The monkey is finally off Dan Geren’s back.
The preseason championship favorite finally found victory lane, dominating the FISCH Motors 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Wednesday night.
It was the first win of the season for Geren in the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment.
“We got the monkey off the back,” said an energized Geren in victory lane. “I was never really comfortable out front. Late in the race, we had a little contact. It was a tough race for sure.”
Geren led 119 of the 133 laps after passing rookie pole sitter Connor Harrington early on.
Nobody had led more laps than Geren in 2018, but the Iowa native continued to find bad luck, be it in the form of other drivers mistakes, poorly timed cautions or his own undoings.
“Late in the race Brian stuck his nose in there,” Geren said. “That could’ve been a big moment, we made contact, but luckily we had no incident points or damage.”
Brian Yaczik challegend Geren late, but used up his tires trying to get around his adversary in the points standings.
Geren leads Yaczik by five points for third.
“It was a great race,” Yaczik said. “I was just going to ride early. Late in the race, I was trying to get Dan to burn his tires off but once he got away, he could just mirror drive. I’m happy for him, he was way overdue.”
Andrew Kinsella delivered the type of drive we’ve become accustomed to, rallying from 18th on the grid to finish third and close the championship gap to his teammate, Adam Blocker.
Blocker finished fifth, with Justin Weaver sandwiched between the teammates.
“It was a good run,” said Kinsella, who trails Blocker by 15 points. “We did what we had to do, just keep finishing ahead of Adam each week.”
In one of the cleanest races in Lionheart oval history, the race saw just three cautions for 12 total laps. The 200 mile event concluded in just one hour, five minutes.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment loads up and ships overseas for its next race, and it’s one Geren should be excited for. The American Cancer Society Grand Prix of Phillip Island is slated for a 10:35 p.m. EST start on Wednesday, October 10. Geren is the defending winner of the event. The race can be seen live on the iRacing eSports Network, presented by the Global SimRacing Channel.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series continues its swing through the South Eastern United States this week, as they head to NASCAR country, Charlotte Motor Speedway, to show the fans in North Carolina what speed really looks like at the Fisch Motors 200. Fisch Motors of Walnut IL is the sponsor of the event. Visit www.fischmotors.com for further information about all the vehicles available.
Last week at Richmond, it was James Krahula working the fuel strategy to perfection to take the win over polesitter Dan Geren. Geren took the long way to second, after suffering a Roberto Guerrero-like start to the race. Leading the field to green, Geren shifted up into second and lost control of the rear of the car, spinning down onto the infield. He would complete lap 1 in 35th position. Justin Weaver continued his strong run of results, finishing 3rd, while the two Joe’s, Joe Branch and Joe Hassert, rounded out the top 5.
After Richmond, Adam Blocker has taken over the points lead after Andrew Kinsella was unfortunately caught up in an incident involving lapped traffic. Kinsella finished in 22nd place sitting 19 points from the lead. 3rd place in points, Brian Yaczik also had a tough night at Richmond and continues to sit P3 overall 100 points from Blocker. Biggest movers after Richmond are Matthew Mercer, climbing 4 spots and Tyler Graaf who climbed 3 spots. As a result of his win Krahula now sits 9th overall.
James Krahula also takes the lead in the cleanest driver standings. Krahula has just 15 incs this season for a 1.25 inc average per race. Ron Hacker continues to lead the Iron Man Standings with a total of close to 2,994.36 miles. Hacker has completed a total of 1,804 laps this season. Matt Mercer sits 2nd with Hassert, Krahula and Geren rounding out the top 5. Finally, in the Rookie of the Year chase, Stephen Laarkamp had a tough outing at Richmond getting caught up in an incident involving Greenlee. Laarkamp now sits just 24 points ahead of the charging Justin Weaver.
This will be the 3rd time that the Lionheart Series has visited Charlotte Motor Speedway. The last winner at Charlotte was Joe Hassert who led 66 laps on his way to victory. The Season 3 event was also the last time league organizer Jorge Anzaldo found himself on the podium after a 3rd place finish. The track is considered a sister track to Texas Motor Speedway, and is likely to produce some of the same tight racing that we saw at Texas.
