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.
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