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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.

iRacer Simona De Silvestro to Serve as Online Instructor

by Glen Alden on January 15th, 2014

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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 www.SAFEisFAST.com 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. SAFEisFAST.com 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

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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 www.SAFEisFAST.com website. Questions for Sato can be sent via SAFEisFAST.com from now through Sunday. His answers will be posted beginning next Monday (July 22). This week also sees [...]

McLaren, Vodafone partnership to end

March 14th, 2013

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McLaren, Vodafone partnership to end

McLaren’s long-running title sponsorship deal with Vodafone will end later this year. The partnership began in 2007, but it had been widely expected since last season that the contract would not be renewed when it ran out at the end of ’13

Grosjean leads test day two for Lotus

February 6th, 2013

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Grosjean leads test day two for Lotus

Romain Grosjean set the pace on the second day of pre-season Formula 1 testing at Jerez, while Lewis Hamilton’s first outing for Mercedes was cut short by a crash. Lotus driver Grosjean, who led the way in the morning , went faster on a series of short runs on the soft tyre in the afternoon

Indy 500 Winning Team Owner Bryan Herta Offers Free Online Advice

December 3rd, 2012

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Indy 500 Winning Team Owner Bryan Herta Offers Free Online Advice

Newest SAFEisFAST Video Tutorial Focuses on Maximizing the Benefits from Simulation Programs Bryan Herta is one of the most recognizable characters in American auto racing. An accomplished driver and team owner, Herta has never shied away from helping other youngsters to follow in his footsteps, as evidenced by his personal support of the Team USA Scholarship – of which he was a recipient in 1991 – as soon as he achieved professional status himself. Starting today, Herta will continue in that vein as he becomes the latest Online Instructor for the Road Racing Drivers’ Club’s acclaimed www.SAFEisFAST.com initiative. Beginning today, questions to Herta will be accepted via www.SAFEisFAST.com. His answers will be posted daily beginning next Monday, December 10.  In adddition, a new video tutorial entitled “Getting the Most out [...]

Button worried about first-lap chaos

November 17th, 2012

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Button worried about first-lap chaos

Jenson Button fears he is at risk of getting caught up in a chaotic first corner after a technical problem left him 12th on the United States Grand Prix grid.

Button: Second will be better than pole

November 15th, 2012

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Button: Second will be better than pole

Jenson Button suspects that qualifying second for the United States Grand Prix might be better than starting on pole position. The McLaren driver believes that the run out of the second slot on the grid is a little flatter than it is for first, meaning that whoever qualifies there could have an edge on the charge to the first corner

Button relieved to avoid collision

September 23rd, 2012

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Button relieved to avoid collision

Jenson Button admitted that it would have been a major embarrassment had he taken Sebastian Vettel and himself out of the Singapore Grand Prix behind the safety car. The McLaren driver avoided a collision with Vettel by just inches as the pair were weaving while attempting to warm-up their tyres as the safety car prepared to pull in at the end of lap 36

McLaren tipped for Monza success

September 6th, 2012

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McLaren tipped for Monza success

McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are the bookmakers’ tip for victory in this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix. Hamilton is the shortest priced, with Paddy Power offering 3/1 on him scoring his first Monza win on Sunday

2011 iRacing.com Japan Grand Prix

by David Phillips on October 12th, 2011

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racing simulation

Nearly 250 iRacers took advantage of last Saturday’s 2011 iRacing.com Japan Grand Prix at Suzuka International Circuit to see if they could “be like Jenson” — ie Jenson Button, who scored his third win of the 2011 World Drivers Championship at Suzuka on Sunday. Sebastian Schmalenbach (DE-AT-CH) topped the highest strength of field race of the day, leading 35 of 53 laps en route to an 8.716s victory over Rudy van Buren (Benelux) with Jake Stergios (New England) another .7s adrift of van Buren’s Williams-Toyota FW31. Istvan Balogh (Central Eastern Europe) won the closest race of the day, pipping Sergey Zakharov (Central Easter Europe) by just .103s with Jonathan Auger (Eastern Canada) in third, 4.7s back of the winner. That race also saw the lead change hands nine times, with [...]

iRacing.com Japan GP Slated for October 8

October 5th, 2011

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racing simulations

Scene of some of the most exciting – and controversial — races in the history of the World Drivers Championship, Suzuka Circuit hosts the final event in the 2011 World Tour of iRacing on October 8, 2011: the iRacing.com Japan Grand Prix.    Slated to run the day before Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and friends contest the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix, the iRacing.com Japanese Grand Prix features the Williams-Toyota FW31 and will consist of 53 laps of the 17 turn, 3.6 mile Suzuka Grand Prix circuit with its distinctive cross-over/figure 8 layout. Open practice and qualifying begins Thursday, October 6 at 00:30 GMT (Thursday, October 5 at 8:30 pm ET), and is open to all iRacing members who own the car and track content. The [...]

