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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.

Get to Know: Will Lamb

by David Ifeguni on March 17th, 2014

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Best known for his IndyCar success, Lamb is also drawn to the Lotus 49.

Born in 1995, Will Lamb has accomplished a great deal since joining iRacing in the summer of 2010.  Lamb’s career oval and road statistics are nearly mirror images of one another.  On the oval side, Lamb has 376 career starts races and has scored 43 wins. He has finished in the top five nearly 62% of the time. On the road side of iRacing, he has started 373 races and has won 46 times, and has finished in the top five nearly 50% of the time. If you think don’t think those statistics aren’t close, than look at his road and oval iRating and ttRating. His ttRating across the board is 1350 and his iRating between the two types of racing is exactly the same: 3048. Will Lamb is definitely [...]

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

by David Phillips on February 19th, 2014

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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. [...]

Get to Know: Christopher Shella

by David Ifeguni on December 2nd, 2013

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Shella scored ? wins in NASCAR Class A.

Chris Shella has been a part of the iRacing community since July of 2010.  Since then, he has given us 182 reasons why he is one of the top competitors on the service. Specifically, he has scored 172 wins in nearly 1400 oval starts and ten victories in 177 starts on road courses. This year, he has won nearly 20% of the oval races he has started and has finished in the top five, over half of the time. Chris hasn’t stopped at race wins either. He won the championship for his division in the iRacing.com Grand Touring Cup in 2011 Season 4.  No question, Shella is one of the top iRacers in the Carolina Club.  I got the chance to talk to him (and ask him some questions) in [...]

Get to Know: Brandon Trost

by David Ifeguni on September 3rd, 2013

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This week, I had the pleasure of  interviewing iRacer Brandon Trost.  If you look at his career statistics, you would think he is a sim-racing addict. Since joining iRacing in June of 2012, he has started 1669 oval races, winning 124 times and taking 502 top five finishes, along with 152 pole starts.  The majority of Brandon’s oval starts came last year but he has still made his fair share of races this year. The 13 year old from Erie, Pennsylvania has raced in over 700 oval events in 2013 (so far!)  and has won about 10% of the races he has entered. One of Brandon’s biggest achievements on iRacing would have to be winning the 2013 Season 1 iRacing.com IZOD IndyCar Oval Fixed Series championship for Division 2, and [...]

Get to Know . . . Josef Miele

by David Ifeguni on June 24th, 2013

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champion

Right now, it probably isn’t the best time to be a Jeff Gordon fan. So far though, in the summer he has finished in the top 12 in three of the past four races, including a third at Dover and a runner up finish at Sonoma yesterday, giving his fans something to smile about — especially his biggest iRacing fan Josef Miele. Josef Miele, an 18 year old from Schenectady, NY, has been on iRacing since May of 2009. Since joining iRacing, he has run hundreds of races and won in several different cars at several different tracks, but there are many interesting things about him that many of you probably don’t know. Why is his favorite track Dover International Speedway? Which NASCAR driver does he dislike the most? How [...]

Get to Know . . . Guy Driggers (Part II)

by David Ifeguni on April 15th, 2013

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Angela Cope's car -- a favorite of Driggers (if not Kevin Harvick).

Last week in the first part of my interview with the 22 year old Guy Driggers, we discussed his sim-racing career, and his feelings on it up until now. This week, we talked about his painting career in racing, how he started painting, who he has painted for, and why he loves to paints race cars. So sit back, read, and get to know the “colorful” side of Guy Driggers… Q:    How did you get started in sim painting? A:    I can trace my sim-painting roots back to 2006, but I didn’t actually start until June of ’08 when NASCAR ’09 came out on the consoles. The biggest feature of the game was the capability to design a paint scheme on the computer and then upload it to use in [...]

The Art and Physics of iRacing’s Gen-6

by David Phillips on March 25th, 2013

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Within days of the Gen-6's debut at Daytona, iRacers were competing in their Chevrolet SSs and Ford Fusions.

As the saying goes, “art imitates life.”  Or is it the other way around?  Does life imitate art?  In the case of iRacing’s Gen-6 Chevy SS and Ford Fusion, it’s both.  Read on . . . Just two days after Jimmie Johnson drove his new Generation-6 Chevrolet SS to victory in 2013 Daytona 500 on February 26, iRacing released its digital version of the Gen-6 Chevy.  A little more than a week later, iRacing made its Gen-6 Ford Fusion available and, on March 8, Jason Karlavige drove iRacing’s virtual Chevy SS to victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the top-rated split of the new NASCAR iRacing Series. No matter how you cut it, making a digital version of the new platform for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series available a [...]

Get to Know: Steven Eszenyi

by David Ifeguni on March 25th, 2013

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Although he's still looking for his first win in 2013 S1, Eszenyi is batting 1000 (as in 1000 points) and currently sits P19 in the Class A points.

If you look up improvement or persistent in the dictionary, you’ll probably find a picture of Steven Eszenyi. Steven has been on iRacing since July of 2010.  Statistically, he didn’t get off to a very great start. In 2010 he ran 217 oval races and three road races, and although he won a total of 17 times, his average incidents per race on the oval side was 8.21 and on the road side, 18.66. The 17 year old driver from Trumbull, Connecticut has definitely had a long and a rather messy road towards being one of the top drivers on the oval side of iRacing. In 2012, in Eszenyi’s words, “(I) decided to take this seriously” and he definitely got results. He started 931 oval races and earned 157 checkered [...]

