The Lionheart Racing Series Powered by HyperX announced today its official partnership with GRAAFix eSports known for its fantastic livery design and branding in both the virtual and real motorsports world.
Tyler Graaf, owner of GRAAFix eSports is no stranger to the Lionheart Racing Series. Joining in 2018, Tyler quickly became one of the leagues most popular drivers and eventually found him self working hand in hand with series admins. Tyler became widely known throughout the league for his talents as a graphic artist designing close to a third of all virtual liveries competing in Lionheart.
It was Tyler’s ability and artistic talent that caught the eye of series founder Jorge Anzaldo.
“We found out early on what Tyler could do artistically,” Anzaldo said. “Tyler and helped fill a void that the league needed in a very critical time. His work on our sponsor guides was pivotal in assisting the league in finding some of its most important sponsors. From custom logos to our amazing yearly Indy 500 Spotters Guide Tyler and GRAAFix eSports has helped define the look of the series. Just wait till you see his 2021 collection of liveries in action this year. Tyler does some amazing work. I’m extremely proud to have GRAAFix partnering with the Lionheart Racing Series in this capacity for the 2021 Season.”
The new partnership allowed Tyler Graaf to reflect on his involvement with the series as well as the future of Lionheart.
“I followed a friend to Lionheart in early 2018 and had no Idea what I was getting myself into. From my first meeting with Jorge, I knew this league was better than anything I’ve ever raced in. Just the organization of the league itself was better orchestrated than some karting series I ran as a teenager. The competition and commitment of everyone in this series pushed me to improve my sim racing craft as fast as I could. As the league’s drivers have evolved and gotten even more skilled, the excitement of being here grows each year. Very quickly I realized I had a product that could help move the league forward, and I was asking Jorge how I could be involved by the end of 2018.”
“Aside from designing liveries for a large handful of the drivers in Lionheart, being able to provide this graphical content that is so important to the visual image of the league is humbling. I put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure every aspect of my design work is done to give the all the leagues partners and sponsors the best visual exposure in sim racing. The better they look, the more it benefits the league and the drivers that put so much into it. This league carries a name that is so Important to me. Dan Wheldon was my racing idol growing up, and the more Lionheart grows as a series, the more it contributes to his legacy. Dan’s legacy is something I was lucky enough to contribute with in other forms as well. In 2013 Susie Wheldon brought me on as the official designer of the Dan Wheldon Pro-Am Karting Challenge charity race, I learned so much about Dan and his legacy from fellow drivers and friends. The culture in this series embodies who Dan was, Lionheart is an amazing place to race that is also filled with great people, drivers and admins who are driven so hard to succeed. GRAAFix’s home is Lionheart. I am extremely excited for this season, and ecstatic for our first year as official partners.”
GRAAFix eSports will provide a multitude of graphics arts work for the series including all of the league’s custom race logos, schedule graphics and spotters guides for every championship series for 2021. GRAAFix will also create custom graphics for social media use by the league as well as logistical assistance by handling all of the leagues virtual paint files and custom league overlays, ensuring that the field looks their best each and every event.
GRAAFix eSports will be featured as the title sponsor to 3 races during the 2021 Season as well as the title sponsor to the first ever triple crown event for the new Speedway Series at Homestead Miami Speedway on April 19th, 2021. Also, as part of the sponsorship agreement GRAAFix will be supplied with a total of 30 on board cameras which will be spread out across Lionheart’s 58 live events.
For more information on GRAAFix eSports and to see their full line up of services and portfolio visit www.graafixesports.com
For more information on the Lionheart Racing Series Powered by HyperX visit www.lionheartracingseries.com
The Lionheart Racing Series and RaceSpot TV announced today a multi-year broadcast package covering all three of Lionheart’s premier online racing championships.
Formed just a year apart from one another, the Lionheart Racing Series and RaceSpot TV have grown considerably over the past seven years, gaining increasing popularity within the iRacing community. 2021 will see both paths meet, moving forward to bring Lionheart’s live events to the next level.
RaceSpot TV is a live eSports broadcast network focusing primarily on sim racing. RaceSpot TV produces over 15 hours of high-quality live broadcasts each week to a global audience.
“Since our inception our company motto has been no gimmicks just awesome broadcasting,” says Wil Vincent, RaceSpot TV COO and Head of Broadcast Operations. “We believe that our job is to be storytellers for some of the world’s biggest eSports moments, whilst ensuring we provide a recognizable motorsports product to viewers who may be new to the concept of competitive eSports. We invest heavily in every aspect of our product to ensure that every broadcast provides informative commentary and lasting memories.”
