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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.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to Corey's aunt!

  • 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.

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • 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.

  • Ray Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give iRacing.com a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and iRacing.com and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • 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.

Binder Goes 4-for-4 at Phoenix

by Scott Kelly on November 13th, 2012

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The Week One finale featured a spectacular battle between a very loose Elomma and Stergios.

The sprint car: once you see them, you’ll never forget what they look like. Popular in the United States as well as Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, the sprint is an absolute monster, packing 820 horsepower in a 1475 pound car that essentially appears to be a roll cage with four tires. Sporting a power-to-weight ratio close to that of a modern F1 machine, the sprint car is far detached from a normal racing vehicle. By having no clutch, transmission, battery, or onboard starter, the driver is required to start the car using a direct-drive system and a tow truck to get it rolling. Once it’s going, however, it’s hard to stop. With a 410 cubic inch, push rod engine allowing the car to churn its fastest laps, driving the [...]

Binder Dominates at Milwaukee

by Scott Kelly on September 24th, 2012

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Binder, Sansone and Stergios staged a great show on Tuesday.

With a one-two punch of short-track action (and devastation for some), the iRacing.com Sprint Car Series left the likes of Lanier and Bristol to travel to the famous Milwaukee Mile; the oldest currently-operating motorsports track in the world. In the first 49 years of its operation, The Milwaukee Mile was a dirt track. but since it was paved in 1954, it has been an important staple of open-wheel racing, hosting countless IndyCar, Midgets, and USAC events. On the iRacing.com service, it holds a similar position in open-wheel drivers’ hearts, and with Week Seven of the iSCS, it was time for drivers to return to this track, which was absent from Season 2 of 2012. Drivers began their work for the week on Tuesday, and the stage was set for fast [...]

iRacer Profile – Keith Melhiser

November 5th, 2011

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games racing

Keith Melhiser knows what he likes.  When it comes to racing, it’s open wheel racing, preferably USAC, and most certainly preferably on dirt.  That’s a good thing for the resident of Petersburg, IN is within driving distance of scores of dirt tracks scattered thoughout his native state, not to mention Illinois, Ohio and other points north, south, east and west.  Indeed, he’s raced on a few of them himself in ? and ? And when it comes to sim racing, Melhiser also knows what he likes.  Not surprisingly, that would be the Silver Crown Cup and Sprint Car Cup.  Since joining iRacing in 2010, Melhiser has run 227 races — all on ovals, the vast majority in Silver Crown and Sprint Cars.  And to good effect.  A two time division [...]

Remarkable

October 15th, 2011

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driving games

iRacing.com was part of a remarkable evening of racing last Saturday at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL.  That’s when and where Shane Hmiel returned to Victory Lane on the anniversary of an accident that left him paralyzed.  A year after a crash in a USAC Silver Crown race at Terre Haute ended his career as a racing driver, Hmiel won USAC’s Gold Crown Midget Nationals as the owner of RW56 Motorsports’s 3 Wide Life midget driven to victory by five time USAC national midget champion Levi Jones. “What a remarkable night,” Jones said. “To be able to win in just my second start for Shane and on the anniversary weekend of his wreck is just absolutely amazing. The weekend couldn’t have worked out any better for us. It was [...]

Call It Lucas Oil Raceway

January 9th, 2011

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Call It Lucas Oil Raceway

Ashley Force Hood does a burnout prior to a run during the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Clermont, Ind. (NHRA Photo) INDIANAPOLIS — The historic Indianapolis Raceway Park has changed names again

Season Rewind: United States Auto Club

December 19th, 2010

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Season Rewind: United States Auto Club

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES & USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES CHAMPION: Levi Jones Levi Jones drove to two USAC National championships during the 2010 racing season. (John DaDalt Photo) Driving the No

PRI Notes: Bernard ‘Excited’ About Clauson

December 14th, 2010

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PRI Notes: Bernard ‘Excited’ About Clauson

FAST TALKER: Randy Bernard talks to the media during a press conference to announce the Mazda Road to Indy sponsorship program Thursday at the PRI Trade Show in Orlando, Fla.

