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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.
  • David Judson
    Contributor

    29 years old, Dave Judson lives in Mentor, Ohio. Dave has grown up with racing, watching his father win races and championships at the local go-kart track as a youngster and continuing his love of racing while watching NASCAR, Indycar, Formula 1 and sports cars.
    Judson has enjoyed a successful sim-racing career of his own in the IZOD Indycar iRacing Open and Fixed Setup Series. He has race wins to his credits as well as the Division 1 Championship of the Open Series in Season 1 of 2013 and the Overall Championship of the Fixed Series in Season 3 of 2013.
    Dave has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is looking to expand his horizons by writing for inRacingNews.

  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield, 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 his aunt!

  • Raymond 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.

  • 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."

  • Scott Kelly
    Contributor

    Born and raised in the greater St. Louis, Missouri area, Scott Kelly has had a love for motorsports ever since his father did the right thing by introducing auto racing into his life. No longer able to quench his need for speed by spectating NASCAR races on TV and watching dirt track stars slide around local tracks, Kelly eventually picked-up sim racing in his teens, wheeling cars found in Ratbag Games' "Dirt Track Racing" and "World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars" while also becoming introduced into multiple Papyrus sim-racing series. Joining the iRacing ranks in late 2011, Kelly set his sights on the short track racing he was familiar with, focusing on the sprint car, while also driving the Legends and street stock in multiple iRacing.com leagues.

    Kelly brings not just his enthusiasm for racing to the highest-rated motorsports simulation, but also his B.A. degree in English; he covers the action seen in the iRacing.com Sprint Car Series, while also placing the spotlight on various leagues within the service. Enjoying his start to a career in motorsports journalism, Kelly also doesn't mind visiting victory lane from time-to-time.

  • George Wood
    Contributing Writer
    After beginning his racing career with go-karts at age seven, George then turned wrenches on street stocks until he could finally turn the wheel. Following the successes of his friends and family, George has since retired from real-world racing, where he is now a science and mathematics faculty member for several local community colleges. When George isn't grading laboratory reports or iRacing, he is performing at bluegrass festivals in the Northeast, making fishing lures, playing golf, and rooting for his beloved Baltimore Orioles.
  • Chris Hall
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Chris Hall has been writing since the nineties and moved into motorsports reporting in 2005, covering series such as ALMS, British GT, FIA GT, Le Mans and 2CV racing for Full Throttle magazine, Motorsport.com, The-Paddock.net, GTGateway.com, L' Endurance and, of course, inRacingNews. During 2008 and 2009, he worked with the RSS Performance Porsche Carrera Cup Team (and former British GT(C) champions) as a data engineer for a variety of drivers and models of 997s.
  • 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.
  • Dylan Sharman
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in Adelaide and we moved-out for Angle Vale for a few years until I was about 7 years old, when we moved to the Barossa Valley where I live now. I'm 19 years old and currently traveling back and forth weekly as I'm studying for a Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology.

    I've always had a love for racing as my close family did some racing and we were always out at the local dirt track. I joined iRacing back in 2010 and slowly but surely got the hang of it as this is my first experience with sim racing and am loving it each time I race. I've won two SK Modified titles (almost had three in a row but finished P2 in 2011 S4), an iRacingNews Challenge championship (2012 S1 Mazda) and was also an AustralAsian Intel GT Series Finalist.
  • 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.

Red Sox 24 Laps of Watkins Glen

by James Prostell Jr. on October 18th, 2013

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WATKINS GLEN, NEW YORK – A former home to the Formula One United States Grand Prix, current home to one of NASCAR’s road events, and likely home to many more future motorsport events, Watkins Glen International has played a pivotal role in countless series over the years. Just before the leaves on the trees surrounding the classic track turn color and drop along with the temperature, “The Glen” is ready to heat up, and possibly shake up, yet another group of racers as Red Sox Racing League’s McLaren Turbo Challenge visits New York for Round 6, the 24 Laps of Watkins Glen. Any trip to the Finger Lakes is special, but for the competitors, not only does the season’s sixth race represent the halfway point, it is also the second [...]

