This off season has seen numerous changes come about for a series steeped in history. HPP, makers of the finest sim-racing pedals on the planet, have come on board as the title sponsor, and with it, the prize pool for the retro series reaches unheard of heights. In addition to a record $450 prize pool, the champion of the Lionheart Retro Series presented by HPP Simulation will receive a set of HPP 3P-PRX-SE pedals, valued at $1395. But it’s not just the man at the top who will receive a princely prize; ButtKicker has also come on board in the offseason, offering the Rookie of the Year their choice of a ButtKicker Gamer 2 or a ButtKicker Simulation Kit. 19 drivers to start the season will compete for this prize, with the possibility of more joining during the season, which have lead some to speculate this might be the most competitive prize in the series.
But for one week, we pause, because this week is not about new drivers or new sponsors, but about celebrating the greatness of last season. The Inaugural Lionheart Retro Series All-Star Race presented by Dewar’s Candy fires off on Thursday, March 8th at 9:50 pm CST. The race itself will be at Homestead Miami Speedway, site of the first race of the championship in just one week’s time on the famous oval, but this race will be held on the infield road course. The master of this course will have to exhibit both road and oval skills, a fitting test for the best the Retro Series has to offer.
The event will consist of an 11 lap transfer race for those not yet in the main event, followed by a 33 lap shootout. 15 Drivers are locked in to the main event, while a further 20 drivers will be looking to transfer in through placing on the podium of the transfer race. Those locked in to the main event are last years polesitters, winners, and top 10 in points. A few of whom will surely be looking to start out 2018 on the right foot.
Speaking of Wright feet, Jake Wright is your defending series champion for both the Lionheart Indycar and Retro Series. Wright, who won 3 times in 2017 has retired from IndyCar competition to focus on the Retro Series this year. The champ will be looking for early returns on that decision as the season kicks off.
Wright’s stiffest competition may come from sophomore driver Adam Blocker. Despite participating in just 10 races last season, the Adrenaline Motorsports driver lead the series with 4 wins. With a full season planned this year, Blocker is the odds-on favourite to dethrone Wright as champion.