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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.
  • David Judson
    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
    Contributor

    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
    Contributor

    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
    Contributor

    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
    Contributor

    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
    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.

Chin Up

by Wil Vincent on February 21st, 2014

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The battle between Crossno and Cross was one of the highlights of the race.

For a driver competing for the 16th Street Racing League championship, Josh Chin had achieved almost all of his goals this season. One thing eluded him however, and that was an oval victory. Similar to Will Power in the real world series, Chin knew that without victory at one of the two remaining oval races, chances of becoming champion would be a lot more difficult. That all changed at Iowa Speedway. The day began with the first heat races in 16th Street history. Drivers ran in three heat races mimicking the 2013 Iowa Corn 250, and pressure was for drivers as the only way to progress was to finish in the Top Six of races. When all was said and done, familiar faces were up front, with Matt Cooke taking [...]

Holgate Storms to 16th Street Victory at Sebring, Grabs Championship Lead

by Richard Payne on November 20th, 2013

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Payne had the pace -- and the fuel -- to win at Sebring.

In a scene eerily similar to the season-opener, this Sunday’s 16th Street Racing League event at Sebring International Raceway ended with one driver coming up short on fuel and another storming to the race victory. This time around it was Panther Racing driver Tim Holgate taking the checkered flag as Ryan Murray had to surrender the lead to grab a splash of fuel with just three laps of online racing remaining. “I totally didn’t expect to win this race,” Holgate said. “I thought maybe we had a shot at the podium if things fell our way – but, wow, that was incredible. The strategy really played out for us – we went balls to the wall and didn’t conserve at all.” Holgate was joined on the podium by Douglas E. [...]

Awg Sputters, Terrell Storms to 16th Street Win at Homestead

by Richard Payne on November 12th, 2013

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Terrell scored an opportunistic win in the 16th Street League opener at Homestead.

Courtney Terrell stormed past Neffry Aawg on the final lap at Homestead-Miami Speedway to capture the victory in the Sunday night’s 16th Street Racing League season opener. It appeared Neffry was destined for a repeat victory at Homestead until the Panther Racing driver’s National Guard car sputtered on fuel, opening the door for Terrell to score his first career 16th Street victory. “I knew the whole last stint I was in trouble,” Neffry, who coasted to fifth place, said. “I was half-throttle trying to save fuel while running in (Brandon) Trost’s draft, but I came up a couple hundred yards short. Helluva run by Courtney – he deserved this win tonight.” It was a popular win for Terrell, who literally works on 16th Street at IMS Productions as a video [...]

16th Street Racing League Unveils 2013 Schedule, League Changes

by Richard Payne on October 31st, 2013

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online racing

Officials from the 16th Street Racing League confirmed today the return of the popular IndyCar Series sim-racing championship for its eighth season on iRacing. The season is set to debut on Sunday, November 10th at 7 pm (ET) at Homestead-Miami Speedway and features a diverse 16-race schedule divided between 10 ovals and six road courses. GlacierTV, led by popular anchor Wil Vincent, returns to host a live broadcast of the entire 16th Street Racing schedule again this season. Drivers are being asked to sign-up to confirm their intent to participate by posting in the iRacing Member Forum thread, or via PM to Chief Steward Scott Manifold. The field for each Feature Race will consist of 25 locked-in positions and 10 positions from the pre-event Transfer Race held earlier the day [...]

Get to Know: Joshua Chin

by David Ifeguni on January 14th, 2013

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games racing

For this week, I interviewed a driver who is no stranger to iRacing. He has only been on iRacing for a little less than two years, but in that time he has made friends, learned a lot and more importantly has won a lot of races. He has won time trial championships and has won season championships on the road side of iRacing and has won his share of oval races as well.  He is 18 and is currently attending the University of Central Florida in Orlando. The driver I interviewed for this week is the one and only Joshua Chin. Josh Chin’s first day on iRacing was April 24th, 2011. His first win came on April 25th, and since then he hasn’t stopped winning. He has started 800 races [...]

Riku’s Big Debut

by Richard Payne on November 13th, 2012

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Riku’s Big Debut

Riku Alatalo’s 16th Street Racing League debut ended with an exclamation point, as the road course ace from Finland followed up a Transfer Race win by leading flag-to-flag in a walk-off performance at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Alatalo lapped all of the online race’s 38 entrants except podium finishers Yang Ou (2nd) and Tim Holgate (3rd) and immediately moved to fifth-place in the 16th Street overall championship standings, and to the top of the International Light Technologies road championship. It was Yang and Holgate who were expected to be amongst a select few to challenge for Tuesday night’s race win, but Riku’s surprise appearance in Monday’s open practice session quickly threw another contender into the road course mix. The result was a much-needed bounce back effort for Yang and Holgate, [...]

Indy 250: Paquin wins, Ou is Champion

by Niles Anders on January 20th, 2011

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Indy 250: Paquin wins, Ou is Champion

Defending 16th Street Racing League Indy 250 winner John Paquin led the most laps in route to a second consecutive victory in the online racing event on Tuesday evening. Just as he did last season, Paquin demonstrated he had the best-prepared Indianapolis machine and made anyone who wanted to lead challenge him for the position, leading 70 laps en route to a dominant victory at the virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Still, Paquin did not have it all his own way.  Series points leader Yang Ou turned-up the wick and took the lead on Lap 89 and made Paquin work to get it back over the final 11 laps.   On Lap 99 the leaders touched, sending Yang  into the wall and out of the race. PJ Stergios then followed Paquin across [...]

16th Street Racing’s Indy 250 – Championship Decider – Webcast Tonight

by Niles Anders on January 18th, 2011

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16th Street Racing’s Indy 250 – Championship Decider – Webcast Tonight

16th Street Racing League points leader Yang Ou is no stranger to tough finishes at Indy. Last season he finished second to John Paguin in the Indy 500 and in 2009 was second to Ilkka Haapala in the prestigious Simdy 500. He can guarantee himself the League championship with a victory Tuesday evening in the 16th Street Indy 250 presented in association with Think Geek. Web Racing Network will webcast the race tonight at 9:00pm EST on http://www.webracingnetwork.com. Yang Ou (prononuced yung oo) has been in a close championship battle for most of the season with Tim Doyle and Ryan Murray. After Ryan had qualified second for the penultimate round at the Milwaukee Mile, next to Yang on the pole, it looked like “game on.” But Ryan’s unfortunate wall-banging caused [...]

IndyCar Racing in December

by David Phillips on December 23rd, 2009

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IndyCar Racing in December

The December weather at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway may be frightful, but that’s not preventing a delightfully enthusiastic band of iRacers from racing their Dallara Indy cars.   Did we say enthusiastic?  Add illustrious, at least in some cases. With names like Power, Wilson and Scheckter, Bettenhausen, George and Krisiloff the entry list reads like a Who’s Who of Indy car racing, past, present and yet to come.  Some are active Indy car drivers, others the sons and grandsons of some of the sport’s most legendary and influential figures, still others are rank ‘n file members of iRacing.com with names like Simpson, Doyle and Cress. Call them what you want, they call themselves the 16th Street Racing League.   Thanks to iRacing.com, they get together every Wednesday evening from as far away [...]