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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.

Crossno Conquers Indy

April 22nd, 2014

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The final week of the 2014 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A season high 164 drivers participated in the sim racing competition throughout the week. The stories of the week were the abilities to keep momentum and to keep pace with the front runners. Randy Crossno (California) started on pole with James McClure (Indiana) on his outside. Brad Sanford (Texas) started third with Erick Davis (Canada) fourth and Hermann Pfander (DE-AT-CH) rounding out the top five starting positions. Crossno made an excellent start, opening a five car length lead by the time the field reached Turn One. Crossno easily led the first lap as McClure slowly reeled him in. Further back in the pack, Cody Vincent (Mid-South) retired after nearly [...]

Comuni Closes the Gap at Montreal

April 21st, 2014

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A tough field of cars roar down the Casino Straight and into the final chicane.

Picture it: you’re enjoying the scenery at Parc Jean-Drapeau on the Île Notre-Dame Island in Montreal. The weather is beautiful, the scent of nature permeates the air, and there is water on all sides of you. Suddenly, a pack of race cars goes flying by at speeds approaching 200 miles per hour. That is the scene at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal: the beauty of a park on an island combined with the thrill of speed. The 4.361 kilometer (2.71 mile) road course is named in honor of Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve,  father of 1997 Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve. Gilles’ career was cut far too short, but he was able to obtain six wins and finish a career best second in points to Jody Scheckter in the [...]

Cooke’s Iowa Win Clinches IndyCar Crown

by Seth Eggert on April 18th, 2014

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Week Eleven of the 2014 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Iowa Speedway. Only 43 drivers participated in a week of sim-racing where story of the week was the ability to keep up with the front runners. Ron Meier Jr. (Midwest) started on pole with Matt A. Kingsbury (Connecticut) on his outside. Matt Cooke (Canada) qualified on the inside of Row Two with Rob Unglenieks (Michigan) in fourth and Connor Cross (Ohio) rounding out the top five starting positions. Meier had an excellent start, gapping Kingsbury by a handful of car lengths. Kingsbury slowly caught up, until Cooke got around him for second. Kingsbury struggled to keep up with the two front runners as they pulled away, leaving him behind with Cross several more car lengths [...]

Road Warriors Silverstone

by Andrew Pinkerton on April 16th, 2014

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Road Warriors Silverstone 1 Jens leads into t1 (2)

For Round Four of  iRacing.com’s Road Warrior Series we hop the pond and head to the quaint English village of Silverstone. The town’s 2,000 or so residents used to hear the thunder of mighty Rolls-Royce engines in the Vickers Wellington bombers. Now, nearly 70 years on, those roars have not ceased, but rather have been replaced by sound of virtual Corvettes, McLarens, and HPDs. Sit down and buckle up for the 60 minute Endurance Challenge from the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit. The Saturday 1:00 GMT race kicked-off the weekend with a total of 33 starters. The race would run 38 laps within the hour allotted. This was just barely the third highest SOF tops split coming in at 3136. The HPD field had 11 starters with some very familiar names, [...]

Overland and Alfalla Collect the Points at Texas

by Tom O'Leary on April 11th, 2014

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Texas Motor Speedway was the racetrack to over 1200 sim-racers as they race towards the halfway point in the NASCAR iRacing Series. The ‘Great American Speedway’ provided some close sim-racing at high speeds, with the virtual track incorporating features of Talladega & Bristol – and with the tarmac renowned for its slipperiness — being precise with the driving controls was the key to finishing up the field in Texas. In the first race of the Fixed series, NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series driver Danny Hansen took the lead towards the end of the race – and stayed there to take the checkered flag in style, finishing ahead of some of iRacing’s best oval sim-racers. Hansen took over the lead from Ray Alfalla with 22 to go and rose above the pressure [...]

RUF Cup Races Through Zandvoort & Spa

by Harrison Widelitz on April 11th, 2014

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Diego Comuni charges through Eau Rouge.

As iRacing.com’s RUF Cup series approaches its inaugural season’s finish line, the battle for the points championship continues to heat up in what has been an incredibly competitive season. The last two weeks have seen plenty of sim-racing, with the RUF drivers first visiting the Netherlands’ Circuit Park Zandvoort before heading over to Belgium’s Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. As we have entered the ninth and tenth weeks of the twelve-week schedule, with the drivers’ best eight races counting to their season-end point total, the points standings has changed dramatically with “drop” weeks finally coming into play as over 2,500 drivers look to see who will end up where in the final standings. In the RUF Cup’s ninth week of competition, nearly 500 sim-racers made starts at Circuit Park Zandvoort. Like many [...]

