season 3 rules updates
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33 cars will grid at most tracks. At tracks over 1.5 miles, 35 cars will grid.
18 race season with 2 drop weeks
Top 20 in points will automatically make the field.
Last Seasons points will lock in the top 20 for the first 4 weeks.
The remaining 13 spots will be decided by a 2 lap time trial to be held 1 hour before the scheduled race time.
If there are available grid positions, the remaining spots will go to the next best Qualifying times of drivers not already qualified for the race.
Drivers are required to be in the race room at 9:35 or they may forfeit their spot if they have not received prior approval.
At 9:45 a 2 lap qualifying session will determine the starting grid based on fastest time.
If you enter the room, you are expected to race. Any driver that does not grid, will be suspended for the following race. The exception to this is an unforseen technical problem.
For 2015 season 2, all drivers must pay a 20$ entry fee. This will go to broadcasts, sessions and payouts.
The only exception to this is the All star race winner, whom will receive free entry.
For drivers wishing to run a partial season, the season will be cut in to three, six week blocks. A driver must pay $10 per 6 race block.
If after the first 6 week block the driver has run, the driver wishes
All Lionheart members prior to May 1, 2015 will be grandfathered into the series.
All grandfathered drivers should maintain an irating of 1500 B to be eligible to race, but may be allowed at the discretion of series admins.
Any new members are preferred to have an irating of 1800 A to be eligible to join the league and maintain the 1500 level to be eligible to race, but exceptions may be allowed at the discretion of series admins.
There is no minimum requirement for road races.
The incident cap for oval races has been lowered to 12x and will result in a -5 point championship point penalty.
The incident cap for road races remains at 17x.
Any driver with more than 8x incident points in any oval race, will receive a -3 point penalty in the series championship points.
Any driver with more than 12x in a road race will receive a -3 point penalty in the series championship.
Any driver with 17x in a road race will be disqualified and will receive a -5 point championship point penalty.
Once a driver acheives 75 incidents in a season, that driver will be given an automatic 1 race suspension. If said driver then reaches 90 incidents in a given season, that driver will serve a 2 race suspension.
Teams will be allowed to compete for a separate team championship.
Each team can have no more than 4 drivers in the series, and MUST notify series admins by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org of the team members and the official team name.
Any registered team is eligible for the team championship.
Points for the team championship will be calculated and recorded in DanLisa.
A digital certificate for winning the team championship will be provided to the team as an award for their effort.
Anyone on a team, or quasi-team (drivers/teams working together without forming an official team) are prohibited from "team tactics".
Examples of "team tactics" include, but are not limited to: slowing down/running side-by-side to allow a teammate to gain a lead/pass a car; deliberately spinning to cause a caution; wrecking another car and deliberate restart tactics meant to gain an advantage.
Deliberate violations of "team tactics" will be at the sole discretion of the series admins, and will not be subject to an appeal.
Penalties can range from a points penalty, single driver probation, team probation, single driver suspension, team suspension, single driver removal from the series, or entire team removal from the series.
Big Joe dominates auto club
By Justin Laxton - Overdrive Motorsports Marketing
Big Joe Hassert leads 69 of 125 laps to capture the Big Joe Cam 250 in the final race of the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by Overdrive Graphics and Sim Posters!
In two-lap qualifying immediately before the start of the race, 2-Time Series Champion Jesse Vincent capture the pole, with Team #nailedIt teammate Dan Geren qualifying second.
The first five laps of the race were caution free, until a massive incident involving the cars of Austin Espitee, Dan Geren, Marco Aurelio, Jack Bogan, Chris Lanini, Peter Edwins, Trevor Malone and Rick Music. A quick 2 lap caution, bunched the field back up, and when they went back to green, they would stay under green for the next 110 laps.
At the start of the run, Hassert and Vincent battled back and forth, before Hassert eventually prevailed. After the first round of green flag pit-stops, Hassert pulled out to a lengthy lead over Vincent and Justin Laxton. During that run, Laxton and Vincent battled for the second position, with Laxton prevailing over Vincent. As a second round of green-flag pit stops cycled through, League President Jorge Anzaldo lead several laps as Leandro Mattos, Robert Blouin and Krysta Nelson. After pit stops were completed, Hassert held around a three second lead over Laxton, with Vincent about 2 seconds behind Laxton.
A third and fourth round of green-flag pit stops came and went uneventfully, before a caution for an incident involving Jorge Anzaldo, John Downing, and Adam Plunkett.
