Sage Karam is locked in, and there doesn’t appear to be an end to his dominance in sight.
The NTT IndyCar Series competitor captured his second consecutive win in the Lionheart Retro Series presented by DMLC Racing Channel Thursday night, with a near-perfect performance in the Classic IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Donington.
“I think I enjoy this car more now with the new tire model,” Karam said. “Later in the race the car really comes to me. I was more confident heading into Watkins (Glen), but this race worked out. I’m having fun with it.”
Karam captured his eighth career pole and lost the lead only during the lone pit cycle of the race, leading 50 of the 51 laps en route to his eighth career Retro Series victory, and his third of the year in the Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX. Karam also won the IndyCar event at Watkins Glen.
But the race wasn’t all roses for Karam. With four laps remaining, Karam caught David Altman in a tough section of the track, coming up the hill from turn four.
Karam committed to the left side of the track, when Altman appeared to also try and move left to allow the leader clear track. The two made contact, and Karam slid off the track, losing five seconds and bending his front wing.
Karam didn’t appear to realize how big the moment was.
“Same place, same time kind of thing, it wasn’t his fault,” Karam said, just before seeing the replay. “Oh there it is...oh wow, that is a big moment. I had no idea I was that crossed up, pretty funny.”
Alex Saunders, the 2018 championship runner-up, mounted a fierce rally to finish second after sliding off the track in the opening corner. Saunders ran wide while battling defending series champion Ryan Otis, falling back to fifth. But Saunders was able to save an extra lap of fuel, leading a lap in the process and overcoming a six-second deficit to Otis to take second.
Otis settled for third after taking several unsuccessful shots at Saunders in the final laps.
“I have to say, Saunders is the master at saving fuel,” Otis said. “I was doing all I could to save fuel, and I was sputtering coming into the pits. And then Saunders did another lap. What is going on here? He’s unreal.”
Christopher Ragan took advantage of a last-lap mishap by George Sandman to move into fourth, relegating Sandman to fifth.
Sandman also lost the points lead to Karam, who jumped out front in the championship battle by five points.
Saunders and Otis are both within eight points of Karam as well.
The only major incident occurred on lap eight, when Marty Davis spun exiting turn four. As Davis attempted to back off the racing line, James Paulson arrived on scene and darted off the track to try and miss Davis. The two collided, sending Davis airborne and ending the race for both drivers.
26 cars finished the event, with 10 on the lead lap.
There’s more bad news for Lionheart Retro Series presented by DMLC Racing Channel competitors on the Karam front. The next event, the HPP Grand Prix of Mosport at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, is one Karam has had circled since the schedule was released.
“It’s my favorite track in the world,” Karam said.
After the broadcasters joked about finding a sponsor to challenge Karam to start last and still win, Otis quipped “What does it take to sponsor Sage so that he starts at the back?”
You can watch all of the virtual Lotus L79 action on the iRacing eSports Network, with Global SimRacing Channel producing the action, on Thursday, April 30 at 10:35 p.m. EST.
The Lionheart Retro Series presented by DMLC Racing Channel looks ahead to Round 3 as it prepares to take on its 2nd in a string of 3 straight road courses. For the first time in league history the series will head to Donington Park. The Classic IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Donington is sponsored by the Classic IndyCar Series (CIS), another premier open wheel league on iRacing utilizing the IR-05 IndyCar.
The Classic IndyCar Series uses open setups for its events adding an increased level of realism to their championship seasons. Founded in 2015 and quickly growing in popularity both series share a common interest in their passion for open wheel racing with cars from earlier eras.
“We’re extremely excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with CIS in this way,” Lionheart founder Jorge Anzaldo said. “Lionheart has had a great relationship with CIS and its founder Robert Grosser over the past few years. CIS has helped promote Lionheart and our series has created their championship plaque for a few seasons. They’ve been great friends.”
While Donington is new to the Retro Series, Lionheart has had one visit to the track which is located in Leicestershire England. Season 5 saw Jake Wright victorious over Adam Blocker, a feat which few drivers can claim over the current defending Lionheart IndyCar Series champion.
George Sandman continues to hold on to the points lead through the first two rounds. Defending series champion Ryan Otis dropped 3 spots after a disappointing result at Watkins Glen. Other big movers were Aaron Morgon who climbed 20 spots after a fantastic podium run at the Glen and now sits 10th overall. Chris Ragan also moved up 16 positions after a strong 6th place finish.
The Classic IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Donington will be aired live on the iRacing eSports Network Thursday, April 16th, 2020 courtesy of the Global Sim Racing Channel. Coverage begins at 9:35pm CST.
