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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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    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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    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.
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  • 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.

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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.

Bumpy Ride for IndyCar Sim Racers at Sebring

by Dennis Grebe on March 24th, 2010

Drivers of the IndyCar Series in Round Seven at Sebring International Raceway faced a bumpy and challenging track but made the best of it, with all but two drivers collecting less than 20 incidents on the challenging Florida track.  Even with the Round competing for participation with the iRacing World Tour’s 120 Minutes of  Sebring on Saturday, the number of sim racers involved climbed to 141, a solid increase of 14 from the week at Infineon Raceway.

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Brian Kerr leads Maximilian Vietmeier and others down to the hairpin at Sebring.

The highest Strength of Field (2726) race this week took place on Thursday in the 9:30pm (GMT) race. Brian Kerr and Maximilian Vietmeier looked set to battle it out for the win, but due to racing incidents and bad luck each ended up several laps down, leaving the top spots to drivers like Englishman Neil Stratton, who collected 151 points for his second place finish. Italian Andrea Baldi had some incidents as well but still managed to take home third for 132 points.

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Vietmeier’s mangled car after a spin into the barriers caused by earlier suspension damage. In the background Neil Stratton recovers from a spin.

In another high Strength of Field race on Saturday in the 5:30pm (GMT) slot, Joao Vaz won in style and collected 160 points. Vietmeier, after his bad luck earlier in the week, took second in a solid and incident-free race well ahead of Scandinavian Teppo Savela.

Despite the bumpy track and a competing online racing event, some drivers competed frequently in the IndyCar races at Sebring.  Henrik Müller had the most starts of the week at six. However he didn’t manage to get a top five finish out of any of his races and, in the end, had to settle for 75 points. Daniel Brookins and Robert Hedan each started five races and managed to score two top five finishes each, giving them 75 and 96 points, respectively. Brian Kerr meanwhile scored the most wins of the week at three, winning  all but one of his four races. Ironically, the one he didn’t win was the one which would have given him the most points.  Nevertheless, the Celtic club driver came away from the track scoring 143 points for the championship.

In the overall standings Vaz continued to open up the gap on second placed Frenchman Joel Guez, increasing his lead from 83 to 108 points. Carlo Labati is still in second, now 143 points behind Vaz. Canadian Martin Blais dropped out of the top five this week, being overtaken by Jukka Savolainen for fourth (177 points behind Vaz, but with one less week counted) and Stratton moving into fifth, just four points behind Savolainen. Blais is now sixth, only another two points behind Stratton. Among the drivers to watch in the following weeks is Klaus Ellenbrand from the DE-AT-CH club, currently placed 11th but with only five weeks counted so far for a total of 706 points. Depending on how the season develops he could even have a chance to battle with Joao Vaz for the overall lead. Australian Paul Luck, currently in tenth position, looks to be in good position to get close or even overtake the likes of Stratton and Blais once drop weeks come into effect and everyone at the top will be at eight counted weeks.

Kerr heads into the barriers in Turn One while Stratton passes by safely.

Kerr heads into the barriers in Turn One while Stratton passes by safely.

For those interested in the regional standings, France leads the pack with 2070 club points from IndyCar Series races so far. Italy follows just 13 points behind with a larger gap in front of third placed DE-AT-CH at 1880. Celtic in fourth is tight on their heels with 1825, however. In fifth place lies Benelux with 1636 points. The best US club is currently Plains in seventh with 1262 points. The least amount of points for a club: New Jersey with a grand total of 0.

This week takes the IndyCar Series to the challenging road course of Road Atlanta, where 29 drivers can already complete the eight points weeks of the season – the last time to collect points without dropping lower points scoring weeks, and the last week before drop weeks will have to be considered in the overall standings.

Fastest Qualifying lap of the week:
Max Dell’Orco – 1:43.913

Fastest Time Trial of the week:
Richard Walker – 1:45.140 (four laps)

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