The Retro Series flies into Pennsylvania for the The DirtyBlinds.com 250; the first leg of the 2018 Lionheart Retro Series Triple Crown. New for 2018 only two of the 3 Triple Crown races will pay double points. Pocono will pay single points. The winner of the event will receive: $25 100th running shirt, Indy 500 Hat, Trading card set, 13×19 poster, Hard Cover Book and two 8.5×11 prints.
Last time out it was Alex Saunders emerging triumphant again on a road course. Saunders rebounded from an early DNF at Phoenix to once again dominate another road event at Interlagos. Saunders will have to prove himself on the ovals if he wants to continue climbing up the championship standings.
Adam Blocker was hot on Saunders’ heels for much of the race in Brazil and may even have had something for Saunders but suffered a spin due to contact with a lap car. Blocker is the current points leader, 20 points ahead of Brian Yaczik. Ryan Otis hung with the lead duo as long as he could and ended up 3rd. Justin Weaver put in an impressive run for 4th, while Yaczik rounded out the top 5. Several drivers throughout the top ten in points are separated by less than 10 points. This season is certainly shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested in Lionheart history.
Now we shift our focus back to an oval. Or at least the most un-oval-like oval that is still an oval. The “Tricky Triangle” features 3 distinct corners and a mountain of challenges for these drivers. The Retro Series will run the “old” version of Pocono. Pocono has been repaved and the newer version was ran by the Lionheart IndyCar Series earlier this month.
Jonathan Goke was last years winner and led a high of 77 laps. 31 cars took the grid and saw only 6 cars finish on the lead lap. The 2017 race was certainly one of attrition. This year with a new setup the series looks to have a much more exciting event.
One driver looking to have a bounce back performance will be Jason Galvin. Galvin has been tearing it up on the IndyCar side, but has yet to really find his stride in the Retro Series, where a win has been punctuated by a couple of disappointing finishes. This sees the driver that took the championship battle to the final race last season mired down in 16th place.
Speaking of last year’s championship, what has been going on with Jake Wright? Wright was not his usual dominant self on the road course at Interlagos and finds himself 12th in points after 4 rounds. Both Wright and Galvin will be looking to turn around their fortunes this week at Pocono.
Samuel Reiman is sitting P1 in the cleanest driver standings, at just 2 incident points and an average Inc of 0.50 per race he has been consistent and clean. At a track where the fewest number of cars finished last season, staying clean might just be the recipe for success.
Raven Motorsports continues to lead the Team Championship. They sit +30 points ahead of Adrenaline Motorsports who gained +1 position in the standings.
The DirtyBlinds.com 250 can be seen live this Thursday May 17th at 10:35pm eastern on GSRC and iRacing Live.