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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.
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    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.

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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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.

Power will have access to team orders

September 7th, 2012

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Power will have access to team orders

Penske team president Tim Cindric says that maximising Will Power’s chances of claiming his first IndyCar title will be the main focus of the strategy across all three of the team’s cars at next weekend’s finale at Fontana . Power goes into next weekend’s race with a 17-point lead over main rival Ryan Hunter-Reay , although the Australian’s team-mates Helio Castoneves and Ryan Briscoe are both within reach of finishing the season in the top five. Cindric said that all three drivers’ ambitions will be taken into account, but that the championship takes precedence.

Briscoe beats Power to Sears win

August 27th, 2012

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Briscoe beats Power to Sears win

Ryan Briscoe held off Penske team-mate Will Power to take the win at Sears Point, although the latter’s championship hopes received a huge boost when many of his rivals struck trouble. Power held the advantage for most of the race, but was caught out when he pitted just as the yellow flags came out for a heavy crash between Sebastien Bourdais and Josef Newgarden

Franchitti Claims Titus Award Again

January 12th, 2011

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Franchitti Claims Titus Award Again

Dario Franchitti poses with the Jerry Titus Award after the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association award ceremony Sunday in Indianapolis. (Ron McQueeney/IndyCar Photo) INDIANAPOLIS — Dario Franchitti capped his third IZOD IndyCar Series championship by winning the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association’s Jerry Titus Award for the third time in four years Sunday. AARWBA President Dusty Brandel announced Franchitti as the organization’s Driver of the Year as AARWBA honored its 41st All-America Team at the headquarters of Target Chip Ganassi Racing in Indianapolis

Season Rewind: IZOD IndyCar Series

December 25th, 2010

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Season Rewind: IZOD IndyCar Series

CHAMPION: Dario Franchitti Dario Franchitti overcame a 59-point deficit to win the IZOD IndyCar Series championship. (Ron McQueeney/IndyCar Photo) Dario Franchitti trailed Will Power by 59 markers entering the four-race stretch of oval races that concluded the IZOD IndyCar Series season. And when it was all said and done, Franchitti had earned his third IndyCar Series championship and the fourth for Chip Ganassi Racing by five points over Power

Eighteen Nominated For Performer Of The Year

December 16th, 2010

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eighteen drivers (or riders) are among those nominated for the annual Speed Performer of the Year Award, with the winner taking home the 100-pound bronze Mario Andretti Trophy designed by artist Elie Hazak. Representing both four-wheel and two-wheel efforts across the globe, the Mario Andretti Trophy goes to the racer who puts a premium on winning races, shines on his/her sport’s biggest stages and does it with a measure of sportsmanship and class.

Meijer Joins Penske IndyCar Program

December 1st, 2010

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Meijer Joins Penske IndyCar Program

All three of Penske Racing's IZOD IndyCar Series teams will receive backing from Meijer during the 2011 season.

Castroneves, Others Headed To Australia

October 20th, 2010

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Castroneves, Others Headed To Australia

Helio Castroneves is one of six IZOD IndyCar drivers making the trip to Australia this weekend. (Chris Jones/IRL IndyCar Photo) SURFERS PARADISE, Australia — Helio Castroneves is one of six IZOD IndyCar Series drivers making the trip to Australia’s Gold Coast to compete in this weekend’s Armor All Gold Coast 600 for the Australian V8 Supercar Series

Franchitti Honored At IndyCar Banquet

October 4th, 2010

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Franchitti Honored At IndyCar Banquet

Dario Franchitti (center) celebrates with his team owner Chip Ganassi (right) and wife Ashley Judd after winning his second-straight IZOD IndyCar Series title. (Chris Jones/IRL IndyCar Photo) HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Tony Kanaan discovered that paybacks are hell at Sunday night’s IZOD IndyCar Championship Celebration as Dario Franchitti’s hero was his engineer, Chris Simmons

Franchitti Hits His Target

October 3rd, 2010

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Franchitti Hits His Target

Dario Franchitti (Ron McQueeny/IRL IndyCar Photo) HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Dario Franchitti was able to charge to his third IZOD IndyCar Series championship thanks to a “short circuit” from Team Penske’s Will Power in Saturday night’s Cafes Do Brasil Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, a race won by Scott Dixon.

Franchitti Claims Homestead Pole

October 2nd, 2010

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Franchitti Claims Homestead Pole

Dario Franchitti claimed the pole for Saturday's IZOD IndyCar Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Dana Garrett/IRL IndyCar Photo) HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Dario Franchitti is now only 11 points behind IZOD IndyCar Series championship leader Will Power

Power, Franchitti Set For Homestead Finale

September 30th, 2010

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Power, Franchitti Set For Homestead Finale

Dario Franchitti (left) and Will Power will each attempt to capture the IZOD IndyCar Series title this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Right On Target

September 28th, 2010

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Right On Target

Ganassi’s Hull More Than Happy Directing Behind The Scenes While Chip Ganassi gets more than his share of headlines as a team owner in the IZOD IndyCar, NASCAR and the Grand Am Rolex Series, there are many who work in the background to get his teams up front. Perhaps the most important member of that group is Mike Hull, the managing director of Target Chip Ganassi Racing who has been with the team since June 1992. He oversees the two-car IndyCar Series operation that features two-time IndyCar champion and two-time Indian-polis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, and 2008 IndyCar champion and Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon.

Castroneves Wins Second Straight

September 19th, 2010

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Castroneves Wins Second Straight

By Bruce Martin MOTEGI, Japan — Not even Helio Castroneves’ impressive victory in Sunday’s Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi could take the spotlight away from the battle for the IZOD IndyCar Series championship between Dario Franchitti and Will Power.

Franchitti In Hot Pursuit Of Power

September 7th, 2010

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SPARTA, Ky. — When Will Power closes his eyes he must see Dario Franchitti’s No

IRL Notes: Dan Wheldon Bounces Back

August 31st, 2010

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IRL Notes: Dan Wheldon Bounces Back

JOLIET, Ill. — Just one week after landing upside-down heading to the green flag to start last Sunday’s race at Infineon Raceway, Dan Wheldon nearly landed right side-up in victory lane at Chicagoland Speedway. The Panther Racing driver finished second to Dario Franchitti by just .0423 second — the sixth-closest IZOD IndyCar Series finish at the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway

Victory Helps Franchitti Close On Power

August 29th, 2010

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Victory Helps Franchitti Close On Power

JOLIET, Ill. — Just when it looked like Will Power was in position to score the first oval win of his career, his hopes went up in exhaust fumes as his fuel tank ran out of ethanol just four laps from the finish.

Changes Coming To DP?

August 24th, 2010

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Grand Am Rolex Series is considering some changes for its Daytona Prototypes in 2011 that include a more efficient two-element rear wing, as well as the use of paddle shifters and a spec carbon clutch.

IRL Notes: Quals Tough On Hunter-Reay

August 24th, 2010

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IRL Notes: Quals Tough On Hunter-Reay

SONOMA, Calif. — One-tenth of a second isn’t very long — probably less than the blink of an eye — but that’s the amount of time that Team IZOD driver Ryan Hunter-Reay missed making the Firestone Fast Six Saturday at Infineon Raceway. So instead of starting sixth or better in Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar Series Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, Hunter-Reay started eighth