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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.

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Strugglin’ in South Florida

by Scott Smith on June 29th, 2015

In the middle of a hornet's nest, Homestead-style.

Get out your virtual sunscreen and beach towels!  This week the NASCAR Camping World Truck series heads to South Florida and the challenging 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway. In the virtual world we may only be in Week 2 of Season 3, but in the real world Homestead has been home to the season- ending festivities for all three of NASCAR’s top series since 2002.  A year later the track was reconfigured from a mostly flat-cornered surface into one with variable banking from 18-20 degrees.  The track now features multi- groove racing that produces speed not only tightly hugged to the apron’s white line, but a middle groove and — if your bowl of Wheaties that morning was big enough — right next to the outside wall. In return, there have [...]

Want to go Racing? Be a Chump!

by Paul Slavonik on July 11th, 2014


I’m not alone when I say that I would love to go racing. Although I love the thrill of driving cars on which I will most likely never even get to touch, much less race in real life, I just don’t get that “real life” sensation while I’m sitting in my wheeled swivel chair at home while racing barefoot and in my underwear (Go on and admit it…you do it too).  I want to go racing. REAL racing. And just like I know that YOU also race on iRacing in your underwear, I also know that YOU want to go racing, too! So who’s with me?! Ready? Let’s go! Okay, who’s paying for it? That question, unfortunately, is usually where the conversation stops. Ask anyone who has ever been [...]

Get to Know: Dylan M. Schmidt

by David Ifeguni on March 24th, 2014

Dylan Schmidt iracing car

A member of iRacing since October of 2009, Iowa’s Dylan Schmidt has crafted some pretty impressive career statistics, with multiple victories on ovals and road courses alike. He has 48 career oval victories and six official road course victories, with his first coming in this month of 2011 at Lime Rock Park. Father of a four year old daughter, Schmidt does more than race when he is on the site. You can regularly see him painting cars and posting them and now you, can learn more about him in this week’s edition of Get to Know…on forums or on Trading Paints for anyone to use. Schmidt definitely goes the extra mile when it comes to contributing to the iRacing community. Q:        How long have you been sim racing? A:        [...]

Get to Know: Al Smith Jr

by David Ifeguni on January 6th, 2014

Al Smith Jr iRacing late model

Al Smith Jr has been an iRacing member since April of 2012, but his racing career started well before that. Before iRacing, he raced and won in go-karts for three years. He did not stop improving in his transition from real world racing to sim-racing.  With nearly 400 online starts, he has 16 career oval victories to his credit  on iRacing – so far. The 26 year old from upstate, New York also competes in the Upstate Racing League on iRacing where he races his Late Model.  In addition, Smith currently hosts and produces a New York-based racing league called the Upstate Racing Show. You can learn more about Al Smith Jr in this first edition of Get to Know for 2014… Q:    How long have you been sim-racing? A:   [...]

iRacer Profile: Bruce Perry

by David Phillips on October 26th, 2013

online racing

When considering Bruce Perry’s iRacing career, depending on your perspective, it’s either 4038 down, 962 to go or 2439 down, 2561 to go.  It’s 4032 down, 962 to go for the New Yorker who counts the day his oval iRating topped the 4000 mark as the best day of his sim-racing career . . . and is now aiming for 5000.  He has a little further to go on the road side but, hey, you gotta have goals, right?  And with a couple of GrandAm Series divisional championships to his credit, it’s not like he can’t turn left and right. If Perry’s goals include championships he added one in 2013 Season 3, when he added the NASCAR National Series Division 1 title to his resume, taking six poles, ten [...]

Get to Know: Jesse Atchison

by David Ifeguni on August 12th, 2013

Although he has been King of the Hill in Class A, B and C, Atchison prefers racing the "un-aerodynamic" Silverados.

This week, I interviewed someone who could be considered one of the original iRacers. He joined the iRacing service on June 26, 2008 and has since started 1,129 official oval races, and 172 road races. On the oval side of iRacing, he has 252 career wins and has finished in the top five 67% of the time. On the road side of iRacing, he grabbed 29 checkered flags and has 103 top five finishes. It’s safe to say that, in the five years he’s been on iRacing, 27 year old Jesse Atchison from Prince Frederick, MD has been a top competitor on the service Learn more about Jesse Atchison in this week’s edition of Get to Know… Q:     How long have you been sim racing? A:     I started playing N2 [...]

