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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.

Fritsche Champion After Stellar Season

October 23rd, 2013

Fritsche was the undisputed CTC champion in 2013 Season 3.

Despite a quiet end to the season, Gernot Fritsche comfortably retook the Classic Teams Championship as the veteran sim-racer fully got to grips with the Lotus 79 on the NTMv5 (new tire model version 5) after two slightly off-colour seasons. Fritsche finished the season with a massive 134 point lead over second placed Tapani Linnaluoto, with Season 2 championship contender, Nuno Moreira, finishing another 44 points back after a strong late-season showing. Anthony Goodale bagged the Formula 2 championship and finished a highly impressive 19th overall, three places behind early leader Paul Hackett. Hackett, who was snapped up mid-season by Arrows, finished P16 — just one place behind his Arrows team-mate — after a superb season. In all 260 sim-racers took part in another excellent Lotus 79 season with 66 [...]

Team Williams Stars as Moreira Charges

by Katier Scott on September 4th, 2013

Sebring's days as an aerodrome are far from over . . . (Image Robert Podgorny)

Williams Racing put-in a stunning performance in’s Lotus 79-based Classic Teams Championship at Sebring International Raceway last week to move into second place in the championship and close slightly on the runaway leaders. Propelled by team leader Nuno Moreira, the three Williams sim-racers put in an excellent 47 points to pass Team McLaren in the teams competition.  The results point to McLaren and Williams engaging in a season-long battle over the final podium positions while Ferrari continue to look locked in for the title. On the drivers side, Moreira put in an equally excellent performance and advanced six places in the championship to fourth overall behind a fairly static top three. In all there were 11 official races during the week at the airfield circuit with 91 drivers taking [...]

Fritsche Nears CTC Title

by Katier Scott on July 1st, 2013

Fritsche Nears CTC Title

Erstwhile champion Gernot Fritsche firmly cemented himself as favourite for the 2013 S2 Classic Teams Championship title with a solid performance at a low participation week at Sonoma Raceway.  The former CTC winner led the way with 166 points on his way to second overall and while he is still nearly 50 points behind his Lotus team mate, two early ‘drop scores’ mean he is well and truly in the driver’s seat. Michel Dudognon continued a very strong season with 151 points, 15 down on Fristche, but will need to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat to take the title.  Continuing a strong season Kevin Law nearly beat Fritsche with 164 points surging up nine places in the process to 21st overall and with three dropped scores, the [...]

Fritsche Charges, Narrows Moreira’s Lead

by Katier Scott on June 10th, 2013

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 [...]

Moreira Extends CTC Lead

by Katier Scott on May 20th, 2013

Oulton Park was a magnet for CTC competitors.

Nuno Moreira took full advantage of a faltering return to the series for ex-champion Gernot Fritsche to extend his lead at the Oulton Park circuit in England.  A superb 221 point haul bolstered his advantage over Luca Zanetti to 52 points while several drivers found Turn One (Old Hall) of this classic race course to have race-ending tendencies. Fritsche wasn’t one of those, however as he waited until Knickerbrook to crash out after a misjudgement with an other driver. Kevin Law was another star of the walking moving up seven places to 4th overall with an excellent 187 point haul, while Michel Dudognon’s 167 gained him 10 places to move inside the top 10 to 8th overall.  Ramon Sprecher was unfortunate to fall the other way, despite a solid 109 [...]

Moreira Takes Surprise CTC Lead

by Katier Scott on May 10th, 2013

The 2013 S2 Classic Teams Championship got off and running at Silverstone.

Fittipaldi driver Nuno Moreira opened the 2013 S2 Classic Teams Championship with an excellent performance that placed the veteran sim-racer atop the championship. Several pre-season favourites and leading runners were absent as the season opened with 136 drivers visiting the classic Northamptonshire venue of Silverstone.  Running the Silverstone Historical layout 12 drivers registered race wins, with Season One champion, now running as a guest driver, Nicklas Lindqvist, taking three wins in as many starts in is Lotus 79. Two drivers registered pairs of wins, from pairs of starts with Steve Kasimatis outscoring Williams driver, James Hand by 41 points. One other driver was a double winner during the course of the week, but Jacek Madejski had to start his Hesketh five times in order to take his duo of victories. [...]

Salminen, Ehnström Lock Horns for the CTC Drivers Crown

by Katier Scott on November 28th, 2012

Week Three brought the CTC to the Finger Lakes region of New York and fabled Watkins Glen.

