Viva Motorsport and the Lionheart Racing Series announced they will continue their partnership during the 2019 season.
Lionheart founder Jorge Anzaldo made the announcement, pairing the most recognized name in fixed-setup IndyCar sim racing with the leader in creative, cutting-edge home decor with a motorsports twist.
“Viva Motorsport brings a unique aspect to our prize pool, in products that our drivers and fans can show off as part of their every day routine,” Anzaldo said. “We are proud that Jennifer Harrington saw value in what we brought last season, and wanted to stay on board in 2019.”
Viva Motorsport manufacturers racing inspired products like table coasters, wine glasses and more. Each product is carefully crafted by the staff at Viva Motorsport, allowing for unprecedented attention to detail.
Fans of the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment, as well as the Lionheart Retro Series, receive 10 percent off orders with the code LIONHEART.
Viva Motorsport will proudly support the Turning Point Award in each Lionheart series in 2019. The award is given to the driver whom improves most after the halfway point in the season. The winner of the award will receive customer track inspired coasters from Viva Motorsport. Winners of the premiere races in each series, the Indianapolis 500 and Indianapolis 250, will also receive Viva Motorsport prizes.
Fans and drivers can visit www.VivaMotorsportShop.com to place an order.
Clipping That Apex, the leader in custom motorsports art, and the Lionheart Racing Series announced today that their partnership will continue for a second season in 2019.
“Scott MacKenzie came on last year and really went above and beyond in supporting our league,” Lionheart founder Jorge Anzaldo said. “The custom artwork he provided in honor of our friend Patrick Taylor now hangs in the race rooms of several of our drivers. Scott provided other custom work for our racers as well, and continues to be a champion of our league.”
Clipping That Apex will serve as sponsor of the Iron Man Award in both the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment, and the Lionheart Retro Series.
Each event for both leagues will be broadcast live on the iRacing eSports Network with Global SimRacing Channel presenting each broadcast.
Clipping That Apex will be featured as a primary on-board camera sponsor and is also providing six custom pieces of art for the series, with awards to be handed out to each Iron Man winner, the Indianapolis 500 winner as well as top points finishers. MacKenzie is also designing a pair of custom calendars that will be given away to league members.
“Making racing art is a passion of Scott’s, and if you look at his work, it shows how much he cares,” Anzaldo said. “To think that he enjoys our league to the point that he wants to create artwork for us and be a big part of it, I’m just blown away by his support and his talent.”
Lionheart Racing Series drivers and fans can enjoy 15 percent off their purchase at www.ClippingThatApex.com by using the promo code LIONHEART19 at checkout.
First Medical Equipment, a leading supplier of medical grade devices and products in Burlington, Iowa and its surrounding cities, announced today a return as the series sponsor of the top fixed-setup IndyCar league utilizing the iRacing.com service.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment, as it will be known for the fourth consecutive season, features some of the top iRacing IndyCar drivers in the world, as well as associations with former (Richie Hearn - broadcaster) and current (Sage Karam - driver) IndyCar stars.
“First Medical Equipments relationship with this series goes beyond sponsorship,” Lionheart founder Jorge Anzaldo said. “Brandon Limkemann and his family are our family, too. We’ve become great friends off the track and away from the computer. We’re now teammates on the track. I feel fortunate, as do our members, that Brandon and his family continue to support our league in such a fashion.”
First Medical Equipment joined as the title sponsor in 2016 after Limkemann joined the league, and immediately recognized the bond extended outside the virtual track.
“2018 was the best season yet,” Limkemann exclaimed. “The championship went down to the wire. Our broadcasts somehow were even better. The level of sponsors and prizes continue to grow. This is best league I’ve ever seen.
“The level of commitment from the admins, drivers and other sponsors is second-to-none. And we’ve formed a bond outside of the sim as well. Our annual league meetup in Iowa during the IndyCar event is a prime example. How many league’s can get 30 members, or more, to the same place every summer? It’s incredible.”
