first medical equipment celebrates 5th and final year as title sponsor of lionheart's indycar series at home track
Iowa Speedway has had a rich tradition with the Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX over the last 6 years. The speedway is has appeared on the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment schedule in each of the series 8 seasons. It also represents many firsts and lasts in series history.
Iowa Speedway has also become the site of the league’s annual meet up which began with just 3 members and continued to increase every year. 2019 saw over 40 members and their families attend the event. Needless to say, Iowa Speedway has a special place in the hearts of all its members.
Iowa is also home to First Medical Equipment, which is located in Burlington Iowa. The business is run and operated by the Limkemann family and has been in business for over 29 years. After a season of competition Brandon Limkemann saw the value in the league and decided to support it by becoming the title sponsor of Lionheart’s crown jewel.
“First Medical Equipment and the Limkemann family have provided a considerable amount of financial contributions to the league over its 5-year run as title sponsor to our IndyCar Series,” said league founder Jorge Anzaldo. “This contribution has been the catalyst for the league’s growth and has covered the yearly operating costs for the league. On behalf of myself and everyone involved at Lionheart we want to give our biggest thanks to the Limkemann family and First Medical Equipment.”
At the end of the 2019 Season First Medical Equipment announced that 2020 would be its final year as title sponsor to Lionheart’s IndyCar Series. Coining this season as its “Victory Lap Tour” what better place to celebrate their importance than at their home track?
Iowa Speedway has produced some fantastic racing over the years but not without its share of incidents. The short track and high-speed close quarters racing can definitely create some situations that have resulted in several DNF’s over its 7 previous running’s. The fewest cautions seen at the short track have been 4, in Seasons 1 and 7 and the most was 9, in Season 3 which saw series founder Jorge Anzaldo score his first and only win in the series.
Last year Dan Geren took home the win over Brian Yaczik, however Geren who has stepped away from competition for 2020 will not be present to defend that win. Iowa would also turn out to be Geren’s final win in the series.
Sage Karam should be present to continue his championship fight after returning from racing in this years Indianapolis 500. Karam continues to lead the championship by just 33 points now over Connor Harrington. Connor missed the opportunity to close the gap on Karam after being involved in an incident with defending series champion Adam Blocker at the HyperX Pocono 200. Post-race evaluation has determined that Blocker was at fault in the incident and has been assessed and EOL penalty to be served at Iowa. We have seen Blocker come from the back and win races before. Can he possibly make his way to the front at the short track?
Tune in Wednesday, August 26th 2020 to watch the cars and stars of the Lionheart Indycar Series presented by First Medical Equipment take the center stage live on the iRacing eSports Network. Race coverage begins at 9:35 PM CST courtesy of the Global Sim Racing Channel.
For more information on the Lionheart Racing Series Powered by HyperX visit www.lionheartracingseries.com
Race Link: https://youtu.be/14Y81kz7B5Y
From the moment Josh Chin arrived in the Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX, the question became when, not if.
When would the road racing star break through for his first win?
That question was answered Wednesday night.
Chin held off two-time defending Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment champion Adam Blocker in a furious fight to win the Turn Racing Grand Prix of Sonoma, his first triumph as part of the SKM IndyCar team.
“It feels great,” Chin said. “Feels like I got the monkey off my back, after a few bad runs the last couple races.”
With teammate and championship leader Sage Karam sitting the event out, it was Chin who captured the pole and led all but four laps, but the race was not without drama.
Blocker, long considered the series top road course racer, led four laps and spent the final 10 stalking Chin.
“I was absolutely terrified,” Chin said of the final laps. “I think I’m happier to have a win than anyone else here.”
Blocker’s charge came up short while navigating lapped traffic over the final few laps.
“Good to be back on the podium,” Blocker said. “We’ve been close to wins and just haven’t gotten them. Either bad luck, or mistakes by me. We were pretty even on pace I thought, and I locked the rears up early and lost a good amount of time. We were just so even on pace it took me forever to get the time back.”
Blocker’s Adrenaline Motorsports teammate Andrew Kinsella came home third, 25 seconds behind the leaders.
“It was a lonely race, but I had to keep an eye on my relative,” Kinsella said. “I think Mike (Goodman) had to change a front wing on that last stop or it would’ve been a close race. It was nice to start in the top five on a road course for once, and run my own race versus running other people’s races.”
