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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.

Kellermeier, Abbate, Chepilevski Early Favorites in Global Challenge Series Championship

by Jonathan Wimbush on March 4th, 2014

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Lyle Kellermeier (#6) and Robert Ganley (#2) are consistent front runners.

Welcome to 2014 Season One coverage of the Global Challenge Series. Drivers are battling it out this week at Road Atlanta, and a couple of drivers are looking to make it a break-out season in the Cadillac CTS-V and KIA Optima. In the Cadillacs, Lyle Kellermeier has topped the score charts each week this sea son. Last season’s second place finisher in the overall championship, Kellermeier has improved each year in the Global Challenge Series since its inception during 2013 Season Two. That season he finished 14th, but managed to climb to third place overall by the end of 2013 Season Three. Last season culminated with him sitting only 76 points behind two time defending champion Michael Engelage. If Kellermeier can continue to notch top finishes each week in points, [...]

Dariusz Bielawski Wins Third Mustang Title in 2013

by Jeff Jacobs on January 22nd, 2014

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In a points battle that went down to the wire, Dariusz Bielawski took a 50-point margin of victory to claim his third Championship in four seasons in 2013.

It had been twelve thrilling weeks of bumper-to-bumper Mustang sim-racing, but it all came down to the last official races on the last day of the last week to decide the iRacing.com Mustang Cup Season 4 Championship. Coming into the final week Dariusz Bielawski held a narrow 58-point lead over Patrick Bieri, who had occupied the top spot for seven of the first ten weeks. Adding to the tension, Season 2 Champion Todd Honczarenko was only four points behind Bieri. Due to travel for a pre-scheduled vacation, Bielawski would be unable to make an appearance in Week 12 to defend his position from Bieri and Honczarenko. The two challengers practiced hard and turned in blistering qualifying times in preparation for the big strength-of-field (SOF) races of the week – typically [...]

Binder Remains On Throne With Eighth iSCS Championship

by Scott Kelly on August 6th, 2013

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The last time we checked in with the iRacing.com Sprint Car Series, four weeks remained in the second season of 2013. Sprint car veterans Vinnie Sansone and Fred Lampela were almost in a dead heat at the top of the championship standings, and quite a rivalry had developed between the two during their battles. Defending champion Alan Binder was still mathematically in the hunt if his performance stayed the course as the last few seasons, but he still had a lot of ground to cover in order to catch up to Sansone and Lampela. Without a doubt, the championship would be handed out to one of these three drivers, and none of them would go down without a hard fight – such is the display of any champion material. New [...]

Jon Adams Masters Michigan

by Jordan Hightower on July 23rd, 2013

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Week 12 Michigan P1

The final week of Season Two of the NASCAR iRacing Class C Fixed Series heads to one of the most popular tracks on the iRacing service in Michigan International Speedway. While the 2-mile oval packs just 18 degrees of banking, its long straights and sweeping turns make it a favorite among many racers in the iRacing community. 2,141 sim racers took the green flag for at least one race during the week, all with one goal in mind—get to the checkered flag first and drive into victory lane and be showered with virtual champagne which is located in the frontstretch grass. Someone who is no stranger to being soaked in champagne (virtual or real) is NASCAR iRacing Series World Championship competitor Jon Adams (Georgia) who was able to make a [...]

Humpe Does It Again

by Jordan Hightower on April 30th, 2013

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Week 12 Chicagoland Fixed P1

Week 12 of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series pays a visit to Chicagoland Speedway for 70 laps of high speed action around the 1.5-mile speedway. Over 700 sim racers partisicpated in at least one event during the seven days of online racing, but after the smoke settled, a familiar face to victory lane emerged to claim the top spot for the week. Kenny Humpe (Ohio) made an incredible 24 starts during the week, earning top five finishes in 23, and claiming 18 victories, all while earning 185 championship points. Kollin Keister (Atlantic) ended the week in the second position, earning 182 points after starting 12 races throughout the week. Nicholas Goertzen (Canada) made two starts during the week, claiming one victory, and netting 178 total points. Tom Moustakas (New [...]

Moustakas & Humpe Master Darlington

by Jordan Hightower on February 16th, 2013

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Week 2 Darlington Open P1

Week Two of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (open setup) is arguably the most difficult week of the season. The series pays a visit to the track too tough to tame in Darlington Raceway for some beating, banging, and undoubtedly, some arguing. Over 400 sim racers took the green flag for at least one race during the week and it’s safe to bet that a majority of them weren’t happy with their results. Even though a lot the racers probably weren’t happy, there were at least two people happy after a long, long week of online racing. Last season’s champion Kenny Humpe (Ohio) returned to form this week as he took the checkered flag in dominating fashion over teammate Nick Neben (Plains) by 18.087 seconds in a caution free [...]

