The Dandy Dan Geren revenge tour is off to a good start. Coming off three consecutive championship runner-up seasons, the Iowa native roared to the front of the field following the final set of pit stops, distancing himself from the competition before holding off a hard-charging Chris Stofer in the First Medical Equipment 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
It’s the first time Geren has won the season opener in the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment.
“I knew coming off four I would have to hold the bottom,” Geren said. “I didn’t know if the tires would hold the bottom or not, but they sure did. I’m glad it worked out.”
Stofer and his teammate - and defending series champion - Adam Blocker, worked tirelessly over the final 15 laps to run down Geren and Michael Goodman. The Adrenaline Motorsports duo dispatched of Goodman and Stofer made a final lap charge on Geren, but ended up a only getting to his rear wheel in the final corner.
“Adam and I just worked together to get up there,” Stofer said. “Luckily there was lapped traffic but it also hurt us a bit. If we could’ve got around them sooner than I may have had more than one crack at Dan at the end.”
For Geren, the win marks a much improved start to the season. Last year, Geren wrecked out of the race, in what would become a seemingly never-ending trend of incidents that Geren was swept up in. By mid season, Geren was buried outside the top five in points.
But a late season run of continuous top five’s and victories saw Geren nearly steal the championship, finishing 13 points short. He hopes a better start this year will lead to a first championship.
“I felt like Homestead kinda owed me one,” Geren said. “This is a great start to 2019.”
Blocker was content with third, after starting deep in the field and working his way to the front.
“I slid my box in the last stop, cost me about a second,” Blocker said. “I don’t know if that mattered because I got hooked up with Stofer. The lapped cars didn’t do us a favor either.”
Goodman settled for fourth, with a third Adrenaline driver - Andrew Kinsella - in fifth.
A third of the field was wiped out or damaged during the final caution, a giant wreck on the front straight.
As the cars crossed the line to begin lap 78, Ken Hacker clipped the right rear tire of third place Tony Showen. The two cars spun up the track in front of the field, collecting more than a dozen cars, including Sage Karam, early leader’s Joe Hassert and Dustin Wardlow, Scott Bolster and more.
Three other cautions slowed the action.
On lap 68, Dustin Wardlow slid up and touched with Joe Flanagan. As Flanagan spun, Jason Galvin was left with nowhere to go. Mike Rigney was also eliminated in the wreck.
David Altman brought out a caution after early contact with Paul Jenkins sent him spinning into the inside wall. Altman attempted to head to the pits and could not, causing the second yellow on lap 45.
Shaun Cole brought the opening caution in turn one of the season, clipping the apron and spinning. Bart Workman, Justin Kirby and Marc Cohn were each collected.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment heads to Watkins Glen for the Minus 273 Grand Prix at the Glen presented by Cranfield Simulation. The race can be seen live on the iRacing eSports Network with presentation by Global SimRacing Channel at 10:35 p.m. EST on March 27.
The long off season is over, the 2019 All-Star Race winner has been crowned. Now it is time for the drivers of the Lionheart IndyCar season to get back down to business at the first race of the 2019 season, the First Medical Equipment 200 from Homestead Miami Speedway.
It has been an off season of changes for the Lionheart Series, with a completely revamped rulebook, highlighted by a new team championship. In years past, each team scored points with up to 5 drivers. This year, it is down to 3 drivers per team maximum. Never fear for some of the powerhouse teams though, a new “organization” championship allows 2 teams to team up and earn points towards a separate prize. This change has seen a number of teams and drivers change places.
Perhaps the least changed is the Adrenaline Motorsports team. Andrew Kinsella, Adam Blocker, Joe Branch, Tony Showen and Chris Stofer are all back for another year at with rookie Bryan Carey joining last season’s team champions. Kinsella, Blocker and Carey will make up Adrenaline Red, while Stofer, Showen and Branch will make up Adrenaline Black.
Also returning largely intact is Synergy Motorports. Jorge Anzaldo, Brandon Limkemann, Dan Geren, Dustin Wardlow and Ron Hacker are joined by Ron’s Brother Ken Hacker. Anzaldo, Limkemann and K. Hacker will make up Synergy West, while R. Hacker, Dan Geren and Dustin Wardlow make up Synergy East.
