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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.

Top Names in Racing Share Expertise Online

by Tamy Valkosky on April 2nd, 2012

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iRacing Joins Franchitti, Newgarden, Pruett, Lally, Hinchcliffe and More Support New SAFEisFAST.com Initiative A group of racing’s finest has come together to support the next generation of up-and-coming drivers in a new initiative launched by SAFEisFAST.com, a free online resource offering video tutorials on safety, fitness, mental skills, race craft, career development, sponsorship and marketing created by the Road Racing Drivers Club. The new project will allow drivers to receive advice directly from today’s top stars and will feature a new Online Driving Instructor every two weeks from April through September. Drivers already confirmed include Dario Franchitti, JR Hildebrand, James Hinchcliffe, Andy Lally, Johnny O’Connell and Scott Pruett, with IZOD IndyCar Series driver and reigning Firestone Indy Lights Champion Josef Newgarden kicking off the program this week. “SAFE is FAST [...]

iRacer Profile: Shawn Maier

by David Phillips on March 26th, 2011

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iRacer Profile: Shawn Maier

Shawn Maier races just about anything he can get his hands on:  go karts, radio-controlled cars and for nearly a decade, virtual race cars of many shapes and sizes.  That should be no surprise, considering he hails from a state synonymous with auto racing:  Indiana.  Although he mainly sim races the VW Jetta TDI in the iRacing Grand Touring Cup (he’s P10 in Division Two with a pole and six top fives in eight starts this season), the Mustang FR500S, and FG Falcon V8 Supercar, Maier hopes to one day compete in the real world GRAND-AM Rolex Series. Q:      How long have you been Sim racing? A:     I have been racing with a wheel and pedal set for about 3 years. But my sim racing starts all the [...]

Ganassi Sets Rolex Lineup

January 4th, 2011

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Ganassi Sets Rolex Lineup

Chip Ganassi Racing, shown here at Daytona in 2010, will again field two entries and eight drivers in the Rolex 24 At Daytona Jan.

Eighteen Nominated For Performer Of The Year

December 16th, 2010

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eighteen drivers (or riders) are among those nominated for the annual Speed Performer of the Year Award, with the winner taking home the 100-pound bronze Mario Andretti Trophy designed by artist Elie Hazak. Representing both four-wheel and two-wheel efforts across the globe, the Mario Andretti Trophy goes to the racer who puts a premium on winning races, shines on his/her sport’s biggest stages and does it with a measure of sportsmanship and class.

Chip Ganassi Named Champion of Champions

December 14th, 2010

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Chip Ganassi Named Champion of Champions

Based on his tremendous season, Chip Ganassi was named the Economaki Champion of Champions for the 2010 racing season. (NSSN Staff Photo) HARRISBURG, N.C.

Exclamation Point For Ganassi Duo

September 11th, 2010

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Exclamation Point For Ganassi Duo

TOOELE, Utah — Scott Pruett put an exclamation point on a record-setting Rolex Sports Car Series season by winning Saturday’s Utah 250 race at Miller Motorsports Park. Pruett, driving a BMW-powered Riley Daytona Prototype, led the final 39 laps over the 3.048-mile, 15-turn road course to record a record-extending ninth victory of the season in the 2010 finale

Ganassi Pair Secure Grand Am Championship

August 28th, 2010

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Ganassi Pair Secure Grand Am Championship

MONTREAL, Quebec — Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas collected their series-record eighth Grand Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype victory at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Saturday while wrapping up their third series championship. The Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabats duo were dominant once again aboard their No

Late-Race Pass KOs Gainsco’s Drought

July 18th, 2010

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Late-Race Pass KOs Gainsco’s Drought

MILLVILLE, N.J. — Alex Gurney caught and passed Scott Pruett with less than two laps remaining and won Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park, giving the defending Daytona Prototype champions Gurney and Jon Fogarty their first Grand Am Rolex Series victory of the season in the NJMP 250. Pruett beat Gurney out of the pits following his final pit stop and led 45 laps in his quest for a record fourth consecutive victory in the No

Ganassi Grand Am Team Penalized

June 30th, 2010

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Ganassi Grand Am Team Penalized

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Grand Am Rolex Series officials have penalized the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team after discovering an issue with the car during post-race inspection June 19 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Ganassi Duo Look To Keep Momentum

June 18th, 2010

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Ganassi Duo Look To Keep Momentum

LEXINGTON, Ohio — The second half of the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series season begins Saturday with the EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Defending race winners Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas return, and hold an 18-point lead in the Daytona Prototype standings

Ganassi Duo Goes Two In A Row At Barber

April 10th, 2010

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Ganassi Duo Goes Two In A Row At Barber

LEEDS, Ala. — Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas made further strides toward earning another Grand Am Rolex Series title for the Chip Ganassi Racing camp as the 2008 series champions claimed Saturday’s Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park. With the win, the second straight for the drivers of the No.

At 50, Scott Pruett Still Loves Racing

April 5th, 2010

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At 50, Scott Pruett Still Loves Racing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Now that Scott Pruett has turned 50, his fellow competitors in the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 may be hoping that the 23-time overall race winner and two-time Daytona Prototype champion may be ready to cut back his racing schedule and spend more time working in his new winery.

Pruett Holds Off Donohue In Miami

March 7th, 2010

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Pruett Holds Off Donohue In Miami

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Scott Pruett held off a furious late-race challenge from David Donohue to win Saturday evening’s Grand Prix of Miami Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Final Hour Of Rolex 24 is a Nail Biter for iRacer

January 31st, 2010

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Final Hour Of Rolex 24 is a Nail Biter for iRacer

Scott Pruett is at the wheel of the the 01 Target/Ganassi car, chasing down the 9 car, driven by Jaoa Barbosa. iRacer Justin Wilson can only watch and cheer on Pruett as he tries to catch and then pass the lead car.

Grand Am Placing More Emphasis On Pro-Am Drivers With New Program

January 18th, 2010

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series has expanded its awards program to provide greater recognition for the efforts and achievements of the racers who do not derive their primary income from racing cars professionally. The Grand Am Pro-Am Championship will recognize drivers in the Rolex Series Daytona Prototype and GT classes