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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.

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 [...]

Bicca Wins Again; Paes Still Leads at iRacing Brasil

by Thiago Izequiel on March 31st, 2014

Race start, but not for long. The 1st caution would come at turn 1.

As iRacing Brasil approachs the final moments of NASCAR Pro Series championship, it is still unpredictable to know the next champion of the Brazilian league. So far, seven races and five different winners, with Marcos Bicca winning again at Auto Club Speedway, the last race. Marcos also won at Bristol, showing his skills at two tracks, which require very different driving styles and strategies to make it to the top. But Anderson Paes and Igor Kops are still on the top, separated by only nine points. Bicca came up six positions at the standings and is 43 points behind Paes, the leader until now. With two consecutive wins, can Bicca still fight for the title on the remaining three races? Auto Club Speedway saw a new pole position for Anderson [...]

New Leader for Brazil’s “Masters of Track”

by Thiago Izequiel on March 25th, 2014

The very popular Brazilian championship had a big field again: 27 cars.

The RUF championship of iRacing Brasil Masters of Track ran its sixth race and now has only four more to go until the ultimate winner is nominated. Bruno do Carmo has been the one to watch for the first half of this series, but can he keep his domain until the end? Diego Rancaño, a driver from Club Iberia had fought against this fact and won two times, against three wins for Bruno, but a new challenger came up: Thiago Almeida is now the newest driver to get at the winner’s hall. Having competed at all races, Thiago always took his RUF to the limit but didn’t have good luck when he could fight for the lead. Watkins Glen came with new winds blowing in his favor, while Diego and [...]

Beatriz gets St Petersburg ride

March 19th, 2013

Beatriz gets St Petersburg ride

Ana Beatriz will contest IndyCar’s St Petersburg season-opener with the Dale Coyne Racing squad.

Vettel says Brazil form a total unknown

November 23rd, 2012

Vettel says Brazil form a total unknown

Formula 1 championship leader Sebastian Vettel says he is none the wiser about form for the title-deciding Brazilian Grand Prix after Friday practice given the uncertain weather forecast for the weekend. Vettel was second behind Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren in both Friday sessions. “It was very slippery for everyone, quite hot today and in terms of track conditions not that easy,” said Vettel

Car issue caused Massa’s spins

October 26th, 2012

Car issue caused Massa’s spins

An incorrect setting on his Ferrari caused Felipe Massa to struggle with its handling during second practice for the Indian Grand Prix. The Brazilian, who had been seventh quickest in the morning, spun several times during the second session and was unable to set a proper laptime after damaging his tyres. Massa finished down in 15th position, 1.5 seconds off team-mate Fernando Alonso

Juncos Confirms Star Mazda Drivers

December 22nd, 2010


VERO BEACH, Fla. — Juncos Racing has confirmed its driver lineup for the 2011 Star Mazda Championship Series season.

Team Orders Now OK In F-1

December 10th, 2010

Team Orders Now OK In F-1

Sebastian Vettel during Friday practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix. (Steve Etherington Photo) MONACO — Team orders will now be allowed in Formula One racing. Sweeping changes will be introduced into Formula One racing during the next three years, the World Motor Sport Council, F-1’s governing body, announced Friday

Red Bull Wraps Up Constructors’ Title

November 7th, 2010

Red Bull Wraps Up Constructors’ Title

Sebastian Vettel (Steve Etherington Photo) SAO PAULO, Brazil — Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber wrapped up the world constructors’ championship for Red Bull by finishing first and second, respectively, in the Brazilian Grand Prix. “We have beaten them fair and square,” Webber said of Ferrari and McLaren. “The rest can say what they want but we have the constructors’ at the moment, and it is a very, very good achievement by the team.” But the world drivers’ championship is still wide open

F-1 Notes: Grand Prix In N.Y. Unlikely

August 17th, 2010


BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that staging a United States Grand Prix in or near New York City is a pipe dream.