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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.

Gentleman Jim 24 Laps of Daytona

by James Prostell Jr. on April 9th, 2014


DAYTONA, FLORIDA – After eleven weeks of pulse-pounding racing, the Red Sox Racing League RUF Track Challenge makes its way to Daytona for the season-ending Gentleman Jim 24 Laps of Daytona. Whether taking place on the super speedway or utilizing the infield road course, the Daytona International Speedway is best known for kicking off racing seasons in grand style, but in this case, the venue will serve as the last chance for drivers and teams to make their mark for the season. And what a season it’s been – through all the twists and turns that the series has taken though some of the best known tracks one can drive in North America and abroad, the final showdown sets up to what could be the most dramatic in league history. [...]

King Wins Texas Calamity

by Jason Lofing on April 9th, 2014

King (29) heads to the win from Conti (5) and Laughton (26) as Alfalla (2) exits stage left.

In a race at Texas Motor Speedway that saw crashes and tempers take half the field out of contention, Kevin King kept his nose clean just long enough to score his first win of the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. King, who had a fifteenth place car by his own admission, made a late gamble on pit road, then took advantage of contact between Ray Alfalla and Chad Laughton to squeeze by into the lead just as the caution flew to end the online race. Michael Conti finished second while Laughton settled for third after his run-in with Alfalla. Trey Eidson led late before fading to fourth and Adam Gilliland rounded-out the top five. With six laps to go, King was sitting in third just a couple [...]

Mustang World Records Continue to Fall in Week 10 at Spa

by Jeff Jacobs on April 9th, 2014

Patrick Bieri earned the top spot in the season points battle by taking key wins in high strength-of-field races in Week 10 at Spa.

Favorable weather conditions and a new tire model produced the third week of world record breaking performances in 2014’s Season 1 of the Mustang Challenge. Coming into Week 10 of 12, Todd Honczarenko was the championship points leader and looked to be in position to dominate at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps when he set a new qualifying lap world record of 2:43.976. He even bested that time by setting a new race lap world record of 2:43.797. None of the 98 other sim-racers who set a qualifying lap at Spa were able to break into the 2:43’s. Just as impressive, of the 204 Mustang drivers who entered an official race in Week 10, only two others turned a race lap in the 2:43’s – with Patrick Bieri and Kimmo Suominen [...]

Kaique Wins his First Race at Masters of Track

by Thiago Izequiel on April 8th, 2014

Huge crash changed the whole race.

Versão em português abaixo The races of RUF Masters of Track on iRacing Brasil keep surprising their participants and spectators. Spa-Francorchamps was the eighth race done on the sim-racing series and we have two more to go with no clue of who could be the next champion. Thiago Almeida is still leading the point standings but he only has a one point difference to the second place driver, Ricardo Inácio. A curious fact is that Thiago only won one race and Ricardo doesn’t have any wins until now, while Bruno do Carmo, four-time winner, is in fourth place, eight points behind Almeida. Kaique, with his first victory at this race, managed to climb to third place, with seven points less than the leader. The fifth place Diego Rancaño, is a [...]

Moreira Remembers Senna in Brazil with Win over Fritsche

by Marc Dorval on April 8th, 2014

CTC Interlagos 2014 S1

Week 10 of the 2014 Season 1 Classic Lotus Grand Prix iRacing Series was held at Brazil’s Autódromo José Carlos Pace (also known as Interlagos) this past Sunday. This classic track is both loved and loathed by many drivers, and its history keeps beckoning the series back to this challenging track. As in past seasons, the last few weeks of the series display less participation than earlier weeks. Some teams run out of money, others suffer from fatigue, and yet others bend under sponsor pressure to present their drivers in other series. Despite these factors, a very healthy 28 Lotus 79s were put on the grid in Brazil, of which 25 represented CTC teams. Albilad Williams’ Nuno Moreira earned pole position with a sizzling 1:24.956 qualifying time. Essex Lotus’ Gernot [...]