Lionheart Racing Series founder Jorge Anzaldo was excited at the opportunity to work with one of the world’s leading eSports content producers.
“This couldn’t have come at a better time,” Anzaldo said. “We have worked extremely hard to get to this point. Forming this partnership with RaceSpot TV is going to open so many doors for our league. With RaceSpot TV and ESTV airing our races 2021 is going to be the biggest in league history. I’m excited to have RaceSpot TV handling our live race coverage.”
RaceSpot TV will provide live coverage for Lionheart’s IndyCar, Speedway and Retro Series for a combined 58 events in 2021.
In addition, Lionheart events will also air on the first 24-hour eSports network, ESTV. The series debuted to impressive audience numbers late in the 2020 season on the relatively new platform.
The IndyCar Series will kick things off March 3rd 2021 at Homestead Miami Speedway. Broadcast times will begin at 9:35 PM CST. For further information on the Lionheart Racing Series and its 2021 Schedule visit www.lionheartracingseries.com
For more information on RaceSpot TV visit www.racespot.tv For more information on ESTV visit www.estv.co
The Lionheart Racing Series and the The Guitammer Company announced its continued partnership for the upcoming 2021 Season.
The deal, announced by Lionheart Racing Series founder Jorge Anzaldo, will see The Guitammer Company’s popular line of ButtKicker Gaming products featured as the title sponsor to Lionheart’s IndyCar Series.
“We were so excited for the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with The Guitammer Company and ButtKicker,” Anzaldo said. “Being able to bring these great products to our drivers, fans and other series partners once again, for a fourth year and especially as the title sponsor to our most popular series, just proves how successful this league has become, and how supportive our drivers are of the companies that invest in us.”
In 2021, ButtKicker Gaming products will provide eight prizes to drivers across the Lionheart Racing Series. Winners of the ButtKicker Rookie of the Year in both the Lionheart IndyCar Series and Lionheart Retro Series will have the choice of a ButtKicker Gamer2 or ButtKicker Simulation Kit.
Other ButtKicker prizes will be handed out throughout the year as part of prize packages to drivers in all three series.
“We’re pleased to continue our partnership with Lionheart Racing Series”, said Guitammer Head of Gaming Andrew Luden. “Jorge and the Lionheart team have created a powerhouse racing series that we’re proud to support. We look forward to their continued growth and success in 2021”.
ButtKicker also returns as sponsor of the P1 awards, given to drivers earning poles and wins in a Lionheart sanctioned race. The starting lineup for each race broadcasted by RaceSpot TV and ESTV will also feature the Starting Grid presented by ButtKicker in 2021. ButtKicker will also be the title sponsor to a total of five races in 2021, including two Triple Crown events. Additionally, ButtKicker will also be the presenting sponsor of the “Countdown to Green” 15-minute pre-race show for Lionheart’s IndyCar Series.
“We can’t thank The Guitammer Company enough for their continued support of our series,” Anzaldo said. “They’ve committed again to offering a discount in the 2021 season to drivers and fans of our league. There’s nothing better than a partner who is willing to work with you and for your drivers and fans. The Guitammer Company has gone above and beyond, and we really cannot thank them enough and I’m so excited to have them back on again for our 9th Season.”
Fans will once again receive a 20 percent discount on products using promo code LION2021. Additionally, Lionheart has been added as an affiliate. Those looking to order ButtKicker Gaming products should visit https://thebuttkicker.com/?aff=3.
The DMLC Racing Channel and the Lionheart Racing Series today have announced a naming rights sponsorship for Lionheart’s brand-new Lionheart Speedway Series.
Now known as the Lionheart Speedway Series Presented by DMLC Racing Channel, the oval only series will return Lionheart back to where it all started by utilizing the DW-12 IndyCar. The Lionheart IndyCar Series competed for 5 full seasons with the DW-12 before switching over to the modern IR-18 in 2017. This new series brings back the excitement and competitiveness that is special to IndyCar oval racing.
DMLC Racing Channel founder Marc Cohn - the Lionheart Retro Series Driver of the Year in 2019 wanted to return to full time competition in the Lotus 79 and felt it best to move his title sponsorship support onto Lionheart’s newest series.
