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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.

iRacers at Long Beach

by David Phillips on April 14th, 2014


Ten lucky iRacers from as far away as Chicago and Salt Lake City enjoyed a special tour of the Target/Chip Ganassi Racing paddock area on Saturday afternoon at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.   The first to respond to a post on the iRacing forums, the iRacers got an inside look at the TCGR operations including a guided tour of the team’s transporters and paddock work area hosted by TCGR vice president of communication John Olguin.  Our thanks to Target/Chip Ganassi Racing for their hospitality!

Mazda Motorsports & iRacing Team-Up

by David Phillips on March 13th, 2014

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New Entry Point for the Mazda SportsCar Racing Academy Mazda announced the latest addition to its driver development program with a partnership with iRacing.  Mazda Motorsports has more than 9,000 club racers in the U.S., most of who race MX-5 Miatas, while many of  the more than 50,000 iRacers around the world have raced the virtual Mazda MX-5 Cup car.  This newly formed partnership enables iRacing’s top North American sim-racers a chance to race an actual Mazda MX-5 Cup car the following year. iRacers competing in Seasons 2 and 3 of the 2014 iRacing MX-5 Cup will be eligible to compete in the annual Mazda Club Racing Shootout.  The shootout winner earns a Mazda Motorsports scholarship for the following year’s Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires.  Complete details are [...]

2014 iWCGPS Opener Broadcast on Saturday!

by David Phillips on February 28th, 2014

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The 2014 World Championship Grand Prix Series roars into action Saturday, March 1 at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.  The 44 lap race will be broadcast on beginning at 14:00 GMT (9:00 am EST). 2013 champion Greger Huttu will be looking to start a robust title defense – and get a leg up on his fourth championship in five seasons — in the virtual Ardennes, while Hugo Luis seeks to reclaim the iWCGPS crown he won the previous season.  Meanwhile, a host of other top sim-racers will be out to break the Huttu/Hugo monopoly on the title including Atze Kerkhof and Fulvio Barozzini  — the only two drivers other than Huttu and Luis to win last season – and newcomers like iRacing Road Pro Series champion Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola. Read Wil [...]

The Daytona 2000

by David Phillips on February 27th, 2014

Some of the 2800+ sim-racers to compete in the iRacing Daytona 500 head to the line.

Think Sunday was a long day for Dale Earnhardt Jr, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski & Company – not to mention millions of TV watchers or the tens of thousands of fans who endured slashing rain, tornado warnings and hours of track drying to witness a Daytona 500 that lasted 10+ hours from start to finish? That was nothing compared to the Iron Men of the iRacing Daytona 500, three of whom ran 2000+ miles of sim-racing last weekend.  You read right:  J.C. Arnold (2483), Mark Beech (2480) and Patrick McCullough (2363) each topped the 2000 mile mark in the opening round of the 2014 NASCAR iRacing Series by competing in a multitude of races in both the Open and Fixed setup categories. The Iron Men were just some of the [...]

NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Broadcast Tonight!

by David Phillips on February 25th, 2014

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A new era in sim-racing starts tonight when the opening round of the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by at Daytona International Speedway will be broadcast on  The 100 lap race airs beginning at 9 PM EDT (01:00 GMT Wednesday). Defending champion Tyler Hudson will be looking to open his title defense on a winning note, while two time champion Ray Alfalla will be no less determined to take the first steps towards regaining his crown.  Meanwhile, a host of other world class sim-racers including Nick Ottinger, Michael Conti and Brian Schoenburg are out to serve notice of their intentions to win the lion’s share of the more than $20,000 in cash and prizes on the line in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by Be [...] and PEAK® Antifreeze/Coolant Ink Multi-Year Commitment

by David Phillips on February 21st, 2014

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Green Flag Waves For 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series on February 25 and PEAK® Antifreeze/Coolant announced today that PEAK will sponsor iRacing’s top NASCAR online racing championship series for the next three years.   Starting on February 25th, the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series powered by will see the world’s top sim-racers compete for more than $20,000 in cash and prizes in precise digital models of Generation-6 stock cars over a 17-race schedule. The series will feature iRacing’s laser-scanned versions of some of NASCAR’s most challenging tracks. Every event in NASCAR’s only officially-sanctioned online world championship will be broadcast on and simulcast on the Motor Racing Network ( and New England Sports Network ( “Online racing has become a valuable tool for a growing number of NASCAR drivers who [...]

Virtual Daytona 500 Kicks-Off Full NASCAR Cup Series Schedule on iRacing

by David Phillips on February 19th, 2014

Starting with the virtual Daytona 500, the NASCAR iRacing Series mirrors the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.

