The last time the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment raced at Chicagoland Speedway was in 2017 during the league’s 5th season. To put this in perspective this was Adam Blocker’s first season in Lionheart and just his 9th start. Two championships later Blocker is making his 72nd start at Chicagoland.
Most notably the last time Lionheart raced at the speedway the series was still using the Dallara DW-12. It will definitely be a new experience at Chicagoland for most of the drivers in the series. The modern IR-18 is definitely a “different” car in many ways, the addition of the in-car adjustments certainly bringing another dimension to the racing this season.
Conversations from the virtual paddock are indicating that tire wear will become significant towards the end of the stint, so expect to see those drivers who adequately manage their tires making their way towards the front.
The last time the series raced at Chicagoland it produced a series high 24 lead changes and the fewest cautions since Season 2 with just 4 yellow flags breaking the action for 15 laps. Dan Geren won the last event at the speedway leaving Joe Hassert as the only active driver able to become a two-time winner. Hassert led 7 laps in 2017 before settling for a disappointing 18th place finish.
This week the series will welcome 4 new drivers to the series. Chris Fowler, Aaron Morgan, Matt Taylor and Mike Rasimas. All have been making a name for themselves in the Retro Series presented by the DMLC Racing Channel and have shown the pace and dedication that it takes to compete on Lionheart’s biggest stage. The series welcomes them the league’s biggest stage as they look to make their mark in 2020 and solidify their place on the roster for the 2021 Season.
The championship battle continues to remain close as Sage Karam leads Adam Blocker by 53 points. Kinsella and Harrington also remain within striking distance and all 3 could take over the points lead once the checkered flag flies at Chicagoland.
Alkentech Simulation NHR e-Sports continues to lead the Team Championship sponsored by HyperX. Adrenaline Motorsports Red sits 81 points back. Could they be the team that finally ends Adrenaline’s Team Championship streak?
Tune in live Wednesday night on the iRacing eSports Network courtesy of the Global Sim Racing Channel to watch the cars and stars of the Lionheart Racing Series Powered by HyperX take on Chicagoland Speedway in the Fisch Motors 200. Live coverage begins at 9:35 pm CST. The race can also be seen live via GSRC’s Facebook page.
Race Link: https://youtu.be/Ofxcgu5jtE4
For more information on Fisch Motors visit www.fischmotors.com
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Andrew Kinsella felt like he had one of the best cars in Wednesday’s FME Victory Lap Celebration at Iowa Speedway.
But the Canadian constantly found himself in traffic.
Until the final few laps.
Kinsella and late race leader Jason Galvin made net code contact following a late race restart, sending Galvin spinning into the wall and causing the race to finish under yellow, handing Kinsella his first victory of 2020 in the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment.
“I’ll take that after being a lap down,” Kinsella said of being trapped during an early race caution and fighting for his lap back. “I hate that it didn’t finish under green, just bad net code at the end. But what a great race, a big win.”
Kinsella and Galvin spent much of the race linked together, but the Bakersfield, Calif. driver appeared to have the upper hand following the final pit stop of the night.
Galvin emerged just over a second behind leader Joshua Chin, and quickly ran down the SKM driver to capture the lead. Galvin’s advantage stretched to over 1.5 seconds when the caution flew following contact between Chin and Adam Blocker with 12 laps remaining.
Kinsella narrowly snuck past, then followed Galvin to pit road for tires, along with all but two of the lead lap cars.
On the final restart of the night, Galvin quickly dispatched Chris Lanini and new leader Connor Harrington, but Kinsella followed closely behind. The duo raced wheel-to-wheel for two laps, but with three laps remaining, Kinsella tried to sweep under Galvin.
That’s when net code took over, sending Galvin flying into the turn one wall and handing Kinsella the win.
“It’s unfortunate, Jason got very unlucky there, it would’ve been a great duel to the end,” Kinsella said. “I think we had the two best cars all day. Maybe Josh as well. But Jason and I were the two guys passing the most cars out there. Hats off to him, sorry we had that incident but it was not what I wanted to happen.”
Galvin was upbeat after the race, noting his pace all night, even overcoming an ill-time caution that forced him to race through most of the pack.
“I think everyone knew we were here tonight,” Galvin said. “It’s disappointing not to win when you were the best car. It’s not often you can say that in Lionheart, this league is just too good. Andrew was right there with me all night, but I think I was a little better. Net code is just part of online racing. We can’t blow motors or cut tires, but we can net code. I can’t be mad about that, just super proud of our effort tonight.”
