Matthew Clayton is a Formula One writer based in Melbourne, Australia. A former long-time managing editor of the official program for the Australian Grand Prix, these days Matt is a full-time freelance who covers the sport for numerous newspapers and magazines in Australia, appears regularly to talk F1 on several radio and television networks, and hosts the ‘Keeping Track’ F1 podcast.
John Dagys is an international motorsports journalist and photographer, specializing in sports car racing. Having gotten his start in 2005, co-founding an independent motorsports Web site, John has since contributed to a variety of publications, including Motorsport.com, Autosport and Racecar Engineering.
John currently serves as SPEED.com’s Sports Car Racing Reporter, traveling the globe covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, American Le Mans Series, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and other world-renowned endurance races.
He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and is the co-author of the 2009 American Le Mans Series Official Yearbook.
Covering motorsports in all forms beginning in the 1960s, John Davison has written about everything from local autocrosses to Formula One. Based in the Charlotte area, his racing interests are eclectic, filing reports from NASCAR and local short track events all on the same weekend. He has edited award winning club newsletter and worked as one of the editors a the Speedvision.com new bureau.
René de Boer
A Dutchman living in Germany, René de Boer is regularly reporting in Dutch, German and English for numerous print and online publications in various countries. Having been an avid follower of the sport since his childhood, he started reporting in 1990 at the age of 17 and has reported from over 80 circuits in 30 countries worldwide plus several rallies. His main focus is on touring cars (DTM, FIA World Touring Car Championship), with a little bit of sportscars and GTs and junior single-seater categories (Formula 3) thrown in for good measure. Favourite events include, in no particular order, Le Mans 24H, Indy 500, Sebring 12H and the Macau Grand Prix.
René de Boer has been the German correspondent for British weekly ‘Autosport’ since 1997, German correspondent for Japanese weekly ‘Autosport’ since 2008, and also regularly contributes to German weeklies ‘Motorsport Aktuell’ and ‘AutoBild Motorsport’, as well as numerous daily newspapers. In winter time, he also covers alpine skiing and ski jumping.
Tony DiZinno is a motorsports reporter with a focus on American open-wheel and sports car racing, primarily involved with three different outlets: Motorsport.com, MichelinAlley.com and RACER magazine/RACER.com. He is a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., majoring in Journalism with a minor in Political Science.
He was one of three national winners of the Chris Economaki Junior Journalism Award in 2005, for a piece entitled “Red, White and Overdue” on the lack of American drivers in Formula One that was published on Automobile Magazine’s website.
Tony has primarily covered the IRL IndyCar Series, Champ Car World Series, American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am Rolex Series with some additional support series focus. He has also covered the 24 Hours of Le Mans on-site in France. Additionally, Tony has written about NASCAR and Formula 1.
Tony resides in Milwaukee, WI.
Chris Estrada has contributed for a variety of print and online media outlets in his career, including The Boston Globe. He has also written for multiple sports organizations such as the IZOD IndyCar Series, Panther Racing, and Minor League Baseball’s Albuquerque Isotopes.
Outside of journalism, Estrada works as a freelance spotter and font coordinator on Mountain West Conference TV broadcasts. He currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and can be reached on Twitter at @Chriswriter.
He regards Dale Earnhardt’s long-awaited Daytona 500 victory in 1998 as the moment that turned him into a motorsports follower.
Becca Gladden has covered NASCAR for numerous print, internet, radio and TV outlets since 2004. She has raced go-karts with Carl Edwards, taken hot laps with Kyle Busch, attended the Sprint Cup Awards Banquet in Las Vegas, and sat down for one-on-one interviews with everyone from Jeff Gordon to NASCAR President Mike Helton. Becca is an accredited NASCAR media member and a member of the National Motorsports Press Association.
Becca has had her work included in various official track programs and the Annual Athlon Sports NASCAR Preview Issue magazine. She was a contributor to the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: NASCAR. Her experience also includes racing publications and newspapers such as SpeedWeekly, RaceWeek and The Observer / Review & Express. She has also written for SI.com.
Becca has had non-racing articles published in a large number of lifestyle magazines and newspapers. A popular NASCAR social media personality, you can follow her on twitter at www.twitter.com/nscrwriter.
