Story written by Connor Harrington
With just over a week before the 2021 Lionheart Indycar Series presented by Buttkicker kicks off from Miami live on Racespot, the silly season has quieted down, and there are a lot of lineup changes for this years’ campaign that are sure to bring lots of excitement.
Let’s start with last seasons team champions Adrenaline Motorsports. 2020 runner up Andrew Kinsella and fellow Canadian Bryan Carey add 5-time iRacing Indycar Road series champion Henry Bennett to their roster on Adrenaline Motorsports Red. Defending series champion Adam Blocker remains as the sole driver for Adrenaline Powerslide as he will fulfill his real world Indycar commitments in 2021. Joe Branch moves over to Adrenaline Motorsports Black with 2020 race winners Tony Showen and Chris Stofer.
Six-time 2020 winner and real world Indycar driver Sage Karam teams up with blazing fast teammate Damon Martinez for the 2021 campaign to form the two car BDE Motorsports. It will be interesting to see if the duo picks up a third driver to contend for the team title.
Alkentech Simulation NHR e-Sports captain Stephen Laarkamp retains Matt Taylor after filling in as an emergency substitute coming off a second-place team championship finish. They will add the #20 of Chris Fowler to the team and are hoping to do one spot better in 2021.
The new team of PRIVATE LABEL Team Hype sees series heavyweights Josh Chin and Connor Harrington team up after strong top 5 efforts in 2020 in which the pair combined for 5 wins and 4 pole positions. Series rookie and former iRacing Indy 500 top split winner Jason Brophy will pilot the third car for the new outfit in 2021.
The Synergy Motorsports stable of teams expand from two teams to three, with the addition of 2020 Lionheart Retro Series champion Ryan Otis and Retro Series driver James Paulson to join series stalwart Dustin Wardlow on Synergy Silver. The Hacker duo of Ron and Ken join Jorge Anzaldo on Synergy Blue, and a new combo of Brian Beard, Jay Brant, and Justin Weaver will race under the Synergy umbrella for Synergy Black.
Loud Pedal Motorsports will once again field two teams in 2021, GRAAFix LMP and Thumbs Up Cancer Down LMP. On GRAFFix LMP; Tyler Graaf will partner with two rookies who had strong finishes at the end of their partial 2020 seasons, Mike Rasimas and Aaron Morgan, while perennial oval aces Jason Galvin and Joe Hassert team up with Brian Greenlee to form Thumbs Up Cancer Down LMP. Brian Yaczik will move to a limited schedule after the birth of their first child, Congrats Brian!
Former Indycar driver Richie Hearn and teammate Chris Ragan move their Elite West Motorsports team from the Retro Series over to the IR-18. Sector 5 sees Lionheart veterans George Sandman, Scott Holmes, and Lionel Calisto team up for the 2021 season. James Krahula picks up Samuel Reiman and Retro Series race winner Ricky Hardin for Sim Racing Merch Esports. There are two new single car teams that will contest their maiden season in 2021, with Luis Gonzalez Nunez driving for Neki Racing Team, and Matt Huston piloting the #99 for Team RaceVerse. 2020 Lionheart Indycar Pocono winner Mike Rigney and Adam Frazier remain the only two independent drivers for this season.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series Presented by ButtKicker 2021 Season kicks things off March 3rd with the HyperX Miami 200 at Homestead. Live coverage begins at 9:35 pm CST provided by RaceSpot TV.
For more information on the Lionheart Racing Series Powered by HyperX visit www.lionheartracingseries.com
The Lionheart Racing Series Powered by HyperX announced today a partnership with SimSnap Photography, the leader in professional grade sim racing photography.
SimSnap Photography was founded by Bayley Bell in 2020 and is based in Perth, Western Australia. Bayley channeled his passion for motorsports and photography which can be seen in all of the amazing images coming from his studio. In addition, Bayley has over 10 years of real-world motor racing experience. SimSnap Photography provides iRacing users the most convenient means to have their favorite racing moments captured in high resolution photographs from replay files sent in by customers.
Each image produced by SimSnap Photography is manually captured and edited, ensuring a consistently high standard of quality in each and every image. Orders are delivered within 48 hours allowing for quick turnaround meeting tight media deadlines.
Lionheart Racing Series founder Jorge Anzaldo was looking for the right studio to cover the league for the 2021 Season.
