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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.

Johnson claims eighth Martinsville win

April 7th, 2013

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Johnson claims eighth Martinsville win

Jimmie Johnson kept his nose clean in a fractious race to claim his eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Martinsville. Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsport team-mates Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne spent the whole race battling with the Joe Gibbs cars of Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth, but in the end it was Johnson who took the chequer for the 62nd time in his career. Clint Bowyer brought his battle-scarred Toyota home second after a strong finish, just ahead of Gordon.

Now Available: Generation-6 Chevrolet SS

by David Phillips on February 26th, 2013

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You watched Jimmie, Dale and Danica race it in Sunday’s Daytona 500, now you can have your very own Generation-6 Chevrolet SS.  The Gen-6 Chevy SS is available on iRacing for $11.95, just in time to start preparing for the new NASCAR iRacing Series.  Think of it as iRacing’s version of “Win on Sunday, Sell on Tuesday.”  Click here for complete details.

Stewart warns over Patrick pressure

February 18th, 2013

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Stewart warns over Patrick pressure

Danica Patrick’s team boss Tony Stewart has warned that her historic pole position for the Daytona 500 should not increase expectations for Patrick’s first full NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Stewart-Haas Chevrolet driver Patrick became the first female polesitter in Cup and Daytona 500 history when she held off four-time champion Jeff Gordon to secure the top spot on Sunday. Patrick has been under intense media scrutiny throughout her top-level career

Smith to drive for Earnhardt’s team

October 25th, 2012

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Smith to drive for Earnhardt’s team

Regan Smith will drive a full season for JR Motorsports in the 2013 Nationwide Series, the team announced Wednesday. Smith will drive the #5 Chevrolet next year for Dale Earnhardt Jr’s outfit hoping to contend for the title in the second-tier series and will race for the team for the first time in this year’s season-finale at Homestead.

A Brand New Name in IndyCars

by David Phillips on August 30th, 2011

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Brand has driven the Livestrong Dallara to third place on the ovals of the iRacing.com IZOD IndyCar Premier Series.

Monica Clara Brand’s name may not be quite as familiar to IndyCar fans as those of Sarah Fisher and Danica Patrick, but she has much in common with them.  Like Fisher she has qualified on the pole for an IndyCar race . . . 30 by actual count.  And, like Patrick, she has finished an IndyCar race in Victory Lane.  In fact, Brand has more than 25 wins to her credit from MIS to Iowa to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. What distinguishes Brand’s racing career from those of Fisher and Patrick is that all of her IndyCar success has come in a digitized Dallara on the virtual race tracks of iRacing.com.   In fact, the 34 year old resident of Bucharest, Romania has never even attended a “real world” IZOD IndyCar [...]

A Wise Voice for iRacing

by David Phillips on March 10th, 2011

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A Wise Voice for iRacing

NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Josh Wise is the latest pro racer to tout the benefits of iRacing.com, both for the fun factor and as a serious tool for helping him improve his “game.”  The youngest champion in USAC history, Wise caught the eye of another USAC champion – Tony Stewart – who helped him break into stock car racing in ARCA and, later, NASCAR where he drove in the Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series for Michael Waltrip Racing, Fitz Motorsports and Darrell Waltrip Motorsports.  The California-native joined JR Motorsports this season and will split time with Danica Patrick in the #7 Chevrolet in Nationwide Series competition. See what Josh has to say about iRacing (and a few other things) here: http://www.jrmracing.com/news/2011/03/09/get-to-know-josh-wise While you’re at it, check-out an impressive JR [...]

Sponsler Scores at Homestead-Miami

by Henrik Müller on January 4th, 2011

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Sponsler Scores at Homestead-Miami

Close, side-by-side racing is the trademark of south Florida’s 1.5 mile Homestead-Miami Speedway oval. Danica Patrick and Tony Kanaan showed in the IZOD IndyCar Series season finale how it can be done when they fought very hard for the second position in the last 15 laps. One of the keys behind the competitiveness surely is the progressive banking of 18°-20° which gives the track, in combination with its symmetric design, a unique look and feel. So when iRacing’s IZOD IndyCar Series visited Homestead last week, some of the sim racers came too close together while enjoying the fight and in the end they were “kissing the wall” harder than they wanted to.  With a smile under his helmet, Martin Blais (Club Eastern Canada) certainly showed how to race at Homestead [...]

Back Home Again in Indiana

by Henrik Müller on December 1st, 2010

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Back Home Again in Indiana

In the midst of celebrating the centennial era of  its namesake circuit, the iRacing.com IZOD IndyCar Series came back to the unique 2.5 mile oval that is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.   Built in 1909, the track hosted the first 500 mile event (the so called “Sweepstakes Race”) in 1911 and has since lured the world’s best oval and road course drivers in quest of their own imaginary bottle of milk. Every single inch of pavement and every single seat in the grandstands could tell thousands of impressive and touching stories . . . This week wrote many stories of its own: it saw no less than 23 individual drivers with 43 online races in just four race days – one of the most competitive weeks this series has ever seen. [...]