Justin Weaver is coming off his first victory at Texas finished on the podium at Richmond. The 8 Ball Motorsports driver has had a great season so far sitting 8th overall in the championship. Weaver has 3 top 5’s and 8 top 10’s and 1 pole during his rookie year. Andrew Kinsella finished 2nd at Texas, and the Canadian driver will be looking to put on a performance after the heartbreak of Richmond.
As with other Lionheart seasons, there have been many winners throughout the season, proving again the diversity of talent in the series. The 2018 season has produced 7 different winners. In previous years the series has had 10 different winners. With 9 races still to go, there is a good chance that number could be exceeded as drivers like Dan Geren, Joe Branch, Stephen Laarkamp, Joe Hassert, and Michael Goodman all without wins on the season.
Catch all the Charlotte action this Wednesday, September 26th at 10:35pm Eastern only on the iRacing Esports Network with GSRC.
Whoever said you had to qualify up front to finish there, forgot to tell James Krahula.
The Texas native raced to his first win of the season with a dominating second-half performance in the ButtKicker 200 at Richmond Raceway.
“There was no strategy in that,” said Krahula, who led 172 laps after starting 32nd. “I didn’t want to qualify in the back, I hit the wall in qualifying. But that’s what allowed me to win the race.”
Krahula pitted early and often while several accidents - including three on the opening lap - slowed the action.
After an unexpected green flag run saw early leader Chris Lanini hit pit lane, most of the lead lap cars followed. But Krahula used the extra fuel from his early stops to inherit the lead on lap 93.
One lap later, Michael Gray spun in turn two, clipping Michael Goodman and clobbering the wall. Just five drivers were on the lead lap.
After pit cycles, just 12 cars remained on the lead lap, and Krahula only lost the lead during pit cycles.
“We went green, and everyone got stuck a lap down,” Krahula said. “I got up there in the lead, and the yellows just fell perfect. I’ve said this before, but I’d rather be lucky than good.”
Dan Geren rallied to finish second, a remarkable result given how his race started.
Starting on the pole, Geren spun before taking the green - a Roberto Guerrero moment as commentator Bill “Soup” Zahn called it - and by turn one was last of the 35 cars.
But a spin by Tony Showen on the back straight, followed by Brian Greenlee’s spin in turn three, brought out a caution and allowed Geren to also play the pit strategy game while working his way back through the field.
“I said I needed to be careful on the start, and what did I do? I stepped right no it,” Geren said of his first lap spin. “I just avoided everything after. My teammates called out a few for me...I tried to get around James at the end, but the dirty air was too much to deal with.”
Justin Weaver narrowly avoided multiple incidents, including the Gray spin, to finish third.
“The car was solid tonight, it felt really good on long runs,” Weaver said. “I was trying to keep as much clean air as possible on the wings. If you got stuck behind in that dirty air, you’d have some hairy situations out there. It was a lot of fun.”
Joe Branch and Joe Hassert rounded out the top five.
Adam Blocker looked to be a serious contender, and perhaps the only driver with the pace to get around Lanini in the early going. But Blocker was caught a lap down following the green flag stops and had to work his way back through the field after getting back on the lead lap.
Blocker came home seventh, just ahead of Lanini, but opened up an eleven point lead in the standings over his Adrenaline Motorsports teammate Andrew Kinsella.
Kinsella had worked his way into the top three and even led some laps before the most controversial moment of the night.
Ian Adams, who ran in the top five early but spent most of the race trying to get back on the lead lap, drove to the inside of Kinsella on lap 212. The lapped car of Adams pushed up the track, punting Kinsella and sending the points leader hard into the wall.
Brian Yaczik maintains third in the points, but Geren closed to within three points thanks to the Michigan drivers struggles exiting the pits. Yaczik did a half-spin, suffered some damage and finished two laps down in 14th.
The race was slowed by nine cautions for 46 laps, and just ten cars finished on the lead lap.
Krahula and Lanini were the only drivers to lead double digit laps in a race that never saw a green flag pass for the lead, outside of pit cycles.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment heads to North Carolina next week for the FISCH Motors 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The event can be seen live on the iRacing eSports Network, presented by Global SimRacing Channel, at 10:35 p.m. EST on September 26.
From one of the longest tracks on the calendar, to the shortest in under a week, the drivers of the Lionheart series will certainly have their versatility put to the test this week for the ButtKicker 200 from Richmond.