Chin came through the field on the final restart to take second, ahead of former series champion Jake Wright.
“I knew that Jason and Connor and Andrew were the guys to beat, and I just wanted to hang on for a top five,” Chin said. “Strategy just kept cycling me out front. Then at the end, the tires just went away. I was in trouble and then Adam and I had that incident. I got lucky to get away from it clean and came back down for fresh tires, then that last wreck happened. I hate it for those guys. But I’ll take a second place.”
By virtue of the win, Kinsella rocketed to the top of the championship standings, still searching for his first title in the Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX. Kinsella leads Harrigton, who finished fourth, by three points. Sage Karam dropped two spots to third following an early race crash, but sits just seven points back from the lead in one of the most competitive seasons in Lionheart history.
Two-time defending champion Bocker sits fourth, 35 points back, while Chin jumped into a tie with Brian Yaczik for fifth in points.
The FME Victory Lap Celebration at Iowa Speedway celebrated and honored Burlington, Iowa’s First Medical Equipment, the title sponsor of the Lionheart IndyCar Series for six seasons. FME is in its final year sponsoring the series, and FME’s Brandon Limkemann was involved in an early race crash, ending his shot at what would have been an extremely popular win.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment takes a month off to cool off now, before heading to the home track of series founder Jorge Anzaldo, Chicagoland Speedway, for the Fisch Motors 200.
The race can be seen live on Wednesday, September 23 at 10:35 p.m. EST on the iRacing eSports Network and the Global Sim Racing Channel.
For a moment, it appeared nobody had saved enough fuel to make it to the end of the HyperX Pocono 200.
And then, Mike Rigney appeared.
The second year driver led a train of cars that, until the final lap, had been non-factors, stunning the field by stretching fuel further than anyone thought possible, and capturing his first win in the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment.
“That very last lap, my spotter said go,” Rigney said. “That was all my spotter. He was telling me when to go, when to coast or ride or hold position. Sam Crowe won me that race.”
Rigney beat Scotty Johnson, Adam Frazier and Bart Workman across the by just under three seconds. None of the four started higher than 28th.
“I have no words, I’m truly speechless,” Rigney said. “This is Lionheart. There’s not a driver in this field not capable of winning a race. It’s an honor to even be here.”
The chaotic last lap was set up by a crash on lap 49 between Ken Hacker and Samuel Reiman.
A split strategy unfolded, with 10 cars staying out, led by Joshua Chin and Chris Stofer.
Other top ten stalwarts, including Jason Galvin, Adam Blocker, Andrew Kinsella and Brian Yaczik chose to pit when pit lane opened, while others, including Rigney, Johnson, and Jake Wright, chose to pit on the final lap of the yellow.
With an estimated fuel window of 27 to 28 green flag laps, the race to lap 80 and the checkered flag would be about a combo of fuel saving while staying within striking distance, while the top 10 counted on another caution.
It never came.
As the cars that stayed out peeled off to pit road under green, all eyes turned to Galvin, who rocketed to the front, opening up a five second lead while clearly giving up on fuel conservation.
“I knew I wanted to be the first of the cars that came to pit road, and I also knew that meant not making it,” Galvin said. “I figured we’d get a yellow as the tires wore down. It just never came. I don’t regret it.”
As Galvin came to pit road with three laps remaining, Frazier inherited the lead. Blocker and Kinsella continued to try and use each other to save fuel.
A game of musical leaders ensued, as Frazier backed off, allowing the Adrenaline teammates around. Blocker and Kinsella then backed off, turning the lead over to Yaczik. As the white flag flew, Yaczik’s car sputtered.
And that’s when the chaos kicked into full gear.
Rigney jumped to the lead in turn two, as Kinsella and Marc Cohn both ran out of fuel and began costing. Yaczik went into full coast mode seconds later, as did Wright, allowing Johnson, a recovered Frazier and Workman around.
As everyone waited for Rigney to run dry, the field looked on in astonishment. 20-plus drivers couldn’t make the numbers work, but Mike Rigney did.
“I started saving right away from the first lap of the restart,” said runner-up Johnson, whose only career Lionheart win came in similar fashion. “I thought I was good to go, and then everyone started pitting. I lost the draft and thought I’d never get there. I would’ve been happy with a top ten. And then the last 200 yards, I just started flying by slow cars. I couldn’t believe it. The car started to sputter coming to the flag.”
