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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.

Mustang Champ Lead Changes At Treacherous Bathurst

by Jeff Jacobs on March 26th, 2014

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Patrick Bieri leads a field of the top Mustang sim-racers to the green flag in Sunday’s 20:15 GMT race at Mount Panorama.

The second ever visit to Mount Panorama produced a major reordering of the top championship standings in Week 8 of the iRacing.com Mustang Challenge. Despite entering the week in the first and second place spots in the overall standings, neither Patrik Runald nor Kester Baird were able to make a start at Bathurst. They slipped to fourth and fifth respectively, with four weeks of competition left to try to move back up in the standings. New series points leader Todd Honczarenko (the 2013 Season 2 Champion), survived a near disastrous start to his only race in Week 8 to take the top spot. The Sunday 20:15 GMT race is traditionally one of the high strength-of-field races attracting the best drivers and affording the most points toward the championship scoring. This [...]

Spanish Victory at iRacing Brasil’s RUF Masters of Track

by Thiago Izequiel on February 13th, 2014

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Brasil Bathurst 1a

Versão em português abaixo The virtual track of Mount Panorama had 34 participants on the 2nd race of Masters of Track, the weekly road series of iRacing Brasil. This time a Spanish driver lead the way for the Brazilians. Diego Rancaño Boudon, from Club Iberia, is already known by the sim-racers of the Brazilian league, having raced several times on past seasons and always seen as a strong contender. Diego became the 1st driver of other club to win on the league, used to see their comrades at the top. Being the pole position, Diego leaded the other 33 cars to the start, who had Bruno do Carmo also on the front row on the 2nd position. Bruno had won the last race and was also one of the favorite [...]

Precision Driving at Mount Panorama

by Harrison Widelitz on February 12th, 2014

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The margin for error on The Mountain ranges from "slim" to "none."

After a phenomenal display of racing during the first week of competition for the iRacing.com RUF Cup series, more than 800 drivers competed at one of the most unique, difficult, and exhilarating tracks on the schedule: the Mount Panorama Circuit, found in Australian city of Bathurst. The timing could not have been any better, as the Bathurst 12 Hour race weekend coincided with the RUF Cup’s visit to the same track. The second week of competition featured great finishes, breathtaking side-by-side battles, precision driving, and clean, respectful sim-racing. There is no other track in the world like Bathurst. It demands respect. Missing your marks by a few inches doesn’t just result in a blown corner or a trip into the run-off area; it can abruptly end your race. Bathurst has [...]

Brasil Lemans Series Starts the SuperGT

by Thiago Izequiel on February 7th, 2014

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Brasil GT 3

Versão em português abaixo Brasil Lemans Series has started the 1st Brazilian iRacing.com multi-makes championship of the year. The league, which started its activities at the end of 2013, already had followed an original way on the last championships organized by them, making never seen before car combinations by the members of Club Brasil. SuperGT, who now follows the same car combination of GT3 Challenge official series of iRacing, had already innovated on their 1st season, combining the McLaren, Cadillac and the Ford GT40, running them together on the same class, equalizing them by weight penalty, proportionally distributed on the cars. Today, with the GT3 Challenge, the league decided to follow the same line to find a even more balanced competition between the cars, and keep their originality. Besides running [...]

GT3 Challenge Storms Road Atlanta

by Paul Slavonik on February 5th, 2014

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The GT3 Challenge Series gets off to a clean start to Week One at Road Atlanta.

In the first exciting week of competition in the iRacing.com GT3 Challenge Series, the RUF and the McLaren had their first official face-off at Road Atlanta. There were winners on both sides but, as the RUF is the newly added car, many people tended to congregate more towards the RT 12R. This put the pressure on the McLaren MP4-12c drivers who knew that they’d have to step up their game. In the end, however, the Week One victory goes to the RUF! In the highest Strength of Field (SoF) race of the week which took place on Saturday @ 4pm CST, victory was claimed by Andrew Kahl after starting in P4. It almost ended prematurely for Kahl, however, as he completed the online race just one incident point shy of [...]

