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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

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

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

  • Jeff Jacobs

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • 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

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel

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

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

  • 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 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.

LiveSimRacingTV to Broadcast 2015/2016 NASCAR Pro Series Season

by Evan Posocco on August 4th, 2015


LSRTV is excited to officially announce that they have reached yet another agreement with Motorsports Simulations to broadcast the entire 10 race season of the 2015/2016 NASCAR Pro Series. This agreement extends a long lasting partnership between LSRTV and iRacing, who have partnered to bring full coverage of the NASCAR iRacing Pro Series to sim racing fans worldwide for the last two years running since 2013/2014. The NASCAR Pro Series, is the culmination of the annual “Road to Pro” on the service, in which Class A licensed oval drivers compete in events through the NASCAR Class A Open Series weekly in attempts to finish in the top 10 in championship points, and earn their pro license. Both the top 10 from the 2015 Season 1, and [...]

Higman, Dalton Take Superspeedway Wins

by Corey Davis on August 4th, 2015

In early action at Pocono, Casey Pierce (#63) leads Kyle Taraska (#88), Chad Dalton (#77), Matt Delk (#6), and John Higman Jr. (#60).

The ITSR Power Series hit back-to-back 2.5-mile ovals in Indianapolis and Pocono, with the first race decided by attrition and pit strategy, and the second won with great long-run speed. At Indy, the pole position went to defending series champion Tim Johnston with a fast lap of 186.440 mph.  Johnston led the opening 10 laps before the race’s first caution, which saw Brian Motisko take the lead thanks to a two-tire change on pit road. During a turbulent first half of the race, the Brickyard looked more like the Junkyard, as three more cautions flew before Lap 40.  During that time, several drivers took turns in the lead.  Former Indy winner Kyle Taraska led briefly, followed by Daniel E. Eberhardt, then Brian Motisko took another stint at the front before [...]

NASCAR Class B at The Glen Tonight!

by David Phillips on August 4th, 2015


Top sim racers will go door-to-door for 41 laps at Watkins Glen International tonight in the NASCAR iRacing Class B Series Open. The race will be broadcast on beginning at 9 pm eastern (01:00 GMT) and on FANSCHOICE. Catch all the sim racing action at The Glen on tonight at 9 pm eastern (01:00 GMT).

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – “ Adventures at The Tricky Triangle”

by Scott Smith on August 3rd, 2015

Like a high speed version of whack-a-mole, no sooner would you get a handle on one turn than problems would appear in another.

Triangles aren’t tricky.  They are a simple, basic geometric pattern consisting of three edges and three vertices.  If you are from my generation, you may have learned the basic intricacies of this common shape from an intelligent, caring, redheaded firecracker of a teacher: Mrs. Frizzle.  Amongst other subjects – aboard her magical yellow school bus, the keen young tykes learned the basic facts of this geometrical pattern: There are three special names given to triangles when classified by the relative length of their sides.  And, there are also three special names given to triangles according to their internal angles, measured in degrees.  By the way, if you don’t know these “special” names, Google it!  Geez, haven’t you remembered anything from elementary school? I digress; back to the story. Calmly and [...]

S4 Blancpain Endurance Series: Your Ticket to Pro Endurance Sim Racing

by David Phillips on August 3rd, 2015


With the second half of 2015 Season 3 upon us, it’s time for sim racers and sim racing teams to start turning their attention to the Season 4 Blancpain Endurance Series, the qualifying series for iRacing’s newest professional sim racing series:  the Blancpain GT Series.   Running from April to September, the 2016 Blancpain GT Series will award cash and other prizes to the top finishing teams and drivers as well as to the first place finishers in the manufacturer’s championship. Only those drivers and teams with iRacing’s new World Championship Endurance Licenses will be eligible to compete in the 2016 Blancpain GT Series.  And the top 40 teams in the Season #4 Blancpain Endurance Series will be awarded iRacing World Championship Endurance Licenses. See the forum for complete details on [...]

