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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Fortune and Misfortune for WiFiSPARK in European Stock Car Championship

December 19th, 2014

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Fortune and Misfortune for WiFiSPARK in European Stock Car Championship

Excitement and anticipation were both high as the WiFiSPARK iRacing NASCAR team prepared for the penultimate round of the 2014 European Stock Car Championship. Staged at the famed Indianapolis motor speedway, (aka The Brickyard) the race was broadcast live, in high definition, on MaxSpeedTV. The race marked the debut of The Netherlands’ Harm Smit on the team in his orange #29 WiFISPARK Chevrolet SS Gen 6, partnering with 2014 European Stock Car Championship veteran Rick Timmis in the black #55 WiFiSPARK Chevy. An unfortunate crash-out episode at New Hampshire for the newly augmented WiFISPARK team was followed by a no-show at Pocono Raceway by Timmis, while Smit suffered a critical failure that took the final WiFISPARK car out of the race at the “tricky triangle.” Thus the team headed to [...]

Royal Race for Turner at Donington

by James Prostell Jr. on December 19th, 2014

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND – Donington Raceway Park touts itself as the “Heart of British Racing,” and with good reason. The venerable circuit has seen more than its fair share of pulse-pounding moments over the years, hosting the best that Formula One, Superbike, Touring Car, and virtually every world-touring category of racing has to offer. A week removed from a great race at another classic British circuit in Brands Hatch, the cars and stars of the Red Sox Racing League look to add its name to Donington’s star-studded list of competitors, and create a few new memories in the process. While over 3,000 miles of Atlantic Ocean waters separate the United States from the United Kingdom, at least one driver in the paddock doesn’t feel things to be so foreign after all. [...]

Hill Cruises to Victory in iRacing Pro Race of Champions

by David Phillips on December 18th, 2014

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The field thunders into Turn One.

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Timmy Hill drove to a commanding win in last night’s 4thAnnual iRacing Pro Race of Champions.  Starting on the front row at the virtual Iowa Speedway, Hill drove his digital Super Late Model into the lead when pole sitter, defending champion – and German Porsche Carrera Cup champion — Phillip Eng went wide in the first turn.  Hill never looked back and went on to win by more than 14 seconds over IMSA champion Alex Gurney and NASCAR K&N Pro Series driver Michael Self. “Off the get-go Phillip hit the apron, shot up towards the wall and that kind of ended his race before it even got started,” said Hill, whose brother Tyler earned his first win in the NASCAR iRacing Pro Series on Tuesday.  “After [...]

A Season of Highs and Lows

by Seth Eggert on December 18th, 2014

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The 2014 Season 4 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series featured a number of high and lows in participation and for the sim-racers who participated. Season 4 of the 2014 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series was an abbreviated season, featuring only six weeks of competition instead of the normal dozen weeks. The number of drop weeks was also reduced from four to one. A number of firsts also took place throughout the season. The series crowned another new champion: Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania). The series visited several tracks for the first time, and returned to others after a lengthy hiatus. The series also saw the implementation of single file restarts. The season featured attrition, bad luck, domination, shockers, and several strange moments, among other storylines. The high water mark, participation-wise, came during Week One [...]

Hill’s Charlotte Breakthrough

by Jason Lofing on December 17th, 2014

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In the battle of the Tylers, Hill got around Hudson to finally break into the win column.

Tyler Hill had been a model of consistency through the first six rounds of the NASCAR iRacing Pro Series with top ten finishes in every race. With so many finishes near the front it seemed only a matter of time before Hill sealed the deal with a win. That time came at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the seventh race of the season. Hill did not have the fastest car, but he hung around the front most of the evening, made no mistakes, and took the win away from Tyler Hudson, passing the former NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series champion with just three laps remaining. Hudson had been leading since just after the two returned to the track from their final pit stops, but never could build much of a gap over Hill, [...]

Marc Mercer, Seven Times a Champion

by Justin Sutton on December 17th, 2014

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Carroll and Mercer through Turn Eight of their epic battle.

