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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.

Spectacular Skippies at Spa

by Justin Sutton on March 31st, 2014

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Townend hangs onto P1 through Eau Rouge and down the Kemmel Straight.

There is only one Circuit de Spa Francorchamps.  Few tracks boast the kind of  history of Spa; even fewer can match the exhilaration of a fast lap through the Ardennes.  When the four dozen competitors from the UK&I Skip Barber league lined-up for the run down to La Source the excitement was palpable.  Blake Townend kicked-off his weekend just the way he wanted grabbing pole with a 2:46.389 from Jonathan Maycock, Sebastian Job, and Wojciech Swirydowicz.  Marc Mercer could only manage P6, sandwiched behind Simon Povey and ahead of George Streetley, meaning before the lights went out Mercer’s 44 point gap was already in jeopardy.  The start was clean as the 48 (!) cars filed through Turn One without incident and Townend actually managed to maintain his lead down the [...]

Mustangs Take On Okayama Short

by Jeff Jacobs on July 4th, 2013

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The Saturday 2:15GMT race was the biggest of Week 9 with 24 cars taking
the green flag, led from start to finish by top qualifier Todd Honczarenko.

Week 9 of the iRacing Mustang Cup was the first time the series has ever run the short configuration at Okayama International Circuit, providing a 24-lap challenge in tight quarters.  The short laps required even the fastest of the series leaders to properly manage traffic and execute well-timed passes several times each race.  For the week, 199 sim-racers tried their hand hustling the Mustang FR500S around the track in 27 official races producing 20 different winners.     Participation in multiple races rewarded Danton Dressler (9 races) and Ty McWhirter (8 races) with the most wins at 3 each.  The top points earner for the week was Patrick Bieri with a generous 149 points, followed by Teemu Lappalainen with 148.  More of the top drivers will be needing high-scoring wins [...]

Johnson claims eighth Martinsville win

April 7th, 2013

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Johnson claims eighth Martinsville win

Jimmie Johnson kept his nose clean in a fractious race to claim his eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Martinsville. Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsport team-mates Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne spent the whole race battling with the Joe Gibbs cars of Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth, but in the end it was Johnson who took the chequer for the 62nd time in his career. Clint Bowyer brought his battle-scarred Toyota home second after a strong finish, just ahead of Gordon.

Karthikeyan to contest Auto GP opener

March 21st, 2013

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Karthikeyan to contest Auto GP opener

HRT Formula 1 refugee Narain Karthikeyan is set to continue his career in single-seater racing after securing a late deal to contest the Auto GP series opener with Austrian team Zele Racing. AUTOSPORT understands the former Jordan and HRT grand prix driver could expand his deal and race in the full eight rounds of this year’s series.

DeltaWing set to unveil coupe version

March 11th, 2013

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DeltaWing set to unveil coupe version

The coupe version of the experimental DeltaWing prototype will be unveiled on the eve of the Sebring 12 Hours this week. The DeltaWing Racing Cars squad will on Friday take the wraps off a mock-up of the car that is due to race later in the season, possibly as early as round three of the American Le Mans Series at Laguna Seca in May. The show car is built around the moulds of a new monocoque that will replace the Aston Martin AMR-One tub of the DeltaWing DW LM12, which made its debut at last year’s Le Mans 24 Hours

Hamilton hails Mercedes’ driver focus

March 9th, 2013

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Hamilton hails Mercedes’ driver focus

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes allows him to focus on his driving more than his previous Formula 1 team McLaren. The 2008 world champion spent his whole career at McLaren, which nurtured him through junior racing, before switching to Mercedes this season. Asked how his past and present employers differed, Hamilton said he preferred Mercedes’ approach to its drivers so far

Daytona confident over crowd safety

February 24th, 2013

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Daytona confident over crowd safety

Daytona International Speedway president Joie Chitwood says the venue is confident that it has done everything it can to ensure crowd safety for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup opener following the fan injuries in Saturday’s Nationwide event. A last-lap crash in the Nationwide round resulted in Kyle Larson’s car flying into the safety fence.

