First Medical Equipment, a leading supplier of medical grade devices and products in Burlington, Iowa and its surrounding cities, announced today a return as the series sponsor of the top fixed-setup IndyCar league utilizing the iRacing.com service.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment, as it will be known for the fourth consecutive season, features some of the top iRacing IndyCar drivers in the world, as well as associations with former (Richie Hearn - broadcaster) and current (Sage Karam - driver) IndyCar stars.
“First Medical Equipments relationship with this series goes beyond sponsorship,” Lionheart founder Jorge Anzaldo said. “Brandon Limkemann and his family are our family, too. We’ve become great friends off the track and away from the computer. We’re now teammates on the track. I feel fortunate, as do our members, that Brandon and his family continue to support our league in such a fashion.”
First Medical Equipment joined as the title sponsor in 2016 after Limkemann joined the league, and immediately recognized the bond extended outside the virtual track.
“2018 was the best season yet,” Limkemann exclaimed. “The championship went down to the wire. Our broadcasts somehow were even better. The level of sponsors and prizes continue to grow. This is best league I’ve ever seen.
“The level of commitment from the admins, drivers and other sponsors is second-to-none. And we’ve formed a bond outside of the sim as well. Our annual league meetup in Iowa during the IndyCar event is a prime example. How many league’s can get 30 members, or more, to the same place every summer? It’s incredible.”
The season opener will once again carry the FME banner. The First Medical Equipment 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will kickoff the 25-race IndyCar championship battle - season seven for the series - on March 13.
Every Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment event will be carried live on the groundbreaking iRacing eSports Network, with the Global SimRacing Channel handling coverage. Bill ‘Soup’ Zahn will once again handle play-by-play, with Sean Ambrose contributing as well. Hearn, an IndyCar winner and 1996 Rookie of the Race at the Indianapolis 500, will return for a second full season as the analyst.
Everyone will be chasing South Carolina’s Adam Blocker. The college student swept the league championships in 2018, also winning the Lionheart Retro Series championship.
Iowa’s Dan Geren returns after a third-consecutive runner-up finish in the points, while Blocker’s Canadian teammate Andrew Kinsella looks to rebound after bad luck ended his championship bid late in the 2018 season.
Karam - a starter in five consecutive Indianapolis 500’s - is expected to join the field and immediately contend for race wins and championships this season.
Brian Yaczik broke through for his first wins as an IndyCar driver in 2018, and revamped his Loud Pedal Motorsports team over winter, adding proven race winners and championship contenders in James Krahula, Joe Hassert and Jason Galvin, as well as the most improved driver of 2018, Chris Lanini. Brian Greenlee also returns.
42 drivers are expected to compete for the championship in 2019, with more drivers set to run in the Lionheart Retro Series and even more waiting for their shot to run with the best drivers on the sim.
For more information on the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment, visit www.LionheartRacingSeries.com.