Race Link: https://youtu.be/arJ8EebQhUA
The Classic IndyCar Series boosted by Virtual Race Car Engineer resumes Sunday, April 19th 2020 at 1800 GMT with coverage provided by RACESPOT
Sage Karam is sick and tired of Watkins Glen International.
But he’s not tired of winning there.
Karam captured his third virtual win at the track in an eight day span, dominating the SimXperience Grand Prix at The Glen Thursday night.
It was his first win of the season in the Lionheart Retro Series presented by DMLC Racing Channel, and his second-consecutive Watkins Glen win in the series.
“I am absolutely sick of this place, I’m ready to get out of here,” Karam said laughingly after the race. “But obviously winning is great, and this place has been really good to me.”
Karam also won the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment race at Watkins Glen one week ago, making him the first driver to pull the double in the Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX this season.
Karam also handily won the IndyCar iRacing Challenge event at Watkins Glen.
“I did so many laps for the IndyCar race we did here in Lionheart, and then the Challenge race we did,” Karam said. “I’ve been non-stop on the sim. It’s pretty impressive that my girlfriend still loves me.”
Karam led every lap from the pole, a feat he also accomplished in 2019. Alex Saunders, the 2018 series runner-up, came home second, nearly seven seconds behind Karam.
“This was my first experience with the Lotus on the new tire,” Saunders said. “I found it was enough of an experience just trying not to wreck it, so I was kind of happy to just ride around with myself.”
The battle for third ended up riveting fans over the final laps, as Aaron Morgan first passed, and the held off road course ace George Sandman for the final podium spot.
“I never thought coming into this week I’d be racing George,” Morgan said. “I can’t believe I actually passed him on track. Exceeded my expectations by far.”
Richie Hearn captured his first Lionheart top-five with his fifth place finish.
Defending series champion Ryan Otis had an eventful race. Otis first spun while battling inside the top-five, and then incurred damage in a crash with Jorge Anzaldo and Ricky Hardin, among others. Otis rebounded to finish 14th, the final car on the lead lap, but it wasn’t the result he was looking for.
20 of the 33 drivers to start the race made it to the end, with numerous single and two-car accidents eliminating or hampering the efforts of strong cars.
Sandman extended his points lead to 13 over Karam, who jumped all the way to second with his win. Saunders sits third after two rounds.
The Lionheart Retro Series presented by DMLC Racing Channel heads across the pond to Donington Park for the inaugural Classic IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Donington on Thursday, April 16.
The race can be seen live on the iRacing eSports Network, with Global SimRacing Channel producing the action, at 10:35 p.m. EST.
With the 2020 Lionheart Retro Series presented by DMLC Racing Channel season opener in the books the series switches focus from the high-speed ovals to the twisty iconic Watkins Glen International.
Unlike the IndyCar Series the Retro Series drivers will run the Classic Boot configuration eliminating the famous or at times infamous bus stop.
George Sandman enters the Round 2 event with the points lead after clamming his first victory of the season in an exciting 3 wide finish. Leading the championship by just 4 points over Ryan Otis, the win marked the 2nd in Sandman’s career. Despite finding some success on the ovals, the road ace has yet to win a road course event in the series.
The SimXperience Grand Prix at the Glen will mark the 4th time in as many seasons that the Retro Series has visited the historic track. Each season has produced a new winner and each of those has led every lap enroute to victory lane.
Sage Karam is the defending race winner, having won over Ryan Otis by 24.846 seconds which is the 4th largest margin of victory in Retro Series history. Karam is coming off two big wins in the IndyCar at Watkins Glen. After winning the Round 2 Lionheart IndyCar Series race at the Glen, Karam followed it up by winning the IndyCar iRacing Challenge debut against several real-world NTT Data IndyCar Series drivers. This victory could give him the clean sweep as well as being crowned King of the Glen.
Tune in this Thursday, April 2nd 2020 to watch the SimXperience Grand Prix at the Glen live on the iRacing eSports Network courtesy of the Global Sim Racing Channel.
For more information on the Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX visit www.lionheartracingseries.com
Race Link https://youtu.be/ZoghNffFKwE
George Sandman fired the opening salvo in the battle for the 2020 Lionheart Retro Series presented by DMLC Racing Channel championship.
The second-year driver scored the second win of his career against a stacked field, edging defending champion Ryan Otis by 0.021 seconds to win the DMLC Racing Channel Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“I knew as long as I was prepared for the last couple laps and holding that inside line, they weren’t going to be able to get around me,” Sandman said from the virtual victory lane.