Martin Holmes was born in 1940 and trained as a lawyer. He became a professional rally co-driver and then a journalist in 1974. Successes in rallying included national British Champion Co-driver in 1971, fourth places in Sanremo and Portugal and twice fifth on the RAC. His final rally was RAC in 1981. During his racing career, Holmes had many private drives, works entries with Ford, Toyota, Renault, Skoda, Datsun, Lancia and Vauxhall.
Married with one grown son and three granddaughters, he lives in Woking. Holmes is a regular World Rally Championship correspondent for specialist motorsport publications in Australia, Czech Republic, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Sweden and USA. He is the rallys editor for GPWeek.com and a contributor to magazines, newspapers and books in many other countries. He is the author of World Rallying annual book for 33 years and of various other books on rallying.
John Jeppesen has been involved in racing more than 30 years. He has “been there, done everything”…from editing the award-winning “Tonneau,” an SCCA regional magazine…to racing a vintage Lola Mk 1…to graduating from the prestigious Ecole de Pilotage in France, F1 legend Alain Prost’s alma mater.
John has been to racing’s mecca as PR director for Glidden at the 1990 Indy 500. He also has the singular distinction of creating a 1991 BFGoodrich media kit at the 24 Hours of Daytona featuring the Unser’s and Andretti’s racing on the same team for first and only time in history.
A shot at “big time” racing in hand, John moved to North Carolina in 1999 and a new career in NASCAR. After a short stint in marketing, he spent the next three years as Viagra PR Manager at a major North Carolina motorsports marketing company. Most recently, John has been a frequent contributor to automedia.com and realcarguys.com as well as being a special correspondent for Mooresville News, a weekly supplement of the Charlotte Observer. In addition, John has written many stories for Dick Berggren’s Speedway Illustrated magazine, profiling NASCAR legends such as Junior Johnson, Doug Yates and Roger Penske.
Bruce Martin covered his first auto race in 1981 – the CART Michigan 500 – and his first NASCAR race in 1982 – the Southern 500. Since that time he has covered auto racing for SI.com, ESPN.com, ESPN SportsTicker and United Press International (UPI) to name a few. He has also written for numerous auto racing publications and currently hosts the IZOD IndyCar Series Report on Race Day on ESPN Radio, which can be heard every Saturday and Sunday morning on over 450 ESPN Radio affiliates and Sirius Radio.
Bruce has been a writer for many Australian and international publications, dating back to some pretty primitive efforts in the early 80s. He has covered racing, rallying and other forms of motor sport during that time. In addition he was a member of the team that brought out The Great Race book – an in-depth look at the Bathurst 1000 race, which ceased publication in 2011. His articles have appeared in Racing Car News, Auto Action, Australian Classic Car, Australian Muscle Car, Vintage Motorsport and motorsport.com. He has also supplied photographs to Motor Sport magazine.
Bruce has a life-long passion for the sport, having been not only a writer and photographer, but a (modestly-successful) competitor in rallies, hillclimbs and motorkhanas (not quite like Ken Block though). He has worked on pit crews ranging from Formula Vees to the Bathurst 1000. He has also served on the committees of several car clubs too.
Bruce also loves historic motor racing – the annual Phillip Island Classic drags him back year after year, as does Bathurst’s Mount Panorama, of course.
Cyril Nikitenko is a long time petrolhead recently turned journalist. Previous work includes interviews with Bruno Senna, Mark Gallagher (former Cosworth), Marussia F1 (CSC) and Bridgestone Motorsport (MotoGP) – produced for Formula One Fans’ Association. Various feature stories were published on Renault F1 team blog. Solo effort resulted in collaborations with Peter Windsor, Dan Gurney, Simon de Banke (Stage 1 Technology, WRC) among others. A proud owner of iberianmph.com, Cyril is based in Lisbon, Portugal where he explores local motor racing scene and pays regular visits to Spain when F1 circus happens to be there.
My freelance coverage of IndyCar racing began in 2003, but the seeds were planted long before that. As a sportswriter for The Des Moines Register, I covered a wide variety of beats, including Nebraska football, Drake football and basketball, Iowa wrestling and – key point here – Knoxville Raceway. My interest in racing led to regular coverage of the Indianapolis 500 beginning in 1992. In 2003, I left the newspaper and moved to Indianapolis to cover IndyCar racing for several clients, including RACER, Autosport and IndyCar magazines and their websites. The list of clients for the 500 has expanded to include versus.com and the annual advertising section in Sports Illustrated. I surrendered Colts and Butler basketball season tickets for the sunshine of Florida in 2009, but still spend the month of May in Indianapolis and spend the rest of the season chasing the IZOD IndyCar Series around the country.