No Name Racing folded at the end of last season, with 3 of their drivers, James Krahula, Jason Galvin and Big Joe Hassert joining Brian Yaczik and Brian Greenlee at Loud Pedal Motosports. Chris Lanini rounds out the 6th entry for the organization. Thumbs Up Cancer Down has also come on board as a sponsor, with Yaczik, Greenlee and Krahula on LPM Thumbs Up, while Galvin, Hassert and Lanini are on the Cancer Down team.
Skid Mark Motorsports has expanded this season. Joining Scotty Johnson, Bart Workman and Brian Beard are rookies Paul Jenkins and James Brant. Johnson and Workman will be on the Skid Mark Gold, while Brant, Jenkins and Beard will be on the Skid Mark Black.
The final organization will be an alliance formed between NLR and Controlled Chaos Racing. The NLR trio of Tyler Graaf, Isaiah Dupre and Greg West will for one team, while the Controlled Chaos duo of Bob Mikes and Samuel Reiman will form the other.
The 8 Ball Motorsports team of Michael Goodman and Justin Weaver, The NHR e-Sports team of Stephen Laarkamp and Connor Harrington, and the Dragonfly Racing team of Robert Blouin and David Altman all return for another season largely unchanged, but all have elected not to go for the organization championship, instead choosing to remain independent.
Finally we have the new teams. SimPit Racing with Shaun Cole and John G. Hill, Darkside Racing with Scott Bolster and Jason Robarge, Fat Dog Racing with Joe Flanagan and Mike Rigney all enter the league this season and look to chase after the team crown.
Last but not least, sim racing giants Coanda Sim Sport join the Lionheart IndyCar Series with Sage Karam at the wheel.
Got all that? Good, because the action is just about to kick off, and there is still much more to talk about. Last season, Adam Blocker took the crown by doing just enough in the finale at Auto Club to hold off Dan Geren. The road course races that he used to seal his championship got a whole lot less straight forward for Blocker this season, with road course aces like Bryan Carey and Sage Karam joining an already talented field of drivers.
Andrew Kinsella, Brian Yaczik, and Dan Geren all had spells of dominance on the ovals last season, but in the end none were consistent enough to keep Blocker from raising the championship at season’s end. Will one of these drivers be able to put together a full season and take the championship back from Blocker?
What about Michael Goodman? The most consistent driver over the last 2 seasons, Goodman won the all-star race, and looks ready to take the next step and launch his challenge for 2019.
Then there is the old guard. Jason Galvin, Chris Stofer, Big Joe Hassert, James Krahula and Joe Branch. All contended for wins last season, but not as consistently as any of them were hoping. Will a veteran of the series step up in 2019 and reclaim the Lionheart Series for their own?
Then there is the new blood. Last year’s rookie battle came down to Stephen Laarkamp and Justin Weaver, with Weaver ultimately taking the crown. They finished 5th and 6th overall in last year’s standings. Will one of them up their game another notch and be contending for the craown at the end of the season.
Then finally there is this year’s rookie crop. Sage Karam is quick in both real life and sim racing, but he may never have been tested on iRacing as much as this series will test him. Will he rise to the occasion? Shaun Cole and John G. Hill are veteran sim racers who will be in the hunt on many tracks. Bryan Carey is a road course ace, while Mike Rigney has shown pace in practice so far.
This season undoubtedly marks the most competitive IndyCar season in Lionheart and iRacing history. Who is left standing at the end of this race, let alone this season is anyone’s guess.
Tune in this Wednesday, March 13th at 10:35pm Eastern time for all the action only on the iRacing eSports Network presented by GSRC.
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In the end, one driver was just too good at saving fuel.
Michael Goodman captured the Lionheart Season 7 All-Star Race presented by Von Hanson’s Wednesday night at the virtual Rockingham Speedway. It marked the first All-Star win of Goodman’s career in the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment.
Goodman passed 8 Ball Motorsports teammate Justin Weaver in the final corner, as Weaver’s car sputtered on ethanol fumes.
