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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.

iRacing Grand Prix Series in Full Flow

by Cam Stark on May 4th, 2015

Inches from disaster.

We may be starting the iRacing Grand Prix Series articles a bit late in the season, but as they say – “better late than never!” With six weeks down and six weeks to go, the famous “Temple of Speed” otherwise known as Autodromo Nazionale Monza or simply “Monza” welcomed drivers for Week 7 of 2015 Season 2 of the iGPS season. For road drivers wishing to achieve their PRO license this series is the stepping stone they must take in order to reach that rarefied level. Only the top 15 drivers this season (and in Season 1, which has already passed) will achieve their ambition, whilst some will be left to rue missed chances. With Saturday and Sunday being the located Strength-of-Field slots this is where the ambitious A class [...]

Get to Know: Nelson Rivera

by David Ifeguni on May 4th, 2015

Rivera is gunning for a 5000 iRating in 2015.

New York iRacer Nelson Rivera has been around the online racing service for a while, eight years and two months to be exact. A member since March of 2007, the soon-to-be-fifty year old is a well-seasoned veteran of iRacing and has achieved a lot in his sim racing career. In 632 total oval starts, he has amassed 27 victories and 235 top five finishes. In addition, he has also made it to the virtual championship stage in several series’ on iRacing, most recently in 2011 when he captured the overall championship in Season 1 of the NASCAR iRacing Class B Series Fixed. Join me in learning more about Nelson Rivera in this week’s edition of Get to Know: Q:     What attracted you to racing in the first place? A:     I [...]

Bontempi Takes Checkered and iSS Chase Berth Following Penalties to Bontempi and Roy

by Evan Posocco on May 4th, 2015

Matt Bontempi (foreground), slides through the grass P3 after leading out of the final turn, as Frank Buccialia and Robby Roy (background) cross the line first and second. The win would later go to Bontempi after both the #94 and #14 were penalized.

There was no question it would be a historical evening in the Racing Series, when the series debuted at the Daytona circa 2007 circuit for the first time. Ever since the Season 4 schedule was released late in the chase for the Season 3 championship, this date on the calendar remained one of the most talked about story lines, even with a head to head championship battle in progress. The Daytona circa 2007 track on the iRacing simulation is the Daytona International Speedway as it was when it was first scanned into the sim in 2007. This meaning that this track, which is now no longer used for official series racing, was the only DIS to race on for the longest time as it was accurate to the real [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – The Magic Mile!

by Scott Smith on May 4th, 2015

Not the way we drew-up the start: getting together with on the first lap.

When the average person thinks of New Hampshire they might conjure up images of lobsters the size of small children, overflowing sugar-filled Fluffernutter sandwiches, and dialects missing the hard “r” sound.  However, NASCAR fans often think of something totally different; the small town of Loudon, more specifically, New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This year the Granite State’s flat track celebrates its 25th birthday, and also begins year 22 of hosting races for NASCAR’s top division.  Over the years the speedway has seen fatal accidents, situations that have influenced positive rule changes, and, of course, great racing.  In only a quarter of a century, The Magic Mile has certainly earned its nick name and has become a unique stop for the world of stock car auto racing. At the beginning of this [...]

Tough Times in Richmond

by Jake Hayes on May 4th, 2015

Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug . . .

Week 8 of the 2015 NASCAR iRacing Series Open takes us to another southern short track, Richmond International Raceway.  I enjoy sim racing at Richmond, but I don’t always get good results. I either finish well here or get involved in a crash, sometimes both. I had a good run here last year in the spring, resulting in a fifth place finish. Hopefully I can stay out of the chaos and collect another top five. The wall can come up on you quick at Richmond. I have railed the wall off both Turn 2 and 4 at Richmond many times when I felt like I could easily make it off the corner. Richmond also is a  general tight feeling track , causing drivers to put too much wheel into the [...]

Burnin’ Rubber & Cash Short Track Style

by Dylan Schmidt on May 1st, 2015

Daniel Smallwood started on pole and finished in Victory Lane at Richmond.

Hello again race fans, and welcome to this week’s edition of Burnin’ Rubber & Cash!  It has been a long two weeks for our race team as we battled with Bristol and Richmond in consecutive weeks, but I’m pleased to say we survived and made some money in the process! You might recall that we ended our last edition with a dominating win at Texas.  I’m pleased to report that, while we didn’t exactly continue that high level of success, we did have a great finish at the World’s Fastest Half-mile as well as under the lights at Richmond.  We started out our race week by being introduced to the crowd at Bristol to AC-DC’s “Highway to Hell.”  I felt it was appropriate seeing as how we have a new [...]

Flawless Victory for Grigg-Gault

by Paul Slavonik on May 1st, 2015


As the V8 Supercars Americas series officially passed the halfway mark of 2015 Season 2, fans were treated to an excellent display of skill and dedication at the hands of SDC Motorsports’ Ethan Grigg-Gault. For 30-laps at the historic Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Grigg-Gault took 18 of his fellow sim-racers to school as he demonstrated what true domination on a track looks like. Qualifying As qualifying began, it quickly became obvious that Grigg-Gault was the man to beat. Posting a time of 1:36.793, the SDC driver was the only competitot to get into the 36s which, unsurprisingly, landed him on the pole. Starting alongside Grigg-Gault was TTR’s Shaun Kelly. Filling out the remaining spots in the top-five were Grigg-Gault’s SDC cohorts Martin Carroll, Chad Chastain and Michael Fulcher. The Race [...]