With the win, Hassert’s 3rd of the season, he locked up second place in the Series Championship hunt. Finishing in second was Justin Laxton, which allowed him to end up 3rd in the final Series Championship, thirty four points ahead of Trevor Malone. Jesse Vincent came home in third, with No Name Racing driver Jake Wright, finishing in fourth in just his third series race, with fellow No Name Racing driver Pierre Daigle rounding out the top 5.
Robert Blouin finished sixth, Leandro Mattos finished seventh, Chris Lanini in eighth, Alfred Shepperd in ninth, and Krysta Nelson rounded out the top 10.
In the Final Points Standings, Vincent captured his second Lionheart IndyCar Series Championship with Hassert and Laxton rounding out the top three. Trevor Malone and John Downing finished fourth and fifth in points with Team #nailedIt teammates Dan Geren and Korey Connor finishing 6th and 7th. Jason Robarge, Michael Gray, and Robert Blouin rounded out the top 10.
The series has a short-offseason before season three begins with the Lionheart IndyCar Series All-Star Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The first points race is July 22nd, with the Overdrive Graphics 200 from the Homestead Miami Speedway, which will be broadcast on the Global SimRacing Channel.
In preparation for the third season, the series is currently recruiting drivers with an Oval iRating of Class A License with an 1800 iRating to start the season. Drivers are expected to maintain Class B Oval License and a 1500 iRating. Drivers can apply online via the series Registration Form. Once accepted in to the league, drivers will be required to pay a $20 entry fee with at least the top 8 places recouping the entry fee. That number could increase, depending on the final number of registered drivers.
To keep up with the Lionheart IndyCar Series, follow the series on Facebook, and be sure to stop by the series sponsors, Overdrive Graphics and Sim Posters.
LIONHEART SEASON FINALE TONIGHT!
On Wednesday night the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by Overdrive Graphics and Sim Posters heads to the Auto Club Speedway for the Season Finale! Tonight’s race is broadcast at 9:35pm Central Time on the Global SimRacing Channel.
With the Championship already wrapped up for Jesse Vincent, and Big Joe Hassert sitting solidly in second, the focus of the night will be on the race for 3rd through 9th in the point standings and the fight for 20th, the final lock-in spot for the first four races of next season.
Monday night’s practice race saw Team #nailedIt driver Ian Adams win. However with the new build release on Tuesday, final practice race proved that it will be anyone’s race with the newly formed No Name Racing team taking the top two spots with Big Joe Hassert winning and Tony Lurcock finishing second. Fellow No Name Racing teammate Jake Wright was fastest in practice and qualifying. Two-Time Series Champion and Team #nailedIt Driver Jesse Vincent finished third.
With the series drop weeks factored in, Trevor Malone sits in third place in the series point standings, just 28 points ahead of Justin Laxton. Laxton is one point ahead of Team #nailedIt driver Dan Geren, and Geren is two points in front of teammate Korey Connor. Team 5 Simposters driver John Downing is 7th in points, 13 points behind Connor, and just one point ahead of Jason Robarge. Robarge is 16 points ahead of 9th place Michael Gray.
Jack Bogan in the I Race for Gage/Hope for Heart Defects entry currently holds the coveted 20th position in the points, but Alfred Shepperd is just 9 points back of him, and Krysta Nelson sits just 7 points behind Shepperd. Bradley Walters, who sits 23rd in points is 4 points behind Nelson.
Practice race winners Ian Adams and Joe Hassert, as will Jake Wright, and defending race winner Jesse Vincent will certainly be drivers who can contend for the win. Here are some other drivers to watch:
Dan Geren: Dan is riding a wave of momentum and is just one point behind Justin Laxton for fourth place in the points standings. Geren hopes to have his entry in victory lane and capture 4th in points!
Rick Music: Rick hasn’t been on track since his incident at Indianapolis. He was fast in last night’s practice race, going from the back to the front, before finding himself wrecked. If he enters tonight’s race, he will certainly be a driver that can contend for the win!
Tony Lurcock: Tony finished second in last night’s practice race. Since finding victory lane at New Hampshire, Lurcock has failed to finish in the top 10. Auto Club is a good track for him, and he certainly hopes he can start building momentum for next season.
John Downing: Every week, it seems Downing finds a way to finish in the top 10. He quietly sits 7th in points, just 44 points out of third place. With a good finish, and a little luck, Downing could easily round out the championship podium.
Series News: The Series is currently recruiting drivers for it’s 3rd Season to start on July 22nd. At least 10 of the 18 races will be broadcast on Global SimRacing Channel. Interested drivers can fill out an application online.
Following three straight races with accidents, Dan Geren leads 36 laps in round 17 of the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by Overdrive Graphics and Sim Posters on Wednesday night to take the victory at the Kansas Speedway.