Seeing the Global Picture

by David Phillips on July 31st, 2015


One of the most important weapons in a race driver’s arsenal is selective memory.  By all means learn from your mistakes, but don’t dwell on them . . . then move on.  Be it the Daytona 500, Monaco Grand Prix, 24 Hours of Le Mans or an iRacing rookie Legends race, the most important race in your career is the next one. But don’t listen to me; take if from Laurens Vanthoor.   Last weekend the 2014 Blancpain Endurance and GT Series champion (and, with Belgian Audi Club teammate Robin Frijns, current Blancpain GT Series leader) was leading the Total 24 Hours of Spa and looking to win the race for the second year in a row when he crashed. “The track was damp with just a dry line, I was [...]

Grigg-Gault Brings the Heat in the USA

by Brenton O'Brien on July 30th, 2015

Grigg-Gault saves what could have been a race-ending incident as Cubis, Smith and Rivera look on.

The heat was on for series leader Ethan Grigg-Gault and the rest of the competitors in the latest round of the iRacing V8Supercar Series held at Sebring International Raceway in sultry central Florida. Qualifying Hot and humid weather made conditions very uncomfortable for the 24 sim racers who lined up for the main SOF qualifying at Sebring.  The 5.9 km (3.7 mile) layout of concrete and asphalt presented challenges to the strong field throughout the 12 minute session.  With the extended lap times, drivers had limited opportunities to get that one ‘hot lap’ in to be sure that the time counted was indicative of their performance. Ian Ford, second in the championship and racing for Evolution Racing Australia in the Holden Commodore, again showed he’s the one lap master of [...]

Max Verstappen Joins Team Redline

by David Phillips on July 30th, 2015


Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula One driver Max Verstappen has joined the Team Redline sim racing team.  Verstappen joins Team Redline’s already potent lineup that includes five time iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series champion Greger Huttu, Alexsi Uusi Jaakola (a two time winner in the 2015 iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series) and former iRacing Pro Series champion Richie Stanaway who is currently competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Aston Martin Racing and the GP2 Series with Status Grand Prix. The inclusion of world-class “real world” racing talents like Stanaway and Verstappen on one of the world’s top sim racing teams underlines the sport’s growing presence in the mainstream motorsports scene. “I’m happy and honoured to have Max onboard at Team Redline!” said team manager Atze Kerkhof, a [...]

Daniel Roeper’s the Field!

by Justin Laxton on July 30th, 2015

Roeper had every right to celebrate his dominant win on the Milwaukee Mile.

Daniel Roeper led 85 of 125 laps in the second round of the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by Overdrive Graphics at Milwaukee to take the victory in the No Name Racing 125 at Milwaukee. Perhaps the surprise finish of the night, Team #nailedit’s Ian Adams finished second ahead of practice race winner, Jake Wright from No Name Racing. The night’s festivities began with the Last Chance Qualifier. The difference between making the race this week was just .004s. For the second week in a row, Jake Wright paced the LCQ field, with Daniel Roeper coming in second. Other drivers to advance included: James Krahula, Jesse Fowler, Terry Matthiensen, Allen Boes, Sam Adams, Bradley Walters, Tommy Rhyne, Ricky Hardin, Ryan Lowe, Michel de Jonge, and Chuck Eisenbarth. Drivers who failed to [...]

Ottinger Comes on Late to Win Indy

by Jason Lofing on July 29th, 2015

The decisive moment of the race saw Nick Ottinger (05) dive under Kenny Humpe (58) for the lead on the final lap.

Nick Ottinger of Gale Force Racing scored his first victory of the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after a tense late-race battle with Slip Angle Motorsports’ Ray Alfalla and The TEAM’s Kenny Humpe. The race came down to a restart with three laps to go with Humpe in the lead, Alfalla alongside and Ottinger behind in third. The race looked like it would go to whoever on the front row restarted the best but that all changed when Humpe and Alfalla made contact coming off Turn Two after the green. The contact sent Alfalla into a slide and while the two-time series champion made a wonderful save, the loss of momentum put him out of contention for the win. When Alfalla was sliding [...]

Tour Mods Battle at Lucas Oil Raceway

by Kyle Odaynik on July 28th, 2015

Lucas Oil Raceway hosted the Tour Mods in Week 6.