“Lionheart gave me opportunities beyond my wildest imagination,” Cohn said. “Whether it was furthering myself as a driver, improving the quality of my channel’s content, or getting the chance to join the family of tight-knit sim racers with amazing camaraderie, Lionheart has meant everything to me over these last few years. I’m looking forward to stepping back into the virtual Lotus 79 cockpit while also giving support to Lionheart’s newest endeavor.”
The DMLC Racing Channel was founded in 2018 by Cohn, a lifelong racing enthusiast who wanted to share his passion for sim racing with others. His channel has become famous in the open-wheel community for its humor and Marc’s constant dialogue throughout his races. Cohn has also earned a reputation as a fierce yet clean competitor, capable of winning any event he enters, adding to the excitement of his content.
Lionheart Racing Series founder Jorge Anzaldo said he was excited to see Cohn continue his association with the league and support for its newest series.
“Marc’s support has meant so much to this league,” Anzaldo said. “Marc has made significant contributions, not only as a driver but as a member of the family. Marc has been a true friend and when he approached me about sponsoring our new Speedway Series, I couldn't say no.”
The Lionheart Speedway Series Presented by DMLC Racing Channel kicks off its 18-race season on Thursday, March 15th at Twin Ring Motegi. All races can be viewed live on Racespot TV as well as ESTV.
You can follow Marc and the DMLC Racing Channel on YouTube and on his Facebook page. For more information on the Lionheart Speedway Series presented by DMLC Racing Channel, head to www.LionheartRacingSeries.com. For more information on Racespot TV visit https://www.racespot.tv/ For more information on ESTV visit www.estv.co
With just four rounds remaining in the 2020 Season, the series once again will take a moment to remember a very special friend, competitor and league organizer. It’s hard to believe that it has been three years since Patrick’s passing, with his loss still felt to this day by all who knew him.
Taylor born and raised in Canada, joined Lionheart late in 2015 competing in just two events before racing his first full season in 2016. It was during that time that everyone involved in the league had the honor of getting to know him. “A friend to all” was one of the ways he was described by his league mates. Patrick was always there with a positive attitude and a friendly voice.
“Patrick was always willing to help,” said league owner Jorge Anzaldo. “It wasn’t long before Patrick joined the admin team and made such a difference. I’ll never forget the hard work and dedication that he showed this league. He was instrumental in assisting with the day to day operations of the league as well as writing pre-race stories, creating media guides for series broadcast partner GSRC and providing feedback on post-race reports.”
“Sundays before each race week were always the best” Anzaldo said. “Patrick and I would always meet together and go over everything regarding the league. We would finalize little details about the upcoming races, make sure everything was in order and just have great conversations. I can’t tell you how much I miss him and how I wish all the new guys would’ve had the chance to meet him. I often wonder what he would think about where the league is today, especially with the competition, sponsorships and growth.”
Brandon Limkemann had the pleasure of crowning Patrick as the inaugural recipient of the league’s Dan Wheldon Driver of the Year Award in 2016. It was a very special moment and one that took Taylor completely by surprise.
Every year since his passing, the league continues to play tribute to one of Lionheart’s very best. Last year’s memorial race at Mosport was hosted by the Retro Series. This year the leagues IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment will have the honor of celebrating Patrick’s life and contribution to the league.
Canadian Tire Motorsports Park has appeared on the schedule each year beginning in Season 5 and has produced 3 different winners. Both Adam Blocker and Sage Karam have scored victories at the circuit. The two sit one and two in the standings with Karam leading the defending champion Blocker by just 14 points. Kinsella sits 46 points back from Karam and is certainly not out of the fight just yet. Harrington who has had a streak of bad luck the last few rounds with DNF’s will need a strong finish to bring himself back into contention.
Whomever wins the championship this season must prove themselves across two road courses as well as a short track and the superspeedway at Auto Club. The bell has rung, it’s time to battle for every last position in the standings. Will Blocker be able to defend his Lionheart IndyCar Championship or will we have a new champion? The road to victory goes through Mosport.
The Patrick Taylor Memorial Grand Prix presented by Loud Pedal Motorsport takes place live November 4th 2020 on the iRacing eSports Network courtesy of the Global Sim Racing Channel. Coverage begins at 9:35 PM CST.
For more information on Loud Pedal Motorsports visit facebook @loudpedalmotorsports
For more information on the Lionheart Racing Series visit. www.lionheartracingseries.com
Sage Karam made a statement Wednesday night.
The NTT IndyCar Series veteran racked up his series-leading fifth win of 2020 at Phillip Island in the HyperX Grand Prix, leading all but three laps, after a daring first lap pass.