Michael Goodman was fourth, with championship contender Connor Harrington in fifth.
The race was uneventful after the opening lap, which saw Justin Weaver lose control coming up the hill to turn two. The spinning car of Weaver bounced into Adam Frazier, sending both off the track and out of the race. Brian Yaczik also picked up rear wing damage, leading to an early retirement for the Michigan native.
Later on the opening lap, Jason Galvin lost control in turn four. Galvin spun to the inside of the track, causing a few drivers to make evasive moves. Galvin dropped to 26th but rebounded to finish 14th, one lap down.
Karam’s absence tightened the championship battle. The points leader is preparing for the Indianapolis 500 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, which is likely to cause him to miss another start as well.
As a result, Harrington trails Karam by just 51 points now. Kinsella and Blocker are also both within 90 points of the lead, although Blocker also faces schedule uncertainty with his real-world job as an engineer with Ilmor Racing set to take him to Indianapolis as well.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment enters a three-race oval stretch now, starting with the HyperX Pocono 200. The race can be viewed live on the iRacing eSports Network at 10:35 p.m. EST on Wednesday, August 19, with Global SimRacing Channel producing the broadcast.
Its been nearly a month since the checkered flag fell at Indianapolis which saw NTT IndyCar Series driver Sage Karam take home his 4th victory of the Lionheart season and stretch his lead to 96 points over 2nd place Connor Harrington. A long month indeed for Harrington who been waiting for another chance to close in on the points leader.
Harrington has proven that he has what it takes to compete with Sage for a championship having scored 3 victories this season, one of them coming on the road at the HyperX Grand Prix of Indy. Reports around the paddock indicate that Sage Karam may not make the Round 10 event at Sonoma. This would indeed help bring the championship battle closer before the series begins a stretch of 3 oval races after Sonoma.
Jake Wright who is the winningest driver at Sonoma in Lionheart history with 2 victories is set to make another appearance this season. The California driver won back to back in Seasons 4 and 5 and also holds the record for the largest margin of victory at Sonoma when he finished ahead of Jonathan Goke by 30.753 seconds in Season 4. If Adam Blocker can find a way to victory lane, he would tie Jake in most wins as he is the defending race winner.
Defending Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment Champion Blocker currently sits 146 points back from first place. The 2-time champ has had a slower start to this season than what fans of the series are familiar with, scoring just 1 win on the season at Phoenix Raceway (Round 2).
The TURN Racing Grand Prix of Sonoma will take place Wednesday, July 29th 2020 live on the iRacing eSports Network. Coverage will begin at 9:35 PM CST courtesy of the Global Sim Racing Channel.
For more information on TURN Racing and their products visit www.turnracing.com
For more information on the Lionheart Racing Series visit www.lionheartracingseries.com
Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oOBv8qwD7s&feature=emb_title
The Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX is excited to announce the inaugural HyperX Summer Series. The series will feature drivers from the IndyCar, Retro and Challenge Series rosters across a total of 4 rounds.
Liveries have been provided by GRAAFIX eSPorts and decorated "IROC" style and feature HyperX branding throughout. Drivers will be challenged as they will contend with a car that is very different than the high down force open wheel machines known to Lionheart.
The Ford GTE was selected based off its track history both in the real and sim racing world and will be the perfect platform for this years series.
The series will race at two road and oval tracks with round 1 beginning at Daytona Road on August 2nd. Road courses will be 100 miles total and will be setup as heat races with two 25 mile heats and a 50 mile main event. Oval races will be 125 miles in length.
All races will take place on Sundays with live coverage beginning at 3PM CST via the Global Sim Racing Channel.
Full schedule can be seen here https://www.lionheartracingseries.com/hx-ss.html
For more information on HyperX and its products visit www.hyperxgaming.com
If there’s a better fixed setup IndyCar racer in the world, please stand up and make yourself known.
Until then, that title firmly belongs to Sage Karam.
The NTT IndyCar Series veteran capped off a perfect year at the Brickyard, dominating the final stages of the Lionheart HyperX Indianapolis 500 with a win in the biggest event for iRacing’s top fixed setup Indy Car series.
