Adam Blocker was not going to be beat.
The second-year driver in the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment rocketed to the lead and never looked back, dominating the HPP Simulation Grand Prix of Ontario at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for his second win of the season.
“I think the main thing was consistency and fighting through traffic,” Blocker said. “I had a pretty big lead but I was fighting in traffic pretty much the whole race.”
Blocker led 48 of the 51 laps, relinquishing the top spot only during pit stops, and lapping up to 12th position. The Adrenaline Motorsport driver held a 21.5 second advantage over Synergy Motorsports’ Dustin Wardlow at the finish.
“It definitely wasn’t easy, it required a lot of concentration,” Blocker said. “This place is so fast, and when you get behind someone you get big aero wash. It took me probably the whole first stint to get in a rhythm.”
Wardlow was locked in an intense battle for second with rookie Stephen Laarkamp for much of the race before pulling away late for his second consecutive podium.
“I was just focusing on keeping it on track,” Wardlow said. “This was high intensity every lap. I felt really comfortable on lap 51, after the checkered flag flew.”
Andrew Kinsella extended his points lead with a furious charge from 21st to third. The Canadian leads Brian Yaczik by 57 points.
“I just messed up in qualifying, plain and simple,” Kinsella said. “I can’t believe that I came from 21st to third.”
Laarkamp – the only other driver to lead laps – finished fourth, with James Krahula holding off Justin Weaver in a photo finish for fifth.
Jason Galvin continued his strong season in seventh, after starting 20th. Galvin trails Yaczik by 16 points for third, despite missing a race and finishing last after an opening lap crash at Watkins Glen.
Yaczik settled for ninth after looking strong early. The recently married Michigan drive struggled with fuel milage, stopping three times while other contenders easily managed the race on two stops.
Dan Geren had yet another disappointing run, throwing away a potential podium when he nosed the car into the tires on pit entry during the opening round of stops. The Iowa driver avoided serious damage but fell to eleventh, the final car on the lead lap.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment now turns back to the ovals and a crucial stretch of races.
The Midwest Simulations 200 at Michigan International Speedway is first up, Wednesday, June 27. The race can be seen live on the Global SimRacing Channel at 10:35 p.m. EST.
Then the league takes a break for its annual meet-up during the Verizon IndyCar Series event at Iowa Speedway. At least 35 league members and friends are expected to attend.
After Iowa, the series turns its attention to the biggest event of the year, the iRace for Gage Indianapolis 500. The gruelling event is set for Sunday, July 15.
For more information on the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment, visit www.LionheartRacingSeries.com.