The Lionheart Retro Series won’t have much time for relaxing, as a short turn around sees the drivers heading full speed ahead into Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for the DMLC Racing Channel Grand Prix of Road America.
Last time out at Iowa, it was Chris Lanini using some pit strategy to get ahead, then managing to stay ahead in an epic battle with Finian Dchunha down the stretch. The pair battled through several late restarts but Lanini did everything he had too to seal the win. Chad Dalton drove another strong race to finish 3rd, while David Clymer and Marc Cohn finished 4th and 5th. Much of the race was dominated by Cohn, Alex Saunders, making his 5th start of the season, and Ryan Otis. However, a yellow flag in the middle of the 2nd round of green flag pitstops saw the order shaken up with those 3 drivers buried in the back in the field. Cohn would be the only driver of the 3 to see the checkered flag. The first to fall was Otis. On the ensuing restart a chain reaction involving Joshua Gayman, and Scott Holmes left Otis with no where to go. Otis finished 21st after leading the most laps. Next Saunders and league founder Jorge Anzaldo made contact exiting turn 4, ending both their nights. The tough race saw just 15 finishers, only 8 of which were on the lead lap. Otis’ DNF meant that David Clymer closed the deficit to 130 points, while simultaneously extending his lead over Paul Jenkins to 23 in the Rookie of the Year Standings.
Looking forward, the Retro drivers are on a short turn-around on a road course, as the they invade Road America. The classic American road course will be a tough test for the Retro drivers as the blast down the long straights into the tight turns like Canada corner. Not to mention the famous Carousel that will test even the best driver lap after lap to hit it correctly.
Ryan Otis will need a bounce back race after his DNF in Iowa, and Road America might be just the answer he is looking for. Otis has been consistent on the road so far this year, and with the wide run-off areas in many areas of this track, Otis has a large margin of error to race with this week.
No one is hotter in Retro the David Clymer. Clymer has been in the top five in 3 straight races, and top 10 in 8 straight. Clymer has not been the fastest driver on the road this season, but has been consistent enough to comfortably finish in the top 10. If he can continue to do that, possibly even sneaking up to a top 5, then Clymer could stand to benefit from an Otis mistake, and cut into the lead even more.
Travis Jegerlehner might be the most consistent driver in the Retro series this season. The 3-year veteran sits 6th in points on the back of just 2 top 10 finishes. Instead Jegerlehner has used to consistency to stay high in the points standings. Rarely not running at the finish of the races, the Raven Motorsports driver might be one to watch as the high-risk, high-reward nature of Road America claims its victims.
For all the action from Road America, tune in to the DMLC Racing Channel Gran Prix of Road America at 10:35pm eastern on Thursday October 3rd, only on the iRacing eSports Network presented by GSRC.