A Race of Ups and Downs

by Cam Stark on April 30th, 2015

Rabsztyn gets it wrong, ruining Jarvis' day in the process.

Twin Ring Motegi; two courses, one location. The Pro Mazdas would be using the 4.8km Road Configuration for their visit to the Japanese track,  up next week will be the Suzuka International Race course, which will conclude the Pro Mazdas’ tour over to Asia for consecutive weeks. Last season’s champion – Gregory Tanson – once again showed his quality in this vehicle by securing pole position for the highly competitive 4130 SOF (Strength-Of-Field) while Mark Jarvis also put in another strong qualifying showing by securing second position on the gird. These positions wouldn’t be easy to keep by the look of the calibre of the field directly behind. Wyatt Gooden and Justin Brunner lined up fourth and fifth respectively, but for their standards the only way they will be aiming [...]

The Shape of Things to Come?

by Wil Vincent on April 30th, 2015

After a quiet start to the 2015 campaign, Huttu scored his second win in a row at Monza.  Is this the view the competition will have for the remainder of the season?

In its five year history, the World Championship Grand Prix Series had never made a visit to Italy. This was one of just a number of reasons why fans and drivers alike marked a red ring around Saturday 25th April, as finally, the cavalcade of the world’s greatest road racers in sim racing headed to the ultra-fast Monza. Coming into the event, it was arguably ineX Racing who were the favourites. Known to be consistently the fastest in a straight line, they also had a history of coming through the field using long straights to their advantage. One of the big worries coming into the event is that for the first time in years, there was a real possibility of using either the high, medium or low downforce package [...]

CXC Simulations iRacing Meet-Up Slated for June 6

by David Phillips on April 29th, 2015

motorsport simulations

CXC Simulations, designers and manufacturers of advanced personal racing simulation equipment, is holding an iRacing Meet-Up on June 6.  The event runs from 11 am to 6 pm at CXC Simulation headquarters at 5261 W. Imperial Hwy Unit B, Los Angeles, CA 90045. The agenda includes a giant LAN race, vendor product demos and give aways, and a gear swap & sell.  Best of all lunch will be provided! iRacers are requested to RSVP at: See the forum post for complete information.

Gale Force Racing, LSRTV and Bussa Team Up for NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series

April 28th, 2015


Gale Force Racing and LiveSimRacingTV (LSRTV) announced Monday an 11 race partnership that will power the No. 34 of Matt Bussa through the remainder of the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series powered by iRacing. Under the agreement, LSRTV will serve as primary sponsor and be featured on all primary sponsor locations onboard the No. 34 Gale Force Racing Toyota for the rest of the season. LSRTV replaces Elwood Designs, who had partnered with the team for the opening rounds of the 2015 season while the team searched for a full-time partner. With the agreement comes new colors and a new look for Bussa’s No. 34, with his Gale Force Racing Toyota sporting a white, red and black design for the day races and an inverted version of the day wrap [...]

A Polish Victory Lap in Homestead

by Seth Eggert on April 28th, 2015

Sim Racing

Week Five of the 2015 Season 2 IndyCar Combined Series sent the series Homestead-Miami Speedway. A total of 168 sim-racers took to the track in South Florida throughout a week where aero push, cautions, crashes, domination, fuel mileage, handling, lap traffic, pit strategy, pit road entrances and exits, and tire wear were just some of the storylines that played-out. Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) started on pole with Matt Pawelski (Pennsylvania) on his outside. Toni Helminen (Finland) started third with Brandon Traino (New Jersey) joining him on the outside of Row Two, and Derek M Murray (UK and I) rounding out the top five starting positions. Trost and Pawelski easily pulled away from Helminen at the green. Just behind Helminen, Adam Dock (Texas) dove underneath both Traino and Murray into Turn [...]

iRacing Reaches Licensing Accord with Rockingham

by David Phillips on April 28th, 2015

racing games, the world’s leading online motorsports service, announced today it has secured a licensing agreement with England’s Rockingham Motor Speedway to create a digital version of the facility.  A team of laser scan technicians and photographers from iRacing traveled to England to conduct work at Rockingham last week. Opened in 2001, Rockingham ranks among the world’s most modern motorsports tracks and features a 1.48 mile, American-style oval along with multiple road course configurations including the International Super Sports Car, National, Lake and Handling Circuits. The laser scanning insures iRacing’s digital versions of the Rockingham’s nearly one dozen oval and road course configurations are accurate to within 2 mm of their real world counterparts.   In addition, iRacing’s artists will use thousands of photographic images shot last week to faithfully reproduce the [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Week 9 – Pratt’s Motor Speedway (Richmond) Recap

by James Falcon Pratt on April 28th, 2015

NASCAR iRacing Series Week 9 – Pratt’s Motor Speedway (Richmond) Recap

This was a messy week for all and that included Falcon Racing. We did pull out a 10th place finish, but the car was destroyed in the process (16 INCs – most of any driver in my Fixed Race). It started well and it looked as if we could cruise from the outset as we started at the very rear of the field, 29th. I quickly and cleanly moved to 22nd. Then I was logging laps when all at once the right rear got tagged and around I went on the back straight catching the outside wall. Later I would look back and see the #29 got together with the #13 car and that sent  into me. The rear damage did not prove to be a problem, but I would [...]