“We had a great strategy going,” Karam said. “I think without the final yellow we probably still would have won. We had great pace, and would’ve had fresher tires. We had the right strategy. It was a good run.”
Karam, who also won the top-split broadcasted fixed Indy 500 hosted by iRacing.com one month ago, had to be having deja vu as he looked in the mirrors and found Nathan Lewis closing in.
But Lewis got caught in the aero turbulence and with older tires, had to settle for second in an identical result to the official series Indy 500.
“It’s been a great year so far,” Karam said. “I think once the tires started to wear off 10 laps into a stint, it was really hard to get close, nearly impossible. I think that’s why you saw people going so hard on restarts.”
It was the fourth win of the season for Karam in the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment.
Lewis led his teammate, Connor Harrington, across the stripe after rallying from a 23rd place starting position.
“I didn’t think about finishing top three when we started this race,” Lewis said. “I didn’t qualify very well. I was stuck in 18th or 19th early. I gambled on a caution for track position. Kinda a little mad because I lost to Sage again, I lost to him in the Indy fixed 500, but it is what it is.”
Harrington, who won the Lionheart Indy GP on the road course two weeks earlier, closed out the podium by leapfrogging former Lionheart Indy 500 champions Adam Blocker and Andrew Kinsella on the final green flag run.
“I didn’t have high expectations,” Harrington said. “I wanted to just run 200 laps and get a good finish. We got a lucky break with a caution and capitalized on that with fresher tires and track position. It ended up being a good day for us.”
Despite missing the season opener, Karam now leads the championship battle by 96 points over Harrington. Kinsella sits third, with Blocker, a two-time defending series champion, fourth.
Kinsella and Blocker appeared poised to steal the win on strategy after staying out on a caution just past the halfway point. But the duo, along with Jason Galvin, were doomed when a final caution flew with just over 40 laps remaining.
As a result, the off-strategy group were forced to take full fuel on the final green flag stop, while the rest of the field was able to take advantage of a short-pit scenario.
As has been the norm for the Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX, the race ran incredibly clean.
Just five cautions slowed the action for 15 total laps.
The most impactful incident came on the final lap, as Arjuna Kankipati tried to limp his car home while running on fumes. Adrian Fernandez, a verteran of four Indianapolis 500’s, was closing in fast, trying to snag a top 10 in his first virtual running of the race.
Coming off turn four with the checkers in sight, Fernandez got into Kankipati, sending both into the wall while also collecting Chris Lanini.
This allowed Jake Wright to slip into the top 10, followed by teammates Jason Galvin and Lanini, while Kankipati and Fernandez fell to 17th and 18th respectively.
Another incident that went without caution but could have severely impacted the outcome of the race involved Josh Chin, who led 30 laps early. Karam’s teammate slapped the wall running in fifth midway through the event, leaving the eventual winner without a partner for the end of the race against Blocker and Kinsella.
39 drivers started the event. Big Joe Hassert, a perennial contender, was the first car out after a lap three incident with Mike Rigney. Rigney got into the wall exiting turn one, and slid down into Hassert, who was catapulted into the inside wall.
21 drivers finished the race.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment takes a much needed month-long break, and returns on Wednesday, July 29 for the Turn Racing Grand Prix of Sonoma.
The race can be seen live on the iRacing eSports Network with Global SimRacing Channel producing the show at 10:35 p.m. EST.
Connor Harrington had a third-place race car.
That didn’t keep him from victory lane.
Harrington won the Minus 273 Grand Prix of Indianapolis with a thrilling pass of a damaged Sage Karam as the pair streaked towards the checkered flag on the final lap.
It was the first road course victory for Harrington, and his third of 2020 in the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment.
“I’m in shock,” Harrington said. “I don’t know what happened, I don’t know if I’m dreaming. I can’t believe I won a road course race in the Lionheart series.”
Harrington was comfortably in third, several seconds behind Karam - who dominated the race - and defending series champion Adam Blocker.
But everything unraveled with 6 laps remaining.
As Karam lapped Lionheart debutante and eleven-time Formula 1 race winner Rubens Barrichello on the front straight, more lapped traffic loomed.
