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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, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • David Judson

    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

    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

    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 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 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

    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 Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Jordan Hightower

    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

    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 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 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 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,,,, 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 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.

The Fall and Rise of Grand Prix Legends

by Ryan Williams on March 27th, 2014

The Lotus 49 ranks among history's most iconic Formula One cars.

This is my story of the fall and rise of’s Grand Prix Legends series. There were times I was not involved, and thus I don’t have all the details, but I hope my perspective offers some insight into how the series has come back from the brink, and offers some reason to come and join the party. After a prolonged gestation period, 2013 Season 1 saw iRacing announce ( that the Lotus 49 was available and would star in the new Grand Prix Legends series in Season 2. At the Lotus 79 community pondered whether a popular Lotus 49 might harm their series as after all, there are only so many sim-racers to go around who will have an interest in historical cars. It was hoped the Lotus [...]

Virtual Daytona 500 Kicks-Off Full NASCAR Cup Series Schedule on iRacing

by David Phillips on February 19th, 2014

Starting with the virtual Daytona 500, the NASCAR iRacing Series mirrors the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.

Real world racers and sim-racers alike are preparing for the biggest stock car race of all: the Daytona 500.  This year 50,000 iRacers worldwide can compete in an online version of the full NASCAR Sprint Cup Season in the NASCAR iRacing Series (NiS), which kicks-off this week with iRacing’s version of the Daytona 500. From this week’s season opener at Daytona International Speedway through to the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November, the NASCAR-sanctioned sim-racing series exactly mirrors the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.  Driving virtual Chevy Impalas and Ford Fusions, iRacers will compete on precisely recreated laser-scanned versions of tracks on the same weekends as the “real” tracks host the likes of Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr as they vie for a spot in The Chase. [...]

iRacing Adds Imola to its “To Do” List

by David Phillips on December 19th, 2013

racing games announced today it has reached an agreement with Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari (aka Imola) to build a laser-scanned version of the famed Italian circuit. The announcement caps a remarkable week for iRacing, during which it released Auto Club Speedway to its members  (completing iRacing’s catalogue of NASCAR Sprint Cup tracks) along with the RUF sports car . . . and announced plans to build the Holden VF Commodore V8 Supercar as well as the Autodromo Nazionale Monza (Monza). “It’s been quite a week for iRacing and iRacers,” says Steve Myers, executive vice president and executive producer of  “We released our 24th NASCAR Sprint Club track in Auto Club Speedway together with the RUF, and we also announced plans to build the Holden VF Commodore and Monza.   [...]

Monza Coming to iRacing

by David Phillips on December 19th, 2013

racing games is proud to announce it plans to add Autodromo Nazionale Monza to its catalogue of laser-scanned versions of the world’s great race tracks.  One of the world’s most historic motorsports venues, Monza will be the seventh current Formula One track available on iRacing, rated as “the top auto racing game of all time” by PC Gamer magazine. “This is great news for iRacing and iRacers everywhere,” says Steve Myers, executive vice president and executive producer.  “Monza is hallowed ground, synonymous with motorsports around the world.  The marriage of such an historic facility with one of the newest form of motorsports is a natural partnership, one that will enable new generations of racers the world over to face the challenges of this legendary circuit.” “The marriage of such an [...]

V8’s Championship-winning Holden VF Commodore Coming to iRacing Lineup

by David Phillips on December 17th, 2013

iRacers will be able to get their hands on a Holden VF Commodore of their own in 2014.

Holden’s championship-winning VF Commodore is poised to go from V8 Supercars’ race tracks to the computers of sim-racers around the world, thanks to a new agreement between, GM Holden Ltd and Red Bull Racing Australia/Triple Eight Race Engineering. Renowned for the accuracy of its laser-scanned race tracks and virtual race cars, iRacing will develop an exacting digital model of Jamie Whincup’s championship-winning 635hp Red Bull Holden VF Commodore, which he drove to his and the team’s third-straight title, and fifth overall, at last week’s Sydney 500. “The opportunity to develop our version of the Red Bull Holden VF Commodore is great news for iRacing and iRacers around the world, especially our members in Australia and New Zealand,” executive vice president and executive producer Steve Myers said.   “Not only [...]