V8 Championship Heats-Up in The States

by Dylan Sharman on October 15th, 2013

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Down was in top form in the States, taking wins at Road Atlanta and The Glen.

Rounds Nine and 10 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Championship went to two of the classic American tracks, Road Atlanta and Watkins Glen.  With the championship heating up between the two team mates the battle for third is also well and truly alive. Round Nine at Road Atlanta saw Madison Down dominate from start to finish, never really being challenged at all cruising to an 8.5 second win. Josh Muggleton came home in second place just ahead of Richard Hamstead who threw everything at Muggleton in the final laps but couldn’t get the job done and settled for third place. Shaun Kelly and Michael Fabian rounded-out the top five finishers as they both try and hunt down Leigh Day who is currently third in the overall points. Day had a [...]

Stunning Watkins Glen

by Katier Scott on October 1st, 2013

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As always, The Glen proved to be a popular stop on the CTC calendar.

Nuno Moreira and Tapani Linnaluoto produced stunning performances at Watkins Glen in Round Nine of the Classic Teams Championship but still face a mountain of climbing if they are to overhaul championship leader Gernot Fritsche.  The champion-elect had a decidedly off-colour week at the popular US track, netting a comparatively meagre 146 points which, due to dropped scores, resulted in no change in the Ferrari driver’s net score. The McLaren and Williams drivers, however, both netted their eighth scores of the season allowing then to claw vital points back in the championship chase. With three weeks remaining, there is still a chance they will overhaul the Fritsche, but the 135 points Linnaluoto must gain will be very tough, while Moreira’s 250 point deficit is very unlikely to be un-closable . [...]

Kotovaara Sweeps The Glen

by Nathan Lamothe on September 4th, 2013

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Watkins Glen hosted the fourth week of this season’s Skip Barber Race Series.  One of North America’s premier circuits, as a former site for the United States Grand Prix, The Glen is also known around the world. This week saw the Barber Series use the Boot configuration of the track, a circuit that is as tricky as it is bumpy, especially in the Inner Loop and The Boot. This 4185 strength of field boasted a very promising grid of talented sim-racers. On pole position was Curtis Fung with a time of 2:09.074, while Pro driver Antoine Higelin and World Championship driver Petteri Kotovaara lined up P2-P3. Soon after the start, Martin Peck and Mattia Branchini made contact in The Esses, causing Branchini to flip multiple times. However, he simply reset [...]

Multiple Winners in 120 Minutes of Thunder Presented by InsideSimRacingTV

by David Phillips on September 4th, 2013

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Saturday’s 120 Minutes of Thunder Presented by InsideSimRacingTV saw 78 winners emerge from no fewer than 47 splits of multi-class racing featuring the Riley MkII Daytona Prototype, the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 and Cadillac CTS-V.  All told nearly 1000 sim-racers took part in the two hour races on the Watkins Glen Classic Boot circuit, with 189 iRacers taking the green flags in the Rookie-Class D competition and 804 of their counterparts competing in the Class C and above action. Anthony Roselli (Riley), Dylan Sharman (McLaren) and Jason Mizzi2 (Cadillac) took class honors in the top-rated split for Class C and above, while Nicholas Sadowski (Riley), Aidan Walsingham (McLaren) and Dalton Petrillo (Cadillac) captured the class wins in the top-rated Rookie-Class D split.  Runners-up in Class C and above included Mitchell dejong [...]

Via Victorious at Suzuka

August 26th, 2013

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go side-by-side through Turn One.

This week, the iRacing.com Skip Barber Race Series visited the beautiful and technical Suzuka International Racing Course, or simply Suzuka Circuit. This is the track where Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost had their controversial accidents in 1989 and 1990. It’s also where Jacques Villeneuve almost made history where he could have been the first driver to win his first world championship in his debut season with Williams. Susuka’s many and varied corners will certainly not make every – or even any — driver’s day easy; cases in point the brutal 130R or the Esses following Turn Two. The 4131 Strength of Field race featured Mikko Nässi on pole position with a time of 2:23.712. Starting next to him was Jairo Via and third was Mattia Branchini. Although the start was [...]