The ButtKicker brand of low frequency products by the Guitammer company is the official sponsor of the Lionheart Rookie of the Year and Lionheart Retro Series P1 awards. As a result, the top rookies in both the Lionheart IndyCar Series and Lionheart Retro Series and the drivers with the most poles and wins in the Retro Series will receive their choice of either a ButtKicker Gamer2 or ButtKicker Simulation Kit.
The ButtKicker Gamer2 attaches to center post chairs to provide gamers with immersive, realistic, tactile feedback. From racing and flying sims to shooters, the Gamer2 cranks out 90 watts of power into the chair, without disrupting the room with loud rumbles. The ButtKicker Simulation Kit is for gamers with a full rig without a round tubing to mount the Gamer2. Also powered by 90 watts, the Simulation Kit uses the bass (low frequency) within the game to deliver accurate gear shifts, crashes, flaps, turbulence, acceleration and more. “Guitammers’ ButtKicker line offers unique products that really bring the sim racing experience to the next level,” Anzaldo said. “Lionheart strives to bring a pair of realistic racing series to the sim world, and ButtKicker products allow sim racers to feel more immersed than ever before.” Lionheart drivers and viewers of race broadcasts will also receive 20 percent off their orders with the promo code LION20, valid through the end of the year.
Last time out at Spa, it was pure domination from Adam Blocker, who led every lap from pole on his way to victory. Andrew Kinsella pulled out an improbable 2nd place with a last lap pass of Stephen Laarkamp around the outside of Les Combes. The two battled the entire last lap and drag raced out of the final chicane with Canadian piping the rookie by a scant 0.02 seconds. Michael Goodman and Dan Geren rounded out the top 5. The start of the race was marred by several check-ups and collisions that saw some contenders take damage and others retire completely. Justin Weaver, Dan Geren, James Krahula, Brian Yaczik, and Jorge Anzaldo were just a few of the drivers who had their races effected.
The Points battle couldn’t be closer with 11 races remaining in the season. Kinsella and Blocker are tied on points when drop races are considered. In other words, from here there can be no quarter given between the teammates as they roar to the end of the season.
Brian Yaczik, after a devastating DNF at spa continues to hold on to P3 in the standings. The Michigan driver has lost a lot of ground to Blocker and Kinsella, sitting 88 points back when drop weeks are considered. Yaczik has 3 wins on the season, however his results of late have tailed off, and where he was once Kinsella’s primary challenger for the title, Yaczik must now cast a wary eye over his shoulder at Goodman, Geren, and rookie sensation Laarkamp.
The biggest mover after Spa would be Michael Goodman who gained 3 positions in the standings and now sits P6 overall. Goodman has had another of his trademark quietly consistent seasons to date, although I am sure that the New York driver would love to add a win before the season is out.
Samuel Reiman, coming off an impressive top 10 at Spa, moves up to P15. The GSRC announcer has shown some real talent this season and could potentially break into the top 10 before the season is over.
Ron Hacker leads the Iron Man Standings with 2,798.61 miles and 1,539 laps completed this season, Mercer sits behind Hacker by 50 miles. The cleanest driver standings is a tossup between Laarkamp and Krahula. Laarkamp has one missed race on the season and sits with 23 incs on the year. Krahula who has completed every race has a total of 28 across 14 rounds.
The Buttkicker 200 will be live once again on GSRC through the iRacing Esports Network and iRacing Live this Wednesday at 10:35pm Eastern. Be there for all the exciting action from Richmond!
There was no denying who the best driver was Wednesday night. Adam Blocker led every lap, from the pole, and was the only driver to complete all 29 laps without an incident point, as he captured the win in the HPP Simulation Grand Prix of Belgium.
It was the debut of the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment at the legendary Circuit de Spa Francorchamps.
“It’s not very often you get a win like that,” said Blocker, celebrating his series-leading fifth win of the season. “The was definitely my best race of the season. That helps me a lot in the points, and one-two for Adrenaline.”
Blocker finished nearly 28 seconds ahead of teammate Andrew Kinsella, who passed Stephen Laarkamp on the final lap, and then held him off in a drag race to the finish. Kinsella beat Laarkamp to the line by .020 seconds.