The season opener will once again carry the FME banner. The First Medical Equipment 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will kickoff the 25-race IndyCar championship battle - season seven for the series - on March 13.
Every Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment event will be carried live on the groundbreaking iRacing eSports Network, with the Global SimRacing Channel handling coverage. Bill ‘Soup’ Zahn will once again handle play-by-play, with Sean Ambrose contributing as well. Hearn, an IndyCar winner and 1996 Rookie of the Race at the Indianapolis 500, will return for a second full season as the analyst.
Everyone will be chasing South Carolina’s Adam Blocker. The college student swept the league championships in 2018, also winning the Lionheart Retro Series championship.
Iowa’s Dan Geren returns after a third-consecutive runner-up finish in the points, while Blocker’s Canadian teammate Andrew Kinsella looks to rebound after bad luck ended his championship bid late in the 2018 season.
Karam - a starter in five consecutive Indianapolis 500’s - is expected to join the field and immediately contend for race wins and championships this season.
Brian Yaczik broke through for his first wins as an IndyCar driver in 2018, and revamped his Loud Pedal Motorsports team over winter, adding proven race winners and championship contenders in James Krahula, Joe Hassert and Jason Galvin, as well as the most improved driver of 2018, Chris Lanini. Brian Greenlee also returns.
42 drivers are expected to compete for the championship in 2019, with more drivers set to run in the Lionheart Retro Series and even more waiting for their shot to run with the best drivers on the sim.
For more information on the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment, visit www.LionheartRacingSeries.com.
Adam Blocker knew he needed to stay clean and finish up front to secure his first Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment championship.
The South Carolina native did just that.
Blocker led 18 laps from the pole and settled in during long green flag runs, refusing to push the issue and coming home fourth, enough to secure his first championship on the Indy side in the Grey Matters 300 at Auto Club Speedway. The championship comes just weeks after Blocker captured the Lionheart Retro Series presented by HPP Simulation title at the same track.
“I want to thank Andrew and Dan,” Blocker said. “We never had any dustups, it was a clean championship all year. I can’t thank them enough for that. I also want to thank the league organizers.”
Blocker watched as Dan Geren dominated the back half of the event, leading a race-high 79 laps on his way to his fourth win of the season, ahead of Connor Harrington. But it was not enough, as Blocker captured the title by 13 points.
“I came in kinda hot early and got a speeding penalty,” Geren said. “I was like eleven seconds back after that. I was just about to pit when the final caution came out. I got lucky.
“I got some excellent runs on the restart, and used the high side. Connor left the bottom open and I got past and just ran the laps at the end. It all worked out in the end. Congratulations to Adam though.”
Blocker’s Adrenaline Motorsports teammate, Andrew Kinsella, came home third in points, slipping behind Geren after being caught up in the biggest wreck of the race on lap 10.
The Canadian continued, but finished eleven laps down in 23rd.
Blocker faced closing pressure from Michael Goodman and a hard charging Isaiah Dupree in the closing laps, but was able to stay in front of the duo by about two seconds, a comfortable margin over the closing laps.
As a result of his championship, Blocker received a new HPP Simulation HSW-F Steering Wheel, a custom trophy from Plasma Tracks and several other awards.
Geren was named the Dan Wheldon Driver of the Year presented by First Medical Equipment. The most prestigious award in the series, Geren received the accolades from the Lionheart admin team for his dedication to the league and to helping others improve.
Geren catapulted to the lead of the Gre Matters 300 after a restart on lap 83, and never looked back.
That caution came via a Joe Branch spin on lap 79. The Indiana native lost control while running the low line on low fuel, spinning into the wall and overturning.
Several cars were eliminated during the first caution of the night.
Ken Hacker turned Joe Hassert exiting turn two, leading to a melee. When the dust settled, Kinsella was damaged, Hassert was out and Jorge Anzaldo, Brian Greenlee, Joe Flanagan, Chris Stofer and Tony Showen were either finished or severely wounded.
