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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.

An Unfamiliar Story

by David Phillips on September 12th, 2013

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"What do you mean 'we' Ke-mo sah-bee?"  Wolfgram and 'co-driver' in action.

It’s a familiar story: kid dreams of being a race driver but because of finances/age/location (take your pick) gets his start sim-racing rather than in “real” racing.  Parlays success as a sim-racer into a chance at “real” racing and makes good. In the case of Randy Wolfgram you can put that familiar script in the circular file and google unfamiliar story instead. A senior web operations engineer for a San Jose-based start-up, he grew-up never giving motorsports a second thought and was introduced to sim-racing more or less by accident.  Fast forward to 2013 and he’s doing real world racing that would have never happened BUT for iRacing. “I grew up in a small Midwest town, with no real interest in cars or auto-racing,” says the 40-something Wolfgram. “With a [...]

Sim to Reality

by Fred Myers on June 6th, 2012

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Sim to Reality

One afternoon in May I was testing iRacing’s new Cadillac CTS-V at Watkins Glen when the mail arrived with an invitation to attend a Cadillac “arrive ‘n drive” event at Monticello Motor Club (MMC).  Naturally, I accepted – immediately – and a few days later found myself pulling up to the gates of MMC, about 90 minutes northwest of New York City. First a bit of background . . . I currently own a BMW M5, and I also raced a GT1 Corvette in the SCCA and SVRA for more than 10 years.  I suspect that, as an M5 owner, I’m right in the sweet spot of Cadillac’s target demographic for their V-Series.  So it’s fair to say I had an advantage on the other folks at MMC that day.  [...]

Gooden Plenty II

by Wyatt Gooden on July 18th, 2011

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A familiar sight at Mid-Ohio: a victorious Wyatt Gooden.

Editor’s Note: Wyatt Gooden has enjoyed great success racing sedans in both the real and virtual worlds.  As winner of the iRacing.com VW Jetta TDi Cup series in 2008, the young Ohioan earned an iRacing.com-sponsored ride in the 2009 SCCA Pro Racing VW Jetta TDi Cup.  After a rough first outing,Gooden rebounded to score a pair of wins and capture the series rookie of the year honors. Earlier this month, Wyatt turned his attention to open wheels, making his debut in the SCCA F1600 Formula F Championship at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Quantum Racing’s Honda Fit-powered Van Diemen with support from iRacing.com 2.0 and Starting Grid. Things went pretty well, as Wyatt explains . . . The schedule was rather unusual as everything started late in the afternoon. [...]

Former SCCA Formula Vee Champ Noble Dies

January 20th, 2011

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Former SCCA Formula Vee Champ Noble Dies

Bill Noble celebrates a victory aboard his Formula Vee entry several years ago. (SCCA Photo) TOPEKA, Kan.

Brimtek Enters World Challenge

January 19th, 2011

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Brimtek Enters World Challenge

Brimtek Motorsports will field this Volkswagen GTI in the Touring Car class of the SCCA World Challenge in 2011.

Runoffs Staying At Road America Through ’13

January 18th, 2011

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Runoffs Staying At Road America Through ’13

The Sports Car Club of America will hold its annual National Championship Runoffs at Wisconsin's Road America through 2013. (Mark Weber/SCCA Photo) TOPEKA, Kan. — The SCCA National Championship Runoffs will remain at Road America through the 2013 season

Campbell Named Interim SCCA President

January 14th, 2011

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TOPEKA, Kan. — The Sports Car Club of America has named Tom Campbell, chairman of the SCCA Pro Racing Board of Directors, as interim SCCA Pro Racing president and CEO beginning Jan. 17

SCCA Reveals Contingency Programs

December 22nd, 2010

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TOPEKA, Kan. — The Sports Car Club of America has revealed its contingency programs for the 2011 season. Five automobile manufacturers — Volkswagen of America, Mazda North American Operations, Toyota/TRD, Honda Performance Development and Nissan North America — have committed to contingency programs

SCCA Sets Three Trans-Am Dates

December 3rd, 2010

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TOPEKA, Kan. — The Sports Car Club of America has confirmed three dates for its Trans-Am Series next year, including the opener at Sebring (Fla.) Int’l Raceway March 17-19. Other announced dates include a trip to Canada’s Mosport Int’l Raceway in Mosport, Ontario, May 20-22 and an event at Road American in Elkhart Lake, Wis., Aug

Partial World Challenge Slate Set

December 2nd, 2010

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Partial World Challenge Slate Set

Andy Pilgrim takes a turn during a World Challenge sports-car event on the Streets of St. Petersburg in Florida earlier this year

SCCA Boss Wildberger Resigning

November 11th, 2010

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SCCA Boss Wildberger Resigning

Bob Wildberger, president and CEO of SCCA Pro Racing, will resign his post in January. (SCCA/Shaun Lumley Photo) TOPEKA, Kan

Five MAZDASPEED Shootout Finalists Selected

November 2nd, 2010

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IRVINE, Calif. — Five drivers have been selected as finalists for a fully funded ride in the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup through the MAZDASPEED Shootout program

SCCA Adds To World Challenge Tech Staff

November 2nd, 2010

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TOPEKA, Kan. — SCCA Pro Racing and WC Vision have added T.C. Kline and Ken Brown to the World Challenge Technical Department

SCCA Amends Runoffs Process

October 29th, 2010

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SCCA Amends Runoffs Process

The field for September's SCCA Formula Vee National Championship Runoffs event heads into the first turn at Wisconsin's Road America road course. (Mark Weber/SCCA photo)

Wittmer King Of GT Class At Miller

October 4th, 2010

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Wittmer King Of GT Class At Miller

Kuno Wittmer leads the SCCA World Challenge field at Miller Motorsports Park Sunday. (Mark Weber/SCCA Photo) TOOELE, Utah — Kuno Wittmer captured the season-ending SCCA World Challenge GT victory during the Toyo Tires Utah Grand Prix Sunday afternoon at Miller Motorsports Park. Peter Cunningham (GTS) and Robert Stout (Touring Car) capped championship seasons with victories in their respective classes.

More SCCA Champs Crowned At Road America

September 28th, 2010

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More SCCA Champs Crowned At Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — Ten more champions were crowned during the second day of racing during the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America. Race 10, Touring 2 Marty Grand won the Black Magic Touring 2 race during the 47th SCCA Runoffs at Road America Saturday

Final Champs Crowned At Road America

September 28th, 2010

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Final Champs Crowned At Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — The final SCCA National Championship were handed out Sunday during the final day of the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America

Nine Crowned In First SCCA Title Races

September 25th, 2010

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Nine Crowned In First SCCA Title Races

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — The SCCA National Championship Runoffs crowned the first nine national champions during the 2010 running of the event Friday. Race 1, Touring 3 Chad Gilsinger earned the Touring 3 National Championship in the opening race of the 47th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America