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 JASON GALVIN WINS THRILLER AFTER BIZARRE NIGHT AT MILWAUKEE

In the end, it all worked out like it should. At least, that’s what Jason Galvin thought. The Bakersfield, Calif. driver led the most laps in a mostly dominating victory in the Simpit 200 at the virtual Milwaukee Mile Wednesday night.

But the race was not without its oddball moments and featured a thrilling finish on the tight one-mile oval.

“The last ten laps were like hold on for dear life,” Galvin said. “The car was light on fuel, the track was hot, the tires were old. I thought I was wrecked in turn one on the final lap. But it all worked out.”

The win was the fifth of his career for Galvin in the Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment.

After capturing his first career pole, Galvin jumped out to an early lead before the race was red flagged following the opening caution on lap five. A race session error caused officials to call for a complete restart, including qualifying.

Over the final 15 laps, Blocker closed the gap to Galvin and made multiple attempts to complete a pass on the outside to no avail.

On the final lap, Galvin’s car pushed wide in turn two, allowing Blocker to get a run down the back straight. After popping to the outside and even taking the lead by a nose in the final corner, Galvin powered back in front on the bottom and won by a half-car length.

The final margin of victory: 0.062 seconds.

“Adam and I have had our moments in the past,” Galvin said. “But we’ve raced so well together this year in the few times we’ve been able to. I respect him so much. He ran clean all night.”

Blocker said he did everything he could to get around Galvin, but ran out of laps.

“As Jason said, I kinda screwed up the strategy a little bit,” Blocker said. “I guess it could’ve gone either way depending on how cautions went. Then we had a incident on the next pit stop, there was a checkup and I hit (Dustin) Wardlow. It was enough to give him a rear wing change and me a front. That put me back.

“Just slowly over the green runs made up track position, taking advantage of others’ mistakes in traffic. The last stint, I knew Jason would pit early. I figured he would come out in front of me but I’m not in a position to risk short-pitting because of the points. It worked out because Galvin caught some traffic and I had much better tires, and it really allowed me to attack. Good race to Galvin, that was fun. We raced clean.”

Galvin said he didn’t disagree with the call to form a new session, but was nonetheless selfishly disappointed. In the second session, Galvin qualified third behind championship leader Adam Blocker and Justin Weaver.

Blocker’s decision to pit on a lap 27 caution ultimately may have been the difference in the race.

Galvin stayed out – along with several other top ten cars – and inherited a lead that he would only lose during pit cycles.

“I knew track position was important, I wanted to be out front,” Galvin said. “I don’t think I was the fastest car. I think Adam and Justin and even Mike were all better than me honestly. But track position was everything.”

Michael Goodman came home third, having run in the top five the entire race.

“I had a great night,” Goodman said. “I made a mistake early on and lost some confidence. Then I almost lost the car. I wanna apologize to Justin, it probably ruined his race. But it just feels good to have all the hard work, and see some good results.”

Goodman was part of the biggest scare amongst contenders. On lap 132, the top four of Galvin, Goodman, Weaver and Blocker overtook then-leader Samuel Reiman, who was on the tail end of his fuel run.

As Goodman exited turn two, behind the dirty air of Galvin, the car stepped out. Justin Weaver nearly clobbered Goodman, and Blocker made an evasive move to the inside to jump from fourth to second.

Weaver would pit under a caution two laps later, banking on more wrecks that would allow the Nashville driver to get to the end on fuel.

But the lap 134 caution for Isaiah Dupree’s spin proved to be the final of seven yellow flags.

Weaver inherited the lead for a few laps late in the event, but had to hit pit road with 10 laps remaining for a splash of fuel. Weaver settled for fifth, right behind Dan Geren. Big Joe Hassert was sixth after starting 25th, the biggest mover in the race.

Weaver’s fuel stop setup the dramatic dash to the end between Galvin and Blocker, leading to the closest finish in Milwaukee history in the Lionheart series.

The 2019 running of the Simpit 200 was much cleaner than last year’s event. After a record 17 cautions in 2018, the seven yellow flags this year were seen as a surprise.