Blocker was the only member of his team to avoid issues, but it mattered not, as Adrenaline Motorsports had already locked up the Team Championship presented by HPP Simulation.
Blocker, Kinsella, Branch, Showen and Stofer were the team to beat from the beginning of the season, capturing 13 total wins, led by Blocker’s league-high nine.
Justin Weaver finished third at Auto Club, capping an excellent freshman campaign that saw the Tennessee driver pickup the ButtKicker Rookie of the Year award, as well as a ButtKicker Gamer2 or Sim Kit of his choice. Weaver finished fifth in points, just behind teammate Michael Goodman.
James Krahula captured the Cleanest Driver presented by LOC Precision. The Texan is looking forward to reaching for the stars with his new rocket from Dave Barber’s Wisconsin-based propulsion company.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series immediately announced its 24 race 2019 schedule, set to air on the iRacing eSport Network on Wednesday night’s at 10:35 p.m. EST, with coverage provided once again by Global SimRacing Channel.
The series will host its annual All-Star event February 27 at Rockingham Speedway. The season opener returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway March 6, and the season finale once again hits the high banks of Auto Club Speedway December 18.
The Indianapolis 500 is set for Saturday, July 13.
For more information on the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment, visit www.LionheartRacingSeries.com
It has all been leading to this. 23 rounds down, and just 1 remaining. The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment heads back to Auto Club Speedway for the 6th time in as many seasons to close the door on another championship. This time 3 drivers will battle on the 2-mile oval to determine who will be the 2018 champion. Adam Blocker, Andrew Kinsella and Dan Geren have separated themselves from the pack this season, and will use Auto Club to decide which one of the 3 will reign supreme.
Last time out at Road America, the title contenders went 1, 2, 4, with Adam Blocker leading from start to finish on his way to victory. Dan Geren used a steady drive and last lap mistake from rookie Stephen Laarkamp to finish 2nd. Kinsella meanwhile had an up and down day, going from 9th to 4th in the opening laps before a speeding penalty on his first pitstop put the Canadian all the way down in 14th. Kinsella would battle back to finish 4th and keep his championship hopes alive. This leaves Blocker 28 points in front of Kinsella and 39 points in front of Geren. This means all Blocker needs to clinch his 2nd Lionheart Championship of the year (Blcoker won the Retro Series crown by 1 point over Alex Saunders at the end of November) is to finish in the top 5. If he does that, neither Geren nor Kinsella will be able to catch the Carolina driver. If Blocker fails to crack the top 5 at races end, bonus points could play a pivotal role in deciding this years champion as the series recently witnessed when Blocker beat Alex Saunders for the 2018 Retro Series title by just one point.
Looking at the stats coming into the finale paints the following picture of our top 3:
Adam Blocker – 5 poles, 9 wins, 13 Top-5’s, 15 Top-10’s: 7 of Blocker’s 9 wins have come on road courses as the Carolina driver was in a league of his own much of the season. Only a mistake at Motegi kept him from being perfect on the season’s road courses. His oval wins came at Iowa and Indianapolis, 2 of Lionhearts biggest prestige races. Auto Club is another of those prestige races.
Andrew Kinsella – 0 poles, 3 wins, 16 Top-5’s, 18 Top 10’s: Kinsella was off to a lightening start this season with 3 wins in the first 5 races, but since then has settled more often for consistent finishes then wins. While always fast in the race, Kinsella’s qualifying may be the weak link in his armour, having never won a pole and too often finding himself fighting to get in contention. That being said, Kinsella’s fuel strategy and long-run pace has shown time and again that at the big ovals and the long race distances, he is one to watch out for. He also happens to be the defending race winner.