RUF Cup Debuts at Interlagos

by Harrison Widelitz on February 4th, 2014

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Lots of early racing as the field approaches Turn Eight (aka Bico de Pato).

When iRacing announced the addition of the RUF Rt12 R to its wide array of race vehicles, the excitement of countless iRacers across the globe was quite evident. That excitement carried over to the brand new RUF Cup series, which made its debut during the first week of the first season of 2014, which began when the clock struck midnight GMT on January 28th. You could not have picked a better track for racing, as 1,156 sim-racers made starts throughout the week at the home of the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix, Autódromo José Carlos Pace, or more familiarly, Interlagos. The 4.3 kilometer (2.67 mile) road course has had a few configurations over the years, with the current fifteen-turn layout being in use since 1990. Interlagos provides drivers with a [...]

Dudognon Climbs to the Top, Pawelski wins Second Split

by George Lambert & Marc Dorval on December 20th, 2013

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C CTC Bathurst

The midway point of the Lotus 79 Classic Teams Championship saw the drivers taking in the sights from the new venue of Mount Panorama in Australia. After a bruising week for the drivers between Bathurst’s close walls, sixteen drivers took to the grid for the top split of Sunday’s main event. A monster average iRating of 4123 meant the highest points haul of the season so far was awaiting the winner. In qualifying, Michel Dudognon delivered a near-perfect lap of 1:53.219 to displace the week’s pacesetter Tapani Linnaluoto, the Finn not managing to find the same form in qualifying that he showed in practice. Three tenths behind them came Gernot Fritsche, pipping Lambert at the last moment, while Nuno Moreira was a disappointing sixth behind the other Williams of Andrea [...]

Emerson is King of the Mountain

by Dylan Sharman on December 13th, 2013

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V8 Bathurst 1

Round six of the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series came back to Australia to visit a 6.213km circuit which is famously known as Mount Panorama (Bathurst).  The question was left open to see who would be King of the Mountain for the very first time in the series history! Qualifying went the way of TTL with another front row lock-out with Richard Hamstead topping the time sheets at 2:05.213 and John Emerson joining him on the front row with a 2:05.323.  Josh Muggleton and Rens Broekman would start from the second row while Michael Fabian and Dean O’Brien claimed the third row ahead of Madison Down and Shaun Kelly with Beau Cattell and Wayne C Bourke rounding out the top 10 starters. Hamstead jumped to the early lead while Muggleton and [...]

Bathurst: Behind the Scenes

by Glen Alden on December 9th, 2013

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motorsport simulations

Learn more about the iRacing production of Mount Panorama, Motor Racing Circuit Bathurst, our most highly requested race track.  It was also the most complex track project we’ve undertaken, with some two years of man-hours going into its development.  Small wonder more than half a dozen V8 Supercar Series regulars asked to be involved in the project — exchanging their priceless feedback for the chance to practice on our exacting digital replica of the 4 mile/6.2 km circuit in the weeks leading-up to the recent Bathurst 1000. Click here and VP of Art & Production, Greg Hill, will take you through all the details and challenges of building this digital colossus. Race Bathurst today on iRacing.com!

Mustangs Feast on Laps at Bathurst

by Jeff Jacobs on November 26th, 2013

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Dylan Sharman (#1) led the pack in the opening lap and every lap thereafter in a perfect eight wins in eight races.

Mount Panorama’s legendary four miles of pavement snaking through the hills of Bathurst fed a seemingly insatiable demand for track time by the sim-racers in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup in Week 4 of the 12-week series.  Cries of agony and frustration over bent virtual-sheet metal in the opening days of practice on the newly released track gave way to pleas for “More! More!” by the end of the week.  After the last lap of the last race was run, the Mustang FR500S series had produced 67 race splits with 40 different winners out of 319 participants taking at least one green flag. Defending Season 3 Champion, Dariusz Bielawski, echoed the sentiments of many: “This track is epic.  Magic….After driving lap by lap, I want more and more.”  Antti Pihlaja reported [...]

