Daniel Roeper leads 85 of 125 laps in the second round of the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by Overdrive Graphics at Milwaukee to take the victory in the No Name Racing 125 at Milwaukee. Perhaps the surprise finish of the night, Team #nailedit’s Ian Adams finished second, with practice race winner, Jake Wright from No Name Racing finished 3rd.
The night’s festivities began with the Last Chance Qualifier. The difference between making the race this week was just .004 seconds For the second week in a row, Jake Wright paced the LCQ field, with Daniel Roeper coming in second. Other drivers to advance included: James Krahula, Jesse Fowler, Terry Matthiensen, Allen Boes, Sam Adams, Bradley Walters, Tommy Rhyne, Ricky Hardin, Ryan Lowe, Michel de Jonge, and Chuck Eisenbarth. Drivers who failed to qualify include: Joe Branch, Pete Edwins, Tony Showen, Ryan Bowles, Chris Stofer, Mark Goodwin, Jason Galvin, Mark Norbert, and Covy Moore.
In two-lap qualifying immediately prior to the start of the race, Daniel Roeper bested HMB’s Austin Espitee by .004 seconds to take the pole. League President Jorge Anzaldo continued to improve his qualifying efforts with a fourth place start, and fellow admin Justin Laxton qualified fifth.
The race began with 10 green flag laps, before the first caution of the day flew for an incident involving Dragonfly Racing’s Krysta Nelson and fellow teammate Robert Blouin. Just as the race went back green, Unacceptable Racing’s James Krahula who was run in to the back by another driver.
The field then settled in to a long green flag run, which even allowed for pit stops, before a caution for Unacceptable Racing’s Jesse Fowler who became stuck in the backstretch wall. Under this caution, about half of the field pitted, which propelled Team #nailedit drivers of Ian Adams and Korey Connor to move up to the front of the field.
The next caution flew on lap 86 for an incident involving No Name Racing’s Tony Lurcock and Deadzone Racing’s Sam Adams. No Chance Racing’s Jason Robarge stayed out, a move that paid off in last season’s Indy 250. Unfortunately, lady luck was not on his side, and he would need to pit under green with just 13 laps remaining, resulting in a 19th place finish.
Once Robarge pitted, Roeper was able to cruise to a 5.7 second victory over Ian Adams. Pre-race favorites Trevor Malone finished 14th, Dan Geren finished 13th and Rick Music finished 10th. The pre-race “Sleeper Pick”, Jack Bogan, finished 32nd, after an early incident.
After the race, Roeper dedicated the victory to his friend Ashley who passed away earlier this week due to injuries sustained in a head-on car crash earlier this week.
The series will resume next week, with the Birky Trucking 125 from the Iowa Speedway. Flag-to-flag coverage begins at 10:35 ET, on the Global SimRacing Channel.
On Wednesday, July 29th, the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by Overdrive Graphics heads to the Milwaukee Mile, the oldest operating motor speedway in the world for the No Name Racing 125. Flag-to-flag coverage begins at 10:40pm eastern time on the Global SimRacing Channel.
In Tuesday night’s final practice race, No Name Racing’s Jake Wright started on pole, led 99 laps in route to found victory lane. Goin’ Broke Racing’s Justin Laxton finished second, where he ran for much of the race and Trevor Malone finished third. Team #nailedit’s Dan Geren finished fourth and last week’s winner, Rick Music finished 5th. The only driver to lead a lap, other than Wright was No Chance Racing’s Jack Bogan who finished 8th after starting the race in 18th.
Certainly, Wright and Laxton will be driver’s to watch, as will Dan Roeper and Jorge Anzaldo who qualified 2nd and 4th respectively. In addition to those drivers, here are several other drivers to watch:
Trevor Malone: Malone finished third in last night’s race, and was the fastest car on the track at the end of the race. He’s only running a partial schedule this season, and will be looking to find victory lane.
Dan Geren: Team #nailedit’s top driver qualified sixth and ran towards the front for most of Tuesday night’s practice race. Dan turned one of the fastest laps in practice this week, and will be looking to rebound from his 25th place finish at Homestead.
Rick Music: Coming off last week’s win in the Overdrive Graphics 200 and a fifth place finish in the practice race, Music is beaming with confidence and will look to continue his hot streak with a good finish at Milwaukee.
Sleeper Pick: Jack Bogan
Jack had a great run in Tuesday’s practice race, leading 14 laps and executing pit strategy to perfection. As long as Bogan can keep his nose out of trouble, he will look to move up in the points from his 29th place standing.
For more information on the series, including the series race and broadcast schedule, as well as the driver roster, you can visit the series website at www.lionheartracingseries.com.
Music leads 35 laps including the final 10 laps to claim the Overdrive Graphics 200 in the opening round of the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by Overdrive Graphics. Deadzone Racing’s Jonathan Goke, returning from testing Star Mazda’s, finished 2nd, and last night’s practice race winner James Krahula from Unacceptable Racing finished 3rd.