Dan Geren: - 8 poles, 3 wins, 13 Top-5’s, 14 Top-10’s: Dan Geren’s has been a tale of two seasons. For the first half of the season, Geren was unable to convert his 7 poles into any race wins, and too often found himself on the wrong end of luck or pit strategy. That all changed after Round 15 at Charlotte where the Mid-West driver finally took his first win of the season. Geren has been in white-hot form and luck ever since, has not finished outside the top 5 since then, taking 2 more wins along the way. No one is hotter then Dan Geren going into this race. Is he peaking at the right time?
Lionheart traditionally ends its season each year at Auto Club. This year’s race will feature, for the first time in league history, the newly added day to night transition. The race will begin at dusk and end at night during the 300-mile event. The drivers will face different challenges throughout the event as the track will go through various changes in temperature and grip levels.
Immediately following the event several drivers will receive numerous awards such as Cleanest Driver, Iron Man, Driver of the Year, Turning Point Award and Rookie of the Year. All 4 of these championships are still up for grabs, with the closest of the 3 being the Rookie of the Year battle as Stephen Laarkamp and Justin Weaver have been neck and neck with each other since the midway point of the season.
The Team Championship was already clinched by Adrenaline Motorsports comprised of Blocker, Kinsella, Joe Branch, Tony Showen and Chris Stofer. This was the first team championship won by the veteran group, and is the first Team Championship not won by No Name Racing since the award was begun in Season 3.
The 2019 Schedule will also be announced live during the awards presentation following the race. New for this season will be a 25-round schedule and a few new events will be added, most notably the series will have its first ever “Dual at Detroit” at Belle Isle Park.
Series organizers will be busy during the off season preparing for the upcoming 2019 year. New rule packages for all Lionheart series will bring some exciting changes to Lionheart. The league also hopes to continue its partnerships with its current sponsors as it continues to expand its purse and prize package for its drivers. All Lionheart broadcasts for 2019 will continue to be shown live via the iRacing eSports Network. The league will also be looking to add on drivers to its current roster and interested parties should submit applications through the league websitewww.lionheartracingseries.com
The Lionheart Challenge Series will also begin 12-27 at ISM Raceway. The 2018 Season will feature the iconic Nissan GTP. The series will host 8 rounds and drivers will compete on both oval and road courses. Each season the league chooses different cars typically non-open wheel vehicles to test driver’s versatility with cars and / or tracks that members are not familiar with.
IndyCar action will return again in 2019 for the 6th Annual All-Star Race this time from Rockingham Speedway. The race will take place on 2-27. Round 1 of the 2019 Season will be 3-6 from the Homestead Miami Speedway.
But before all the pageantry and off-season fun we have 300 miles of hard-fought, non-stop action to decide our championship. Catch all the action at 10:35pm EDT on Wednesday December 19th only on the iRacing eSports Network presented by iRacing live, and stick around for the end-of-season awards immediately following the broadcast.
Adam Blocker was the definition of perfect Wednesday night, opening up his points lead with a clinical performance, winning the LOC Precision Grand Prix of Road America.
In doing so, Blocker led every lap and collected bonus points for the pole and an incident-free race. The win marked Blocker’s league-leading ninth victory.
“I found that needing to save fuel on one run made me more consistent,” Blocker said. “It was a good race. Now we try to finish it at Auto Club.”
Dan Geren limited the damage, also driving a clean race and working his way from fifth to second, his best road course race of the season. Geren sits third in the championship hunt, 39 back of Blocker and one point behind fourth place finisher Andrew Kinsella, who picked up a speeding in the pits penalty.
“I just wanted to focus on doing the best I could. I was hoping for fifth or better,” Geren said. “Then guys started having issues. Connor (Harrington), Dustin (Wardlow) and (Stephen) Laarkamp all spun. Justin Weaver had to pit. Next thing I knew I was in second.”
Geren was aided by a Stephen Laarkamp spin on the final lap, a five point swing which could be pivotal as the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment heads to Auto Club Speedway and the season finale (Wednesday, 10:35 p.m. EST).
Geren is the defending race winner in Fontana.