In only his second start in the series, Jake Wright, found some beginner’s luck and squeeked out Dan Geren for the pole. The first caution waved on lap 5 for a caution involving the I Race for Gage entry of Jack Bogan, Ian Adams, Jorge Anzaldo, and Pierre Daigle. The second caution of the race, flew on lap 27 for an incident involving Pete Edwins and Vincent Bluthenthal. Under that caution, the first full-field pit stop occured, with both Jake Wright and Ian Adams getting caught for speeding on pit road.
The first on-track lead change occured on lap 57 when Dan Geren passed “Big Joe” Hassert. One lap later, the caution would fly for an incident with Hassert and Trevor Malone. The final caution occured on lap 85 for an incident between newly crowned series champion, Jesse Vincent, and Justin Laxton.
During the final round of pit stops, Chris Lanini went all-in, and did not pit. As the laps closed, Lanini battled with Dan Geren, and it looked as though he might win. With just two laps to go, Lanini’s bet was called as he ran out of gas. Geren then went on to win, with Team #nailedit teammate Korey Connor finishing second, with polesitter Jake Wright finishing third.
John Downing in the Sim Posters car finished fourth, with Adam Plunkett finishing 5th. Rounding out the top 10 was Krysta Nelson, Jason Robarge, Justin Laxton, Alfred Shepperd, and Chris Lanini.
With Jesse Vincent already capturing the season title and Joe Hassert needing to score just 25 points in next week’s season finale, the battle in the points is for third position, where Trevor Malone leads Justin Laxton by just 28 points. Race winner Dan Geren is just 1 point back of Laxton, with Korey Connor, John Downing, and Jason Robarge right behind him.
Next week the series heads to the Auto Club Speedway for the Series finale, which will be broadcast on the Global SimRacing Channel. Be sure to tune in at 10:35pm Eastern Time! Race Chaser Online will have both pre and post-race summaries!
For more information on the Lionheart IndyCar Series, like them on Facebook, visit their website, www.lionheartracingseries.com, and be sure to support series sponsors, Overdrive Graphics and Sim Posters. You can also view the race in it’s entirety archived on YouTube.
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Korey Connor pounces for first Lionheart Series Win!
Korey Connor leads 31 laps to win round 16 of the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by Overdrive Graphics and Sim Posters on Wednesday night from the Gateway Motorsports Park.
Series Admin Joe Hassert led the field to the green with fellow admin’s Justin Laxton and Jorge Anzaldo in second and third. Bringing out the first caution was Jack Bogan for a spin that collected Mark Norbert as well. On lap 11, Joe Hassert gave way for Justin Laxton, before retaking the lead one lap later.
As the first set of green flag pit stops cycled through, Joe Hassert and Justin Laxton maintained a one second lead on the field. Mid-way through the second round of green flag pit stops, a caution came out for Jorge Anzaldo. The third caution of the night came out just four laps after going back green for an incident involving Jason Robarge, Carl Burk and Vincent Bluthenthal.
When the field went back green, Justin Laxton and Korey Connor battled for the lead. When Laxton came in for his final pit stop, a “screen malfunction” caused him to partially lose his car and hit the Team #nailedit entry of Dan Geren. The incident caused nearly 50 seconds worth of damage for Geren, who had raced his way back on the lead lap after overcoming an early black flag. The final caution came out with 11 laps to go, just as the field had cycled through the final set of pit stops.
When the field went back to green, Korey Connor and Jesse Vincent would cruise to a 1-2 finish, with Michael Gray and Ian Adams battling for third. Hassert was able to steal the final podium spot away. Gray would settle for 4th, and Jorge Anzaldo would sneak past Adams to round out the top 5. Adams would finish 6th, with Laxton, John Downing, Krysta Nelson and Dan Geren rounding out the top 10.
With his second place finish, Vincent clinched the Season 2 Points Championship, his second Lionheart IndyCar Series title. Big Joe remains 136 points back in second place, with Trevor Malone 234 points back from Vincent. Justin Laxton is just 20 points behind Malone, with Michael Gray jumping two positions to 5th in the points standings.
The series returns to the track on Wednesday, June 3rd with an event at the Kansas Speedway. The race will be broadcast live (and will be archived) on the Global SimRacing Channel.
Earlier this week the series announced the schedule for it’s third season, to begin on July 1, 2015 with the series all-star event. You can view the entire schedule here. In addition, the series announced major changes including a $20 entry fee, an increase in the minimum eligibility requirements, a maximum field size of 33 cars.
For more information on the Lionheart IndyCar Series, like them on Facebook, visit their sponsors, Overdrive Graphics and Sim Posters, or check out the series website at www.lionheartracingseries.com.
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