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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.

Martinez’ Homestead Magic

by Seth Eggert on March 28th, 2014

Martinez takes the win at Homestead.

Week Eight of the 2014 Season 1 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 [...]

Mann Up at Richmond

by Jake Cameron on March 19th, 2014

Mann had Walker in his mirrors from start to finish.

Week Seven saw the Street Stocks Series sim-racers take to the short but tricky Richmond International Raceway.  The grid this week saw Scott Mann in pole position ahead of Jammey Walker, Robert Dykstra and Darrin Isenberg, with the rest of the 10 car field sorted by their iRatings. The green flag flew and the field was off to the races.  Going three wide into Turn One, Isenberg got turned around in front of the pack to bring out the first caution of the race.  The restart everyone got off to a great start with Caleb Geist gaining two spots being followed by Kenneth Lane. Further back in the field came the off-the-pace cars of Randy Bledsoe and the damaged Chevy of Isenberg, who doesn’t look like he’ll be able [...]

Crawford and Bussa Sprint to Victory Lane at PIR

by Tom O'Leary on March 6th, 2014

More than 1600 sim-racers took part in Week Two of the NASCAR iRacing Series at PIR.

Phoenix International Raceway was the scene for Week Two of the NASCAR iRacing Series, and with its small front straight and trademark left dogleg occupying the backstretch, it proved to be quite a challenge for most of the drivers this week. With close to 1650 sim-racers participating in the seven Open and Fixed races at Phoenix this week, we were sure to be in for some great online racing. In the Fixed set action it was Matt Bussa who drove to Victory Lane in the first race of the week at PIR, and he took it in a rather convincing fashion, starting from the pole position and leading 152 laps out of the total race distance (156). Justin Bolton came up through the field from 20th at the start to [...]

My Daytona 132.5

by Stephanie Lessentine on March 3rd, 2014

My Daytona 132.5

February and means only one of two things: We either have more months of bitter cold, and crazy insane winter weather . . . or spring is coming early. For anyone living in Las Vegas, well it has been spring since September. So I hope it’s not one of those blistering hot years. However, there’s one thing that Punxutawney Phil doesn’t see and that would be that the stock cars have returned to the track. As an avid NASCAR fan, I’m excited to see the racing back. The two month break is just too much for me to handle. With the season kicking-off for the NASCAR teams, another season is kicking off for the iRacing motorsports simulation enthusiast like me. February is the start of the new NASCAR iRacing Series, [...]

Full Throttle at Daytona on iRacing Brasil

by Thiago Izequiel on February 28th, 2014

Green flag at Daytona: More 84 to go.

Versão em português abaixo The 4th race of iRacing Brasil’s NASCAR Pro Series was realized at February 24th, in Daytona International Speedway. The race had 85 laps at one of the fastest speedways available on the service and only one caution lap was seen: the last lap. A total of 84 laps were raced under green flag, and drivers only had their feet off the throttle to get in and out of the pit lane, making a historical race for the league. Anderson Paes was again the pole position, achieving his 2nd one and reaching the number of poles from Igor Kops, the owner of the other 2 of the championship. Murilo Augusto did the 2nd best time and would have started on the 1st row for the 1st time, [...]

Gunfight at the PIR Corral

by Brooks Westfall on February 25th, 2014


The virtual Silver Crowns were strapped back into the virtual DeLoreans following last weeks 2007-like Daytona finish, only to go to 2010, and to the Wild West that is Phoenix International Raceway. An online race featuring only four cautions for 15 laps, this brawl between two of the greats in the Silver Crown Cup lived up to the name of the Wild West. Paul Williams on pole  made a very quick getaway from the rest of the field on the start, pulling away from outside pole sitter Thomas Wargula and Vinny Sansone. Sansone would quickly start the hunt on Williams by passing Thomas on Lap Two. As this season has shown so far, calamity in the first few laps is certain. The carnage ensued on Lap Three as Ryan Steele [...]

Kudlick Survives SoBo

by Philip Thompson on February 25th, 2014

Kudlick makes a great save after Sipe applies the chrome horn.

The NASCAR Late Model Tour made its fourth stop of the season at South Boston Speedway — aka SoBo, a .4 mile oval with twelve degrees of banking that offers loads of tight door-to-door action. The online race of the week was stacked with great competitors and claimed a 2054 Strength of Field and saw Paul Kudlick line-up on pole position with Todd Sipe, Jeff Kendrick, Josh Northcutt, and Mathieu Rioux rounding out the top five on the grid. Kudlick fired-off of Turn Four as the pace car dove off the track and jumped out to a quick lead. The rest of the field stayed tight with several rows of side-by-side racing before Austin Penney got loose into Turn Three and shot down into car of Randy Koshatka. The [...]

Down’s Trifecta

by Clayton Brooks on February 24th, 2014

Sparks flew at The Glen as Down motors to his third straight win.