With a 100% bonafide UK&I Skip Barber League championship on the line, the circus returned to Zandvoort for a 13 lap race of the Grand Prix layout to determine the final champion of 2014.  After the sim racing thrills at Barber Motorsports Park the only championship contenders still remaining were Marc Mercer with 108 points and Dominic Brennan with 92 points, while third placed Graham Carroll had only managed 60 (although impressive when you consider he missed two races).  Alas, the championship took a turn for the boring when the Skippies lined up for the grid and Dominic Brennan was missing entirely, meaning Marc Mercer had become the 2014 Season Four champion before the race even started. With plenty of positions still to play for at a track that has [...]

Ringler Survives Dega Week for Repeat Championship

by Brian Tate on December 16th, 2014

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Boes, Hamer Ride Fast Lane for the Win Nothing brings iRacers out of the woodwork like a week at Talladega Superspeedway.  No matter what car is running at the gigantic 2.66-mile Mecca situated in northern Alabama, iRacers gravitate to the track like drunken moths to a porch light on a warm summer night.  Three NASCAR iRacing Class B Open series regulars would have to navigate the mine field of “Dega Week” with all their limbs and wheels intact if they had any hopes of winning the final championship of 2014. Defending series champion Trent Ringer (Lowline Racing) entered the final race of Season 4 with a 23 point lead over Galeforce Racing’s Larry Scott Jr. and a 43-point advantage over BRB Motorsports’ Randall Faulks. After a slow week at Gateway [...]

Season’s Swan Song at Sonoma

by Justin Sutton on December 16th, 2014

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The final week of the first season with the Team GT3 Challenge landed at the tricky Sonoma Raceway for another 60 minute sim racing enduro on the Long Layout.  On the front row for the big SOF race were Massimo Erra of GT World and Joonas Savolainen in the Putkarit Racing BMW.  Heading to the green flag, Erra caught the field off guard with a blast of acceleration coming out of the Turn 11 hairpin and easily put a gap between himself and Savolainen. Olaf Ballerstedt in the Altbier Racing Club BMW was in fourth behind Hermann Pfander in the Vortex SimRacing RUF, and looked keen to take third on the opening lap.  With a better run through Turn 10 Ballerstedt nabbed the inside line for the hairpin and breezed [...]

4th Annual iRacing Pro Race of Champions Tonight!

by David Phillips on December 15th, 2014

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The iRacing International Race of Champions feature top professional racers from across the motorsports specturm.

Past champions Shane Van Gisbergen and Philipp Eng headline an impressive lineup of professional racers expected to compete in tonight’s 4th Annual iRacing Pro Race of Champions.  Van Gisbergen, Eng and other pros from stock, sports and touring cars, open wheel and drag racing will compete against one another from the comfort of their homes on iRacing.com, the world’s foremost online motorsports simulation service. There’s more on the line than bragging rights: iRacing and CXC Simulations have pledged to donate more than $4000 to the favorite charities of the top three finishers. Tonight’s event consists of a 50 lap Super Late Model race at the virtual Iowa Speedway.  The race will be broadcast live on iRacing (http://www.iracing.com/live/) beginning at 9 pm EST. Among the other drivers expected to compete are [...]

Bragg Wins Thompson and SK Modfied Title

December 15th, 2014

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SK Mods Bragg Thompson

The NASCAR iRacing.com SK Modified series completed the final week of 2014 Season 4 at Thompson International Speedway. At .625 miles in length and 26 degrees of banking Thompson is one of the trickier short tracks to drive in iRacing, as sim racers are relegated to just the high groove, making passing extremely difficult.  Thus qualifying this week would be of the utmost importance. Even if with a great starting spot, however, hiccups during the race can turn a great finish into a case of wondering “what if.”  Case in point: this week’s feature race the drama level was high as the leader seemingly took himself out of contention only to be thrust back in the mix when lapped traffic produced mayhem. In the 2699 SoF race, Bragg Jr shared [...]

