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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.
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    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.

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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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.

Sainz recovers with dominant pole

April 13th, 2014

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Carlos Sainz Jr bounced back from a disappointing Formula Renault 3.5 season-opener at Monza to take a dominant pole position for race two on Sunday. The Spaniard, whose DAMS car had to be pushed off the grid in race one with an electrical problem when he was supposed to start from pole, moved to the top of the times with five minutes remaining. From then on he never appeared under threat, finishing the session with a margin of seven tenths of a second over his nearest challenger. That honour went to Lotus junior driver Marlon Stockinger, who bumped Jazeman Jaafar off the front row as the chequered flag came out. Will Buller had to settle for fourth after making a mistake at the first chicane on his final lap, and [...]

Harvick converts pole to victory

April 13th, 2014

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Kevin Harvick became the first repeat winner of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season by taking a dominant victory in the night race at Darlington. The Stewart-Haas driver initially lost the lead from pole after fellow front row starter Joey Logano made the better getaway, but after much jostling for position, Harvick returned to the front on lap 55 of the planned 367. From that point on he drove a perfect race and – bar a brief mid-race period when an out-of-sync Brian Vickers ran up front for 30 laps – remained in charge until a couple of late caution periods threatened to undo his hard work. The first came courtesy of Logano who, on lap 358, left debris on the track after his Penske Ford made a smokey retirement. [...]

Pruett, Rojas soak up pressure to win

April 13th, 2014

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Ganassi’s Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas withstood near-relentless pressure to win the Long Beach United SportsCar round. Rojas stayed at the head of a four-car lead train through the first stint, as the Action Express and Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DPs and the OAK Morgan-Nissan battled on the Ganassi Riley-Ford’s tail. Action Express managed to get Joao Barbosa into the lead during the sole pitstop sequence, but Pruett snatched first place back on track, with Jordan Taylor slipping through into second at the same time. After a spell in which Taylor and Barbosa were too busy with each other, Pruett was reeled in again and took the chequered flag just 0.7 seconds clear of the Taylor brothers’ car. Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi completed a close top three for Action Express, [...]

Hunter-Reay secures surprise pole

April 12th, 2014

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Last-gasp flying laps from Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe secured an all-Andretti Autosport front row for Sunday’s Long Beach IndyCar race. With less than a minute remaining on the clock, the provisional pole was in the hands of Sebastien Bourdais, however the Frenchman had no opportunity to respond when first Hinchcliffe and then Hunter-Reay managed to go quicker. Hunter-Reay’s pole lap of 1m07.8219s represented a 0.1 second improvement on his team-mate’s time; the Canadian in turn having beaten Bourdais by just 0.07s. Josef Newgarden will start alongside Bourdais on the second row, with a stellar effort from rookie Jack Hawksworth placing the Brit fifth on the grid ahead of Simon Pagenaud. The intensity of the competition claimed some unexpected early scalps. During the 12-car run-off, Scott Dixon was bumped out [...]

Marquez storms to Austin pole

April 12th, 2014

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Marc Marquez cruised to his second consecutive pole of the 2014 MotoGP season after breaking the lap record in qualifying at Austin. The practice pacesetter was once again on a different level to the rest of the field and went to the top of the timesheets on his first lap, where he remained until the end of the session. The reigning champion beat his previous track lap record on his second tour of the circuit and continued to improve which each lap. His best was saved until the last when he produced a blistering 2m02.773s, smashing the previous time by 0.273 seconds. Dani Pedrosa was the only rider within 0.3s of his Honda team-mate, while LCR’s Stefan Bradl underlined his practice pace in qualifying and completes an all-Honda front row. [...]

Veach claims Long Beach Lights pole

April 12th, 2014

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Zach Veach triumphed in a thrilling qualifying battle to secure pole position for Sunday’s Indy Lights race at Long Beach. For much of the session the front row had been controlled by Belardi team-mates Gabby Chaves and Alex Baron, with the latter having established himself at the top 16 minutes before the end of the session. With just a couple of minutes remaining the Frenchman returned to the pits to see whether his time would hold, and as the countdown entered the final 30 seconds, he was sought for an interview by the circuit commentary team about what appeared to be his first Lights pole. Yet the interviewer had not even completed his first question before Veach, Chaves and Matthew Brabham all managed to beat Baron’s time with their final [...]

Power quickest in Long Beach practice

April 12th, 2014

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Will Power emerged as the pacesetter from another close practice session on the streets of Long Beach to set the fastest time in IndyCar’s final outing before this afternoon’s qualifying session. Several drivers took turns at the top as the times continued to fall during the 45-minute session, with Power finally claiming it for good with a 1m.08.1696s. That was the fastest lap seen so far this weekend, although it was only barely enough to keep the Australian ahead of Josef Newgarden, whose own best effort fell short by just 0.022 seconds. The spicy rivalry that IndyCar needs As was the case with the second practice session yesterday, the top 19 cars were covered by less than a second. James Hinchcliffe relied on his final flying lap to jump to [...]