“I felt horrible for Justin,” Goodman said. “We got towards the end and he said his fuel was in the red, and on the last lap he said he was out so I just went high. It was nice to finally get one of these.”
Weaver coasted across in second, just ahead of Brian Yaczik.
“What a heartbreaker there running out,” Weaver said. “That yellow came out and I just said screw it, we’re going to stay out for track position. And I was fuel saving behind Sage and he hit the wall, so I just had to keep my foot in it out front and hope for the best. It just didn’t work out.”
IndyCar star Sage Karam dominated the event, leading 97 of the 148 laps after starting third.
Karam quickly worked his way around Yaczik and Goodman, the pole winner, and was rarely challenged. But following the final caution of the event, Karam rocketed through the field only to have Weaver keep pace.
Challenged for the first time all race, Karam made an uncharacteristic mistake exiting turn two and slapped the wall, ending his night 31 laps from the end.
From there, Weaver held Goodman at bay while Yaczik saved fuel, convinced the first two would run out.
“I hate fuel milage racing with all of the passion you could hate things with,” Yaczik said. “I was riding in sixth gear and lifting and I was only a half lap to the good. I don’t know how either of them made it. Add it to the list of things I suck at.”
The race was slowed by three cautions. The first, a competition caution on lap 41, bunched the field up and allowed everyone to get tires.
At the first caution, several contenders had already found the wall and retired, including defending champion Adam Blocker, series runner-up Dan Geren and Dan Geren. Race sponsor Bob Mikes had damage from net code contact with Jason Galvin - a common theme on the night - and also retired.
On the lap 46 restart, Karam jumped out to a quick lead. The second caution flew on lap 50, when Brandon Limkemann received net code contact from Chris Stofer while battling for second.
Limkemann spun off turn two, with Andrew Kinsella slamming into him, ending the night for both. Goodman collected slight nose damage but was able to get his car repaired.
On the restart, the revamped Loud Pedal Motorsports team showed its might, with Yaczik, Galvin and Joe Hassert swapping second through fifth with Chris Stofer. That ended when Galvin and Stofer made net code contact, ending Stofer’s race.
A few laps later, more net code contact between Galvin and Hassert caused Big Joe to slap the wall.
Galvin’s luck ended on lap 91, when Weaver clipped the apron in turn three and slid up, pushing Galvin into the wall. The crash brought out the final caution and setup the fuel saving dash to the finish.
Nine cars were still running, and only Weaver stayed out when the pace car lights went off. As others topped off on fuel, that move would prove to be the difference.
Just four of the 20 starters finished the race, with Mike Rigney surviving early contact to finish fourth.
In the All-Star Shootout earlier in the night, Brian Beard beat Rigney and Bryan Carey to the stripe, securing a spot in the main event for each.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment packs up and heads south for its traditional season-opening stop at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The First Medical Equipment 200 kicks off season seven on Wednesday, March 13 and can be seen live on the iRacing eSports Network with production by Global SimRacing Channel at 10:35 p.m. EST.
Last week it was the Retro Series presented by Buttkicker, who got to have their fun in the hot sun at Charlotte Motorspeedway. This week however it is the foundation of Lionheart visiting the Rock. The Lionheart Indycar Series presented by First Medical Equipment, takes their turn in the spotlight just a little ways up the road from Charlotte, as the IndyCar All-Star Race presented by Von Hanson’s visits Rockingham Speedway.
For those who have not seen a late 90’s NASCAR Race from the venue, Rockingham Speedway is a high banked short track with 22 and 25 degrees of banking in turns 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 respectively. In a stockcar, this combination produced some fantastic finishes. In IndyCar, it means that despite being only just over 1 mile in length, the drivers of the IR will scarcely be below 190 mph during the lap!
The IndyCar All-Star Race will function in the same way as the Retro race. The festivities consist of 3 races; the 148 lap main event, a 50 lap transfer race and a 50 lap shoot-out.