Osborne Dominates GT3 Challenge at Suzuka

by Paul Slavonik on April 8th, 2014

Osborne Dominates GT3 Challenge at Suzuka

In a hat trick victory for Week 10 of the GT3 Challenge Series, it was Christopher Osborne who came out on top in dominating fashion at Suzuka. After starting from P3 in his RUF RT 12R, Osborne was able to slip past Aday Coba Lopez (who started and finished second) and go on to lead the most laps, set the fastest lap time of 1:58.949 and ultimately win the race by a seven second margin. This was partly due to the early incident which sent pole winner Julian Rodriguez Moreno to an early retirement after he led five laps of the 16 lap race. Tamás Szabó rounded-out the podium in third after finishing roughly 4.5 seconds behind Lopez. With the margins of this 36 car event spread out pretty [...]

The Kitchen Sink: Setting Up Iowa

by Ray Kingsbury on April 7th, 2014


Previously: Article 1, Article 2 Iowa is one of the most unique tracks on the IndyCar circuit. It is essentially a replica of Richmond with higher banks and in general is a bit longer. As the fastest short track out there, Iowa provides some crazy sim-racing. For the past couple seasons the track was flat-out all the way around, unless you cooked the right front tire. With this weather and the fact that it is during the day, the car gets a massive push in Turns Three and Four. If you have a solid Richmond base set, that is a great starting point, just adjust your cambers and gears. For the purpose of this article however, we will start with the Iowa Fixed set with 5 rear ARB arm and [...]

A Pretty Sweet Lime (Rock)

by Justin Sutton on April 7th, 2014

It's a bird, it's a plane...

With only four races left in the season the folks at UK&I Skip Barber League ventured Stateside once again for Round Eight at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut (one of the few tracks in the world I’ve had the pleasure of seeing outside of sim-racing).  Going into the race Blake Townend was a solid 40 points behind championship leader Marc Mercer, meaning he would need to average ten points more than Mercer per race for the remainder of the season if he was to have any chance of winning.  In qualifying it was the ever-competitive Mercer who grabbed pole with a 57.746s from Clarke Williams, Stuart Adcock, Sebastian Job, and Wojciech Swirydowicz.  With Townend starting from only P9 on the grid, Mercer would be given a golden opportunity to extend [...]

Zandvoort Dents Dietzels Progress

by Katier Scott on April 7th, 2014

Zandvoort Dents Dietzels Progress

Zandvoort is a curious racetrack on the iRacing service.  It has a great heritage and history, is known around the world and is famous for the debut, and maiden victory, of the influential Lotus 49 – yet amongst iRacing drivers it regularly produces below average turnouts. The turnout at the former home of the Dutch Grand Prix is never as bad as at truly unpopular tracks; still only 99 turned out this week for the Radical Racing Challenge, sharing just a dozen sim-racing starts.  This meant the strengths of fields took a hit and while Maurice Dietzel was able to continue his charge, his 152 point haul from five starts and four wins, was below par. However the DE-AT-CH driver was still able to close to within 100 points [...]

Interview with a Champion: Renato Silva

by Thiago Izequiel on April 7th, 2014

Renato Silva at Zolder, leading the way ahead of Alex Belão.

Versão em português abaixo Renato Silva has been the name to look for in SuperGT series, on the first season of the year at Brasil Lemans Series league. With four victories within five races, a second place finish and the champion title already secured with one race remaining in the season, the beginning of 2014 has been bright for the 27 years old Renato, who lives at São Paulo, Brazil. Racing under his team name “Brasa,” Renato achieved the ambition of many sim-racers and he did it on a grid full of veterans, making it even more notable I recently spoke with Renato about his iRacing career, his future ambitions and what he did to get here. iRN: Firstly, congratulations for being the champion. How it was, for you, to [...]