Scribner Scores Big at Kentucky

by Jordan Hightower on February 6th, 2013

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Week 1 Kentucky Open P1

A new season is upon us on the iRacing.com service and that means thousands of drivers with many great opportunities. Some drivers hope of taking their Silverado to victory lane as many times as possible, while others search for top five finishes. However, there are a select few who look to leave the ultimate mark and win the Season One championship. Nearly 850 sim racers took the green flag during Week One of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (open setup) at Kentucky Speedway located in Sparta, Kentucky. The 1.5-mile D-shaped oval is unlike many other speedways on the NASCAR circuit. Its bumps and abrasive surface cause havoc for many drivers, making this racing venue a favorite for those who love a challenge and the least favorite for others. Texan [...]

Binder Celebrates Sixth Consecutive iSCS Championship

January 30th, 2013

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With four weeks remaining in the iRacing.com Sprint Car Series, time was running out for those jockeying for position in the points chase. Defending champion Alan Binder was still on top, over 100 points separating himself and second place; a safe margin by all standards. However, with four drop weeks available for those that race the full season, the separation between gold, silver, and bronze was still to be decided. Could Binder break even more ground in the iRacing record books by winning his sixth championship in a row? Week 9 featured a stop at the famous half-mile oval of New Smyrna Speedway. Always a track tough to tame for sprint regulars, six official races took place during the week after Christmas. After grabbing the fastest qualifying time, Binder followed [...]

Neben/Laughton Conquer Chicago

by Jordan Hightower on January 27th, 2013

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As the old saying goes, “all good things must come to an end”. After twelve weeks of online racing, Season Four 2012 comes to a conclusion as the checkered flag falls at Chicagoland Speedway. Opening in 2001, Chicagoland Speedway has played host to many races in the top three series throughout its history. Names such as Gordon, Stewart, Earnhardt, and Keselowski have all made visits to victory lane at Chicago. Over 1,000 sim racers tried to add their name to the list of winners, but a few familiar faces visited the winner’s circle during the final week of action in the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (open setup). Nick Neben (Plains) put his Silverado in the right place at the right time during this week’s high Strength of Field, which [...]

Honda reveals 2013 MotoGP contender

January 24th, 2013

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Honda reveals 2013 MotoGP contender

Honda has unveiled the new-liveried 2013 MotoGP bike with which Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez will contest this year’s MotoGP world championship. Dubbed the RC213V, the bike was revealed at Repsol’s Madrid headquarters. 2013 marks the 19th year of the Japanese marque’s partnership with the oil giant.

Dusett Wins NiCBS Championship

October 25th, 2012

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Thompson (17) beats Dusett (5) to the line.

The final week of Season 3 2012 saw the NiCBS travel to Michigan International Speedway, a fast two mile superspeedway located in Brooklyn, Michigan. It was the final week in a 12 week season that saw many drivers race. When it was all said and done, only one driver could finish on top. The final Friday SoF race of the year turned out to be one of the best finishes of the year. The race had a full field of 30 drivers and an SoF of 4867. Dylan Duval (Eastern Canada) started the race on the pole and would lead the first 11 laps before losing the lead to David Cater (Carolina). Cater would lead the next 18 laps before losing his lead. The lead would exchange between four drivers [...]

Munoz set for 2013 Indy 500 debut

October 23rd, 2012

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Munoz set for 2013 Indy 500 debut

Carlos Munoz is set to make his IndyCar debut at next year’s Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport. The 20-year-old Colombian has joined the team for a full-time campaign in Indy Lights next year, having won twice on his way to fifth in this year’s standings with rival squad Team Moore Racing.

Dusett conquers Charlotte

by Allen Krier on October 17th, 2012

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Dusett leading Karlavige at Charlotte.

Week 11 of the season saw the NiCBS travel to Charlotte Motor Speedway. CMS is a 1.5 mile oval located in Concord, NC. Drivers traveled to the “D” shaped oval to race under the lights with hopes of knocking Richard Dusett (New England) out of the points lead. During the week, 867 drivers attempted at least one race while 283 drivers attempted at least one qualifying lap. The weekly Strength of Field race took place at the normal time slot, 8:30pm EST on Friday night. The field had 28 drivers and an SoF of 4941, which paid 316 points to win. Dusett started the race from the pole and lead the first 11 laps before losing the lead to Jason Karlavige (Pennsylvania). Karlavige would lead 30 laps before Dusett retook [...]

Kusheba Cashes in at Daytona

by Allen Krier on October 11th, 2012

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Kusheba (12) leading near the end of the race.