In order to qualify directly for the main event, you must have; finished in the top 10 in points, been a race or pole winner in 2018, been named rookie of the year or driver of the year in 2018, been the cleanest driver in 2018, or previously won an all-star race or a championship. 23 drivers are locked into the main event. The remaining 3 spots will be filled with the podium from transfer race, which will kick off Thursday‘s broadcast. These final 3 drivers will bring the all-star main event up to 26 drivers.
The field for the transfer race will be made up of the top 3 from the shootout, which takes place the night before, as well as anyone 11th-20th in points not already locked in through other criteria, and any race sponsors for the 2019 season.
The shoot-out will take place the day before the main all-star races, and is for everyone not eligible for the transfer race or main event, and will not be broadcast.
Unique for the IndyCar race is that, if the drivers manage to keep it clean, 2 competition cautions will be thrown at random. If there is a caution before that yellow, however, then that negates the competition caution.
Unlike the Retro race, the IndyCar race will feature all the familiar players from last year coming back for the battle, headlined by the trio of Dan Geren, Andrew Kinsella and newly crowned champion Adam Blocker.
Other big names locked in include Justin Weaver, Michael Gooodman, Brian Yaczik, Joe Branch, Jason Galvin, Chris Stofer, and real-world driver Sage Karam.
Fighting to get through to the transfer race will be the likes of Samuel Reiman, Tyler Graaf, Scotty Johnson, and league founder Jorge Anzaldo.
New-comers Brian Carey, John G Hill and Damon Martinez will be mixing it up with familiar names such as Joe Flanagan, Isaiah Dupre and Jason Robarge in the shoot-out Tuesday night.
Due in part to the tradition of picking non-traditional tracks for the all-star event, this event has picked up some unusual winners over the years. In season 5 it was Ian Adams taking the crown at Daytona, while last season it was Pierre Daigle scoring his first and only Lionheart Series victory at the track too tough tame; Darlington Motor Speedway.
With nothing but pride at stake, this should be a fascinating display of speed, and it is likely that the winner of this race will be the driver that survives the longest. Will that driver be a first time winner like last season, or will one of the stars from last season get the new campaign off to the right start?
Tune in Wednesday, February 28th to find out what happens as the Lionheart Series celebrates it’s new season in style. The transfer race kicks things off at 10:35pm eastern only on the iRacing eSports Network presented by GSRC, followed immediately by the main event.
Viva Motorsport and the Lionheart Racing Series announced they will continue their partnership during the 2019 season.
Lionheart founder Jorge Anzaldo made the announcement, pairing the most recognized name in fixed-setup IndyCar sim racing with the leader in creative, cutting-edge home decor with a motorsports twist.
“Viva Motorsport brings a unique aspect to our prize pool, in products that our drivers and fans can show off as part of their every day routine,” Anzaldo said. “We are proud that Jennifer Harrington saw value in what we brought last season, and wanted to stay on board in 2019.”
Viva Motorsport manufacturers racing inspired products like table coasters, wine glasses and more. Each product is carefully crafted by the staff at Viva Motorsport, allowing for unprecedented attention to detail.
Fans of the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment, as well as the Lionheart Retro Series, receive 10 percent off orders with the code LIONHEART.
Viva Motorsport will proudly support the Turning Point Award in each Lionheart series in 2019. The award is given to the driver whom improves most after the halfway point in the season. The winner of the award will receive customer track inspired coasters from Viva Motorsport. Winners of the premiere races in each series, the Indianapolis 500 and Indianapolis 250, will also receive Viva Motorsport prizes.
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Clipping That Apex, the leader in custom motorsports art, and the Lionheart Racing Series announced today that their partnership will continue for a second season in 2019.
“Scott MacKenzie came on last year and really went above and beyond in supporting our league,” Lionheart founder Jorge Anzaldo said. “The custom artwork he provided in honor of our friend Patrick Taylor now hangs in the race rooms of several of our drivers. Scott provided other custom work for our racers as well, and continues to be a champion of our league.”
Clipping That Apex will serve as sponsor of the Iron Man Award in both the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment, and the Lionheart Retro Series.
Each event for both leagues will be broadcast live on the iRacing eSports Network with Global SimRacing Channel presenting each broadcast.