Webber determined to push for victory

November 3rd, 2012

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Webber determined to push for victory

Mark Webber has declared that he will push to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for himself and is not thinking about stepping aside for title-chasing Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Webber outqualified Vettel to take third on the Yas Marina grid . The Australian’s title hopes are extremely remote now that he trails leader Vettel by 73 points with only 75 still available, whereas Vettel is 13 points ahead of rival Fernando Alonso at the head of the standings

Smith to drive for Earnhardt’s team

October 25th, 2012

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Smith to drive for Earnhardt’s team

Regan Smith will drive a full season for JR Motorsports in the 2013 Nationwide Series, the team announced Wednesday. Smith will drive the #5 Chevrolet next year for Dale Earnhardt Jr’s outfit hoping to contend for the title in the second-tier series and will race for the team for the first time in this year’s season-finale at Homestead.

Petty to stay with Ford in 2013

October 19th, 2012

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Petty to stay with Ford in 2013

Richard Petty Motorsports will continue its relationship with Ford in 2013, the NASCAR outfit announced on Friday.

FIA to licence out Formula E

August 27th, 2012

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FIA to licence out Formula E

The FIA has agreed to licence out the commercial rights of the Formula E electric championship it aims to launch in 2014. A consortium of international investors, among them Addax team owner Alejandro Agag and Drayson Racing managing partner Lord Drayson, will take charge of the series’ commercial rights after reaching an agreement with the FIA. The series will feature cars powered exclusively by electric energy, and will have an almost open rulebook – the main stipulation being a maximum battery weight of 300kg.

Phil Juhring Wins Season 1 2012 NiCBS Championship

by Allen Krier on April 25th, 2012

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Champion Phil Juhring at Richmond.

The final week of the season saw the iRacing.com Class B Series travel to Richmond International Raceway, to run the final races of the season under the lights. Phil Juhring (New Jersey) came into Richmond as the point’s leader and planned to leave as the champion. The final week of the season saw 566 drivers attempt at least one race while 191 drivers attempted one lap in qualifying. The last SoF race of the season took place at the usual time and had an SoF of 4374. The race had 25 drivers and paid 279 points to win. Jason Karlavige (Pennsylvania) once again dominated the race. Karlavige started on pole and lead 106 laps on his way to a 1 second victory over Brad Mahar (New England). “The last two [...]

Ferrari Unveils 2011 F-1 Car

January 30th, 2011

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Ferrari Unveils 2011 F-1 Car

Ferrari fans, shown here at the Japanese Grand Prix, hope the Ferrari F150 will be stronger than its Formula One predecessor. VALENCIA, Spain — Ferrari’s new F150 doesn’t look radically different from its 2010 F10 model but it is a very different animal.

Rum Bum Repeats At Daytona

January 28th, 2011

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Rum Bum Repeats At Daytona

The Rum Bum Racing BMW M3 shared Friday at Daytona Int'l Speedway by Matt Plumb and Nick Longhi. (Grand Am photo) DAYTONA BEACH, Fla

Waltrip Returns To NAPA No. 15 For Daytona

January 25th, 2011

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Waltrip Returns To NAPA No. 15 For Daytona

Michael Waltrip during practice for last year's Daytona 500. (Getty Images photo)

HVM, De Silvestro Land Sponsor

January 24th, 2011

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HVM, De Silvestro Land Sponsor

Simona de Silvestro will begin her sophomore year in the IZOD IndyCar Series with sponsorship from Entergy Nuclear. (Ron McQueeney/IndyCar Photo) BALTIMORE — HVM Racing has partnered with Entergy Nuclear to sponsor driver Simona de Silvestro in the IZOD IndyCar Series for the next three years. “This is great news for HVM and for Simona,” said Keith Wiggins, owner of HVM Racing.

Fall-Line Signs Sponsor, Drivers

January 22nd, 2011

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CHICAGO — Fall-Line Motorsports and the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation have teamed up to field a BMW M3 in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series Grand Sport division this year.

Seuss Finds Home At Fishel Racing

January 22nd, 2011

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HAMPSTEAD, N.H. — Andy Seuss will be the new driver of the No. 44 Fishel Racing modified on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour this season Seuss joins the team after spending the last few seasons at Riggs Racing, where he contended for the series championship.

McMurray Signs Extension With EGR

January 21st, 2011

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McMurray Signs Extension With EGR

Jamie McMurray (HHP/Erik Perel Photo) DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jamie McMurray confirmed Friday that he has signed a multi-year contract extension to remain with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. A native of Missouri, McMurray had a breakout season last year driving the No