Super Late Model Coming to iRacing?

by Raymond Kingsbury on March 13th, 2013

online racing

Last night on the NASCAR Series World Championship broadcast it was revealed that a Super Late Model would be coming to iRacing. Super Late Models are the staple of paved short tracks across America with around 70% of all NASCAR-sanctioned tracks running a SLM series as their premier series. At the moment no one knows if we will see a simple adaptation of the current Late Model, or if we will see an entirely new model that is more or less similar to the dirt late model body, with a longer body, a Plexiglas spoiler, and a flatter hood and rear deck-lid. What we have heard rumours about however is that the iRacing team has arranged a meeting to possibly scan the car into the simulation. But, we have [...]

Bathurst Coming to iRacing!

by David Phillips on June 1st, 2012

sim racing

Mount Panorama, renowned home of the Bathurst 12 Hour and Bathurst 1000, is coming to  The world’s foremost online motorsports simulation service today announced it has reached an agreement with the Bathurst Regional Council to build a digital version of the spectacular 4 mile (6.213 km) Australian road course. “This is great news for iRacing and our 35,000 members,” says Steve Myers, executive vice president and executive producer.  “Mount Panorama certainly is one of the world’s most spectacular race tracks; one of the few remaining circuits that uses public roads.  Its big elevation changes, huge straightaways and endless variety of corners make for a supreme challenge for drivers and their machines. “Everyone at iRacing is anticipating the challenge of creating a digital version of Mount Panorama that does [...]

Panther Forms Official Sim Racing Team, Prepares for iRacing Indy 500

by David Phillips on May 26th, 2012

Panther Racing's JR Hildebrand will cheer for the Panther Online team in Saturday's Indianapolis 500 before competing in the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Panther Online Becomes Official iRacing Simulation Team of Two-Time IndyCar Champs Two-time IndyCar Series champion Panther Racing announced today it has partnered with and formed Panther Online, an official iRacing Sim team, which will debut in tomorrow’s iRacing Indy 500 – the full-length simulation of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Through the partnership, will supply all National Guard Soldiers attending IndyCar Series races with a free trial subscription to the online simulation. Panther Online drivers will race with old paint schemes of historic Panther Racing cars, starting with JR Hildebrand’s current National Guard scheme and dating back to the No. 4 Pennzoil Chevrolet that Sam Hornish Jr. drove to league championships in 2001 and 2002. There were nearly 400 competitors that made qualification attempts for the top 33 [...] to Build Digital Honda for New Super GT Series

by David Phillips on May 10th, 2012

motorsport simulations has bolstered its commitment to its Asian market with the announcement of new partnerships with Japan’s Super GT Series and the Honda Motor Company.  Beginning in 2013, the Japanese Super GT Series will join NASCAR, GRAND-AM, IZOD IndyCar and the Australian V8 Supercar Championship in staging an officially sanctioned iRacing series:  the Super GT Series.  And thanks to a new agreement between iRacing and Honda, the featured car in that online racing series will be the Honda HSV-010. “We’re pleased, make that doubly pleased, to join our new partners in bringing all the excitement of the Super GT Series and the Honda HSV-010 GT to iRacing,” says Steve Myers, executive vice president and executive producer.  “The Super GT Series offers some of the fastest, most innovative and [...]

