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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.

Next Up on Ask A Pro: Graham Rahal

by Glen Alden on April 21st, 2014


Verizon IndyCar Series star Graham Rahal will serve as the next Online Driving Instructor for the Road Racing Driver’s Club’s highly acclaimed SAFEisFAST website, which is now presented by Honda and features recently announced Worldwide Ambassador Dario Franchitti. From today until next Sunday, April 27, questions for Rahal can be posed by logging onto and following the link to “Ask The Pros.” His answers will be posted for the following two weeks. Aspiring race drivers and serious fans alike will be hard-pressed to come up with a racing topic the 25-year-old Ohioan can’t tackle from personal experience. Eleven years ago, at age 14, Rahal (son of three-time IndyCar Series champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal) jumped from shifter karts into the fledgling Formula BMW series. In 2005, [...]

Holgate Dominates at Road America

by Wil Vincent on March 3rd, 2014

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Tim Holgate was finally able to end his string of bad luck in the penultimate round of the 16th St Racing League from Road America, by taking a dominant victory. The Panther Racing driver looked dominant from the outset, leading the majority of the race and setting a total of seven laps in the 40 lap event that would have been fast enough to qualify him in pole position. This victory was tempered in some way however due to the fact his closest road course rival, Josh Chin was forced to be absent from the race, ending his championship charge, and making the job of closing off the championship easier for Matt Cooke. There was still a job to be done for Cooke however, as a crash would open the [...]

iRacer Simona De Silvestro to Serve as Online Instructor

by Glen Alden on January 15th, 2014

iRacer Simona De Silvestro to Serve as Online Instructor

There have been plenty of talented female racers over the years, and one who is steadily gaining in prominence, Switzerland’s Simona De Silvestro, will be available to offer advice and answer questions as she becomes the latest Online Driving Instructor for the Road Racing Drivers Club’s highly acclaimed website. Questions for De Silvestro — an iRacer since 2009 — can be posted to the website throughout this week. Her answers will be available from next Monday, January 20. is a free online resource featuring video tutorials on a wide variety of topics including safety, fitness, mental skills, race craft, career development, sponsorship, marketing and more to assist the careers of drivers in all forms of racing. De Silvestro will become the latest top-line professional to be featured on [...]

Takuma Sato Becomes RRDC Online Instructor

by Tamy Valkosky on July 18th, 2013

Takuma Sato Becomes RRDC Online Instructor

Newest Video Tutorial Highlights Resources for Drivers to Improve Road Safety Takuma Sato, who first sprung to prominence in his native Japan in 2004 when he became only the second Japanese driver ever to score a podium finish in Formula 1 – and this year earned his first IZOD IndyCar Series victory when he guided the legendary A.J. Foyt’s #14 ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara-Honda DW12 to the checkered flag on the streets of downtown Long Beach, Calif. – has become the latest top-line driver to lend his time as an Online Driving Instructor for the Road Racing Drivers Club’s highly acclaimed website. Questions for Sato can be sent via from now through Sunday. His answers will be posted beginning next Monday (July 22). This week also sees [...]

An Open Letter from Target/Ganassi to Toyota GP of Long Beach GP Pro/Celebrity Drivers

by Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon on April 17th, 2013

An Open Letter from Target/Ganassi to Toyota GP of Long Beach GP Pro/Celebrity Drivers

April 17, 2013 Dear Drivers, It’s the Target Racing Indy car drivers here, with some (unsolicited) advice as you prepare to hit the track this weekend at The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race. Think you can just put on a fire suit and slide into a race car for 10 adrenaline-pumping laps just like that? Not so fast. We’re talking to each and every one of you: Jackson Rathbone, Wanda Sykes, Michelle Rodriguez, Kate del Castillo, Cristian Castro, Jesse Metcalfe, Adam Carolla, Mark Steines, Jenna Elfman and Rutledge Wood. Most of you haven’t logged time in the seat of an Indy car going 230 mph, so we’ve come up with a few pointers to get you race-ready. Except you, Rodriguez—we were pretty impressed by your skills in [...]