The sixth week of the NASCAR iRacing Tour Modified Series brought the sim racers to Lucas Oil Raceway and marked the half way point in the season for the modifieds.  A 19 car field would take the green, with the Untamed Motorsports duo of Chris Forster (pole) and Jerold John on the front row.  In fact. Untamed Motorsports swept the top five starting spots with Keith Jeffery, Rick Webster and Kyle Odaynik occupying places three, four and five on the grid, respectively. The opening laps were intense as the track’s wide surface enabled wheel-to-wheel sim racing throughout the field.   The first eight laps went green before Wicked Autosports teammates Seth DeMerchant and Christian Pedersen made contact as Pedersen got loose and slid into DeMerchant.  With nowhere to go and little [...]

Hollyday Runs Circles Around Modifieds at Oxford

by Pete Zehler on July 28th, 2015

Hollyday does doughnuts at The Circle.

Week 6 of the NASCAR SK Modifieds Series brought the sim racers to Oxford Speedway, known to iRacers as simply “The circle.” Marking-in at  3/8 mile, Oxford is a flat track . . . with a twist.  The track’s circular shape makes it rare for sim racers to run full throttle for a full lap; rather, the trick to mastering Oxford is to set-up your car to hug the curbs in the corners. This week’s finale Monday night would see some of iRacing’s biggest stars take to the track in a 2445 strength of field.  Ryan Gavel qualified on pole with Matt Bontempi to his immediate right in second place. When the pace car headed to pit lane, Gavel got a great jump and started pulling Bontempi immediately.  Within [...]

Get to Know: Dexter Castro

by David Ifeguni on July 27th, 2015


iRacer Dexter Castro celebrates his four year anniversary on iRacing in a couple days and in that time, he has accomplished . . . well, a lot of things on and off the sim. Not even being diagnosed with high-functioning Asperger’s Syndrome at age 12 has stopped him from his living life and from tearing-up the virtual track. The 20 year old has nearly 140 career victories in 666 oval starts, and has raced to victory lane in eight official races on road courses. In addition, Castro (who hails from “the land of the mosquito-bird” aka Maine) has an IndyCar division championship on his very long iRacing resume. Learn more about Dexter in this week’s edition of Get to Know… Q:    What attracted you to racing in the first place? [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Beating the Wicked Hot Heat in Loudon

by Scott Smith on July 27th, 2015

A fantastic battle between a pair of Scott Smiths late in the race.  After three laps of hard sim-racing it would be the "evil twin" Scott Smith4 (3) coming out on top.

A strong breeze rolls off the sea.  Curling waves thunderously pummel the hard-packed sands below.  Seagulls effortlessly hover within the vortex created above; the breeze begins moving inland.  Over the course of the next thirty miles, the breeze dances with tree limbs, gently tickles the petals of the abundant purple lilacs, and provides relief to the animals.  It’s an unusually hot day in “The Granite State.” and thousands of sun-drenched fans sitting at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway are also in need of relief.  As the breeze finally greets the giant, concrete-pillared grandstands, the once gentle breeze is now nothing more than a whisper, but it’s enough.  Enough to rejuvenate countless NASCAR fans as they wipe away the sweat from their brows, flip open the top of the cooler, crack [...]

Solo Drivers Dominate Blancpain Endurance Series

by Paul Slavonik on July 24th, 2015


For many drivers, the Blancpain Endurance Series is oftentimes seen as a unique challenge given the sheer length of the online races. Additionally, it’s no secret that the Endurance Series takes a bit more finesse than its Sprint Series counterpart in that one must look after their car for a longer period of time should one hope to finish well…or at all. It certainly takes a special kind of driver/sim-racer to look at a three-hour race and say, “Challenge accepted” despite the fact that they don’t even have a team to split the driving duties. That would be like Jan Magnussen telling Antonio Garcia and Ryan Briscoe at the Rolex 24 at Daytona “No worries, guys. I’ve got this”. However, as we finished out the week of sim-racing at [...]

