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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.

iRacer Profile: Brian V Macklin

by David Phillips on April 13th, 2013

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When Brian V Macklin goes sim-racing nowadays you could say the fix is in.  That’s because he favors the fixed setup versions of his favorite series, be it NASCAR Class A, B or C.  Why not?  With 29 wins in 97 starts in the Gen6, Chevy COT and Chevy Silverado in Season 1 – so far — the iRacing setups seem to be working for him . . . just as the generic iRacing package did in 2012 when the Harrington, Delaware sim-racer captured the overall National series title on the strength of six wins and 18 top fives. But while Macklin’s clearly favors the fixed oval packages, it doesn’t mean he’s afraid to play with the settings . . . or turn right as well as left.  In fact [...]

Get to Know: J.D Laird

by David Ifeguni on April 1st, 2013

Laird's all time favorite iRacing paint scheme triggered a few forum brawls.  (Jordan Hightower image)

J.D Laird, a 25 year old from Anaheim, CA, may have accomplished a great deal in his sim-racing career — but he has accomplished far more in his painting career, which is the focus of this week’s Get to Know. Even though you may not have known it, you have probably seen some of Laird’s paint schemes at some point in time. If you watch the NASCAR Series World Championship races, then you’ll see drivers like two time series champion Ray Alfalla, Byron Daley and Brian Schoenburg sporting cars painted by Laird. Even if you don’t watch the NiSWC (which you should), you’ve probably seen one of Laird’s paint schemes run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series last year or this year. This year, he developed the paint scheme [...]

iRacer Profile – John-Michael Shenette

by David Phillips on March 10th, 2012

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John-Michael Shenette has one foot grounded real world racing, the other in sim racing.  Or is it the other way around?  For in the case of the Connecticut’s Shenette, the boundaries between the real and virtual racing are blurred.  And that’s a good thing.  A former marketing intern, past Late Model and SK Modified divisional champion, Shenette assists in the administration of the DWC.  He is  also president of the Short Track Pro Cup Series (, iRacing’s longest-running league, and creator of Dynasty Motorsports. On the other hand (or foot, as it were), Shenette has nearly two decades of real world racing under his belt, having raced Super Late Models, Trucks, Pro Stocks, IMCA Modifieds, karts andquarter midgets, with plans to compete in PASS North races and the [...]

Illini Mighty at Michigan

by Tim Terry on August 18th, 2011

Three of the 2000+ iRacers to tackle MIS in Week 2 cross the stripe.

Illinois sim racer Brandon Buchberger flexed his muscle during Week Two as he took the overall win in the NASCAR Class C Series (NiCCS) at Michigan International Speedway. Over 2000 sim racers took to the track, but it was a win on August 14th that put Buchberger over the top for the victory. Buchberger bagged the win to take home 236 points. With an sof rating pegged at a 3770, the winner led just seven laps in the highly competitive race which featured a total of 21 lead changes over the 80 lap duration. The race was slowed by six yellow flags and saw Justin Fuller come home in second, ahead of Kwame Adjei, Carl Taylor and Ryan Ameen. Justin Brooks led the race with five laps to go [...]

iRacer Profile: Nick Ottinger

by David Phillips on June 18th, 2011

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OK, OK.  If you’re a regular (or even irregular) reader of inRacingNews, you’re already familiar with Nick Ottinger’s name.  After all, as a serial winner in the NASCAR Street Stock Series, he’s a staple of Jordan Hightower’s weekly reports.  The Carolina Club sim racer is also very active — and competitive — in Legends Cup and NASCAR Class A and B, where he got out of the gate fast with four top fives and a couple of wins in the early weeks of the season. But would you have guessed that Ottinger’s most recently read book was Of Mice & Men? Or that one of this confessed oval junkie’s favorite tracks on iRacing is Infineon Raceway?  Read on . . . Q:      How long have you been sim racing [...]

Black Stripes Pave the Way at Charlotte

May 31st, 2011

Black Stripes Pave the Way at Charlotte

You would think that the NASCAR Class C Series (NiCCS) resembled the NASCAR Series World Championship (NiSWC) division when looking at the results from the third week of racing! Week Three for the NiCCS took the trucks to Charlotte Motor Speedway, a popular stop among the racer in the series. Over 2000 sim racers took to the track this week and in the end, it was two NiSWC drivers who took top honors in the series. Josh Berry became the overall winner at Charlotte for the NiCCS when he topped a 4426 sof race on May 21st and, in turn, took away 277 points. Berry led the “black stripe” podium as he raced to the line on lap 90 ahead of fellow NiSWC drivers Brad Wright and Jordan [...]