“It was a good night overall,” Karam said. “Was able to get out, break the draft, get in clean air and run a clean race.”
Karam reignited his rivalry with two-time defending Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment champion Adam Blocker in the first seconds of the race.
As the field barreled into the wide-open first turn, Karam used the draft to slingshot inside of Blocker, who captured his third pole of 2020.
Just before making his move, the two appeared to touch. On corner exit, Karam sliced across the nose of Blocker, completing the pass. The contact gave Blocker a mandatory rear wing change on his first pit stop, ending any hope to compete for a win.
He would rally to finish third.
“I took the racing line into turn one, lap one, and Sage just hit the back of me,” a frustrated Blocker said. “Could’ve wrecked the whole field. I had to lift a little and he cleared me. I was happy with my pace. I had the pace for him, pace was right there. It would’ve been a fight the whole race. It just sucks.”
Karam defended the aggression, which gave him a clear track for the rest of the race.
“I had a really big draft going into turn one,” Karam said. “I was able to make the move. This track isn’t one of my favorites because it’s easy to make a mistake. But I ran a mistake-free race.”
Joshua Chin benefitted from the wing change for Blocker, finishing second.
“Happy to take second, it’s good for the points,” Chin said. “Adam had those issues with the rear wing and that let me get out there all alone in second, and was just able to run quick enough to keep second.”
Andrew Kinsella finished fourth, with Connor Harrington rallying from 31st to fifth to keep his championship hopes alive. Harrington served an EOL penalty at the beginning of the race for contact in the previous round.
25 of the 33 drivers to start the race finished, with 15 on the lead lap. Several incidents shook up the field.
On lap two, Bryan Carey spun in turn 6. Dustin Wardlow, Tyler Graaf and Jason Galvin all made contact with the spinning Carey. Only Wardlow would continue, and several other cars also received damage in the ensuing stackup.
On lap 14, Damon Martinez and Nathan Lewis raced wheel-to-wheel through the tight Honda and Siberia complex, only to make contact coming up the hill towards turn 9. Lewis shot off the track, slid through the grass and then plowed into Brian Yaczik.
Martinez was penalized after the race for avoidable contact. Lewis and Yaczik could not continue.
The top five in points also finished top five in the race, and the championship picture looks similar following the event.
Karam, searching for his first Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX championship, leads Kinsella by 35 points. Blocker sits seven further back in third, with Harrington fourth and within striking distance as well.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment heads back to the ovals for the next two events, the second leg of a three-in-a-row stretch, this Wednesday night.
The DMLC Racing Channel 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway can be seen live Wednesday, October 14, on the Global SimRacing Channel and iRacing eSports Network at 10:35 p.m. EST.
The adage ‘good things come to those who wait’ has perhaps never been more fitting in the Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX.
Tony Showen finally broke through for his first career win in the premier Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment Wednesday night, holding off Joshua Chin in a thrilling photo finish in the Fisch Motors 200 at Chicagoland Speedway.
The landmark victory for the Adrenaline Motorsports driver came in his 114th career IndyCar series start. Shown has one win in the Lionheart Retro Series.
“I was looking at the stats today actually,” Showen said in victory lane. “And I said to myself ‘good god, what a loser.’...I have no idea what just happened. I ended up in the back because my fuel didn’t fill, and from there on it was road rage mode.”
Showen held off Chin after the race was turned upside down by a caution with eight laps remaining, trapping a contingent of cars that had dominated the race a lap down, and assuring the alternate strategy cars could make it to the finish.
Jorge Anzaldo, battling to get laps back after having to pit for fuel, ducked onto the apron on the front straight after approaching a group of cars in fuel saving mode. When he got to turn one, Anzaldo lost control, and slid up the track into the middle of the pack that had led most of the race.
Jason Galvin, Connor Harrington, Joe Branch and others were taken out in the ensuing melee, which also trapped Brian Yazik (race high 41 laps led) and Adam Blocker (30 laps led) a lap down.
That setup a two lap sprint to the finish. Showen jumped out in front, allowing Chin to make a big running as the final lap began.
Chin even nosed ahead down the back straight, but Showen ducked to the apron exiting turn four and held on to win by 0.025 seconds.
“I knew if you were on the bottom you were golden,” Showen said. “You could just hold it down there and have the short way around. It was just a matter of staying out of his draft.”
The second place finish for Chin marked his sixth top five finish of the year, and catapulted him back into the championship race.