With a third of the Classic Teams Championship season gone the inter-team battles are settling down, the front runners are becoming clearer and the understanding of the revised car is improving . . . but there is still plenty for drivers to fight for. Round Three of the championship took the drivers to the famous former grand prix venue of Watkins Glen for 25 laps of the Boot Course. Watkins Glen is always popular and this proved the case once again with a season record 234 sim-racers putting in at least one appearance during the course of the 29 online races during the week. Renault’s Jan Beyer finished with a 138 point haul from his four wins and seven days as he took the most wins of anyone around this [...]

Ferrari Storm to Huge CTC Lead as Williams Falter

by Katier Scott on November 16th, 2012

Murray leads Bird, de Rooij and the rest through Road Atlanta's signature esses.

Round Two of the Lotus 79 2012 Season 4 and the Classic Teams Championship represented a complete contrast to Round One as the wide spaces of the Suzuka Circuit were replaced by the exciting, but all together trickier Road Atlanta. With a track that puts more demands on setup than Suzuka and drivers still getting to grips with the new aero and tyres, setups varied wildly from loose to tight, softer/higher setups to low and hard ‘go-kart’ setups.  Overall it’s impossible to say which is better.  The lower setups should have more aero stick, but theoretically less mechanical grip and would probably suffer more over the bumps but be stronger in the straights. During the course of the week 16 drivers registered wins in 28 races which included five split [...]

Ferrari Snatches CTC Title; Fritsche takes Sixth CTC Drivers Crown

by Katier Scott on October 25th, 2012

Salminen overhauled Ruokola for runner-up to Fritsche at Laguna Seca.

The 2012 Season 3 Classic Teams Championship drew to a close with drama as Ferrari stormed to the title at the last gasp as Williams failed at the last hurdle. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca formed the backdrop to this titanic finale in what was probably the best CTC yet as 90 drivers battled for everything from top honors to a Formula 1 seat or lead Aurora driver and team. At the start of the week only the overall drivers crown looked settled as 11 races ultimately settled the score in favour of Gernot Fritsche for an amazing sixth time. Over half of those races were won by Ligier’s David Jaques, but his six wins from nine starts ultimately cost his team valuable points in the chase of the overall crown. [...]

Williams Storm into CTC Lead

by Katier Scott on October 22nd, 2012

Action at Oak Tree, with Ruokola leading Fritsche.

Virginia International Raceway presents one of the premier challenges in all of iRacing, but it can also produce some great sim-racing. It’s also the nearest thing iRacing has to the challenges and variety of corners provided by the Nurburgring.  As such VIR has a hard-core of supporters but, historically across all series, participation tends to drop for races there and once again this occurred with just 84 drivers participating in Week 11 of the Classic Teams Championship. Jan Beyer started the most races, winning one of his four starts with no-one winning two races as only seven races (including one split) started.  Championship leader Gernot Fritsche, failed to win as Henri Salminen top scored, but his 220 points were plenty to surge him into what is likely to be an [...]

Mixed Results in Flanders

October 15th, 2012

Fritsche and Salomanana negotiate one of Zolder's tricky chicances.

Round 10 of the Classic Teams Championship brought the teams and drivers to the “new to iRacing” circuit of Zolder.  Situated in the Flanders region of Belgium, this circuit proved to be one that was deceptively hard to master. The multitude of chicanes proved tricky and as the pressure of the CTC reaches its climax, cracks showed.  That pressure is unlikely to reduce next week when the field moves to the bucolic and challenging Virgina International Raceway but, back at Zolder, many drivers struggled to get to grips with the chicane strewn circuit. In all 100 drivers took on this tricky challenge with nine of them registering wins, of which Kurt Incledon and Darrin Vouch both registered two wins from two starts.  Gerben Bervoets registered four starts with several other [...]

Force India sets sights on Williams

August 22nd, 2012

Force India sets sights on Williams

Nico Hulkenberg believes Force India has the potential to beat race-winners Williams in constructors’ championship this year – and has not ruled out overhauling Sauber either. Although Force India had a slow start to the season, the team has made good progress with its VJM05 car since then – with both Hulkenberg and team-mate Paul di Resta showing strong potential at numerous races. Force India is only seven points behind Williams in the team standings and Hulkenberg thinks that further development progress can help lift it past its Grove-based rivals

Williams Take Classic Teams Championship

by Katier Scott on July 26th, 2012

At Suzuka, Paul Hackett took advantage of Pelzer's mistake on the penultimate lap and went on to a win.