Blocker managed to hang on for fifth, a crucial points finish considering the absence of championship leader Sage Karam, and the mid-race crash of Connor Harrington.
Blocker was penalized after the race for the Harrington incident, which happened exiting turn one, and will start at the tail of the field in the next race along with Hacker and Dustin Wardlow, who were also both penalized.
On lap 45, Harrington, on older tires, clipped the apron in turn one. As he exited turn one, race officials determined Harrington left room to the outside for faster cars, but Blocker made contact with Harrington’s right rear, sending Harrington into the inside wall.
Blocker avoided damage.
As a result, Blocker closed to just 42 points out of the championship lead, although he remained in fourth. Harrington sits in second, 33 back of Karam. Kinsella, who faded to 24th while coasting around, is third in points.
The Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX double dips at Iowa Speedway next week.
The IndyCar series will pay tribute to longtime title sponsor First Medical Equipment, an Iowa-based medical supply company, with the FME Victory Lap Celebration at Iowa Speedway. The race can be seen live on the iRacing eSports Network at 10:35 p.m. EST on Wednesday, August 26.
first medical equipment celebrates 5th and final year as title sponsor of lionheart's indycar series at home track
Iowa Speedway has had a rich tradition with the Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX over the last 6 years. The speedway is has appeared on the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment schedule in each of the series 8 seasons. It also represents many firsts and lasts in series history.
Iowa Speedway has also become the site of the league’s annual meet up which began with just 3 members and continued to increase every year. 2019 saw over 40 members and their families attend the event. Needless to say, Iowa Speedway has a special place in the hearts of all its members.
Iowa is also home to First Medical Equipment, which is located in Burlington Iowa. The business is run and operated by the Limkemann family and has been in business for over 29 years. After a season of competition Brandon Limkemann saw the value in the league and decided to support it by becoming the title sponsor of Lionheart’s crown jewel.
“First Medical Equipment and the Limkemann family have provided a considerable amount of financial contributions to the league over its 5-year run as title sponsor to our IndyCar Series,” said league founder Jorge Anzaldo. “This contribution has been the catalyst for the league’s growth and has covered the yearly operating costs for the league. On behalf of myself and everyone involved at Lionheart we want to give our biggest thanks to the Limkemann family and First Medical Equipment.”
At the end of the 2019 Season First Medical Equipment announced that 2020 would be its final year as title sponsor to Lionheart’s IndyCar Series. Coining this season as its “Victory Lap Tour” what better place to celebrate their importance than at their home track?
Iowa Speedway has produced some fantastic racing over the years but not without its share of incidents. The short track and high-speed close quarters racing can definitely create some situations that have resulted in several DNF’s over its 7 previous running’s. The fewest cautions seen at the short track have been 4, in Seasons 1 and 7 and the most was 9, in Season 3 which saw series founder Jorge Anzaldo score his first and only win in the series.
Last year Dan Geren took home the win over Brian Yaczik, however Geren who has stepped away from competition for 2020 will not be present to defend that win. Iowa would also turn out to be Geren’s final win in the series.
Sage Karam should be present to continue his championship fight after returning from racing in this years Indianapolis 500. Karam continues to lead the championship by just 33 points now over Connor Harrington. Connor missed the opportunity to close the gap on Karam after being involved in an incident with defending series champion Adam Blocker at the HyperX Pocono 200. Post-race evaluation has determined that Blocker was at fault in the incident and has been assessed and EOL penalty to be served at Iowa. We have seen Blocker come from the back and win races before. Can he possibly make his way to the front at the short track?
Tune in Wednesday, August 26th 2020 to watch the cars and stars of the Lionheart Indycar Series presented by First Medical Equipment take the center stage live on the iRacing eSports Network. Race coverage begins at 9:35 PM CST courtesy of the Global Sim Racing Channel.
For more information on the Lionheart Racing Series Powered by HyperX visit www.lionheartracingseries.com
Race Link: https://youtu.be/14Y81kz7B5Y
From the moment Josh Chin arrived in the Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX, the question became when, not if.
When would the road racing star break through for his first win?
That question was answered Wednesday night.
Chin held off two-time defending Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment champion Adam Blocker in a furious fight to win the Turn Racing Grand Prix of Sonoma, his first triumph as part of the SKM IndyCar team.
“It feels great,” Chin said. “Feels like I got the monkey off my back, after a few bad runs the last couple races.”
With teammate and championship leader Sage Karam sitting the event out, it was Chin who captured the pole and led all but four laps, but the race was not without drama.
