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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: Jeff Drake

by David Ifeguni on November 18th, 2013

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Much of Drake's iRacing success has come in the Dallara IndyCar.

Michigander Jeff Drake has been a part of the iRacing community since April of 2010. Since joining the service he has predominantly competed on the oval side of iRacing, scoring six wins in 46 starts and finishing in the top five in exactly half of those starts. His last seven starts on iRacing have been his first starts in the Skip Barber Race Series, where he has scored two victories, a second, third, fourth, sixth and twelfth place finishes. Jeff may still be new to road courses but he is already showing he knows how to turn left and right. Learn more about Jeff Drake in this week’s edition of Get to Know . . . Q:    How long have you been sim-racing? A:    I started sim-racing back in 2004 [...]

Penske Team Adds Sponsors

January 25th, 2011

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Penske Team Adds Sponsors

Sam Hornish, Jr., Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch meet the media Monday night at Penske Racing in Mooresville, N.C. (Getty Images photo).

Gordon Gets Penske Post

December 27th, 2010

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Penske Racing has named Todd Gordon crew chief for the defending NASCAR Nationwide Series championship-winning No.

Penske Adds IZOD As IndyCar Sponsor

December 6th, 2010

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Penske Adds IZOD As IndyCar Sponsor

Penske Racing has added IZOD to its growing list of sponsors for its three IZOD IndyCar Series teams. (Dan Helrigel/IndyCar Photo) NEW YORK — Penske Racing received a lot of good news in a week’s time, culminating with Monday’s announcement that Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation reached a multi-year agreement with the team for its IZOD brand to sponsor Team Penske and its drivers

Wolfe Promoted To Cup Role At Penske

November 30th, 2010

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Wolfe Promoted To Cup Role At Penske

Paul Wolfe (left) led Brad Keselowski to the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship this season. (HHP/Erik Perel Photo) MOORESVILLE, N.C.

Bowyer Rockets Up Standings

September 21st, 2010

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Bowyer Rockets Up Standings

LOUDON, N.H. — After the first Chase race, Denny Hamlin leads Clint Bowyer by 35 points, Kevin Harvick by 45, Kyle Busch by 62 and Jeff Gordon by 75

Dixon Prevails In Crazy Edmonton Finish

July 26th, 2010

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Dixon Prevails In Crazy Edmonton Finish

EDMONTON, Alberta — Helio Castroneves paid a mighty big price when he was called for blocking Team Penske teammate Will Power on a restart with three laps to go in Sunday’s Honda Indy Edmonton. The penalty was a black flag that cost him a victory as Scott Dixon won the IZOD IndyCar Series race without ever leading a single lap.

Interview with Randy Bernard (Part Two)

May 27th, 2010

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Interview with Randy Bernard (Part Two)

By: Bruce MartinPosted On: 05/27/2010, 08:25 am Tagged in: Indy Car, IRL IndyCar Series As he heads into his first Indianapolis 500 as the IndyCar CEO, Randy Bernard recently sat down with NSSN to answer a variety of questions. While excerpts from the interview ran in the pages of National Speed Sport News, the full interview will appear in segments onwww.nationalspeedsportnews.com during the remainder of this week leading into the Indianapolis 500 May 30. This is the second of five segments. NSSN: Gil de Ferran was named by the team owners to be on the ICONIC IndyCar advisory committee that will choose the new car. What are your thoughts on de Ferran? BERNARD: “I think the team owners made a great choice. Here is a guy who was a driver, is a [...]

Hunter-Reay Contemplating Future

May 3rd, 2010

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Hunter-Reay Contemplating Future

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Ryan Hunter-Reay was a “man on the move” in Saturday’s IZOD IndyCar Series race at Kansas Speedway.

Shell/Pennzoil Finds New Home At Penske

April 27th, 2010

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Sponsorship Includes IndyCar Teams; Busch Signs Extension TALLADEGA, Ala. — In a major sponsorship move that will benefit both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and IZOD IndyCar Series teams as well as its many automotive businesses, Penske Racing was able to play the “Shell Game” by luring Shell/Pennzoil to its operation beginning next season. That will end its longtime relationship with ExxonMobil, which supplies all the oil to Roger Penske’s automotive companies and is the sponsor on the No.

Harvick Unconcerned About Future

April 26th, 2010

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Harvick Unconcerned About Future

TALLADEGA, Ala. — His sponsor is leaving and his contract is expiring so these aren’t the best of times for NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick.

iRacing Power from Brazil to Florida

by David Phillips on March 15th, 2010

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iRacing Power from Brazil to Florida

iRacers took two of the top three spots in Sunday’s opening round of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Penske Racing’s Will Power passed Ryan Hunter-Reay with four laps remaining and went on to score the second Indy car win of his career.   Joining Power on the podium was another member of iRacing.com, Vitor Meira, who finished third behind Power and Hunter-Reay in his A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara-Honda. The results were particularly gratifying for Power and Meira, as both were returning from serious injuries suffered during the 2009 season.  Meira fractured two vertebrae in a crash during the Indianapolis 500, while Power suffered similar injuries while practicing for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County at Infineon Raceway.  Although yesterday’s podium finishes owed much [...]

Power Beats The Rain In Brazil

March 14th, 2010

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Power Beats The Rain In Brazil

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Time ran out on Ryan Hunter-Reay as Will Power muscled his Team Penske car past IZOD’s “Poster Boy” with a little more than three minutes to go to win Sunday’s Sao Paulo Indy 300 — the season-opening race for the IZOD IndyCar Series. In a race that ended with a time limit because of a rain shower, Hunter-Reay took the green flag on lap 57 in what was scheduled to be a 75-lap race

Castroneves Collects His Indy Loot

January 13th, 2010

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Castroneves Collects His Indy Loot

INDIANAPOLIS — If the old saying “To the victor go the spoils” is true, then Helio Castroneves was spoiled rotten for his victory in the 2009 Indianapolis 500. Castroneves received the spoils of his third Indy victory — the Herff Jones Champion of Champions ring and the unveiling of his likeness on the famed Borg-Warner Trophy — in a ceremony Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum