After a short road course and a short oval, it’s time to go to the place where everything is bigger. That’s right, the Lionheart IndyCar series rolls on for its 3rd race in 3 weeks at Texas Motor Speedway for the LPM 200. Texas is a fitting scene for this race, as the Lionheart IndyCar series celebrates 5 years on iRacing. The high-banked oval will produce a stiff challenge for the Lionheart drivers as they battle not only each other but the track conditions and tire temperatures as well. There will be drafting, with wheel to wheel action. There will be tire fall-off, forcing different lines to come into play. Above all, there will be the most talented collection of open-wheel drivers on iRacing today. All elements of what makes Lionheart the best IndyCar Series on iRacing today.
Last week at Milwaukee it was Jason Galvin holding off a charging Adam Blocker over the last several laps. It came down to a thrilling side-by-side battle on the last lap, but Galvin was able to come out ahead by a scant 0.062 seconds. Michael Goodman had another strong drive to finish 3rd, while Dan Geren recovered from a 17th place starting position to finish 4th. Justin Weaver rounded out the top 5. Atop the standings, it is still the Adam Blocker show, as he rebounded from his season-low finish of 4th (!) at Mosport to extend his lead over Dan Geren. 3rd and 4th entering last week were Andrew Kinsella and Connor Harrington, however, both drivers had to miss Milwaukee, and so fell 5 and 8 positions respectively. Michael Goodman now lies 3rd in points over Stephen Laarkamp and Dustin Wardlow.
Last time at Texas it was Justin Weaver holding off Andrew Kinsella over a thrilling last few laps of the race to take the win. Dan Geren and Big Joe Hassert also spent significant amounts of time at the front. All 4 will be looking to take advantage of this week to get back into the fight and rack up some points. The man they are all chasing, however, is Adam Blocker, who is still yet to finish worse than 4th place in a race. He finished 5th here last year, but the other championship hopefuls will need him to do worse than that if they have any hope of catching the South Carolina driver.
Damon Martinez is continuing to lead the rookie of the year standings and has been in fine form the past few races. Sage Karam, Bryan Carey and John Hill are also having strong rookie seasons. All 4 are threats for the win at Texas if the cards fall right. The rookie race is still wide open and a good result at Texas will set them up well as the series roars towards halfway.
Last week, with Andrew Kinsella missing the week for a vacation and Bryan Carey out early, for the first time this season, Adrenaline Motorsports Red did not top the team standings. With the gap now at 192 points, and the season not yet halfway done, anything can happen. Synergy Motorsports East is the team within striking distance, lead by Dan Geren. Will it be 2 races in a row that they cut into Adrenaline’s lead, or will the return of Kinsella stretch the gap back out?
The LPM 200 from Texas Motor Speedway goes of this Wednesday, July 3rd at 10:35 pm eastern. Catch all the action live on the iRacing eSports Network presented by GSRC.