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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
    Contributor

    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
    Contributor

    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
    Contributor

    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.

iRacer Profile: Diego Rodriguez Alonso

by David Phillips on November 17th, 2012

With a surname like his, Diego Rodriguez Alonso had some pretty lofty standards to meet when he joined iRacing at the end of July.  And while he still has a fair way to go before becoming motorsports’ most celebrated Alonso, he could hardly have enjoyed a more impressive start to his iRacing career.  As a rookie, he drove his Mazda MX-5 to an impressive championship in the 2012 Season 3 inRacingNews Challenge, taking 19 wins in 24 starts – and going a perfect 24 for 24 in poles – to best Christoph Schön and iRNC stalwart Chris Hughson; this while grabbing the S3 Nvidia Cup with eight wins in 12 races and, you guessed it, a dozen poles.

Alonso’s secret?  At least one of them is practice, practice, practice. (Click here to see Alonso experimenting with a car’s dynamics.)  This season he’s dipping his toe in the Skip Barber Race and Classic Lotus Grand Prix Series – although you wouldn’t know by looking at the series results.  In fact, to date, the name Diego Rodriguez Alonso does not appear in any of the official results or standings for either series.  Dig a little deeper though any you’ll find that Alonso has been practicing the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 79 relentlessly over the past few weeks.  So don’t be surprised if his name starts appearing in the Skip Barber and CLGP stats — in the wins column.

Q: How long have you been sim-racing?
A: I feel I started sim racing with Grand Prix Legends back in 1999 when my neighbour told me about a very hard car video game.  That motivated me to get a copy, then I saw the difference between other car games I previously played and a good one. After that I started playing Gran Turismo 2 and Colin McRae 2 in 2000, and finally moved to Live for Speed in 2002-2003 and played it for years intermittently.

Q: What attracted you to iRacing?
A: The whole game. I remember one day when a friend showed me the MX5 at Okayama and gave me the opportunity to make a test.  I was so surprised about the feeling that the car gave me that I couldn´t stop laughing out of happiness for a couple of minutes.  I thought, this is the best I’ve ever tried! Later I started a qualifying and a race session and the realistic environment gave me the final point. I said, someday I’ll have this!

Q: What are your favorite iRacing cars/tracks?
A: Well, since I recently started in iRacing I haven’t tried many cars or tracks and it’s too soon to make choices.  However, I’ve enjoyed some tracks and cars more than other ones. Mazda MX5 in short courses like Summit Point or Okayama are good examples of fun.
On the other hand I have the Lotus 79 and Skip Barber I’ve just gotten with a track pack and after some testing in Suzuka and Spa I’m really amazed.

Q: What do you like most about iRacing?
A: To have the opportunity to compete against a big community of talented drivers in a proper race environment; to enjoy driving and at the same time improving it.

Alonso hustled his Mazda MX5 to S3 titles in the Nvidia Cup and inRacingNews Challenge.

Q: What would you change about iRacing?
A: If there´s something to change about iRacing I think it should be the current transmission model. I would like to see a more accurate and realistic one because at the moment few people can take advantage of some bugs, going faster than others that are respecting the proper use of a real transmission and that´s not fair at all.

Q: How many hours a week do you spend on iRacing?
A: It depends on the situation. For example, it takes me extra time getting used to a new car or track, but once I get used to it, fours hours a week or less just for fun is OK.
If the purpose is to improve each detail on tracks, trying to do as good as possible in a championship, the situation is different. I never feel enough satisfied, so I try as hard as possible.

Q: Tell us about the paint schemes on your helmet/car(s).
A: I usually paint the cars as simple as possible trying to make them look stock; so I try not to spend too much time doing that.

Q: What other sim racing activities (Forza, Gran Turismo, etc.) do you do?
A:  iRacing is the only sim racing I currently do.

Q: What are your favorite video games?
A: I have good memories from Gran Turismo 2, Colin McRae 2, Toca 2, Driver and Live for Speed.

Alonso applies the techniques learned in iRacing to his BMW on a track-day . . .

Q: Do you do any real world racing? Has iRacing been of any benefit?
A: Since my wallet can’t afford competing, I’ve only tried a track-day with my old BMW E30 and I’m pretty surprised about how sim racing can improve driving techniques and knowledge about car behaviour.
iRacing has helped me to add knowledge about mid-engine layout cars and the importance of being smooth, especially with the pedal work using the MX5.  Now with single seaters I also appreciate how important it is to be smooth with the steering wheel.

Q: What is your most memorable iRacing moment?
A: I’ve had few memorable moments in iRacing since I joined, some of them are the first win, winning under pressure and winning a championship (but) even to have the opportunity to share with all of the community this interview is memorable for me. However, every time I do my best in a new environment (racing in a new track/car) I feel like I’m doing a moment to remember, so I hope more moments will come in the future.

“Every time I do my best in a new environment . . . I feel like I’m doing a moment to remember, so I hope more moments will come in the future.”

Q: What is the iRacing moment you’d love to forget?
A: I would love to forget those races in which my connection problems made me lose statistics and/or championship points by not counting a lap because of bad lag. The most recent one was a bit absurd.  I was on pole and after a couple of meters in the first corner I got blue-flaged. Then I went as fast as possible to gain time and recover some positions but it wasn’t enough to keep good results, so instead of improving my statistics, I get worse.  That’s not a good feeling at all if you´re doing your best.

Q: What car/track would you like to see iRacing add to the service?
A: I would love to see iRacing add some stock cars on road tires to get a closer experience to cars that most people can afford and normally use. I think that will be a helping hand to improve driving knowledge with basic cars as it was for me Live for speed.

Q: What person, living or dead do you most admire?
A: Every person that helps me to keep going and make me feel happy.
In terms of sports I have to say that last year I saw Senna film.  I’ve never been a Senna fan so I was so impressed with what I watched.  Since that moment I had watched many interviews and extra footage to learn from him. I feel like he’s a real inspiration for me and his words helps to keep me motivated.

Q: What’s your favorite real world racing series?
A: I don’t usually follow any race series but I really enjoy watching some V8 Supercars, WRC and F1 races.

“I never feel enough satisfied, so I try as hard as possible.” Indeed!

Q: Name the title of the most recent book you read.
A: I can’t remember!

Q: Name of your favorite movie/TV show?
A: Most of Tarantino films. I don’t watch TV.

Q: How many of your close friends are iRacing members?
A: Few including one of my best ones, Daniel Sanchez2, who is the person that showed me the game and give me the opportunity to learn more about real world racing. Thanks mate!

Q: Has competing with iRacers all around the world influenced your opinions/outlook on life/world events? How?
A: Competing with other iRacers has shown me that there are all kinds of people like in real life. Some are good, humble and also make you smile…but others aren’t that good.

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  1. Rosvoldaunet
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Nice interview Diego;-) Keep up the good performance

  2. Juanjo
    November 17th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    ¡Grande Diego! One of the best drivers I know!

  3. Lyles West
    November 18th, 2012 at 6:43 am

    I saw Diego soon after I started iracing in July. I can’t remember the track, but I was amazed at his time. I told him he should think about driving real cars on track. Hopefully he will get the opportunity.

  4. Daniel Mayoral Oliva
    November 18th, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Be quick takes you away, but be much more simple and quick.
    Greetings Diego are one of the best people I conosco, keep it up brother.

  5. Paco1207
    November 19th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Congratz Diego, you are so good driver and person! I hope you will get more in a little time! GL! ^^