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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.

Trips to DIS, PIR, & LVMS

by Jordan Hightower on March 14th, 2014

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Daytona (Week Four) The fourth week of action in the NASCAR iRacing Class C Fixed Series brought 3,609 sim racers from all around the world to the laser scanned Daytona International Speedway. The 2.5-mile monster of a racetrack provides arguably the closest and most exciting racing of any motorsport venue. One of the things that brings large numbers of sim racers to the high banks of superspeedways is that everyone has a chance to win, and who doesn’t like winning? The week’s top strength of field event took place on the 17th of February at 7:15 PM ET and featured many heavy hitters including Matt Bussa (Illinois), Jarl Teien (Scandinavia), and Tom Moustakas (New York). Even with some of the service’s top iRacers in the field, it didn’t stop South [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series

by Matt Holden on March 10th, 2014

A GFR foursome: Nick Ottinger (#05), Alex Scribner (#50), Michael Johnson (#39) and Brian Day (#4).

Daytona Race Last Tuesday morning, I got up and checked the iRacing community sites (twitter, facebook, forums, etc.) to see a lot of mentions of the start of the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing later that night.  It wasn’t long before I got the itch to call another race, so I sent Nick’s (Ottinger) spotter Peter Fisher a text asking if I could come out of “retirement”.  His response was better than I expected:  “Come and help all you want and as much as you can.  My only goal is [going to] Miami.”  I sent Nick a text after that, and he was all for it, too.  Sweet!  I was going to be back calling the shots again.  Can you say you missed something if you never stopped [...]

My Daytona 132.5

by Stephanie Lessentine on March 3rd, 2014

My Daytona 132.5

February and means only one of two things: We either have more months of bitter cold, and crazy insane winter weather . . . or spring is coming early. For anyone living in Las Vegas, well it has been spring since September. So I hope it’s not one of those blistering hot years. However, there’s one thing that Punxutawney Phil doesn’t see and that would be that the stock cars have returned to the track. As an avid NASCAR fan, I’m excited to see the racing back. The two month break is just too much for me to handle. With the season kicking-off for the NASCAR teams, another season is kicking off for the iRacing motorsports simulation enthusiast like me. February is the start of the new NASCAR iRacing Series, [...]

Full Throttle at Daytona on iRacing Brasil

by Thiago Izequiel on February 28th, 2014

Green flag at Daytona: More 84 to go.

Versão em português abaixo The 4th race of iRacing Brasil’s NASCAR Pro Series was realized at February 24th, in Daytona International Speedway. The race had 85 laps at one of the fastest speedways available on the service and only one caution lap was seen: the last lap. A total of 84 laps were raced under green flag, and drivers only had their feet off the throttle to get in and out of the pit lane, making a historical race for the league. Anderson Paes was again the pole position, achieving his 2nd one and reaching the number of poles from Igor Kops, the owner of the other 2 of the championship. Murilo Augusto did the 2nd best time and would have started on the 1st row for the 1st time, [...]

Humpe Sizzles at Daytona

by Jason Lofing on February 26th, 2014

Kenny Humpe heads to victory as a race-ending wreck unfolds in Turn Three.

Fresh off his incredible hot streak to close the NASCAR iRacing Pro Series, Kenny Humpe got his NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by season off to a fast start by winning the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway. Humpe had to survive a green-white-checker finish which was cut short by a wreck in the middle of the pack. Brandon Kettelle finished second followed by Danny Hansen and Thomas Lewandowski, who seemed to have a shot at the win before the yellow flew. Brian Schoenburg rounded-out the top five. “Once the second pit stop was over, I was able to choose the right line at the right time and found myself leading the front pack,” said Humpe. “I got lucky with the final caution to come out as I was pretty [...]

Daytona Draft Produces Mustang Thrillers

by Jeff Jacobs on February 26th, 2014

Patrick Bieri leads a pack of Mustangs at Daytona where he claimed six wins in nine races during Week 5 of the Mustang Challenge.

Not far off the heels of the Rolex 24 and the same week as NASCAR’s big race, Mustang sim-racers experienced first-hand the thrills and agonies of Daytona in Week 4 of the Mustang Challenge.  Not everyone survived side-by-side braking coming off the banking into Turn 1.  Many struggled to find that perfect line through the bus stop required for a blistering lap.  Everyone got to experience the delight (for the pass-er) or agony (for the pass-ee) of the draft on the banking. “I have done more laps at Daytona road course than any other track and I still struggle with that bus stop,” confessed Antony Woodward.    Noel Luneburg shared a common problem with Turn 1: “T1 is also my least consistent corner. I often manage to go sideways under [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Runald Captures Mustang Lead at Glen

by Jeff Jacobs on February 19th, 2014

Patrik Runald turned a strong Week 3 performance at Watkins Glen’s Cup course into the overall points lead in the Mustang Challenge.