“I was saving a little bit of fuel and tires,” said Kinsella, who is tied with Blocker, but behind on the total wins tiebreaker. “I wanted to be well within the safety zone for the two stop strategy. Somehow I was able to catch Stephen there, what a race at the end.”
Laarkamp was also the highest finishing rookie, and jumped to fourth in points with the podium.
“That was a fantastic battle,” Laarkamp said. “I’m kicking myself a little, I was held up by a lapped car a few laps before and that kinda brought him back to me. But I can’t be too bitter, that was a great race.”
Dan Geren and Justin Weaver looked to be the second and third best cars, but both suffered rear wing damage on an opening lap skirmish, causing delayed first pit stops. Both later struggled to hit the fuel number required to make it a two stop race.
Geren came home fifth, right behind Michael Goodman. Weaver was sixth.
Several cars, including championship contender Brian Yaczik and former race winner Bob Mikes, were eliminated before they got to turn one. Mikes made contact with Yaczik, while several others piled into each other at the chicane before the start/finish straight.
The race was otherwise fairly quiet, as drivers focused on keeping their IR18’s on track at a fast and difficult track.
With Blocker and Kinsella tied atop the standings, Yaczik dropped to 88 points back in third. Laarkamp and Goodman round out the top five.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment returns to the states - and the ovals - this week, with the ButtKicker 200 at Richmond Raceway.
The event can be seen live on the iRacing eSports Network on Wednesday, September 19 at 10:35 p.m. EST. The Global SimRacing Channel will have the call.
The Lionheart Indycar Series has hit many famous tracks over the course of its 6 seasons, but never has it tackled the picturesque setting in the middle of the Ardennes forest that is home to the legendary circuit of Spa-Francorchamps. Never before, that is; because this week the drivers of the premier open wheel series on iRacing are changing that. Round 14 of the 2018 Season is the long overdue HPP Grand Prix of Belgium. Not only is the race sponsored by HPP Simulation, but HPP is awarding the season champion their top of the line HSW-F Sim wheel valued at $1490. HPP produces not just wheels but hydraulic pedals as well, and nothing that HPP does is designed to be 2nd best. To look at some of the finest wheels and pedals on the market today, go to www.hppsimulation.com.
Last week out in Texas it was Justin Weaver surviving a late race last lap restart to take his first ever Lionheart IndyCar win. Weaver was able to hold off Andrew Kinsella and Brian Yaczik to claim that win. While Weaver started on pole and was around the top 5 most of the day, Kinsella and Yaczik both faced tremendous adversity and were surprising to even be in the top 3 at the end of the night. Kinsella had a poor qualifying effort and a speeding penalty that saw him in 35th place after just 30 of the 133 laps.
Yaczik meanwhile was forced to take a rear wing replacement after some light contact on a late run. Both drivers were able to use some pit strategy and some fancy passing to get themselves back in contention. Rounding out the top 5 were Bob Mikes and Adam Blocker. Mikes had spent the majority of his day in the bottom half of the top 10, but use d a strong run at the end to inject himself into the top 5. Blocker meanwhile is left wondering what could have been, after a potentially large points pickup versus his teammate is left at a deficit. Blocker lead 6 laps, but faded late in the event.
From the high banks of Texas, to the forests of the Ardennes, this will be the first time that the Lionheart Series visits Spa. The event will be extremely challenging for the drivers as it is extremely easy to acquire incident points for off tracks. The series has a maximum allowed incident point total of 17 before drivers are disqualified.
After drop weeks Adam Blocker sits just 9 points back from the points leader Andrew Kinsella. If the Adrenaline Motorsports teammates continue this close battle down the stretch the championship could be decided at the finale at Auto Club Speedway.
Justin Weaver, coming off his first Lionheart IndyCar Series victory, sets his sights on the new circuit. Gaining 2 positions in the standings Weaver currently sits in 9th in points (with drop weeks considered). Weaver has shown promise on the road courses as well as the ovals, running in the top five at a few of the events so far. Can the rookie use his first win as a spring board to greater success as drivers like Adam Blocker, Andrew Kinsella and Brian Yaczik have before him?
Stephen Laarkamp jumped 3 positions in the standings after Round 13 and now sits in the top 5 overall. The Lionheart Rookie has enjoyed a quietly successful debut season. Rarely rocking the boat, but putting in those good solid performances that can bring home a championship in the future. Laarkamp is another that has shown he is fast on both road and oval. Will the long straights at Spa be to the rookies liking?
