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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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    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, 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 Corey's aunt!

  • Wil Vincent
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    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 iRacing.com 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.

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    Silver Crown Writer

    I've been sim racing since 2011 when I joined iRacing. I've jumped to many different sims, including rFactor, Richard Burns Rally, and the famous NASCAR Racing 2003. I picked up a copy of NR2003 with my birthday money when I was only 9, but was limited to a keyboard and a controller. After reciving a G25 for Christmas in '11, I've loved sim racing and the community iRacing has. I hope to end up writing for a car magazine or website in the near future, and intend on attending university to accomplish that.
    Aside from my career in sim racing and the real world, I hope to have my own small, yet functional race team soon with the purchace of a go kart. Since I'm currently residing in Maryland, I don't have a wide range of racing to choose from. My only options on a small budget are drag racing or kart racing. After the completion of my senior year in high school next year, I hope that inRacing News and other affiliates will help my dreams of writing for Road & Track become a reality!

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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.

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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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    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.

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  • Marc Dorval
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    Marc Dorval has been a dedicated but talentless iRacer since 2009. Currently hanging out near the back of the Lotus 79 pack, he nonetheless contributes to the community through posts, statistics, and a weekly recap on the main events of the Lotus 79 series.
    Outside of iRacing, Marc is married with two grown-up children, loves Jaguar cars, and runs an IT consulting practice.

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    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.

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    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 iRacing.com 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.

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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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    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.

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    Tom is an 18-year old student from London, UK. Tom started sim-racing quite recently, although his passion for motorsport started at an early age, watching BTCC since the late 90s. Tom has since then expanded his interests in motorsport, watching Le Mans 24hr (and endurance racing as a whole) as well as the DTM, F1, and since starting to write about the NASCAR iRacing Series - NASCAR!

    Tom appeared on the sim-racing scene by trying out rFactor, rFactor 2 and then iRacing - where he spends most of his time racing in the Star Mazda Series where he has claimed third and then second overall in the two full seasons he has competed. On the oval side, Tom has completed a few races in the NASCAR Class C (Fixed) although he most enjoys the road side. Tom is an active member of Friction Racing, a team which focuses on the Star Mazda and the Williams-Toyota FW31, with the aim of reaching the Pro Series - and the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.

    In his personal life, Tom spend time with his girlfriend (they have been together for two years) and likes a variety of games and has started to livestream his races/gameplay on Twitch, to give an insight to his approach to racing and gaming.

  • Jack Davidson
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    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
    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.
  • 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.

Coming Soon, the iRacing Driving School

by Kevin Bobbitt on February 9th, 2010

iRacing's Dave Kaemmer gets ready for his turn on camera.

iRacing's Dave Kaemmer gets ready for his turn on camera.

Dave Kaemmer and I spent a few days in Indianapolis last week filming portions of the soon to be released iRacing Driving School. The shoot was great, the weather, not-so-much. I could have driven back to Boston in less time than it took to fly!

We are still several months away from launching the school but it is shaping up nicely. The iRacing Driving School will feature about a dozen separate chapters, each being its own stand-alone video on the member site. Many of the chapters will finish-up with exercises designed to help you  practice what you just learned.

The basic idea of the school is to help iRacers become better racers. Many iRacers have no formal racing education and that often leads to reaching a plateau where no matter what you try you don’t seem to get any faster. There are also many iRacers who are completely new to the sport and by teaching them the basics right from the start, we think it will improve everyone’s enjoyment of the service. After all, faster racers means better racing for everyone!

iRacing Driving School host, Chris Agos, gets ready to read through a script in front of the green screen.

iRacing Driving School host, Chris Agos, gets ready to read through a script in front of the green screen.

The school actually began taking shape last year. We started first with the idea; next we needed the curriculum, scripts and exercises. Having just filmed the on-camera instructor we are now ready to move to production and begin incorporating in-sim footage so students can see what we are talking about.

Chapters subjects will include:
•    Vehicle dynamics
•    Fundamentals of the racing line
•    Using your eyes
•    Braking
•    Shifting
•    Race-craft
•    Race starts
•    Pre-race – practice, qualifying and time trials

A lot of work remains to be done on the school to get it ready for launch, but we are excited to have made it this far already. Look for an announcement later this spring for the launch date.

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  1. 19Kilo
    February 9th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Really good idea, this will be a very welcome addition to iRacing. Looking forward to it!

  2. Emmanuel Baako
    February 9th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Exactly what I’m looking for. Keeping a close eye on the development of this.

  3. Kevin O'Keefe
    February 9th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Great to hear.

  4. Alex Ulleri
    February 9th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    That’s great to hear. Looking forward to it.

  5. Michael S Wright
    February 9th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Very nice. I look forward to it with great anticipation.

  6. Kevin Viebrock
    February 9th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Bravo, iRacing!!

  7. Steve Claeys
    February 9th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Looks good but I hope we get more then standerd brake here and turn there explenations.
    Lots of people need advanced, almost private teaching.

  8. Michael Hughes
    February 9th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Great idea and I sure to use it, but I would also love to see you add a video set-up guide

  9. Jason Noble
    February 9th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Great to see that this is coming.

  10. Alex Ulleri
    February 9th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Yes this is true. This covers a lot of the basics, which are needed, but I would also love to see some more advanced teaching for driving techniques and setup work.