After two weeks atop the Mustang Challenge standings, Vedran Broz skipped this week’s visit to Watkins Glen and surrendered the top spot to Patrik Runald. With a strong podium finish in the Saturday 2:15GMT race, Runald claimed 169 points to jump to a 29 point lead over Kester Baird in the early championship order. “It was a great race and a perfect example why the SOF races are so much fun,” he said of Saturday’s high Strength-of-Field race. “The SOF races this year have been amazing in terms of racing and sportsmanship.”   Runald’s jump to the top of the season points may reflect the good karma he earned by posting both his race setup for the Ford Mustang FR500S and a detailed video lap guide for all sim-racers [...]

Class A Status Quo

by Johnny Reed Foley on February 18th, 2014

Week 3 was the first of an Indianapolis-Daytona double for the NiCAS.

Indianapolis is home to some of the world’s biggest auto racing events. From the Brickyard 400 to the Indy 500, this track has some of the most amazing history and stories that one could hope to find. As I sat down to prepare this article for iRacing News, I couldn’t help but applaud iRacing on a fantastic schedule. Are there two better weeks of racing in this world then having Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Daytona International Speedway back-to-back? I think not. But, with super speedway racing coming up, it was important for drivers to take advantage of this opportunity to build up their stats before Lady Luck sat-down in the dealer’s seat for the next round of online racing. Nathan Wise has been in the right places at the right [...]

Riding Shotgun with Justin Boston

by Aaron Grosskopf on February 18th, 2014

Boston's 2014 debut was cut short.

This story is the first in a series that will follow 2013 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year Justin Boston as he runs the 2014 ARCA Racing season from start to finish. Boston finished-up 2013 with eight top fives, 16 top tens and two poles (both coming at Salem Speedway in Indiana).  Driving for Venturini Motorsports, he led 125 laps of the 20 race season in his rookie year and finished third in the point standings.  Boston re-signed with Venturini Motorsports for the full 2014 ARCA season, and also re-inked a deal with his 2013 sponsor – ZLOOP Electronic Recycling Centers — for the coming season. In December of last year Boston and Venturini Motorsports went down to Daytona for winter testing and came out as the top dog. Although [...]

Warren’s Magic Mile

by Jordan Hightower on February 18th, 2014

Week 1 New Hampshire P2

With visits to Pocono Raceway and Kentucky Speedway to start the season, the NASCAR iRacing Class C Fixed Series brings together over 1,700 sim-racers for 35 laps of action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. New Hampshire is a 1.058-mile flat oval with banking ranging from two to seven degrees in the turns. Since opening its gates in 1990, New Hampshire Motor Speedway has hosted many events including the top three NASCAR touring series as well as Global Rallycross and IndyCar. In many stick-and-ball sports, athletes have a favorite arena or field they like to play in as it seems to bring out the best in them and this theory applies to auto racing as well. Drivers have tracks they love and tracks they hate, but the ones they love seem [...]

A Team of One

by Eric Isenbeck on February 17th, 2014

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With the 2014 NASCAR iRacing Series set to get underway later this week, iRacingNews is introducing the first in a regular series of articles by Eric Isenbeck designed to help those many iRacers who are not part of multi-driver teams develop set-ups for the Gen 6 Chevy SSs and Ford Fusions they’ll be racing in the series.  While iRacingNews makes no guarantees that you’ll morph from mortal to alien by following the the ideas, concepts and opinions in the articles, we do hope A Team of One will help illuminate some of the art and science behind the black art of chassis set-up – Ed Set-up building is often considered one of the hardest feats to master in motorsports. There are about 50 different variables in iRacing that can be [...]

Daytona CTSC Diary

by Chris Lerch on February 14th, 2014

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I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the iRacing community.  I’m Chris Lerch, and I’m the most recent hire here at iRacing.  I work in vehicle dynamics, and mostly define the multi-body physics models that give each of our cars the unique feel and handling characteristics that we strive to match as closely as possible with their real-world counterparts. My background is predominantly in professional road racing.  Over the last 16 years, I’ve worked for teams competing in Formula 1, IndyCar, Champ Car, Formula Atlantic, ALMS, Grand-Am, and now the unified Tudor United SportsCar Championship sanctioned by IMSA.  For the last 11 years, I’ve been a race engineer.  In this role, I’ve been broadly responsible for car development, safety/function/reliability, tuning for handling, and race strategy. I began [...]

