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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, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • David Judson

    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

    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

    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 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 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

    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 Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Jordan Hightower

    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

    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 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 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 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,,,, 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 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: Jeremy Lukaszka

by David Phillips on November 24th, 2012

If you want to meet Jeremy Lukaszka, a good place to start is Iowa Speedway.  After all, the resident of nearby Palo hasn’t missed many races there since first passing through its gates for the ARCA race in 2008.

Lukaszka hasn’t always been an Iowan, having been born in Wisconsion.  He hasn’t always been a race fan, having first caught the bug while watching the 2003 Daytona 500.  Nor has he always been an iRacer, having joined the service in May of last year after many years of sim-racing on NASCAR 2003, among other games.

Almost from the first, however, Lukaszka HAS been a winner in iRacing.  He notched his first Legends checkered flag just two days after joining iRacing and his first road racing win (Mazda Cup) a month later.  Since then he’s turned into a regular on Victory Lane, coming home P3 in the 2012 Season 3 IZOD IndyCar Oval (Fixed) competition with 14 wins in 35 starts and finishing third overall behind Adam Gilliland and Tyler D Hudson in last season’s NASCAR Class B Series (Fixed) on the strength of 20 wins in 50 starts . . . and with 26 poles to boot.

Season 4 finds the 18 old Lukaszka back in his old stomping grounds – NiCBS and IZOD IndyCar – but also running in Class A and the National Series, where he’s already collected a win in each.  Come to think of it, another good place to look for Jeremy Lukaszka is in Victory Lane of just about any race he enters . . .

Jeremy, his sister Kristy and friend.

Q: How long have you been sim racing?
A: I’ve been sim racing since 2003. I remember playing a demo of NASCAR Racing 2002 Season just before NASCAR Racing 2003 Season (NR2003) came out and ever since then I’ve been hooked on it and haven’t been unable to get it out of my blood.

Q: What attracted you to iRacing?
A: The main thing that attracted me to iRacing was the frustration of the online league I was in while playing NR2003. I always talked smack about iRacing and how you had to pay to race back then, but with so many people playing it, and with the help of a convincing friend, I decided to give iRacing a try.

Q: What are favorite iRacing cars/tracks?
A: My favorite car is without a doubt the Chevrolet Impala Class B. For some reason, there’s something about that car that just fits me and I can usually be one of the fastest people on track without much practice, although I never choose to do that. My favorite track is Dover without a doubt. Ever since NR2003, Dover has been my best track. Something about that place just fits me. I don’t know whether it’s the high banking, fast corners, or the transitions, but I really love that place.

With a 23% winning record, Jeremy is a regular in iRacing’s Victory Lane.

Q: What do you like most about iRacing?
A: The thing I like most about iRacing is the competition. When I was racing in a league with NR2003, I was easily one of the fastest people without any practice even in the most “competitive” series.

Q: What would you change about iRacing?
A: If I could change anything about iRacing, it would definitely be to make the Dallara IndyCar an A-class car and give it its own pro divison. Another change I would make would be to make every world tour event split to be set by iRating, not qualifying time.

Q: How many hours a week do you spend on iRacing?
A: Currently, on average I’ll just spend about 3-6 hours on iRacing practicing and racing every week. I used to spend a ton more time on it, but with the new job I’ve started, and my Xbox 360 intriguing me as of late, that number has substantially dropped.

Q: Tell us about the paint schemes on your helmet/car(s).
A: The paint schemes and helmet designs were just something I made because I didn’t want to ask for custom paints being a newbie to the service. I plan to start using custom skins in Season 1 however. Any painters?!

Q: What other sim racing activities (Forza, Gran Turismo, etc.) do you do?
A: None.

Q: What are your favorite video games?
A: I really enjoy playing The Sims 3, as well as Grand Theft Auto IV, and campaign mode on Halo.

“With only one or two cautions and none the last hundred laps I drove my way all the way up to a fifth place finish and even beat Ray Alfalla.”

Q: Do you do any real-world racing? Has iRacing been of any benefit?
A: I have never done any real-world racing.

Q: What is your most memorable iRacing moment?
A: My most memorable moment would be in this year’s top split of the .com Brickyard 400. I qualified fourth, was wrecked about forty laps in, used my one reset, restarted from the back of the pack, and with only one or two cautions and none the last hundred laps I drove my way all the way up to a fifth place finish and even beat Ray Alfalla.

Q: What is the iRacing moment you’d love to forget?
A: Any moment when I make myself look bad when I’m in front of a pro driver. Whenever there’s a big name black striper behind me (King, Alfalla, Hudson, Karlavige) I always choke and knock down the wall or do something completely stupid while trying to impress.

Q: What car/track would you like to see iRacing add to the service?
A: At this time I want to see the DW12 added. As far as tracks, it would be awesome if Long Beach was added, but for right now I’m just waiting for Montreal, Kansas, and Fontana.

When he’s not at the “real” Iowa Speedway, Lukaszka can often be found at the virtual version of his home track.

Q: What person, living or dead do you most admire?
A: I didn’t admire him until it was too late, but definitely Dan Wheldon. I was actually at the Las Vegas race last year and that was the most agonizing two hours I think I’ve ever been through and something I’ll never forget.

Q: What’s your favorite real-world racing series?
A: In 2012, I definitely followed IndyCar more than I did NASCAR. IndyCar provides some of the best racing ever, but with the recent firing of Randy Bernard we’ll see how that affects my decision for 2013.

Q: Name the title of the most recent book you read.
A: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Q: Name of your favorite movie/TV show?
A: I don’t watch too much TV, except for racing, so I don’t really have a favorite TV show. However, some of my all-time favorites movies include V for Vendetta, Marley & Me, and The Dark Knight.

Jeremy already has a win in National series competition in Season 4.

Q: How many of your close friends are iRacing members?
A: I don’t have any friends that live near me that have iRacing, but my brother finally got iRacing in May after I convinced him to get it. Thomas Hitch, who I used to race with on NR2003, has iRacing and I finally met him back at the Indianapolis 500 this year.

Q: Has competing with iRacers all around the world influenced your opinions/outlook on life/world events? How?
A: Without a doubt, absolutely. When you’re in certain positions on the virtual track, you can relate to that when you see drivers in that position on the real track. That being said, whether or not you even like the driver, you still understand what s/he went through and sometimes why they reacted the way they did.

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