The real world Verizon Indycar series may not be going back to the rolling hills of upstate New York this season, but the Lionheart IndyCar series is, for the SimPit Grand Prix at the Glen! This is the first year that The Simpit has teamed up with the Lionheart Series. Shaun Cole is the owner and operator of The Simpit an entertainment channel dedicated to the world of Sim Racing. Check them out on Youtube and at www.thesimpit.com.
Last time out at Kentucky, Andrew Kinsella emerged triumphant for a second time in three races this season, after a late race caution brought about a 7 lap shootout. Kinsella was able to hold out by a scant 0.247 seconds over Jason Galvin, who charged from 10th place on new tires as the top 9 had stayed out, followed by Big Joe Hassert, Brian Yaczik and Dustin Wardlow, also on new tires. Dan Geren restarted in second, but was passed for second with just two laps to go before being collected in an incident coming to the white flag. Geren has lead laps in all 3 races so far this season but is yet to finish inside the top 10.
Brian Yaczik currently leads the standings 10 points ahead of last years Rookie of the Year winner Andrew Kinsella. This season Bart Workman is leading the charge for Rookie honors and currently sits P9. Last season Yaczik was up and down on the road course, often showing signs of speed, but frequently making mistakes that would cost him a shot at the podium. This season Yaczik seems to have minimized those mistakes on the ovals; can the same be said for his road course game?
Jake Wright, the defending race winner at the Glen, will not be in this years event. Not only was Wright dominant at the Glen, but he was dominant on nearly every road race last season, with the only blemish on his record being a Dan Geren victory at Philip Island. This race will certainly prove pivotal for many drivers such as Adam Blocker, Kinsella, Geren, Micahel Goodman, Yaczik, Michael Grey, and many other strong road course drivers as they all look to make their mark and exhibit their dominance over the road side of Lionheart this season. That being said, The SimPit Grand Prix at the Glen marks the first foray for the new IR18 chassis onto a road course for the league drivers. Will the usual suspects be able to tame the new chassis, or will it suit the needs of someone unexpected?
Big Joe Hasset is slated to make his 100th Career Lionheart Start this week at Watkins Glen. Big Joe is the first driver in Lionheart history to complete his 100th start. He was part of the founding team for the league along with Jorge Anzaldo, who will also achieve his 100th start later this season. The league is also approaching its 4th year anniversary on July 1st 2018.
Tyler Graaf will make his Lionheart debut this week. Graaf has been running in the Lionheart Retro Series and also competed in the most recent Season of the Lionheart Challenge Series. Will he be able to follow up on other recent strong debuts such as Justin Weaver, Adam Blocker or Andrew Kinsella?
Adrenaline currently sits P1 in the Team standings over No Name Racing and LPM. LPM dropped two spots in the standings after Kentucky and need a strong finish on the road to take over the top spot in the Team championship. This could be difficult with Adam Blocker and Andrew Kinsella of Adrenaline forming one of the best 1-2 punches of any team on a road course.
The SimPit Grand Prix at the Glen will fire off Wednesday April 25th at 10:35pm EDT only on GSRC and iRacing Live.