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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.

Hudson on the Rebound

by Aaron Grosskopf on July 29th, 2013

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Hauck leads the field into Turn One to start the NiS race week at Indy.

After a much-needed week off, the NASCAR iRacing Series was back in action at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, offering the service’s top stock car racers a chance to kiss the bricks. Coming-in to the week Tyler D Hudson stood atop the series standings by 843 points over Landon Harrison. Thursday was the first race of the week and the field was packed with the world’s best stock car sim-racers due to the fact that it coincided with Week 13 – aka Fun Week – enabling the NASCAR iRacing.com World Championship Series competitors to come out and play. When it was time for the first grid of the week Brandon Hauck found himself-sitting on the front row on pole alongside of Ashley Miller. Hauck wasted no time showing how he [...]

iRacer of the Week: Cody Byus

by David Ifeguni on July 2nd, 2012

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Byus celebrates at Charlotte, site of one of his NiCAS wins earlier this season.

Have you ever wondered how it would feel to race in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car? Ask one of the 2000 sim-racers who have raced in the iRacing.com NASCAR Class A Series this season. The series runs the car used in the Sprint Cup Series on the same tracks as their real life counterparts like Kentucky Speedway, Daytona International Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. In real life, Matt Kenseth is leading the NASCAR Sprint Cup points. In iRacing, the NASCAR Class A championship points leader is Pennsylvania’s Cody Byus. Cody has two Class A wins this season, one at Charlotte and one at Michigan, but do you know when he got his first iRacing win? Do you know what he does outside of iRacing? Find out the answers [...]

Warren Edges Buchberger for Truck Title

by Tim Terry on January 25th, 2012

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Nearly 900 sim racers journeyed to Thunder Valley for the final week of the 2011 NiCCS.

2011 NiSWC champion Adds NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series Crown to His Trophy Case In the span of seven days, Alex Warren went from winning the NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series championship to having to battle fellow Pro pilot Brandon Buchberger down to the wire in the NASCAR iRacing Class C Series (NiCCS). The duel was just that, close enough that it came down to the final laps of the season and when the points were tallied, it was Warren and his Core Pipe/GSRacing.net sponsored team who came out on top after the grueling twelve week season – by one point. Week Eleven saw the series convene at the Tricky Triangle, formally known as Pocono Raceway. Warren finished atop the standings for the week and gained 13 points on his nearest [...]

Alfalla Wins Texas, Closes in on Championship

by Jason Lofing on September 14th, 2011

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iRacingSim 2011-09-13 22-56-38-90

With only three races remaining in the 2011 NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship, (NiSWC) it is do or die time, especially for those still alive in the quest for the championship. Texas Motor Speedway played host to the sixteenth race of the season and saw one man rise above the rest. Championship leader Ray Alfalla passed polesitter Josh Parker for the lead on the race’s long green flag run and led nearly all the remaining laps for his third victory of the 2011 NiSWC season. Early in the race, it appeared that it was Parker’s race to lose. He started on the pole and was quickly building a gap when a massive crash happened off of Turn Two on the second lap of the race. The wreck was sparked when [...]

Gorlinsky Breaks Through at Daytona

by Jameson Spies on June 30th, 2010

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Gorlinsky Breaks Through at Daytona

John Gorlinsky drove his way to the front of the field, and eventually into victory lane at Daytona International Speedway last night in Round Eleven of the NASCAR iRacing World Championship Series (NiWCS). Pit stops were key in the one stop online race.  Pit road closed the door for some and opened it for others, including Gorlinsky who put his Virgina Tech Chevy into the lead on Lap 44 following the pit stop exchange and was never headed. However, the Hokie’s first NiWCS win was did not come easily.  While leading the race, Gorlinsky momentarily pulled a vanishing act when he lost his internet connection with the iRacing.com server on Lap 68. When his car reappeared, it was in the side of second-placed Derek Wood, causing “The Big One.” Involved [...]

iRacing: Music to Florian Godard’s Ears

by David Phillips on June 9th, 2010

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iRacing: Music to Florian Godard’s Ears

Florian Godard lives life in the allegro lane.  A world-class double bassist in the Orchestre d’Ile de France, Godard is one of just five sim racers regularly competing in both the NASCAR iRacing.com World Championship Series (NiWCS) and the iRacing Drivers World Championship Road Racing (iDWCRR).  But beautiful music and fast cars have long been vital components of Godard’s life. Now living near Paris, Godard grew-up in a musical family.  His mother is a pianist and singer, his father plays the accordion and guitar.  So it was only natural, predictable even, for Florian to begin making music at an early age.  He began playing the piano as a toddler and was composing music inspired by his favorite video games on his father’s synthesizer by age eight. “I was in love with [...]

Atchison Extends Early NiCSS Lead

by Jason Lofing on May 20th, 2010

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Atchison Extends Early NiCSS Lead

Jesse Atchison came into Week Two of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (NiCCS) fresh-off a very impressive week of online racing at Daytona with the points lead in hand. Charlotte Motor Speedway was the venue for Week Two and Atchison did not disappoint. Tuesday night was the race of the week, with several top NiCCS sim racers taking part, including NASCAR iRacing.com World Championship Series competitors Atchison and good friend Brian Schoenburg. Altogether, 11 of the 17 drivers were Pro license holders, making for a star- studded field as far a NiCCS race goes. Joey Brown led the field to the green and the yellow was quick to follow only two laps in, as Kenneth Decker got sideways and lost it off of Turn Four, causing the field to [...]