Yaczik, sitting in P3 overall, has not given up on his 2018 season. Yaczik aka "The Beard" is still within striking distance and sits 65 points back from Kinsella. Yaczik has shown he can hang with Kinsella on the road courses, but he will have to find a way to finish ahead of road ace of Adam Bocker to gain any ground on the leaders. Will this be the breakout road performance Yaczik needs to restart his championship?
Dan Geren continues his bad luck this year after being involved in an incident with Big Joe Hassert. Geren dominated much of the first half of the race, but was involved in an unfortunate incident when Hassert misjudged a move to the inside of the Synergy driver, as the two raced for the lead. The Iowa driver finished the race in 33rd and fell 4 spots to 8th overall (after drops). Will Spa be the breakthrough that Geren needs to get his season back on track? Despite his bad luck he sits just 115 points back of Kinsella for the championship lead, again when drop races are considered.
Team standings remain the same through the top 4 with Adrenaline Motorsport leading No Name Racing. Controlled Chaos gained 1 position and currently sits P5 in the Team Standings (after drops). The fight for 5th through 9th is where all the action is at the moment with the team championship, however if Blocker and Kinsella falter, will Adrenaline Motorsports be able to retain their lead?
The IndyCar Series has enjoyed its new relationship with the iRacing E Sports Network or iESN. The network will host its 3rd event broadcast by GSRC. To catch all the Lionheart action you can handle, tune into the HPP Grand Prix of Belgium only on GSRC, iESN and iRacing Live on Wednesday September 12th at 10:35pm EDT.
Justin Weaver avoided the final wreck of the race, and then roared away on a one-lap shootout to win the USMC Wounded Warrior 200 at Texas Motor Speedway.
It was the first career Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment win for the Tennessee native, who also captured the pole.
“It feels great to win,” Weaver said. “Definitely have had a struggle this year, seems to be feast or famine and we feasted tonight baby!”
Weaver battled with Joe Hassert and Adam Blocker over the final stint in the race, taking the lead for good as Hassert slid up the track and contacted the wall in turn four with six laps remaining. The wreck also ended Brian Greenlee, Ron Hacker and Jason Galvin’s night.
“I knew Kinsella was going to be all over me there,” Weaver said. “I got a heck of a start there, that Ford motor for 8 Ball Motorsports gave me a good kick, and it was smooth sailing there at the end.”
Andrew Kinsella benefitted from the wreck, moving into second after starting 24th. But Weaver played the green-and-white restart perfect to pull away.
“I got a speeding penalty on pit exit, hit the button too soon,” Kinsella said. “I don’t know how I was able to recover to be honest. We had a car to win for sure.”
Brian Yaczik roared through the field after sustaining damage and needing to pit late in the race. The Michigan driver came home third, using fresh tires to slice his way through the field. Had the seventh - and final - caution not flown, Yaczik could have pulled off a Texas Two Step upset.
“That pit stop with thirty something to go, apparently we had rear wing damage,” Yaczik said. ”That wasn’t fun. And then I was kinda upset with that last caution. I was listening to Weaver and Kinsella, and had that gone green I was going to pass both of them. But oh well.”
Bob Mikes and Blocker rounded out the top five.
Kinsella extended his points lead to 17 over Blocker, his Adrenaline Motorsports teammate.
Dan Geren looked strong in the early going, leading a race-high 67 laps. But on lap 72, Hassert turned Geren going down the back straight, ending his night.
Dustin Wardlow and Ken Hacker also tangled, on lap 115. Hacker appeared to push out of turn two, making contact with Wardlow and sending the Dewar’s Candy machine flipping into the fence.
Hassert led 36 laps, while Weaver paced 22 laps. Blocker, Tyler Graaf and Robert Blouin also led laps.
20 drivers finished on the lead lap. Jorge Anzaldo was the first car a lap down, after being hit by Matthew Mercer on lap 101.
Anzaldo was attempting to follow Pierre Daigle and Jason Galvin into the pits when Mercer made contact. Anzaldo’s crew fixed the car, but not before he lost a lap. Daigle finished two laps down after receiving a black flag on the restart, and then a pit speeding penalty. Galvin received an end of the line penalty and was racing back towards the front when contact in the Hassert wreck ended a top ten run.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment heads to Europe now for its debut at the legendary Circuit de Spa Francorchamps.