Blocker, long considered the series top road course racer, led four laps and spent the final 10 stalking Chin.
“I was absolutely terrified,” Chin said of the final laps. “I think I’m happier to have a win than anyone else here.”
Blocker’s charge came up short while navigating lapped traffic over the final few laps.
“Good to be back on the podium,” Blocker said. “We’ve been close to wins and just haven’t gotten them. Either bad luck, or mistakes by me. We were pretty even on pace I thought, and I locked the rears up early and lost a good amount of time. We were just so even on pace it took me forever to get the time back.”
Blocker’s Adrenaline Motorsports teammate Andrew Kinsella came home third, 25 seconds behind the leaders.
“It was a lonely race, but I had to keep an eye on my relative,” Kinsella said. “I think Mike (Goodman) had to change a front wing on that last stop or it would’ve been a close race. It was nice to start in the top five on a road course for once, and run my own race versus running other people’s races.”
Michael Goodman was fourth, with championship contender Connor Harrington in fifth.
The race was uneventful after the opening lap, which saw Justin Weaver lose control coming up the hill to turn two. The spinning car of Weaver bounced into Adam Frazier, sending both off the track and out of the race. Brian Yaczik also picked up rear wing damage, leading to an early retirement for the Michigan native.
Later on the opening lap, Jason Galvin lost control in turn four. Galvin spun to the inside of the track, causing a few drivers to make evasive moves. Galvin dropped to 26th but rebounded to finish 14th, one lap down.
Karam’s absence tightened the championship battle. The points leader is preparing for the Indianapolis 500 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, which is likely to cause him to miss another start as well.
As a result, Harrington trails Karam by just 51 points now. Kinsella and Blocker are also both within 90 points of the lead, although Blocker also faces schedule uncertainty with his real-world job as an engineer with Ilmor Racing set to take him to Indianapolis as well.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment enters a three-race oval stretch now, starting with the HyperX Pocono 200. The race can be viewed live on the iRacing eSports Network at 10:35 p.m. EST on Wednesday, August 19, with Global SimRacing Channel producing the broadcast.
Its been nearly a month since the checkered flag fell at Indianapolis which saw NTT IndyCar Series driver Sage Karam take home his 4th victory of the Lionheart season and stretch his lead to 96 points over 2nd place Connor Harrington. A long month indeed for Harrington who been waiting for another chance to close in on the points leader.
Harrington has proven that he has what it takes to compete with Sage for a championship having scored 3 victories this season, one of them coming on the road at the HyperX Grand Prix of Indy. Reports around the paddock indicate that Sage Karam may not make the Round 10 event at Sonoma. This would indeed help bring the championship battle closer before the series begins a stretch of 3 oval races after Sonoma.
Jake Wright who is the winningest driver at Sonoma in Lionheart history with 2 victories is set to make another appearance this season. The California driver won back to back in Seasons 4 and 5 and also holds the record for the largest margin of victory at Sonoma when he finished ahead of Jonathan Goke by 30.753 seconds in Season 4. If Adam Blocker can find a way to victory lane, he would tie Jake in most wins as he is the defending race winner.
Defending Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment Champion Blocker currently sits 146 points back from first place. The 2-time champ has had a slower start to this season than what fans of the series are familiar with, scoring just 1 win on the season at Phoenix Raceway (Round 2).
The TURN Racing Grand Prix of Sonoma will take place Wednesday, July 29th 2020 live on the iRacing eSports Network. Coverage will begin at 9:35 PM CST courtesy of the Global Sim Racing Channel.
For more information on TURN Racing and their products visit www.turnracing.com
For more information on the Lionheart Racing Series visit www.lionheartracingseries.com
Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oOBv8qwD7s&feature=emb_title
The Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX is excited to announce the inaugural HyperX Summer Series. The series will feature drivers from the IndyCar, Retro and Challenge Series rosters across a total of 4 rounds.
Liveries have been provided by GRAAFIX eSPorts and decorated "IROC" style and feature HyperX branding throughout. Drivers will be challenged as they will contend with a car that is very different than the high down force open wheel machines known to Lionheart.
The Ford GTE was selected based off its track history both in the real and sim racing world and will be the perfect platform for this years series.
The series will race at two road and oval tracks with round 1 beginning at Daytona Road on August 2nd. Road courses will be 100 miles total and will be setup as heat races with two 25 mile heats and a 50 mile main event. Oval races will be 125 miles in length.
All races will take place on Sundays with live coverage beginning at 3PM CST via the Global Sim Racing Channel.
