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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
    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
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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.

INDYCAR and iRacing.com Announce Premier Virtual Racing Series

by Steve Potter on January 27th, 2011

Fans of IndyCar racing, the Indy 500 and driving game enthusiasts will now be able to take their passion for the sport to a new level by getting behind the wheel themselves in the iRacing.com IZOD IndyCar Premier Series.  The 18-race, 36-week series begins February 19 and will utilize iRacing.com’s virtual version of the Dallara IC 09 IndyCar.  Races will be hosted on many of the same tracks as the real-world 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Barber Motorsports Park, Texas Motor Speedway, The Milwaukee Mile, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Infineon Raceway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  (iRacing’s virtual Iowa Speedway and Japan’s Twin Ring Motegi are currently under construction and will be added to the series schedule as they become available.)

The announcement of the internet-based virtual-racing series was made jointly today by INDYCAR® and iRacing.com.

“Our current fans are passionate about the sport, and looking for ways to get closer to it,” said Randy Bernard, INDYCAR’s CEO.  “The iRacing.com IZOD IndyCar Premier Series is an opportunity for our dedicated fans to have an extremely active and relevant involvement with the sport, as well as a unique way to appreciate the skills of our athletes.”

Bernard also noted that the new racing series will contribute to the growth of INDYCAR’s international fan base by recruiting young driving game enthusiasts and fans of other types of motorsport.

“This series will be very popular with our existing members and we expect it will bring new members to iRacing,” said Tony Gardner, iRacing.com’s president.  “About 40% of our current members are from outside North America.  And the Dallara IndyCar and our current series have proven to be very popular in the U.S. and overseas.  We’ve designed the schedule to make it easy for IndyCar fans here and everywhere on the planet to participate in this series.”

Like its real world counterpart, the iRacing.com IZOD IndyCar Premier Series features a mixture of ovals . . .

The agreement with INDYCAR and the creation of the iRacing.com IZOD IndyCar Premier Series represents the latest step toward iRacing’s goal of providing sim racers, gamers and motorsports fans with a whole virtual world of auto racing.  iRacing.com currently organizes more than 1,500 internet-based races weekly and supports nearly 30 different series.  The company’s partnerships with NASCAR and GRAND-AM have yielded stock car and sports car series for iRacers that feature authentic virtual counterparts to the real-world series those organizations sanction.

“No other racing series in the world has the combination of heritage and future growth potential of the IZOD IndyCarSeries, and we’re very excited about being able to be part of it,” Gardner said.  “This is a great opportunity for our members who love open-wheel racing and it’s a chance for fans of other forms of motorsport to broaden their interests.”

and road courses. Oval, road course and overall champions will be crowned.

Like its real-world counterpart, the iRacing.com IZOD IndyCar Premier Series will crown oval and road titlists as well as an overall series champion.  The oval and road champions will win cash awards.  The overall series champion will also win a trip (with a guest) to the real-world IZOD IndyCar season finale, where he or she will receive the season trophy and be recognized during pre-race driver introductions.

“Now fans will have an opportunity to really feel what it’s like to drive an IndyCar at over 200 mph at the Speedway,” said IZOD IndyCar Series regular Justin Wilson, who tested iRacing’s virtual version of the Dallara IndyCar prior to its release in 2009 and now practices and races regularly on the iRacing service.  Wilson grinned with satisfaction as he first pulled out of the pits.  “Yeah, there’s the bump at the end of pit lane, just where it’s supposed to be.”

But it was the experience of lapping the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Dallara at better than 220 miles per hour that really got Wilson’s attention.  “The perspective is exactly the same, the sense of driving down that long tunnel into Turn One,” he said.  “When you make a small mistake – get down too close to the apron in Turns Three and Four and feel the bumps, turn-in too late or too early – you feel yourself tensing up just as you do in the real car; that edgy sense of ‘am I gonna make it? I think I am, no I’m not, yes I am…’”

The iRacing.com IZOD IndyCar Premier Series will receive regular event coverage, feature stories and blogs on the IndyCar Web site and inRacingNews, iRacing.com’s online motorsports news site.  Wilson predicts that the series will become a successful part of the INDYCAR community.  “Already a number of us who are IndyCar drivers or series workers participate in private leagues hosted on iRacing,” he said.  “Now everyone can get in on it.”

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  1. leftydad
    January 27th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Iowa Speedway! Bout time!

  2. Chuck Johnson
    January 27th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    This is great news! Thanks to all involved.

  3. Niles Anders
    January 27th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Yeah Baby, I take back all those things I said.

  4. Manfred Dulle
    January 27th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    It is great to be a part of this evolving series.. I think IRacing really brought it home with this move.. Great all the way around! Oh and thanks for rev lim lights too!

  5. Ted Severns
    January 28th, 2011 at 12:08 am

    This is Great News!!!

  6. Gary holbrook
    January 28th, 2011 at 12:21 am

    seeing that there are oval race awards will us drivers who only elect to race oval and have an A license in oval only be allowed to race the oval events? Or will it stay as it has been for those with road license only? It seems that if your allowing for an oval champion in Indy then we who like to race ovals should be allowed to race for that portion of the championship. I purchased the Indy car last year just to race the Indy 500 and finished third oh thanks to someone being nice and sharing a good set of course. But was not allowed to race any of the other Indy car races because you are required to have a road racing license, not sure why if you plan to just race Oval tracks if it is to push us who don’t race road course races in that direction at least for this driver it not likely to happen. I hope that you allow us to race. Anyway Iracing you have the greatest show going thanks for continuing to improve it.

  7. Andy Banfield
    January 28th, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Great News indeed! Can’t wait to get up to the Indy Car license levels. Looking forward to the new tracks as well.

  8. Julio Chacon Jr
    January 28th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Awesome! I had just mentioned in the iRacing forums a few weeks ago that an Indy Series complete with an Oval and Road championship, in addition to the overall, would be an addition to the service. Kudos to both iRacing and IndyCar for making this happen!!!

    I hope as a result of this partnership that we eventually get ALL of the tracks run in the real series, although I know that the street circuits have been quite a challenge.

  9. Julio Chacon Jr
    January 28th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Oops, I meant “an AMAZING addition…”

  10. NaBUru38
    January 28th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    What about road courses like Long Beach, Toronto and Baltimore?