By Justin Prince
Adam Blocker has continued to make history in the Lionheart IndyCar Series Presented by ButtKicker.
The Adrenaline Powerslide driver has won his fourth straight race, a mark that has never been reached in the series before.
Blocker led 184 of 200 laps in The ButtKicker 200 on the way to victory lane at The Milwaukee Mile.
Joshua Chin, Ryan Otis, Lionel Calisto and Mike Rigney completed the rest of the top five.
Blocker said from HyperX Victory Lane that he thought scoring four wins in a row was not possible.
“It’s just so hard to put together a string of wins on a big oval, short oval and a road course which is pretty much what you have to do to win four in a row,” said Blocker. “It’s pretty cool.”
This season’s race also set the benchmark for the least amount of caution flags at the track with two. The race had concluded with a 133-lap green flag run. Blocker led at some points by as much as seven seconds.
“I’m exhausted. My hands are sore. When you do 130 or something green laps, that just takes a toll on you,” said Blocker. “You’re just constantly cornering and with this setup, you’re basically countersteering on the way in and on the way out of every corner. It was a lot of hard work for sure and especially with all the traffic it got hairy at a couple points.”
It was a dominant run from the onset for Blocker. After Otis took the pole, Blocker went side-by-side with him on Lap 3. Blocker then utilized the bottom line to quickly pass the former Lionheart Retro Series Presented by SimXperience champion. By Lap 24, he was half a straightaway ahead of Otis.
“I was actually shocked to get the pole. I didn’t expect that,” said Otis. “I was too conservative with my settings with the bar and everything because I hadn’t done running on fresh tires for a race start in clean air before. I just didn’t plan for it and got eaten up pretty fast by Adam. I’m thrilled to keep it on the podium. That was a big relief.”
The first caution of the race caused chaos at the pit entry.
As the race reached its first green flag stops, several drivers attempted to go for an undercut. One of those drivers, Chris Fowler, had just come out of the pits when he ran hard into Turn 1 on Lap 95. Fowler clipped the rumble strips to the inside of the corner and snapped sideways towards the top groove. Fowler drifted at a 45-degree angle for several feet before smashing into the outside SAFER barrier, demolishing his suspension immediately.
His Alkentech Simulations NHR e-Sports teammate, Matt Taylor, was just heading for the pit entry at the time of the caution. He attempted to duck back out onto the racetrack to avoid a penalty. Instead, he drove straight into the water barrels, destroying his car on impact.
Both drivers retired from the race immediately after the incident.
The second and final caution came out on the ensuing restart on Lap 61.
Connor Harrington dove hard to the bottom of the track in Turn 3 to attempt a pass on Tony Showen. Instead, his car bobbled back and forth on the inside line, nearly snapping loose before drifting around up the track. Fellow PRIVATE LABEL Team Hype driver Jason Brophy attempted to check up before being hit from behind by Henry Bennett, slamming him into the left side of Harrington’s car.
As that went on, Ricky Hardin attempted to check up for the incident before also getting hit from behind by Aaron Morgan. Both drivers then went up into the outside wall, severely damaging their cars.
Overall, seven drivers did not finish the race.
Next, the Lionheart IndyCar Series and its drivers will head across the pond to the Silverstone Circuit for the GRAAFix Grand Prix of Silverstone Presented by Minus 273. Coverage starts at 10:35 p.m. ET on RaceSpot TV and ESTV on July 28th.