Full schedule can be seen here https://www.lionheartracingseries.com/hx-ss.html
For more information on HyperX and its products visit www.hyperxgaming.com
If there’s a better fixed setup IndyCar racer in the world, please stand up and make yourself known.
Until then, that title firmly belongs to Sage Karam.
The NTT IndyCar Series veteran capped off a perfect year at the Brickyard, dominating the final stages of the Lionheart HyperX Indianapolis 500 with a win in the biggest event for iRacing’s top fixed setup Indy Car series.
“We had a great strategy going,” Karam said. “I think without the final yellow we probably still would have won. We had great pace, and would’ve had fresher tires. We had the right strategy. It was a good run.”
Karam, who also won the top-split broadcasted fixed Indy 500 hosted by iRacing.com one month ago, had to be having deja vu as he looked in the mirrors and found Nathan Lewis closing in.
But Lewis got caught in the aero turbulence and with older tires, had to settle for second in an identical result to the official series Indy 500.
“It’s been a great year so far,” Karam said. “I think once the tires started to wear off 10 laps into a stint, it was really hard to get close, nearly impossible. I think that’s why you saw people going so hard on restarts.”
It was the fourth win of the season for Karam in the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment.
Lewis led his teammate, Connor Harrington, across the stripe after rallying from a 23rd place starting position.
“I didn’t think about finishing top three when we started this race,” Lewis said. “I didn’t qualify very well. I was stuck in 18th or 19th early. I gambled on a caution for track position. Kinda a little mad because I lost to Sage again, I lost to him in the Indy fixed 500, but it is what it is.”
Harrington, who won the Lionheart Indy GP on the road course two weeks earlier, closed out the podium by leapfrogging former Lionheart Indy 500 champions Adam Blocker and Andrew Kinsella on the final green flag run.
“I didn’t have high expectations,” Harrington said. “I wanted to just run 200 laps and get a good finish. We got a lucky break with a caution and capitalized on that with fresher tires and track position. It ended up being a good day for us.”
Despite missing the season opener, Karam now leads the championship battle by 96 points over Harrington. Kinsella sits third, with Blocker, a two-time defending series champion, fourth.
Kinsella and Blocker appeared poised to steal the win on strategy after staying out on a caution just past the halfway point. But the duo, along with Jason Galvin, were doomed when a final caution flew with just over 40 laps remaining.
As a result, the off-strategy group were forced to take full fuel on the final green flag stop, while the rest of the field was able to take advantage of a short-pit scenario.
As has been the norm for the Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX, the race ran incredibly clean.
Just five cautions slowed the action for 15 total laps.
The most impactful incident came on the final lap, as Arjuna Kankipati tried to limp his car home while running on fumes. Adrian Fernandez, a verteran of four Indianapolis 500’s, was closing in fast, trying to snag a top 10 in his first virtual running of the race.
Coming off turn four with the checkers in sight, Fernandez got into Kankipati, sending both into the wall while also collecting Chris Lanini.
This allowed Jake Wright to slip into the top 10, followed by teammates Jason Galvin and Lanini, while Kankipati and Fernandez fell to 17th and 18th respectively.
Another incident that went without caution but could have severely impacted the outcome of the race involved Josh Chin, who led 30 laps early. Karam’s teammate slapped the wall running in fifth midway through the event, leaving the eventual winner without a partner for the end of the race against Blocker and Kinsella.
39 drivers started the event. Big Joe Hassert, a perennial contender, was the first car out after a lap three incident with Mike Rigney. Rigney got into the wall exiting turn one, and slid down into Hassert, who was catapulted into the inside wall.
21 drivers finished the race.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment takes a much needed month-long break, and returns on Wednesday, July 29 for the Turn Racing Grand Prix of Sonoma.
The race can be seen live on the iRacing eSports Network with Global SimRacing Channel producing the show at 10:35 p.m. EST.
Connor Harrington had a third-place race car.
That didn’t keep him from victory lane.
Harrington won the Minus 273 Grand Prix of Indianapolis with a thrilling pass of a damaged Sage Karam as the pair streaked towards the checkered flag on the final lap.
It was the first road course victory for Harrington, and his third of 2020 in the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment.
“I’m in shock,” Harrington said. “I don’t know what happened, I don’t know if I’m dreaming. I can’t believe I won a road course race in the Lionheart series.”
Harrington was comfortably in third, several seconds behind Karam - who dominated the race - and defending series champion Adam Blocker.
