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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.
  • David Judson
    Contributor

    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.

  • Matt A Kingsbury
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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
    Contributor

    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
    Contributor

    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
    Contributing Writer
    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
    Contributing Writer
    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
    Contributing Writer
    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
    Contributing Writer
    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.

Double Vision – Again

January 26th, 2012

The final weeks of the 2011 Season 4 inRacingNews Challenge saw the mixed class (SpecRacer Fords and Pontiac Solstices) visit three very different circuits:  the short course configuration at Summit Point Raceway, Charlotte Motor Speedway’s “r-oval” road course and Okayama International’s  long course.  Long or short, r-oval or pure road circuit, Michael Booth and Gabriel Tobar proved unbeatable as they swept to the Solstice and SRF titles, respectively . . . again (in Booth’s case, his second straight title, while Tobar took his third SRF crown in the past four seasons).

Week 10 of the inRacingNews Challenge season headed to West Virginia and Summit Point Raceway, marking the fourth and final visit of the season to the series’ de facto home track, and one of precious few opportunities for the sim racers to improve their positions in the point standings.

Booth dominated the Solstice class all season, and Week 10 was no exception, as he took 140 points (four starts, all from the pole, and two wins) to top all drivers. Wim Bries ranked second in the category with 136 points, while David Albaladejo placed third with 129. Meanwhile, Kalle Ruokola went four-for-four to score 188 points and dominate the SRF class; second place Mitch Weatherley scored 149 points, while Chris Hughson and Tobar tied for third with 146.

The iRNC was on very familiar grounds at Summit Point.

Two Solstice drivers topped 20 starts on the week: Chris Hughson ran 21 races, while Dmitry Kizyukevich started 20. Hughson also led the class in victories, with 13; Bryan J. Miller’s nine wins and Bries’ six were second and third best, respectively. Hughson’s 11 poles were also good enough to beat both Miller and Bries in that category, as they each had seven.

Roope Turkkila led all major statistical categories in SRF, with 18 starts, 13 wins, and 16 poles. Two drivers, Douglas Campbell and Nikolay Andreev, also cracked 15 starts, scoring two and three wins, respectively. Hughson ranked second in the wins category, with seven, and second in the poles category, with five. Daniel Mageste placed third in wins with five, while four drivers tied for third in poles with four apiece.

Miller posted the fastest time in Solstice time trials, a 1:06.938, topping David Benedict’s 1:07.203. But it was Booth who would top the field in qualifying, with a 1:06.481 that edged close laps from Bries and Miller, respectively. In SRF, Nikolay Andreev’s 1:05.874 was the fastest lap in time trials, while Tobar turned the fastest qualifying lap with a 1:04.747.

The inRacingNews Challenge headed to Charlotte Motor Speedway’s road course for the penultimate round of the season.  This would be the series’ second visit to the North Carolina ‘r-oval’ s as Kalle Ruokola topped both classes in points scored in Week Five (182 in Solstice and 168 in SRF).  As a championship challenger in both Solstice and Ford, he was looking for a repeat performance.

Charlotte's idiosyncratic 'r-oval' poses unique challenges to the iRNC competitors.

However, there would be no repeats for Ruokola. With 156 points, Joni Hagner topped the Solstice class for the week, beating Hughson’s 142 points and Riku Alatalo’s 130. Ruokola would only score 93 points, ranking 18th. In SRF, meanwhile, Diego Doni edged Ruokola, 159-158, for the best point total on the week; both drivers scored one win and one pole in two starts. Third placed Scott Fox won in his lone start to score 151 points.

Hugo Ramos led all Solstice drivers with 28 starts, though he only scored one win. It would be Hughson, who won in each of his 23 starts, who would lead that category; Bryan J. Miller would rank second in the category with eight wins, while Douglas Campbell’s four victories ranked third. Hughson added 21 poles, topping Campbell and Miller again, who had seven apiece.

Meanwhile in SRF, Hana Mahlbachr’s 16 starts led all drivers, while three other drivers tied for second with 14. But Igor Avgustinovich was the winningest driver on the week, winning nine races in only ten starts; Mitch Weatherly ranked second with eight wins, and Ramon Sprecher ranked third with five. Weatherly’s 14 poles bested all drivers, beating Avgustinovich’s nine and Hughson’s five.

Thomas van Bussel’s lap of 1:22.511 topped all Solstice drivers in time trials, while Hughson posted the best qualifying lap, a 1:21.813. Avgustinovich posted the fastest Ford time trial lap, a 1:22.061, but Weatherly’s 1:20.839 bested all others in qualifying.

Okayama was the setting for the season finale.

The iRNC headed to the Land of the Rising Sun for the 2011 Season Four finale at Okayama International Circuit on the full course layout.  This was the series’ third Okayama visit of the season, and the second on that particular layout.   Week Six had seen Booth’s 162 points lead the Solstice class, while Ruokola’s impressive 237 point week topped all SRF drivers.

When all the virtual dust had settled at Okayama, Booth (Solstice) and Tobar (SRF) emerged as the series champions.  Booth topped all Solstice drivers with 1224 points on the season, scoring 20 victories and 32 poles in 36 total starts to win his second consecutive class title. Gabriel Tobar won his third Ford championship (he also won in Seasons One and Two) with 1434 points, taking 17 wins in 20 starts. Kalle Ruokola, meanwhile, ranked second in both series; he had 15 starts, nine wins, and 1150 points in Solstice, and 33 wins in 49 starts for 1418 points in Ford.

Chris Hughson ranked third in Solstice points, scoring 1056 after winning in 197 of his 250 starts. Fourth place Nenad Matijevic won 21 times in 50 starts to score 1038 points, while fifth place Wim Bries tallied 59 wins in 109 starts to total 956 points. Mihael Vucinic, Antti Lepisto, Michael Vaughn, Thomas van Bussel, and Juan Rodriguez completed the overall Solstice top 10.

More than 180 Solstice drivers made the journey to Okayama.

With 22 starts, 19 wins, and 1238 points, Mogar DG Filho ranked third in the Ford championship. Diego Doni’s 13 wins in 34 starts were good for 1231 points and fourth place, while Mitch Weatherly’s 59 starts and 27 wins scored him 1190 points and fifth place. Sergio Roda Junior, Chris Hughson, Tim Bone, Roope Turkkila, and Jerry Burkacki rounded out the top 10 in Ford.

In Solstice, David Benedict won the time trial championship with 782 out of a possible 800 points, while Vucinic and van Bussel tied for second place with 753. In Ford, the battle was much closer, as Daniel Ryan edged Scott Hanley, 749-748, for the honor. Nikolay Andreev placed third with 738 points.

inRacingNews Challenge Champions by Division

(Division, Pontiac Solstice champion, Spec Racer Ford champion)
Division One: Michael Booth, Gabriel Tobar
Division Two: Nenad Matijevic, Diego Doni
Division Three: Thomas van Bussel, Sergio Roda Junior
Division Four: David Albaladejo, Ramon Sprecher
Division Five: Nick Stine, Hicham Kadiri
Division Six: John Tucker, Fredrik Persson
Division Seven: Bradley Morris, Andrey Tararaksin
Division Eight: Bradly Hieb, Emerson Bracisievicz
Division Nine: Walter Kurman, Michael Hilliard
Division 10: Andrew Corrigan, Jean Fernandez
Rookie Division: Benjamin Harste, Hakan Thornqvist

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