The V8 Supercar Series visited Watkins Glen in upstate New York this week to contest the third round of 2014 Season 1. Madison Down continued his strong early season form by securing his third pole position in as many attempts thus far this season with a time of 1:10.349. George Maris grabbed second on the grid while Josh Muggleton and Jarrad Filsell on Row Two.  Rens Broekman would start from fifth alongside teammate Beau Cattell with Justin Ruggier and Leigh Ellis gridding just behind in seventh and eighth while TTL’s Richard Hamstead and Adrian Stratford completed the top ten qualifiers. When the lights went green it was Down jumping to the lead from Maris while Hamstead got the best start among the front runners and gained a couple of [...]

One… Two…. Three… Fun !!

by Giovanni Sellitto on February 20th, 2014

Different car, same result: fun

A new challenge just started for the iGPFun League: racing the Skip Barber F2000 for first time after three enjoyable and competitive seasons with the SpecRacer Ford. Leaving that little car that always provided exciting races was not an easy choice for the organizers, but the first race at Silverstone International made the community quite happy and pleased with the new car. The car is different but the “fun” is always the same. Racing is hard but very clean and fair throughout the field, offering battles and challenges to drivers of different skill levels. Conrad Makow took the pole at Silverstone International with a lap time of 1:33.770.  Francesco Maggi and Christian Manzini were just 0.139s back of him, with the rest of the field closely behind. The first surprise [...]

Simmons Start To Finish

by Jake Cameron on February 14th, 2014

Street Stock Thompson 1

Week 3 of the Street Stocks Series headed to one of the oldest paved tracks remaining in the USA, namely Thompson International Speedway. Again it was good to see newcomers to the series this week boosting the field to 15 cars for this race. The grid saw Andrew Simmons take pole position by three hundredths of a second, with  Tim Standaert starting second followed by Derek Colson, the last sim-racer to set a qualifying lap — which meant the rest of the field would be sorted by iRatings. The online race got off to a clean start with everyone making it through Turn One in one piece, Simmons taking the early lead from Standaert with these two looking to be the pace sitters for this event. Near the back [...]

Spanish Victory at iRacing Brasil’s RUF Masters of Track

by Thiago Izequiel on February 13th, 2014

Brasil Bathurst 1a

Versão em português abaixo The virtual track of Mount Panorama had 34 participants on the 2nd race of Masters of Track, the weekly road series of iRacing Brasil. This time a Spanish driver lead the way for the Brazilians. Diego Rancaño Boudon, from Club Iberia, is already known by the sim-racers of the Brazilian league, having raced several times on past seasons and always seen as a strong contender. Diego became the 1st driver of other club to win on the league, used to see their comrades at the top. Being the pole position, Diego leaded the other 33 cars to the start, who had Bruno do Carmo also on the front row on the 2nd position. Bruno had won the last race and was also one of the favorite [...]

Armstrong Strong Arms PIR

by Ray Kingsbury on February 12th, 2014

PIR attracted a bumper crop of Dallaras.

What was one of a couple Strength of Field Indy Car races at Phoenix started off with a bang. The 2600 SoF was not the highest, but it contained some of the best online racing action out there. For this race 26 drivers took to the grid, a FULL grid, somewhat of a rarity at the Valley of the Sun. We got underway with series regular Andreas Stratmann on the pole position with Chris C. Miller to his outside and Michael Armstrong2, Henry White and Tim Doyle starting up front to complete a very competitive grid. The outside row got off to a rough start as Armstrong worked his way past Miller, who nearly spun on the apron into Turn Three. All else went quite well, until we got to [...]

iRacing Brasil Goes Green on First NASCAR Season of 2014

by Thiago Izequiel on February 5th, 2014

used the bump and run to win at Rockingham

Versão em português abaixo The green flag was waved for the “NASCAR Pro Series” of iRacing Brasil league on February 3rd, Monday. The series, which accepts the most qualified drivers, kicks off the start of the first season of the year. The series keeps growing, offering a money prize for the first 15 drivers on the end of the year (after four seasons). The prize, of 5.000,00 BRL (almost 2.500,00 USD) will be proportionally split by them, a good motivation for the drivers. Starting the championship, which have 10 online races on a weekly period, we had the inaugural at Rockingham, following a calendar mirroring the official series of iRacing to make it easier for the drivers’ preparation. At total, 31 drivers were registered for the 150 lap race, broadcast [...]

The British Invade West Virginia

by Justin Sutton on February 5th, 2014

skippy summit point

It’s been over 50 years since the last “British Invasion,” a decidedly better experience than the original one, but that didn’t stop more than three dozen sim-racers from the UK&I Skip Barber Series League from descending upon rural Summit Point, West Virginia for the first race of their twelfth season.  The anticipation was palpable even during qualifying where plenty of action was found.  Paul F. Grillo (sixth overall last season) put his car on pole with a 1:21.294, with Marc Mercer (third overall last season) less than six hundredths behind in second, and 2013 Season 3 champion Wojciech Swirydowicz another tenth and a half back starting from third position. The long run down to Turn One ensured plenty of action, with minimal amounts of contact and only one mystery retirement [...]