“I thought the race was going to be more interesting,” Blocker said. “Justin Weaver was right there with me and I thought he was going to push me a little but he had a bit of a spin on like lap eight. I thought Andrew would then finish second so points would also be closer. But that penalty cost him, so I have a bit of a bigger lead than I anticipated.”
The trio will battle for the championship with many outcomes on the table.
A fourth place finish assures Blocker his first Lionheart IndyCar Series championship. The South Carolina driver has already captured the Lionheart Retro Series presented by HPP Simulation title this year.
If Geren wins the race, Blocker can slip to fifth. Neither of those results are contingent on bonus points, however.
Bonus points are also doubled for this race, with two points for a clean race, leading a lap, leading the most lap and the pole, allowing for eight maximum possible points.
For bonus points to not matter, Blocker would have to finish tenth or worse, with Geren or Kinsella winning the event.
Because of the one point separation, Geren and Kinsella’s positions relative to each other should be easy to follow.
The Grey Matters 300 (supporting brain cancer awareness) is the final leg of the Lionheart Triple Crown, meaning double points are on the line. The car that finishes ahead of the other should also do so in points, although there are scenarios where Geren could jump Kinsella based on bonus points while finishing one spot behind the Canadian.
Adrenaline Motorsports, led by Blocker and Kinsella along with Chris Stofer, Joe Branch and Tony Showen, secured their first team championship as well.
The LOC Precision Grand Prix was an uneventful race for most of the race.
Laarkamp gathered up the car after his spin on the final lap and finished third.
“I got a bit too greedy on the last lap,” Laarkamp said. “But overall I’m third, I’m pretty happy with that. It was a solid night.”
Samuel Reiman and Joe Hassert collided after Hassert spun in Canada corner late in the race, ending both drivers day.
Isaiah Dupree and Marc Cohn ran into problems on lap one, as Dupree spun in the final corner and slid back across Cohn’s nose.
Connor Harrington spun from a podium position with 16 laps remaining, also ending his race.
Several cars struggled to make the race on two spots, leading to a mad dash in the closing laps in the middle of the field.
15 cars finished on the lead lap, with Jorge Anzaldo the final car across ahead of Blocker.
All eyes now turn to Southern California and the finale at Auto Club Speedway.
The Grey Matters 300 can be seen live on the iRacing eSports Network, presented by Global SimRacing Channel, Wednesday night at 10:35 p.m. EST.
The gruelling end of season schedule continues for the Lionheart Series on Wednesday afternoon, as the
series breezes up to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Skidmark Motorsports 200. Skid Mark
Motorsports is a sim racing team that races in all disciplines within iRacing. While starting out racing in
endurance events the team expanded into different road racing leagues piloting NASCAR vehicles and
GT3 cars. In 2017 the team moved into open wheel racing and found a home in the Lionheart Indycar,
Retro and Challenge series.
Last time out at Iowa, chaos reigned supreme, and the championship contenders couldn’t decide who
was going to give it away first. It started lap one. After starting back to back in line in 15 th and 17 th
respectively, Adam Blocker and Andrew Kinsella went roaring into turn 1 nose to tail. By the exit of turn
two Blocker had made up 2 positions while Kinsella git the notorious Iowa bump and spun into the
infield. Fortunately he was able to get away unscathed, albeit back at the back of the field. An incident
between Pete Edwins and Scott Bolster in the same corner would slow the field for the first caution of
the night. After the green flag flew again, up at the front Dan Geren and polesitter Connor Harrington
swapping the position before Harrington eventually started to pull away.
Back in the championship battle, it was Blocker’s turn to blink. On the next set of stops, under yellow, a
lap car made a late decision to enter pit road. This caused a huge checkup in which a number of cars
including Blocker suffered damage. Blocker would require a rear wing replacement, sending him to the
back of the field. By this point Kinsella was just outside the top 10, having avoided the chaos on pit road.
On the next set of green flag stops, the pendulum would, however, swing back violently in Blocker’s
favour. Kinsella had worked his way up to 3 rd behind Harrington and Justin Weaver.