World Tour of iRacing Memorial Day Winners

by David Phillips on May 30th, 2012

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Dario Franchitti and Kasey Kahne (and Mark Webber) weren’t the only race winners on Memorial Day. Thanks to the World Tour of iRacing’s first doubleheader, more than 40 sim-racers added their names to the ranks of winners in the Third Annual Indianapolis 500 and the inaugural World 600 last weekend. Actually, it was more like a World Tour triple-header as the virtual Indy 500 ran in two distinct segments, one for Rookie-D Licenced iRacers taking the green flag at 10 am EST and a second for C- Pro Licensed drivers starting an hour later, with the top split in the latter broadcast on iRacing Live. James Swinbanks got the proceedings off to a great start with a narrow (.124s) win over Wade Hayward in the top split of [...]

De Ferran, Fernandez, Leo Confirmed as Online Instructors

May 8th, 2012


GRAND-AM Rolex Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Star Andy Lally Currently on Deck Some of the most respected names in the auto racing world are lending their support to help drivers around the globe at, a free online resource offering video tutorials on safety, fitness, mental skills, race craft, career development, sponsorship, marketing and more. In addition, the site’s ground-breaking Online Instructor initiative offers one-on-one advice from accomplished drivers and mentors in the sport to assist the careers of drivers in all forms of racing. Since its launch, visitors to the website have represented 115 countries. GRAND-AM Rolex Series and Continental Tire Series ace Andy Lally is currently in the instructor seat. One of the most versatile, successful and popular racers of his generation, Lally has made his [...]

Dario Franchitti on Deck as Online Driving Instructor

April 17th, 2012

Dario Franchitti on Deck as Online Driving Instructor

Video Tutorial Features SPEED TV Team’s Tips on Working with the Media After a successful launch of its Online Driving Instructor program two weeks ago with IZOD IndyCar Series driver and reigning Firestone Indy Lights Champion Josef Newgarden, the site welcomes a new instructor this week:  four-time and reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti. is a free online resource offering video tutorials on safety, fitness, mental skills, race craft, career development, sponsorship, marketing and more to assist the careers of drivers in all forms of racing. The website was created by the Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC), led by president Bobby Rahal, in conjunction with the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability. Since its launch, there have been over 90,000 [...]

Top Names in Racing Share Expertise Online

by Tamy Valkosky on April 2nd, 2012

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iRacing Joins Franchitti, Newgarden, Pruett, Lally, Hinchcliffe and More Support New Initiative A group of racing’s finest has come together to support the next generation of up-and-coming drivers in a new initiative launched by, a free online resource offering video tutorials on safety, fitness, mental skills, race craft, career development, sponsorship and marketing created by the Road Racing Drivers Club. The new project will allow drivers to receive advice directly from today’s top stars and will feature a new Online Driving Instructor every two weeks from April through September. Drivers already confirmed include Dario Franchitti, JR Hildebrand, James Hinchcliffe, Andy Lally, Johnny O’Connell and Scott Pruett, with IZOD IndyCar Series driver and reigning Firestone Indy Lights Champion Josef Newgarden kicking off the program this week. “SAFE is FAST [...]

The Certain Champion

by David Phillips on October 14th, 2011

Ou (20) battled friend/teammate Doyle for the IZOD IndyCar Premier Series Oval title.

Dario Franchitti or Will Power?  Who will wear the mantle of 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series champion?  We won’t know for sure until the conclusion of Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar World Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but the identity of one 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series champion is already certain.  That would be 22 year old Yang Ou, winner of both the IZOD IndyCar Premier Series Oval and Road Racing competition and, as such, iRacing’s overall IndyCar champion.  And the spoils of his many online racing victories include a cash prize and a trip to Las Vegas for the 2011 IZOD Indy Car Series finale. And what a long, strange trip it’s been.  A native of Wu Han, China, Ou currently resides in Copenhagen, Denmark where he is studying media technology.  [...]