The HPP Simulation Grand Prix of Belgium is set for Wednesday, September 12 and can be seen live on the iRacing eSports Network, broadcasted by the Global SimRacing Channel, at 10:35 p.m. EST.
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and Lionheart Indycar Series races in Texas are no exception, as the drivers take to the high-banks for the USMC Wounded Warrior 200. In the past there have been thrills, spills, and multiple different winners at Texas. The high-banked oval on iRacing may not have the newly configured turns 1 and 2 from real life, but this will be the first time the Lionheart drivers travel to one of the “cookie-cutter” 1.5-mile tracks this season. Texas, along with Atlanta and Charlotte have a unique “D-shape that, along with steep banking create high speeds and high drama.
Last time out at Sonoma, Adam Blocker as a result of his win now sits just 8 points back from Andrew Kinsella. The Adrenaline Motorsports teammates are starting to put some distance on the rest of the field. Who will we see crowned champion when the second half of the season is complete? Strong drives from Michael Goodman and rookie Stephen Laarkamp saw them round out the podium. Kinsella barely retains the points lead after Round 12, however, Sonoma could have been so much worse for the Canadian driver. After suffering heavy damage from contact with Dan Geren, Kinsella limped around with damage to the rear wing and engine cowling. Kinsella managed to keep it on track for 4 laps in order to hit his pit window, got new parts on his car and, after exiting the pits in 15th, rebounded to finish 4th. James Krahula rounded out the top 5. Brian Yaczik had a bad night at Sonoma, finishing 33rd, and finds himself now sitting 3rd in points, losing a spot to Blocker. The biggest movers after Sonoma were Scott Bolster and Dustin Wardlow. The pair gained 4 positions each, and with a strong second half, could break into the top 10 in the standings. Jorge Anzaldo and Brandon Limkemann lost the most positions after Sonoma; the Synergy Motorsports drivers both missed Round 12 and lost 4 and 5 positions respectively in the standings.
Texas Motor Speedway has been on the Lionheart Schedule for many seasons and has always been the home for some exciting racing. Which driver will come home victorious in the new IR-18? Last year saw Jason Galvin win at Texas leading 28 laps en route to his victory. Big Joe Hassert, who led a race high 78 laps finished a disappointing P28. James Krahula and Bob Mikes rounded out last year’s podium. Galvin, Hassert, and Krahula are all still very much in the championship fight and will be looking for strong results at Texas to close the gap on Kinsella and Blocker at the front.
The hard-luck season continued for Dan Geren in Sonoma, as Geren was caught up in a number of incidents that ultimately ended his day. In addition to the contact with Kinsella, a self-spin and contact with Justin Weaver made for a tough day at the office. Geren leads the league with 6 poles from 12 races, but is yet to convert those poles to a win. Despite this, Geren still sits 4th in the championship 66 points back of the lead.
Stephen Laarkamp is leading the cleanest driver standings through 11 rounds. With just 15 incident points over 11 races and an avg of 1.36 per race, he’s clearly the favorite at this moment. Michael Goodman is close in P2 with just 19 incident points on the season. One area this season where Stephen has been far from clean, however, is on pit-lane. The rookie has yet to adjust to Lionhearts strict rules about pit lane etiquette, and has accumulated 19 penalty points from these incidents. Without these points, Laarkamp would move from 7th to 4th in the overall standings.
Ron Hacker leading the Iron Man standings for most miles completed over Matt Mercer. He sits tied with Mercer in laps completed at 1,383 but it’s the miles that will determine the winner. Hacker leads the league with 2,481.81 miles run at the halfway point in the season.
On the team front, New Lunar Republic has merged with No Lift Motorsports. The teams have combined under the NLR banner and will race together for the remainder of the season. This puts them in the thick of a battle with 8 Ball Motorsports and Skidmark Motorsports for 7th, 8th and 9th in the team standings. Meanwhile upfront, Adrenaline continues to run away with the Team Championship leading No Name Racing by 152 points, helped in no small part by Kinsella and Blocker’s 7 combined wins. Synergy remains 3rd.
Finally, news from the paddock is that the league may create a new developmental series similar to Indy Lights for new members looking to enter Lionheart officially in the IR-18. Stay tuned for more information on this front as we progress towards the close of the season.