The road course veteran has now won twice on ovals in his brief career in the Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX. Both victory’s have come in the Retro cars, behind the wheel of a Lotus 79. Sandman also won at Pocono in 2019.
“I’m starting to learn some of the oval stuff, this is different for me,” Sandman said. “I never really liked the oval stuff. But I’m starting to enjoy it quite a bit.”
After four early cautions, the event ran green to the finish from lap 59. Several leaders encountered pit road issues during green-flag pit stops.
By the final 15 laps, just Sandman, Otis and Finian D’Cunha remained to battle for the win. Otis and D’Cunha both jetted to the outside of Sandman in the final 100 yards, but ran out of time.
“I can’t complain, there was some crazy stuff going on out there,” Otis said. “Car felt good, felt good in traffic. I had my plan for the finish there, but with Finian there I didn’t really risk it on the last lap. That was great driving by everyone, a lot of fun.”
D’Cunha really turned heads, battling from a 29th place starting spot to grab the final podium position.
“Needles to say, I definitely need to start practicing qualifying,” D’Cunha said. “I somehow made it through a massive wreck, it was a miracle. I have no clue what my strategy should have been at the end of the race.”
Trevor Malone and Mike Rigney completed the top five, after a crash with 18 laps remaining eliminated Greg West and caused Lionel Calisto to spin through the backstretch grass. Calisto recovered to finish eighth.
Despite leading just three laps, Otis spent a majority of the race battling for the lead.
Polesitter David Clymer appeared to be the favorite, leading a race-high 36 laps, but contact with the damaged lapped car of Ricky Hardin on lap 55 while exiting turn four caused Clymer to slam the inside wall, ending his race.
Sage Karam led 35 laps but encountered pit road troubles, along with former series runner-up Alex Saunders. Karam, who was leading when he hit pit road, fell two laps down and finished 15th. Saunders finished one lap down in 12th.
A crash on lap 36 changed the entire outlook of the event, at the fault of nobody. Scott McClendon and Bobby Mikes were racing side-by-side for fourth place exiting turn four when a massive net code spin occured, causing Mikes to slide down into McClendon. The ensuing melee eliminated or caused crippling damage to more than a dozen cars.
Eleven of the 35 starters finished on the lead lap. 17 cars were running at completion of the event. Eight drivers swapped the lead 31 times.
The Lionheart Retro Series presented by DMLC Racing Channel next heads to its first road course event in 2020. The SimXperience Grand Prix at The Glen is scheduled for Thursday, April 2, and can be seen live at 10:35 p.m. EST on the iRacing eSports Network, with Global SimRacing Channel producing the action.
With the long off season behind the Lotus 79 drivers of the Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX the stage is set for the beginning of the Retro Series 4th Season. New for 2020 is the presenting sponsor of the Retro Series, the DMLC Racing Channel.
This season will see 35 drivers take the initial green flag on Thursday March 19th, 2020 at the Homestead Miami Speedway for the 4th time in series history. Each season has produced a new winner and the series has yet to produce a 2-time champion at Miami. With Alex Saunders, the 2019 winner the only active driver able to capture this goal, the pressure is all on him.
Last year saw some late race fireworks as the defending winner and eventual series champion Otis battled close within the closing laps. The two made contact with Otis losing several positions as the race ended under caution.
Homestead traditionally has been a tight and close race in the Retro Series presented by The DMLC Racing Channel, all 3 previous running’s have produced over 20 lead changes with Season 3 having the most (24). This year’s setup looks to produce much of the same as early practice has kept drivers in the pack throughout the fuel run.
The series will see a handful of new drivers entering the series and a few familiar faces joining the L79 roster. Michael Gray, Trevor Malone, Tommy Rhyne and Ricky Hardin all with previous starts in the Lionheart IndyCar Series will all look for solid runs this year. Each driver with the exception of Gray has had between 1-3 starts in previous Retro seasons. Scott McClendon, Sam Crowe, Jason Bosse and Doyle Lowrace are scheduled to make their Retro Series debut at Homestead on March 19th.
2020 will see for the first time in league history (IndyCar or Retro) a true 50/50 road-oval split. The 18 round season will feature short ovals, super speedways as well as natural road courses as well as the roval configuration at Indianapolis.
The run to the 2020 championship begins at Miami Speeday. The time to make a statement is now. Who will be victorious this year?
Round 1 of the Lionheart Retro Series Presented by DMLC Racing Channel kicks off live Thursday March 19th,2020 at 9:35 pm CST on the iRacing eSports Network courtesy of the Global Sim Racing Channel.
Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVNkLUB1Qzc
The Lionheart Racing Series will enter a new era in 2020 by announcing that HyperX, a leading manufacturer of gaming hardware, is now the title sponsor and Official Gaming Peripheral Partner of the racing series.
The Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX utilizes iRacing simulation software and features three fixed-setup open-wheel series competing in over 50 events during the 2020 season.
“I am beyond excited and proud to announce this partnership with HyperX,” Lionheart founder Jorge Anzaldo said. “Our admin team has long had a vision of growing Lionheart to the point where we could offer value in a partnership with a major gaming company. The fact a brand as recognized as HyperX saw the value in partnering with Lionheart is simply amazing.”
“HyperX is excited to partner with Lionheart Racing and support the growth of on-line racing,” said Kitty Nguyen, HyperX sponsorship specialist. “We’re honored to come aboard as the title sponsor of the Lionheart Racing Series.”
Fans and drivers alike will be able to take advantage of a 15 percent discount on HyperX products on hyperxgaming.com using promo code LIONHRT15. Activities will debut during the opening event of 2020, the First Medical Equipment 200 at the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway is set to take place Wednesday, March 11 and streaming live on the iRacing eSports Network. The broadcast start time is set for 10:35 p.m. EST.
Drivers in both the IndyCar and Retro series will be outfitted with HyperX Cloud Alpha gaming headsets during the season, as well as the Lionheart Indianapolis 500, set for Sunday, June 28.
Throughout the season, drivers will have a chance to win other HyperX hardware, including products like HyperX FURY RGB SSD, Alloy Elite RGB Keyboard, FURY Ultra RGB Mouse Pad and Pulsefire Surge RGB Gaming Mouse.
“I have a HyperX SSD at the heart of my gaming PC,” Anzaldo said. “I’m not the only league member who turned to HyperX when building their computer. The computer for a sim racer is as important as the motor for a real racer; a performance PC helps you win. That’s why we use the best, and that’s why we’re now partnering with the best.”
Founded in 2014, the Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX races in honor of the late Dan Wheldon - known by the Lionheart moniker to his closest fans - and continues to race on with the same spirit Wheldon had: race hard, but race the right way, and most of all, have fun doing it.
Lionheart Racing Series is a premier private open-wheel racing series in eSports, set to help redefine the way private eSports leagues build relationships with major gaming companies.
The series has become known for its close racing, family-like atmosphere, professional broadcasts with partner Global SimRacing Channel, and organization that is second to none in the sim racing community.
Every race in the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment and Lionheart Retro Series presented by DMLC Racing Channel event can be watched live via a professional broadcast stream on the iRacing eSports Network.
In 2019, the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment and the Lionheart Retro Series presented by DMLC Racing Channel awarded over $16,000 combined in valued and cash prizes, including sim racing equipment, apparel, racing art and collectibles. The series has also partnered with charitable causes and annually holds races in honor of organizations supporting cancer patients and mental health awareness, as well as veterans and first responders.
In six years, the league has grown to include many members, including some that have experienced success at or around the track in real life, including current IndyCar driver Sage Karam, retired IndyCar race winner Richie Hearn, three-time Lionheart champion and current Ilmor Engineering IndyCar Trackside Support Engineer Adam Blocker, SCCA winner Ryan Otis, motorsports graphic design artist Tyler Graaf and national motorsports broadcaster Jason Galvin.
HyperX is the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world’s largest independent memory manufacturer, with the goal of providing gamers, PC builders, PC, console and mobile power users with high-performance components. For 16 years, the HyperX mission has been to develop gaming products for all types of gamers – high-speed memory, solid state drives, headsets, keyboards, mice, charging accessories for console players, USB flash drives, and mousepads – to the gaming community and beyond. The award-winning HyperX brand is known for consistently delivering products that deliver superior comfort, aesthetics, performance, and reliability.
HyperX gear is the choice of celebrity ambassadors, pro gamers, tech enthusiasts, and over-clockers worldwide because it meets the most stringent product specifications and is built with best-in-class components. HyperX has shipped over 65 million memory modules, 10 million gaming headsets and one million keyboards worldwide.
Whatever your skill level, whatever genres you play, HyperX embraces all gaming enthusiasts everywhere with our core belief — We’re All Gamers.
For more information or to shop the entire line of HyperX products, visit www.HyperXGaming.com.
The DMLC Racing Channel and the Lionheart Racing Series today have announced a naming rights sponsorship for Lionheart’s popular Retro Series.