Clipping That Apex will be featured as a primary on-board camera sponsor and is also providing six custom pieces of art for the series, with awards to be handed out to each Iron Man winner, the Indianapolis 500 winner as well as top points finishers. MacKenzie is also designing a pair of custom calendars that will be given away to league members.
“Making racing art is a passion of Scott’s, and if you look at his work, it shows how much he cares,” Anzaldo said. “To think that he enjoys our league to the point that he wants to create artwork for us and be a big part of it, I’m just blown away by his support and his talent.”
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First Medical Equipment, a leading supplier of medical grade devices and products in Burlington, Iowa and its surrounding cities, announced today a return as the series sponsor of the top fixed-setup IndyCar league utilizing the iRacing.com service.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment, as it will be known for the fourth consecutive season, features some of the top iRacing IndyCar drivers in the world, as well as associations with former (Richie Hearn - broadcaster) and current (Sage Karam - driver) IndyCar stars.
“First Medical Equipments relationship with this series goes beyond sponsorship,” Lionheart founder Jorge Anzaldo said. “Brandon Limkemann and his family are our family, too. We’ve become great friends off the track and away from the computer. We’re now teammates on the track. I feel fortunate, as do our members, that Brandon and his family continue to support our league in such a fashion.”
First Medical Equipment joined as the title sponsor in 2016 after Limkemann joined the league, and immediately recognized the bond extended outside the virtual track.
“2018 was the best season yet,” Limkemann exclaimed. “The championship went down to the wire. Our broadcasts somehow were even better. The level of sponsors and prizes continue to grow. This is best league I’ve ever seen.
“The level of commitment from the admins, drivers and other sponsors is second-to-none. And we’ve formed a bond outside of the sim as well. Our annual league meetup in Iowa during the IndyCar event is a prime example. How many league’s can get 30 members, or more, to the same place every summer? It’s incredible.”
The season opener will once again carry the FME banner. The First Medical Equipment 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will kickoff the 25-race IndyCar championship battle - season seven for the series - on March 13.
Every Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment event will be carried live on the groundbreaking iRacing eSports Network, with the Global SimRacing Channel handling coverage. Bill ‘Soup’ Zahn will once again handle play-by-play, with Sean Ambrose contributing as well. Hearn, an IndyCar winner and 1996 Rookie of the Race at the Indianapolis 500, will return for a second full season as the analyst.
Everyone will be chasing South Carolina’s Adam Blocker. The college student swept the league championships in 2018, also winning the Lionheart Retro Series championship.
Iowa’s Dan Geren returns after a third-consecutive runner-up finish in the points, while Blocker’s Canadian teammate Andrew Kinsella looks to rebound after bad luck ended his championship bid late in the 2018 season.
Karam - a starter in five consecutive Indianapolis 500’s - is expected to join the field and immediately contend for race wins and championships this season.
Brian Yaczik broke through for his first wins as an IndyCar driver in 2018, and revamped his Loud Pedal Motorsports team over winter, adding proven race winners and championship contenders in James Krahula, Joe Hassert and Jason Galvin, as well as the most improved driver of 2018, Chris Lanini. Brian Greenlee also returns.
42 drivers are expected to compete for the championship in 2019, with more drivers set to run in the Lionheart Retro Series and even more waiting for their shot to run with the best drivers on the sim.
For more information on the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment, visit www.LionheartRacingSeries.com.
Adam Blocker knew he needed to stay clean and finish up front to secure his first Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment championship.
The South Carolina native did just that.
Blocker led 18 laps from the pole and settled in during long green flag runs, refusing to push the issue and coming home fourth, enough to secure his first championship on the Indy side in the Grey Matters 300 at Auto Club Speedway. The championship comes just weeks after Blocker captured the Lionheart Retro Series presented by HPP Simulation title at the same track.
“I want to thank Andrew and Dan,” Blocker said. “We never had any dustups, it was a clean championship all year. I can’t thank them enough for that. I also want to thank the league organizers.”
Blocker watched as Dan Geren dominated the back half of the event, leading a race-high 79 laps on his way to his fourth win of the season, ahead of Connor Harrington. But it was not enough, as Blocker captured the title by 13 points.