Pastrana Debuts Toyota at Richmond

by David Phillips on April 25th, 2012

Motorsport simulations

Race Broadcast on SpeedTV, Thursday @ 7 pm (Eastern) Pastrana199 Racing will debut its Toyota Camry in the hands of Travis Pastrana in Thursday’s NASCAR K&N East Series race at Richmond International Raceway, a race which will be broadcast live on SpeedTV beginning at 7 pm EDT.   The world’s foremost online racing service, will also serve as the primary sponsor of Pastrana’s car in K&N East races at Langley Speedway, Iowa Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), as well as an associate sponsor of his Nationwide Series entry at NHMS in July. “ is proud to be associated with Travis Pastrana and Pastrana199 Racing,” says Steve Myers, executive vice president and executive producer. “Travis is one of the most dynamic and popular personalities on the American [...]

iRacing to Build Virtual RUF RT12R

by David Phillips on March 29th, 2012

motorsport simulations, the world’s foremost online motorsport simulation service, today announced plans to add the RUF RT12R to its lineup of virtual race cars and high performance automobiles.  Manufactured by RUF Automobile GmbH, the RT12R is among the world’s very fastest production automobiles. “We’re excited to offer the RUF RT12R to iRacers around the world,” says Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Producer, Motorsport Simulation, LLC.  “We’re proud of the assortment of virtual race cars we have available, but iRacers have made it clear they also want high-performance, exotic automobiles in our service.  The RUF RT12R certainly fits the bill.  It’s a superb piece of automotive sculpture, with performance that is nothing short of breathtaking.” At the heart of the RUF’s performance is a 3.8 liter, twin-turbo, flat six engine [...]

Rookie Oval Series Change in Season 2, Track Added to Base Content

by David Phillips on March 7th, 2012

The Street Stock will take on a new role in 2012 Season 2.

Legends/Street Stock Swap Places; USA Speedway Joins List of Free Tracks In the real world, many oval racers start and enjoy long careers racin’ and rubbin’ on short ovals.  There are many reasons for this including safety and financial considerations, not to mention a driver’s proximity to short tracks.  iRacing has historically followed that progression from Rookie license class on short tracks all the way up to the Pro and World Championship license class.   That is about to change, beginning in 2012 Season 2. Because the existing Ford Legends car is not suited for larger tracks, iRacing plans to move that series to the Advanced Rookie Level for 2012 Season 2, replacing it with the JR Motorsport Street Stock car at the Rookie License level.  As always, all the cars [...]

V8 Supercars to Sanction Series

by David Phillips on August 2nd, 2011

v8-supercar-series and V8 Supercars announced an agreement today that will see the organizers of the successful V8 Supercar Championship officially sanction the popular online racing service’s V8 Supercar series, which will be known as the V8 Supercars Series presented by BigPond.  V8 Supercars thus joins NASCAR, INDYCAR and GRAND-AM as partners in sanctioning competition on the iRacing service. “As the world’s leading online racing service, it’s both appropriate and gratifying to announce our first international sanctioning partner,” said Steve Myers, executive vice president of  “Many of our most enthusiastic members hail from Australia and New Zealand, and iRacing is proud to be associated with V8 Supercars. “Our NASCAR-, INDYCAR- and GRAND-AM-sanctioned series have introduced new fans to NASCAR, INDYCAR and GRAND-AM and, of course, have been instrumental in [...]

iRacing, McLaren Electronic Systems Partner in Online Racing Data Analysis

by Kevin Bobbitt on May 5th, 2011

featured-mclarean, the world’s leading online motorsports simulation service, announced today it is partnering with McLaren Electronic Systems to incorporate the ATLAS Express data analysis software into its system.  As a result, iRacing’s more than 25,000 members will now have access to similar data acquisition and telemetry software used on every car competing in the FIA Formula One World Championship since 2008 and on NASCAR’s standard ECU (engine control unit) in 2012. In addition to affording its members unprecedented opportunities to increase their understanding of their virtual race cars’ performance with ATLAS Express, iRacing is also releasing an upgraded application program interface (API) that will dramatically enhance the service’s compatibility with an array of external features including motion platforms and external displays. “With the new iRacing telemetry capability, our members will [...] Teams-up with JR Motorsports to Announce iRacing 2.0

