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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.

The Kitchen Sink: Setting Up Iowa

by Ray Kingsbury on April 7th, 2014

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Previously: Article 1, Article 2 Iowa is one of the most unique tracks on the IndyCar circuit. It is essentially a replica of Richmond with higher banks and in general is a bit longer. As the fastest short track out there, Iowa provides some crazy sim-racing. For the past couple seasons the track was flat-out all the way around, unless you cooked the right front tire. With this weather and the fact that it is during the day, the car gets a massive push in Turns Three and Four. If you have a solid Richmond base set, that is a great starting point, just adjust your cambers and gears. For the purpose of this article however, we will start with the Iowa Fixed set with 5 rear ARB arm and [...]

The Kitchen Sink: Setting Up Michigan

March 27th, 2014

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Michigan is one of my favorite tracks on the Indy Car schedule, second only to Iowa Speedway. Both tracks require different driving styles, and both tracks are next on the IndyCar schedule. So, expect another article next week. I decided to skip Kentucky because the eight page document that I wrote introducing you to Homestead, should’ve been enough to give you a set for Kentucky. Actually, it is exactly what I used at Kentucky with minimal adjustments. Michigan is different from both of these tracks, but if you had a set that you really liked from Kentucky and Homestead, I would say throw it on and try it at Michigan with some tweaks. The base suspension settings are close enough that it could work. For starters though, let’s use the [...]

The Kitchen Sink: IndyCar Setup Introduction

by Ray Kingsbury on March 15th, 2014

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Last night while running some go karts at On Track Karting with a friend who was back on spring break and my brother, I had a bit of a revelation. Even on these rental karts, which had no setup components or anything, there were things you as a driver could change to make it handle better. My friend did not really understand much of this at all, he doesn’t sim race, but he also isn’t a complete idiot when it comes to racing. We did two races back to back for a start. In the first one I went out without changing anything, but as I came into the pits to prepare for race two I had them move the seat forward. Why? To fix the balance of the car. [...]

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 [...]

Brandt Wins Spa as IndyCar Title Chase Tightens

by Dave Judson on September 27th, 2013

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Garese leads a pack of IndyCar Dallara through daunting Eau Rouge.

The iRacing.com IZOD IndyCar Road Series made a visit to one auto racing’s most historic tracks – Belgium’s Circuit de Spa Francorchamps — for Week Eight in the series one and only appearance on European soil this season.  102 drivers put-in laps during the week with 10 different drivers taking victory on the 4.35 mile course. iRacers take to this 19 turn course and pass through one of auto racing’s most famous sections named “Eau Rouge.”  The track’s layout has changed a lot in its 90+ years of existence, but Eau Rouge has remained a constant.  This downhill-uphill left-right combination dares drivers to take it flat-out, but be just slightly off your line and the circuit will bite you.  Drivers can choose to take it easy, but those who don’t [...]

Ottinger Survives Schoenburg’s Charge, Wins Charlotte

by Jason Lofing on May 30th, 2012

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Ottinger had the pace and the reliability at Charlotte to take his second win of the season.

Nick Ottinger scored his second win of the 2012 NASCAR iRacing.com World Championship Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway, holding hard-charging polesitter Brian Schoenburg at bay on a late restart before the latter’s motor expired with four laps remaining. After starting eighth, Ottinger ran at or near the front throughout the online race and took advantage of misfortunes that befell Ray Alfalla and Steve Sheehan to move into contention as the laps wound-down. After grabbing the lead from Byron Daley with 29 laps remaining, Ottinger took the checkered flag ahead of Alfalla, Kevin King, Patrick Baldwin and Daley, hoisting himself into the middle of the championship picture in the bargain. The last quarter of the 200 lap, 300 mile race was packed with action. The final scheduled pit stop on Lap [...]