Larry MacReynolds to Announce $4500 Landon Cassill Challenge on iRacing

by Mark Royer on May 3rd, 2011

Larry MacReynolds to Announce $4500 Landon Cassill Challenge on iRacing

FOX-TV’s Larry MacReynolds will announce the feature event of the Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge tonight, May 3rd, at 9 PM EDT on Web Racing Network. Last night, well over 100 top iRacing oval drivers battled in preliminary sessions for the 40 feature spots. Catch all the excitement tonight as each driver lines up, one at a time, for his pressure-cooker, single lap effort to conquer the field and capture a portion of the purse.  The top single-lap time wins the trophy plus $2000 of the purse.  Who has veins of ice to back up their preliminary performance when everything is on the line?  We’ll find out tonight.  Don’t miss it! First Name Last Name Time iRating 1 Brad Wright 26.842 6514 2 Brad Davies 26.866 7142 3 Kenny Humpe 26.867 [...]

iRacer Cassill Takes Over for Elliott

by David Phillips on March 24th, 2011

iRacer Cassill Takes Over for Elliott

iRacer and NASCAR driver Landon Cassill will take over driving duties for Phoenix Racing beginning at Auto Club Speedway this weekend.  Cassill, 21, replaces 1988 NASCAR Cup champion Bill Elliott, who started the first four races of the season in the No. 09 Chevrolet. “Hopefully, I can do good enough to keep the car in the top 35 (in points) and even in the top 25,” Cassill said. For more details, see Lee Spencer’s story here:

Trevor Bayne First Drove Daytona on

by Steve Potter on February 23rd, 2011

Trevor Bayne First Drove Daytona on

It was standing room only in the Daytona media center this past Sunday afternoon when Trevor Bayne walked in following his dramatic win in the Daytona 500.  But in the same room a year earlier, just a handful of people looked on as drove an simulator while Michael Waltrip talked him around Daytona International Speedway. Posted on You Tube by Simcraft, builder of the Apex simulator builder, here’s a video of that day in 2010 when a former Daytona 500 champion used iRacing to coach a future one: This wasn’t Bayne’s first exposure to iRacing; in 2009 a friend bought the then aspiring NASCAR Nationwide driver a gift subscription to the iRacing service.  According to Rocky Bayne, Trevor’s dad, his son has a setup in his house, and [...]

Cassill Creates $1,000-to-Win Online Qualifying Challenge

by Joey Dennewitz on December 11th, 2010

Cassill Creates $1,000-to-Win Online Qualifying Challenge

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Landon Cassill is pleased to announce the formation of a new online competition that gives iRacing drivers the opportunity to win $1,000. The Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge invites iRacing drivers to feel the pressure of a one lap qualifying showdown at the simulated Charlotte Motor Speedway. The winner of the December 18th event will receive $1,000. “I began studying on iRacing simulators back in 2007 and it has really helped my ability to qualify at the Sprint Cup Series tracks that I had not been to before this season,” said Cassill. “Each week I would host a session at the upcoming Sprint Cup Series track on iRacing and work on qualifying runs. Eventually there were 40 to 50 drivers that would join the session and [...]

Hometown Hero Long Captures Snowball Derby

December 6th, 2010

Hometown Hero Long Captures Snowball Derby

Johanna Long (Adam Fenwick Photo) PENSACOLA, Fla. — Johanna Long may just be getting her feet wet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but she’s on top of the super-late-model world after winning the 43rd annual Snowball Derby Sunday at Five Flags Speedway. Long survived a wild finish to win the prestigious short-track event at her home track and in doing so, joined 1994 race winner Tammy Jo Kirk as the only female Snowball Derby champions.

Snowflake Go Belongs To Elliott

December 5th, 2010

Snowflake Go Belongs To Elliott

Chase Elliott, seen here at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway earlier this year, won Saturday's Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. (Adam Fenwick Photo) PENSACOLA, Fla. — Chase Elliott raced through the field from his 31st-starting position in Saturday night’s Allen Turner Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway and passed Bubba Pollard with 14 laps remaining to win the pro late model event.