We are currently looking for drivers for our next season. We are past the halfway point of our season but would like to invite potential drivers for our 3rd season once we finish S2. Drivers that sign on post 3/28/15 that meet current season 2 requirements of B oval license with an irating of at least 1500 IR will be accepted. Those members will be allowed to participate in all practice sessions and races however will have to sit out the official Wednesday night races till the end of the season. This is so that the current points championship is not affected. We would like those members interested to become part of the Lionheart family get to know our members and come on out and participate and have fun. Most importantly we are looking to avoid the learning curve from the end of this season to the start of the next one by having new drivers turning laps with current members and thus becoming very comfortable with eachothers driving styles.
This week Lionheart hits Road America. Located in Elkhart, Wisconsin, this 4+ mile course is the longest and fastest on the schedule, with quick corners and long straightaways, drivers will be challenged while trying to catch their breath when they can. 20 laps for 81 miles is the scheduled distance.
At the conclusion of this race, the season will be 50% complete, so lets look at the championship picture.
Last year's champion, Jesse Vincent holds a comfortable 53 point lead over Matt Kingsbury. Jesse has won at both road courses this season, and has posted the fastest time of the week with a 1.47.93. Will he score win number 3 and number 4 overall to extend his lead?
Matt has also shown promising speed this week clocking a 1.48.93 good enough for 3rd on the speed charts. Can Matt take down the road king and inch closer to Jesse?
Ray Kingsbury sits 3rd. Ray has shown promise on the roads this season and looks to close his 11 point gap to Matt.
Big Joe is in 4th but has not shown much speed this week. Can he find it on Wednesday, or will he slip further from the top?
Trevor Malone rounds out the top 5 and looks to contend as well. He sits 18 back from Joe and 101 from the lead.
The other contender posting a sub 1.48 time is Austin Espitee. He posted the 2nd fastest time of the week of 1.48.69. Austin has had a yo-yo season so far with 4 starts, he's collected 2 runner ups, and 2 DNF's. Can he start a new trend this week, or is he only 2nd best once again?
This race will not be televised but will be available to watch when qualifying starts at 9:45 Central, green flag flies at 9:55 on March 18.
Last night Lionheart made its way south to Texas Motor Speedway for 84 laps around the 1.5 mile oval. Matt Kingsbury would sit pole with a qualifying lap of 24.157 with teammate Big Joe on his outside.
Matt would take off early, but just as the race got going Jack Bogan and Korey Connor got into eachother bringing out a caution as they were completing the first circuit. Matt would jump out to a 1.5 second lead as Joe battled with Trevor Malone and Dan Geren for positions 2-4. Joe would be able to sneak away from Dan and Trevor before the 2nd caution would come out.
Matt would win the race off pit road and green flag racing would resume the rest of the race. With 20 laps to go final pit stops would occur with Matt holding a 2.5 second lead over Joe stretching it to 4 seconds off pit road. Joe was followed by Justin Laxton, Ray Kingsbury and Jesse Vincent, all three having started outside the top 10.
It was all Matt Kingsbury leading 82 of 84 laps yielding only to pit as he would take the win over Joe by 5.5 seconds. Justin tried to close the gap to Joe but was unable to get up to him, falling back 1 second taking 3rd. Ray Kingsbury and Jesse Vincent would round off the top 5.
Matt would take over 2nd place in the points closing the gap to 53 points behind Jesse Vincent. Ray drops to 3rd in the points, followed by Joe and Trevor.
Next week we head up north to Wisconsin and the scenic Road America.
Lionheart was scheduled to go to the high banking Atlanta oval, but iRacing had other plans, so we instead go west to Texas. The 1.5 mile speedway will host 84 laps for the Lionheart DW12's. Let's look at this weeks storylines.
Championship- With the unexpected absence of Rick Music, Jesse Vincent was able to keep a 65 point lead as Ray Kingsbury took over 2nd place. Matt Kingsbury, Joe Hassert and Trevor Malone round out the top 5.
Who's fast?- Tony Lurcock and Trevor Malone have posted the top Q times at 24.180. Both drivers have shown speed at other tracks, but have been unable to find victory lane? Will one of them take advantage this week?