Get to Know: Jeff Drake

by David Ifeguni on November 18th, 2013

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Much of Drake's iRacing success has come in the Dallara IndyCar.

Michigander Jeff Drake has been a part of the iRacing community since April of 2010. Since joining the service he has predominantly competed on the oval side of iRacing, scoring six wins in 46 starts and finishing in the top five in exactly half of those starts. His last seven starts on iRacing have been his first starts in the Skip Barber Race Series, where he has scored two victories, a second, third, fourth, sixth and twelfth place finishes. Jeff may still be new to road courses but he is already showing he knows how to turn left and right. Learn more about Jeff Drake in this week’s edition of Get to Know . . . Q:    How long have you been sim-racing? A:    I started sim-racing back in 2004 [...]

iRacers at Bathurst

by Greg Workman on November 5th, 2013

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The iRacing contingent included

Bathurst . . . Mount Panorama . . . “The Mount.”  For Australians it is our Daytona, our Indy and our Le Mans all rolled into one. For us Down Under, it conjures recollections of epic battles, Ford versus Holden, Machine versus the Mountain. It is a weekend where most watch the start of the “great Race” at the very least, while many organise parties, others prefer the solitude of the lounge room and the television. Tens of thousands camp-out at the circuit, reveling in four days of V8 heaven. Bathurst is a cultural icon for Australians. A Facebook group was created for iRacers going to Bathurst to connect and meet, and at very least share a few ales one evening. Shane Van Gisbergen — who is competing in the [...]

Get to Know: Dustin McGrew

by David Ifeguni on October 28th, 2013

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Get to Know: Dustin McGrew

This week, I interviewed iRacer Dustin McGrew, whose nickname could very well be Modest McGrew. The 29 year old from Pennsylvania claims he hasn’t done a lot since joining the service in 2008, but many iRacers would dispute that point.. In 576 oval starts, he has won 178 times and has 399 top five finishes. On the road side of iRacing he has 23 career victories in 146 starts. Dustin has finished in the top three in points overall in the iRacing Late Model Tour, NASCAR iRacing Class A and Class B, the Advanced Legends Series, Star Mazda, and the SK Modified Weekly Series. Long story short, Dustin McGrew is a top-notch sim-racer. Learn more about him in this week’s edition of Get to Know… Q:    How long have you [...]

Expanded NTMv5, New League Features, Bathurst Highlight New Build

by David Phillips on October 23rd, 2013

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racing games

The 2013 Season 4 build introduces a variety of new league features, equips more cars with the NTMv5 and introduces the Nationwide Ford Mustang along with a couple of tracks, including Australia’s legendary Bathurst. For openers, we’ve added the new tire model (NTM v5) to the Mazda MX5 Cup and Roadster, SpecRacer Ford, Pontiac Solstice and Legends Ford, and improved the drafting characteristics on a bunch of road course cars.  Graphics-wise, the build includes major improvements to the dynamic shadows and also now supports up to 2048 x 2048 car textures. We’ve also added and enhanced lots of features to make league administrators’ jobs easier and/or more “authentic.” For example, there are several new options for notifying league members when new sessions are created. Administrators can also now run qualifiers [...]

iRacer Profile – Dylan Sharman

by David Phillips on January 28th, 2012

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motorsport simulations

Call him “Dillman” or “Sharmanator” or just plain Dylan, 19 year old Dylan Sharman is certainly a leading candidate for the title of “King of SK Modifieds.  After all the resident of Nuriootpa, South Australia has nearly 50 SK Modified wins to his credit in the past three seasons – and the 2011 Season 3 and 4 championships.  He slipped a little in Season 4, finishing second to Rusty Greer despite taking 19 wins in 21 starts. But Sharman is more than an SK Mod specialist.  In recent weeks he’s won races in everything from the HPD-ARX01c to the Mazda MX-5 Cup and Class A Impala.  And as his spectacular screen shots attest, the steering wheel, throttle and brake pedals are not the only sim racing tools he’s mastered. Q:   [...]