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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.

Get to Know: Kevin Carr

by David Ifeguni on December 30th, 2013

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Carr has won a lot of races.

As New Years approaches, people everywhere look forward to what is coming ahead in 2014.  But they also take time to look back on 2013.  Kevin Carr, for one, has a lot to be proud about. Bucks County, PA’s Carr accomplished a lot in 2013 on iRacing.  He has started 989 races and has won 23 times – so far.  In fact, nearly two-thirds of his total career wins have come this year and he has also scored nearly half of this total career top five finishes in the past twelve months. Overall, Carr has started 2212 races since joining the service on November 27th in 2011, taking the checkered flag first 39 times and scoring nearly 600 top five finishes. But there is more to Kevin then meets the [...]

Circle Track Setup: The Case for Caster

by George Wood on November 13th, 2013

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In the last article, I talked about the uses of toe and how it affects both drivability and front-end dynamics. However, that is only one of the three basic geometric ways to move a tire on a race vehicle. Of the other two, camber is well-recognized, but for all intents and purposes, the least-understood of the three, caster, is sometimes the most overlooked about setups. Everyone who has pushed a shopping cart understands caster. Caster wheels, when placed on heavy objects that need rolling, allow the object to maintain momentum in a straight line. In other words, once it gets going, it likes to keep going. Think of it as a way to love Newton’s First Law of Motion: an object in motion tends to stay in motion. Newton would’ve [...]

iRacer Profile: Don Stephenson

August 24th, 2013

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Don Stephenson is movin’ on up.  Not to a de-lux apartment on the east side, but in the rankings of iRacers.  Since joining the service in the spring of 2012, the Floridian has collected over a 100 wins on the virtual ovals and road courses of iRacing.com.  But that only tells part of the story.  Arguably, the most noteworthy feature of Stephenson’s brief but successful iRacing career is the fact that his results consistently improve from season-to-season in ever more challenging circumstances. After winning the 2012 S3 National Series (Fixed Setup) Division 3 title, he came home P2 the following season in Division 1.  He got-off to a strong start in 2013 by placing second overall to Austin Ogonoski in the S1 National Series.  Care to guess how he did [...]

Get to Know: Drake Alvarado

by David Ifeguni on July 29th, 2013

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NASCAR iRacing.com Class Series competitors can expect to see a lot of Alvarado this season.

This week, I interviewed iRacer Diego Antonio “Drake” Alvarado. The 15 year old from Riverside, California has been on iRacing for 17 months and has already shown he can run up front and win races in any series. Alvarado has 37 wins and nearly 200 top fives in 467 oval starts on iRacing. Although he has only run in 60 road races, his average finish compared to his oval statistics is better: In 60 starts, he has seven wins and has finished in the top five in nearly half of his starts. Clearly, whether it’s on the high banks of Daytona or the twists and turns at Lime Rock, when Drake Alvarado enters an iRacing event, he is sure to be a contender. You can learn more about him in [...]

iRacer Profile: Brian V Macklin

by David Phillips on April 13th, 2013

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When Brian V Macklin goes sim-racing nowadays you could say the fix is in.  That’s because he favors the fixed setup versions of his favorite series, be it NASCAR Class A, B or C.  Why not?  With 29 wins in 97 starts in the Gen6, Chevy COT and Chevy Silverado in Season 1 – so far — the iRacing setups seem to be working for him . . . just as the generic iRacing package did in 2012 when the Harrington, Delaware sim-racer captured the overall National series title on the strength of six wins and 18 top fives. But while Macklin’s clearly favors the fixed oval packages, it doesn’t mean he’s afraid to play with the settings . . . or turn right as well as left.  In fact [...]

The Confidence Game

by Michael Self on February 26th, 2013

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I heard a quote several years ago from one of the two racers I idolize more than anyone else in the sport.  “It’s not about who has the faster car, it’s who refuses to lose.”  From the day I heard this quote to the last time I strapped in the car, and for every time in the future, this quote is going to stick with me.  The late Dale Earnhardt, who I’m fortunate enough to even be associated with the same team he was on said this, and stuck by it every time he drove. When I was racing a go kart I realized that all I had to do was perform these outrageous, never thought of, unlikely to work, curb-jumping passes, and I could psych the guy out enough [...]