“Lionheart has expanded in a big way for 2021,” Anzaldo said. “We were in search for a photographer to cover all 58 events for our upcoming season. We needed a studio that could handle the workload while providing the level of professionalism and detail that we strive for each and every year. After seeing SimSnap Photography’s portfolio our choice was crystal clear. I am so excited to have SimSnap providing the photo coverage for Lionheart during our 2021 Season.”
SimSnap Photography owner Bayley Bell shared his enthusiasm about the collaboration.
“We look forward to working with Lionheart throughout the 2021 Season and can’t wait to photograph every event on the calendar to showcase some of the amazing race action yet to come!”
SimSnap Photography will provide a total of 580 high resolution photos from Lionheart’s 3 championship series. All photos will be shared via the Lionheart website and social channels for fans to enjoy. SimSnap Photography will be featured as the presenting sponsor to a total of 3 events during 2021. The IndyCar Series Phillip Island Grand Prix, Retro series Silverstone Grand Prix and Speedway Series Texas 200.
For more information on SimSnap Photography visit www.simsnap.com. For more information on the Lionheart Racing Series Powered by HyperX visit www.lionheartracingseries.com
The Lionheart Racing Series announced today a continued partnership between Minus 273 the premier name in karting gloves and apparel and the series for a third season.
Multiple Lionheart members began sim racing with their Minus 273 gloves a few years ago and they were an instant hit on the virtual track.
Minus 273 is a motorsports lifestyle brand specifying in karting’s most technical, specialized gloves, while bridging the gap of the industry’s missing personality and style.
Minus 273 will feature several great lines of gloves for 2021 including the Blitz and Camo gloves. The Poly Evo, Snap, Skeletal and Zero Evo will round out the glove offering, providing real world as well as virtual drivers multiple styling options.
As it turns out, karting gloves make great sim racing gloves as well.
“This will be the third straight season racing with Minus 273 gloves. Minus 273’s gloves provide the absolute best control and comfort for sim racing,” said league founder Jorge Anzaldo. “I simply can’t race without my Minus 273 at this point. Once you try them, you’ll be hooked. I am so very excited to have Minus 273 back again as one of Lionheart’s premier sponsors.”
The industry-leading gloves are super lightweight and durable, made of breathable poly-spandex. The form-fitting gloves are available in sizes ranging from 3XS-XL.
Minus 273 will be the presenting sponsor to the “Series Details” segment for all 58 broadcast events in 2021.
Minus 273 will also be the presenting sponsor to 3 live events during 2021, the Indianapolis Grand Prix in the IndyCar Series, the Pocono 200 in the Speedway Series and the Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio in the Retro Series. Minus 273 will additionally will receive sponsorships to 15 on board cameras throughout the year.
Minus 273 will also provide support to the series by offering 8 pairs of their karting gloves to each of Lionheart’s championship series including providing a 15% discount on their products to Lionheart viewers and fans using promo code MINUS273LHRS15. Lionheart will also purchase a number of gloves to further add to this seasons prize pool.
Lionheart Racing Series has also continued its support of karting racer Asher Farris for another year by supplying the young driver with two pairs of Minus 273 gloves for his season.
Want to have the same comfort and control as some of the world’s best karting and sim racing drivers? Visit www.minus273.biz and order your gloves and other apparel today.
The Lionheart Racing Series Powered by HyperX announced today its official partnership with GRAAFix eSports known for its fantastic livery design and branding in both the virtual and real motorsports world.
Tyler Graaf, owner of GRAAFix eSports is no stranger to the Lionheart Racing Series. Joining in 2018, Tyler quickly became one of the leagues most popular drivers and eventually found him self working hand in hand with series admins. Tyler became widely known throughout the league for his talents as a graphic artist designing close to a third of all virtual liveries competing in Lionheart.
It was Tyler’s ability and artistic talent that caught the eye of series founder Jorge Anzaldo.
“We found out early on what Tyler could do artistically,” Anzaldo said. “Tyler and helped fill a void that the league needed in a very critical time. His work on our sponsor guides was pivotal in assisting the league in finding some of its most important sponsors. From custom logos to our amazing yearly Indy 500 Spotters Guide Tyler and GRAAFix eSports has helped define the look of the series. Just wait till you see his 2021 collection of liveries in action this year. Tyler does some amazing work. I’m extremely proud to have GRAAFix partnering with the Lionheart Racing Series in this capacity for the 2021 Season.”
The new partnership allowed Tyler Graaf to reflect on his involvement with the series as well as the future of Lionheart.