  11. Paul Kelly
    February 9th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    This will be fantastic. iRacing just keeps improving, responding to the needs of its users. Thank you!

  12. Vincent Sciuto
    February 9th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Great to see this finally nearing fruition! I know you guys at iRacing have wanted this in the software since you were in beta still. I hope it becomes what you always hoped it would. Personally speaking, I can’t wait to check it out!

    Best of luck!

  13. ryan terry
    February 9th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    cant w8, hope i can take part…

  14. Paul Morin
    February 9th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Very good idea.

    A thing like this can only help. Espacially in setting up a car for qualification and racing.

    Thank you Iracing

  15. Vitalogy
    February 9th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I’m looking forward this!

    If I can bring a suggestion,
    (do not delay the release for this but) I would love it if we could show subtitles as option.

    English isn’t my language and it’s difficult for me to understand spoken English and stay concentrated. My reading skill is much better. Also, you could (or let fans do it) translate the English subtitles in many different languages.

  16. Lincoln Miner
    February 9th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Why not release it episode by episode instead of waiting to finish all 12?

  17. Wendy Sarrett
    February 9th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Excellent!!! I am very much looking forward to it!! I think Vitalogy has an excellent suggestion. I think having subtitles/transcript in other languages as well as other languages would be extremely helpful not just for people whose first language is not English but those of us (like myself) who don’t have great hearing. Also, as Lincoln said, releasing them episodicallyy would also be nice. (I realize though these may not be logistically or financially feasible.)

  18. George Kuyumji
    February 9th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Subtitles would be good for people who dont have english as there first language.

    I really hope the school will over more then just the basics.

  19. Max S.
    February 9th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Very nice addition to the servcice.

    What I acutally would add is a tutorial on how to build half way decent setups.

    No matter what I am tweaking, I am not getting way faster. And always rely on the virtual crew chief page doesn’t help my understanding getting better. ;)

  20. dunc
    February 9th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    An idea whose time has come. Hope to see a nice implementation. The Rally School in Richard Burns Rally was well done, with theory, instruction, a demonstration, then goals to achieve yourself on the track.

    Even the Gran Turismo tutorials about line were quite instructive, with the various medals based on times through a set course.

  21. Kenton Flaig
    February 9th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    I hope you include a section titled something like:

    “Driving mistakes so very, very bad that making of of them will leave you way more embarrased than that guy who sh*t his pants in the second grade.”

    Show replays to demonstrate them.

  22. Bob
    February 10th, 2010 at 12:48 am

    I hope you’re going to add a class on chassis setups!!

  23. Bryan Carey
    February 10th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    I think along with this it would be awesome to have a detailed setup guide for each car, and explain how each setting works in the sim.

    The combination of these video’s and those guides would make iRacing that much more of an immersive experience

    Just don’t stop improving :)

  24. MM
    February 10th, 2010 at 3:49 am

    great stuff iRacing!

  25. Johnny
    February 10th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Nice, Cant wait to get in the seat lol

  26. Dave M
    February 10th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    AWESOME!!!!

  27. Alex
    February 11th, 2010 at 2:07 am

    It would be awesome to be able to drive a track (split screen side by side) and see the “pro” synchronized with you.

  28. jeff thomas
    February 11th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    good news.. think a lot of folks have been lookin forward to this…
    take ur time do a 1st class job on it please!

    JT
    Teamdraft

  29. Bob Beach
    February 12th, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Cool Deal! I’ll take all the help I can get.!

    Keep up the great work iRacing!

  30. Quinn
    February 13th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    This is great news. I’m going to agree with a number of comments here; please, create an IN-DEPTH chapter(s) on setups!! It has been my experience that many of the skills taught in racing schools would actually come naturally from just doing laps. Car setup is a different matter, and in my opinion is one of the main reasons for the “plateau”.
    Most of the cars on iracing are tuned quite well, there are a few that are b…a…d! It would be great to learn more about this “dark art” of racing. (I’m aware of the setup guide pdf. It hasn’t helped me at all, and many of the effects I see and feel from tweaking while using the guide are opposite to what the guide says should happen.)
    Also, it would be great if we had ghost cars. I’ve always found them very helpful in improving my times. It’s just an idea.
    Thank you!

  31. JJ
    February 14th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Great, great, great!
    But don’t forget the idea of the video set-up guide.

  32. Steve Wood
    February 14th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I just hope there’s Road Racing instruction

  33. Robert Dunn
    February 16th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Nice idea and i’m sure like everything else in iracing, it will come with a price tag

  34. Loren Doolittle
    March 23rd, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Set-ups should be the “principles” of set-up. And than let the member work and practice these “principles” to achieve set-ups that work for the individual members driving abilities..

  35. toby
    May 16th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    We need chassis set up training also PLEASE

  36. Drakon
    May 26th, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Yes, Setup Training is very much needed. I think each series should have its own setup class as each car/truck is somewhat to extremely different. Depending on how it’s made up and how long it takes to make everything you could have a class for each course, teaching breaking points on road courses and what the preferred line at the ovals are. I would also recommend a class on passing, what not to do and when to let the other person go by. That would help a lot of the rookies out I think.

  37. Domingo Brozie
    November 8th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I’d have to admit with you here. Which is not something I usually do! I love reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

  38. Lawerence Epperheimer
    November 12th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    I like this quote, Mind your own business.

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