Alfalla & Kligerman’s Double Date

by Jordan Hightower on February 12th, 2013

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Week 2 Darlington Fixed P1

Darlington Raceway is considered by many to be the most difficult track on the NASCAR circuit which leaves some drivers running for cover while others embrace the challenge. Trying to tame “The Lady in Black” has been a challenge for NASCAR competitors since 1950. Names such as Petty, Pearson, Waltrip, and Earnhardt have all graced the famed track’s victory lane and now an up and coming NASCAR star along with a two time NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship champion each added their name to the list of winners at the famed raceway during Week Two of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (fixed setup). Ray Alfalla (Florida) took the checkered flag in his ProGeek Consulting Silverado under caution after leading 30 of the race’s 35 laps in the 4439 Strength [...]

Get to Know: Nick Del Campo

by David Ifeguni on January 21st, 2013

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It took Del Campo three days to notch his first iRacing win.  He's been on the fast track to victory lane ever since.

This week, I interviewed a driver who is no stranger to painting cars on iRacing.com. Along with racing the cars on iRacing, he also paints them. As the owner of N.D.D (Nick Del Campo Designs), he paints cars on iRacing as well as real world racecars. Many people know him for the signature lime green logo he places on many of the cars he paints, and if you haven’t guessed by now, the driver I interviewed for this week, is Nick Del Campo. For some iRacers, it might have taken weeks or even months until they got their first win on the service. Nick Del Campo took three days. He scored his first win on October 16th of 2010 in the Legends car at South Boston Speedway, and since then [...]

iRacing Pro Race of Champions II Tonight!

by Kevin Bobbitt on December 4th, 2012

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Scott Speed and Brandon Davis pace the field to the start of last year's iRacing.com Pro Race of Champions.

International Cast of Pro Racers to Battle Online at Iowa and Watkins Glen A remarkably diverse collection of international racing talent is set to compete online in the second annual iRacing.com Pro Race of Champions on December 12. Drivers with resumes from NASCAR, IndyCar, GRAND-AM, ALMS, V8 Supercars, NHRA and even Formula One will square-off in a pair of online races broadcast live staring tonight at 8 pm Eastern (01:00 GMT Thursday) on www.iRacing.com. Drivers expected to compete in the event include 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski along with Dale Earnhardt, Jr and Scott Speed, GRAND-AM champion Alex Gurney, ALMS champion Joey Hand, IZOD IndyCar Series favorites Tomas Scheckter and Indy 500 pole-winner Bruno Junqueira, ex-Formula One driver/Champ Car champion Cristiano da Matta, NHRA Funny Car star Ron [...]

iRacer Profile: Mitch Miller

November 3rd, 2012

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In some iRacing circles, M stands for Mitch, Miller . . . and Modified.  While he is no stranger to NASCAR Class A, B and C, Street Stocks and IndyCars, 16 year old Mitch Miller (from West Boylston, Massachusetts, naturally) has focused most of his racing energy on the NASCAR iRacing.com Tour Modified and SK Modified Series of late.  To good effect, witness the fact that he captured the 2012 Season 3 Tour Modified Time Trials title and finished a close second to Brandon Salvatore in the Tour Mod racing points on the strength of 17 wins and 28 top five finishes from 32 starts. And there’s another M in Mitch Miller’s racing repertoire, namely the Modified he races in the PASS (Pro All Star Series) North series.  As with [...]

iRacer Profile: Chris Gombos

by David Phillips on September 29th, 2012

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Chris Gombos may be new to iRacing but he’s hardly a racing rookie.  The Naugatuck, CT resident is a veteran of his local kart track (Berlin World of Wheels of Nutmeg Kart Club) and looking to move into late models or modifieds in the not too distant future.  Although he’s no stranger to online motorsports, he counts his sim-racing career as having begun when he joined iRacing in July. And he’s a quick study.  After finishing P15 in Season 3B of the iRacing.com Street Stock Series, Season 3C finds him enjoying a narrow lead in the points over Daniel Kapuscinski and Michael Williams4 on the strength of a perfect record: six poles and six wins from six starts.  Would it come as any surprise if he enjoyed a considerable degree [...]

iRacing Satisfies Need for Speed With New Street Stock Series

by Scott Kelly on August 7th, 2012

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The Class C Street Stock Series gets the street stocks back to their roots at short tracks like Oxford Plains.

