After three dormant months, the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment roars back to life tonight for its third annual All-Star event. Set for the high banks of Michigan International Speedway, the event will feature as many as 20 of the best drivers from the premiere fixed IndyCar league utilizing iRacing.com’s simulation.
"This event has established itself as a great celebration of our series and the talent we have, while providing fans of the league with non-stop action in a winner-take-all setting," series founder Jorge Anzaldo said. "We’ve seen two different winners in the first two events, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see someone else take this race."
Former Lionheart series champion Jesse Vincent and former iRacing.com fixed series champion Joe Hassert are the events prior winners. They’ll be joined in the field by season three champion Jake Wright, Indy 500 winner Michel de Jonge and Anzaldo, who won his first event at Iowa Speedway last season.
"I’m excited to go out and be able to race aggressively, knowing points are not a factor," the normally mild-mannered Wright said. "When the season starts I’ll go back to my methodical ways, but tonight the only thing that matters in the win."
Others locked into the race include series runner-up James Krahula, Joe Branch, Jason Robarge, Dan Geren, Pierre Daigle, Tommy Rhyne, Jonathan Goke, Robert Blouin, Korey Connor, Brandon Limkemann and Tony Lurcock.
To be eligible, a driver must have won a pole or a race in season three. Limkemann was added after his company, First Medical Equipment, came on board to sponsor the series.
A new format will be introduced at this event. Two random competition cautions will be thrown, unless two naturally occurring yellow flags happen first.
The 75-lap main event will be preceded by a 25-lap shootout, with the top three drivers transferring to the All-Star race. Drivers eligible for that race include anyone who finished 11th-20th in points in season three, as well as season four race sponsors and the winner of last week's last chance race, Chris Gutierrez.
Others who will compete in the shootout include Jason Galvin, Alfred Shepperd, Chris Stofer, Chris Lanini, Tony Showen, Michael Gray, Peter Edwins, Jack Bogan, Vincent Bluthenthal, Ed Tutwiler, Dave Barber, Trevor Bissett and Drew Motz.
The race will be broadcast live on Global SimRacing Channel, as every event this season will be. The action starts tonight at 10:35 p.m. EST.