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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.

iRacing Artists Make Their Mark in NASCAR

by David Phillips on June 14th, 2013

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The paint scheme on Dale Earnhardt Jr's car was designed by JD Laird, one of many artists who have used iRacing as a gateway to work in NASCAR.

Since iRacing.com opened its virtual doors for business in 2008, the online racing service’s meticulously modeled race cars and tracks have proven to be valuable tools for professional race drivers, be they established stars like NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Brad Keselowski, emerging talent like Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year Landon Cassill or Conor Daly, who drove for AJ Foyt Racing in this year’s Indianapolis 500. But drivers aren’t the only iRacers using the world’s leading motorsports simulation service as a gateway to the professional arena.  Much like drivers who move-up the racing “ladder” from online to real racing, artists Guy Driggers, JD Laird, Kevin King and others are plying their craft in professional circles after serving their apprenticeships designing paint schemes for virtual cars on the iRacing service. [...]

Michael Self Blog

by Michael Self on November 8th, 2012

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Self has two NASCAR K&N Pro Series wins to his credit in 2012.  He heads to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend in search of a third.

Michael Self has been competing in motorsports at a very high level since he won the Skip Barber Miller Motorsports Park and the Western Regional Junior Rotax championship in 2006.  The Utah native later named Champ Car Rotax Scholarship winner and won the 2008 Skip Barber Las Vegas Motor Speedway regional championship before turning his attention to NASCAR, where he scored two Late Model wins and five top tens in the K&N Pro Series West in 2010.  This year, as a development driver for Richard Childress Racing, the 22 year old Self captured K&N Pro Series wins at Brainerd and Iowa – thanks in part to lessons learned on iRacing. I’m by no means the best sim-racer in the world; I’ll be the first to admit that.  But I’m fairly [...]

RCR Adds Coulter To Truck Operation

December 1st, 2010

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RCR Adds Coulter To Truck Operation

Joey Coulter (Adam Fenwick Photo) WELCOME, N.C. — Richard Childress Racing has signed Joey Coulter to drive a second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry for the team in 2011. Coulter, 20, recently finished eighth in the ARCA Racing Series standings, his second full season of competition.

Harvick’s Daytona Triumph Worth Bonus Cash

July 8th, 2010

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Harvick’s Daytona Triumph Worth Bonus Cash

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A dominant performance in Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 earned Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing team its second victory of the season and five contingency awards at Daytona Int’l Speedway

Darlington Too Tough For Johnson

May 10th, 2010

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Darlington Too Tough For Johnson

DARLINGTON, S.C. — During his four championship seasons, Jimmie Johnson failed to finish just seven events; the 2008 and 2009 titles came with just one DNF each.

New Structure Working For RCR

May 3rd, 2010

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New Structure Working For RCR

RICHMOND, Va. — Don’t look now, but Richard Childress Racing is on a roll. Kevin Harvick resumed his spot at the top of the point standings with his third-place finish Saturday, and both Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer are among the top 10 in points after 10 races

Off-Track News Puts Spotlight On Earnhardt Again

May 1st, 2010

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Off-Track News Puts Spotlight On Earnhardt Again

RICHMOND, Va. — He may not be winning races, leading the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings or be embroiled in an internal feud like his Hendrick Motorsports teammates, but make no mistake — Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is making headlines

Busch Confirms Extension With Penske

April 24th, 2010

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Busch Confirms Extension With Penske

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Kurt Busch confirmed Friday at Talladega Superspeedway that he has signed a contract extension that will keep him behind the wheel of a Penske Racing Dodge for the next five years.

Drivers Share Thoughts On Return Of Spoiler

March 26th, 2010

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Drivers Share Thoughts On Return Of Spoiler

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Talk amongst the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers about the change from the wing to the spoiler this weekend at Martinsville Speedway is surprisingly diverse.

Harvick, RCR On A Roll Heading To Bristol

March 19th, 2010

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Harvick, RCR On A Roll Heading To Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. — What a difference a new season has made for Kevin Harvick. Harvick finished the 2009 season ranked 19th after one of the roughest seasons of his career, but things did start turning around for Richard Childress Racing and Harvick before the season ended

Harvick Earns Shootout Repeat Despite Illness

February 7th, 2010

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Harvick Earns Shootout Repeat Despite Illness

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — About the only thing that could slow Kevin Harvick this week was the flu earlier in the week that kept him out of the race car during Thursday night’s practice session for the Budweiser Shootout. It didn’t matter, though, as Harvick used fresh tires to get the advantage on a green-, white-, checkered-flag finish that ended with two crashes on the green-flag lap that allowed Harvick to score a record seventh victory for Richard Childress Racing in Saturday night’s Budweiser Shootout