Karam collided with the slower Brandon Limkemann, who was also slowing down for cars in front of him. The contact caused Limkemann to flip, and broke the left side of Karam’s wing off.
By the time he got to turn three, Karam’s 1.7 second lead was gone and Blocker was wheel-to-wheel for the lead.
Remarkably, Karam fought back to the lead down the infield straight, leading to another overtake attempt by Blocker on the pit straight.
This time, Karam blocked hard to the pit wall, causing Blocker to lift or crash and jolt back to the left. The duo again fought wheel-to-wheel until turn 7, when Blocker lost control under power and spun out.
Barrichello arrived with nowhere to go, plowing Blocker and sending him flipping into the grass to a DNF.
That’s when Harrington began to smell blood.
“I was kinda just out riding in no man’s land, and things just happened,” Harrington said. “It was a crazy finish. I had two push to passes left, and used the first one coming to the white and couldn’t get him.”
Seven second back when the initial crash occurred, Harrington caught Karam on the penultimate lap but was unable to clear Karam on the front straight.
But Harrintgon kept the pressure on and as the duo exited the infield section for the final run to the line, Karam slipped wide and clipped the grass.
That was all Harrington needed. The Syracuse, New York native darted to the outside of Karam in the oval turn 1, and won the drag race back to the checkers.
“I was on the wrong side to make a move into one on the white flag lap,” Harrington said. “I think Karam was out of button presses on the last lap. I don’t even know how much I won by.”
Karam discussed the hard move on Blocker while battling in the chaotic final laps.
“Unfortunate, we had a great race going,” Karam said. “There was a damaged car and I thought they left a lane, and then they didn’t….and then Adam and I got into it on the front. I thought he’d know it was a no brainer that I’d block the wall there, and ended up hitting the wall there and bent the toe.”
Arjuna Kankipati was the beneficiary of Blocker’s wreck, capturing his first Lionheart podium finish.
“I definitely prefer the road courses,” Kankipati said. “Just a great race for us today.”
Andrew Kinsella and fromer series champion Jake Wright rounded out the top five.
The race was relatively clean until that point, with minor accidents eliminating the likes of Jason Galvin, Joe Branch, Joe Hassert and Josh Chin.
18 drivers finished on the lead lap.
41 cars took the green flag, a Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX record for a road course event, including five drivers with real world racing success: Karam, Barrichello, 2013 Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan, and a pair of Mexican sports car champions, Adrian Fernandez (also of CART fame), and Luis Diaz.
Karam holds a 74-point advantage over Harrington, with Kinsella falling to third, 81 back of the lead. Blocker remains in fourth but now sits 118 points back of the lead.
Next up for the Lionheart IndyCar Series, the HyperX Indianapolis 500.
The race is set for Sunday, June 28 and can be seen live on the iRacing eSports Network with Global SimRacing Channel producing the broadcast, with a 4 p.m. EST start.
For nearly 6 years the Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX has qualified and raced on the same night. New for 2020 iRacing has implemented the ability to use lap averages vs fastest single lap for qualifying. In an effort to continue its quest to be as realistic as possible series officials have decided to hold qualifying on a separate night, where the field will be determined in the Indianapolis tradition of fastest 4 lap average.
42 drivers are expected to participate in the HyperX Race for the Pole Wednesday June 24th. Drivers have been randomly assigned a starting order as track conditions will likely change throughout the session. As luck would have it the order looks to provide quite a bit of excitement and drama as many of the leagues fastest drivers will be taking their runs towards the beginning, middle and end of the session.
New for this year is the ability for drivers to use several of the in-car adjustments such as the front and rear anti roll bars as well as the weight jacker. These tools allow a driver to adjust the handling of the car on the fly which they must master to gain the maximum speed necessary to achieve a higher spot on the grid.
HyperX has also initiated a product giveaway surrounding qualifying and the upcoming HyperX Indianapolis 500. Nearly $1000 dollars in gaming peripherals are being offered as prizes for a few lucky winners. For more information on the HyperX product giveaway visit www.lionheartracingseries.com/giveaway
The live qualifying broadcast can be seen on the iRacing eSports Network with coverage being brought by the Global Sim Racing Channel. Coverage begins at 9:35 PM CST.
Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUOn-ofmNQE&feature=emb_title
The Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX announced today a first-time partnership with Snail Racing, a popular YouTube channel created by Larry and Annie Rabbets. The channel focuses on Annie’s journey from sim racing rookie to seasoned veteran racer.
Annie who started sim racing in August of 2019 after being convinced by Larry to try turning some laps on iRacing was immediately hooked. It was this excitement for sim racing that also helped spark the idea of not only creating her channel but also an online community for beginners and rookies to learn together in a fun and friendly environment.
“I have been a fan of Annie’s channel, Snail Racing for some time now and of the work that Larry and Annie are doing for the sim racing community,” said Lionheart founder Jorge Anzaldo. “Driver development has been on our radar for quite a while now and this presents the perfect opportunity to align ourselves with a great community who is dedicated to giving new drivers the tools needed for success. Lionheart is proud to support the Race to Learn Series and I’m excited to watch the progress of all the drivers involved.”
The Race to Learn Series created by Annie and Larry will take a group of 20 drivers through a 12-week program focusing on the fundamentals every sim racer needs for success. To the benefit of all drivers involved, the program goes beyond just traditional lessons such as car control or overtaking. Drivers will also learn about achieving the proper mindset, analyzing mistakes and crashes as well as anger management. At the end of each week’s lesson drivers will apply what they’ve learned in an official race.
“Jorge Anzaldo supported me from very early on in my sim racing career,” said Annie Rabbets of Snail Racing. “I am very excited that we can combine our efforts to create this joint venture which will allow less experienced sim racers to learn and progress with the support of well established drivers and organizations like the Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX.”
At the end of the program the top 15 drivers in points will be invited to a special broadcast championship race where all graduates will have the opportunity to showcase everything learned on a much bigger stage.
The Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX is known as one of the premier open wheel leagues on iRacing. Drivers of the series know that in order to be their absolute best it takes time, dedication and lots of practice.
“I love the work ethic and approach that the Snail Racing community puts towards improving their race craft,” Anzaldo said. “At Lionheart we preach practice every day and we’ve seen how its paid off for our most talented drivers. Competition. Commitment. Excitement. It’s the slogan of the league. I’m confident that Annie and Larry will deliver all three with their Race to Learn Series.”
For more information on how you can be a part of the Race to Learn Series as well as the Snail Racing community visit annieandlarry.com. You can also reach them via Facebook @SnailRacing005 as well as searching for Snail Racing on YouTube.
It took two laps for Connor Harrington to rocket to the front at Twin Ring Motegi. Once he did, hardly anyone could touch him.
Harrington held off challenges from a half-dozen drivers throughout the race to win the Global Electronic Technology 200, after a thrilling two-lap sprint to the finish and fierce charge from Sage Karam in the final corner.
“The late race yellow I really didn’t want to see,” whose 0.013 second margin of victory was the third closest in series history. “I was content up front, my teammate Nathan (Lewis) and (Jason) Galvin were controlling the pace. When the yellow came out, the chips kinda fall on the table and it works out how it works out. Just thrilled to get it done here at Motegi.”
The Alkentech Simulation NHR e-Sports driver led 112 of the 130 laps en route to his first Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment victory at the famed Japanese oval.
“Sage made a hell of a move going into turn three,” Harrington said. “Hats off to him, to not have us end up in the barriers. That was a great move.”
Karam, who leads the points in both Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX campaigns, was part of a group that took an extra pit stop, hoping fresher tires on the final run would allow a path around the otherwise unpassable Harrington.
The plan appeared to be on the ropes, as the group that also included Adam Blocker and Andrew Kinsella, among others, were two seconds behind the trio of Harrington, two-time Motegi winner Jason Galvin and rookie Nathan Lewis when the final caution flew with seven laps remaining.
That setup a furious dash for the trio with roughly 15 less laps on their tires.
“I think if we had one more corner or 100 feet longer we would have won that thing,” Karam said. “I’m very happy with second, and a good points day. It was good.”
Kinsella and Blocker were able to take advantage of a three-wide situation and get around Galvin in the final corner.
“I didn’t think I could get there unless I got the draft,” Kinsella said of the final lap. “If I had one more lap, I might’ve got there, but it was a great run, very happy with a third place finish.”