Fast, Just Not Fast Enough

by Jake Hayes on April 27th, 2015

Hayes won this late race battle for P7.

Week 7 of the 2015 NASCAR iRacing Series Open takes us to Thunder Valley, aka Bristol Motor Speedway. Bristol is a track you either love or hate. Many people love Bristol for its fast half mile racing; others dislike Bristol cause of the beat ‘n bang nature of short tracks. Personally, Bristol is a track I always look forward to every year. Last year I had a really fast car and was up front for a lot of the race. A crash though left me with 21st, so I hope that doesn’t happen again. Bristol is a very fast, very bumpy, half mile oval. The teams that get their car to travel well over the bumps are always the fastest at this track. Bristol is also a track where the [...]

Battles Until the End at Road Atlanta

by Niel Hekkens on April 27th, 2015

Vergil Racing underlined their championship season in GTC another win at Road Atlanta.

March 15th was the final day of the debut season of the NEO Endurance Series at Road-Atlanta. The championship was still open in all classes and it all came down to the final 6 hours of sim racing. This 4,09 km track is very short and narrow with not a lot of run-off areas. Road-Atlanta offers no room for mistakes and is very challenging when passing or getting passed by other cars. Prototype Class Radicals Online needed to win or finish second in order to have a shot in the championship. In the opening laps it looked like the championship battle was in Radicals Online’s favor. On Lap 23 the #34 (GT) of Apex Racing UK spun in Turn 3 and Coanda Simsport #11 had nowhere to go. The Coanda [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – The Irish Hills

by Scott Smith on April 27th, 2015

The view From A Digs Motorsports would prefer the competition have at MIS.

The halfway point of 2015 Season 2 for the NASCAR iRacing Class C Series brings us to the beautiful virtual grounds of the Michigan International Speedway.  The two-mile D-shaped track sits amongst the lush green scenery in the Irish Hills area of the state, and always provides the fans with entertaining racing full of three and four-wide action.  MIS not only gets the driver’s adrenaline pumping from the mind-boggling speeds, but the race track is also located very close to the corporate offices of Ford and GM, so there is pressure to perform admirably for the sponsors.  Luckily, From A Dig Motorsports is a completely virtual entity and the duties of appeasing sponsors through strenuous media obligations is non-existent.  Therefore, I am free to hang a farmer-tanned arm out the [...]

IndyCar Reality Check: Long Beach

by Jared DePouw on April 24th, 2015

AJ Foyt Racing's (and iRacer) Takuma Sato cuts it close around Turn 11.

One of America’s premiere racing events, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach has been hosting open wheel racing on the streets of Long Beach, California for over 40 years.  iRacing members are able to enjoy the current configuration of Long Beach as a Tech Track. This means we get all the challenges of this technical street circuit without all the King Taco banners to distract your eyes – and stomach. When it comes to building a setup for Long Beach, there are many factors you need to take into account. In speaking with Chris Simmons, engineer for Scott Dixon’s #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, he said the primary concerns with Long Beach include the curbing and bumps in the braking zones. Turns One through Nine have varying bumps [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Week 9: Pratt’s Motor Speedway (aka Richmond)

by James Falcon Pratt on April 24th, 2015

Richmond International Raceway: not your average short track.

After a great third place at Bristol, we opened Week 9 of the NASCAR iRacing Series at Pratt’s Motor Speedway. The team has requested and been granted the use of the new track name based on the six NiS races run here. Of those six races Falcon Racing has a fourth, three fifths and a seventh with only one finish outside the top five, that a 13th in the 2014 NASCAR iRacing Series Open. This is the second best average finish of any track to typically run in the NiS behind Darlington. I have also lead eight laps here, that is tied for fourth with Homestead. Pratt’s Motor Speedway is a great driver’s track and is often the scene of long green flag runs. Cars can get a bit loose [...]

Plenty Goodenough for Bathurst

by Cam Stark on April 24th, 2015

A familiar face leading from the front.

Motor Racing Circuit Bathurst (otherwise known as Mount Panorama or just Bathurst) is one of the world’s most iconic racetracks; one that features 23 corners over its 6.213km length. By no means is Bathurst a usual type of race track by modern standards. From the top of The Mountain to the bottom of the circuit there is a 174 metre height difference, with wide areas of gradient changes over the top half of the circuit.  It certainly did not promise to be forgiving on these Pro Mazdas. Bathurst is effectively a “street circuit” – a public road on non-race days with walls in very close proximity all around the circuit. Nonetheless, this track always produces some fantastic racing, as well as plenty of mishaps. Only time will tell if Wyatt [...]