Nahkala Takes the Mountain

by Matt Pawelski on December 15th, 2014

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IndyCars at Bathurst . . . the mind boggles.  Here Nahkala leads Simon up The Mountain.

Week 3 of the IndyCar road series saw the sim racers leave the Dallara DW12-friendly Phillip Island GP Circuit for something more . . . out of the ordinary. Yep, that’s right, the series took-on Mount Panorama. With fast and flowing sections, nearly vertical plunges and tons of blind corners, the immensely popular and challenging circuit will test every driver. With a 570 foot variation between its highest and lowest points, Mount Panorama has drivers clinging for dear life as they rocket up the mountain past the barriers at full or very close to full throttle, and then shoot right back down, presumably on the edge of control for the entire time. It is a true driver’s circuit, where precision and control and commitment are key. Joonas Nahkala started on [...]

Road Warrior Recap

by Andrew Pinkerton on December 12th, 2014

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The dust has settled and the points have been tallied. 3,185 drivers competed in this year’s iRacing Road Warrior series. A huge congratulations to the iRacing Road Warrior Series overall points top 10 . . . and to everyone who battled it out, hunting for this year’s Road Warrior crown, from Phillip Island to Circuit of the Americas, in everything from a Skip Barber F2000 to a Williams-Toyota FW31 and Corvette C6.R. 1.    Aday Coba Lopez (3035 points): Iberia Club’s Lopez was the class of the field all year often winning races by nearly a lap or more. He only made 20 race starts, but he won 13 of those. Many of those wins came from one of Lopez’s 11 pole positions. When he didn’t win he often was in [...]

World Sport Car Series Finale at Road America

by Cem Bolukbasi on December 12th, 2014

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With one eye on the road and the other on the HPDs in his mirrors, Leonardo Corti heads into The Kink en route to his RUF class win.

Road America played host to a very challenging and difficult last round of the iRacing World Sports Car Series that saw Paul Ibrink claim the overall championship with Robert Tinsey taking second place honors only 22 points behind the championship leader. The battle for the championship was tight between Ilbrink, Tinsey and third place finisher Gabor Mecs right from the start of the season. Following the top three, came Ashley Owen in fourth while Bekir Karaca not only finished fifth overall but won the title in Division 2. HPD ARX-01C At the Road America weekend, Sunday’s 6:45 GMT Strength of Field race saw a great battle for the lead between team mates Hugo Preto and Jacob Groth who both started in the top five. Contact between the two in Turn [...]

Filsell Wins Carnage Filled Season Finale

by Paul Slavonik on December 12th, 2014

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Although Filsell made off with the final with of Season 4, Cubis also had reason to celebrate. It’s no wonder why drivers are often in awe of the great Mount Panorama Circuit. While it seems that every inch of the 6.2 km track can both excite and intimidate, it  also has a unique talent to lash out with such brutality that one’s race can be over in an instant. Such was the case during the Season 4 finale of the 2014 V8 Supercars Series. The final Holden-only event went out with a bang as many top-drivers both started and ended their race on the first several laps of the 33-lap online event. Taking the final official pole-position in 2014 was ANZ Motorsports’ Jarrad Filsell, with an unprecedented time of 2:02.380. [...]

Cornwell Shocks at Dover

by Seth Eggert on December 11th, 2014

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Week Five of the 2014 Season 4 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval series brought the competitors to the high-banked concrete mile known as Dover International Speedway. Only total of 42 sim-racers were brave enough to take on the challenge of the “Monster Mile” throughout the week. Cautions, a difficult pit road entry, a high attrition rate, lapped traffic, single file restarts and tire wear were just some of the storylines that played out throughout the week. Robert German (Texas) started on pole with Daniel Kendall (Illinois) on his outside. Seth Eggert (Carolina) started from the inside of Row Two  alongside Dave Judson (Ohio) fourth with Ray Kingsbury (New England) rounding-out the top five starters. German and Kendall had an excellent start as Eggert was slow coming to take the green, and quickly [...]

