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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 – Evgeniy Dontsov

by David Phillips on June 9th, 2012

Evgeniy Dontsov is open to new challenges.  With 17 wins to his credit, he was a fixture near the very top of the Star Mazda Championship standings for the past few seasons, finishing fourth in 2011 Season 4 and runner-up to Tony Repussard in 2012 Season 1.  Rather than continuing to focus on Star Mazda, however, the Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia resident moved on to something different than the 1335 lb, 260 hp open wheel Star Mazda.  How different?  Try the 2425 lb, 590 hp Corvette C6.R.

While it’s fair to say Donstov’s transition from flyweight, open wheel racer to thundering beast of a sports car has not been without its challenges, he’s starting to show similar form to his Star Mazda Championship days.  With wins at Spa and Suzuka he currently holds down sixth spot in the Corvette Class of GT Challenge, while a couple more wins at the virtual Belgian circuit have him in ninth spot in the Corvette Class of the GT Prototype Challenge.

Q: How long have you been sim racing?
A: My first racing game was Gran Turismo on PS. In 2003 I discovered Grand Prix Legends and this racing sim made me take things more seriously. I raced GPL until 2006 when my Live For Speed period started and continued until December 2009 when I purchased iRacing subscription. So 2003 is the beginning of my sim-racing career.

Q: What attracted you to iRacing?
A: Even when I went to LFS, I was still hoping that Dave and Co. will do something new and as great as GPL, the company Papyrus has disappeared, but the hope remained, and in 2008 when iRacing appeared I knew it will be my racing sim. Most of all I wanted to test Skip Barber and right after subscription was done I bought this car immediately.

Q: What are favorite iRacing cars/tracks?
A: I like a lot of iRacing cars, now my favorite car is Star Mazda, also I like Skip Barber, Lotus 79. Speaking about favorite track – Spa, Mosport, Suzuka, but what most impressed me Virginia International Raceway. For the first time I discovered this track in iRacing and it completely fascinated me, it has charm of those old historic tracks with different types of turns.

Dontsov has been a fixture atop the Star Mazda Championship in recent seasons.

Q: What do you like most about iRacing?
A: Great physics model, constant development of the sim, real life laser scanned tracks, competition system, correct and competitive racers, user support by the staff.

Q: What would you change about iRacing?
A: I’d like to speed implementation of driver swaps and endurance racing and to this could be added only dynamically changing time of day.

Q: How many hours a week do you spend on iRacing?
A: It depends on how much free time I have, perhaps about 10-15 hours a week.

Q: Tell us about the paint schemes on your helmet/car(s).
A: Paint scheme of cars (dark blue, red, white) came from my LFS team named North West RT.

Q: What other sim racing activities (Forza, Gran Turismo, etc.) do you do?
A: I have PS3 and Gran Turismo 5 sometimes I play it with my nephew, also sometimes I race Live For Speed or netKar Pro, but very rarely.

Q: What are your favorite video games?
A: Actually I no longer play any computer games besides racing games, formerly I used to play Unreal Tournament.

“I was still hoping that Dave and Co. will do something new and as great as GPL . . . and in 2008 when iRacing appeared I knew it will be my racing sim.”

Q: What is your most memorable iRacing moment?
A: My winning in World Tour 2010 race – iRacing.com Historic British Grand Prix on Lotus 79, I raced in the second split and that was my first race on this car.

Q: What is the iRacing moment you’d love to forget?
A: It was early in my iRacing career, a race at Mosport on Skip Barber. I started from pole position and in T1 another driver kicked me out from the track. I’ve get really angry and at the end of the race I intentionally crashed him in the same turn. I’m really ashamed of this act.

Q: What car/track would you like to see iRacing add to the service?
A: My dream is to see the historic tracks in iRacing, I understand that the main feature of iRacing is accurately modeling tracks with laser scanning, but I’m sure there are a lot of sim racers who want to get well-made historic tracks in iRacing.

Q: What person, living or dead do you most admire?
A: I’m not sure I have any specific person to admire. I like people who do not become discouraged in difficult life situations, in the world of motorsport examples of such courage are Frank Williams, Alessandro Zanardi.

Q: What’s your favorite real world racing series?
A: No doubt this is F1, MotoGP and World Rally Championship.

Donstov's signed up for the Skip Barber F2000 "immediately."

Q: Name the title of the most recent book you read.
A: Right now I’m reading a novel by Erich Remarque – Heaven Has No Favorites. I wanted to read this book after seeing the film Bobby Deerfield.

Q: Name of your favorite movie/TV show?
A: One of my favorite movies is Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.

Q: How many of your close friends are iRacing members?
A: Really no one. Sometimes we play racing games or something else, but no one from my closest friends is interested in sim-racing.

Q: Has competing with iRacers all around the world influenced your opinions/outlook on life/world events? How?
A: I am interested in communicating with people from different countries, it is a very interesting experience, but I still need to improve my English =).

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