“It was more possible in one and two to get around people up top,” Chin said. “In three and four, it was pretty much impossible. The bottom was just too good. You needed the other driver to make a mistake.”
Scott Holmes was the surprising third place finished, a career best finish for the rookie. Bart Workman finished fourth, just ahead of Mike Rasimas in his series debut.
13 cars finished on the lead lap, thanks mostly to the final caution. The yellow flag flew seven times, while 12 drivers swapped the lead a total of 19 times.
Two major incidents caused a massive points shakeup.
Sage Karam was involved in a lap nine crash, ending his night in dead last. Karam still leads the championship standings, but by just 19 over a surging Andrew Kinsella.
Then, on lap 77, Harrington stayed out on old tires and immediately pushed up into Joe Hassert, an early race favorite, causing a crash. Hassert’s night was over, and Harrington struggled until being involved again in the final caution.
As a result, Harrington fell to fourth in points, with Adam Blocker third. The top four are separated by a mere 37 points with seven races remaining.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series enters its home stretch and returns to the road course side of action with round 14, the HyperX Grand Prix of Phillip Island. The race can be seen live on the iRacing eSports Network and Global SimRacing Channel on Wednesday, October 7 at 10:35 p.m. EST.
With just 3 road courses remaining on the 2020 Season the time to show road superiority starts now. Three drivers sit within striking distance of points leader Sage Karam. A strong showing at Phillip Island will definitely be necessary in order to close the gap.
Karam who has been known to dominate the road events sits just 19 points ahead of Andrew Kinsella and 37 ahead of fourth place Harrington. Defending series champion Adam Blocker sits 32 points back and is in a position potentially inherit the lead if he can find a way to victory lane tonight.
Blocker is the defending race winner from 2018 having won over Dan Geren by 12.366 seconds. The closest finish at Phillip Island came at the inaugural event back in 2016 when Jake Wright won over Dan Geren by 0.609 seconds. Geren would eventually find victory lane in 2017 in one of the best battles at the Australian track in league history.
Series rookie Chris Fowler has shown significant pace coming into the HyperX Grand Prix of Phillip Island, having started on pole for the second warm up race and finishing 4th. The lap times are there, can Fowler dig deep and bring home a solid finish?
The Team Championship continues to heat up with SKM climbing one spot in the standings to second behind Alkentech Simulation / NHR e-Sports. Adrenaline Motorsports Red is 40 points back from first. Can Adrenaline climb back up or will their championship streak come to an end? With 7 races remaining it may come down to the 500-mile finale at Auto Club.
Who will win the HyperX Grand Prix of Phillip Island?
Tune in live on the iRacing eSports Network at 9:35 pm CST with coverage provided by the Global Sim Racing Channel.
For more information on HyperX and their products visit www.hyperxgaming.com
For more information on the Lionheart Racing Series visit www.lionheartracingseries.com
Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KIgJsEb2EM&feature=emb_title
The last time the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment raced at Chicagoland Speedway was in 2017 during the league’s 5th season. To put this in perspective this was Adam Blocker’s first season in Lionheart and just his 9th start. Two championships later Blocker is making his 72nd start at Chicagoland.
Most notably the last time Lionheart raced at the speedway the series was still using the Dallara DW-12. It will definitely be a new experience at Chicagoland for most of the drivers in the series. The modern IR-18 is definitely a “different” car in many ways, the addition of the in-car adjustments certainly bringing another dimension to the racing this season.
Conversations from the virtual paddock are indicating that tire wear will become significant towards the end of the stint, so expect to see those drivers who adequately manage their tires making their way towards the front.
The last time the series raced at Chicagoland it produced a series high 24 lead changes and the fewest cautions since Season 2 with just 4 yellow flags breaking the action for 15 laps. Dan Geren won the last event at the speedway leaving Joe Hassert as the only active driver able to become a two-time winner. Hassert led 7 laps in 2017 before settling for a disappointing 18th place finish.
This week the series will welcome 4 new drivers to the series. Chris Fowler, Aaron Morgan, Matt Taylor and Mike Rasimas. All have been making a name for themselves in the Retro Series presented by the DMLC Racing Channel and have shown the pace and dedication that it takes to compete on Lionheart’s biggest stage. The series welcomes them the league’s biggest stage as they look to make their mark in 2020 and solidify their place on the roster for the 2021 Season.
The championship battle continues to remain close as Sage Karam leads Adam Blocker by 53 points. Kinsella and Harrington also remain within striking distance and all 3 could take over the points lead once the checkered flag flies at Chicagoland.
