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.
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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.
With just 3 road courses remaining on the 2020 Season the time to show road superiority starts now. Three drivers sit within striking distance of points leader Sage Karam. A strong showing at Phillip Island will definitely be necessary in order to close the gap.
Karam who has been known to dominate the road events sits just 19 points ahead of Andrew Kinsella and 37 ahead of fourth place Harrington. Defending series champion Adam Blocker sits 32 points back and is in a position potentially inherit the lead if he can find a way to victory lane tonight.
Blocker is the defending race winner from 2018 having won over Dan Geren by 12.366 seconds. The closest finish at Phillip Island came at the inaugural event back in 2016 when Jake Wright won over Dan Geren by 0.609 seconds. Geren would eventually find victory lane in 2017 in one of the best battles at the Australian track in league history.
Series rookie Chris Fowler has shown significant pace coming into the HyperX Grand Prix of Phillip Island, having started on pole for the second warm up race and finishing 4th. The lap times are there, can Fowler dig deep and bring home a solid finish?
The Team Championship continues to heat up with SKM climbing one spot in the standings to second behind Alkentech Simulation / NHR e-Sports. Adrenaline Motorsports Red is 40 points back from first. Can Adrenaline climb back up or will their championship streak come to an end? With 7 races remaining it may come down to the 500-mile finale at Auto Club.
Who will win the HyperX Grand Prix of Phillip Island?
Tune in live on the iRacing eSports Network at 9:35 pm CST with coverage provided by the Global Sim Racing Channel.
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Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KIgJsEb2EM&feature=emb_title
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
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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
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Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oOBv8qwD7s&feature=emb_title