Brasil Lemans Series SuperGT Has a New Champion

by Thiago Izequiel on April 7th, 2014

Race start at Phillip Island.

Versão em português abaixo The fifth race out of six at Brasil Lemans Series league came with an important decision to be made: It was the chance for Renato Silva to assure his title early , and the last chance for Anderson Mota to fight back and keep Renato on hold for one more race. This would be challenging for Mota, since the sim-racer did not have a win yet this season, and Renato had won four already. But still, the very consistent Mota could come closer to Renato and take the decision of the championship for the final sim-race, to be done at Mount Panorama – a very tricky track. This race was held at Phillip Island, and as always, realistic weather was in place, giving the sim-racers a [...]

Get to Know: Michael Abrams

by David Ifeguni on April 7th, 2014

Abrams out front at Martinsville.

iRacer Michael Abrams knows  a thing or two about cars and racing. Although he started sim-racing over a decade ago with Papyrus’ NASCAR Racing 4, his racing experience started even earlier. From 2000 to 2010, the Long Island-based Abrams raced radio-controlled cars and after earning multiple trophies in his r/c career, he decided to return to try his hand at iRacing. A member since July of 2011, Abrams has recorded 32 career victories on both ovals and road courses. His first oval victory came at Lanier National Speedway in the Legends car, while his first road victory came in the Daytona Prototype car at the cup configuration of Watkins Glen International. Although he is more of a fixture on ovals than on road courses, Michael’s road iRating (4505) is better [...]

Shelton’s Rockingham Upset; Kusheba’s Shrinking Lead

by Brian Tate on April 4th, 2014


For the first time in four weeks, PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series points leader, Paul Kusheba is starting to look in his rear view mirror in the championship chase.  Meanwhile, Greenfield, Indiana’s Caleb Shelton is celebrating his first weekly win of the season. Week 9 put the PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series in the sand hills of North Carolina and a visit to the Rockingham Speedway, better known as “The Rock.”  The 1.017-mile oval is loved and hated among iRacing’s drivers.  Those who can find the right balance of speed and tire wear generally enjoy great results which, predictably, lead to a love affair with the bumpy and abrasive track.  For those that can’t, long and frustrating sim-races breed contempt for The Rock. While most eyes were on [...]

The Lone Star Paperclip

by Jordan Hightower on April 4th, 2014

Week 8 Texas P1

Texas Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway are complete opposites of each other. One is a 1.5-mile high banked superspeedway and the other is a flat half-mile paperclip. Each track produces exciting racing, but in two entirely different fashions. Texas produces great side-by-side action and fast speeds and Martinsville is a tight, one-lane racetrack which produces great sim-racing at about half the speed of Texas. The use of divebombs and the bump-and-run are common occurrences in order to make a successful pass at Martinsville while drafting is the preferred passing technique used at Texas. Be careful though, if you’re still within striking distance after a bump-and-run, you should probably prepare to receive one back. Even with the varying degree of difficulty associated with each speedway, there was only a 45 driver [...]

Raffurty Takes All at Martinsville

by Tom O'Leary on April 3rd, 2014

racing games

The NASCAR iRacing Series moved to the state of Virginia for Week 6 at Martinsville Speedway – also known as the Worlds Fastest Paperclip. The .526 mile track would completely change the sim-racers’ driving style from the previous week at Auto Club Speedway as Martinsville requires pin-point accuracy on the slow, tight corners – and the trust in your setup to get on the power as early as possible to maximise your speed on the relatively short straights. In this regard, it is either a popular or hated track due to it being completely unique in its design and with almost no banking it proved tough to run two-wide, lap after lap. In the first race of the Fixed series, it was Timmy Hill who took to the checkered in [...]