NiSWC Speedweeks Kick-Off Tonight

by Michael Conti on February 4th, 2014


It’s that time of year again: the 2014 NASCAR Series World Championship is right around the corner, kicking off in two weeks’ time. Tonight, however, the first unofficial gathering of the fifty best oval iRacers looks to set the tone for the upcoming season. Organized by Adam Gilliland, driver of the #8 Garry Mercer Trucking Chevrolet, and Tim Terry, owner of Tim’s Corner Motorsports and lead announcer at PSRTV, the Tim’s Corner Motorsports Pre-Season Thunder event is set to start tonight at 8:00pm EST with a full hour of pre-race coverage on WebRacingNetwork ( Some of the biggest names in the NASCAR Series World Championship will be giving interviews which will delve into their thoughts on the imminent rule changes coming to the Generation-6 race cars and their [...]

Road Warriors Off and Running at 2.4 Hours of Daytona

by Andrew Pinkerton on January 27th, 2014

Wyatt Gooden hustles the RUF RT-12  through the infield in the 2.4 Hours of Daytona, the inaugural event in the new Road Warriors Series.

The inaugural round of the Road Warrior Series was held at the Daytona International Speedway under the lights for a two hour and 24 minute endurance challenge. Across the four race time slots there were 67 splits with 2,024 drivers participating. Of those drivers 1445 scored their best points in the RUF RT-12 Track, and the remaining 579 scored their best points in the Riley Daytona Prototype. The speed difference between the two classes was not all that great. This made for some interesting traffic as the RUF was fantastic under braking and early throttle application, while the two cars were fairly even through the infield and Turn One due to the RUF’s capabilities. Now let’s move on to the highlights of the weekend. In the Daytona Prototype the [...]

Resurgent Mustang Challenge Features 12 Weeks of Most-Requested Tracks in Season 1

by Jeff Jacobs on January 25th, 2014

Sim-racers will find close racing throughout the field in the Mustang Challenge.

After seeing significant growth in participation in the final season of 2013, the Mustang Challenge has released a Season 1 schedule for 2014 comprised of the tracks most requested by series participants.  Series regular John King polled drivers on the tracks they most wanted to see in the 2014 schedule and his efforts were rewarded with a matching schedule for Season 1.  Returning to the schedule after a brief absence is Daytona’s exciting road course in Week 4, as well as Okayama’s full course which serves as a great introduction in the first week for series rookies.  Other popular tracks include Bathurst, Watkins Glen, Road Atlanta, Spa and the season finale at Mid-Ohio.  Adding to the excitement about the schedule is the introduction of a new tire model to [...]

2.4 horas de Daytona Brasileira

by Thiago Izequiel on January 22nd, 2014

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Ligas Brasileiras se juntam para realizar versão própria das 2.4 horas de Daytona As ligas Brasileiras, iRacing Brasil e Brasil Lemans Series, anunciaram uma parceria para a realização de seu próprio evento Road Warrior, com as 2.4 horas de Daytona. Seguindo o mesmo formato do evento oficial do, a corrida será realizada no dia 24 de janeiro e terá transmissão via youtube de todo o evento. As inscrições são gratuitas com limitação de 21 carros por categoria (Riley Prototype e RUF Track). Haverá a premiação ao final do evento para os campeões de cada categoria, com um certificado e um sorteio de uma camiseta entre todos que terminarem a corrida. As 2.4 horas de Daytona Brasileira será realizada às 22:00h (horário de verão) e está sujeita à mudanças devido [...]

Laughton Wins NiPS Season Finale

by Jason Lofing on January 22nd, 2014

Laughton had the pace, the strategy and the luck to win the NiPS finale.

It took ten races, but Chad Laughton finally returned to the NASCAR Pro Series victory lane at Charlotte in the season’s final online race. After going caution free for the first 153 laps, with Laughton firmly in control for many of them, the race came down to a one-lap shootout between Laughton and Richard Dusett after a late caution.  Laughton needed a great restart and he delivered, speeding ahead of Dusett who was left to battle Brandon Hauck for second. When the field came back around to the checkers it was Laughton with a four car-length lead over Dusett, who held off Hauck. Brandon Schmidt was fourth and Josh Berry finished fifth, which locked him into the 2014 NASCAR Series World Championship. The evening began with Nicolas Morse [...]

Bolton Blisters Daytona/Kusheba Takes Championship

by Jordan Hightower on January 21st, 2014

Week 12 Daytona P1

The final week of action in the NASCAR iRacing Class C Fixed Series brought 3,236 sim racers from all around the world to the laser scanned Daytona International Speedway. The 2.5-mile monster of a racetrack provides arguably the closest and most exciting racing of any motorsport venue. One of the things that brings large numbers of sim racers to the high banks of superspeedways is that everyone has a chance to win; and who doesn’t like winning? One driver who enjoyed his time at Daytona was Kyle Crump (Michigan) who started from the 18th position in the No. 18 Silverado to take the victory in the week’s top Strength of Field after leading five of the event’s 25 laps. Justin Bolton (Pennsylvania) came up just 0.173 seconds short as he [...]