Lewis fell to sixth during the final scramble, with Brian Yaczik, Big Joe Hassert, early race contender Chris Stofer and James Krahula rounding out the top 10.
The race saw four cautions fly for 16 laps, but the biggest moment came during contact that did not result in the yellow laundry flying.
Damon Martinez made contact with his SKM teammate Josh Chin early on, sending Chin into the wall and out of the race on lap 45. Martinez - who captured his first Lionheart pole earlier in the day - was penalized for avoidable contact, and finished a lap down in 27th, while Chin was the second car out in 37th.
As a result, Chin plummeted three more spots in the standings to ninth, after appearing to be one of Karam’s biggest challengers for the championship early on.
As is, Karam holds a 70 point advantage over Kinsella, with Harrington and Blocker tied for third, 77 points out of the lead.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment takes three weeks off before ramping up for its Month of May, June edition, starting with the Minus 273 Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the IMS road course on Wednesday, June 17. The race can be seen live on the iRacing eSports Network with Global SimRacing Channel producing the action at 10:35 p.m. EST.
One week later, on June 24, Lionheart plays host to the first ever HyperX Indianapolis 500 Race for the Pole, featuring authentic Indy 500-style qualifying, all to set the grid for the annual HyperX Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, June 28. That race, the crown jewel of the Lionheart season, can be seen live at 4 p.m. EST on the iRacing eSports Network.
Josh Chin and Adam Blocker took their shots. But nobody could land a solid blow to Sage Karam.
The NTT IndyCar Series driver outlasted a teammate, a series champion and two fellow IndyCar stars, including a former champion and Indianapolis 500 winner, to take the win in the Battle at Barber presented by HPP Simulation.
“That was definitely a tough race,” Karam said. “Barber in itself is a really difficult track, it’s easy to make a mistake here...you can never really get into a groove with lappers or people spinning in front of you.”
The win was Karam’s third of the season in the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment, and came in one of the most anticipated races in Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX history.
The 53 lap race at the virtual version of Alabama’s Barber Motorsports Park featured the debut of 2004 IndyCar champion and 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan, as well as 2017 Freedom 100 winner and Kanaan’s former teammate at A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Matheus Leist.
But all eyes were on Karam, who extended his points lead in the Lionheart IndyCar Series, while also leading the way in the Lionheart Retro Series presented by DMLC Racing Channel.
“I’m just happy that one is over with,” Karam said. “I think Josh had better race pace than me. I was able to get the pole and I think that’s what did it for me.”
Karam beat Chin, his SKM teammate, by 0.609 seconds.
“I tried going off strategy, and it didn’t work out, I ended up in traffic,” Chin said. “Hat’s off to those guys, they were racing hard and I was there, too. I had that half-spin at the end and I think that didn’t help.”
Chin and two-time defending series champion Adam Blocker - who works for Ilmor Engineering in the NTT IndyCar Series - hounded Karam all race. Blocker even led two laps during pit cycles.
But Blocker made a rare mistake, a spin coming out of the carousel with six laps remaining, and contact with the wall hobbled his car, leaving the Adrenaline Motorsports driver to fall all the way to eleventh.
Leist capitalized, running a clean race in his Lionheart debut to finish third and claim the final spot on the podium.
Early season championship contender Connor Harrington rebounded from his lap nine crash at Michigan to finish fourth, and was happy to be back in the championship conversation.
“I was a little disappointed not being able to get third there,” Harrington said. “I lost five or six seconds behind lapped traffic. This is a tough track though, and to get out of here with the nose clean is good.”
Rookie Arjuna Kankipati captured his first career Lionheart top five with a fifth place finish.
Kanaan finished one lap down in 19th, after mid-race contact with Michael Goodman in the final corner sent the 19-year IndyCar veteran around.
30 of the 40 starters took the checkered flag, with 14 cars finishing on the lead lap.
Karam leads Goodman by 55 points, with Andrew Kinsella third, 63 out of the lead.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment heads back to the oval side of things before the month of June, the designated Indy month for the series, with the Global Electronic Technology 200 at Twin Ring Motegi.
The race can be viewed live on the iRacing eSports Network with Global SimRacing Channel producing the action on Wednesday, May 20 at 10:35 p.m. EST.