“I followed a friend to Lionheart in early 2018 and had no Idea what I was getting myself into. From my first meeting with Jorge, I knew this league was better than anything I’ve ever raced in. Just the organization of the league itself was better orchestrated than some karting series I ran as a teenager. The competition and commitment of everyone in this series pushed me to improve my sim racing craft as fast as I could. As the league’s drivers have evolved and gotten even more skilled, the excitement of being here grows each year. Very quickly I realized I had a product that could help move the league forward, and I was asking Jorge how I could be involved by the end of 2018.”
“Aside from designing liveries for a large handful of the drivers in Lionheart, being able to provide this graphical content that is so important to the visual image of the league is humbling. I put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure every aspect of my design work is done to give the all the leagues partners and sponsors the best visual exposure in sim racing. The better they look, the more it benefits the league and the drivers that put so much into it. This league carries a name that is so Important to me. Dan Wheldon was my racing idol growing up, and the more Lionheart grows as a series, the more it contributes to his legacy. Dan’s legacy is something I was lucky enough to contribute with in other forms as well. In 2013 Susie Wheldon brought me on as the official designer of the Dan Wheldon Pro-Am Karting Challenge charity race, I learned so much about Dan and his legacy from fellow drivers and friends. The culture in this series embodies who Dan was, Lionheart is an amazing place to race that is also filled with great people, drivers and admins who are driven so hard to succeed. GRAAFix’s home is Lionheart. I am extremely excited for this season, and ecstatic for our first year as official partners.”
GRAAFix eSports will provide a multitude of graphics arts work for the series including all of the league’s custom race logos, schedule graphics and spotters guides for every championship series for 2021. GRAAFix will also create custom graphics for social media use by the league as well as logistical assistance by handling all of the leagues virtual paint files and custom league overlays, ensuring that the field looks their best each and every event.
GRAAFix eSports will be featured as the title sponsor to 3 races during the 2021 Season as well as the title sponsor to the first ever triple crown event for the new Speedway Series at Homestead Miami Speedway on April 19th, 2021. Also, as part of the sponsorship agreement GRAAFix will be supplied with a total of 30 on board cameras which will be spread out across Lionheart’s 58 live events.
For more information on GRAAFix eSports and to see their full line up of services and portfolio visit www.graafixesports.com
For more information on the Lionheart Racing Series Powered by HyperX visit www.lionheartracingseries.com
The Lionheart Racing Series and RaceSpot TV announced today a multi-year broadcast package covering all three of Lionheart’s premier online racing championships.
Formed just a year apart from one another, the Lionheart Racing Series and RaceSpot TV have grown considerably over the past seven years, gaining increasing popularity within the iRacing community. 2021 will see both paths meet, moving forward to bring Lionheart’s live events to the next level.
RaceSpot TV is a live eSports broadcast network focusing primarily on sim racing. RaceSpot TV produces over 15 hours of high-quality live broadcasts each week to a global audience.
“Since our inception our company motto has been no gimmicks just awesome broadcasting,” says Wil Vincent, RaceSpot TV COO and Head of Broadcast Operations. “We believe that our job is to be storytellers for some of the world’s biggest eSports moments, whilst ensuring we provide a recognizable motorsports product to viewers who may be new to the concept of competitive eSports. We invest heavily in every aspect of our product to ensure that every broadcast provides informative commentary and lasting memories.”
Lionheart Racing Series founder Jorge Anzaldo was excited at the opportunity to work with one of the world’s leading eSports content producers.
“This couldn’t have come at a better time,” Anzaldo said. “We have worked extremely hard to get to this point. Forming this partnership with RaceSpot TV is going to open so many doors for our league. With RaceSpot TV and ESTV airing our races 2021 is going to be the biggest in league history. I’m excited to have RaceSpot TV handling our live race coverage.”
RaceSpot TV will provide live coverage for Lionheart’s IndyCar, Speedway and Retro Series for a combined 58 events in 2021.
In addition, Lionheart events will also air on the first 24-hour eSports network, ESTV. The series debuted to impressive audience numbers late in the 2020 season on the relatively new platform.
The IndyCar Series will kick things off March 3rd 2021 at Homestead Miami Speedway. Broadcast times will begin at 9:35 PM CST. For further information on the Lionheart Racing Series and its 2021 Schedule visit www.lionheartracingseries.com
For more information on RaceSpot TV visit www.racespot.tv For more information on ESTV visit www.estv.co
The Lionheart Racing Series and the The Guitammer Company announced its continued partnership for the upcoming 2021 Season.
