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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.
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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.

Towler Wins Indy, Huttu Takes iWCRR Title

by Chris Hall & David Phillips on September 7th, 2010

Claiming his first ever victory in the iRacing World Championship Road Racing Series (iWCRR), Richard Towler became the first person other than Greger Huttu to chalk a mark in the winners column by taking Round 15 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The Englishman started a drama-filled online race from pole position and, within a few laps, was leading the field to the first round of scheduled pit-stops by a second. Despite losing the lead on his first visit to the pits when avoiding lapped traffic, Towler went on to reclaim the top slot and take the chequered flag with a margin of nearly two-seconds over Illka Haapala and Shawn Purdy, while Huttu recovered from a sub-par starting spot to finish fourth and secure the inaugural iWCRR title.

Towler took full advantage of his pole position to score his first win of the iWCRR.

Towler took full advantage of his pole position to score his first win of the iWCRR.

Towler and Haapala engaged in a spirited — not to mention controversial — battle for the pole position that was resolved in the Englishman’s favour by a scant .019s.  Towler used his pole position to good advantage, taking the lead at the start and staying out front for all but 10 of the race’s 60 laps.  However, he was under pressure from Haapala throughout most of the race.  In fact, after Towler bobbled getting around the lapped car of Robinson Shields on pit lane, the Finn emerged from the first round of pit stops on top.

“I had a bit of a whoops in the pits going around the outside of Robinson,” Towler explained.  “Totally my fault.  I thought I was going to run wide over a bump and just lost it downshifting. After that I had to drive my ass off to keep in the Finn’s draft, but for some reason his pace wasn’t that hot.”

Indeed, after Haapala led Laps 27 to 31, Towler took advantage of Haapala’s sub-par entry onto the front straightaway and drafted past on the approach to the first turn.

“I got out of the pits first, but few laps later I messed up the last sector and Richard got a nice run on me into Turn One,” Haapala told inRacingNews.  “I gave it to him a bit too easily and actually lost so much time in the process I lost his draft as well. I thought he was running much lighter than me, that’s how quick his pace was. I tried to push hard but just couldn’t manage to keep up.”

Towler (1) battles Haapala (9) and Purdy (3) through the twisty IMS infield.

Towler (1) battles Haapala (9) and Purdy (3) through the twisty IMS infield.

Although Towler would lose the lead a second time when he was the first of the leaders to make a second scheduled pit stop, he found himself back out in front again after everyone else pitted and proceeded to drive to a 1.466s   victory over Haapala.

“I just drove as hard as I could until about three laps to go,” Towler said.  “I thought (Haapala) might be able go further than me due to his pace but he only managed one extra lap.”

Shawn Purdy finished an additional 10.4s back in third place.  The Canadian had pinned his hopes on a slightly unconventional fuel strategy, but it was not to be.

“I took on more fuel than (Towler and Haapal), which I think was a mistake in the end,” said Purdy of his first pit stop.  “I figured both would short fill, and I was hoping to put in a little extra to hopefully make it work on the last stop.  But didn’t work out that way, and had some close encounters with some lapped cars which didn’t help either. Pretty much after the last stop I was just settling into third and getting to the finish.

“But overall was a fun race, and I actually enjoyed this track, its very technical in the infield as you gotta be really smooth with the throttle and steering.”

Although nobody enjoyed the race more than Towler, the winner confessed to a somewhat muted sense of accomplishment.

It’s great to get a win in the series, but still haven’t really beat Greger in a one to one fight which bothers me!”

Speaking of whom . . .

Although Huttu’s unbeaten run came to an end with a fourth place finish at Indianapolis, the result enabled him to secure the inaugural iRacing.com World Championship Road Racing title.   And while he might have preferred to have clinched the title with a fifteenth consecutive win, given the circumstances, the Finn’s drive was a drive worthy of a champion.   Currently visiting the United States, Huttu had to race in a foreign environment without his normal equipment – a daunting challenge that resulted in the champion-elect qualified a (for him) lowly tenth, some .6s off Towler’s pole-winning time.  However, over the course of the 60 lap race, Huttu got comfortable enough to work his way up the order, lead a lap and capitalise on retirements to finish fourth, some 17 seconds adrift of Purdy.

Townend (23) snuck past Lake (21) on the final lap.

Townend snuck his multi-coloured Dallara past Lake's monochromatic IndyCar on the final laps.

Taking the chequered flag in fifth position in only his second race of the championship, Blake Townend recovered from a trip to the grass to earn his best result of the series with a pass on Australia’s Ian Lake in the closing laps.

“Coming up to the second pit-stops I made a mistake while pushing hard, and went rally-crossing on the grass but kept it under control,” explained the Englishman. “I thought it would be best to pit after my ‘off.’  Due to me coming off, Ian Lake got passed me in Turn One as I was exiting the pits. It took a while to find a way past but managed to get through with five laps to go. I was lucky that some of the guys up front early on had misfortunes that moved me up a few more places to fifth.”

Lake, who finished a mere seven-tenths behind Townend, made a net gain of two from his eighth place grid spot, as did Brad Davies who started the race in ninth position and finished twelve seconds behind the Australian. Finishing in eighth, ninth and tenth respectively, Florian Goddard, Richard Crozier and Jake Stergios claimed personal best finishes on the season.

With 15 rounds of the iRacing World Championship Road Racing complete, Huttu has mathematically claimed the highest honour in sim-racing with a total of 1352 points (after dropped events) and will receive $10,000 in prizes. Looking to have sealed second in the championship, Towler holds a 139 point margin over Haapala who has Purdy and Cornett vying for the final prize- paying position in the standings.  Whilst Huttu receives the accolades, the remaining rounds from Watkins Glen, Mid Ohio and Philip Island will be the battle ground for the remaining honours of the iWCRR.

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  1. Ryan Terpstra
    September 7th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Does an article written, at least in part, and published by David Phillips a staff member mean the result is no longer under review?

    I’m in the “it shouldn’t change the result of this race” camp, but it would be nice for a formal result of the review to be published. In any form of motorsport any time something goes before the stewards the findings are always published aren’t they? Even if the finding is “no penalty.”

  2. Ryan Terpstra
    September 7th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Ignore the above comment due to my seeing another article detailing exactly that information.

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