RRDC Launches Ground-Breaking “Safe is Fast” Web Site

by Judy Stropus on September 30th, 2011

RRDC Launches Ground-Breaking “Safe is Fast” Web Site

HILLIARD, Ohio (Sept. 19, 2011) – The Road Racing Drivers Club announces the launch of – a ground-breaking Web site devoted to the education of racing drivers. The world’s top champion drivers offer a collection of inside secrets not found anywhere else. Access to the SAFE is FAST Video Symposium is FREE (upon registration). Supported by the FIA Motor Sport Safety Development Fund, this comprehensive site is an invaluable tool for up-and-coming racing drivers, as well as established ones, to hone their skills and learn from the best in the world. Hosted by RRDC President Bobby Rahal, SAFE is FAST features more than 30 RRDC members and other industry experts in some 90 minutes of high-quality videos covering subjects from physical and mental preparation to driving techniques, driver safety [...]

A Brand New Name in IndyCars

by David Phillips on August 30th, 2011

Brand has driven the Livestrong Dallara to third place on the ovals of the 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   In fact, the 34 year old resident of Bucharest, Romania has never even attended a “real world” IZOD IndyCar [...]

Season Rewind: IZOD IndyCar Series

December 25th, 2010

Season Rewind: IZOD IndyCar Series

CHAMPION: Dario Franchitti Dario Franchitti overcame a 59-point deficit to win the IZOD IndyCar Series championship. (Ron McQueeney/IndyCar Photo) Dario Franchitti trailed Will Power by 59 markers entering the four-race stretch of oval races that concluded the IZOD IndyCar Series season. And when it was all said and done, Franchitti had earned his third IndyCar Series championship and the fourth for Chip Ganassi Racing by five points over Power

Castroneves, Others Headed To Australia

October 20th, 2010

Castroneves, Others Headed To Australia

Helio Castroneves is one of six IZOD IndyCar drivers making the trip to Australia this weekend. (Chris Jones/IRL IndyCar Photo) SURFERS PARADISE, Australia — Helio Castroneves is one of six IZOD IndyCar Series drivers making the trip to Australia’s Gold Coast to compete in this weekend’s Armor All Gold Coast 600 for the Australian V8 Supercar Series

Franchitti Calm, Cool After Third Title

October 6th, 2010

Franchitti Calm, Cool After Third Title

Dario Franchitti earned his third IZOD IndyCar Series title and second-straight with Chip Ganassi Racing.

Franchitti Hits His Target

October 3rd, 2010

Franchitti Hits His Target

Dario Franchitti (Ron McQueeny/IRL IndyCar Photo) HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Dario Franchitti was able to charge to his third IZOD IndyCar Series championship thanks to a “short circuit” from Team Penske’s Will Power in Saturday night’s Cafes Do Brasil Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, a race won by Scott Dixon.

IndyCar Reacts To Ganassi’s Achivement

July 27th, 2010

IndyCar Reacts To Ganassi’s Achivement

EDMONTON, Alberta — It was a few hours before the start of the IZOD IndyCar Series race at Edmonton’s City Centre Airport and a large crowd was arriving to pack the grandstands for Sunday’s Honda Indy Edmonton. But huddled away in the back of the Target Chip Ganassi team transporter was two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, 2008 Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon and team managing director Mike Hull

McMurray Gets Ganassi Historic Indy Win

July 25th, 2010

McMurray Gets Ganassi Historic Indy Win

INDIANAPOLIS – Jamie McMurray won the Brickyard 400 with a late-race pass of Kevin Harvick, and in the process gave team owner Chip Ganassi an historic triple. McMurray won the Daytona 500 to open the season and claimed both of the sport’s biggest races with his victory Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ganassi driver Dario Franchitti won the Indianapolis 500 in May.

Team Penske Has Power Play In Toronto

July 18th, 2010

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