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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.

Michael Self’s PIR Blog

by Michael Self on November 21st, 2012

Every race I compete in is different, which is ironic because when I made the switch from road racing to ovals everyone gave me a hard time saying that I was just going to be driving the same circle week after week.  But for those who said this, I can’t tell them how wrong they are.  Oval racing takes a different mindset, a different way of driving, a different way of adapting to new tracks and with that, adapting to different races.

Coming in to the Casino Arizona 50 the mindset was a little different than the majority of the K&N West Weekends.  We generally put on a one day show.  Practice, qualify and race on the same day, with the race being around 150 laps.  I arrived at Phoenix International Raceway Thursday afternoon with a one hour practice session at 4PM that day, a one hour session early the next morning, then qualifying the NEXT morning with the race that evening, and the race was only 50 laps.  That meant I had to keep my mental state where I needed it for about 52 straight hours and make sure it was at its peak there at the end.

The Golden Gate Racing team had me set right out of the box, which always makes life a little easier.  We were top of the board early in the first session and ended the session P2 by just a few hundredths and confident going in to the next mornings practice.  Again we topped the board from the start of the session, ending up fourth just behind the three K&N East cars that were our competition this race.  The next morning is when things started to get a little crazy…

PIR and NASCAR had made the decision to bring in fire trucks after Friday night’s Camping World Truck series race and completely soak the track down to clean it off.  We were the next ones on the track early Saturday morning.  My qualifying position couldn’t have been much better as I was second to last to go out, but as I watched the first car come through Turn 1 with dirt bellowing off his rear spoiler and his MPH nearly 6 slower than it had been all weekend I knew we were all in for a little bit of a shock.  By the time the line had gotten close to me four cars had spun, the times were all over the place, and the pit area was surprisingly quiet as everyone waited to see the results of each car.

Two cars before was a three time champion of the K&N West Series, one of my biggest threats in practice.  I was belted in watching in my rearview as I heard his car coming off Turn 4 down the front stretch and heard that dreaded sideways tire squeal as his car came across my rear view backwards and hard in to the Turn 1 outside wall.  Not the most reassuring thing in the world right before my run.  I knew I had to bring it a step back, just make it through conservatively.  After nailing the run with a P2 effort it was time to wait those last eight hours until I got back in to the car.  In the meantime I had the option to enjoy the live Nationwide Series race, and with Kyle Busch starting P2 I figured I may be able to learn something about that freshly-cleaned outside groove on the start.  I thought that until my hopes were shattered a little bit and saw how loose he got in that outside groove and dropped about four positions.

With no worries about iRating, Self led from start to finish to win the Casino Arizona 50 at PIR.

As the race drew near and the rainclouds started to move overhead it was time to put everything together, for 50 laps.  A shootout at the most.  The tires wouldn’t have any issue falling off and our car had been the most consistent by far, so all I had to do was block out the hundreds of other things I had going on over the past few days and take control of the race.  A scenario I’d been through before.  Over the last year and a half I’ve found something unique that racing does for me:  When the lower chin guard of my helmet crosses over my eyes and I become encased in that fiberglass surrounding things change.  Every worry, every thought, every other issue in the outside world disappears and my focus changes.  I no longer have close friends around me; the other cars are obstacles that I simply have to maneuver around.  I remember back to last winter, when I was having stressing issues going on, or things that I just needed to get away from, I would fire up my computer, jump in to my Playseat, log-on to the familiar iRacing members website and load one of my favorite scenarios to put some laps on.  Whether it was a Carburetor Cup Race in which I could just have fun, or a Lotus 79 test session at Lime Rock, or one of the 24 Heurs De Fun races.  None of these would affect my iRating but they would all give me the chance to escape and clear my head and just do some sim-racing, but the racer in me would naturally pull the focus that I needed to get my mindset right so that I could perform.

“I had to ignore the pressure of having Richard Childress sitting atop my pit box talking over the radio as I waited to start the car.”

That’s exactly what I had to do at Phoenix.  I had to clear the thoughts of being in Phoenix for the last two days.  Before qualifying I had to erase that pure image of the car wrecking just before me.  Now I had to get rid of the thought that the outside lane wasn’t going to work for me on the start and know that I could MAKE it work.  I had to relieve the pressure of having Richard Childress himself sitting atop my pit box talking over the radio as I waited to start the car.  I had to imagine myself in my Playseat, with a wide open track in front of me and no iRating on the line, just all out fun and the enjoyment of being in the car.

Richard Childress celebrates at Phoenix with Michael Self, Jimi Offenbach and Mike Self Sr. (Pat Brandon Photo)

The green flag dropped and I got what I’ll say was easily my best start of the last three years.  I nosed past the leader at the line and never so much as thought about what was behind me.  I cleared the pole sitter the next lap and had that familiar, wide open track in front of me.  Coming down the front stretch with the lights illuminating  the track and the rain clouds making for darker than average night, it was the sight I was so comfortable with.  It was like I had no rear view mirror; it was just me on the track loving what I do so much, and having so much fun with it, and the only thing on my mind was making those perfect four turns lap after lap.

Everything went as smooth as ever.  iRacing gave me so many opportunities to practice what happened on Saturday night, but I never really realized it until then.  It gave me the chance time and time again to just clear my head and drive on a wide open track in a risk free environment, and at Phoenix, that’s the mindset I needed to win that race.

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