Daytona International Speedway was the site of racing during Week 10 of the Nascar iRacing.com Class B Series. A large number of drivers showed up during Week 10 to race under the lights at the famed 2.5 mile super speedway  For the week, 954 drivers attempted at least one race while 300 drivers turned at least one qualifying lap. Friday night’s broadcasted SoF race had 28 drivers and an SoF of 5467. Tom Moustakas (New York) started on the pole but quickly lost the lead to Adam Gilliland (Texas), who led eight laps during the race. When it was all said and done, Paul Kusheba (Connecticut) came out on top after leading the final three laps of the race. In all, Kusheba led a race high 12 laps and scored 350 [...]

Duval Wins; Dusett Struggles

by Allen Krier on October 3rd, 2012

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Duval (7) leading Laughton (6) at Dover.

The Monster Mile was the site of racing for Week Nine of the season. Sim racers traveled to Dover International Speedway to take the 1 mile concrete oval. Week Nine is the first week in which drop weeks come into effect. For the week, 517 drivers attempted at least one race while 147 drivers attempted at least one lap in qualifying. Friday night’s Strength of Field race took place at the normal time slot, 8:30pm EST. The race featured a full field of 30 drivers and had an SoF of 5169. Simon Crochart (France) started from the pole and dominated early in the race. Crochart lead the first 47 laps of the race before losing the lead to Dylan Duval (Eastern Canada) on lap 48. Duval would dominate the final [...]

F1 teams in the dark over entry fees

September 27th, 2012

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F1 teams in the dark over entry fees

Formula 1 teams are still in the dark about how much it will cost them to enter next year’s world championship, despite the FIA publishing its Sporting Regulations on Thursday . Amid unease from some outfits about a dramatic rise in the entry fees for 2013 , the matter remains the subject of contention – and the governing body has cast no further light in its latest documents

Dusett Wins Again

by Allen Krier on September 26th, 2012

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Dusett (3) leading Teien (1) into turn one.

Week number eight of the season marks the last week before drop weeks come into effect. From this point on, the season standings are sure to change weekly as drivers drop their lowest weeks. For the eighth week of the season, the NiCBS series traveled to the “Blue Grass State” to race at the 1.5 mile Kentucky Speedway under the lights. For the week, 623 drivers attempted a race while 176 drivers attempted at least one qualifying lap. Friday night’s Strength of Field race had a field of 27 drivers and an SoF of 4722. Richard Dusett (New England) once again proved that he is the driver to beat with a victory over Simon Crochart (France), although Dusett didn’t dominate the race. Jarl Teien (Scandinavia) dominated most of the race, [...]

Dusett Sets Sail at Chicago

by Allen Krier on September 19th, 2012

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Dusett (6) leading Duval (3) at Chicagoland Speedway.

Chicagoland Speedway was the location of all the action last week in the Nascar iRacing.com Class B Series. Sim racers traveled to the D shaped oval, located in Joliet, Illinois, in hopes of scoring big points. Chris Seymour (Western Canada) came into Week Seven as the point’s leader with many drivers breathing down his neck. For the week, 848 drivers ran one race while 248 drivers turned at least one qualifying lap. Friday night’s broadcasted SoF race had a field of 26 drivers and had an SoF of 4836, which would pay 309 points to win. Dylan Landry (New England) started on the pole and lead the field to the green but would quickly lose the lead to Brandon Buie (Atlantic). Buie would lead the first seven laps before being [...]

Laughton Tops Richmond

by Allen Krier on September 12th, 2012

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Sitting on the grid before the start of the race.

For Week Six, the midway point of the season, the NiCBS traveled to Richmond International Raceway. Drivers raced under the lights at the 0.75 mile oval located in Richmond, Va. For the week, 544 drivers attempted at least one race while 200 drivers turned at least one lap in qualifying. Week Six’s SoF race took place at Friday at 8:30pm EST and had 29 drivers. The SoF for the race was 5091, which paid 326 points to win. Chad Laughton (Carolina) started on the pole and led the first nine laps before relinquishing the lead after a pit stop under caution. Alex Warren (Illinois) 41 laps until being passed by Jared Crawford (Michigan). Crawford would nine laps before losing the lead under caution. Laughton would take over the top spot [...]

Crawford Cruises at Atlanta

by Allen Krier on September 5th, 2012

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Crawford (1) leading the field to the final restart.

Atlanta Motor Speedway was the site of racing for Week Five of season. Sim racers traveled to “Hotlanta” to tackle the fast 1.5 mile track. Atlanta is one of the most popular tracks and participation numbers proved that trend correct. For the week 904 drivers attempted a race while 321 drivers attempted at least one qualifying lap. “The race was bad, very bad” – Jared Crawford The Friday night Strength of Field race had 29 drivers and an SoF of 5187. Chad Laughton (Carolina) started on the pole but only led five laps before Jared Crawford took the lead. Crawford would lead 63 laps in route to a 0.171 second victory over Chris Seymour (Western Canada).  Crawford received 332 points while Seymour received 320 points. David Cater (Carolina) finished in [...]