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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.

  • 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.

Five for the Win in AOR Season 2 Opener

by Justin Sutton on April 1st, 2015

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Contact between teammates drops Reid to fifth and gives Brunner wing damage.

The Apex Online Racing League (commonly known as AOR) opened a new championship last season using the Star Mazda (AOR Pro Mazda Championship) which featured some fantastic racing week after week, and with a shake-up in the rules (and some changes to the car between seasons) the second season kicked off at Interlagos in Brazil for a 36 lap race.  The inaugural champion, Kerry Knowlden, couldn’t manage pole position though, as he lost out to new-comer (and only American in the league) Justin Brunner.  At the start, Brunner held his advantage into the first corner while Knowlden did the same with his teammate Phil Reid right behind him in third.  Knowlden didn’t wait long though, stealing the lead less than two minutes later at the start of Lap Two with [...]

Road Warrior 12 Hours of Sebring

by Andrew Pinkerton on March 31st, 2015

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The Radicals Online HPD ARX01C led laps en route to the overall win in the top split of the iRacing Road Warriors 12 Hours of Sebring.

After a fiercely competitive iRacing Daytona 24 back in January the Road Warrior Endurance teams took to the track for the first ever iRaicng 12 Hours of Sebring. The race kicked off at 13:00 GMT on Saturday March 28th. At least two drivers had to get behind the wheel during the 12 hour event. For this round iRacing utilized the same class combinations from the Daytona 24. The fastest class was the Prototype category using the HPD ARX-01 P2 car. The GT category gave teams the choice of one of four GT3 cars (also utilized in the new iRacing Blancpain series): the BMW Z4 GT3, Ford GT GT3, McLaren MP4-12 C GT3, and RUF Track. Despite the race being half as long as Daytona it is not half the challenge [...]

Get to Know: Chuck Chambliss

by David Ifeguni on March 31st, 2015

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Chuck Chambliss car

A solid sim racer in both disciplines, iRacer Chuck Chambliss is a threat on any type of racetrack, oval or road. The 43 year old out of Hueytown, Alabama, has nearly 3600 races to his credit since joining iRacing back in May, 2008. Chambliss is primarily a road racer, with over 60% of his starts coming on the road courses of iRacing.  In 2250 road starts, Chambliss has visited victory circle 171 times and has nearly 100 top five finishes. Not that he’s exactly a slouch on the ovals: Exclusively turning left, Chambliss has 62 career victories and 376 top five finishes in 1265 starts. In addition, Chambliss is an iRacing champion, having won the championship in the Star Mazda series in his division in 2008 Season 3 and the [...]

Gooden’s Last Lap Glory

by Cam Stark on March 31st, 2015

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Gooden wasted no time in taking 2nd place from his fellow American

Autódromo José Carlos Pace – host of the Brazilian Grand Prix – had the honour of welcoming the Pro Mazdas for what should prove to be another exciting season. The 4.309KM, 15 turn circuit would certainly make it an open opportunity for anyone to win considering the two vast straights where you could allow draft to play in to your hands. The tight infield section could be the creator of many issues in this race; not least with cold tires on Lap One! The pole position was taken by Mark Jarvis – last season’s fourth place finisher – who already looked as though he’s got his season off to an ideal start. Joining Jarvis on the front row was a fellow UK&I member: Jamie Fluke. Fluke by no means ‘Fluked’ [...]

The Championship Decider at Interlagos

by Justin Sutton on March 31st, 2015

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Avery makes a move for fourth at the outside of Turn One on Lap One.

The final round of the UK&I Skip Barber League’s first season of 2015 was at Interlagos for a championship deciding race.  With Sebastian Job and Tom Ward separated by just two points, the man who could finish the race ahead of the other would likely become the first champion of the year.  Job took pole with a 1:51.851, Ward sat in third, and Wojciech Swirydowicz sat between them.  On the word go all but one of the nearly three dozen Skippies shot off the line and accelerated toward Turn One.  Fahim Antoniades remained stationary on the grid and became an obstacle until he was struck at high speed and taken out of the race. Richard Avery went on the attack immediately from fifth position, going around the outside of Rob [...]

iRacing’s Dudes Abide

by David Phillips on March 30th, 2015

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iRacing's Chris Lerch takes the lead from Team Reddit BMW in "uncoventional" fashion en route to Lebowski's GT3 win at Sebring.