Majeski in Control at Langley

April 3rd, 2014

Langley SLM

Week 9 saw the NASCAR Super Late Model Series venture to Hampton, VA to take-on Langley Speedway.  Langley is one of the flattest tracks in the area with just 6 degrees of a banking and measuring at just .395 miles in length.  Turning 90 laps here tested the sim-racers, especially on a night when weather conditions were more of a factor then car contact.  In the 2650 SoF feature race of the week Ty Majeski would share the front row with Richard Bruce. Lead changes would not be a factor in this race as Majeski took control from the drop of the green flag to the checkers, leaving his fellow sim-racers to decide who was gonna play second fiddle.  Early on it was a tight three car battle with [...]

Cooke Wins in Kentucky

by Seth Eggert on April 2nd, 2014

Racing Game

Week Nine of the 2014 Season 1 IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Kentucky Speedway. 50 sim-racers participated in online races throughout the week. Pit stops, along with stability on restarts — and in Turns 3 and 4 — would be the stories throughout the week. Matt Cooke (Canada) started on pole, with Connor Cross (Ohio) on the outside of the front row. Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) started third, with Erick Davis (Canada) fourth, and Vick Caudill (Michigan) rounded out the top five starting positions. Cross got off to a good start, but had to check up when Cooke spun his tires. Cooke easily held the lead with Cross’ loss of momentum as the field behind them settled into a single file rhythm within a lap. The front [...]

Buchberger Thrashes to Victory at Bristol

by Brooks Westfall on April 2nd, 2014

Action was found all over Bristol last Thursday

After an exciting, draft-filled week of sim-racing on the virtual plains of Kansas, the iRacing Silver Crown Cup traveled east to the last great (digital) colosseum: Bristol Motor Speedway. This half-mile re-creation of the historic speedway produced some classic sim-racing during Thursday night’s event. With drivers having such experience with this car/track combination, the yellow flag flew just twice during 100 laps at Thunder Valley. Thomas Wargula snatched the pole position from Paul Williams and  Brandon Buchberger. After leading for 19 laps, Wargula ran into trouble, going multiple laps down, ultimately finishing  16th, more than a dozen laps down. Following the trouble, Buchberger took the lead. But Vinnie Sansone was not about to go down without a fight. Throughout the night, Sansone was looking for every gap possible to make [...]

Gernot Fritsche Wins at VIR, Expands Lotus 79 Championship Lead

by Marc Dorval on April 2nd, 2014

CTC Logo

The ninth week of the 2014 Season 1 Classic Lotus Grand Prix iRacing Series was held at the beautiful and terrifying Virginia International Raceway this past Sunday. Terrifying? Consider that only 23 drivers elected to take part (of whom 19 are regular CTC members), and that only four warm-up races were able to get adequate participation. Many drivers worried about their Safety Ratings, reputation damage, and overall embarrassment on this fast, tricky, and dangerous track. Matt Pawelski of RAM Viceroy won three of the four warm-up races. Family issues prevented him from sitting on the grid on Sunday, however. Essex Lotus’ Gernot Fritsche won the fourth warm-up race this week. Ligier Gitanes’ Andrea Ventura won pole position at the starting line with an excellent time of 1:37.913, while Fritsche’s 1:38.042 [...]

Battle for Top Mustang Spot Heats Up at Summit Point

by Jeff Jacobs on April 2nd, 2014

Brakes glow red after 19 laps of battle at Summit Point between Alexandre Crete (#12) and Wayne Morgan (#11).

With only three weeks of competition remaining, the championship battle at the top of the Mustang Challenge grew agonizingly close in Week 9 at Summit Point. After taking over the top spot in Week 8, Todd Honczarenko scored a second place finish in his only race for the week earning him enough points to maintain the overall lead. However, the driver who won that race was Patrick Bieri, who earned the top points scored in Week 9, allowing him to move within 71 points of the leader. In this best-eight-of-twelve weeks scoring system, Bieri has only scored seven weeks so far. Having earned points at an average rate of 191 per week, Bieri’s ascendance to the top spot seems assured in Week 10 unless Honczarenko can bring home some [...]