The night’s festivities began with the Last Chance Qualifier. This season’s LCQ, featured a new format, which gave nearly two hours for drivers to attempt a two lap qualifying run. The drama began early with names such as Michel De Jong, Bradley Walters, Ryan Lowe, Charles Eisenbarth, James Krahula, Ryan Bowles, Mark Goodwin, Mark Norbert, and Thomas Engle initially missing the race. However, due to absences from locked in drivers, Michel De Jong, Ryan Lowe, and James Krahula were allowed to race.
No Name Racing’s Jake Wright, who was fastest in the Last Chance Qualifier, also turned the fastest lap in qualifying. Rick Music qualified second, just .006 seconds behind Wright. Defending race winner Joe Hassert, Terry Matthiensen, and Jonathan Goke rounded out the top 5.
The first lead change of the race happened on lap two, with “Big Joe” Hassert taking the lead from Jake Wright for two laps, before Wright took the lead back from his teammate, just as the caution came out for an incident involving Trevor Malone. When the race went back green, it would stay green for 82 laps when a caution for an incident involving Sam Adams and Jason Galvin.
A third caution waved on lap 102 for an incident involving Sam Adams and Dan Geren. Under the caution, the lead cars pitted, with Jonathan Goke pulling out ahead of Rick Music. Goke would lead Music for several laps, before Music would pull back by Goke, and drive away for a 2.5 second win over Goke.
Pre-race favorite, and last season’s championship points runner up, Joe Hassert, finished 7th after leading 24 laps. Other pre-race favorite, Chris Stofer finished 26th.
Full race results can be viewed here.
To stay up-to-date with the series, like them on Facebook, and visit their website, www.lionheartracingseries.com. The series returns to the track next week for the No Name Racing 125 from the Milwaukee Mile, broadcast on the Global SimRacing Channel.
By Justin Laxton
The off-season is over for the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by Overdrive Graphics. Opening night is tonight with the season opening Overdrive Graphics 200 from the Homestead Miami Speedway, live on the Global SimRacing Channel.
This season, the league has gone to a paid format, with each of the 49 registered drivers paying a $20 entry fee to compete over the fully sponsored 18 race schedule. With over $1,000 in cash and prizes available to drivers throughout the season, this season promises to be the best yet.
In last night’s final practice race, Unacceptable Racing’s James Krahula used pit strategy and a well timed caution to capture the victory over No Name Racing’s Jake Wright, and Chris Stofer. Tommy Rhyne and Rick Music rounded out the top 5.
It was a rough night for series veterans, with Rick Music the top running returning driver. Last season’s championship runner Joe Hassert finishing 19th, and last season’s third place driver, Justin Laxton, finishing 17th after leading 39 laps.
In two lap qualifying immediately prior to the start of the practice race, Jake Wright turned the fastest lap with a time of 25.080. Justin Laxton qualified second, with Tony Showen qualifying third.
Looking ahead to Wednesday night’s race, certainly Krahula, Wright, and Laxton will be drivers to watch. Other drivers to watch include:
Joe Hassert: In the off-season, “Big Joe” has won just about every race the Lionheart IndyCar Series has run, including the series All-Star Race from Indianapolis, and the Pre-Season Thunder from Homestead. Big Joe is also the defending race champion, and he and his fellow No Name Racing teammates will be looking to find victory lane.
Chris Stofer: A newcomer to the series, Stofer turned heads last night with his third place finish that included leading one lap. Can the newcomer find victory lane in his first points race?
Rick Music: Music lead 18 laps and showed that he was a contender. Music lead laps in the last race at Homestead, and was strong all race long. He is currently on a 16 race winless streak in Lionheart competition, a streak he will be looking to break.
Sleeper Pick: Jonathan Goke: Goke has been away from iRacing testing Star Mazda’s at Laguna Seca for the past six months. Unfortunately all of that seat time won’t help him much at Homestead. He’s a member of Deadzone Racing along with Ryan Lowe, Sam Adams, and Allen Boes. Goke will be looking to make a big splash in his return to the series!
Race coverage on the Global SimRacing Channel gets under way at 10:40pm EST and can be viewed here.
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Voting is based on independent ballots cast by series admins
1. #11 Big Joe Hassert (unanimous)
Joe has been on a tear recently. He has won the past 3 sanctioned races, and finished 2nd in the Season 2 standings.
2. #08 Jon Goke (unanimous)
Just getting back from time away from iRacing, Jon has won multiple official series overall titles, and has been running road to pro in NASCAR.
3. #42 Tony Lurcock
Tony finished 12th last season after missing a few races, but has caught on strong winning some preseason races and is 3rd overall in the Official Series.
T-4. #9 Ryan Lowe
Ryan is currently 25th in the Peak Antifreeze Pro Series and has impressed in preseason outings. He is also 14th overall in the Xfinity Series.
T-4 #27 Jake Wright
Jake joined the series late last year and has impressed so far. He currently leads the overall standings in Indycar Fixed.
