time in the league’s history, coupled with an off-track moment that gave him a DNF last time out.  The reigning champion’s struggles would continue at COTA, after a dismal qualifying in seventh position.  Knowlden’s teammate, Phil Reid, took pole for the 32 lap race of the West configuration, but would share the front row with the current championship leader Brunner. Brunner pressured Reid at Turn One from the outside of the corner, but Reid [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Recap: Week 10 Talladega

by James Falcon Pratt on May 8th, 2015

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NiS Talladega

Wednesday’s NASCAR iRacing Series race at Talladega Superspeedway went green from start to finish, requiring us all to pit from full speed, and the sim racing was great. As the cars left the track for the pits in teams or groups working together I moved up the standings from 16th on Lap 34 to second on Lap 41 as the only other driver, Gregory McKnight, to stay out as long as I did headed into the pits himself on Lap 42. This left me all alone to lead Lap 42 as I waited until the following lap to stop. I returned to the track way back in P13 some 9.13s back of the leader and with no drafting partners. A lap or two later I ran up behind the 30 [...]