The USMC Wounded Warrior 200 can be seen live Wednesday August 29th at 10:35pm EDT, on GSRC, iRacing live and NOW the iRacing Esports Network.
It had all the drama, except a green flag finish. The iRace for Gage Indianapolis 500 saw a hectic start followed by a green flag run of over 150 laps, before the best fixed setup IndyCar racers in the world put on a display of driving worthy of the title.
In the end, Adam Blocker prevailed for his first Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment win at Indianapolis, as a caution flew with four laps remaining, robbing fans of the final 10 miles as five of the league’s top drivers weaved and jived for position.
“I can’t believe it, that was a crazy race,” Blocker said. “I pretty much made every mistake I could make...I started 33 after messing up in qualifying...I also had an incident with David Korty where I was sliding sideways in four, in full lock, I don’t know how I saved it.
“The end was just mayhem. I think I went from fourth to first on the back stretch...it worked out, and I won.”
Blocker held off Dan Geren and Joe Hassert in a three-wide battle over the final laps, with Andrew Kinsella and Jason Galvin both mounting runs but unable to find space to make moves onto the podium.
The race ending caution flew on lap 196 when Isaiah Dupre, running near the back, hit the wall exiting turn three and collected Bart Workman.
“My luck this year has definitely not been good,” said Geren, who led the most laps (77) from the pole. “I’m glad those cautions came late because I was going to have to pit for about three gallons...I’m fine with coming in second. It’s been a horrible year, so second works for me.”
Hassert mounted a charge to the front early, and spent much of the race battling Geren for the lead. But green flag pit stops shuffled the field, and Hassert found himself involved in the caution that ended the fuel mileage race.
On lap 174, Hassert pushed exiting turn two, leading to contact with Chris Stofer. Stofer careened off the wall, setting up the dash to the finish.
“I’ve done everything I could do but find the win this year,” Hassert said. “Those last laps were crazy. I was chalking up tenth place, and it was my fault that yellow came out. But we were racing hard.”
At the time of the Stofer crash, Blocker and Kinsella had opened up a gap on the cars who still needed one more stop for fuel.
Stephen Laarkamp, Brian Beard, James Krahula and Brian Yaczik had managed to save enough fuel running around near the back of the pack to try and cut a stop. All four claim they would have made it to the finish, setting up a scenario where Blocker, Kinsella, Geren and Hassert would have had fresh tires and light fuel, and a chance to run down the saving cars.
Instead, fans were treated to insanity, as several leaders, Krahula and Yaczik now included, went three and four wide in attempts to get out front.
Krahula made the first mistake, turning into the first corner too early while three wide, touching Yaczik and losing control.
The lap 186 caution also eliminated Joe Branch, and setup the final scramble.
The race was marred by two quick cautions early on.
Dustin Wardlow, who had dropped to the rear to avoid any early carnage, was turned by Michael Gray on the front straight. Vincent Bluthenthal could not avoid Wardlow.
On the restart, Jack Bogan, the race sponsor, was turned by Dan Geren. Bogan had stayed out while the leaders entered pit lane for fresh tires.
From lap 16, the race ran green to lap 174, with good racing throughout the field and the fuel drama building.
“I think Andrew and I were in good position,” Blocker said. “But that yellow came out and everything was chaos after.”
The win propelled Blocker into a tie with Galvin for third in points, 59 back of Kinsella. Brian Yaczik, who was running up front before being disqualified for too many incident points, falls to 53 back of the lead in second, after finishing 26th.
A record 41 cars took the green flag. 18 finished on the lead lap. 13 drivers swapped the lead 57 times, with six cautions slowing the action for 18 laps.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment heads backs to the world famous Milwaukee Mile for the Area 51 200 at Milwaukee for round eleven of the 2018 season.
The race can be seen live on Wednesday, July 25 at 10:35 p.m. EST on the Global SimRacing Channel.
