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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.

Lynn joins Prema for Euro switch

November 15th, 2012

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Lynn joins Prema for Euro switch

Alex Lynn will race in European Formula 3 next year after joining Prema Powerteam. The 19-year-old Briton finished fourth in British F3 this year in his rookie season in the category with Fortec Motorsports. He also made a number of F3 Euro Series/European F3 Championship appearances, culminating in a podium at the Hockenheim finale

Karthikeyan eyes qualifying boost

August 16th, 2012

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Karthikeyan eyes qualifying boost

Narain Karthikeyan has made matching his HRT team-mate Pedro de la Rosa in qualifying his major aim for the second half of the Formula 1 season. The 35-year-old Indian is yet to outqualify de la Rosa this year and, while he feels his race performances have been strong, he concedes he has to raise his game on Saturdays. “I think that my race performance has been very strong, with my 15th place in Monaco standing out, but in qualifying I’ve been a bit weaker,” said Karthikeyan

F-1 Notes: Williams Considering Selling Shares

January 24th, 2011

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — If you have ever wanted to own a F-1 team, but perhaps didn’t have the multimillions needed to buy it, you may soon get the chance to own at least part of one. Williams is considering a flotation of shares of its team on the stock market.

March Event At Auto Club Now 400 Miles

January 11th, 2011

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March Event At Auto Club Now 400 Miles

Jimmie Johnson will have 100 less miles to hold off his fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup competitors after NASCAR decided to cut 100 miles from the Auto Club 400 March 27.

Chevrolet Power Returning To IndyCar

November 12th, 2010

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Chevrolet Power Returning To IndyCar

General Motors announced Friday that the company would return to the IZOD IndyCar Series under its Chevrolet banner during the 2012 season. (IndyCar Photo) AVONDALE, Ariz. — Chevrolet is returning to the IZOD IndyCar Series and will team up with the most successful team in the history of the sport — Team Penske.

Gesture Costs Busch Big In Texas

November 9th, 2010

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Gesture Costs Busch Big In Texas

A NASCAR official holds Kyle Busch on pit road during Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. (HHP/Erik Perel Photo) FORT WORTH, Texas — If it wasn’t for Jeff Gordon’s fit of rage when he physically confronted Jeff Burton after the two crashed in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500, Kyle Busch’s shooting the bird at a NASCAR officials would have been the most talked about moment of the race. Busch, still upset over how he got beat in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race when he believed eventual winner Carl Edwards jumped the field on the final restart, was furious that he got nailed for speeding down pit road after he spun and came into the pits early in Sunday’s race

Hamlin Nabs Contingency Bonuses

October 27th, 2010

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Hamlin Nabs Contingency Bonuses

Denny Hamlin celebrates his victory in the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway Sunday afternoon. (Phil Cavali Photo) CHARLOTTE, N.C.

RPM Not Panicking – Yet

October 26th, 2010

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RPM Not Panicking – Yet

Aric Almirola drove the No. 9 Budweiser Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway Sunday. (HHP/Christa L

Richards Takes Control

October 14th, 2010

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Richards Takes Control

Josh Richards in victory lane Wednesday at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte. (WoO LMS photo)

Power, Franchitti Set For Homestead Finale

September 30th, 2010

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Power, Franchitti Set For Homestead Finale

Dario Franchitti (left) and Will Power will each attempt to capture the IZOD IndyCar Series title this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Cup Drivers Ready To Begin The Chase

September 13th, 2010

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Cup Drivers Ready To Begin The Chase

RICHMOND, Va. — The Chase field is set, and it boils down to teammates and organizations. All three of the Richard Childress Racing cars are in, three of the four Roush Fenway Racing Fords made it, two Joe Gibbs cars are in it, two Hendrick Motorsports cars are in the game and a lone Penske Dodge rounds it out.

IRL Notes: Carpenter Comes Up Short

September 7th, 2010

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IRL Notes: Carpenter Comes Up Short

SPARTA, Ky. — Considering that Ed Carpenter began the season without a full-time ride in the IZOD IndyCar Series, a second-place finish at Kentucky Speedway for the second year in a row would be cause for celebration

No Choice But To Succeed

September 7th, 2010

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No Choice But To Succeed

Sprint-car fans throughout the Midwest are quickly learning what fans of the popular open-wheel cars in Florida have known for years. The education is centered on the driving prowess of Troy DeCaire, who this season has proven to be the real deal, not only in his native Florida but also in the fast world of winged and non-winged sprint-car racing throughout Indiana, Michigan and surrounding states. The 24-year-old DeCaire burst onto the Midwest sprint-car scene this spring after several top-shelf years racing with the Tampa Bay Area Racing Ass’n and other sprint-car series in Florida.

Stavola, Labonte Returning To Sprint Cup

August 12th, 2010

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Stavola, Labonte Returning To Sprint Cup

ATLANTA — After several years away from the sport, former NASCAR team owner Bill Stavola is back in the game. Stavola has teamed with two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Terry Labonte to form Stavola Labonte Racing

Ride Swaps: Sometimes The Driver Is The Easiest Thing To Change

August 10th, 2010

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Ride Swaps: Sometimes The Driver Is The Easiest Thing To Change

Unless you’re a Wall Street insider, you’re probably clueless about Credit Default Swaps. But everybody in racing is familiar with driver swaps.

Smith Looking To Defend Home Turf Again

April 29th, 2010

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Smith Looking To Defend Home Turf Again

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — More than one year has passed since Jeff Smith celebrated one of the biggest victories of his dirt-late-model career, but the memory of that special evening remains fresh in his mind. Friday night Smith will aim to relive the moment.

Shell/Pennzoil Finds New Home At Penske

April 27th, 2010

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Sponsorship Includes IndyCar Teams; Busch Signs Extension TALLADEGA, Ala. — In a major sponsorship move that will benefit both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and IZOD IndyCar Series teams as well as its many automotive businesses, Penske Racing was able to play the “Shell Game” by luring Shell/Pennzoil to its operation beginning next season. That will end its longtime relationship with ExxonMobil, which supplies all the oil to Roger Penske’s automotive companies and is the sponsor on the No.