Three’s Company, 363 is a Crowd

by David Phillips on August 29th, 2011

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The iRaciing.com Belgian Grand Prix attracted more than 350 entries from iRacers around the world.

Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber and Jenson Button had plenty of company on the podium at Spa-Francorchamps over the weekend.  Less than 24 hours before 24 Formula One pilotes set off for the 2011 Shell Belgian Grand Prix, more than 363 iRacers took to the challenging 4.35 mile circuit in their virtual Williams-Toyota FW31s for the iRacing.com Belgian Grand Prix as part of the 2011 World Tour of iRacing. The entry produced 14 splits of 26 iRacers with Atze Kerkhof leading 40 of 44 laps in the top strength of field (4304) event to best fellow Benelux Club member Rudy van Buren by 16.9s with Alberto Baraldi (Italy) coming home third.  Other winners included Richard Crozier (Celtic), Marko Penttinen (Finland), Sam Hazim (Celtic), Philip Widdowson (England), Russell Kao (California), Andrew Hartley [...]

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.

Alonso Has Eyes On Schumacher

January 17th, 2011

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Alonso Has Eyes On Schumacher

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is certain that Michael Schumacher (pictured) will be a serious Formula One title threat in 2011. (Steve Etherington Photo) BLOOMINGTON, Minn.

Sudden Impact

by David Phillips on December 30th, 2010

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Sudden Impact

Some questions about iRacing’s relevance to real world racing were answered last summer when Greger Huttu acquitted himself quite well in the Skip Barber Racing School and in a test of Andersen Racing’s Star Mazda at Road Atlanta.  An accomplished sim racer who dominated the iRacing World Championship Series Road Racing championship, Huttu had never so much as sat in a race car before his experiences at Road Atlanta. A few more questions were answered last month when Panther Racing signed J.R Hildebrand to a multi-year agreement to drive their IndyCar following a successful test at Phoenix International Raceway.  Winner of the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights Championship but with no previous experience at PIR in an IndyCar, Hildebrand used iRacing to prepare for the test. Although the results speak for [...]

F-1 Notes: Bandits Try To Attack Button

November 9th, 2010

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F-1 Notes: Bandits Try To Attack Button

BRAZILIAN TURNS: Sebastian Vettel leads the field through the opening turns of the Brazilian Grand Prix Sunday afternoon. (Steve Etherington Photo) SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Armed bandits failed to hijack Jenson Button’s car on Saturday evening. Button and three others were riding in a bullet-proof Mercedes driven by a police-trained driver.

Vodafone, McLaren Extend Sponsorship Deal

October 21st, 2010

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Vodafone, McLaren Extend Sponsorship Deal

Vodafone will continue to sponsor McLaren and drivers Jenson Button (pictured) and Lewis Hamilton through at least 2013. (Steve Etherington Photo) WOKING, Surrey — The McLaren Mercedes Formula One team won’t have to worry about financial backing until at least 2013 after signing its sponsor Vodafone to a multi-year extension

Suzuka Unkind To Hamilton

October 12th, 2010

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Suzuka Unkind To Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton had a rough weekend in Japan at the Suzuka Int'l Racing Course.

Fernando An Italian Crowd Pleaser

September 12th, 2010

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Fernando An Italian Crowd Pleaser

MONZA, Italy —Fernando Alonso thrilled the tifosi fans by winning Ferrari’s home Grand Prix of Italy on the fabled Monza Autodromo. ”It is something really only possible to compare with the Spanish Grand Prix victory I had in 2006,” he said. “A very, very special win, this one, and very special feelings right now.

Hamilton Takes Command Of Title Chase

August 29th, 2010

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Hamilton Takes Command Of Title Chase

FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium — Lewis Hamilton retook the lead in the world championship with a superb win in the rainy and tricky conditions of the Belgian Grand Prix. But by finishing second at Spa, Mark Webber trails Hamilton by just three points