New Tyres Deliver at Interlagos

by Simon Cattell on August 24th, 2013

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Thompson fights off the pack to ensure top spot in the iGPS championship.

Interlagos Circuit – known officially as the Autodromo José Carlos Pace – played host to Round Three of the iRacing.com Grand Prix Series (iGPS), and the dawn of potentially a new era with the whole paddock anticipating the hyped changes to its open-wheel racing car, the Williams-Toyota FW31. With discontent lingering on many fronts, a change was overdue . . . and a change was delivered. Within hours of its release, hundreds of sim-racers took to the online servers to practice in an active environment, and within hours, the resulting changes were being heaped with praise. With great pleasure came great numbers, as it was anticipated the Strength of Field (SoF) races scheduled for later in the week would reach season high points totals, and this proved to be the [...]

iGPS Points Lottery at the Glen

by Simon Cattell on August 17th, 2013

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The tricky 90 degree Turn One leads to the Esses and the renowned back straight.

In the shortest race-to-race journey across the season, the iRacing.com Grand Prix Series (iGPS) makes three US state crossings, as we progress from Indianapolis, Indiana to Watkins Glen, New York. The forever popular track, Watkins Glen remains a favourite amongst racers alike, regardless of which types of cars take to the track. The easy-going 3.4 mile layout is a magnet for participants, as the combination of corners are followed by decent length straights, allowing for wheel-to-wheel action, particularly on the run up from the ‘Esses’ before decelerating for the Outer Loop (Turn Five). The high-speed circuit – an absentee from the Formula 1 World Championship since 1980 — remains largely unaltered since those days.  Nevertheless, it’s still a very iconic track, one that sets the tone for the season, as [...]

2013 iGPS Opener: Well Worth the Wait

by Simon Cattell on August 12th, 2013

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Oomishima had a competitive weekend but just missed out on a win.

With 2013 Season Two of the iRacing Grand Prix Series (iGPS) finally water under the bridge, Season Three is now upon us. Now that the top finishers from S2 have achieved their long-awaited promotion, new opportunities present themselves for those awaiting S3 as this is the last chance during 2013 to join the sim racing elite in the road to iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series (iWCGPS). With S2’s elite eleven en route to their own yellow brick road, Week One of S3 takes us to a more commonplace brick road: The Brickyard.   The historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2.6 mile road course has two personalities, one a tight, twisty infield with sharp radius corners with little room for error, and the other featuring the longest pit straight of any road [...]

Huge Turnout for Mustang Season Opener at Summit Point

by Jeff Jacobs on August 6th, 2013

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Two-time champion Darius Bielawski made a successful Pony Car return, taking two wins in three races.

With an exciting new schedule and a newly-crowned champion from Season 2, the iRacing.com Mustang Challenge opened Season 3 at Summit Point with 44 official races and 31 different winners.  A total of 301 sim-racers competed in at least one online race in the Mustang FR500S to start the battle for the Season 3 championship. Australian driver Gary Dawkins started the Season with the overall points lead, earning 153 points with a hard-fought win against tough competition that included Mike Baures and Kevin C Ford.  Ford started on the pole, while Baures used a good start to jump from third to second over Dawkins on the opening lap.  The three drivers battled in those positions for a dozen tours of the West Virginia circuit, until a mistake opened the door [...]

Fritsche Scorches to Another Championship

by Katier Scott on July 25th, 2013

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After a slow start to the season, Fristche roared to another CTC title.