Thursday Night Thunder Returns

December 10th, 2010

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Thursday Night Thunder Returns

Darren Hagen (67) races Bobby East last summer at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. (Julia Johnson photo). INDIANAPOLIS — O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis and United States Auto Club officials have announced that USAC Thursday Night Thunder will return to the lightning fast oval during the course next summer

Championship Weekend In Toledo

December 10th, 2010

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Championship Weekend In Toledo

Levi Jones fights off Bud Kaeding (29) during the USAC Silver Crown season finale at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway. (Phil Rider photo). ORLANDO, Fla.

Bernard Is Clauson’s ‘Biggest Fan’

December 10th, 2010

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Bernard Is Clauson’s ‘Biggest Fan’

USAC National Driver's Champion Bryan Clauson and IndyCar CEO after Clauson won the Turkey Night Grand Prix in November. (John Mahoney photo)

USAC Set For Milwaukee Return

December 6th, 2010

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USAC Set For Milwaukee Return

Billy Wease (80) battles Bobby Santos III for position during the last USAC Mopar National Midget Series feature held at The Milwaukee Mile in 2006. (NSSN Archives Photo) WEST ALLIS, Wis. — The United States Auto Club will return to The Milwaukee Mile next year after a five-year absence, sharing the historic venue with the IZOD IndyCar Series June 18-19

Swanson Tops Sprints

November 26th, 2010

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IRWINDALE, Calif. — Kody Swanson won Thursday night’s 40-lap AMSOIL USAC Western Sprint Car feature at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, but Tony Hunt emerged as the series champion for the fourth time after finishing second. Hunt’s title is his sixth in USAC competition.

Two Races Decide USAC National Drivers Title

November 17th, 2010

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Two Races Decide USAC National Drivers Title

Bryan Clauson (left) and Levi Jones have two races to settle the battle over the USAC National Drivers Championship. (Adam Fenwick and John DaDalt Photo) INDIANAPOLIS — Five points is all that separates Levi Jones from the 2010 USAC National Drivers Championship and a chance to compete in the Firestone Indy Lights Series.

Hines Wires Tulare Midget Go

November 14th, 2010

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Hines Wires Tulare Midget Go

Tracy Hines wired the USAC Mopar National Midget Series event at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., Saturday night. (Mark Sublett Photo) TULARE, Calif. — Tracy Hines led all 30 laps of Saturday night’s 31st Pacific Coast Nationals USAC Mopar National/Western Midget race at the Gropetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway in his Parker Machinery/Turbines, Inc.

Jones, Clauson Battling For USAC Supremacy

November 11th, 2010

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Jones, Clauson Battling For USAC Supremacy

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series parades down the frontstretch at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla., in February. (Al Steinberg Photo) TUALRE, Calif. — Levi Jones hasn’t given up on earning a chance to race in the Firestone Indy Lights Series next year.

Gardner Stops Jones At Perris

November 6th, 2010

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Gardner Stops Jones At Perris

Damion Gardner, shown at East Bay Raceway Park in February, won Friday's USAC feature at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. (Max Dolder photo). PERRIS, Calif

Jones Masters Perris Opener

November 5th, 2010

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Jones Masters Perris Opener

Levi Jones captured the 25-lap opener of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series Budweiser Oval Nationals Thursday night at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. (Gordon Gill Photo) PERRIS, Calif

Fundraisers To Support Hmiel’s Recovery

November 4th, 2010

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Fundraisers To Support Hmiel’s Recovery

Shane Hmiel at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Clermont, Ind., earlier this year.

USAC Title Fights Heading To Perris

November 3rd, 2010

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USAC Title Fights Heading To Perris

Damion Gardner (71) topped Mike Spencer to win the 2009 edition of the Budweiser Oval Nationals at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. (Doug Allen Photo) PERRIS, Calif.

USAC Southeast To Debut Next Year

October 22nd, 2010

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TAMPA, Fla. — USAC will sanction the Central Florida Wingless Sprint Car Ass’n next season, creating the USAC Southeast Sprint Car Series