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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 Open Letter from Target/Ganassi to Toyota GP of Long Beach GP Pro/Celebrity Drivers

by Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon on April 17th, 2013

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An Open Letter from Target/Ganassi to Toyota GP of Long Beach GP Pro/Celebrity Drivers

April 17, 2013 Dear Drivers, It’s the Target Racing Indy car drivers here, with some (unsolicited) advice as you prepare to hit the track this weekend at The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race. Think you can just put on a fire suit and slide into a race car for 10 adrenaline-pumping laps just like that? Not so fast. We’re talking to each and every one of you: Jackson Rathbone, Wanda Sykes, Michelle Rodriguez, Kate del Castillo, Cristian Castro, Jesse Metcalfe, Adam Carolla, Mark Steines, Jenna Elfman and Rutledge Wood. Most of you haven’t logged time in the seat of an Indy car going 230 mph, so we’ve come up with a few pointers to get you race-ready. Except you, Rodriguez—we were pretty impressed by your skills in [...]

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

Ou Rules at Mid-Ohio

by David Phillips on August 8th, 2011

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IndyCar Dallaras both real and virtual took to the challenging Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last weekend.

Yang Ou consolidated his lead in the 2011 iRacing.com IZOD IndyCar Premier Series -Road with a convincing victory at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Sunday’s top strength of field (3064) race.  The Club Scandinavia member grabbed his tenth pole position of the campaign with a lap of 1:08.382 ahead of championship rival Aleksi Elomaa (Club Finland) and Andre Boettcher (Club DE-AT-CH).  Despite a less than perfect getaway, Ou grabbed the lead at the start and was never headed throughout the 52 lap race. Boettcher got the jump on Elomaa to grab second place on the opening lap, and kept Ou in sight in the early going despite a minor “off” on Lap Eight.  In fact, when Ou suffered a temporary issue with his Dallara’s brakes, Boettcher closed to within [...]

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

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 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.

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.

IndyCar Reacts To Ganassi’s Achivement

July 27th, 2010

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IndyCar Reacts To Ganassi’s Achivement

EDMONTON, Alberta — It was a few hours before the start of the IZOD IndyCar Series race at Edmonton’s City Centre Airport and a large crowd was arriving to pack the grandstands for Sunday’s Honda Indy Edmonton. But huddled away in the back of the Target Chip Ganassi team transporter was two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, 2008 Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon and team managing director Mike Hull

Dixon Prevails In Crazy Edmonton Finish

July 26th, 2010

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Dixon Prevails In Crazy Edmonton Finish

EDMONTON, Alberta — Helio Castroneves paid a mighty big price when he was called for blocking Team Penske teammate Will Power on a restart with three laps to go in Sunday’s Honda Indy Edmonton. The penalty was a black flag that cost him a victory as Scott Dixon won the IZOD IndyCar Series race without ever leading a single lap.

Iowa Speedway Bump Makes Racing Interesting

June 22nd, 2010

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Iowa Speedway Bump Makes Racing Interesting

NEWTON, Iowa — Every race track has its own unique obstacle. At Iowa Speedway, it’s a bump in between turns one and two that turns the seven-eighths-mile oval into an “obstacle course.” The bump is just over the infield tunnel that allows traffic into the track.

Helio Unhappy With Second

June 22nd, 2010

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Helio Unhappy With Second

NEWTON, Iowa — Getting beat by his Brazilian rival is always something that gets Helio Castroneves tweaked, but getting passed for the victory with 10 laps to go made that even harder to take.

Double-File Restarts In IndyCar?

June 8th, 2010

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Double-File Restarts In IndyCar?

FORT WORTH, Texas — If Texas Motor Speedway President and General Manager Eddie Gossage and IZOD IndyCar Series team owner Roger Penske had their way, there would be double-file restarts in IndyCar’s future. Both have discussed the change with IndyCar Series officials, but not all the drivers in the series think it’s a good idea, including Will Power of Team Penske. “I think it’s a bad idea,” Power said

Helio’s Race Day Is The Pits

June 1st, 2010

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Helio’s Race Day Is The Pits

INDIANAPOLIS — Helio Castroneves’ quest to become the fourth four-time Indianapolis 500 winner ended when he stalled his car on pit lane on lap 146 after spending most of the first half of the race chasing down eventual winner Dario Franchitti. Castroneves was able to get back to second place when Team Penske “short-pitted” on one of the ensuing pit stops, but when Castroneves had to pit for fuel with eight laps left, that ended his bid at winning the race

Ganassi Cars Quick On Carb Day

May 28th, 2010

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Ganassi Cars Quick On Carb Day

INDIANAPOLIS — The Target Chip Ganassi Racing combination of Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon have the honor of being fastest on Carb Day, but both former Indianapolis 500 winners realize that doesn’t account for much.

Dixon Leads Indy Pack On Fourth Day

May 19th, 2010

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Dixon Leads Indy Pack On Fourth Day

INDIANAPOLIS – It was “Full Tank Wednesday” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as most of the 35 cars that took to the track in practice for the 94th Indianapolis 500 were using the track time to fine turn their race cars for Race Day. That meant heavy traffic for most of the six hours of practice with cars running in packs and seeing how well their cars work in the draft. A total of 2,282 laps were run Wednesday

Viso Crashes To End Tuesday At IMS

May 18th, 2010

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Viso Crashes To End Tuesday At IMS

By Bruce Martin NSSN Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS — A hard crash by E.J.

Castroneves Quickest Again in Indy 500 practice

May 16th, 2010

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Castroneves Quickest Again in Indy 500 practice

By Bruce Martin NSSN Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS — Scott Dixon had the second-fastest lap on Sunday’s second day of practice for the 94th Indianapolis 500 but it was one of his slowest laps that he found most memorable. That came when Dan Wheldon lost control and spun out in the fourth turn before hitting the outside wall. Dixon was able to just miss Wheldon and continue without incident.

Consistent Dixon King Of Kansas

May 1st, 2010

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Consistent Dixon King Of Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Scott Dixon may have earned a new nickname after winning Saturday’s Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway.

Indianapolis 500 Entry List Revealed

April 21st, 2010

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Indianapolis 500 Entry List Revealed

INDIANAPOLIS — Four past winners and four IZOD IndyCar Series champions are among the drivers named to the 40 entries filed for the 2010 Indianapolis 500 May 30 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Seventy-eight cars comprise the 40 entries.