CTC Celebrates Its First Year 12 months ago a group of drivers addicted to the Lotus 79 were coming up with ideas to try to increase the diminishing attendance of what they believe to be the best car on the iRacing service.  Luis Babboni suggested a teams championship.  Series organiser Frank Herfjord loved the idea so much he set about organising the Classic Teams Championship. A year later and the series, while remaining still a fairly low participation series, has a solid and substantial driver base with regular online races throughout its four day week and over 110 drivers registered for 2012 Season 3. They will all be chasing the title which Williams GP took after 12 hard fought rounds during Season 2. Williams eventually triumphed by 15 points over [...]

Williams Surges, Ligier Fades as Frische Claims Title

by Katier Scott on July 19th, 2012

Tyrell's Jan Beyer cocks a wheel into Turn One.

Williams continued their recent run of excellent form to surge into the lead of the Classic Team Championship constructors championship at Barber Motorsports Park even as a poor showing from Ligier’s Audrius Valanteijus gave Ferrari driver, Gernot Frische, the CTC drivers title with a race to run. Leading by 95 points, the Ligier driver would need to amass a record 240 points just to draw level with Fritsche. The season high is 230 points and as Fritsche is likely to also score highly in such a race, the chances of the CEE driver taking the title have essentially evaporated. Valanteijus’ poor showing also contributed to a poor score for his Ligier team, causing them to slip to fourth overall 37 points off the lead and essentially out of the title [...]

Fristsche Tightens Grip

July 17th, 2012

Mosport attracted a bumper crop of entries, new and familiar, the the Classic Teams Championship.

Teams Championship Goes Down to the Wire ROUND 10,  MOSPORT, CANADA It was boom times for The Classic Teams Championship in Canada. The series is currently growing faster than it ever has before with nine new drivers signing-up and two new teams taking to the track over the past seven days. But up the front it was business as usual for all of the sim-racers as, while Gernot Fritsche is odds on favourite for the title, there is plenty to fight for throughout the championship. The teams championship is wide open and crucial battles around the 40th place remain as drivers battle hard for their places in a plum seat with a Formula 1 world championship team. RACEWEEK With the stream of new signings during the week, there were quite [...]

Valantiejus Wins, Fritsche Leads

by David Roberts on July 4th, 2012

Tincani (Wolf) leads Schrader (Ensign) and Scott (Brabham) through Shell Oils.

Classic Teams Championship Round 9: Oulton Park The Classic Teams Championship continues to go from strength to strength. This week saw the roster of drivers grow to 86. And what better place to celebrate than Oulton Park. Regarded by many as a spiritual home to the series, everyone had a smile on their face being back at the picturesque layout. As a circuit that is notoriously hard to pass on, qualifying was once again of utmost importance and was extremely close right throughout the field. Qualifying Qualifying was possibly as close as it has ever been in a CTC round, the top three cars being covered by just 0.043s, the top ten by 0.6s. At the front Valantiejus (Ligier) bested Fritsche (Ferrari) around the sweeping English countryside, his pole time [...]

Nixon Wins, Ruokola Scores

by David Roberts on May 15th, 2012

Hulbert also had his share of drama, this the result of equipment failure.

Unchanged in layout since it opened back in 1955 Elkhart Lake features many elevation changes, along with a very high speed front stretch and the famous Kink in the middle of the back stretch. In other words, an ideal venue for the Classic Teams Championship contenders to stretch their legs. It was also the site for four new drivers to join the circus this week making a total of 75 point scoring competitors in the first two weeks. This week saw 17 races gain official status with Sunday again providing the main race of the week with 44 starters. Drivers spent the week searching for the perfect balance between speed and grip, most running a much lower downforce setup than they did last week at The Glen. Once again the [...]

Ruokola Rocks the Glen

by David Roberts on May 7th, 2012

online formula one

Watkins Glen, the spiritual home of the United States Grand Prix, greeted the drivers for the first round of the Classic Teams Championship. The opening week turned out to be a very busy one with 68 of the 80 registered drivers competing in 19 ‘official’ races over four days of online racing. Saturday racing also proved itself an instant success with five races going official in this, its first week on the schedule. With all drivers eager to make a great start in the championship there was lots of talk about Watkins’ notorious Turn One, but in the end the quality of the drivers outshone the concerns. In fact the entire week saw very few accidents and proved that this series is truly a great place to race. With the [...]