Kinsella and Harrington would pit first, then as Weaver attempted to make his stop, he misjudged the
rejoining car of Chris Stofer. The 2 made contact, sending the then leader of the race to the showers.
Kinsella was trapped behind the pace car due to some unfortunate timing and unique iRacing pace car
rules. Blocker, meanwhile was 1 of 5 cars still yet to pit. This handed Blocker an insurmountable 2 lap
advantage over Kinsella, who was down in 18 th place. Blocker restarted 3 rd and was quickly into 1 st and
checking out. As Blocker caught traffic, Kinsella was able to track him down and get one of his laps back
the hard way, however that was as close as he would get. A late caution and restart did little to change
the order at the top, with Blocker sealing the win on the last lap over a charging Michael Goodman.
Scott Johnson charged from 29 th starting spot to finish 3 rd , while Chris Lanini and Dan Geren finished 4 th
and 5 th , the later the first car 1 lap down. Kinsella rallied to finish 10 th , salvaging all he could from a race
he would rather forget.
Looking forward to New Hampshire, leaves little time for rest for these Lionheart drivers. New
Hampshire represents the 3 race in as many weeks for the tired drivers, and it is sure to be a tough one.
Much like Milwaukee earlier in the season, New Hampshire is a flat 1 mile oval with very little
forgiveness and an even more difficult passing proposition.
Last season has good memories for Kinsella, as he overtook the future 3-time champ Jake Wright around
the outside with only a handful of laps to go for the win. Similar to this season, Kinsella had just come off
an off race at Iowa, where he lost a win in the closing stages to Wright. This season Kinsella is hoping to
return the favour on Adam Blocker. With a 45 point deficit to overcome, he is going to need every point
he can get.
At the similarly configured Milwaukee Mile earlier in the season, it was not Kinsella, but Brian Yaczik
who dominated the race, leading all but 7 laps. Yaczik has since seen his championship aspirations
derailed to a certain extent (he now sits 5 th , 154 points back of the leader Blocker), however with a
double points race in the finally, he still cannot be entirely discounted.
Dan Geren is another who should not be discounted. The qualifying king of Lionheart has finally shaken
off his bad race luck of late, and has been strong for several races in a row now. This has put him 3 rd in
points, just 102 points back of Blocker. With how difficult passing could be, Geren’s qualifying prowess
may just be enough to see him into victory lane.
Dark horse favourites for the win include Joe Branch, Big Joe Hassert and Pierre Daigle. All 3 have been
strong on short tracks this season, and are looking for their first win.
From the rookies, Stephen Laarkamp, Justin Weaver, Connor Harrington have all been strong this
season. Laarkamp and Weaver have been trading the Rookie of the Year lead these last few races, with
Laarkamp currently 2 points ahead of Weaver. Harrington meanwhile has come in late, but already
earned 2 poles in 2 races, and if he can do it again, he might be able to out-Dan-Geren Dan Geren.
In the teams standings, No Name continued their off season, as the 3 time champs fell to 3 rd behind
Synergy Motorsports. Adrenaline remains way out in front.
Thune in to the iRacing Esports network presented by GSRC for all your Lionheart action. Catch the the
Skidmark Motorsports 200 this Wednesday at 10:35pm eastern.
From the sun and fun down-under to the golden cornfields of Iowa, the Lionheart series trades a rolling road course for the most exciting short oval on the schedule for the Iowa 200 Presented by Birky Trucking. Tom Birkenstock owner of Birky Trucking operates his company out of Burlington Iowa, and has been a proud supporter of Lionheart for several seasons. Iowa has become a special place for the Lionheart Series as it has run every season at the bullring since being formed in July of 2014. The short track also has played host to the annual Lionheart league meet up. Each season, lionheart members have converged to the Iowa Speedway for a weekend of tail gaiting, fun and shared stories of all the exciting action members have experienced over the years. The members also watch the real-world IndyCar Series drivers compete in the Iowa Corn 300.