Circle Track School: Lessons From A Champion

by George Wood on May 22nd, 2013

Tony Stewart: A champion's champion.

The great thing about going to the local short track is that you’re never really sure who is going to show up, and especially so when it’s a special event. Here in Pennsylvania, my local track, Selinsgrove Speedway, hosted their annual 358/360 Sprint Car National Open last week, drawing several touring drivers as well as some from Canada, Michigan, and New York. However, the biggest surprise of all came from Indiana. Tony Stewart decided to fly up to the track from Martinsville, Virginia, to have some fun and race against the Pennsylvania sprint car drivers around a moderately banked and wide surface that is considered the fastest on the East Coast. With qualifying speeds expected to be around 17.5 seconds on a cold April night, everyone was excited about the [...]

Get to Know: Joshua Laughton

by David Ifeguni on February 11th, 2013

online racing

If you want to talk about quick learners, then you’ve come to the right place. The driver I interviewed for this week’s Get to Know joined iRacing in mid-2008, but did not start using iRacing competitively and full time until 2010. When he got serious in 2010, he really got serious. How serious?  He went from a Class C license to an oval pro license in less than half a year. He then went on to compete in the second season of the NASCAR Series World Championship, running in 16 of the 18 total races. This week’s featured driver is Joshua Laughton. The 29 year old Laughton, who currently lives in California, has accomplished a lot on iRacing. In his case, appearances are deceiving.  From a glance at his [...]

Lessons from a Veteran “Up ‘n Comer”

by Andrew Mitchell on July 20th, 2012

Sansone has long been a force in iRacing Silver Crown and Sprint Cars. Here hs battles Jake Stergios's Sprint Car at Bristol.

Vinnie Sansone is one of those up and coming drivers you don’t want to miss because many believe, in the next year or so, he can contend for a NASCAR Series World Championship title. Vinnie has been iRacing since 2008 and has put up some great numbers. For example, in only 111 oval starts this season, he has won 39 races and finished in the top five 80 times, with an average finish of sixth place. To this point in 2012 he has completed 7773 laps on the oval side. Of those 7773 laps, more than 1300 were run in the 2012 NASCAR Series World Championship where Sansone has completed ten races with an average finish of 25th.  At first glance, you may think that those stats aren’t [...]

Sandt Dominates (Again) at Stafford

by Craig Walker on July 16th, 2012

Pilon closed the points gap on Smith, but is running out of time.

While all the focus of the NASCAR SK Modified Series may be on the championship battle between Richard Smith and Marc Pilon, Robert Sandt is quickly emerging as the driver to beat. As the series headed to Jack Arute’s Stafford Motor Speedway, Sandt drove to a solid victory for the second consecutive week and declared himself king of the half mile track. An extremely competitive field saw Pilon and Sandt line up one/two on the front row, while Pilon’s championship rival, Smith started in the fourth position. As the green flag fell. Pilon led the charge  followed by Sandt, Mike Keirstead, Brett Osborn, and Smith respectively. After ten laps, Osborn, knowing Smith had the faster car, let the championship leader by and settled into cruise control in fifth place. [...]

Win Big in the Daytona 500

by David Phillips on February 22nd, 2012

motorsport simulations

Want to get a jump on “Smoke,” Carl, Dale Jr., JJ & Co in 2012? And get a crack at a new gaming computer, NASCAR Superstore cards and a subscription to in the bargain? Here’s your big chance. “How big” you might ask? Round 3 of the World Tour — aka the Daytona 500 — is so big we’re running it on Thursday, February 23 AND Saturday, February 25. Each day’s online racing action will be split into two classes. Thursday’s Oval Rookie and D License race starts at 7:30 PM EST (00:30 GMT Friday) with the green flag waving on the Oval C – Pro License race at 8:30 PM EST (01:30 GMT Friday). Similarly, Saturday’s racing starts at 5:00 PM EST (23:00 GMT) with the [...]