“I came in kinda hot early and got a speeding penalty,” Geren said. “I was like eleven seconds back after that. I was just about to pit when the final caution came out. I got lucky.
“I got some excellent runs on the restart, and used the high side. Connor left the bottom open and I got past and just ran the laps at the end. It all worked out in the end. Congratulations to Adam though.”
Blocker’s Adrenaline Motorsports teammate, Andrew Kinsella, came home third in points, slipping behind Geren after being caught up in the biggest wreck of the race on lap 10.
The Canadian continued, but finished eleven laps down in 23rd.
Blocker faced closing pressure from Michael Goodman and a hard charging Isaiah Dupree in the closing laps, but was able to stay in front of the duo by about two seconds, a comfortable margin over the closing laps.
As a result of his championship, Blocker received a new HPP Simulation HSW-F Steering Wheel, a custom trophy from Plasma Tracks and several other awards.
Geren was named the Dan Wheldon Driver of the Year presented by First Medical Equipment. The most prestigious award in the series, Geren received the accolades from the Lionheart admin team for his dedication to the league and to helping others improve.
Geren catapulted to the lead of the Gre Matters 300 after a restart on lap 83, and never looked back.
That caution came via a Joe Branch spin on lap 79. The Indiana native lost control while running the low line on low fuel, spinning into the wall and overturning.
Several cars were eliminated during the first caution of the night.
Ken Hacker turned Joe Hassert exiting turn two, leading to a melee. When the dust settled, Kinsella was damaged, Hassert was out and Jorge Anzaldo, Brian Greenlee, Joe Flanagan, Chris Stofer and Tony Showen were either finished or severely wounded.
Blocker was the only member of his team to avoid issues, but it mattered not, as Adrenaline Motorsports had already locked up the Team Championship presented by HPP Simulation.
Blocker, Kinsella, Branch, Showen and Stofer were the team to beat from the beginning of the season, capturing 13 total wins, led by Blocker’s league-high nine.
Justin Weaver finished third at Auto Club, capping an excellent freshman campaign that saw the Tennessee driver pickup the ButtKicker Rookie of the Year award, as well as a ButtKicker Gamer2 or Sim Kit of his choice. Weaver finished fifth in points, just behind teammate Michael Goodman.
James Krahula captured the Cleanest Driver presented by LOC Precision. The Texan is looking forward to reaching for the stars with his new rocket from Dave Barber’s Wisconsin-based propulsion company.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series immediately announced its 24 race 2019 schedule, set to air on the iRacing eSport Network on Wednesday night’s at 10:35 p.m. EST, with coverage provided once again by Global SimRacing Channel.
The series will host its annual All-Star event February 27 at Rockingham Speedway. The season opener returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway March 6, and the season finale once again hits the high banks of Auto Club Speedway December 18.
The Indianapolis 500 is set for Saturday, July 13.
For more information on the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment, visit www.LionheartRacingSeries.com
It has all been leading to this. 23 rounds down, and just 1 remaining. The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment heads back to Auto Club Speedway for the 6th time in as many seasons to close the door on another championship. This time 3 drivers will battle on the 2-mile oval to determine who will be the 2018 champion. Adam Blocker, Andrew Kinsella and Dan Geren have separated themselves from the pack this season, and will use Auto Club to decide which one of the 3 will reign supreme.
Last time out at Road America, the title contenders went 1, 2, 4, with Adam Blocker leading from start to finish on his way to victory. Dan Geren used a steady drive and last lap mistake from rookie Stephen Laarkamp to finish 2nd. Kinsella meanwhile had an up and down day, going from 9th to 4th in the opening laps before a speeding penalty on his first pitstop put the Canadian all the way down in 14th. Kinsella would battle back to finish 4th and keep his championship hopes alive. This leaves Blocker 28 points in front of Kinsella and 39 points in front of Geren. This means all Blocker needs to clinch his 2nd Lionheart Championship of the year (Blcoker won the Retro Series crown by 1 point over Alex Saunders at the end of November) is to finish in the top 5. If he does that, neither Geren nor Kinsella will be able to catch the Carolina driver. If Blocker fails to crack the top 5 at races end, bonus points could play a pivotal role in deciding this years champion as the series recently witnessed when Blocker beat Alex Saunders for the 2018 Retro Series title by just one point.