And She Don’t Scrape No More

by Katier Scott on November 9th, 2011

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The Lotus 79 is more fun to drive than ever.

iRacing’s Eric Hudec recently provided the Lotus 79 community with a superb example of community co-operation in working through a series of comparatively simple, but much requested, changes to this challenging Class B car. Led by Classic Lotus Grand Prix Series/community leader, Frank Herfjord, the Lotus 79 community used a forum thread started by Hudec to discuss changes they felt were fairly simple to implement but important to improving the realism and enjoyment of the car. Within a week of the discussion, Hudec had worked through the requests and created a patch which he successfully implemented on Monday night, allowing the community time to get used to the revisions before Week 2 commenced. The revisions included changes to the Lotus 79′s fuel economy, the increments for fueling the car, increased [...]

A Weekend to Forget

by Darryn Lobb on July 25th, 2011

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This past weekend saw the S.A. Shelby Can-Am championship head to the fastest track in South Africa, the East London Grand Prix circuit. After securing a hard-fought win at the last round at Zwartkops, debuting for new sponsor Hollard Insurance, reigning champion Darryn Lobb was aiming for nothing less than the top step of the podium. After struggling for pace at the previous round, the Kyalami based resident, elected to run the car of Sean Grieve who was unable to make the event. It was a car with which Lobb had previously won both events at Zwartkops in 2010. New body work, and a slightly modified design, meant that the Hollard-backed car was not only going to be fast, but also eye-catching. In summary though, East London proved that it’s [...]

IndyCar Aero Primer

by Henrik Müller on November 20th, 2010

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Most of new (as well as many experienced) IndyCar drivers feel a bit overwhelmed when they look at the aerodynamic setup options the Dallara IndyCar offers them. However, this subject is not as daunting as you might think. Since most sim racers lack a bachelor’s degree in physics but do know how to race the car, iRacing has developed the aero calculator just for you. You can find this extremely useful tool in the garage on the “tires /aero” screen (see screenshot below). So what does the aero calculator do? This tool calculates the amount of drag your current aero settings generate in relation to the amount of downforce they produce. For example: A high rear wing wicker setting combined with a low rear wing angle can generate the same [...]

iRacing’s Corvette: Good Enough is Not Good Enough

by Ian Berwick, Vehicle Dynamic Engineer, iRacing.com on January 8th, 2010

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We’ve gotten approval to build the Pratt & Miller Corvette C6.R GT1 car!  SWEEEEET!  OK, what’s first?  Hmmmm. Dyno sheets.  That’s the most important thing, right?  That beautiful sounding motor, deep and rumbling, with earth-moving torque and acceleration.  Now that sounds like fun! Getting the power to the ground is next, so what gearbox does it use?  What are the various gear ratios?  How many options of gear ratio, and what’s the layout and the inertia of all the components?  Xtrac builds the box, and my friends at Xtrac USA have been exceptionally helpful with data for component inertias in the past, maybe they’ll provide me with additional values… And it’s got wings, well, one, and it’s HUGE.  That must make a TON of downforce.  But then there’s none on [...]

Drag’n Slayer

by Ray Bryden on December 5th, 2009

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I was working on some acceleration tests at Indianapolis with various cars to determine their power curves and stumbled upon an interesting idea. I figured I could estimate the drag coefficient from the cars by capturing some telemetry data. I wanted to remove the aero drag and rolling resistance forces from the data in order to grasp the values of the power to the wheels, and to do that the best approach is to collect speed data as the car coasts down from a high speed. But I realized I could also extract the aero drag values for each car tested. When you plot the deceleration rate (change in speed/change in time) and curve-fit using Excel, you can estimate the aero drag and rolling resistance force since: F = m [...]

Lotus (79) Stew

by Ray Bryden on August 28th, 2009

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I had an embarrassing start in the Lotus 79 and was far off the pace in my first online practice at the Glen. It was due to a couple of reasons – I’d never tried Watkins Glen in iRacing, and I was using the baseline setup. I was doing okay in the fast sections but through the medium and tight turns it understeered noticeably. I figure that making a good setup is not unlike making a good stew, and only people with a lot of knowhow, experience and some special combination of ingredients can make it palatable. So I envision the setup gurus to be some talented chefs cooking up tweaks to make their car’s handling a perfect balance of flavors/traits. With the help of the new skidpad, I have [...]