Michael Gray- Known to excel more on the road courses, Michael won a practice race this week. Can he show off his oval skills?
Jesse Vincent- A mainstay on this list, Jesse has led the most laps and won Tuesday's final practice. Will he extend his points lead this week?
All this and more will be decided tonight on Global Sim Racing Channel. Coverage begins at 1040pm EST.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series is by far and away the premiere fixed setup league for the IndyCar on iRacing. With races being broadcast by GSRC, and play by play and color commentary from Sean Ambrose and Evan Posocco, it is a spectacle to be seen. So far this season racers have ventured to six different venues across the American continent spanning primarily the oval discipline, but still having visited the road courses already twice in the six weeks so far. Reigning champion Jesse Vincent took the double points season opener at Michigan International Speedway with Tony Lurcock and Rick Music close behind to finish off the podium. Week two saw the team visiting the cornfields at Iowa Speedway as Rick Music dominated and ended up with the win. His only challengers were Austin Espitee in second and Ray Kingsbury in third, who was the only other driver to lead any laps. For the third stop on the tour saw drivers roar their Dallaras around the season’s first 1.5 mile oval. Matt A Kingsbury, Austin Espitee, and Ray Kingsbury swept the podium for Last Lap Motorsports. The fourth stop of the season, and the first road course race, was at Sonoma Raceway’s NASCAR Cup configuration which saw the open wheelers tackle some high curbs and lapped traffic. Jesse Vincent persevered over Matt A Kingsbury and Michael Gray as well as 31 other drivers who dared to start the race. Another 1.5 mile was the fifth stop of the season – Homestead Miami Speedway. Joe Hassert and Matt A Kingsbury came home first and second with Bradley Walters in the third position. Week six, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, saw another victory for Jesse Vincent with Michael Gray and Ray Kingsbury also revisiting the podium again. With six weeks down Vincent comfortable lead the points over Music, M. Kingsbury, R.Kingsbury, and Trevor Malone. However, week seven would see the teams visit the first flat track on the schedule, the newly repaved Phoenix International Raceway. With plenty of grip to offer this would almost play out as a bit of a bull ring. Due to the high amount of grip at Phoenix, qualifying position and pit strategy would prove to be paramount. After two weeks of practice sessions it became aparant that the qualifying line at Phoenix would not be on the racing surface in Turns 3 and 4, but rather along the inside wall on the apron. This meant that qualifying would be extremely tricky. From the early goings it looked like Pierre Daigle could be a contender at the front as well as Dan Geren, Trevor Malone, Joe Hassert, and the Kingsbury brothers. However after the dust settled and the times had been set it was Jack Bogan who surprised everyone with the pole position. Matt A Kingsbury tied his time but was relegated to the outside on the start. Tony Lurcock put himself third on the grid with Austin Espitee to his outside. Ray Kingsbury and Joe Hassert comprised the third row. Bogan led the field to the green but quickly found himself swapped as M. Kingsbury and Espitee rushed past with Lurcock and R. Kingsbury taking advantage as well. Hassert would also find his way by in the early running. An incident involving Krysta Nelson and Pierre Daigle saw the field go under caution and the leaders neglected to pit. The leaders maintain their breakaway as Bogan continues to defend his top five position. It was Espitee who led the field to green after stealing it from Kingsbury, however with just a couple laps under green until Korey Connor made contact with Dan Geren who lost control of his Dallara DW12 upon rejoining the racing surface and ended the race for himself and a few other cars. Krysta Nelson was collected in collateral yet again only for her race to go from bad to worse. On the next restart the four Last Lap Motorsports drivers opted not to challenge each other and proceeded to break away from the field almost immediately with Jack Bogan proving hard to pass further back, allowing for the leaders to sail off into the sunset. Joe Hassert pushed to put himself ahead of Austin Espitee who fell in line second with Ray Kingsbury third and Matt fourth. Matt would soon challenge for the third spot to shuffle the order a little bit. Jesse Vincent was getting racey in the large pack queued behind Bogan, but unable to make his way through the large quantity of cars. Bradley Walters was the closest to