by Kevin Bobbitt on May 3rd, 2011

353 Teams-up with JR Motorsports to Announce iRacing 2.0

The JR Motorsports  No.7 Chevrolet, driven by Josh Wise, will race under colors in two NASCAR Nationwide Series events this summer in support of the all-new iRacing 2.0,  the popular online racing service’s dramatic new software release.  This long awaited release will add many user enhancements and features to the popular online, multi-player racing title and will once again set the bar as the premier racing simulation on the market. Wise’s No. 7 Chevrolet will don the iRacing 2.0 paint scheme in back-to-back races at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis and Iowa Speedway later this summer. This is doubly significant as has just signed agreements with both venues to build the facilities to exacting detail within the simulation. Wise will debut the No. 7 car during the [...]

Le Mans-Winning HPD ARX-01c LMP2 Coming to iRacing

March 18th, 2011

Le Mans-Winning HPD ARX-01c LMP2 Coming to iRacing

Construction of Virtual Version of Honda Performance Development’s High-Tech Sports Prototype Is Underway; Members of World’s Premier Racing Game Anticipate Ultra-High Performance Racer First the car won its class at the Le Mans 24-hour race in June, 2010; then less than four months later the HPD ARX-01c LMP2 capped a championship-winning campaign in the American Le Mans Series by Highcroft Racing with victory in the Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta.  Now the HPD ARX-01c is headed for glory at, where members of the world’s premier racing simulation and driving game will soon be able to experience for themselves the mind-boggling performance of this amazing racing car. The production of the virtual version of the ARX-01c is a cooperative effort of HPD, Highcroft Racing and  Following this [...]

Legends, Lost and Found

by Ray Bryden on March 5th, 2011

Legends, Lost and Found

I sometimes wonder what it would have been like to be in Paris in the early 1920′s and by chance wind up at a party at 27 Rue De Fleurus suddenly in the company of Hemingway, Picasso, Matisse, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and the rest of the artists, writers, and poets who socialized together and were known as the “Lost Generation.” Or to find oneself on the ‘Festival Express’ train traveling across the Canadian prairies in 1970 listening to hours of jam sessions with The Band, The Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. In my line of work, I had a few opportunities at conferences to rub elbows with the legends of my narrow field of expertise; people from across the globe who stand out as the world’s leaders in my [...] World Championship Series Road Racing Preview

February 24th, 2011

87 World Championship Series Road Racing Preview

What The Pundits Say . . . This coming weekend witnesses the opening round of the second World Championship Series Road Racing (iWCSRR) from Spa-Francorchamps, with a 40-plus field of Williams-Toyota FW31s  scheduled to appear on the starting grid for Saturday’s race. The appearance of the likes of Greger Huttu, Richard Towler, Ilkka Haapala and Luca Masier are certain to fill the season ahead with real drama and excitement, along with plenty of virtual blood, guts and tears (virtual and otherwise); but who will come out top of the pile is anyone’s guess. In a hope of giving a better insight to the season ahead, we canvassed the eyes and ears (and voice) of the iRacing World Championships on their predictions for the racing year ahead. David Phillips – [...]

New year – New Series – Fresh new car smell

by Ryan Terpstra on January 28th, 2011

It's Mazda MX-5 v Volkswagen Jetta TDI in the Grand Touring Cup.

The new VW Jetta TDI and Mazda MX-5 mixed class series (officially known as the iRacing Grand Touring Cup) really does have that new car smell right now.  The response has been overwhelmingly positive to the announcement that the MX-5 will be paired with the VW Jetta TDI in a mixed class series starting with Season One of 2011.  The release of the MX-5 may have been slightly overshadowed by the release of the Williams-Toyota FW31, but the participation numbers in the rookie series clearly showed the MX-5 was popular amongst drivers and it left many wanting a full series with open setups. In typical iRacing fashion Steve Myers and the iRacing administration did something not enough companies do in today’s economy: they listened to the feedback from the community.  [...]