Real world racers and sim-racers alike are preparing for the biggest stock car race of all: the Daytona 500.  This year 50,000 iRacers worldwide can compete in an online version of the full NASCAR Sprint Cup Season in the NASCAR iRacing Series (NiS), which kicks-off this week with iRacing’s version of the Daytona 500. From this week’s season opener at Daytona International Speedway through to the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November, the NASCAR-sanctioned sim-racing series exactly mirrors the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.  Driving virtual Chevy Impalas and Ford Fusions, iRacers will compete on precisely recreated laser-scanned versions of tracks on the same weekends as the “real” tracks host the likes of Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr as they vie for a spot in The Chase. [...]

Behind the Scenes at iRacing: Circuit of the Americas

by David Phillips on February 11th, 2014

Behind the Scenes at iRacing: Circuit of the Americas

Go behind the scenes with iRacing TV’s Sean Siff to speak with Kevin Iannarelli and Greg Hill and see how Circuit of the Americas is laser scanned and then built into the iRacing service. Click here to watch how our engineers account for every intricate detail — and take a trip to the top of the 77m observation tower from the comfort (and safety) of your home! Circuit of the Americas will be the next road track released into the iRacing service, tentatively schedule for Spring 2014.

PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series

by David Phillips on January 30th, 2014

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ATTENTION iRacers: members have a chance to join an elite group of aspiring racers to compete under the guidance of Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) team drivers for a real world PEAK racing sponsorship. Simply race in Season One’s PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series.  The overall Season 1 champion will be awarded a reserved seat in the 2014 PEAK Stock Car Dreams Challenge driver combine in Charlotte, North Carolina this June. Click here for more information and official rules.

iRacing Q&A

by David Phillips on January 29th, 2014

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Tony Gardner Talks About “Cheating” with iRacing News editor David Phillips In the coming weeks, iRacingNews will feature a series of conversations with key members of the iRacing team discussing topics of interest to the iRacing and sim-racing community.  To get the ball rolling, I sat down with iRacing president Tony Gardner and picked his brain about iRacing’s ongoing efforts to insure the integrity of the world’s foremost online racing service.  Which is a nice way of saying, we talked about cheating.   Much as we all wish it were otherwise, cheating is an element of iRacing just as it is in any sport, whether it’s athletes doping, race teams making “deals,” basketball players shaving points or Rosie Ruiz taking the subway to the finish line of the Boston Marathon. [...]

Super Late Model, RUF, New & Improved Features Highlight New Build

by David Phillips on January 27th, 2014

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The new build is here, and with it come the Super Late Model, the final version(s) of the RUF and a host of new features including the Lucky Dog and an automatic setup loading function. The 550 horsepower Super Late Model is one of the baaadest stock cars to be found on any race track, virtual or otherwise. Those of you who enjoyed the preview of the RUF will be happy to know the build includes the finished car in all four versions . . . and if you didn’t preview the RUF, what are you waiting for? Among the new features are the “Lucky Dog,” which allows the “lead” lapped car to get its lap back during a caution period, and an “auto load” function that automatically chooses an [...]

Overland, Uusi-Jaakola Top Pro Series

by David Phillips on January 27th, 2014

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Chris Overland and Aleksi Uusi-Jaakola took somewhat different paths in the recently concluded iRacing Pro Series, but both arrived at their destinations: iRacing Pro Series champions trophies, $300 in iRacing credits . . . and berths in the 2014 iRacing World Drivers Championships. Overland was the soul of consistency in the NASCAR Pro Series, scoring a win, three top fives and averaging a tenth place finish to outdistance  himself from his nearest rival, Richard Dusett by some 47 points.  With a record like that, it’s hardly a surprise to learn which race the Texan rates as the season’s highlight. “The highlight of the season for me was definitely the win at Pocono,” he says.  “Before that win I had never really performed well in a Pro or World Championship [...]

Monza Coming to iRacing

by David Phillips on December 19th, 2013

racing games is proud to announce it plans to add Autodromo Nazionale Monza to its catalogue of laser-scanned versions of the world’s great race tracks.  One of the world’s most historic motorsports venues, Monza will be the seventh current Formula One track available on iRacing, rated as “the top auto racing game of all time” by PC Gamer magazine. “This is great news for iRacing and iRacers everywhere,” says Steve Myers, executive vice president and executive producer.  “Monza is hallowed ground, synonymous with motorsports around the world.  The marriage of such an historic facility with one of the newest form of motorsports is a natural partnership, one that will enable new generations of racers the world over to face the challenges of this legendary circuit.” “The marriage of such an [...]

V8’s Championship-winning Holden VF Commodore Coming to iRacing Lineup

by David Phillips on December 17th, 2013

iRacers will be able to get their hands on a Holden VF Commodore of their own in 2014.

Holden’s championship-winning VF Commodore is poised to go from V8 Supercars’ race tracks to the computers of sim-racers around the world, thanks to a new agreement between, GM Holden Ltd and Red Bull Racing Australia/Triple Eight Race Engineering. Renowned for the accuracy of its laser-scanned race tracks and virtual race cars, iRacing will develop an exacting digital model of Jamie Whincup’s championship-winning 635hp Red Bull Holden VF Commodore, which he drove to his and the team’s third-straight title, and fifth overall, at last week’s Sydney 500. “The opportunity to develop our version of the Red Bull Holden VF Commodore is great news for iRacing and iRacers around the world, especially our members in Australia and New Zealand,” executive vice president and executive producer Steve Myers said.   “Not only [...]