Via Victorious in Radical Racing Challenge

by Katier Scott on December 11th, 2014

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Jairo Via took the 2014 Season 4 Radical Racing Challenge title by a huge margin of 120 points from his nearest rival, DE-AT-CH’s Markus Papenbrock. Papenbrock recovered strongly from a poor first round, to clamber up to a strong second place finish but was unable to challenge for the lead. After five of six rounds Ian Card held that second place from Quentin Kint and Mikko Harju. The DE-AT-CH driver, however, was showing his intent, having climbed-up seven places to fifth overall. He wasn’t the only one making late season gains as Gerd Hoefferer (eight places), Johnny Miranda (seven) and AJ Lamberti (12) all made good top 20 gains, while Johannes Hesterman dropped three spots to seventh despite a decent week, and Ricardo Inacio tumbled to 13th after a poor [...]

What a Season!

by Cam Stark on December 10th, 2014

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Popular as it was competitive, the 2014 Season 4 Star Mazda championship had it all.

It was my first season on iRacingNews, and I was covering the series which I personally loved to take part in: the Star Mazda Championship. This shortened season has produced some fantastic sim racing along with bringing some huge fields out for the races which counted most. All in all. it’s been a pleasure to write the articles for this season; although I do babble a lot, it’s needed for the racing in this car! There’s so much to witness in the short races; a lot happens in 25 minutes and many of the moments are too good to miss! Personally I hope next season is just as great as this one.  Of course, in 2015 Season 1we’ll be back to the usual 12 week format, but nonetheless I’m sure [...]

Laughlin Pulls the Upset at Richmond

by Jason Lofing on December 10th, 2014

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Laughlin's gamble paid-off with a win over ? and ?

Tyler Laughlin scored a surprise victory Tuesday night in the NASCAR iRacing Pro Series race at Richmond International Raceway after making the right call to stay on the race track with 38 laps to go when the leaders chose to pit for new tires.  Five cautions slowed the field during the last 33 laps, allowing Laughlin to survive despite running on very used rubber. Trey Eidson and Tyler Hill, both on the same strategy as Laughlin, finished second and third after coming-up just short on the final one lap shootout. Kevin King wound-up fourth after dominating most of the race and Brian Schoenburg rounded out the top five. Richard Dusett started on pole but King flexed his muscle early, taking the lead 13 laps into the race. King rode ahead [...]

End of the Road

by Andrew Pinkerton on December 10th, 2014

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Road Warriors CoTA Slisans on his way to the win

After 20 exciting rounds in a wildly diverse collection of digital race cars on some of the world’s great road courses, the inaugural season of the iRacing Road Warrior Series crossed the proverbial finish line in Austin, Texas. The Road Warriors’ weapon for the final weekend? The Skip Barber F2000 car. The Skip Barber car allows talent to shine, as setup modification is limited and the car runs on BF Goodrich street tires. The final 41 miles (or 12 laps) of the series were raced on the Circuit of The Americas Grand Prix Circuit: A grand circuit for the grand finale. The first split took the green at 1:00 GMT Saturday. Eric Winter captured the win from the left side of the second row after leading 11 laps. Winter took [...]

Timing is Everything

by Brian Tate on December 9th, 2014

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Week 5 saw the NASCAR Class B Open Series make its maiden trip to Gateway Motorsports.

Timely Yellows Put Ringler in Driver’s Seat for Repeat Championship The pressure was on as race number five of six of the 2014 Season 4 NASCAR iRacing.com Class B Open Championship put the series at the 1.25-mile Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.  Galeforce Racing’s Larry Scott Jr, BRB Motorsport’s Randall Faulks, and Lowline Racing’s Trent Ringler entered the week separated by just seven points the trio and a strong result at Gateway was needed by all before the final week at eternally unpredictable Talladega. This was the first time the NASCAR iRacing.com Class B Open drivers had their crack at Gateway’s unique egg-shaped layout.  Because of the unfamiliarity of the track and the skill set required to run well, there were few opportunities throughout the week to score championship [...]