Last time out at Philip Island, it was another strong road performance from Adam Blocker that brought the Carolina driver the win. Blocker got the fuel mileage right and fended off strong challenges from Michael Goodman, and Sage Karam. Goodman lead for 14 laps, however the 3 stop strategy he opted for did not pan out as he had hopped, relegating the New York driver to a 5th place finish after he could not pass Andrew Kinsella in a thrilling duel over the final 6 laps of the race. Sage Karam meanwhile rebounded from a 7th place qualifying in his Lionheart debut to race at the front all day, even leading a couple of laps. Fuel would ultimately undue Karam’s race as well, as he had to save fuel over his final stint, allowing Dan Geren to pass him for 2nd. Adam Blocker extended his lead to 31 points over Kinsella via his victory at Phillip Island. Dan Geren leap frogged Brian Yaczik, who finished 7th, to take 3rd, 105 points back of Blocker. With 7 races remaining it’s still anyone’s championship.
Jake Wright was last seasons race winner who will not be present to defend his win. Wright has focused his attention to defending his Retro Championship while working with another former Lionheart IndyCar Series Champion, Jesse Vincent, in Race Control for the IndyCar.
After 17 Rounds Ron Hacker leads the Iron Man standings with 3,315 miles and 1,981 laps completed the Illinois driver who is a previous Cleanest Driver of the Year winner has been consistent all year with 3 top 10 finishes and a single top 5 on the year currently sits in P15. Consistency is a big part of Iowa as the short track has produced much excitement in the past. Will Hacker’s consistency earn him a trip to victory lane this week?
The Rookie of the Year battle is tighter than ever with Weaver and Laarkamp being separated by just 1 point. The duo has been contenders for not only the Rookie honors but combined have 20 top 10’s and 8 top 5’s and Weaver has found victory lane this year.
Dan Geren, coming off of a podium finish at Phillip Island, returns to his home track in search of his second victory of the season. Geren has showed pace at the short track securing the Pole Position last year and had a podium finish in Season 3.
Will we have a new first-time winner at Iowa? Iowa has been the home to several first-time winners. Jorge Anzaldo found his one and only Lionheart victory and Ian Adams also found his first Win at the Iowa Speedway. Sage Karam made his Lionheart debut on the road course last week and finished 3rd, will he be able to repeat that type of performance on the short oval of Iowa?
Adrenaline has dominated the team championship fight however the battle has now shifted to which team will take the 2nd spot in the standings. No name leads Synergy Motorsports by just 20 points, while 4th through 7th is separated by less than 150 points.
The Iowa 200 Presented by Birky Trucking will go off Wednesday October 17th at 10:35pm eastern only on the iRacing eSports Network presented by GSRC.
Adam Blocker knows he has an advantage over championship adversary and Adrenaline Motorsports teammate Andrew Kinsella on road courses.
And yet that pressure, on top of alternate fuel strategies and the debut of a five-time Verizon IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 starter didn’t phase him.
Blocker dominated the American Cancer Society Grand Prix of Phillip Island Wednesday night, leading 29 laps en route to his series-leading sixth win of the season.
“Anytime I win at one of my worst road circuits, it’s a good day,” Blocker said. “I had to figure out what everyone’s strategy was. It made for a fun race. I just had to be patient and hit the fuel number.”
Blocker is seeking his first championship in the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment.
The race went to plan for the South Carolina native, although he had to wait out Michael Goodman, who tried to stretch his fuel after starting on a three-stop strategy, but was unable to complete the race on two stops.
“Obviously we had a big save in the middle stint to get to 16 laps,” Blocker said. “I knew in the second stint that Goodman was not going to make it, so I sat behind him and saved my fuel and drafted off him.”
Goodman fell to fifth, despite leading 14 laps.
Kinsella finished fourth, and managed to keep Blocker from pulling away too much in the title fight.