succeeding but aggressive driving from Bogan saw him retain the position for the time being. With the laps running down on the fuel window for the leaders, they caught a break and the caution flew putting them back on strategy with the rest of the field. It was Drew Motz who was forced to tow his car to the garage after Motz lost rear end grip on his Dallara from the sidedraft off of the 888 of Michael Gray. Hassert won the race off pitlane followed by Espitee, Matt, and Ray. Jack Bogan retained his fifth position off of pitlane. With around 80 laps remaining Hassert put the foot down and his three teammates followed suit as Bogan saw himself pushed high off of turn two and Jesse Vincent and Korey Connor found their way low on him. Meanwhile, Espitee accidentally pushed his pitlimiter with Matt just on his wing. The resulting contact damage Espitee’s rear wing and Matt’s front wing with both drivers able to carry on at speed despite some performance hindrance. Due to the draft Matt was able to hold onto the lead group and Ray’s wing, but Espitee was forced to push hard with the added drag on the back of his car. Furtherback, Jesse Vincent took the lead of the second pack as Bogan was able to hold off Connor and stay second in line. Trevor Malone lined himself up for a shot at Bogan only for Connor to pass him. Vincent was pushed wide by Bogan, who was then crossed over by Connor for the lead of the group. That did not last long as Bogan took back the lead of the train and Connor fell back two spots. Malone was now in line to possible inherit the lead of the group but Vincent forced it three wide with Connor and Malone! The front four cars remained single file with Hassert setting the pace until the caution flag flew on lap 62 on account of Korey Connor and Jack Bogan getting together in a heavy defensive effort. Bogan’s maneuver found himself flipping over the catch fence and resulted in at least two cars out of the race. Malone and Vincent escaped unharmed. The leaders pitted under this caution at around the half way mark and the running order after pit stops was Hassert, Espitee, R.Kingsbury, Vincent, M.Kingsbury, and Malone. Matt had lost a few positions in the process of replacing his front wing. Van Hartung, Michael Gray, and Carl Burk neglected to pit in hopes that caution flags would fly before their pistops. Van Hartung lead the field out but the action started as Ray slipped by Espitee’s handicapped Dallara. Trevor Malone, Jesse Vincent, and Matt A Kingsbury went three wide with all drivers surviving, however Vincent put four tires below the apron in Turn Three and decided to give the positions back. Kingsbury was able to slide on through and easily pass the damaged Espitee. Hassert and Ray Kingsbury worked their way by Carl Burk and Vincent Blumenthal but were not able to catch Van Hartung and Gray who would pit in the following few laps. Espitee’s Dallara fell behind Malone as he tried to use the draft as a brace. Jason Robarge was the center of attention as he battled with Vincent and Walters at the back of the field, which at this point had spread out significantly. Van Hartung and Gray had to come down for fuel as Hassert and the Kingsbury brothers lined up to break away from the rest of the lead lap cars. With 42 laps left in the race Malone had got to the back of the three leading Last Lap Motorsports cars. Malone had started near the rear of the grid but proved to have the focus to make his way through traffic and towards the front. This train continued as cars in the back half of the field continued to engage in smaller battles. Malone did challenge Matt but was unable to do anything with it as the Last Lap Motorsports driver was lended help from his teammates down the straight aways. Team #nailedit drivers Vincent and Laxton worked together at the head of the second pack in an attempt to run down the leading pack. At this point in the race Espitee pulled his car down pitroad and retired his Dallara due to lack of pace from the rear wing damage. Green flag racing continued until Jorge Anzaldo found himself spun around on lap 98. Anzaldo threw his car under Laxton in Turn One, tagged the apron and slow down in front of the following Robarge. This resulted in contact and a caution. All the leaders dove down pit road with Hassert followed by the Kingsbury brothers and Malone. Hassert and Ray opted for no tires and fuel only with Ray taking 6 gallons and Joe 7 gallons. This lead Ray Kingsbury to take over the lead for the first time of the night with just 25 laps remaining. Hassert would be second, Matt third with fresh tires, followed by Trevor Malone. Many drivers opted to take the wavearound to get their lap back. On Lap 103 the field came back around for the green