NASCAR Reacts To Chevy’s IndyCar Rebirth

November 13th, 2010

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NASCAR Reacts To Chevy’s IndyCar Rebirth

IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and members of the ICONIC Committee stand in front of a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro and Al Unser's 1986 Indianapolis 500 winning car. (Ron McQueeney/IndyCar Photo) AVONDALE, Ariz. — Chevrolet is king in NASCAR, where it won the Manufacturer’s Championship for the 34th time in the Sprint Cup Series this year

Formula Star Mazda Champion, iRacer Conor Daly Wins Gorsline Scholarship

by Judy Stropus on November 5th, 2010

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Formula Star Mazda Champion, iRacer Conor Daly Wins Gorsline Scholarship

Conor Daly, of Noblesville, Ind., has been selected to receive the 18th annual Gorsline Scholarship, presented by The Gorsline Company. Daly, 18, is the 2010 Formula Star Mazda champion, the son of professional racing champion Derek Daly and an iRacing member. The Gorsline Scholarship recognizes aspiring drivers and presents a program that provides tools that will assist these drivers in developing skills on and off the track to attain their professional goals. As the scholarship winner, Daly will work with Dr. Jacques Dallaire, Director of Performance Prime, to create an individually-designed performance-enhancement program, courtesy of The Gorsline Company. “Conor is a perfect candidate for this scholarship,” said John Gorsline, principal of The Gorsline Company, the leader in high-risk motorsports insurance. “In his short career, he has demonstrated an ability to [...]

Patrick Set For 2011

October 15th, 2010

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Patrick Set For 2011

Danica Patrick CONCORD, N.C. — Danica Patrick will return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series for a second season of limited competition.

Castroneves Wins Second Straight

September 19th, 2010

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Castroneves Wins Second Straight

By Bruce Martin MOTEGI, Japan — Not even Helio Castroneves’ impressive victory in Sunday’s Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi could take the spotlight away from the battle for the IZOD IndyCar Series championship between Dario Franchitti and Will Power.

KV Racing Has Strong Showing

July 27th, 2010

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KV Racing Has Strong Showing

EDMONTON, Alberta — When Jimmy Vasser became a team owner, he wanted to one day emulate a team owner that he achieved much of his success with as a driver — Chip Ganassi. And while Vasser’s KV Racing Technology team was a winner in Champ Car and has been competitive in IndyCar, the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season has been too much like Ganassi’s 2005 IndyCar campaign with a series of crashed race cars and costly equipment. That certainly isn’t what Vasser had in mind when he wanted to be compared Ganassi

Notes: Patrick Finishes Strong Sixth

July 20th, 2010

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Notes: Patrick Finishes Strong Sixth

TORONTO — Few drivers in the IZOD IndyCar Series needed a better finish than Danica Patrick. Despite her star-power as the most visible driver in IndyCar and her attempt at competing in a limited NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, this has been a frustrating season for the female race driver.

Team Penske Has Power Play In Toronto

July 18th, 2010

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Team Penske Has Power Play In Toronto

TORONTO — Will Power has gone two-in-a-row for the second time this season driving to victory in Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto for his fourth win in the IZOD IndyCar Series season. Power passed race-leader Justin Wilson on a lap-71 restart. Wilson would spin out on that lap and that set the battle between Power and Dario Franchitti

Another One For Busch

July 10th, 2010

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Another One For Busch

JOLIET, Ill, — Kyle Busch ho-hummed his way through most of the Dollar General Powered by Coca-Cola Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway, then launched a green-white-checker charge to beat Joey Logano to the finish under the yellow flag. Busch, who led 110 of the 203-laps, appeared snookered behind series points leader Brad Keselowski as the field came down for the “overtime” green flag, but Keselowski ran out of fuel as the field approached the start-finish line. Busch moved alongside Logano’s GameStop Toyota for the restart, then outran him to the white flag and coasted to victory when a seven-car crash on the final lap ended it.

Iowa Speedway Bump Makes Racing Interesting

June 22nd, 2010

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Iowa Speedway Bump Makes Racing Interesting

NEWTON, Iowa — Every race track has its own unique obstacle. At Iowa Speedway, it’s a bump in between turns one and two that turns the seven-eighths-mile oval into an “obstacle course.” The bump is just over the infield tunnel that allows traffic into the track.

Kanaan Breaks Lengthy Drought

June 20th, 2010

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Kanaan Breaks Lengthy Drought

By Bruce Martin NEWTON, Iowa — In a battle of Brazilian boyhood pals, Tony Kanaan got the best of Helio Castroneves, making the race-winning pass in the third turn with 10 laps to go. Kanaan drove on victory in Sunday’s Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer at Iowa Speedway. It was Kanaan’s first IZOD IndyCar Series win since Richmond (Va.) Int’l Raceway in June 2008

Penske’s Briscoe Ends Drought With Texas Triumph

June 6th, 2010

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Penske’s Briscoe Ends Drought With Texas Triumph

FORT WORTH, Texas — Ryan Briscoe’s victory Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway was “all in the numbers.” He started third and finished third at Texas in 2008, started second and finished second in 2009 and after winning the pole Friday afternoon quipped, “We should just call it a win and not go out tomorrow.” On Saturday, he went out and proved that with a decisive win, leading 101 laps in the 228-lap race. But he had to beat Danica Patrick before he could get to victory lane as the Andretti Autosport driver had her best race since Briscoe scored his first win this season, defeating Patrick by 1.4829 seconds. She led one time for one lap — her first lap led this season

De Silvestro Named Indy 500 Top Rookie

June 2nd, 2010

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De Silvestro Named Indy 500 Top Rookie

SPEEDWAY, Ind. — Simona de Silvestro was named the 2010 Indianapolis 500 Chase Rookie of the Year Monday as part of the annual awards banquet following the historic event. De Silvestro started 22nd and drove the No