Alatalo Runs Riot at America’s National Park of Speed

by Cam Stark on July 24th, 2015

A spectacular end to the race with Keanie feeling the brunt of the concrete barrier.

Week 5 of the Pro Mazdas season saw them head up north to the state of Wisconsin where one of  America’s most historic circuits awaited them: Road America. Featuring 14 corners over its 6.515km layout there would be no shortage of a good fight at this track. With two long straights to draft on and a section of winding corners it would be hard to see how overtakes could be few and far between . . . especially with the strong draft model. Pole position was taken by Riku Alatalo in a time of a 2.06.006.  The Finn was only marginally ahead of Justin Brunner, .024s to be precise. Alatalo and his teammate – Joonas Puhakka – used the long straights and draft to the best of the Pro Mazda’s [...]

Music Claims Victory at Homestead

by Justin Laxton on July 23rd, 2015

Music started and finished P1 at Homestead.

Rick Music led 35 laps, including the final 10, to claim the Overdrive Graphics 200 in the opening round of the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by Overdrive Graphics. Deadzone Racing’s Jonathan Goke, returning from testing Star Mazdas, finished runner-up ahead of last night’s practice race winner James Krahula from Unacceptable Racing. The night’s festivities began with the Last Chance Qualifier. This season’s LCQ, featured a new format, which afforded drivers nearly two hours to attempt a two lap qualifying run. The drama began early with names such as Michel De Jong, Bradley Walters, Ryan Lowe, Charles Eisenbarth, James Krahula, Ryan Bowles, Mark Goodwin, Mark Norbert, and Thomas Engle initially missing the race. However, due to absences from locked-in drivers, De Jong, Lowe and Krahula were allowed to race. No Name [...]

Back Down to Business at COTA

by Brenton O'Brien on July 23rd, 2015

He didn't win seven V8 championships by chance . . .  Down withstood race-long pressure from Grigg-Gault to score a great win.

It was a great welcome back to two of the category’s finest drivers in multiple series champion Madison Down and the 2014 Premier Series Champion Richard Hamstead for Round 5 of the official V8 Supercar Series championship at the Circuit of the Americas – West circuit. Qualifying A hot clear day confronted the field at the tight COTA track.  The 12 minute qualifying session on the West configuration was dominated by seven time champion Down driving for Trans Tasman Racing in the Holden Commodore. With a fastest time of 1:33.124, Down edged the series leader Ethan Grigg-Gault for pole by the largest gap we have seen for the season, that being four tenths of a second.  In a repeat of last week, Evolution Racing Australia’s Ian Ford filled the [...]

iSS Racing Series: Super 10 Round Chase Recap

by Evan Posocco on July 23rd, 2015


Two races of the five round Championship Chase for the Racing Series are in the books as of last Friday evening at the virtual Talladega Superspeedway. The iSuperChase grid, which was created by combining the drivers with wins on the year, along with any winless drivers in the top five in championship points before the chase began, was reduced significantly after the event that concluded the first round in the championship playoff at the hallowed grounds of Talladega, AL. As a part of the three round title fight, featuring a two race long ‘Super 10′ Round to begin with, followed by another two race long ‘Superior 6′ Round before the final three go to Daytona as a part of the ‘Supreme 3′ where the highest finisher takes the title, [...]

Hollyday Plays Strategy Card; Kisses Virtual Bricks

by Scott Smith on July 22nd, 2015

Hollyday (15) rebounded from from early-race contact with Keegan Leahy (11) to twin at the Brickyard.

Round 18 of the NASCAR Xfinity iRacing Class B Open Series took place last night at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with the top-split broadcast on iRacingLive.  Whether in virtual or real-space, all drivers who grip the steering wheel and take control of their racing machines want to experience the euphoria that comes along with winning at the historic speedway – not to mention, the lovely taste of clay, shale, and rubber, after the traditional “kissing of the bricks.”  At the conclusion of last night’s 50 lap sim-race, we added a new name to the virtual speedways’ long list of victors: Richard Hollyday.  After starting deep in the field (20th) the sim-racer who calls Apex, NC home, led the final 13 laps when a pit-stop strategy call propelled his BBH [...]