When the topic of “stock car racing” comes up in a conversation, what’s the first image that comes to mind? More often than not, it’s usually a NASCAR great such as Dale Earnhardt and his famous #3 Chevrolet. A common misconception which people hold who may not follow motorsports is that the NASCAR acronym actually holds the same weight it carried years ago, when it truly was the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. Much has changed over the course of NASCAR’s existence, and many debate how far NASCAR has strayed from the path of what it was founded on. The “Race on Sunday – Sell on Monday” ideal is quite difficult to follow when consumer-friendly cars such as the Impala, Fusion, or Charger don’t even look like their [...]

Langley Speedway Available for Pre-Sale

by David Phillips on May 29th, 2012

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Langley Speedway, one of America’s most historic short tracks, is now available for pre-sale  The flat .395 mile oval will be released in June and includes both day and night versions, as well as our new track shaders. Langley has been a launching pad for the careers of race drivers like Denny Hamlin and Elliott Sadler as well as the site of past victories by the likes of Ned Jarrett, Richard Petty, David Pearson, Bobby Allison and Dale Earnhardt.  Today, Langley Speedway remains a staple of NASCAR-sanctioned series, including the Whelen All-American Series, and is among America’s most popular short tracks for racers and spectators alike.  It can be yours now for $11.95.

iRacer Profile – Adam Gilliland

by David Phillips on April 21st, 2012

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Adam Gilliland is in a hurry . . . on the virtual race tracks of iRacing.com where he can usually be found out front or battling for the lead, or in a sim racing career he is anxious to take to the next level.  How else to describe a driver who, at age 16, ranks his greatest disappointment in sim racing as falling just short of qualifying for the NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series? The young Texan has rebounded rather nicely from that set-back, and currently finds himself ensconced in fourth place in both the NASCAR iRacing.com Class A Series and the Class C Series (Fixed Setup).  Gilliland may not be totally happy with a pair of fourth places – they are, after all, three spots shy of his goal.  But [...]

iRacer Profile: Chris Seymour

by David Phillips on April 8th, 2011

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What can you say about a guy from Winnipeg who posts the lyrics to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air as his biographical sketch on the iRacing.com member site?  A guy whose nickname is Moose 3, who lists curling and baseball as his favorite sports, and PCs and “wife” as his hobbies? Although he joined iRacing in mid-2009, Seymour has been sim racing for more than a decade.  And he’s gotten pretty good at it, witness the fact that he currently occupies P30 overall in the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series on the strength of five wins and a baker’s dozen of top five finishes in 28 races, with his most recent victory coming at Pocono Raceway in mid-March. Since then, a new “hobby” has entered the life of Chris [...]

Hornaday Not Showing Signs Of Slowing Down

July 20th, 2010

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Hornaday Not Showing Signs Of Slowing Down

Being the all-time leader in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories is quite the accomplishment, as is having captured four titles in the series’ 16-year history.

NASCAR, Teams Create Licensing Trust

July 7th, 2010

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NASCAR, Teams Create Licensing Trust

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR and its teams have worked together to create the long-rumored NASCAR Teams Licensing Trust, which was unveiled today. The Licensing Trust, which along with the sanctioning body is initially composed of NASCAR teams including more than 30 NASCAR national series drivers, is open to any NASCAR national series race team choosing to participate, will initially explore merchandising opportunities in four key categories — apparel, collectable die-cast, toys and trackside retail

NASCAR Inducts First Hall of Fame Class

May 23rd, 2010

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NASCAR Inducts First Hall of Fame Class

By Corinne Economaki CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sunday afternoon the five inductees of the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame were ushered into place, in a quiet, respectful ceremony. The five were Bill “Big Bill” France, his son Bill France; Richard Petty, Junior Johnson and the late Dale Earnhardt

NASCAR Hall Of Fame Goes Above And Beyond To Tell History Of The Sport

May 18th, 2010

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NASCAR Hall Of Fame Goes Above And Beyond To Tell History Of The Sport

When officials first broke ground on the NASCAR Hall of Fame in early 2007, there were many questions still to be answered. How big would the facility be? Who would make up the first Hall of Fame class?

Off-Track News Puts Spotlight On Earnhardt Again

May 1st, 2010

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Off-Track News Puts Spotlight On Earnhardt Again

RICHMOND, Va. — He may not be winning races, leading the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings or be embroiled in an internal feud like his Hendrick Motorsports teammates, but make no mistake — Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is making headlines