Lichtenberg Wins Big in Michigan

by Seth Eggert on April 11th, 2014

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Week Ten of the 2014 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Michigan International Speedway. A season high 123 sim-racers participated in online races throughout the week. Fuel conservation and fuel strategy were the stories throughout the week. Brandon Traino (New Jersey) started on pole with Terry Matthiensen (California) starting on his outside. Brad Sanford (Texas) qualified on the inside of Row Two along side Troy Eddy (Atlantic), with Randy Crossno (California) rounding out the top five starting positions. Traino had an excellent start as Crossno spun his tires, holding-up those behind him. Matt Cooke (Canada) also had an excellent start as he jumped from sixteenth to eleventh by the time the field reached the back stretch. The race quickly became a single-file, follow-the-leader freight train up [...]

Gentleman Jim 24 Laps of Daytona

by James Prostell Jr. on April 9th, 2014

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DAYTONA, FLORIDA – After eleven weeks of pulse-pounding racing, the Red Sox Racing League RUF Track Challenge makes its way to Daytona for the season-ending Gentleman Jim 24 Laps of Daytona. Whether taking place on the super speedway or utilizing the infield road course, the Daytona International Speedway is best known for kicking off racing seasons in grand style, but in this case, the venue will serve as the last chance for drivers and teams to make their mark for the season. And what a season it’s been – through all the twists and turns that the series has taken though some of the best known tracks one can drive in North America and abroad, the final showdown sets up to what could be the most dramatic in league history. [...]

The Kitchen Sink: Setting Up Iowa

by Ray Kingsbury on April 7th, 2014

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Previously: Article 1, Article 2 Iowa is one of the most unique tracks on the IndyCar circuit. It is essentially a replica of Richmond with higher banks and in general is a bit longer. As the fastest short track out there, Iowa provides some crazy sim-racing. For the past couple seasons the track was flat-out all the way around, unless you cooked the right front tire. With this weather and the fact that it is during the day, the car gets a massive push in Turns Three and Four. If you have a solid Richmond base set, that is a great starting point, just adjust your cambers and gears. For the purpose of this article however, we will start with the Iowa Fixed set with 5 rear ARB arm and [...]

Raffurty Takes All at Martinsville

by Tom O'Leary on April 3rd, 2014

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The NASCAR iRacing Series moved to the state of Virginia for Week 6 at Martinsville Speedway – also known as the Worlds Fastest Paperclip. The .526 mile track would completely change the sim-racers’ driving style from the previous week at Auto Club Speedway as Martinsville requires pin-point accuracy on the slow, tight corners – and the trust in your setup to get on the power as early as possible to maximise your speed on the relatively short straights. In this regard, it is either a popular or hated track due to it being completely unique in its design and with almost no banking it proved tough to run two-wide, lap after lap. In the first race of the Fixed series, it was Timmy Hill who took to the checkered in [...]

Cooke Wins in Kentucky

by Seth Eggert on April 2nd, 2014

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Week Nine of the 2014 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Kentucky Speedway. 50 sim-racers participated in online races throughout the week. Pit stops, along with stability on restarts — and in Turns 3 and 4 — would be the stories throughout the week. Matt Cooke (Canada) started on pole, with Connor Cross (Ohio) on the outside of the front row. Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) started third, with Erick Davis (Canada) fourth, and Vick Caudill (Michigan) rounded out the top five starting positions. Cross got off to a good start, but had to check up when Cooke spun his tires. Cooke easily held the lead with Cross’ loss of momentum as the field behind them settled into a single file rhythm within a lap. The front [...]

Martinez’ Homestead Magic

by Seth Eggert on March 28th, 2014

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Martinez takes the win at Homestead.

Week Eight of the 2014 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Homestead-Miami Speedway. A grand total of 42 sim-racers participated in online races throughout the week. Drive-off of Turn 4, pit strategy, and restarts were the stories of the week. Matt A. Kingsbury (Connecticut) started in pole position with Randy Crossno (California) starting on his outside. Starting third was Erick Davis (Canada), with Georg Naujoks (DE-AT-CH) fourth, and Connor Cross (Ohio) rounding out the top five starting positions. Kingsbury got off to a good start, gapping Crossno and Davis by several car lengths entering Turn 1. Crossno understeered exiting Turn 4 a lap later, giving-up the second spot to Connor Cross. Meanwhile, further back in the field, TM Hauser (DE-AT-CH) drifted up the track and made [...]

Rodriguez Moreno Capitalizes at Zolder

by Harrison Widelitz on March 28th, 2014

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Two drivers battle through one of the three chicanes at Circuit Zolder.

As we come closer and closer to the final stretch of the RUF Cup series, one thing is for sure: we have no idea who will walk away from this series as champion. The eighth week of competition saw 529 sim-racers compete against each other at Circuit Zolder, a track that has not been at the forefront of the international racing scene in quite a while. Many Formula One fans would likely remember the 4.01 km (2.49 mi) circuit as being the home of the Belgian Grand Prix on ten different occasions during the 1970s and 1980s. The facility remains active today, hosting a myriad of events, including the annual 24 Hours of Zolder. One of the more unique things about Zolder’s layout is the fact that the drivers have [...]

