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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.

Road Warriors 120 Minutes of Sebring

by Andrew Pinkerton on March 17th, 2014

More than ? sim-racers took part in the 120 Minutes of Sebring.  Here Andrew Pinkerton harries Ryan Terpstra at the Hairpin.

For 51 weeks of the year, the town of Sebring, Florida is a quiet hamlet of 10,491 people.  But that 52nd week, the second in March, the town is overrun by the wild, the restless and the crazies. You may ask who are these wild, restless and crazy beings. Well, the ruthless are the crews, the engineers, mechanics, and managers that spend hours to attempt to steal victory away from their competition. The wild are the fans that came to watch racing and party for a week on scissor lifts, buses, tents, and whatever other contraptions they can fit in a trailer. Then you have the drivers or as I like to call them the crazies. It takes a twisted mind to willingly show up to a track that constantly [...]

Andretti and Dempsey for Austin demo

October 19th, 2012

Andretti and Dempsey for Austin demo

American racing legend Mario Andretti will demonstrate a Lotus Formula 1 car at the opening of the new Austin grand prix venue in Texas on Sunday. The Circuit of the Americas will host its first F1 race on 18 November, and is being officially opened this weekend.

iRacer Profile – Scott Green

by David Phillips on June 11th, 2011

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Not all iRacers belong to Generation X or Y.  There’s plenty of baby-boomer sim racers out there, and no small number are probably identify more with Geritol than Generation X, Y or Z. I wouldn’t be so presumptuous as to guess Scott Green’s generational affiliation, but the fact the Albuquerquean lists his birth date as “quite some time ago” leads me to believe his contemporaries in a famous local clan are familiarly known as Big Al and Uncle Bobby, rather than Little Al and Bobby, Jr.  And the fact that his favorite cars on the iRacing service are the Silver Crown sprint car and Mustang FR500S also suggests Green is “old school.”  Did I mention the person he most admires is a fellow named Mario Andretti? While he may be [...]

Andretti: Attracting Fans Is The Key

December 21st, 2010

Andretti: Attracting Fans Is The Key

Mario Andretti (IndyCar Photo) CONCORD, N.C. — Many in the auto racing industry realize the sport has a lot of older racing fans and attracting younger spectators is a priority

Johnson Earns Fourth DOY Award

December 15th, 2010

Johnson Earns Fourth DOY Award

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

Andretti To Visit Troops

November 10th, 2010

Andretti To Visit Troops

Mario Andretti prepares to drive the IndyCar Series two-seat Indy car at Homestead-Miami Speedway. INDIANAPOLIS — Mario Andretti will be earning his frequent flier miles this winter. Andretti, the 1969 Indy 500 winner and 1978 World Driving Champion, has confirmed his participation in the Indy 500 Centennial Tour, which will visit U.S

Prototype Challenge Opens at Mosport

by Jason Lofing on August 11th, 2010

Prototype Challenge Opens at Mosport

The second season of mixed class online racing in the iRacing Prototype Challenge (iPC) began with a journey to Ontario for the start of Season Three. Like most series in iRacing, the iPC had its schedule restructured for this upcoming season, with Mosport International Raceway occupying the Week One slot of the twelve week season. The ten turn track checks in at just a hair under 2.5 miles, with the Riley MkXX Prototype owning roughly a 1.5 second advantage over the Radical SR8 due to its speed advantage on the long, uphill “Mario Andretti” straightaway. On the Prototype side, Marcus Saari edged ahead of the pack with his three wins on the week in three starts. The Scandinavian was dominant in all of his starts, leading wire-to-wire and winning by [...]

Historic British Grand Prix Preview

by Ryan Terpstra on July 9th, 2010

Historic British Grand Prix Preview

I hope all of you sim racers are looking forward to this weekend’s Historic British Grand Prix (aka Round Eight of the iRacing World Tour) like I am.  This week’s online racing event features the most under-rated car in iRacing’s virtual garage, the Lotus 79 as driven by Mario Andretti to five of his six victories and the Formula 1 world championship in 1978.  <> The event will run on the historic layout of Silverstone simulating a historic British Grand Prix.  While some of you may be quick to point out that the historical details aren’t perfect, please enjoy the event for what it is. The iRacing World Tour event will feature 25 car splits, and will be open to all license levels.  The race distance is set for 60 [...]

Pikes Peak Hill Climb Remains Challenging, Revered Event

June 22nd, 2010

Pikes Peak Hill Climb Remains Challenging, Revered Event

It didn’t take long before end-of-the-19th century automobile owners were challenging each other to tests of speed. Proving one’s ponderous, wood-rimmed, thundering machine faster, better handling or better accelerating than another was natural from the time horseless carriages began chugging down streets.

An Interesting Year, Part I

by Divina Galica, Director of Partner Relations on January 1st, 2010

An Interesting Year, Part I

1978 was an interesting year for me, as it was the year I was named to drive the Hesketh 308E in the FIA Formula One Championship. I would be on the tracks with the great drivers of that time, six of whom were or would become World Champions: Emerson Fittipaldi (1972 and ’74), Niki Lauda (‘75, ‘77 and ’84), James Hunt (’76), Jody Scheckter (’79), Alan Jones (’80) and Mario Andretti, who would become that year’s champion.  Plus, the iconic Gilles Villeneuve and Ronnie Peterson were in the mix as well.” In all there were 27 drivers and 14 teams entered for the first race, which was held at the Oscar Galvez track outside Buenos Aires on January 15th. There was no pre-training on simulators those days or even straight [...]

Lotus 79 Now Available to iRacing Members

by on July 30th, 2009

Lotus 79 Now Available to iRacing Members

Three decades on from their Olympic-winning performances, human athletes are invariably long past their prime. But today, as the Lotus 79 becomes available to members of the service, this remarkable racecar is every bit as fast as it was in its halcyon days 31 years ago, when it carried Mario Andretti to the 1978 Formula One World Championship. And by any standard of measurement it’s still a very quick racecar. Just how fast is the Lotus 79? With its light weight and road-hugging ground effects, the Lotus 79 is about quick enough to match the road-circuit lap times of a modern IndyCar. “It’s neat that the first historic racecar we’re introducing to the service is one with contemporary performance,” said Tony Gardner, iRacing’s president. “The braking and cornering ability [...]