19 of the 34 starters finished the race. 12 cars finished on the lead lap.

Blocker’s points lead improved to 172 over Geren. Andrew Kinsella missed the event, falling to eighth in points. As a result, Michael Goodman jumped to third, a stark 71 points behind Geren.

The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment returns this week. The LPM 200 at Texas Motor Speedway is set for Wednesday, July 3 at 10:35 p.m. EST. The race can be seen live on the iRacing eSports Network with Global SimRacing Channel producing the action. Justin Weaver is the defending winner of the event.

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OTIS DOMINATES IMOLA FOR FIRST RETRO WIN OF 2019


All it took was one mistake, and Ryan Otis never looked back.

The points leader inherited the lead when rookie Dave Walsh crashed on lap eleven, and pulled away to a dominating 55 second victory in the Sam Maxwell Customs Grand Prix of Imola.

The win was the first of the year for Otis, the points leader in the Lionheart Retro Series presented by ButtKicker.

“It seemed like a really big win, but I was actually worried the entire time about Sage (Karam),” Otis said. “I did a lot of testing saving fuel and a few laps in I started saving fuel and Sage was catching me. Up until he pit late, I was worried he was doing an amazing job of saving fuel and was going to get me.”

Otis qualified second behind Walsh, and appeared to have similar pace early on. But Walsh made an unforced error in the tricky Alta chicane at the legendary Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari.

After Walsh wrecked, Otis went into attack mode, trying to gap the field in anticipation that championship adversary Sage Karam would try to make the race on just one fuel stop.

But Karam needed a second stop – and incurred a speeding penalty that knocked him off the podium – allowing Otis to win by a margin rarely seen in the fiercely competitive Lionheart series.

“When I saw Sage catching me when I attempted to do some fuel saving, I just went for it,” Otis said. “You had to be incredibly disciplined.”

Joshua Gayman spent the entire race in an incredible battle with J.P. Windschitl. Gayman was able to overtake Windschitl with six laps remaining, and then got around the only driver to one-stop the race – Travis Jegerlehner –  on the final lap to take home a career best second.

“We finally had one car that had just enough speed to stay ahead, and I got a really good exit out of the hairpin,” Gayman said of his pass on Windschitl. “When we got the next corner, I just held it down and got to the throttle as quick I could.”

Jegerlehner held off Windschitl on the final lap, running out of fuel as the car crossed the finish line.

“I can certainly say I didn’t do it on talent,” Jegerlehner joked. “I knew it would be tough to get a top ten on pace, but in practice I could save fuel and almost make race distance. I was determined to make a one stopper work and I ran out coming to the line.”

Windschitl finished fourth, but earned the respect of his peers and fans after a thrilling battle with Gayman that was featured prominently on the race broadcast.

“I was playing defense so hard,” Windschitl said. “That was the most fun I’ve ever had in a race, period.”

The only major multi-car incident occurred on the opening lap when James Paulson went wide and ran into Marc Cohn in the final corner. Cohn’s car went airborne and suffered too much damage to continue.

Paulson was penalized for an avoidable contact, and also suffered wing damage, slowing to finish one lap down in 17th.

Cohn, a championship contender, finished 27th in the 28 car field.

The race was run in honor of Cohn’s sponsor, Sam Maxwell Customs, and its namesake. Sam Maxwell lost his father just days before the event. A tribute to Sam Maxwell, Sr., opened the broadcast.

Otis leads Karam by 77 points. George Sandman missed the event and drops to third, 114 out of the lead.

The Lionheart Retro Series presented by ButtKicker heads back to America and the Magic Mile, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, for some short track Retro action in its next event. The Tower Rentals 175 is scheduled for Thursday, July 11 at 10:35 p.m. EST. The race can be seen live on the iRacing eSports Network with Global SimRacing Channel producing the show. Dustin Wardlow is the defending race winner.

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​LIONHEART RACING SERIES CELEBRATES ITS 5TH YEAR OF OPERATION 7/1/19

July 1, 2014 is the day where an idea was put into motion and became reality. This idea simply came from the desire to compete against friends and take IndyCar racing on iRacing to the next level. After several months of careful planning the Lionheart Racing Series league was officially created.