Now known as the Lionheart Retro Series presented by DMLC Racing Channel, the tribute to the golden era of open-wheel racing in America features the Lotus 79 ground effects-based Formula One, with 18 rounds of racing spread across both road courses and ovals, including the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
DMLC Racing Channel founder Marc Cohn - the Lionheart Retro Series Driver of the Year in 2019 following a fourth place points finish and a pair of wins - stepped in to sponsor the series that grew so close to his heart in 2019.
“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 a tight-knit sim racers with amazing camaraderie, Lionheart has meant everything to me over this last year.”
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 the race. 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 Retro Series, after deciding to step out of the cockpit in 2020 to focus on the Lionheart IndyCar Series championship.
“Marc obviously made a tremendous impact from day one,” Anzaldo said. “You don’t win Driver of the Year unless you’ve 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 Retro, I couldn't say no.”
The Lionheart Retro Series presented by DMLC Racing Channel kicks off its 18-race season on Thursday, March 19 with the DMLC Racing Channel Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway. All races can be viewed live on the iRacing eSports Network with production by Global SimRacing Channel with 10:40 p.m. EST broadcast start times.
You can follow Marc and the DMLC Racing Channel on YouTube and on his Facebook page. For more information on the Lionheart Retro Series presented by DMLC Racing Channel, head to www.LionheartRacingSeries.com.
The Lionheart Racing Series announced their continued partnership today with Guys Games and Beer, the leading podcast for retro gaming fans across the country.
Guys Games and Beer becomes the first podcast to follow the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment , as well as the Lionheart Retro Series presented by The DMLC Racing Channel.
“I’m excited to have the G2B crew back again for a 3rd year,” said series founder Jorge Anzaldo. “The crew always reminds fans to tune into our races each and every week along with showing our logo on screen during their live shows, they’re such a great group of people and I’m happy they chose to continue this relationship for another year.”
Each week, a panel of five to ten gamers get together to talk games, and nothing is off topic. Board, retro, online...you name it, the Gutter Geeks will discuss it.
For more information on the podcast, or to download or watch it, visit www.guysgamesandbeer.net.
It has now been over two years since we lost our dear friend Patrick Taylor. Taylor was everything that Lionheart could hope for in one of its members. Always showing up to turn lap after lap of practice, and greet everyone that entered the TeamSpeak lobby, Taylor was loyal, friendly, and committed. We will never forget Patrick, and so it is that with the final Canadian race of 2018, we once more honour our dear friend in the Patrick Taylor Memorial Grand Prix at Mosport.
Last time out at Laguna Seca, Ryan Otis wrapped up the championship with a 3rd place run. Otis was by far the most consistent driver in the Retro Series this season with just 2 wins, but 13 top 5’s, Otis was found near the sharp end of the field week in and week out, and has deservedly captured the crown with time to spare. In the last race, it was Sage Karam leading the way over Alex Saunders. The win was Karam’s 5th on the season, but too many DNF’s as well as having to miss races for real world rides in the NTT IndyCar Series did nothing to help his chances in the digital world. The rest of the top 5 was rounded out by George Sandman and Aaron Morgan.
Now there are just 2 races remaining on the calendar, but they should be good ones. The first is this week at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, otherwise known as Mosport. Mosport is a fast and unforgiving track just north of Ontario, Canada. It winds its way through the hillside, with sweeping corners and can may be the last of the true flat out road courses from the early 20th century to remain intact and in its original form. No chicanes slow down the drivers, and little run-off area awaits the drivers who are less than perfect.
While the championship may be wrapped up, there is still plenty to run for. The Rookie of the Year award is far from settled, with David Clymer, Paul Jenkins, Sage Karam and Marc Cohn all in with a shot at the trophy. Clymer holds the advantage here, however with a road course and a double points paying oval in the finale, there is still plenty of time for any of the 4 to take the trophy.
This week however, it might come down to 2 part time drivers. Last week, Alex Saunders gave Sage Karam a good run, finishing just 6 seconds back of the IndyCar driver. George Sandman, meanwhile had a spirited battle with Saunders and Otis throughout the race, and was right there until late race contact with Otis relegated Sandman to a 4th place finish. Nonetheless, Sandman has shown his speed on the road courses, and will be looking to be a factor at the end.
Looking to finish there seasons off strong, two more to watch for are Lionel Calisto and Chad Dalton. Dalton has been the steady presence, while Calisto has had some very bad luck relegate him to finishes that haven’t been reflective of his pace. If both of them can keep their nose clean in Canada, they should be able to come away with respectable finishes.
The Patrick Taylor Memorial Grand Prix will be broadcast live this Thursday December 12th, 2019 at 10:35pm eastern time only on the iRacing eSports Network, presented by GSRC.