If there is anything learned from over 6 years of competition in the Lionheart Racing Series Powered by HyperX it is that every point matters.
Twice in league history has a championship been won by a single point. The first instance was back in 2014 when the inaugural IndyCar season was won by Jesse Vincent over Richard Behr. The most recent example was in 2018 when Adam Blocker won over Alex Saunders. One can only imagine having a championship slip away by such a close margin but it is a testament to the level of competition in the series.
With just 3 races remaining in the 2020 Season Otis is on pace to win his 2nd Lionheart Retro Series presented by DMLC Racing Channel championship. The question that remains is does Sage Karam have enough to come from behind and steal the championship away? With the double points event at the finale at Fontana, there are a total of 256 possible championship points available and definitely enough to overcome the 71-point deficit that the Pennsylvanian driver currently faces.
Sage Karam currently sits with 7 wins for the 2020 Season. The most a driver ever had enroute to a championship was 5 back in Season 2 when Adam Blocker won the title. Otis won his first championship with just 3 victories last year. The defending champion currently has 2 wins on the season but despite this his finished inside the top 5 all but once this season. Otis as well as blocker were able to secure 15 top 5 finishes during their championship winning seasons. If Otis is somehow able to finish in the top 5 across the next 3 races and win the championship it would put him as the only driver ever to secure 16 top 5 finishes in a championship winning season.
The Rumble at Road America presented by Z1 Dashboard and Analyzer will produce a first-time winner in the series this season as the previous winners Alex Saunders and Adam Blocker will not be present. The drivers are definitely hungry to make their mark at one of the most popular venues in Lionheart history. The Wisconsin road course has made an appearance 9 times between both the IndyCar and Retro Series. The only time Road America was not part of the Lionheart Schedule was back in Season 1 of the IndyCar Series.
Despite all the focus on the championship battle there are still plenty of positions left to fight over before the checkered flag flies at the season finale at Fontana. Dustin Wardlow who fell one spot from 3rd place now sits just 35 points back from Lionel Calisto. Both drivers have one victory on the season and its going to be interesting to see how this battle plays out over the next few rounds. Wardlow looks to be favored on the road courses however Calisto could come away with the advantage if he’s able to flex his muscles at Auto Club with double points on the line.
Aaron Morgan and David Clymer are certainly still in the mix. Morgan actually sits tied with Wardlow in the points and Clymer is just 33 points back so in theory we could easily see plenty of movement here in the standings with the final 3 races of the season. It’s definitely going to be exciting to watch these drivers fight it out on the virtual track. After all is said and done will we see another driver take the glory by just a single point?
The Lionheart Retro Series presented by DMLC Racing Channel returns live on the iRacing eSports Network via GSRC Thursday October 29th 2020 at 9:35 PM CST for the Rumble at Road America presented by Z1 Dashboard and Analyzer
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Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGWmNrTE0XE