Bridging the Gap

by David Phillips on December 9th, 2013

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With one European and three World Touring Car Championships to his credit, it’s fair to say there aren’t many gaps in Andy Priaulx’s racing resume.  After serving his apprenticeship in Formula Renault and Formula 3, he burst on the British Touring Car Championship scene in 2001 and has seldom looked back on the way to becoming one of the world’s most accomplished sports/touring car drivers.  In addition to the WTC, Priaulx has competed in the DTM the past couple of seasons and done the occasional one-off in the V8 Supercar Series.  He’s also raced in a number of GRAND-AM and American Le Mans Series long distance events and, in 2011, teamed with Joey Hand and Dirk Müller to win the GT class of the 12 Hours of Sebring in a [...]

Reality is at Hand

by David Phillips on December 5th, 2013

Down's mount awaits . . .

iRacer Madison Down is set to make his “real” racing debut this weekend at the Sydney MRA Motoring & Services 500.  The seven time champion of the V8 Supercar Series took top honors in Racecentre’s Race to Reality competition last month and with it came a ride in the Aussie Race Car Series race on Sunday at Sydney Olympic Park. Madison, who showed great form testing the Racecentre Holden Cruze at Morgan Park in late November, shared his thoughts on the upcoming weekend prior to taking part in the first practice session on Friday (Australia time). “The time has come. A sense of nervous excitement has grown within me in the past few days. The reality of driving a real race car at a real race event has begun [...]

Stergios, Bernardi Top Grand Prix of Brazil

by David Phillips on November 25th, 2013

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Jake Stergios and Ariel Eduardo Bernardi came out on top of the more than 300 iRacers to participate in last weekend’s Grand Prix of Brazil.  The final event on the 2013 World Tour of iRacing, the Brazilian GP pitted iRacers of all license levels together in their Williams-Toyota FW31s for 71 laps on the virtual Autódromo José Carlos Pace (aka Interlagos) on the same weekend that Sebastian Vettel won the FIA Grand Prix of Brazil and joined the legendary Alberto Ascari as the only driver to win nine straight F1 races. New England’s Stergios kicked-off the weekend in impressive style on Friday, taking the lead from Tommy Nilsson on Lap 27 and then sprinting to an 11.731s win over the Scandinavian.  Michele Mancusi (Italy) came home third ahead of [...]

Southern Meteor

by David Phillips on November 22nd, 2013

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It’s an understatement to say February 27 figures to be a big day in the life of Chelsea Angelo.   That’s when Angelo is slated to make her debut for Evans Motorsport in the 2014 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series opener at Adelaide.  The development series for the V8 Supercar Series itself, the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series propelled 2012 champion Scott T McLaughlin into the 2013 V8 Supercar Series. Needless to say, Angelo would like to follow McLaughlin’s footsteps and become a regular in the “big” V8 series sooner than later.   In one respect, however, Angelo is already following in the footsteps of McLaughlin – not to mention those of V8 Supercar aces Shane van Gisbergen, Mark Winterbottom, Garth Tander and Will Davison. That’s because, like Messrs McLaughlin, van Gisbergen, Winterbottom, Tander [...]

iRacer Profile: Kevin Vaughn

by David Phillips on November 16th, 2013

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Kevin Vaughn’s sim-racing career is on the rise.  Each of the past three seasons he’s advanced in the overall SpecRacer Ford Challenge standings, going from P4 in 2013 S1 to runner-up in S2 before taking 30 wins in 39 starts to best Luccas Zacca for the overall championship in S3.  That kind of progress is mirrored in his overall stats, which show he won 10% of his road racing starts in 2011, a rate that more than doubled in 2012 at 25%.  So far in 2013 he’s winning road races at a 59% clip.  At this rate, the Texan should be unbeatable in 2015 or 16 . . . But there’s more to Vaughn’s passion for motorsports than road racing championships.  A two-time Time Trials champion in SRF, Vaughn [...]

iRacer Profile: Nicklas Lindqvist

by David Phillips on November 2nd, 2013

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One of the coolest things about being the first person to win something is just that: no matter what else happens — ever — you’ll always be the first person to win that special something.  They can’t take that away.  Not nobody.  Not no how. Skellefteå, Sweeden’s Nicklas Lindqvist will forever be the first champion of the Grand Prix Legends series, the first to pilot iRacing’s digital version of the legendary Lotus 49 to an overall championship.  He did so in fine style, too, taking a dozen wins from 13 starts to outdistance Markus Jirak for the title and push his own victory total on iRacing close to the century mark. Of course, given how Linqvist cut his proverbial sim-racing teeth, is it any surprise he dominated the inaugural [...]