Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment travels east to the land of the rising sun for Round 7 of the 2020 race season. This will be the 6th time that Motegi has made an appearance on the schedule in 8 seasons as it has become a favorite among Lionheart’s best.
Twin Ring Motegi which is located in Japan gets its name from the fact that the facility has two race tracks, the 1.549-mile oval and the 2.98-mile road course. Built in 1997 by Honda in an effort to bring the real-world IndyCar Series to Japan. Motegi oval is unique in that it is egg-shaped with turns 3 and 4 being much tighter than turns 1 and 2. Dan Wheldon won the first race for Honda on the oval in 2004 and Motegi was the site where Danica Patrick became the first woman to win an IndyCar race.
Jason Galvin has certainly had a slow start to this season despite finding some success at Kentucky with a podium, however trouble has found the Californian finishing 32nd or worse at Phoenix, Watkins Glen and the double points 500-mile event at MIS.
Despite sitting P29 overall the Loud Pedal Motorsports driver has a lot to be positive about heading into Motegi. The veteran of the series with 103 starts happens to be part of a special group of elite drivers who have won multiple times at the same track. The Lionheart IndyCar Series has visited 37 different tracks since its formation in 2014. Galvin sits as one of only 7 drivers in Lionheart history to win multiple times at the same track. If Galvin finds a way to win for a 3rd time at Motegi it would be a monumental achievement considering the level of talent found in the series. Galvin is also coming off an iRacing Indy 500 victory, the first of his career.
The other drivers to win twice at the same track are Adam Blocker wo won twice at Detroit, Road America and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Jake Wright won twice at Sonoma, Watkins Glen and Road America. Sage Karam found victory lane twice at the Glen. Andrew Kinsella reached the checkered flag twice at Homestead. Jonathan Goke was victorious at Phoenix and Indianapolis. Dan Geren reached winners circle at Texas and Auto Club.
Motegi has had a great tradition in Lionheart for producing some exciting racing with plenty of passing opportunities for drivers. Season 6 produced a series high 42 lead changes with just 3 cautions. In its 5 previous running’s the race has only once finished under caution which occurred back in Season 5. The Season 5 event despite finishing under caution produced only two yellows and was the “fastest” race at Motegi in league history with an average speed of 176.089 miles per hour.
Adam Blocker is the defending winner at Motegi. The two-time Lionheart Champion currently sits fourth overall despite having a tough outing at Barber Motorsports Park. Blocker held on after an off-track incident left his car heavily damaged and managed to finish in 11th. There is still plenty of time for Blocker to make a charge at the points leaders. If Blocker can find a way to win at Motegi he will become the only driver to win twice at 4 different tracks in the Lionheart IndyCar Series.
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