Over the course of 12 rounds Gernot Fritsche stormed to another CTC World Championship. Since January 2010 the veteran DE-AT-CH driver has notched up an impressive 344 starts in the Lotus 79 and, even more impressively, won 130 of them. During that time he has driven cars painted in the liveries of famous names including Ferrari and most recently Lotus themselves and has always been at the sharp end of the grid. This season, however, it took Fritsche a few rounds to get going.  It wasn’t until early leader Nuno Moreira missed the Mid-Ohio and Sonoma rounds and Fritsche, himself, had recorded eight scores that he was able to secure himself at the top of the table. One of iRacing’s true stalwarts, Fritsche remembers his first win prior to the [...]

Honczarenko Earns First iRacing Championship in Mustang Cup

by Jeff Jacobs on July 24th, 2013

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Honczarenko held off challengers like Olivier Sackhouse (#3) and Randolph Chenowth (#4) at Spa to claim the championship.

Todd Honczarenko was crowned the 2013 Season 2 Overall Champion of the iRacing.com Mustang Cup when none of the other top drivers were able to turn Week 12 victories at Spa into enough points to catch the overall leader.  This is Honczarenko’s first ever championship in a series on iRacing.com.  The New Jersey sim-racer parlayed his real-life racing experience driving a Mustang in NASA’s American Iron Racing series into a Championship against some of the best international sim-racers competing at a broad range of tracks over 12 weeks. While the first six weeks of the season were dominated by Vedran Broz, it was Honczarenko’s 199-point race victory at Watkins Glen in Week 7 that propelled him to the top spot.  He never relinquished the points lead through the entire second-half [...]

Mustangs Stampede The Glen

by Jeff Jacobs on June 21st, 2013

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The Glen attracted 426 Mustangs in 61 races that often featured three- and four-wide racing.

The iRacing.com Mustang Cup series welcomed the second half of Season 2 with a stampede at the Watkins Glen Cup course as 426 sim-racers competed in 61 races producing 29 different winners.  To put this amazing turn-out in perspective, the usual most popular track in the series (Daytona) was visited in Week 5, attracting 224 competitors for 32 races with 19 winners.  Besides the regular series participants, many past-regulars and oval racers familiar with the Glen’s Cup configuration showed-up in large numbers to add to the already closely-contested online racing. One of those drivers “returning” to the Mustang FR500S was Dan Rasch, who showed no signs of rust taking 10 wins in 11 races as well as the top qualifying time of 1:22.610, just 0.089 ahead of series regular and [...]

Fritsche Charges, Narrows Moreira’s Lead

by Katier Scott on June 10th, 2013

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Watkins Glen is always a popular venue on the CTC calendar.

It was business as usual as the field moved to Watkins Glen with Gernot Fritsche taking maximum points in the week’s Classic Team Championship battles, narrowing the gap to series leader Nuno Moreira by 11 points. Watkins Glen is usually a popular track, often boasting the highest participation of the entire season for any series, and this week proved to be no different as 159 drivers took part in 18 online race starts during the course of seven days. Peter Duggan, David Ballew and Jean-Francois Boscus made the most starts during the course of the week, each registering seven starts, although only Duggan was able to win any of his races. He finished with three victories but poor results elsewhere resulted in him only scoring 101 points while the other [...]

IndyCar Sebring

by Matt Kingsbury on June 1st, 2013

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Round Four of the iRacing.com IndyCar Series (road) visited historic Sebring.

The fourth week of iRacing.com IndyCar Road Fixed Series action took place at the Sebring International Raceway, a runway converted to a race course that was the first track  to host the United States Grand Prix in 1959. The circuit used by the Dallara Indy Car teams this week was the Modified Circuit which brings the course length to just under two miles at a 1.97 mile length consisting of nine turns.  This week only 94 sim-racers geared-up to take victory at the acclaimed track. The iRacing.com IndyCar Road Fixed Series saw strength of field race of 2026 with ten drivers taking a shot at the win. Five cars finished on the lead lap and were led by Denis Garese (France) who led 15 out of 36 laps and set [...]

Moreira Extends Lead as Fritsche Charges

by Katier Scott on May 31st, 2013

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Lotus did Colin, Mario, Ronnie & Co proud, topping the charts at Brands Hatch.