The deal, announced by Lionheart Racing Series founder Jorge Anzaldo, will see The Guitammer Company’s popular line of ButtKicker Gaming products featured as the title sponsor to Lionheart’s IndyCar Series.
“We were so excited for the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with The Guitammer Company and ButtKicker,” Anzaldo said. “Being able to bring these great products to our drivers, fans and other series partners once again, for a fourth year and especially as the title sponsor to our most popular series, just proves how successful this league has become, and how supportive our drivers are of the companies that invest in us.”
In 2021, ButtKicker Gaming products will provide eight prizes to drivers across the Lionheart Racing Series. Winners of the ButtKicker Rookie of the Year in both the Lionheart IndyCar Series and Lionheart Retro Series will have the choice of a ButtKicker Gamer2 or ButtKicker Simulation Kit.
Other ButtKicker prizes will be handed out throughout the year as part of prize packages to drivers in all three series.
“We’re pleased to continue our partnership with Lionheart Racing Series”, said Guitammer Head of Gaming Andrew Luden. “Jorge and the Lionheart team have created a powerhouse racing series that we’re proud to support. We look forward to their continued growth and success in 2021”.
ButtKicker also returns as sponsor of the P1 awards, given to drivers earning poles and wins in a Lionheart sanctioned race. The starting lineup for each race broadcasted by RaceSpot TV and ESTV will also feature the Starting Grid presented by ButtKicker in 2021. ButtKicker will also be the title sponsor to a total of five races in 2021, including two Triple Crown events. Additionally, ButtKicker will also be the presenting sponsor of the “Countdown to Green” 15-minute pre-race show for Lionheart’s IndyCar Series.
“We can’t thank The Guitammer Company enough for their continued support of our series,” Anzaldo said. “They’ve committed again to offering a discount in the 2021 season to drivers and fans of our league. There’s nothing better than a partner who is willing to work with you and for your drivers and fans. The Guitammer Company has gone above and beyond, and we really cannot thank them enough and I’m so excited to have them back on again for our 9th Season.”
Fans will once again receive a 20 percent discount on products using promo code LION2021. Additionally, Lionheart has been added as an affiliate. Those looking to order ButtKicker Gaming products should visit https://thebuttkicker.com/?aff=3.
The DMLC Racing Channel and the Lionheart Racing Series today have announced a naming rights sponsorship for Lionheart’s brand-new Lionheart Speedway Series.
Now known as the Lionheart Speedway Series Presented by DMLC Racing Channel, the oval only series will return Lionheart back to where it all started by utilizing the DW-12 IndyCar. The Lionheart IndyCar Series competed for 5 full seasons with the DW-12 before switching over to the modern IR-18 in 2017. This new series brings back the excitement and competitiveness that is special to IndyCar oval racing.
DMLC Racing Channel founder Marc Cohn - the Lionheart Retro Series Driver of the Year in 2019 wanted to return to full time competition in the Lotus 79 and felt it best to move his title sponsorship support onto Lionheart’s newest series.
“Lionheart gave me opportunities beyond my wildest imagination,” Cohn said. “Whether it was furthering myself as a driver, improving the quality of my channel’s content, or getting the chance to join the family of tight-knit sim racers with amazing camaraderie, Lionheart has meant everything to me over these last few years. I’m looking forward to stepping back into the virtual Lotus 79 cockpit while also giving support to Lionheart’s newest endeavor.”
The DMLC Racing Channel was founded in 2018 by Cohn, a lifelong racing enthusiast who wanted to share his passion for sim racing with others. His channel has become famous in the open-wheel community for its humor and Marc’s constant dialogue throughout his races. Cohn has also earned a reputation as a fierce yet clean competitor, capable of winning any event he enters, adding to the excitement of his content.
Lionheart Racing Series founder Jorge Anzaldo said he was excited to see Cohn continue his association with the league and support for its newest series.
“Marc’s support has meant so much to this league,” Anzaldo said. “Marc has made significant contributions, not only as a driver but as a member of the family. Marc has been a true friend and when he approached me about sponsoring our new Speedway Series, I couldn't say no.”
The Lionheart Speedway Series Presented by DMLC Racing Channel kicks off its 18-race season on Thursday, March 15th at Twin Ring Motegi. All races can be viewed live on Racespot TV as well as ESTV.
