After 7 rounds complete in the 2020 season, drivers will start to shift their focus on the 2nd half of the season with unquestionably the most important race of the entire year. The ButtKicker Indy 250. The Round 8 event will be the 4th running at the Brickyard in as many seasons with tension building up to the drop of the green flag.
The 2nd leg of the 2020 triple crown holds extra importance as it will be a double-points paying event. The championship battle has remained close up front despite Sage Karam’s dominance this season. Karam who won 4 times this year is trailing the defending series champion Ryan Otis by 21 points despite Otis only reaching victory lane once in 2020. Otis has remained consistent though, which has proven to pay off for the 6-time series winner by scoring 5 top 5 finishes so far. Not to be forgotten George Sandman who currently sits in 3rd overall is just 39 points back from first place. Sandman known for being a road ace, has shown his pace and the ability to win on the ovals as evident by his season opening victory at Homestead Miami Speedway.
Series race engineer Andrew Kinsella has brought a new setup package for this year’s running at Indianapolis, aimed to produce a challenging but rewarding drive for those able to navigate traffic and stay in the draft. The high ground effects producing Lotus 79 was never designed or intended for oval racing, which has been a challenge for league setup engineers as well as drivers over the last 4 seasons. Pocono would certainly be a perfect example on how difficult the car can become as the fuel load lightens and heat builds into the tires. Dean Moll who experienced heartbreak while so close to a possible win experienced the sudden oversteer that drivers have come to expect with the L79 on ovals. The changes made for this year look to provide a stable handling car and in turn exciting racing for the fans.
Adrian Fernandez Known for his 11 IndyCar victories as well as former American Le Mans 2009 Championship teammate Luis Diaz continue to acclimate themselves to the Lionheart Retro Series and look to be strong competitors for the race. Richie Hearn who also shared the track with Fernandez during the CART era of IndyCar in real life will reunite on iRacing once again this Thursday night.
The ButtKicker 250 will also carry the biggest prize list in league history for a single event. Series sponsors ButtKicker, SimXperience, HyperX, Minus 273 and Espo Designs have all participated in making this event special for drivers. In total the prize and purse package is close to $1500.
The Lionheart Retro Series presented by DMLC Racing Channel returns to action Thursday, 6/25/20 live on the iRacing eSports Network courtesy of the Global Sim Racing Channel with coverage beginning at 9:35 PM CST.
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Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE2zsbMtlKc&feature=emb_title