Adam Blocker stayed hot, third win in the last five races and fourth of the season in the GSRC Grand Prix of Sonoma Wednesday night.
With the win, Blocker closed to eight points behind his teammate, Andrew Kinsella, in the race to become champion in the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment.
“It was a good win,” Blocker said. “Once I got around Alex there, things were pretty easy. Not a lot of pressure.”
Blocker took the lead on lap 20, getting around rookie Alex Saunders. The duo have had fierce battles in the Lionheart Retro Series this season, but Saunders showed his mettle in his debut in the faster IndyCar, winning the pole and leading the first 19 laps.
But contact with the lapped car of Brian Greenlee caused damage to Saunders, who fell off the pace before losing the lead to Blocker and choosing to retire.
“I had comparable pace to Alex but I kept catching him in the wrong spots with traffic,” Blocker said. “I’m not sure what happened with Greenlee, but it was pretty easy after I made that time back and pulled away.”
Michael Goodman stayed clean and finished second, a career-best road course run for the New York native.
“I had a great car,” Goodman said. “I just kept my nose clean and came home second. It turned out to be a good night.”
Stephen Laarkamp continued to impress in his rookie campaign, overcoming contact during the biggest wreck of the race to finish third.
“This is definitely good for my season,” Laarkamp said. “I knew going into this race that this is a race where dealing with lapped traffic and not making mistakes is the key to success. It made for a difficult race, because it’s hard to make a pass”
Several race and championship contenders battled issues. Andrew Kinsella rebounded to fourth after early contact with Dan Geren. Kinsella lost control in turn two, and Geren clipped him, knocking the rear wing off the points leader. Kinsella rebounded from outside the top ten to fourth.
Geren’s bad luck continued. After getting a new nose, a mess in the hairpin ended his day as unavoidable contact ensued with Justin Weaver.
Dustin Wardlow spun exiting the carousel, then sped on pit road before battling back to ninth, while Jason Galvin miscalculated his fuel and spun on the penultimate lap, missing a chance to steal a top five and sliding back to seventh.
Brian Yaczik also spun early and retired, dropping him to third in the championship hunt, 40 points out of the lead.
Kinsella and Blocker are tied for the lead when the three drop weeks are factored into the equation.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment returns to the high speed oval side of the schedule up next, with the USMC Wounded Warrior 200. You can catch the action live at 10:35 p.m. EST on the iRacing.com eSports Network, hosted by the Global SimRacing Channel, on Wednesday, August 29.