You can follow Marc and the DMLC Racing Channel on YouTube and on his Facebook page. For more information on the Lionheart Speedway Series presented by DMLC Racing Channel, head to www.LionheartRacingSeries.com. For more information on Racespot TV visit https://www.racespot.tv/ For more information on ESTV visit www.estv.co
With just four rounds remaining in the 2020 Season, the series once again will take a moment to remember a very special friend, competitor and league organizer. It’s hard to believe that it has been three years since Patrick’s passing, with his loss still felt to this day by all who knew him.
Taylor born and raised in Canada, joined Lionheart late in 2015 competing in just two events before racing his first full season in 2016. It was during that time that everyone involved in the league had the honor of getting to know him. “A friend to all” was one of the ways he was described by his league mates. Patrick was always there with a positive attitude and a friendly voice.
“Patrick was always willing to help,” said league owner Jorge Anzaldo. “It wasn’t long before Patrick joined the admin team and made such a difference. I’ll never forget the hard work and dedication that he showed this league. He was instrumental in assisting with the day to day operations of the league as well as writing pre-race stories, creating media guides for series broadcast partner GSRC and providing feedback on post-race reports.”
“Sundays before each race week were always the best” Anzaldo said. “Patrick and I would always meet together and go over everything regarding the league. We would finalize little details about the upcoming races, make sure everything was in order and just have great conversations. I can’t tell you how much I miss him and how I wish all the new guys would’ve had the chance to meet him. I often wonder what he would think about where the league is today, especially with the competition, sponsorships and growth.”
Brandon Limkemann had the pleasure of crowning Patrick as the inaugural recipient of the league’s Dan Wheldon Driver of the Year Award in 2016. It was a very special moment and one that took Taylor completely by surprise.
Every year since his passing, the league continues to play tribute to one of Lionheart’s very best. Last year’s memorial race at Mosport was hosted by the Retro Series. This year the leagues IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment will have the honor of celebrating Patrick’s life and contribution to the league.
Canadian Tire Motorsports Park has appeared on the schedule each year beginning in Season 5 and has produced 3 different winners. Both Adam Blocker and Sage Karam have scored victories at the circuit. The two sit one and two in the standings with Karam leading the defending champion Blocker by just 14 points. Kinsella sits 46 points back from Karam and is certainly not out of the fight just yet. Harrington who has had a streak of bad luck the last few rounds with DNF’s will need a strong finish to bring himself back into contention.
Whomever wins the championship this season must prove themselves across two road courses as well as a short track and the superspeedway at Auto Club. The bell has rung, it’s time to battle for every last position in the standings. Will Blocker be able to defend his Lionheart IndyCar Championship or will we have a new champion? The road to victory goes through Mosport.
The Patrick Taylor Memorial Grand Prix presented by Loud Pedal Motorsport takes place live November 4th 2020 on the iRacing eSports Network courtesy of the Global Sim Racing Channel. Coverage begins at 9:35 PM CST.
For more information on Loud Pedal Motorsports visit facebook @loudpedalmotorsports
For more information on the Lionheart Racing Series visit. www.lionheartracingseries.com
Sage Karam made a statement Wednesday night.
The NTT IndyCar Series veteran racked up his series-leading fifth win of 2020 at Phillip Island in the HyperX Grand Prix, leading all but three laps, after a daring first lap pass.
“It was a good night overall,” Karam said. “Was able to get out, break the draft, get in clean air and run a clean race.”
Karam reignited his rivalry with two-time defending Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment champion Adam Blocker in the first seconds of the race.
As the field barreled into the wide-open first turn, Karam used the draft to slingshot inside of Blocker, who captured his third pole of 2020.
Just before making his move, the two appeared to touch. On corner exit, Karam sliced across the nose of Blocker, completing the pass. The contact gave Blocker a mandatory rear wing change on his first pit stop, ending any hope to compete for a win.
He would rally to finish third.
“I took the racing line into turn one, lap one, and Sage just hit the back of me,” a frustrated Blocker said. “Could’ve wrecked the whole field. I had to lift a little and he cleared me. I was happy with my pace. I had the pace for him, pace was right there. It would’ve been a fight the whole race. It just sucks.”
Karam defended the aggression, which gave him a clear track for the rest of the race.
“I had a really big draft going into turn one,” Karam said. “I was able to make the move. This track isn’t one of my favorites because it’s easy to make a mistake. But I ran a mistake-free race.”
Joshua Chin benefitted from the wing change for Blocker, finishing second.