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This is it. The Greatest Spectacle in iRacing. This is the Lionheart Series’ iRace for Gage Indy 500. Lionheart driver Jack Bogan sponsors the Indy 500 each year to bring awareness to congenital heart defects in children. Gage now 11 has had 4 open heart surgeries to replace two valves that do not grow with him. Gage loves to watch the Lionheart races and has been doing just fine thanks to his medial treatment. For more information on CHD please visit http://mendedlittleheartguide.org
2 weeks ago, in Michigan, it was Brian Yaczik collecting his second ever Lionheart win in order to go atop the points standings. Yaczik beat Joe Hassert by just 0.015 seconds, or less than half a car length, after an exciting final shootout. Michael Goodman came home 3rd with Justin Weaver and Pierre Daigle rounding out the top 5. In the championship Yaczik now leads Andrew Kinsella by a scant 5 points after Kinsella missed the race to get engaged. The Lionheart series, does have 3 drop weeks, so that lead might be deceptive. Of the top 5, Kinsella, 4th place Jason Galvin, and 5th place Joe Branch have all missed 1 race each, while leader Yaczik and 3rd place James Krahula have not. This championship is still wide open.
Which brings us to The Brickyard. These hallowed racing grounds have seen the best racing that the real and virtual world has to offer, and Lionheart races here are no exception. In season 1 it was Rick Music beating out Bradley Walters by just 0.001 seconds to take the win in the closest finish in Lionheart history. Last year, meanwhile, was the fastest 500 in league history with an average of 197.546 MPH. Jonathan Goke was the winner of that event. Goke is the only 2-time Indy 500 winner in Lionheart history. All previous winners are not running the event, which means we are guaranteed a new winner this year.
This year’s 500 is shaping up to be a wild race. Very close and intense racing will take place in the early stages and drivers will have to use all their skill to avoid contact with other cars and avoiding cars who are caught up in incidents. As the run goes on, however, some drivers will get caught out by the fall off of the tires. The championship contenders meanwhile will have another considerations. The Indy 500 marks the first of 2 double points races on the season. That means that a good day at Indy could set you up for the championship, but a bad day could just cost you the championship. Will the contenders go for broke or play it safe?
Talking about favorites for this event, it is hard not to look beyond Andrew Kinsella. Kinsella was just 0.013 seconds away from winning the Top Split official iRacing Indy 500 back in May. Kinsella already has 3 wins on the season, including in the first leg of the triple crown at Pocono. Not far behind Kinsella according to the odds makers is Tony Showen. Showen won the 2nd split of the official 500, and the Adrenaline Motorsports teammates will both be looking for a strong result here.
When you think of Indy, another name that jumps to mind is Big Joe Hassert. Hassert finished 2nd here last year, and the drafting nature of the racing this year suits Big Joe’s style. In fact, take any member of your top 5 from last week, and the skills used to get there will transplant nicely to this week. Yaczik, Goodman, Weaver and Daigle will all be a factor as well this week.
Some drivers looking for a rebound include front runners Dan Geren, Adam Blocker and Jason Galvin. All 3 did not have the week the wanted at Michigan, however all 3 exhibited a lot of speed. With a little more patience this week, one of them could easily be on the top step.
League founder Jorge Anzaldo will make his 100th official start at Indy. Anzaldo sits 3rd all-time in starts. Anzaldo has 1 career win, but after being forced to miss last years 500 with an internet outage, the Illinois driver will be looking to make up for it this year in his special start.
James Krahula is leading the Iron Man standings with 945 laps complete on the season for a total of 1,675.32 miles. He has ridden that Iron Man streak to 3rd in the championship standings. Any driver who can finish the 500 will certainly increase their chances of winning the award at seasons end, but also increase their hopes in the overall championship. Will Krahula be able to continue is consistent drive at Indy?
Finally, there are the home town drivers. Joe Branch and Chris Stofer are both Indiana natives, and while an Indy 500 would mean a lot to any driver, it would mean just a little bit more to this pair. Last year they were running in the top 3 for most of the race before a connection issue relegated them to 17th and 18th finishes after they reconnected.
Adrenaline continues to lead the team championship standings after 9 rounds. No Name Racing sits currently 113 points back and gained a spot over Synergy Motorsports who was bumped down a spot into P3 overall.
Who will come out on top. Will a championship contender use the race to cement their campaign or will it be a driver looking to get their season back on track? Will it be a hometown favorite, or a driver in a milestone start? To get the answer to these questions and more tune in to the iRace for Gage Indy 500 on Sunday July 15th at 3:35pm eastern only on GSRC and iRacing Live.