Never let it be said that the folks at iRacing lack for hands-on sim racing experience.  Most recent case in point:  the iRacing 12 Hours of Sebring, where iRacing staffers experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of P16. The thrill of victory went to Chris Lerch (vehicle dynamic engineer), Kevin Bobbitt (marketing director), Dan Garrison (software engineer) and teammate David Santora who wheeled the Lebowski Popsicle Ford GT to the GT3 Class win in a split that saw Cross Racing – as in Nim Cross (chief steward) along with his son Jeremy and brothers Jason and Brian – come home fifth in their RUF Track. Somewhat less successful were Randy Cross (principal software engineer), Shannon Whitmore (support & customer experience director) and Chris Weidner (lead testing coordinator) who [...]

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

by Scott Smith on March 30th, 2015

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Despite riding the outside of the conveyor belt a few times, Smith snagged a couple of top tens at Marty.

Nestled in the rolling foothills of southern Virginia lies the famous Martinsville Speedway.  Within the community of stock car auto racing, the half-mile speedway radiates a legendary mystique, all while fitting the definition of “historic” to a T.  The track was built over six decades ago in 1947, and remains the only track on the NASCAR schedule that was also raced-on in the sport’s inaugural season of 1948.  Whether it’s the winner polishing their coveted grandfather clock, or the spectators rifling through handfuls of famous red hot dogs while the whistle of the 4:30 locomotive yells through the valley, Martinsville Speedway is rich in tradition. The modern technology that makes iRacing and the Internet possible is nothing short of amazing.  What could be more amazing?  Well, a time machine, of [...]

De Jong, Radicals Online and Foracer Coanda Simsport Win at Sebring

March 30th, 2015

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racing games

A busy day of sim racing at Sebring International Raceway on Saturday saw Mitchell deJong capture Round Three of the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series even as Radicals Online (prototype) and Forarcer Coanda Simsport (GT3) motored to the class wins in the top split of the iRacing 12 Hours of Sebring. DeJong scored an impressive maiden iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series win, starting from pole and leading 40 of 52 laps to best Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola by 7.8s with Enzo Bonito coming home third ahead of four time world champion Greger Huttu.  In taking the win, deJong derailed Uusi-Jaakkola’s bid to capture a third straight win on the season and, in the process, vaulted into second place in the overall season standings.  Uusi-Jaakkola (140) still holds a healthy lead [...]

Majeski Battles To Irwindale Inner Victory

by Matt Rolfe on March 29th, 2015

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IrwindaleInner_SLM_Story

On Thursday night, the RB Performance Super Late Model Series made their second trip of the season to the Irwindale Speedway, but this time they would run the Inner bullring configuration for a 125 lap feature event. Last week, the Sim Auto Racing Association‘s premiere division was at their largest track at the Milwaukee Mile, but the drivers would have to switch it up a bit as they battled it out on the smallest track on the schedule this week. In qualifying, it was Justin Brooks who picked up the pole for the race, with points leader Cody Kelley starting to his outside. At the drop of the green flag, Brooks and Kelley quickly fell in line in the first two spots, and while the field battled it out behind [...]

New Chapter for SEKQLD GT Championship

by Paul Mansell on March 27th, 2015

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racing games

As new season starts, a new chapter begins in the SEKQLD  GT Championship. The series has gone from strength to strength over the past few years now and with continued support from SEKQLD.com the series now has the ability to attract even more. Also throwing their support in is Pagnian/Next Level Racing products (www.pagnianimports.com.au) who is now sponsoring iRFF Racing giving the team the ability to run with a great sponsor and provide support to iRacing members with fantastic products. Check out their website. The SEKQLD GT Championship is about to head into another season with revamped schedules and a new qualifying format that will see a whole new approach for some teams to get the top spot. Gavin Sadler, who runs the series, has be actively working out a [...]