Tarquini out of Marrakech WTCC round

April 12th, 2014

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Gabriele Tarquini will miss tomorrow’s opening round of the World Touring Car Championship in Marrakech after a practice accident. The 52-year-old’s Honda Civic was T-boned when trying to rejoin the track after overshooting the Turn 4 chicane by Gianni Morbidelli’s Chevrolet, which had straightlined the chicane and launched over a kerb before hittiing the Italian’s door on the driver’s side. The damage means the Civic could not be repaired for either qualifying or the race, but Tarquini praised the strict safety measures of the 2014 TC1 WTCC machines after escaping serious injury. “I have a bit of back pain because of the very strong side impact, but I am OK,” said Tarquini. “Due to the film or oil on the track, the track was very slippery. I locked the front [...]

Sorensen blamed for aerial crash

April 12th, 2014

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Lotus F1 junior Marco Sorensen has been given a five-place grid penalty for causing the crash that flipped his car over in the Formula Renault 3.5 season opener at Monza. The Dane’s car was sent upside down into the pitwall at high speed when he touched wheels with Jazeman Jaafar at the end of the first lap. The incident was investigated by the stewards, who decided that Sorensen was responsible for the crash as he moved over on Jaafar. Sorensen told AUTOSPORT that he disagreed with the decision, and explained that he was following the slipstream of the car ahead. “I was quite a bit in front,” he said. “I was just following the slipstream, so I moved a bit inside. “There was plenty of space for another car, and [...]

Parente claims Blancpain Monza pole

April 12th, 2014

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Alvaro Parente claimed pole position at the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Monza with the ART McLaren team. The McLaren factory driver put in two lap times good enough for the pole in the MP4-12C he shares with Alex Premat and Gregoire Demoustier. His best of 1m47.603s, set like all the top times in the third of the three qualifying segments, put him four tenths clear of second-placed Giacomo Petrobelli in the best of the Kessel Racing Ferrari 458 Italias. Parente said: “We decided to give it our all in the third session and it paid off. “I got two clear laps and was really able to attack.” Third place was taken Francesco Castellacci in the Villbora Corse Ferrari with a time a further two tenths behind [...]

Muller loses front row starting place

April 12th, 2014

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Yvan Muller has been stripped of his front row starting position for the World Touring Car Championship season-opener in Marrakech. The Citroen driver lost his laptime from the Q3 top-five qualifying shoot-out for failing to respect track limits after cutting the Turn 10 chicane on his single-lap flier. This means the four-times champion will be relegated two places on the starting grid for race one to fourth, dropping him behind team-mate Sebastian Loeb and ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet driver Tom Chilton. Fifth and final Q3 qualifier Dusan Borkovic does not benefit from the decision, as the Russian was black-flagged during the session for breaking the Q3 timing procedures. Borkovic went through a red light at the end of the pitlane, in a misguided effort to take to the track 30s behind [...]

Marquez completes practice sweep

April 12th, 2014

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Marc Marquez completed a clean sweep of all three Austin MotoGP practice sessions with another blistering performance on Saturday morning. The current world champion produced a lap of 2m03.046s, just 0.025 seconds shy of his own track record, in the final moments while running on the harder rear tyre, while those pursuing him posted their quickest times on the softer option. Stefan Bradl moved up the order on his final run and finished ahead of Dani Pedrosa, who had Andrea Dovizioso in close company, the Ducati rider only 0.005s adrift in fourth. Bradley Smith rounded off the top five and initially bumped his Tech 3 team-mate Pol Espagaro out of the top 10 positions for automatic promotion to Q2. But the 2013 Moto2 champion was able to find gains and [...]

Stevens claims first win at Monza

April 12th, 2014

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Will Stevens took a dominant maiden victory in the Formula Renault 3.5 season opener at Monza, as several of his frontrunning rivals hit trouble early on. The Briton, who qualified fourth, led from the first corner as all three of the drivers ahead of him had dramas. Polesitter Carlos Sainz Jr was wheeled off the grid at the start of the formation lap as his DAMS team worked on an electrical problem, while a fast-starting Stevens was then able to catapult himself into the lead as Will Buller and Luca Ghiotto struggled off the line when the lights went out. Stevens was never headed after that, as he set about gradually increasing his lead over ex-DTM racer Roberto Merhi throughout the race. Merhi took a relatively comfortable second ahead of [...]

Lopez gives Citroen debut pole

April 12th, 2014

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Former TC2000 champion Jose Maria Lopez gave Citroen a debut pole position for the opening round of the World Touring Car Championship in Marrakech. The Argentinean edged out reigning WTCC champion Yvan Muller by 0.018s in the series’ new staggered, single-lap, Q3 shoot-out qualifying format. Muller lost time towards the end of his lap by slightly cutting the penultimate chicane and being forced to slow on the exit. Sebastien Loeb looked set to beat Lopez’s effort when he was 0.084s up in sector one and 0.018s up on the sector two spilt. But he had to settle for third behind his team-mates to complete a dominant showing for the Citroen C-Elysee. “I knew that Yvan had made a small mistake, or a big mistake as I didn’t see his lap, [...]