flag with Ray out in front followed by his teammates and rivals Malone and Vincent. Ray and Joe got away but before Ray could lead the lap Big Joe pushed through for the lead. It was a top three breakaway again as Malone and Vincent battled for the fourth spot. Ray didn’t wait to retake the lead as he weaved his way between both Hassert and Matt. Ray couldn’t clear Hassert immediately and Joe found himself shuffled back to fourth behind Malone. Matt made his way to second while Hassert fought his way on the outside of Malone only to slide in behind him. Laxton had a go at Hassert but was not successful as Matt was busy fending off Malone. Ray continued to lead with 15 laps to go and Hassert continued to look to get his nose under Malone only for Vincent to do the same to him. Hassert defended cleanly on the high side and held onto fourth. Caution flag flew with 13 laps to go as Joshua Borje-Bonkowski saw himself rolling down the start finish straight as a result of being t-boned by a spinning Carl Burk. Ray led the field to the green with just nine laps remaining with his brother situated on his wing. A poor start was seen by Malone that saw Hassert able to get inside of and clear the other driver before making it to the dogleg. On lap 117 the caution flag flew again as Rudy Avalon lost his Dallara on the apron just after the restart and spun in front of traffic, luckily no cars were involved and Avalon escaped with just a damaged front wing. Now, it was Ray Kingsbury, Matt A Kingsbury, Joe Hassert, Trevor Malone, and Jesse Vincent leading the field to the green flag. Ray again brought the field to green for a Green-WhiteCheckered finish. Ray got a good start leaving Matt just a little behind this time and allowing for Hassert to have a shot. “Bad news for the 021, good news for the 52 as here comes Big Joe Hassert” was how Evan called it as Joe threw it in under Matt in Turn Three. Matt returned the favor on the white flag and this allowed for Malone to make it three wide on the exit of Two. Hassert and Matt were neck and neck into the last corner with Matt throwing it on the apron to try and beat his teammate to the line. Joe held the higher arch and won the drag race to the line for second. Ray was able to take home the checkered flag with teammates Hassert and Matt A Kingsbury finishing out the podium. Trevor Malone was the darkhorse and brought his no. 69 Dallara to the fourth position just ahead of the two Team #nailedit / Overdriver Graphics machines of Jesse Vincent and Justin Laxton. Jason T Robarge came home in seventh followed by Bradley Walters and Robert Blouin. Krysta Nelson overcame diversity and brought her colorfully represented no.25 to the tenth position. Hassert literally nosed Matt Kingsbury out for sec
This week Lionheart heads to the 1 mile "oval" of Phoenix International Raceway. Oval being a loose turn here due to the dogleg on the backstretch, but dont let it fool you, this is a very fast track for the DW12 cars. 125 laps means 125 miles in the 7th installment of the 2015 Lionheart season. Let's check out this weeks championship picture and contenders.
Championship- Jesse Vincent leads Rick Music by 63 points with Matt kingsbury 80 points back. Ray Kingsbury (-86) and Trevor Malone (-93) round out the top 5. Jesse has a win in a practice race, and has been fast in qualifying, can he add to his points lead?
Contenders- Ian Adams had a practice vicory early in the week proving he can run up front and possibly make a move up the standings after a slow start to the season.
Pierre Daigle- Has been running some of the fastest official qualifying times. His standing in the championship means he will have to run the LCQ but says he will not make it so he is hoping for a provisional spot at the end of the field. Will he make the race, and will he be able to navigate 30 cars to find checkers?
Korey Connor- Korey also has a nose for the front and found pole in final practice with a 20.322 run finishing 2nd in the practice race. Can he find that extra speed to get his first win?
Dan Geren- Dan has run some of the fastest practice speeds claiming to run a 20.21 in qualifying. Will he be able to find that speed in qualifying? He won the final practice and looks to contend up front.
Others- Matt, Ray and Joe Hassert also have found times sub 20.50 in practice.
Tire wear is minimal this week. Will this play into pit strategy? Also the yellow line in turn 3/4 is a hot topic, with the admins placing exceptions to the yellow line rule allowing for cars to dip 2 tires under the line, making times even faster and track position more critical. How will these condidtions affect the racing under the lights in the desert? Find out March 4 at 940 Eastern on Global Sim Racing Channel.