The Kitchen Sink: Setting Up Michigan

March 27th, 2014

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Michigan is one of my favorite tracks on the Indy Car schedule, second only to Iowa Speedway. Both tracks require different driving styles, and both tracks are next on the IndyCar schedule. So, expect another article next week. I decided to skip Kentucky because the eight page document that I wrote introducing you to Homestead, should’ve been enough to give you a set for Kentucky. Actually, it is exactly what I used at Kentucky with minimal adjustments. Michigan is different from both of these tracks, but if you had a set that you really liked from Kentucky and Homestead, I would say throw it on and try it at Michigan with some tweaks. The base suspension settings are close enough that it could work. For starters though, let’s use the [...]

Lopez Does it Again in California

by Tom O'Leary on March 26th, 2014

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Auto Club Speedway was the playground for Week 5 of the NASCAR iRacing Series. This newest addition to iRacing proved a tough test for many of the sim-racers taking to its ribbon of tarmac, which provided for some close fought action. The wide racetrack allowed for lots of two and three wide racing, leaving lots of opportunities for gaining points on other competitors. In the Open action at Fontana, all three online races had a Strength of Field (SoF) of over 6000, and due to iRacing calculating the points of each race based on the SoF, there were some huge points on offer at ACS. In the first race of the week, the pack was filled with NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series drivers including Brandon Hauck and Ray Alfalla, who both [...]

Red Sox (ツインリンクもてぎ 30 at Motegi

by James Prostell Jr. on March 24th, 2014

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HAGA, TOCHIGI, JAPAN – For the teams and drivers of the Red Sox Racing RUF Track Challenge, time is running out. The series’ penultimate round takes place at Twin Ring Motegi, the second of a two-race stint in Japan. Although Twin Ring Motegi lacks the longstanding history and character of classic Japanese race tracks like Fuji Speedway or last week’s host Suzuka, this racing venue is unique in its own right, combining intertwining-yet-independent oval and road course layouts. Opened in 1997, the track gets its name from the facility’s 1.5-mile egg-shaped oval that twice crosses over the 14-turn, 2.9-mile road course. With separate pitlanes, the circuit could theoretically hold simultaneous oval and road course races! Being able to cater to many different racing disciplines, Twin Ring Motegi has everything one [...]

Red Sox “Wonder” Circuit 30

by James Prostell Jr. on March 22nd, 2014

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SUZUKA, MIE PREFECTURE, JAPAN – With only three races to go in Red Sox Racing’s RUF Track Challenge, the teams set their sights on two races on a couple of Japan’s most famed racing venues. The first is a 30 minute sprint race at the legendary Suzuka Circuit. Originally designed as a test track for Honda vehicles, the unique, figure-8 circuit has proven to be quite the test for man and machine, whether they’re employees ensuring quality off the assembly line, or the best drivers in the world piloting the most sophisticated racing machines available at the time. The classic circuit has often been the center of some of the most dramatic and controversial moments in racing history, and with this past record this 17-turn, 3.6-mile section of Japan has [...]

Spindel Dominates Suzuka

by Harrison Widelitz on March 21st, 2014

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The atmosphere at Suzuka is always a festive one.

Throughout the first seven weeks of the inaugural iRacing.com RUF Cup, we have seen our share of great racing, tight points battles, and most importantly, sim-racers having fun. Over 2,200 competitors have made starts thus far this season, with entries ranging from sim-racing veterans and newcomers to professional race car drivers of varied backgrounds, such as NASCAR or the Porsche Carrera Cup. When you factor in a car that’s fun to drive with some of the most unique road courses there are to compete on, needless to say, you are going to draw a crowd. That sizable crowd made its way to the world-renowned Suzuka Circuit in Japan to kick-off the second half of the twelve-week season. Suzuka has quite the storied history, with countless Formula One championships being decided [...]

Red Sox Oak Tree Memorial 30

by James Prostell Jr. on March 21st, 2014

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ALTON, VIRGINIA – With only four races to go in the season, the Red Sox Racing League’s RUF Track Challenge series travels once again from one track to another with a very different set of challenges. Last week, Brad Vincent pulled out the victory by the slimmest at a Kansas Speedway that was flush with all the fan and media attention that the latest greatest NASCAR tracks are known to produce. This week, the series rolls into Alton, Virginia, home of Virginia International Raceway, a beautiful, natural terrain race track that (without the sounds of engines and squealing tires, anyway) could be mistaken for a vacation resort. And for good reason – it is one. Things were always so lush for the track, though. Born in 1957, the meandering, demanding, [...]