Tim Packman was born just outside of Buffalo, N.Y. where his love of racing started watching his father and stepfather race short tracks. Turning his interest into a career, Tim started out as a track announcer and has been involved with NASCAR for more than 15 years as a writer, announcer, radio reporter/host and public relations specialist while living in Mooresville, N.C.
Along the way, he’s won seven media awards, been part of two Daytona 500 victories, and two Nationwide Series championships working with drivers like Dale Earnhardt, Jr, Martin Truex and Kevin Harvick, to name a few. He’s also done appearance work with NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Bobby Allison, four-time NASCAR champion Ron Hornaday, three-time champion Johnny Benson and multi-divisional winner Mike Wallace.
He wrote his first book, “Bobby Allison – A Racer’s Racer” in 2003 and followed that up with a children’s book, “Funny Dan the Race Car Man” which has won five awards since 2010. He’s contributed articles to multiple magazines and websites, as well.
Dimitris Papadopoulos is a Formula One journalist with a broad range of credits. He has written for various magazines including F1 Racing Greece and GK by Kathimerini, Autosport along with websites such as Motorsport-total.com and GP Week. His work has been published in newspapers such as Avriani and Hora. He has been a Formula One correspondent on television and radio. Dimitris resides in Athens, Greece.
Hunter Thomas grew up within only a few miles of Darlington Raceway, where he fell in love with the motorsports lifestyle. He started doing public relations and working in the media centers at the young age of 20 years old. Since then, he has worked in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He’s currently a contributing writer for the News & Press (Darlington, S.C.) and a member of the public relations staff at Rockingham Speedway and Dillon Motor Speedway.
Hunter’s work has been printed in Speedway Illustrated, Late Model Digest, SpeedWeekly, Florence Morning News (Florence, S.C.), The Dillon Herald (Dillon, S.C.), The Link (Cheraw, S.C.), Salisbury Post (Salisbury, N.C.), The Denton Orator (Denton, N.C.),Tyler Morning Telegraph (Tyler, T.X.), as well as others.
Amanda lives in Bowling Green, Ky., where she attended Western Kentucky University, majoring in print journalism and minored in writing. She’s been covering NASCAR as a freelance writer since 2000. Amanda currently writes two syndicated columns, “A Look at Racing” and “This Week in NASCAR”. She has also written for magazines such as SpeedWeekly, Speedway Illustrated, Performance Racing Industry Magazine and Kentucky Living. Aside from motorsports, Amanda is an avid fan of University of Kentucky basketball.
Bill Whitehead is a 15-year veteran NASCAR writer and columnist. He has done assignment work for the Associated Press, and his writing has appeared on ESPN.com and in numerous newspapers nationally on the Scripps Wire Service, including major markets in the New York City metropolitan area, Pittsburgh, Chicago and the Twin Cities. He has written roughly 40 columns a year, discussing NASCAR’s hot topics, personalities and the sport’s growth and direction. He has covered the last 15 Daytona 500s and also traveled extensively covering a major portion of the 2000 to 2003 NASCAR Busch and Cup seasons for the Mobile Press Register.
Additionally, Bill has covered the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers, Major League Baseball’s New York Mets and Miami Hurricanes football. He is a fully credentialed media member and a member of the Pro Hockey Writers Association. An English instructor who earned an M.A. in English in 1995, he currently teaches English, writing and reading at the junior college level.
Joseph Wolkin is an up and coming sports journalist from Whitestone, NY that specializes in NASCAR. Being a race fan since 2004, Wolkin found a love for writing while in a high school journalism class with a former New York Islanders PR Manager as his teacher and since then, has been actively pursuing a career in sports writing. Wolkin attends the NASCAR races at the Pocono Raceway annually. Along with Motorsport Illustrated News, Wolkin has written for Speedway Media and Rant Sports.
He has covered the MLB, NBA and NHL besides NASCAR and is looking to cover the IZOD Indy Car Series over the 2013 season.