From the rolling green hills of upstate New York, we travel now to the orange and red cliffs of Grand Canyon country. The Lionheart Retro series roars into Phoenix International Raceway for the Indy Elite Series 150.
It was domination from start to finish last time out for debutant Alex Saunders. Saunders led every lap - from the pole - on his way to the win in the Clipping That Apex Grand Prix at the Glen. Ryan Otis finished a strong 2nd with the fastest lap of the race, but couldn’t overcome Saunder’s consistently fast laps. Justin Weaver finished 3 edging out Michael Goodman and defending champ Jake Wright.
The top 3 from round 1; winner Adam Blocker 2nd place Dustin Wardlow, and 3rd place Andrew Kinsella all found trouble at the Glen, resulting in a large shake-up of the points. Ryan Otis is now your points leader heading into round 3 over Jake Wright and James Krahula, but this championship is already shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested in Lionheart history.
The presenting sponsor for this event is the Indy Elite Series owned and operated by Lionheart member Joe Branch. The Indy Elite Series is the other major IndyCar league on iRacing, focusing on the open setup side of open wheel IndyCar Racing. Its races can be seen live via Racespot. This is the second season that The Indy Elite Series and Lionheart has partnered up to cross promote their leagues.
After the dominating performance in his Retro Series debut can Alex Saunders follow up with an impressive performance on the oval? If he can have solid finishes on the ovals he would be a strong contender for this years championship.
What about Adam Blocker? Not only was he fast at Watkins Glen before a mistake cost him a chance to fight for the win, he is the defending race winner at Phoenix. Can Blocker get back on track and repeat?
Justin Weaver has jumped up 16 spots in standings after an impressive podium finish at Watkins Glen to sit P10 in the driver standings. Can Weaver use the momentum from a strong podium results to continue rising up the standings?
After two rounds Dragonfly Racing led by Otis finds itself in first place in the team standings. Could this be the break out year for Dragonfly with the addition of new drivers Otis and Paulson? With 6 teams within 25 points of each other, it is not just the drivers championship that is shaping up to be the tightest ever.
Finally, we must talk about the track. The Retro series will be using the older, lower banked scan of Phoenix, in keeping with the Retro feel of this series. This means a track surface that is old and full of bumps. One wrong move could lead to multiple cars ending up in the wall on this tight one mile oval.
Who will be able to survive the track, outwit his fellow competitors and emerge victorious? Tune in Thursday April 19, 2018 at 10:35pm EDT to find out, only on GSRC and iRacing Live.
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