Time for NASCAR i.Racing Pro Series

by Glenn Alden on May 7th, 2010

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Time for NASCAR i.Racing Pro Series

The time has finally come for the NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series (NiPS) to get underway. The fight to get into the NiPS was brutal, but that’s just the beginning. As the feeder series to the Grand Daddy of them all – the NASCAR iRacing.com World Championship Series (NiWCS) – all the drivers will need to be at the absolute top of their game, week-in and week-out. In the inaugural Pro season, Josh Parker took home the crown, amidst one of the most intense points battles in sim racing history. Parker snagged the championship away from Brad Davies in the final week of the season, and has gone on to a successful NiWCS season thus far. The favorites going into the season are simple… There are none. With the top drivers [...]

Berry Surprised Winner at Darlington

by Jameson Spies on May 5th, 2010

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Berry Surprised Winner at Darlington

Coming down for the white flag at Darlington Raceway, Brad Davies, the online racing winner at Talladega Superspeedway two weeks ago, could have been forgiven for being excited.  Davies, of Wauchula, FL, was a little more than a lap from becoming the first two-time winner and taking over the point lead in the NASCAR iRacing.com World Championship Series.  But there’s an old adage in racing – to finish first, first you must finish – and technical issues ended the 25-year-old veteran sim racer’s day two laps shy of the checkered flag, giving a surprised Josh Berry (Hendersonville, TN) his first-ever series win. Berry, who has recently been driving a late model for JR Motorsports in the physical world, finished fourth in the 2009 NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series and was one [...]

Watch the World’s Top Sim Racers Tackle Darlington Tonight on iRacing.com

by David Phillips on May 4th, 2010

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Watch the World’s Top Sim Racers Tackle Darlington Tonight on iRacing.com

The world’s best sim racers are set to take-on the Lady in Black – aka Darlington Raceway – tonight in Round Seven of the NASCAR iRacing.com World Championship Series (NiWCS).  And you’ll be able to watch all the action, live, on iRacing.com.  The race will be streamed at www.iracing.com/multimedia/live-broadcasts in Silverlight and Windows Media Player, beginning at 9:00 pm eastern time (1:00 GMT). Will points leader (and Bristol winner) Richard Towler rebound from a tough outing at Talladega Superspeedway?  Will Talladega winner Brad Davies make it two in a row?  Will another previous race winner like Ray Alfalla, Josh Parker, Sandeep Banerjee or Dale Earnhardt, Jr. become the first two-time winner in NiWCS competition?  Or will the combination of Darlington and the NiWCS produce a seventh new winner in as [...]

Who Needs Swahili in Sim Racing?

by Jameson Spies on March 17th, 2010

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Who Needs Swahili in Sim Racing?

Jesse Atchison, aka JA28, is one of iRacing’s top oval competitors.   Champion of 2009 Season One Legends Cup and Season 4 Impala SS B, the Maryland-basd sim racer was a leading contender in the inaugural iRacing Pro Series Oval (iPSO) competition earlier this year.  Atchison started online racing in 2002 and was the 2003 TVR Busch Series champion, 2005 S1 IROC champion, FLM SMSS Season 8 champion, the first ever ASCORS-sanctioned race winner and the 2007 ESCORS Alienware Series Champion. As one of the top fifty finishers in the iPSO, Atchison qualified for the NASCAR iRacing.com World Championship Series where he is currently fourth in the standings behind Richard Towler, Jayson Anderson and Thomas Lewandowski.  iRacingNews‘ NiWCS correspondent and (in the interest of full disclosure) teammate Jameson Spies tracked-down [...]

Schoenburg Breaking Free

by Chris Hall on March 11th, 2010

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Schoenburg Breaking Free

With five weeks of racing in the NASCAR iRacing Class A Series (NiCAS) now complete, it’s Brian Schoenburg who continues to lead the online racing championship, with an even bigger points margin. The Californian secured the second highest tally of the week of 207 points, with a victory in his only race at the Bristol Motor Speedway, that now leaves Schoenburg 95 marks ahead of the chasing pack. Heading up the group of sim-racers following in Schoenburg’s wake, former series leader Justin Roberts appeared in the same event as the championship leader; but despite finishing just five tenths behind the incumbent ‘top dog’ in second position, the Virginias’ Club driver couldn’t match Schoenburg’s pace, reflected in the fact Roberts didn’t lead single lap of the race. Just 19 points behind [...]

Q&A with NiCWS Winner and Pro Road Racing Champion Richard Towler

by Jameson Spies on March 11th, 2010

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Q&A with NiCWS Winner and Pro Road Racing Champion Richard Towler

Over the past seven years Richard Towler has emerged as one of world’s top sim racers.  Based in Hull, England, the 26 year old Towler traveled a well-trodden online racing path from Gran Tourismo 2002 to NASCAR 2003 and has been a member of iRacing.com since June of 2008.  In that time he has won 229 of the 294 road course events he’s contested and 53 of 144 ovals.  To save your calculator batteries, that works-out to a 77.8% winning average on road courses, 36.8% on ovals and 64.3% overall.  Did we mention that, overall, he finishes in the top five 86% of the time? Last year, Towler edged Luke McLean and Shawn Purdy for the inaugual iRacing Pro Series Road Racing title.  At the same time, he more than [...]