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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.

The Fountain of Youth

by Divina Galica on December 11th, 2010

When ex-Formula One driver turned iRacing director of partner relations Divina Galica was offered a ride in a vintage sports car event at Sebring recently, she was of two minds.  On the one hand, she very much wanted to have a go; on the other hand, she was a trifle apprehensive, given that she’d driven the very car on offer a couple of years earlier and was concerned that she’d “lost a step” in the intervening time. She needn’t have worried. Unbeknownst to Divina, she had found a veritable Fountain of Youth in recent years.  Where better to put it use than in Florida, where Ponce de Leon first searched for the Fountain of Youth some 500 years ago . . .

Hamich and Divi

Hamish Somerville and Divina Galica

When Hamish Somerville invited me to share his 1970 Lola T212 2 liter sports car for the Bobby Rahal Legends of Motorsport endurance race at Sebring, I realized it was nearly two years since I had driven on a real race track.  More importantly, I was two years older so was bound to be slower. I hesitated for just a mille-second before accepting and then told my sim racing friends in the RSR League the good news.

Immediately my online mentor and coach Les Turner said, “I’ll set up a hosted Sebring practice session so you can practice.” After some discussion as to which car would be the closest in handling and lap times, we chose the Star Mazda.  Although the lap times were considerably faster, the handling and gears were similar, plus the following week we were to race this car at Sebring for the final race in our RSR League Championship.

So with Les helping by leading me round (and occasionally following me shouting instructions), I drove multiple laps of Sebring International Raceway in the iRacing virtual world, gradually getting down to a competitive time.

When I arrived at the real Sebring track to be greeted by my friends at Lee Chapman Racing I still felt a bit apprehensive. Everyone knows that as you get older your reflexes slow and you drive more cautiously.  As I said, even though I’d driven the Lola before I’m now two years older. But after three laps I was happily and comfortably turning 2:12s, a whopping two seconds faster than I could achieve in the same car two years before when I found it hard to break 2:14.

What was the difference? Did the Lola have a refreshed engine?  A different set of gears? Better tires?  No, no and no.  The engine had not been touched, the gears were exactly the same and the tires were old. I realized that the change was in me, thanks to my multiple laps with Les online. I now had a better rhythm, was braking more efficiently and carrying more speed onto the long straights, plus the daunting Turn One and Seventeen no longer seemed such a challenge.

A rejuvenated Divi hustles the Lola T212 around Sebring.

A rejuvenated Divi hustles the Lola T212 around Sebring.

Hamish was so delighted with my speed that he immediately entered me in the car for a different class.  I had to run on treaded tires in that class, which should be slower, but in qualifying I was still turning 2:12s. The car was now doing four sessions a day, two for Hamish in his class and two for me and, without warning, the engine failed whilst Hamish was pushing for pole in his qualifying session.

We all felt a bit glum until another driver with our team, Rick Carlino, said please use my GRD for the Enduro. Rick was having problems with the car and was interested in our comments. So Hamish and I each had a couple of laps and then the team scrambled to get the car ready for the Enduro.

Divi tries on the GRD

Trying-on the GRD for size.

Originally Hamish was to drive first but a last minute change of plan had me taking the green with a mixture of 34 other cars from all classes. The GRD was heavier than the Lola and the gears were way off so my lap times were considerably slower.  However, I had a major battle with a Chevy Monte Carlo.  With 750hp to play with, he shot down the four straights, but I would catch him in the corners and try to pressurize him into a mistake. We both pitted to change drivers on the same lap and then met for the first time to shake hands and compare notes on the fun we had had on the track.

I had given up the car in eighth position but after two laps Hamish parked the car with a broken throttle cable, so we were eventually classified 27th.  But I had my fun and made a new friend, BJ McDonald, driver of the Chevy Monte Carlo.

In summing up I am convinced that the driving I have been doing online, both racing with the RSR League and the intensive sessions at Sebring with Les Turner, helped improve my lap times. The only difference between driving online and on the real track is the g-force load which left me felling pretty stiff for a couple of days. I don’t know when I’ll drive a real track again but I do know that the laps I do using the iRacing software will prepare me for any eventuality.

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  1. Jeff Thomas
    December 11th, 2010 at 1:06 am

    I went through that same school with Les, he can be a bit demanding sometimes :)

    great story Divi, sure looks like ya had fun down there. Cannot express how much we enjoy having Divi race with us at Red Sox Racing Leauge, She is one of the nicest folks I know and very interesting to speak with, a pleasure.

  2. Hadden
    December 11th, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Great Job, Divi. Thanks for taking the time to write up the story, and so happy to hear you had a good time. See you on the (sim) track soon!

  3. Ed
    December 11th, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Great story Divi!

  4. Reed
    December 11th, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Awesome story Divi!!!

  5. Fabrizio Cuttin
    December 11th, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Great job e nice story, it’s a shame the car had those failure…

  6. T McCuin
    December 11th, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Great story Divi!

  7. Jim Albertson
    December 11th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Divi thank you very much for the recap. That was an interesting read and a vicarious thrill for us all. You are definitely one courageous person to do these things and all of us at Red Sox Racing and iRacing look up to you. Truth be told, I always end up watching a few of your laps in practice sessions and have always found more speed by studying your line.

    Thank you, ma’am!!!