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  • David Phillips
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    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.

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    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.
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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.
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    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.
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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.
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iRacer Gets His Shot at Real World Racing – With a Little Help from His Friends

by Steve Potter on March 3rd, 2011

Like a lot of people who would like to go racing, Tyler Hudson found that after he put all the money he had into buying an entry-level race car, he didn’t have anything left to run it.  So he turned to racing in the virtual world with iRacing.com and now his friends and competitors there have helped the 25-year-old Mississippian get his racing career back on track in the real world.

Tyler Hudson

Late last year Hudson, one of the top drivers in the NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship, successfully tested a Super Truck for Mooresville, NC-based Lee Faulk Racing and Development.  But without the necessary funding he’d have been sitting on the real-world sidelines when the green flag dropped for the 2011 season.  So Hudson, a two-time leukemia survivor, turned to his fellow racers in the virtual world, calling out for help on iRacing.com’s online member forum.

“I promised the friends I’d made on iRacing that if they’d help support me, I’d give 100% every lap of every race,” Hudson said in describing his effort to put together a budget to race with the Faulk organization.  “My wife, Lisa, and I thought that if we could get 300 people to each contribute $100 we’d have enough to run the whole year.  We didn’t reach that goal but we had a tremendous amount of response, and several of those donations were from fellow sim-racers I had never even met before.”

The support for Hudson didn’t just come in the form of cash, and not just from racers.  Hometown friends and others made contributions as well; some people donated goods for him to auction off.  “We were given two really beautiful hand-crafted rocking chairs.  It’s neat to take sim-racing and translate it to real life. It’s all helped, and Lisa and I are so grateful,” he said.

“We had a tremendous amount of response, and several of those donations were from fellow sim-racers I had never even met before.” -Tyler Hudson

Totaling up the support he’s garnered so far, Hudson has enough funding to contest the first half of the season for Lee Faulk Racing and Development in the Super Truck class at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, NC.  When he’s not busy running the small delivery business he owns in Brandon, MS, or making the weekly commute – nine hours each way – to North Carolina for the Friday-night races at the banked four-tenths mile asphalt oval, Hudson will be beating the bushes for additional support.

“I’m planning to drive up to Mooresville on Thursday, work in the shop on Friday and then go with the team to the races Friday night,” Hudson said.  “This schedule makes me appreciate how easy iRacing makes it to go racing.  For the cost of a a couple of tires you can race for a whole year on iRacing.  And all your time is spent behind the wheel racing.  I’m looking to spend 18 hours driving on the highway just getting to and from my races at Tri-County.”

Thanks to the support of his sim racing friends, Hudson will be racing Super Trucks at Tri-County Speedway.

Hudson’s involvement with Lee Faulk Racing and Development has led to a business relationship between the team and iRacing.com.  In addition to Hudson’s truck, which will compete in full iRacing livery, iRacing.com will assume an associate sponsor role on all the Late Model and Limited Late Model cars the team campaigns.  As part of that relationship, iRacing.com is furnishing a pair of simulators for the Lee Faulk Racing and Development shop, which will be available to the team’s roster of up-and-coming young drivers.

“This is a great partnership,” said Michael Faulk, the team’s vice president.  “Our role is to help young drivers advance their careers.  It’s why we have ‘development’ in our name.  So many drivers in the top NASCAR series, like the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck, enjoy using iRacing.  I saw the video from last year of Michael Waltrip coaching Trevor Bayne around Daytona.  Having access to iRacing’s super-accurate simulation right in our shop will be a big help to our drivers.  In addition to doing a lot of laps, they can learn a lot about how a car responds to set-up changes.”

Faulk is looking for sponsors who can complete Hudson’s budget for the second half of the season (e-mail him – Mike@Icontwentyfive.com.)  In the meantime, Tyler Hudson has raced Dale Earnhardt, Jr. many times in the virtual world.  Now, with a little help from his friends, he’s a big step closer to someday racing him in the real world.

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  1. Chris Cunningham
    March 3rd, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Cool article Steve and nice job Tyler! You deserve it!

  2. Josh Herrington
    March 3rd, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    :D Good Luck, Tyler Awesome article thanks :)

  3. Josh Herrington
    March 3rd, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I meant “Good Luck Tyler! Awesome article, thanks :)

  4. Tyler Hudson
    March 3rd, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Thanks so much guys. Steve did a great job with the article.

  5. Jordan Erickson
    March 3rd, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I’ll be there.

  6. Brad Wright
    March 4th, 2011 at 2:36 am

    I will to be there to support a fellow sim racer!

  7. Tyler Hudson
    March 4th, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Lookin forward too it

  8. Sandeep Banerjee
    March 4th, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Always rooting for you, man. Keep working hard and chasing your dream.

  9. Reed Rundell
    March 4th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Awesome to see this Tyler, best of luck!

  10. Tony Stevens
    March 4th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Give ‘em hell, dude! I’ll be there when I can to do whatever you need…. and your guest room is now ready for your arrival later this month haha :)