With four rounds in the books the series looks forward to the first of its 3 big races for the 2020 Season. Back again for the fourth straight year Pocono will present a difficult challenge for the drivers as it has each season. Located in the Pocono Mountains in Long Pond, Pennsylvania and known as the “Tricky Triangle” Pocono Raceway is unique in that each corner is modeled after a turn at a different track.
Turn one features 14 degrees of banking and is modeled after Trenton Speedway. Turn two also known as the tunnel turn is modeled after the Indianapolis Motor Speedway features 9 degrees of banking. Turn three with its 6 degrees of banking is modeled after the Milwaukee Mile. Pocono Raceway is definitely unique in its design as it presents so many challenges to drivers as well as race engineers trying to master a setup for 3 entirely different corners.
This difficulty has translated into the sim as the Retro Series has had its share of ups and downs at the famous track. Last season saw the most cautions ever at Pocono for the series with a total of 9 for 26 laps. The Lotus 79 becomes alive as the fuel load decreases which tends to give the car more oversteer. For the drivers the car can feel like its on the razors edge but typically rewards the most talented drivers who can master both the car and the track.
Pocono has also had its share of excitement over the last two seasons with dramatic photo finishes. Season 2 saw Adam Blocker win over Dustin Wardlow by just 0.010 seconds. Last year Sandman won over defending series champion Ryan Otis by 0.030 seconds.
Series points leader Sage Karam is on a hot streak of late winning the last 3 Retro Series events. If Sage finds a way to win at Pocono, he will become the only driver in Lionheart Racing Series powered by HyperX history to accomplish this goal. A feat that has not been done in close to 6 years of competition.
The championship battle for 2020 has definitely taken a turn as 2018 season runner up Alex Saunders has withdrawn from the remainder of the season. Many drivers will certainly be looking to take advantage in his absence and try to establish themselves as championship contenders.
The Watchman 250 Presented by the DMLC Racing Channel will take place live May 14th 2020 on the iRacing eSports Network courtesy of the Global Sim Racing Channel.
Race coverage begins at 9:35 PM CST.
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