Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX continues its “Month of June” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For the second straight week, the cars and stars of Lionheart’s crown jewel prepare to do battle in their virtual IR-18 machines.
The Minus 273 Grand Prix of Indy will be the second race to hold the same title out of 5 events spanning across the month of June. Both the Lionheart IndyCar Series powered by HyperX and the Lionheart Retro Series presented by DMLC Racing Channel will race the oval and road course configurations. The IndyCar series will also host a special qualifying broadcast for the first time in league history where drivers will compete in a traditional fastest 4 lap average format.
The last time the series visited the road course configuration at Indy was back in Season 3 on October 14th 2015. Michel de Jong took home the victory over eventual Season Champion Jake Wright by 4.878 seconds. Michel would also sweep both events at Indy that year by winning the series’ first 500-mile event as the league had run only 250 miles at the famed speedway through its first two seasons.
This week drivers will also have to contest with the newly released ability of adjusting the in-car tools adding a new dimension and challenge for the remainder of the season. Front and rear anti roll bars can now be adjusted along with the cars weight jacker on the fly allowing drivers to adjust to varying changes in the cars handling throughout the race. iRacing also has also implemented the ability to adjust fuel map ranges for fixed setups which can aid a driver in saving fuel and matching the power curve for each track.
The championship battle continues to heat up as Andrew Kinsella climbed up one spot in the standings. Kinsella now sits behind points leader Sage Karam by 70 points. 2020 has produced four different winners across the first 7 races, however Karam is certainly favored coming into the event. Karam kicked off the month by winning the inaugural Retro Series event at the Indy GP and has been on a hot streak in the IndyCar. Karam nearly won the last 3 races in a row however third place driver Connor Harrington put an end to that streak with the big win at Motegi Oval.
Lionheart returns to action Wednesday June 17th 2020 for the Minus 273 Grand Prix of Indianapolis with race coverage being brought to live on the iRacing eSports network courtesy of the Global Sim Racing Channel.
Coverage begins at 9:35 PM CST
Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkyvHjCv8TA&feature=emb_title