“Happy to take second, it’s good for the points,” Chin said. “Adam had those issues with the rear wing and that let me get out there all alone in second, and was just able to run quick enough to keep second.”
Andrew Kinsella finished fourth, with Connor Harrington rallying from 31st to fifth to keep his championship hopes alive. Harrington served an EOL penalty at the beginning of the race for contact in the previous round.
25 of the 33 drivers to start the race finished, with 15 on the lead lap. Several incidents shook up the field.
On lap two, Bryan Carey spun in turn 6. Dustin Wardlow, Tyler Graaf and Jason Galvin all made contact with the spinning Carey. Only Wardlow would continue, and several other cars also received damage in the ensuing stackup.
On lap 14, Damon Martinez and Nathan Lewis raced wheel-to-wheel through the tight Honda and Siberia complex, only to make contact coming up the hill towards turn 9. Lewis shot off the track, slid through the grass and then plowed into Brian Yaczik.
Martinez was penalized after the race for avoidable contact. Lewis and Yaczik could not continue.
The top five in points also finished top five in the race, and the championship picture looks similar following the event.
Karam, searching for his first Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX championship, leads Kinsella by 35 points. Blocker sits seven further back in third, with Harrington fourth and within striking distance as well.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment heads back to the ovals for the next two events, the second leg of a three-in-a-row stretch, this Wednesday night.
The DMLC Racing Channel 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway can be seen live Wednesday, October 14, on the Global SimRacing Channel and iRacing eSports Network at 10:35 p.m. EST.
The adage ‘good things come to those who wait’ has perhaps never been more fitting in the Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX.
Tony Showen finally broke through for his first career win in the premier Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment Wednesday night, holding off Joshua Chin in a thrilling photo finish in the Fisch Motors 200 at Chicagoland Speedway.
The landmark victory for the Adrenaline Motorsports driver came in his 114th career IndyCar series start. Shown has one win in the Lionheart Retro Series.
“I was looking at the stats today actually,” Showen said in victory lane. “And I said to myself ‘good god, what a loser.’...I have no idea what just happened. I ended up in the back because my fuel didn’t fill, and from there on it was road rage mode.”
Showen held off Chin after the race was turned upside down by a caution with eight laps remaining, trapping a contingent of cars that had dominated the race a lap down, and assuring the alternate strategy cars could make it to the finish.
Jorge Anzaldo, battling to get laps back after having to pit for fuel, ducked onto the apron on the front straight after approaching a group of cars in fuel saving mode. When he got to turn one, Anzaldo lost control, and slid up the track into the middle of the pack that had led most of the race.
Jason Galvin, Connor Harrington, Joe Branch and others were taken out in the ensuing melee, which also trapped Brian Yazik (race high 41 laps led) and Adam Blocker (30 laps led) a lap down.
That setup a two lap sprint to the finish. Showen jumped out in front, allowing Chin to make a big running as the final lap began.
Chin even nosed ahead down the back straight, but Showen ducked to the apron exiting turn four and held on to win by 0.025 seconds.
“I knew if you were on the bottom you were golden,” Showen said. “You could just hold it down there and have the short way around. It was just a matter of staying out of his draft.”
The second place finish for Chin marked his sixth top five finish of the year, and catapulted him back into the championship race.
“It was more possible in one and two to get around people up top,” Chin said. “In three and four, it was pretty much impossible. The bottom was just too good. You needed the other driver to make a mistake.”
Scott Holmes was the surprising third place finished, a career best finish for the rookie. Bart Workman finished fourth, just ahead of Mike Rasimas in his series debut.
13 cars finished on the lead lap, thanks mostly to the final caution. The yellow flag flew seven times, while 12 drivers swapped the lead a total of 19 times.
Two major incidents caused a massive points shakeup.
Sage Karam was involved in a lap nine crash, ending his night in dead last. Karam still leads the championship standings, but by just 19 over a surging Andrew Kinsella.
Then, on lap 77, Harrington stayed out on old tires and immediately pushed up into Joe Hassert, an early race favorite, causing a crash. Hassert’s night was over, and Harrington struggled until being involved again in the final caution.
As a result, Harrington fell to fourth in points, with Adam Blocker third. The top four are separated by a mere 37 points with seven races remaining.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series enters its home stretch and returns to the road course side of action with round 14, the HyperX Grand Prix of Phillip Island. The race can be seen live on the iRacing eSports Network and Global SimRacing Channel on Wednesday, October 7 at 10:35 p.m. EST.