But everything unraveled with 6 laps remaining.
As Karam lapped Lionheart debutante and eleven-time Formula 1 race winner Rubens Barrichello on the front straight, more lapped traffic loomed.
Karam collided with the slower Brandon Limkemann, who was also slowing down for cars in front of him. The contact caused Limkemann to flip, and broke the left side of Karam’s wing off.
By the time he got to turn three, Karam’s 1.7 second lead was gone and Blocker was wheel-to-wheel for the lead.
Remarkably, Karam fought back to the lead down the infield straight, leading to another overtake attempt by Blocker on the pit straight.
This time, Karam blocked hard to the pit wall, causing Blocker to lift or crash and jolt back to the left. The duo again fought wheel-to-wheel until turn 7, when Blocker lost control under power and spun out.
Barrichello arrived with nowhere to go, plowing Blocker and sending him flipping into the grass to a DNF.
That’s when Harrington began to smell blood.
“I was kinda just out riding in no man’s land, and things just happened,” Harrington said. “It was a crazy finish. I had two push to passes left, and used the first one coming to the white and couldn’t get him.”
Seven second back when the initial crash occurred, Harrington caught Karam on the penultimate lap but was unable to clear Karam on the front straight.
But Harrintgon kept the pressure on and as the duo exited the infield section for the final run to the line, Karam slipped wide and clipped the grass.
That was all Harrington needed. The Syracuse, New York native darted to the outside of Karam in the oval turn 1, and won the drag race back to the checkers.
“I was on the wrong side to make a move into one on the white flag lap,” Harrington said. “I think Karam was out of button presses on the last lap. I don’t even know how much I won by.”
Karam discussed the hard move on Blocker while battling in the chaotic final laps.
“Unfortunate, we had a great race going,” Karam said. “There was a damaged car and I thought they left a lane, and then they didn’t….and then Adam and I got into it on the front. I thought he’d know it was a no brainer that I’d block the wall there, and ended up hitting the wall there and bent the toe.”
Arjuna Kankipati was the beneficiary of Blocker’s wreck, capturing his first Lionheart podium finish.
“I definitely prefer the road courses,” Kankipati said. “Just a great race for us today.”
Andrew Kinsella and fromer series champion Jake Wright rounded out the top five.
The race was relatively clean until that point, with minor accidents eliminating the likes of Jason Galvin, Joe Branch, Joe Hassert and Josh Chin.
18 drivers finished on the lead lap.
41 cars took the green flag, a Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX record for a road course event, including five drivers with real world racing success: Karam, Barrichello, 2013 Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan, and a pair of Mexican sports car champions, Adrian Fernandez (also of CART fame), and Luis Diaz.
Karam holds a 74-point advantage over Harrington, with Kinsella falling to third, 81 back of the lead. Blocker remains in fourth but now sits 118 points back of the lead.
Next up for the Lionheart IndyCar Series, the HyperX Indianapolis 500.
The race is set for Sunday, June 28 and can be seen live on the iRacing eSports Network with Global SimRacing Channel producing the broadcast, with a 4 p.m. EST start.
For nearly 6 years the Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX has qualified and raced on the same night. New for 2020 iRacing has implemented the ability to use lap averages vs fastest single lap for qualifying. In an effort to continue its quest to be as realistic as possible series officials have decided to hold qualifying on a separate night, where the field will be determined in the Indianapolis tradition of fastest 4 lap average.
42 drivers are expected to participate in the HyperX Race for the Pole Wednesday June 24th. Drivers have been randomly assigned a starting order as track conditions will likely change throughout the session. As luck would have it the order looks to provide quite a bit of excitement and drama as many of the leagues fastest drivers will be taking their runs towards the beginning, middle and end of the session.
New for this year is the ability for drivers to use several of the in-car adjustments such as the front and rear anti roll bars as well as the weight jacker. These tools allow a driver to adjust the handling of the car on the fly which they must master to gain the maximum speed necessary to achieve a higher spot on the grid.
HyperX has also initiated a product giveaway surrounding qualifying and the upcoming HyperX Indianapolis 500. Nearly $1000 dollars in gaming peripherals are being offered as prizes for a few lucky winners. For more information on the HyperX product giveaway visit www.lionheartracingseries.com/giveaway
The live qualifying broadcast can be seen on the iRacing eSports Network with coverage being brought by the Global Sim Racing Channel. Coverage begins at 9:35 PM CST.
Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUOn-ofmNQE&feature=emb_title