Like a Win

by Jake Hayes on March 25th, 2015

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Hayes Auto Club 1

Week 4 of the 2015 NASCAR iRacing Series Open keeps us in the West at Auto Club Speedway in sunny California. Auto Club Speedway is one of two 2.0 mile tracks on Sprint Cup series schedule, the other being its Midwestern cousin: Michigan International Speedway. Interestingly enough, although the two tracks race and drive similarly, I usually run well at Auto Club despite struggling at Michigan. Last year I recorded a fifth place at Auto Club; with past success at the track, I always have high expectations for a good finish. As this was the first large track we have visited with the new rules package, I had no idea what to expect, handling-wise this week. Early in practice the car felt quite different due to the large horsepower difference [...]

Wheelin’ it at Auto Club

by Paul Williams on March 25th, 2015

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Williams Auto Club 2

It was an exciting week in the NASCAR iRacing Series as drivers found themselves wrestling the challenges of maintaining grip at the high-speed Auto Club Speedway. Trying to maintain the dangerous, but necessary, corner exit speed given the long straightaways suckered many in to overdriving the cars – leaving those who could understand and feel the tires’ limits reaping the benefits. Unlike last week at Phoenix, Auto Club’s shear size allowed for a lot of side-by-side racing and long green flag runs. The average number of cautions in both the Fixed and Open series came in in the mid-to-low single digits, affording drivers the opportunity to play multiple strategies. The week’s opening races went to Malik Ray for the Open series and Robert Padavich for the Fixed, giving both drivers [...]

STC – BLUE CUP 2015

by Riccardo Schiavon on March 25th, 2015

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Thursday 26th March the STC start a new championship: the Sim Racing Team STC -Blue Cup:  11 teams, 22 drivers per race, four different GT3 cars, seven races . . . and one Team Champion! Will Iberica Racing Team be able to defend the Black Cup Title from the Mivano Thrustmaster X Team and TeamGT, that finished  second and third, respectively, in the last Black Cup?  Or could one of these teams be the new champion? Hellenic Racing Team, Movie-go Racing, Zero One Team Racing, Blue Flag Racing, Odox Motorsport, Positive Sim Racing and the new entry Velomax SimRacing, darContigo Racing Team. The STC is a team championship, so there is only the team standings.  In fact, each driver can race in only three out of the seven races. This [...]

Humpe Dominant, Wins Second Straight

by Jason Lofing on March 25th, 2015

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Humpe led  of laps in a convincing win at Auto Club Speedway.

For the second week in a row, Kenny Humpe visited victory lane in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. This time, Humpe’s win capped a dominating performance at Auto Club Speedway in which he started from the pole and led five times for 97 of 125 laps. Chad Laughton finished runner-up, half a second behind the winner with Justin Bolton third, followed by Ray Alfalla and Nick Ottinger. From the drop of the green flag, Humpe was clearly the driver to beat. After Laughton drafted by to lead the second lap, Humpe regained control and looked to pull away from the rest of the field, although a trio of cautions would keep that from happening. The first two incidents were relatively minor but the third, which unfolded on [...]

Cody Kelley Dominates The Milwaukee Mile

by Matt Rolfe on March 24th, 2015

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Cody Kelley (75) makes the winning pace late in the race on his way to his 3rd SLM victory of the season.