Looking at the stats coming into the finale paints the following picture of our top 3:
Adam Blocker – 5 poles, 9 wins, 13 Top-5’s, 15 Top-10’s: 7 of Blocker’s 9 wins have come on road courses as the Carolina driver was in a league of his own much of the season. Only a mistake at Motegi kept him from being perfect on the season’s road courses. His oval wins came at Iowa and Indianapolis, 2 of Lionhearts biggest prestige races. Auto Club is another of those prestige races.
Andrew Kinsella – 0 poles, 3 wins, 16 Top-5’s, 18 Top 10’s: Kinsella was off to a lightening start this season with 3 wins in the first 5 races, but since then has settled more often for consistent finishes then wins. While always fast in the race, Kinsella’s qualifying may be the weak link in his armour, having never won a pole and too often finding himself fighting to get in contention. That being said, Kinsella’s fuel strategy and long-run pace has shown time and again that at the big ovals and the long race distances, he is one to watch out for. He also happens to be the defending race winner.
Dan Geren: - 8 poles, 3 wins, 13 Top-5’s, 14 Top-10’s: Dan Geren’s has been a tale of two seasons. For the first half of the season, Geren was unable to convert his 7 poles into any race wins, and too often found himself on the wrong end of luck or pit strategy. That all changed after Round 15 at Charlotte where the Mid-West driver finally took his first win of the season. Geren has been in white-hot form and luck ever since, has not finished outside the top 5 since then, taking 2 more wins along the way. No one is hotter then Dan Geren going into this race. Is he peaking at the right time?
Lionheart traditionally ends its season each year at Auto Club. This year’s race will feature, for the first time in league history, the newly added day to night transition. The race will begin at dusk and end at night during the 300-mile event. The drivers will face different challenges throughout the event as the track will go through various changes in temperature and grip levels.
Immediately following the event several drivers will receive numerous awards such as Cleanest Driver, Iron Man, Driver of the Year, Turning Point Award and Rookie of the Year. All 4 of these championships are still up for grabs, with the closest of the 3 being the Rookie of the Year battle as Stephen Laarkamp and Justin Weaver have been neck and neck with each other since the midway point of the season.
The Team Championship was already clinched by Adrenaline Motorsports comprised of Blocker, Kinsella, Joe Branch, Tony Showen and Chris Stofer. This was the first team championship won by the veteran group, and is the first Team Championship not won by No Name Racing since the award was begun in Season 3.
The 2019 Schedule will also be announced live during the awards presentation following the race. New for this season will be a 25-round schedule and a few new events will be added, most notably the series will have its first ever “Dual at Detroit” at Belle Isle Park.
Series organizers will be busy during the off season preparing for the upcoming 2019 year. New rule packages for all Lionheart series will bring some exciting changes to Lionheart. The league also hopes to continue its partnerships with its current sponsors as it continues to expand its purse and prize package for its drivers. All Lionheart broadcasts for 2019 will continue to be shown live via the iRacing eSports Network. The league will also be looking to add on drivers to its current roster and interested parties should submit applications through the league websitewww.lionheartracingseries.com
The Lionheart Challenge Series will also begin 12-27 at ISM Raceway. The 2018 Season will feature the iconic Nissan GTP. The series will host 8 rounds and drivers will compete on both oval and road courses. Each season the league chooses different cars typically non-open wheel vehicles to test driver’s versatility with cars and / or tracks that members are not familiar with.
IndyCar action will return again in 2019 for the 6th Annual All-Star Race this time from Rockingham Speedway. The race will take place on 2-27. Round 1 of the 2019 Season will be 3-6 from the Homestead Miami Speedway.
But before all the pageantry and off-season fun we have 300 miles of hard-fought, non-stop action to decide our championship. Catch all the action at 10:35pm EDT on Wednesday December 19th only on the iRacing eSports Network presented by iRacing live, and stick around for the end-of-season awards immediately following the broadcast.