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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.

Nothing Has Changed, and Nothing is the Same: F1 in 2014

by Justin Sutton on April 18th, 2014

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Nothing Has Changed, and Nothing is the Same: F1 in 2014

The 2014 Formula 1 season has been steeped in drama since long before the cold, wet weekend in Australia ever began.  Pessimists and naysayers had been dismissing the radical changes and not one championship point had been given out (some such pessimists are from Italy and have red cars with horses on them).  F1 is known for pushing boundaries, but how exciting is it when the boundaries are fuel conservation and efficiency coupled with a safety standard unrivaled in the sport?  No longer is lap time the ultimate measure of a race winner, and gone are the days of racing dozens of qualifying laps in a row.  The whole thing has been turned upside down and yet the racing is as good, or better, than it has been in recent [...]

Formula One: History of an American Spectator

by Justin Sutton on March 15th, 2014

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Formula One is changing, a lot.  The 2014 season is upon us and, like F1 junkies around the world, I’ll be staying up late (or getting up early) to watch the Australian Grand Prix this weekend.  Like a hopeless gambler haunting the Las Vegas casinos at hours when most mammals would be sleeping, F1 has become something of an addiction for me over the last two years.  The sport that captured my heart has taken on a completely new form this year; as we step, with confusion and wonder, into a completely new era filled with mystery. In 2002, at the tender age of 17 years, I was lucky enough to be able to go to the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis.  Racing was already a passion of mine, [...]

F-1 Notes: Bandits Try To Attack Button

November 9th, 2010

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F-1 Notes: Bandits Try To Attack Button

BRAZILIAN TURNS: Sebastian Vettel leads the field through the opening turns of the Brazilian Grand Prix Sunday afternoon. (Steve Etherington Photo) SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Armed bandits failed to hijack Jenson Button’s car on Saturday evening. Button and three others were riding in a bullet-proof Mercedes driven by a police-trained driver.

Kasey Kahne Out At RPM

October 21st, 2010

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Kasey Kahne Out At RPM

Kasey Kahne has been released by Richard Petty Motorsports, effective immediately. (HHP/Alan Marler Photo) CONCORD, N.C. — Kasey Kahne won’t be finishing the season with Richard Petty Motorsports.

Controversy In Germany After Alonso Triumph

July 25th, 2010

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Controversy In Germany After Alonso Triumph

HOCKENHEIM, Germany — “Team orders which interfere with a race result are prohibited.” So states article 39.1 from the FIA Sporting regulations. For the record, the race results of the German Grand Prix show Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa finishing first and second ahead of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel. McLaren teammates Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button took fourth and fifth, while Mark Webber rounded out the top six in his Red Bull.

Red Bull Duo Trying To Clear The Air

July 20th, 2010

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LONDON — The red mist has cleared at Red Bull. Mark Webber and the team talked over the contentious incidents of the British Grand Prix before heading to Germany where, one year ago, Webber earned his first F-1 victory. “Mark is not a number two driver here, and there’s no question of him leaving the team,” commented Christian Horner

It’s All Webber At Silverstone

July 11th, 2010

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It’s All Webber At Silverstone

By Dan Knutson NSSN Correspondent SILVERSTONE, Great Britain — “Fantastic,” Mark Webber radioed the Red Bull team on the cool down lap after he stormed to a dominant victory in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. “Not bad for a number two driver!” Team boss Christian Horner replied: “Well done Mark, you can smile now!” Webber had been seething rather than smiling during the previous 24 hours as he was incensed that the Red Bull gave his teammate Sebastian Vettel priority “number one driver” treatment

Mark Webber Survives ‘Huge Crash’ In Valencia

June 29th, 2010

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Mark Webber Survives ‘Huge Crash’ In Valencia

VALENCIA, Spain — Mark Webber walked away bruised but unhurt from a wild ride Sunday after his Red Bull somersaulted high through the air and then slammed into a tire wall during the European Grand Prix. Webber, who had made an early pit stop, came up fast behind Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus on the back straight. When Kovalainen braked far earlier than Webber expected, the Red Bull hit the back of the Lotus and was launched into the air

Points Fight As Tight As Ever

June 22nd, 2010

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — “It seems to be a disadvantage to lead the driver’s championship. I can’t remember how many drivers have led the championship now,” Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner quipped after McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton took over the point lead from Red Bull’s Mark Webber.

Red Bulls Give Grand Prix Of Turkey To Hamilton

May 30th, 2010

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Red Bulls Give Grand Prix Of Turkey To Hamilton

ISTANBUL — The Reds broke the cardinal rule: Don’t hit each other. The result: They lost the race to the silvers cars.

Lost Lead Doesn’t Bother Button

May 25th, 2010

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Lost Lead Doesn’t Bother Button

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Jenson Button isn’t concerned that he has lost the points lead to Red Bull duo Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel. “We all know this is a long season — 19 races — and it’s still too early to be worrying about leading the championship,” he said

No U.S. Grand Prix In New Jersey

May 10th, 2010

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No U.S. Grand Prix In New Jersey

BARCELONA, Spain — The idea of staging a United States Grand Prix in New Jersey was quickly shot down.

FIA Moving To Close Height Loopholes

April 13th, 2010

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Chassis ride height adjusting systems are illegal, and the FIA has now moved to close off any loopholes in the rulebook that teams might try to exploit. It’s been speculated that Red Bull’s superiority was due to some sort of active suspension

Do Teams Use Height Adjusters?

March 30th, 2010

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Red Bull does not have a trick system to adjust the ride height of its cars, insists team principal Christian Horner.

Hamilton, McLaren Show Off In Barcelona

March 1st, 2010

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Hamilton, McLaren Show Off In Barcelona

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Lewis Hamilton set the fastest overall time on the final day of preseason testing. Hamilton clocked a 1:20.472 in his McLaren Mercedes MP4-25, edging out Mark Webber who turned a 1:20.496 in his Red Bull Renault RB6 and Felipe Massa who set a 1:20.539 in the Ferrari F10

Rosberg expects big step from Mercedes

February 25th, 2010

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Rosberg expects big step from Mercedes

Nico Rosberg expects Mercedes GP’s planned updates for Bahrain to provide a major boost to the team’s form for the first race of the season.