6. #53 Justin Laxton
Justin finished 3rd in season 2. He hasn’t found victory lane yet, but is on the verge of breaking through.
T-7. #777 Austin Espitee
Austin only ran a part time schedule last season but still managed to break the top 20 in points. What will a full season bring for him?
T-7. #5 Rick Music
Rick was running top 5 in season 2 before taking some time off and still managing to finish 18th in points only running half a season.
9. #8 Dan Geren
Dan found Victory Lane once in season 2 and finished 6th overall.
10. #21 Allen Boes
Allen is 35th in the Peak Antifreeze series and 23rd in the NASCAR iRacing Series. Holds a 6304 iRating.
Honorable Mention- Pierre Daigle, Michael Gray, Trevor Malone, Jason Robarge
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Following his win the All-Star Race, Big Joe Hassert led 38 of the 100 laps in Wednesday night’s Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by Overdrive Graphics Pre-Season Thunder, to complete the Pre-Season Sweep in his Overdrive Graphics/No Name Racing Dallara!
In the two and a half hour practice leading up to the night’s race, 36 drivers took times, with Jonathan Goke pacing the field with a 24.868 second lap, followed by Ryan Lowe, and Daniel Roeper rounding out the top three.
In two-lap qualifying immediately prior to the start of the race, two familiar names would pace the field to the green, with Jake Wright and Trevor Malone. Series newcomer’s James Krahula from Unacceptable Racing and Terry Matthiensen from Banshee Autosport starting 3rd and 4th.
With this being the first race for many drivers, unfamiliarity and varying driving skills were sure to make for an eventful night. The first 13 laps were marred by three cautions, each involving multiple cars. Once nerves settled, the field entered a nice 50-lap green-flag run, which included a full round of green flag pit stops. Jake Wright led the first 19 laps, before the first lead change of the night saw Trevor Malone pass Wright, but by lap 23, Wright was back in the lead, and led until he stopped to pit on lap 41. Terry Matthiensen then assumed the lead, followed by Justin Laxton’s Overdrive Graphics/Goin’ Broke Racing Chevy. When Laxton stopped to pit, Joe Hassert assumed the lead for several laps, before being overtaken by Wright and eventually Trevor Malone as well.
On lap 67, the caution came out for a single-car incident involving Justin Laxton, which allowed the field to bunch up. During that caution, several drivers were penalized for passing under the yellow, including leader Jake Wright (passing the pacecar), Trevor Malone (passing under yellow), Peter Edwins (passing under yellow), Terry Matthiensen (passing the pacecar and excessive speeding), and Daniel Roeper (unsafe pit entrance).
The final caution of the night came out on lap 80, for an incident involving Ian Adams from Team #nailedIt. Many top drivers opted to pit, however Joe Hassert stayed out, along with about 10 lap down cars. Staying out proved to be the move of the race as Hassert was able to keep his nose clean and capture the Pre-Season Sweep!
The Lionheart IndyCar Series officially begins their third season, next week, with the Overdrive Graphics 200, broadcast live on the Global SimRacing Channel!
For more information on the series, including the full season schedule, driver roster, and sponsor list, you can visit the series website at http://www.lionheartracingseries.com.
Joe Hassert leads 22 laps to capture the Dan Wheldon Memorial All-Star Race in the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by Overdrive Graphics.
The night started off with a 20-lap Lionheart IndyCar Series Shootout, which saw the first six finishers advance to the main event. A massive wreck with 8 laps to go took out many of the night's top competitors. Advancing to the All-Star race was: Chris Stofer, Terry Matthiensen, Ian Adams, Ryan Bowles, Ricky Hardin and Carl Burk.
In two-lap qualifying immediately before the start of the All-Star Race, Rick Music turned the fastest lap with a 39.814. Joe Hassert qualified second, with Dan Geren, Tony Lurcock, and Ian Adams rounding out the top 5.
Pole-sitter Rick Music won the first segment leading all but two laps. Joe Hassert finished second, with Terry Matthiensen finishing third, Justin Laxton in fourth, and Chris Stofer in fifth. With optional pit-stops, and others pitting just prior to the caution, Terry Matthiensen led the field to green. At the end of 15 laps, Joe Hassert captured the checkered flag, with Rick Music finishing second, and Vincent Bluthenthal finishing third.
Segment one winner Rick Music led the field to green, with Segment two winner Joe Hassert starting second. Terry Matthiensen started third, Justin Laxton in fourth, and Michael Gray in fifth. The only non-competition caution of the race occured with five laps to go when Justin Laxton and Michael Gray tangled in turn 4.
When the checkered flag flew on Joe Hassert’s car, Rookie Terry Matthiensen finished second, Vincent Bluthenthal in third, Dan Geren in fourth, and Robert Blouin finished fifth. Segment one winner Rick Music came home in sixth. Chris Stofer who won the Open race, finished 12th.
The series officially kicks-off on July 22nd with the Overdrive Graphics 200 from the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on the Global SimRacing Channel.