Twin Ring Motegi was the location for Round Three of the 2013 S2 Lotus Classic Teams Championship and multiple champion, Gernot Fritsche finally got his season going at the third time of asking. Fritsche put in a strong 194 point performance, outgunning the championship leader by a narrow margin. On a week which traditionally is lower in popularity, Tony Lamberti took full advantage to take third and surge to fourth overall, while Niklas Brattemark continued to hold second ahead of Michel Dudognon, despite the latter besting the McLaren driver by seven points. Speaking of seven, seven drivers managed wins during the week with just 91 drivers starting races. Fritsche and James Hand both registering two wins from three starts. Several drivers managed four starts during the week but only Melchester [...]

Huttu Out in Front as Luis Falls By Wayside

by Chris Hall on May 28th, 2013

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Huttu notched win #5 on the season at the Glen, but it was anything but business as usual for the Finn.

When reflecting on the seventh Round of the iRacing,com World Championship Grand Prix Series at Watkins Glenn, people may see it as the turning point of the season for Greger Huttu. The Finn was gifted his fifth victory of the 2013 season when a series of errors saw his main title rival Hugo Luis retire on the opening lap and a Team Redline team-mate hand him the win with a pit-lane mistake. Starting from the second row of the grid, Huttu could only watch as pole-sitter Luis and the sister Redline entry of Atze Kerkhof come together around Turn One. Whilst Kerkhof was able to continue relatively unscathed, Luis was not so fortunate.  As he attempted to recover from the collision, his My3id stable-mate Martin Krönke came into the opening [...]

iRacer Profile: Omar Soto

by David Phillips on May 25th, 2013

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Omar Soto found himself in unfamiliar territory in 2013 Season 1 (actually Season 1C to be precise): atop the iRacing.com Mazda Cup standings.  The Spaniard had come close to previous racing titles in the past, taking a pair of thirds in the 2012 S4 Star Mazda and Radical Challenge series, not to mention claiming the Cadillac Cup time trial crown in 2012 S2.  But the Mazda Cup title was his first overall racing championship since joining iRacing in March of 2012.  And he earned it, to say the least, with 62 wins in 65 starts to outdistance Martin Lammert in the points race. It might be awhile before Soto finishes a season atop the standings again, as 2013 S2 finds him  devoting considerable energies to the iRacing.com Grand Prix Series [...]

Exceeding Expectations

by David Phillips on May 23rd, 2013

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Michaels celebrated his new partnership with Twister with a fourth place at Sebring.

Round Two of the 2013 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series at Interlagos produced a noteworthy “first” when Stephen Michaels disconnected from the event.  While it’s not unusual for a driver running a lap down in P30 to withdraw from a race, the fact it was the first time Michaels failed to finish in the top ten of an iWCGPS event is remarkable. True, it’s not as if the 18 year old high schooler from Ballston Lake, NY has scores of iWCGPS races under this belt.  On the other hand, from the moment he qualified for his first iWCGPS race at Mid-Ohio in the latter part of 2012, he has been a fixture at the sharp end of the field.  How sharp?  Michaels qualified and finished ninth in his iWCGPS [...]

Huttu Brings it at Sebring

by Chris Hall on May 14th, 2013

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Huttu dives under Kronke to take a lead he would hold to the finish to earn his fourth win of the season.

In an action-packed Round Six of the iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series, Greger Huttu claimed victory at Sebring International Raceway to further extend his lead at the top of the standings. Huttu’s fourth win of the year sees his bid to retain the world title move another step closer, with a third of the 2013 season remaining. Starting second on the grid, alongside pole-sitter Martin Krönke, Team Redline’s Huttu was able to avoid a start-line incident that embroiled several mid-field runners. Spinning his wheels at the start, Mogar Filho’s virtual Williams-Toyota FW31 headed right, bounced off the pit wall and turned perpendicular into traffic. This put the Brazilian in the paths of Teemu Iivonen, Jason Lovett, and Pierre Urbizu, who collided with the Radicals Racing car in spectacular fashion. [...]