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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.

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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."

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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.

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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
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    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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

2011 iRacing.com World Championship Series Road Racing Field Set

by David Phillips on January 6th, 2011

The field for the 2011 iRacing.com World Championship Series Road Racing (iWCSRR) is now set.  Twenty of the leading drivers in the 2010 iRacing Pro Series Road (iPSR) will join the top 30 finishers from the inaugural iWCSRR – including champion Greger Huttu – in vying for the most prestigious title in online road racing.

Luca Masier tops the list of newcomers to the world championship after besting Matthias Egger for the 2010 iPSR crown.  The Italian scored a perfect twelve wins in twelve starts in claiming the title, while his countryman collected four wins and 17 top five finishes en route to second place ahead of Club Scandinavia’s Jesse Nieminen.

“We’re really excited about the 2011 iRacing.com World Championship Series Road Racing competition,” says Tony Gardner, president of iRacing.com.  “It’s the crown jewel of online road racing and I guarantee the world’s best sim racers will be gunning for Greger this year.  With the Williams-Toyota FW31, the new grand prix tracks we’ve added to the schedule and the twenty new drivers from the Pro Series, it’s going to be a great championship.

“Next week we’ll announce the line-up for the 2011 NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship, so iRacing’s 2011 world championships will be well and truly underway.”

It’s the crown jewel of online road racing . . .”

The top twenty iPSR finishers automatically qualify for the iWCSRR.  However, Petteri Kotovaara and Joel Guez – who finished twenty-first and twenty-second, respectively – will also be eligible to compete in the world championship given that fifth place finisher Bryan Heitkotter finished in the top thirty in last year’s iWCSRR and that David Sirois, who finished tenth in 2010 iWCSRR, has bowed-out of this year’s competition owing to time constraints.  Also of note is the fact that Richard Crozier battled his way back into the 2011 iWCSRR with a sixteenth place finish in the iPSR after finishing just out of the top thirty in the inaugural world championship points race.

The 2011 iRacing.com World Championship Series Road Racing kicks-off at Circuit Park Zandvoort with the Williams-Toyota FW31.

The 2011 iWCSRR consists of 18 events, run on alternate weekends over 36 weeks in the Williams-Toyota FW31.  The series is scheduled to kick-off at Circuit Park Zandvoort on February 26.

The complete list of 2011 iWCSRR drivers is as follows:

2010 iWCSRR
Greger Huttu, Richard Towler, Ilkka Haapala, Shawn Purdy, Darren Marsh, Dion Vergers, Ben Cornett, Bryan Heitkotter, Brad Davies, Matt Sentell, Ian Lake, Daniel Almeida, Matteo Calestani, Ray Alfalla, Mauro Bisceglie, John Prather, Luke McLean, Ryan Murray, Derek Wood, Marc Payne, Bastien Bartsch, Andrea Baldi, Dom Duhan, Alex Simunek, Gerd Hoefferer, Florian Godard, George Sandman, Milos Miljkovic and Dave Hoffman.

2010 iPSR:
Luca Masier, Matthias Egger, Jesse Nieminen, Klaus Kivekäs, Vincent Staal, Marcus Saari, Blake Townend, Alberto Baraldi, Wolfgang Woeger, Hugo Luis, Maximilian Vietmeier, Michael Hohenauer, Carlo Labati, Jeffrey Rietveld, Richard Crozier, Martin Macjon, David Williams, Joao Vaz, Aleksi Elomaa, Petteri Kotovaara and Joel Guez.

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  1. Chris Hall
    January 6th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Masier V Huttu… This is going to make great viewing :)

  2. Ryan Terpstra
    January 6th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Niemenen is quite quick in the FW31 as well.

  3. David Williams
    January 8th, 2011 at 12:17 am

    There’s at least 10 drivers in the field this year who I think are capable of getting within a few tenths of Greger (or whatever happens to be the benchmark pole time), this year. It’s gonna be awesome! :)

  4. Lincoln
    January 8th, 2011 at 1:27 am

    The IWCRR competition will get tougher every year. Really looking forward to seeing Masier and the new drivers. Also, which of the veterans can challenge Greger in the F1 car. Can’t see Greger winning every race this year…, but it’s tough to bet against him. Greger is a great ambassador for sim racing, but he’ll have some tough competition in his rear view mirror this year. Can’t wait for Zandvoort! :-)

  5. Luis Babboni
    January 8th, 2011 at 2:46 am

    In other sims we usually saw real racers names to gain interest from the people.
    Here mostly of these real simracers made theires names has meanings by theire owns!

    Thanks iRacing!

  6. Ryan Murray
    January 8th, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Hmmmm, 30th place will be fun this year! :)

    :(

    ;)

  7. Toni Aittomaa
    January 8th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    This is ridicously talented group of racers. “Wonder Boy” Rietveld, Flying Finns, Masier, Luis, Williams and all of the iPSR stars are interesting enough by themself but when you add all of those legendary “old” iWCRR drivers this lineup is almost too good to be true.

    Can’t wait for the first race. Spectating iWCRR is more interesting than any real world series for me, so thanks for all people who have made it possible.

  8. Javier Lorenzo
    January 8th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Congrats all, and especialy to Joao Vaz, first Iberian driver in iDWCRR.

  9. Super-Goat
    January 8th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    This series is going to look like such a joke with several dozen williams livery cars racing amongst a bunch of solid colored cars.

    They should use the Dallara or something which can be painted.

  10. Eric Signal
    January 9th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Wow, Super-Goat you obviously haven’t taken a look at Tradingpaints.com

  11. Luis Babboni
    January 9th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    “…This series is going to look like such a joke with several dozen williams livery cars racing amongst a bunch of solid colored cars….”

    Williams, please just let the guys can change the blue of the Williams for other colour keeping the sponsors like it is now. No more than this.
    If not, seeing on the PSRtv those solid one colours make no more than become the Williams so ugly.

    By the way…. I miss Hackman and Wooden in the iDWCRR…. may be there must exists two “wild Cards” as every tennis tournaments has.

  12. Reginald Dwight
    January 10th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    The line up looks great. However, iRacing should make the event like a true “real” race event and limit a team to 2 or maybe 3 drivers per team. It looks ridiculous currently to have 3 teams with something like 20+ drivers in the series! That will do nothing to benefit drivers in the long run AT ALL!

  13. Roland Ehnström
    January 11th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    A truly fantastic line-up, this will be awesome to watch!

    Go Orion Race Team: Haapala, Purdy, Vergers, Egger and Vaz!!!

    (By the way, I am sure Williams will make an exception for the DWC and allow the teams to paint the cars. As mentioned it would look horrible otherwise, and this would be really bad PR for Williams and their sponsors. I believe most teams also already have sponsorship contracts signed, so not allowing the teams to paint the cars would remove their only source of income.)

  14. Jason Scully
    January 11th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    re painting cars – maybe Williams will relax their stance on this if asked by iracing – they have just lost an estimated $44m worth of sponsorship deals from RBS, Philips, McGregor and Air Asia. Why would they want these sponsors names on their cars in the sim now?