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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.

iRacer Profile – David Williams

by David Phillips on April 14th, 2012

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It figures that David Williams’  has become a fixture in the iRacing.com Grand Prix Series World Championship.  His favorite real world race series is Formula One, what he terms “the pinnacle” of motor sports.  Then there’s the fact that the iGPSWC is contested in a Williams-Toyota FW31, even if the convergence of names owes more to coincidence than any genetic linkage to Sir Frank Williams.  But despite the facts that a string of top tens in the 2011 series earned him ninth in the standings and that he held-down 14th spot in the 2012 standings heading into this weekend’s race at Sebring, the highlight of the Englishman’s sim racing career came in a (relatively) humble Star Mazda.  That would be the Star Mazda which he piloted to third place in [...]

Huttu Tops iRacing.com Intel GP Series World Final

by David Phillips on March 4th, 2011

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Huttu Tops iRacing.com Intel GP Series World Final

Finland’s Greger Huttu further solidified his unofficial title as the world’s greatest sim racer by winning this morning’s iRacing.com Intel® GP Series World Final, a thirty lap race in Star Mazdas at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  After qualifying second to Bastien Bartsch (France), Huttu grabbed the lead on the second lap and was never headed.  The Scandinavian didn’t have an easy time of it, however, as Bartsch applied pressure throughout the race and took the checkered flag just .9s behind the winner with England’s David Williams rounding-out the podium in third. A one-two punch in Team Redline’s line-up in official iRacing series competition, Bartsch and Huttu led the qualifying round for the World Final with the Frenchman posting an impressive lap of 1:17.990 around Laguna Seca’s 11 turn, 2.238 mile [...]

iRacing Intel® GP Finals at Hand

March 3rd, 2011

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iRacing Intel® GP Finals at Hand

In less than 24 hours, the first champion of the inaugural iRacing.com Intel® GP Series World Final will be crowned.  The champion could be any one of ten of the world’s top sim racers who have journeyed to Hannover, Germany from Australia, the United States and many parts of Europe for the Intel Extreme Masters Tournament.  The ten will have at it in their virtual Star Mazdas over 30 laps of the demanding Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  Who will win is anybody’s guess, but one thing’s for sure: you’ll be able to watch all the action live, beginning at 9 am GMT (4 am ET) Friday (March 4) or on replays at http://www.iracing.com/multimedia/live-broadcasts/ Bastien Bartsch and Jake Stergios represent the international dimension of the event.  Bartsch, 25, hails from Valence, [...]

Alfalla Brings Big Mo to iRacing.com Intel® GP Series World Final

by David Phillips on March 2nd, 2011

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Alfalla Brings Big Mo to iRacing.com Intel® GP Series World Final

Given that the United States/Canada qualifying round for the iRacing Intel® GP Series was held in September, momentum wouldn’t figure to play much of a role in Friday’s iRacing.com Intel® GP Series World Final.  Or that a sim racer from Florida would be able to pack some momentum in his carry-on for the flight to Hannover, Germany, where the race is being held as part of the Intel Grand Masters Tournament. But if any one of the ten iRacers from the USA, Europe and Australia who’ll be driving their virtual Star Mazdas in Friday’s 30 lapper at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca can be said to have “Big Mo” on their side, it’s Ray Alfalla.  After all, the Cape Coral-based Alfalla won the opening round of the 2011 NASCAR iRacing.com Series [...]

An Epic Journey to Show Sim Racing in a New Light

by David Phillips on March 1st, 2011

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An Epic Journey to Show Sim Racing in a New Light

If there was a “longest tow” award at Friday’s iRacing.com Intel® GP Series World Final in Hannover, Germany it would be a dead heat between Ian Lake and Mitchell McLeod.  The two Australians quite literally traveled from half a world away to participate in the Super Bowl of sim racing, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 4 at 10:00 am CET (4 am ET).  To either catch a live broadcast of the race or a replay go to http://www.iracing.com/multimedia/live-broadcasts/ Their epic journey to compete against nine of the world’s best sim racers in Star Mazdas in a 30 lap race around a virtual Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is just one of the unique dynamics of the event. “I think every part of this competition is adding its [...]

Sim Racing’s Super Bowl Another Chance for Huttu to Shine

by David Phillips on February 28th, 2011

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Sim Racing’s Super Bowl Another Chance for Huttu to Shine

Professional football has already had its Super Bowl this year, stock car racing its Daytona 500.   Now sim racing takes the spotlight with the iRacing.com Intel® GP Series World Final on Friday, March 4 which will be broadcast live at 10:00 CET (4:00 am ET).  Part of the Intel Extreme Masters Tournament at the CeBIT technology exposition in Hannover, Germany, the race pits ten of the world’s top online racing drivers against one another in a quest for the lion’s share of more than $18,000 in prizes and the honor of being crowned iRacing.com Intel® GP World Champion. Sim racers from as far away as New South Wales, Ohio and Florida will be journeying to Germany for the event.  But it’s a safe bet that in most everyone’s eyes, the [...]

Lake, McLeod Grab Intel GP Finals Spots

December 13th, 2010

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Lake, McLeod Grab Intel GP Finals Spots

Ian Lake and Mitchell McLeod grabbed the final two spots in the Intel GP World Finals competition by finishing one-two in Sunday’s Asia/Australia finals.  Lake led McLeod home by 3.93s after twenty laps of Star Mazda online racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The two Australians will join eight sim racers from the United States and Europe in the Intel Extreme Masters Tournament at Cebit in Hannover, Germany on March 4, 2011.  The ten competitors will be competing for the title of Intel GP World Champion and their share of the World Final’s nearly $18,000 purse.  In addition to Lake and McLeod, the finalists include Ray Alfalla (USA), Bastien Bartsch (France), Wyatt Gooden (USA), Greger Huttu (Finland), Jason Lisner (USA), Richard Towler (England), Jake Stergios (USA) and David Williams (England). [...]

Asia/Australia Intel GP Final Field Set

by David Phillips on November 24th, 2010

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Asia/Australia Intel GP Final Field Set

Ten iRacers qualified for the Asia/Australia Intel GP Series Finals during the Asia/Australia Regionals at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, November 16-22.  The ten top point-getters include Tatsuro Hashimoto (Club International) and Marc Beeson, Danny Davidson, Ian Lake, Darren Marsh, Luke McLean, Mitchell McLeod, John Pickett, Jamie Rosenzweig and Jonathan Salhani (all from Club Australia). The ten finalists will square-off in the Asia/Australia Intel GP Series Finals on Sunday, December 12.  The online racing competition will feature Star Mazdas racing over 20 laps at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with the top two finishers moving on to the Intel GP World Finals. Scheduled for March 3, 2011 at Cebit in Hannover, Germany the Intel GP Series Finals will feature ten finalists from America, Europe and Asia/Australia. Earlier this year, the European and [...]