Alkentech Simulation NHR e-Sports continues to lead the Team Championship sponsored by HyperX. Adrenaline Motorsports Red sits 81 points back. Could they be the team that finally ends Adrenaline’s Team Championship streak?
Tune in live Wednesday night on the iRacing eSports Network courtesy of the Global Sim Racing Channel to watch the cars and stars of the Lionheart Racing Series Powered by HyperX take on Chicagoland Speedway in the Fisch Motors 200. Live coverage begins at 9:35 pm CST. The race can also be seen live via GSRC’s Facebook page.
Race Link: https://youtu.be/Ofxcgu5jtE4
For more information on Fisch Motors visit www.fischmotors.com
For more information on the Lionheart Racing Series visit www.lionheartracingseries.com
Andrew Kinsella felt like he had one of the best cars in Wednesday’s FME Victory Lap Celebration at Iowa Speedway.
But the Canadian constantly found himself in traffic.
Until the final few laps.
Kinsella and late race leader Jason Galvin made net code contact following a late race restart, sending Galvin spinning into the wall and causing the race to finish under yellow, handing Kinsella his first victory of 2020 in the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment.
“I’ll take that after being a lap down,” Kinsella said of being trapped during an early race caution and fighting for his lap back. “I hate that it didn’t finish under green, just bad net code at the end. But what a great race, a big win.”
Kinsella and Galvin spent much of the race linked together, but the Bakersfield, Calif. driver appeared to have the upper hand following the final pit stop of the night.
Galvin emerged just over a second behind leader Joshua Chin, and quickly ran down the SKM driver to capture the lead. Galvin’s advantage stretched to over 1.5 seconds when the caution flew following contact between Chin and Adam Blocker with 12 laps remaining.
Kinsella narrowly snuck past, then followed Galvin to pit road for tires, along with all but two of the lead lap cars.
On the final restart of the night, Galvin quickly dispatched Chris Lanini and new leader Connor Harrington, but Kinsella followed closely behind. The duo raced wheel-to-wheel for two laps, but with three laps remaining, Kinsella tried to sweep under Galvin.
That’s when net code took over, sending Galvin flying into the turn one wall and handing Kinsella the win.
“It’s unfortunate, Jason got very unlucky there, it would’ve been a great duel to the end,” Kinsella said. “I think we had the two best cars all day. Maybe Josh as well. But Jason and I were the two guys passing the most cars out there. Hats off to him, sorry we had that incident but it was not what I wanted to happen.”
Galvin was upbeat after the race, noting his pace all night, even overcoming an ill-time caution that forced him to race through most of the pack.
“I think everyone knew we were here tonight,” Galvin said. “It’s disappointing not to win when you were the best car. It’s not often you can say that in Lionheart, this league is just too good. Andrew was right there with me all night, but I think I was a little better. Net code is just part of online racing. We can’t blow motors or cut tires, but we can net code. I can’t be mad about that, just super proud of our effort tonight.”
Chin came through the field on the final restart to take second, ahead of former series champion Jake Wright.
“I knew that Jason and Connor and Andrew were the guys to beat, and I just wanted to hang on for a top five,” Chin said. “Strategy just kept cycling me out front. Then at the end, the tires just went away. I was in trouble and then Adam and I had that incident. I got lucky to get away from it clean and came back down for fresh tires, then that last wreck happened. I hate it for those guys. But I’ll take a second place.”
By virtue of the win, Kinsella rocketed to the top of the championship standings, still searching for his first title in the Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX. Kinsella leads Harrigton, who finished fourth, by three points. Sage Karam dropped two spots to third following an early race crash, but sits just seven points back from the lead in one of the most competitive seasons in Lionheart history.
Two-time defending champion Bocker sits fourth, 35 points back, while Chin jumped into a tie with Brian Yaczik for fifth in points.
The FME Victory Lap Celebration at Iowa Speedway celebrated and honored Burlington, Iowa’s First Medical Equipment, the title sponsor of the Lionheart IndyCar Series for six seasons. FME is in its final year sponsoring the series, and FME’s Brandon Limkemann was involved in an early race crash, ending his shot at what would have been an extremely popular win.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment takes a month off to cool off now, before heading to the home track of series founder Jorge Anzaldo, Chicagoland Speedway, for the Fisch Motors 200.
The race can be seen live on Wednesday, September 23 at 10:35 p.m. EST on the iRacing eSports Network and the Global Sim Racing Channel.