Blocker’s lead sits at 31 at the two-thirds mark of the season. Seven races remain, including road course events at Road America and Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Blocker has won all but one road course event this season, his only oval win coming at the Indianapolis 500.
Defending race winner Dan Geren had another strong showing, finishing second and rallying to third in points after a disastrous start to the season.
“I’m glad I have the monkey off my back now,” Geren said. “I love this track. We got the win here last year, runner-up again is good, especially after winning at Charlotte last week.”
IndyCar driver Sage Karam came home third in his virtual debut with the Lionheart IndyCar Series.
Karam made his league debut in the Lionheart Retro Series presented by HPP Simulation two weeks ago, battling for a win before being eliminated in a crash not of his doing.
The race was run without incident up front. 28 of the 36 starters finished the race.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment returns stateside and to the ovals Wednesday night.
The Iowa 200 presented by Birky Trucking is set for Wednesday, October 17. All 229 laps can be seen live on the iRacing eSports Network, presented by Global SimRacing Channel, at 10:35 p.m. EST.
After a brief swing through the American south, the Lionheart heads further south. So far south that the Southern Cross rides high upon your shoulder. That’s right all the way down under in sunny Australia for the American Cancer Society Grand Prix of Phillip Island. The American Cancer Society is a nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. Established in 1913, the society is organized into eleven geographical divisions of both medical and lay volunteers operating in more than 900 offices throughout the United States.
Last time out in Charlotte, it was Dan Geren finally getting the monkey off his back by leading 119 laps enroute to his first win of 2018. Geren had 6 poles going into Round 16, but had not managed to convert any of them to victory. This time, it was rookie Connor Harrington who started from pole on debut, with Geren to his outside. Geren made a strong move to take the lead early in the race, then seldom looked like he was going to surrender it. Brian Yaczik charged from 8th to 2nd, while Andrew Kinsella used an outside pass with 2 laps remaining to go from an 18th starting spot to the bottom step of the podium. Justin Weaver and Adam Blocker were up front for most of the night and finished 4th and 5th respectively. Adam Blocker currently leads the championship over Kinsella by 15 points after Charlotte.
The last time the series ran Phillip Island it was used to pay tribute to a lost friend Patrick Taylor. Jesse Vincent driving the virtual DW12 machine of Taylor led the field around the Australian track as the drivers celebrated the life of their fellow friend and league member.
This will be the 3rd running of Phillip Island for the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment. Jake Wright won the first ever running holding off a determined Dan Geren. Geren would not be denied the following season putting in close to 1000 laps in an attempt to best Wright. Geren’s hard work paid off and he came home victorious on a road course. Geren will certainly have a much different field to contend with this season. With Wrights absence from the 2018 season new drivers have stepped in and shown great speed. Adam Blocker has shown that he has the twisty courses figured out the best this season, however, don’t count out guys like Yaczik, Justin Weaver, Kinsella, Michael Goodman, Dustin Wardlow. If Geren wants to win, he will have to contend with some of the series best.
Then comes the great unknown. The league is pleased to welcome real world IndyCar driver Sage Karam onto their roster. Karam competed in the Retro Series event at Gateway and looks to make his Lionheart IndyCar debut at Phillip Island. Will Karam be able to translate his real-world skills onto the virtual track and take on the series best? One thing is certain, with all the talent in the Lionheart series right now, the top 10 is going to be crowded from here on out.
James Krahula is currently leading the cleanest driver standings with just 15 incs on the season for an average of just 1.15 incs per race. Krahula has had a strong season with a win and 4 top 5’s and 9 top 10’s. Krahula is sitting P9 overall.
Adrenaline Motorsports has dominated the team championship this season. They have seemingly checked out over the competition and lead 3-time defending champion No Name Racing by 335 points. Meanwhile, Gap SRT has announced that their team will be changing names they will now be NHR Esports.
Catch all the Lionheart action from the American Cancer Society Grand Prix of Phillip Island live at 10:35pm on Wednseday October 10, 2018 only on the iRacing eSports Network presented by GSRC.