Sato wins Auto GP season opener

April 12th, 2014

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Kimiya Sato won an incident-packed opening race of the 2014 Auto GP season in Marrakech. The Euronova driver took the chequered flag 12.5 seconds ahead of team-mate Michele La Rosa, whose car is being run under the MLR71 by Euronova banner. Only six cars completed the 22-lap race and such was the rate of attrition that gentleman drivers La Rosa and Guiseppe Cipriani both claimed their maiden podium finishes. “It was not an easy race,” said Sato. “We had some luck today, but it was not easy to stay out of trouble as I had to be very careful with the brakes.” Polesitter Kevin Giovesi led Zele Racing pairing Sergio Campana and Tamas Pal Kiss into Turn 1. Front row starter Markus Pommer had been unable to pull away cleanly [...]

Muller leads second Morocco practice

April 12th, 2014

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Yvan Muller emerged from a close contest with Citroen team-mate Jose Maria Lopez to top the second World Touring Car Championship free practice session at Marrakech. Lopez’s effort of 1m43.500s moved the Argentine triple TC2000 champion half a second clear of Muller shortly after the mid-way mark of the half hour session. Reigning WTCC champion Muller waited until the final minute before offering a response. The Frenchman’s time of 1m43.437s edged out Lopez by 0.063s. As in Friday’s test, Citroen’s Elysee model locked out the top-three positions, with FP1 pacesetter Sebastien Loeb taking third spot. Tom Chilton was fastest non-Citroen in fourth. On his maiden outing for ROAL Motorsport, Chilton headed fellow Chevy Cruze runners and Campos team-mates Dusan Borkovic and Hugo Valente. The session was interrupted by a lengthy [...]

Honda shocked by Citroen pace

April 12th, 2014

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Honda engineer Giancarlo Bruno has admitted to being surprised at the performance advantage World Touring Car Championship newcomers Citroen have enjoyed in the early running at Marrakech’s opening round of the season. Citroen’s reigning WTCC champion Yvan Muller enjoyed close to a two-second advantage over the fastest non-Citroen in Friday’s test, and touring car convert Sebastien Loeb was 1.8s quicker than top Honda runner Mehdi Bennani in Saturday’s first free practice session. “I think this track is obviously is a little unusual, and it is still very early days, but we didn’t expected to see quite such a big gap to Citroen,” said Bruno, who is race engineer for Gabriele Tarquini. “The car has no big issues, and is running reliably, so we are happy on this. I think the [...]

Sainz takes pole for Monza opener

April 12th, 2014

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Carlos Sainz Jr took pole position for the Formula Renault 3.5 season opener at Monza on Saturday with a commanding performance throughout qualifying. The Red Bull junior, who set the pace during Friday’s running as well, was in control of the battle for pole for the majority of the session. Sainz was quickest when all the cars came in at the halfway stage for a second set of tyres, and he increased his margin to nearly half a second before some of his rivals started to catch up. Will Buller, who was also near the front throughout the session, won the battle for best of the rest to join the Spaniard on the front row, while rookie Luca Ghiotto continued his form from free practice to take third. Fourth place [...]

Loeb tops Muller in Morocco practice

April 12th, 2014

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Sebastien Loeb and Yvan Muller achieved a commanding one-two for Citroen in free practice for Marrakech’s opening round of the World Touring Car Championship. Former rally maestro Loeb set his fastest time of 1m43.427s relatively early in the half-hour session, before pitting for work to be carried out on the front of his C-Elysee. Reigning WTCC champion’s Muller’s efforts to topple his new team-mate were scuppered first by overshooting a chicane and then a series of incidents. Tiago Monteiro’s Civic WTCC stopped with smoke wafting from the front wheels in the first sector with two and half minutes left on the clock. Yellow flags were required while the Honda was moved to safety, but the session was abandoned altogether when Tom Coronel spectacularly lost control negotiating one of the back-straight [...]

Formula E calls off Rio round

April 12th, 2014

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Rio de Janeiro has been removed from the inaugural calendar of the new Formula E series. The Brazilian capital was scheduled to host the third round of the season in November but was omitted from a recent revision of the 2014/15 calendar that was presented by the FIA at the World Motor Sport Council meeting in Morocco. An unidentified replacement city venue has been pencilled in for February next year, taking the place of the Los Angeles round, which now become an April event instead. It has also been confirmed that the electric-based championship will adopt the regular FIA points scoring system. The top 10 drivers of each race will score using the 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 method that was first introduced to Formula 1 in 2010. Formula E calendar 1. Beijing, China [...]