Last Thursday night, the RB Performance Super Late Model series took to the oldest track in the United States, The Milwaukee Mile, for 150 grueling laps in the Sim Auto Racing Association‘s version of the Howie Lettow Memorial 150. While Cody Kelley took the top spot in practice, it would be Ty Majeski just beating out Kelley by one hundreth of a second to take the pole position. As the race began, Majeski started to do what he does best, and pulled out to an early lead with Kelley on his tail. Everything was smooth sailing for the first 24 laps with David Krikorian, Bill Martin, and James Linkiewicz rounding out the top five. On lap 24 however, the two leaders would make contact as Kelley and Majeski got together in the [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Diary: Auto Club Speedway

by James Falcon Pratt on March 23rd, 2015

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NASCAR iRacing Series Diary: Auto Club Speedway

Falcon Racing enjoyed a good week in the NASCAR iRacing Series at Auto Club Speedway, with a 12th place in the Open and a fourth place in the Fixed. We even lead two laps in the Fixed, adding to the two laps we lead at Daytona back in Week 1. The setup was good for a fixed setup and drivers could find different lines based on driving styles. We were running four, five and even six lines through both sets of corners and even down the front straight. At times we would be three wide down the back straight. The open setups were even more interesting with some running right at the wall and others on the white line as well as any of the four lanes in-between. Both of [...]

Behind the Scenes: NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series – Into the Wild Unknown

by Matt Holden on March 23rd, 2015

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The Duel between Nick and Ray Alfalla in 2013 at Texas was phenomenal to watch, and I think we'll start seeing this more and more in the future.

I’ve had this article planned for a while and I’m very excited about it.  Honestly, I do not want to write a single word about the Las Vegas race.  But I will, if for no other reason than to put a period on that and go into what I actually want to discuss.  If you want to read about the race from a broad view, Jason Lofing wrote a good article on it which can be found here:  http://www.iracing.com/iracingnews/nascar-news/humpe-wins-controversial-vegas Our race was a disaster.  There is no better way to describe it.  Of our six drivers, one didn’t qualify, one disconnected on Lap 5 (No, he did not switch to Nick Ottinger’s internet service provider), three crashed, and one managed to escape the cataclysmic final restart to finish third.  In [...]

Burnin’ Rubber and Cash 2015 Nascar iRacing Series: Phoenix Spring

by Dylan Schmidt on March 23rd, 2015

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Holy paint schemes Batman!  Schmidt's latest livery is no joke!

Welcome to sunny Phoenix, Arizona everyone!  We got into town yesterday, after a seemingly endless drive across country.  I feel sorry for those East Coast teams that have to drive even further than we did… two days stuffed in a car full of smelly dudes with questionable hygiene is enough for me.  I’m restless and ready for some action! After last week’s horrible finish, we were forced to purchase a new chassis and engine.  It’s horrible having to scrap a whole car, but we’re considering options for what to do with the trashed bodies.  Maybe we’ll start a bone-yard in homage to NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Jr.  He likes to collect other people’s cars though, so I guess ours will just be our own dead machines. This week, we [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Bump Drafting… Again!

by Scott Smith on March 23rd, 2015

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Bump drafting is back.

As the Earth continues to orbit around our sun, she begins to tilt about on her axis, and point in a more direct manner towards the heart of our solar system.  With this seemingly incomprehensible act of the heavens comes change.  Spring is in the air (at least in north of the Equator). Critters begin to come out of hibernation, the grass turns a vibrant green, and beautiful flowers begin to bloom. In the virtual world of iRacing, a cycle of change has also dawned.  Not only are us iRacers beginning Season 2, but we have a new build to get accustomed to, as well as an up-to-date model of the 2015 NASCAR Camping World truck.  Diehard Ford fans may be disappointed, as the blue oval has been kicked to [...]

Phoenix Recovery Room

by Jake Hayes on March 20th, 2015

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Last year's runner-up finish and a strong qualifying effort this year promised a good race.

So far this season in the 2015 NASCAR iRacing Series (Open) we have visited two 1.5 milers. Week 3 took us to the unique one mile oval at Phoenix International Raceway. The thing about Phoenix that makes it so different from any other track NASCAR goes to is the “Dogleg” located on the backstretch. Drivers in both real and sim worlds use the dogleg to make passes and it often leads to some interesting racing. This is also one of my favorite tracks and I managed a second place finish here in the 2014 season. I was hoping to improve on that this year and bring home a win! NASCAR updated its rules package for 2015 and, with its newest update, iRacing incorporated this rules package in Gen-6 Sprint Cup [...]