iRacer Profile: Bill Brown

by David Phillips on July 2nd, 2011

racing games

For a self-described “old, broke, washed-up, wanna-be racer,” Bill Brown isn’t doing too badly.  The 30-something Floridian holds-down top ten positions in Division One of both the Street Stock and SK Modified Series and, at the time of this writing, stands P15 in the NASCAR Late Model Series, again in Division One.  And while he’s not an imminent threat to knock Klaus Kivekäs, Hugo Luis, Greger Huttu and Jesse Nieminen from top spots in the iRacing World Championship Series Road Racing, the Panama City resident did collect a Mazda MX5 win at Lime Rock last season and recently followed that up with a fifth place finish in an NVIDIA Cup race at Okayama International Circuit. All this, as Brown notes in his profile, for less than he used [...]

iRacer Profile – Joshua Laughton

by David Phillips on May 28th, 2011

racing games

If you tend to think of the name “Tyler D Hudson” when you read the name “Joshua Laughton” there’s a reason.  The twosome battled for the NASCAR Class C Series title in two of the past three seasons.   And don’t look now, but Hudson and Laughton are a familiar one-two in the NASCAR Class C 2011 Season 2 standings. A little too familiar for Laughton for, as it was in 2010 Season 3 and 2011 Season 1, Hudson is out front.  Fierce as their rivalry may be, however, Laughton counts Hudson as a “great friend.” But what else would you expect from a sim racer who says he was motivated to become an iRacing member by the opportunity to competing with online racing’s top talents in the NASCAR [...]

A Wise Voice for iRacing

by David Phillips on March 10th, 2011

A Wise Voice for iRacing

NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Josh Wise is the latest pro racer to tout the benefits of, both for the fun factor and as a serious tool for helping him improve his “game.”  The youngest champion in USAC history, Wise caught the eye of another USAC champion – Tony Stewart – who helped him break into stock car racing in ARCA and, later, NASCAR where he drove in the Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series for Michael Waltrip Racing, Fitz Motorsports and Darrell Waltrip Motorsports.  The California-native joined JR Motorsports this season and will split time with Danica Patrick in the #7 Chevrolet in Nationwide Series competition. See what Josh has to say about iRacing (and a few other things) here: While you’re at it, check-out an impressive JR [...]

JGR Celebrating 20th Anniversary

January 31st, 2011

JGR Celebrating 20th Anniversary

Tony Stewart (left) jokes with Joe Gibbs during a surprise apperance at Joe Gibbs Racing as part of the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo) CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The final stop on the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Media Tour Thursday at Joe Gibbs Racing was a reunion of sorts with former JGR drivers Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart making special appearances

Hamlin Leads Daytona Draft Pack

January 21st, 2011

Hamlin Leads Daytona Draft Pack

Jimmie Johnson (48), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (88), Brian Vickers (83) and Kasey Kahne draft together during the second day of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing at Daytona Int'l Speedway Friday. (Jerry Markland/Getty Images Photo) DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.

NASCAR Considering Point System Change

January 20th, 2011

NASCAR Considering Point System Change

Chad Knaus (left) and Jimmie Johnson celebrate winning their fifth-straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., last November. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo) DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.

Alleged Altercation Has Stewart In Hot Water

January 15th, 2011

Alleged Altercation Has Stewart In Hot Water

Tony Stewart (HHP/Alan Marler Photo) PARRAMATTA, Australia – An alleged physical altercation with a track official had police questioning two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart on Saturday.

Drivers, Team Owners Remember Jim Hunter

November 2nd, 2010

Drivers, Team Owners Remember Jim Hunter

SHOW OF SUPPORT: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars sported decals remembering NASCAR Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Hunter, who passed away Friday. (Jason Smith/Getty Images Photo) TALLADEGA, Ala

Stewart Inspects Daytona Surface

October 29th, 2010

Stewart Inspects Daytona Surface

Daytona Int'l Speedway President Joie Chitwood III and two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart Thursday at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (DIS photo). DAYTONA BEACH, Fla