Sluder Slides by for the Win

by Philip Thompson on February 4th, 2014

Late Model New Smyrna 3

2014 Season 1 in the NASCAR Late Model Series schedule made its first stop at the famed New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, FL. This nearly half mile oval produced plenty of great side-by-side online racing all week long. Along with the new season, iRacing brought out a new tire for the Late Model, which has teams working overtime to make all new setups. The race of the week took place on Tuesday, January 28th under partly cloudy skies and a scalding 87 degrees, and saw Levi Sluder mount a late race charge to overtake race-long leader Scott Schrader for the win.  Sluder’s victory did not come without its moments, however, as contact with Schrader while battling for the lead resulted in a spin by Schrader who was [...]

Determined Demeritt Wins at Auto Club

by Seth Eggert on February 1st, 2014

Demeritt battled past Kingsbury, Branch and ? in the final laps to take the win.

The first week of the 2014 Season 1 Indycar Oval Series started off with a bang as the series went to Auto Club Speedway for the first time. Cristopher Demeritt (New Jersey) earned what seemed to have been an impossible win. Demeritt, who missed the start of the race due to technical issues, would have to earn his lap back twice, driving his way through the field and holding-off a hard charging Ray Kingsbury (New England) and Joe Branch (Indiana) on his way to victory lane. Kingsbury and Branch came home second and third, respectively, with Brendan Lichtenberg (Midwest) fourth, and Ryan Norton (Florida) rounding- out the top five. Demeritt was to start on pole, but experienced real technical issues on the virtual grid, moving Seth Eggert (Carolina) up [...]

Road Warriors Off and Running at 2.4 Hours of Daytona

by Andrew Pinkerton on January 27th, 2014

Wyatt Gooden hustles the RUF RT-12  through the infield in the 2.4 Hours of Daytona, the inaugural event in the new Road Warriors Series.

The inaugural round of the Road Warrior Series was held at the Daytona International Speedway under the lights for a two hour and 24 minute endurance challenge. Across the four race time slots there were 67 splits with 2,024 drivers participating. Of those drivers 1445 scored their best points in the RUF RT-12 Track, and the remaining 579 scored their best points in the Riley Daytona Prototype. The speed difference between the two classes was not all that great. This made for some interesting traffic as the RUF was fantastic under braking and early throttle application, while the two cars were fairly even through the infield and Turn One due to the RUF’s capabilities. Now let’s move on to the highlights of the weekend. In the Daytona Prototype the [...]

Berg Victorious at Richmond

by Stan Bragg Jr. on January 7th, 2014

Berg harries Howell moments before the winning pass.

Week 10 of 2013 S4 saw the NASCAR Late Model Series venture to Virginia’s Richmond International Raceway.  The biggest track the Late Models see this season, the .75 mile oval posed some serious challenges with handling playing a huge factor as the cars tightened-up late in the runs.  Thus consistency would be one of the biggest keys to running well and maintaining speed late in the run. As for the shorter qualifying run, Scott Howell posted the fastest time to grab the pole position from Scott Schrader and Bill Martin, with Joel Wood completing the second row of the starting field. As the pace car pulled-off, Howell hit the gas and quickly pulled four car lengths going into Turn One with Schrader clearing Martin as he tried to close [...]

Plante Takes the Checkers at Langley

by Stan Bragg Jr. on December 31st, 2013

Push comes to shove between Lamberti, Bragg and Sundberg.

Hampton, Virginia’s Langley Speedway hosted the Week 9 showdown of the NASCAR Late Model Tour.  The relatively flat, .355 mile track would provide a “handling” challenge for the drivers — as in the handling of the cars and the handling of their tempers.  Although this week’s featured race ran on Christmas Day, holiday cheer was in short supply as tempers flared, bumpers were abused and revenge was the theme of the online race. The 1629 Strength of Field race had Stan Bragg Jr in pole position with Carl Sundberg starting outside ahead of a second row featuring Tony Mangini and Joshua Hicks.  As the green flag dropped Bragg jumped to a commanding lead over the field and instantly started stretching his advantage over a slow-starting Sundberg who had to [...]

Majeski Rolls-on at Martinsville

by Stan Bragg on December 17th, 2013

Myers Arthur Battle it out

The NASCAR Late Model Tour visited Martinsville Speedway for Week 7 action.  Commonly called “The Paperclip,”  Martinsville is only .526 miles in length and is located in Henry County near Ridgeway, Virginia. The action picked-up right away in the 4344 strength of field race, one of the biggest SOFs the Late Model series has seen in a few seasons.  Perennial Late Model contender Ty Majeski would start on the pole with Landon S Sciacca positioned just to his outside.  These two sim-racers are currently battling for the Late Models championship as well, so now we would get to see them go head-to-head. Majeski got a great start but was unable to put any distance on Sciacca who stayed within a couple tenths of the lead car.  Nathan Hammock settled [...]