Now Available: Generation-6 Chevrolet SS

by David Phillips on February 26th, 2013

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You watched Jimmie, Dale and Danica race it in Sunday’s Daytona 500, now you can have your very own Generation-6 Chevrolet SS.  The Gen-6 Chevy SS is available on iRacing for $11.95, just in time to start preparing for the new NASCAR iRacing Series.  Think of it as iRacing’s version of “Win on Sunday, Sell on Tuesday.”  Click here for complete details.

Get to Know: Nick Del Campo

by David Ifeguni on January 21st, 2013

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It took Del Campo three days to notch his first iRacing win.  He's been on the fast track to victory lane ever since.

This week, I interviewed a driver who is no stranger to painting cars on iRacing.com. Along with racing the cars on iRacing, he also paints them. As the owner of N.D.D (Nick Del Campo Designs), he paints cars on iRacing as well as real world racecars. Many people know him for the signature lime green logo he places on many of the cars he paints, and if you haven’t guessed by now, the driver I interviewed for this week, is Nick Del Campo. For some iRacers, it might have taken weeks or even months until they got their first win on the service. Nick Del Campo took three days. He scored his first win on October 16th of 2010 in the Legends car at South Boston Speedway, and since then [...]

Johnson takes Chase lead with win

October 28th, 2012

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Jimmie Johnson jumped back up to the lead of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with his fourth win of the season and his seventh at Martinsville Speedway. The victory puts Johnson two points ahead of Penske’s Brad Keselowski with just three races to go. Johnson got maximum points after a gruelling 500 laps

Hot ‘lanta

by Jameson Spies on September 8th, 2011

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If anything, the battle between Bryant, Davies and Berry overshadowed the earlier race.

Atlanta Motor Speedway has built its physical world reputation as being fast, slick, and downright tough to get a grip on . . . literally. All the same characteristics transferred over to iRacing’s virtual version of the facility and it showed as only the best of the best were able to make a charge at the aging track. Although its 1.5 mile layout may tempt some to classify AMS as a typical “Cookie Cutter,” competitors in the NASCAR iRacing.com Class A Series learned that claim is half-baked. In the week’s top slit, Steve Sheehan and Bob Bryant had a dogfight to the finish, much resembling Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson’s ten lap brawl to end the Sprint Cup race early Tuesday. Unlike Johnson, Sheehan was able to track down the [...]

Introducing: The Allen Wrench

by David Allen on June 4th, 2011

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racing games

Editor’s Note: inRacingNews is pleased to introduce David Allen who will be contributing a regular column focusing on the technical side of iRacing.  A long-time sim racer himself, David brings two decades of experience to bear on some the technical challenges associated with sim racing.  Ray Bryden fans relax.  He’ll still be contributing to his, er unique perspectives to inRacingNews.  In other words, it’s a win-win situation for our readers. Building a competitive race car can cost a considerable amount of money right?  If you’re a racer, rookie or not the decision on how to spend that money to run up front can be a brain-numbing decision.  Racing on a simulator in your game room can be the same way. Confused yet?  Don’t worry that’s why I’m here. As a [...]

Don’t Just Watch The Daytona 500, Drive It!

by Steve Potter on February 11th, 2011

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Don’t Just Watch The Daytona 500, Drive It!

The Great American Sim-Race Is Open to Everyone Practice starts tomorrow (February 12) for the iRacing.com Daytona 500, a virtual version of NASCAR’s 2011 season-opening event that runs on February 19, the day before the real Daytona 500.  Unlike the NASCAR Sprint Cup race that more than 200,000 will view from the grandstands at Daytona International Speedway and another ten million will watch on television, participation in this virtual version of the Daytona 500 is open to everyone – all that’s needed is a PC and a broadband internet connection. The iRacing.com Daytona 500 is the second event in the 2011 World Tour of iRacing.com, a for-fun nine-race series that samples  a variety of motorsport – ranging from street-stock racing on short ovals, to world-famous events including the Indy 500, [...]

Elite Company

January 27th, 2011

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Elite Company

Jimmie Johnson (left) and Jamie McMurray (HHP Photos) DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The names are magical. The accomplishment is legendary.

Johnson Seeks Daytona Triumph

January 9th, 2011

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Johnson Seeks Daytona Triumph

Jimmie Johnson (left) chats with actor Patrick Dempsey during testing for the Rolex 24 At Daytona Saturday at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (Grand Am Photo). DAYTONA BEACH, Fla

Season Rewind: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

December 26th, 2010

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Season Rewind: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

CHAMPION: Jimmie Johnson It wasn't easy, but somehow Jimmie Johnson claimed his fifth-straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title in 2010. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo) Jimmie Johnson rallied from 33 points behind with two races remaining and won his fifth-consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. While Johnson secured the title with a second-place finish in the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the season was not the typical one of domination by the Hendrick Motorsports No

Eighteen Nominated For Performer Of The Year

December 16th, 2010

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eighteen drivers (or riders) are among those nominated for the annual Speed Performer of the Year Award, with the winner taking home the 100-pound bronze Mario Andretti Trophy designed by artist Elie Hazak. Representing both four-wheel and two-wheel efforts across the globe, the Mario Andretti Trophy goes to the racer who puts a premium on winning races, shines on his/her sport’s biggest stages and does it with a measure of sportsmanship and class.

Johnson Earns Fourth DOY Award

December 15th, 2010

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Johnson Earns Fourth DOY Award

Jimmie Johnson won the Driver of the Year Award for the fourth time.

Chip Ganassi Named Champion of Champions

December 14th, 2010

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Chip Ganassi Named Champion of Champions

Based on his tremendous season, Chip Ganassi was named the Economaki Champion of Champions for the 2010 racing season. (NSSN Staff Photo) HARRISBURG, N.C.