July 3, 2014 hosted the very first Lionheart races at Michigan International Speedway. The response to the league was so overwhelming especially with the recent release of the DW12. 67 drivers showed up to the inaugural event and as a result splits were created. Michael Chinn won Race 1 over Marc Melcher. Race 2 saw Danno Brookins win over Kouichi kitamura. Lionheart was not the first IndyCar league on iRacing but it was certainly one of the first to utilize the new Dallara. Dan Wheldon himself had the honor of being the first to test drive the new car. Even more fitting that the league would be used as a means to pay homage to the fallen Indy 500 Champion.

Speaking of friends, I began my journey on iRacing alone with the sole purpose of competing in the virtual IndyCar Series. I was invited to a private chat server by a fellow iRacer Justin Lane who was friendly and welcoming. It was through this chat server that I met many of the original members of Lionheart many of which are still racing with us today. Who knows if I hadn’t stumbled upon and met Justin perhaps, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to have met so many of the people that helped make Lionheart a reality back in year one?

An idea alone would not be enough to push the league forward and gain the momentum that it would need to continue expanding each and every year into what it is today. To the “founding fathers” of Lionheart who were there in the early days helping me take this dream of mine and set it on the right path I owe you my sincerest gratitude. Joe Hassert, Drew Motz and Robert Blouin are a few of those that were there at the beginning brainstorming, planning and discussing all of the “what if’s” which were instrumental in creating our rulebook and overall strategy in how we would run the league.

We also cannot forget Ryan Lewis, friend and fellow iRacer who was there in the beginning as we searched and struggled for a name? Boy did we go through so many different possible names! Ryan who seemed to just come out of nowhere uttered the words “Why don’t we call it Lionheart?” Being the huge Dan Wheldon fan that he was it made sense that he came up with that idea. From there we decided that yes, Lionheart was a perfect name and the league would be a perfect platform to honor him.

Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with some amazing people. All of which have given their time and shared their talents so generously to the league. The Lionheart Administration team and its support staff have supported me and this league through the last 5 years I would like to thank the following individuals for their efforts in making Lionheart what it has become. Patrick Taylor, Joe Hassert, Drew Motz, Robert Blouin, Pierre-Alexandre Daigle, David Korty, Andrew Kinsella, Tyler Graaf, Alex Saunders, Jason Galvin. Thank you all and everyone that has sacrificed their personal time to help keep the league running in the manner it has been over the last 7 seasons.

I would also like to give thanks to all the drivers past and present who have competed in Lionheart. Without our drivers there is no league. The admin team has worked tirelessly to provide the best racing and atmosphere for its members. Our members have responded with a level of dedication any league owner would be proud of. They respond week in and week out providing some of the most exciting Sim Racing on the iRacing service. My hat goes off to you all as it has been an absolute honor racing with you all over the past 5 years. I look forward to all the battles and stories that will be told as we look ahead to the next 5 years.

Lionheart has also had the pleasure of having nearly all of its races broadcast since the finale of Season 1 at Auto Club Speedway. To all the staff at Global SimRacing Channel thank you for your professionalism and service to our series, its members and fans. All that you do blends perfectly into one amazing incredible production. One that has helped grow the popularity of the league each and every season. Sean Ambrose thank you for your friendship and guidance in the early years and for being a part of so many of our broadcasts. Amjed and Joe Peak your work keeping everything running smoothly, Dougie with the best cameras in Sim Racing. Soup thank you for continuing to work with us and Richie for coming on board adding that extra element to the commentary. Big thanks as well to Adam Young, Jason Galvin, Brian Yaczik and all the others who have been a part of a Lionheart broadcast.

I wanted to take the time to give thanks to all our sponsors. It is because of you that this league has grown the way it has and allowed us to provide some of the most amazing prizes to our drivers. I thank you for putting your trust in Lionheart to represent your brands with integrity and honor. Big thanks to all our season sponsor’s First Medical Equipment, SimXperience Racing Simulators, The ButtKicker, SMC and Sam Maxwell, Scott Rhea with Plasma-Tracks Race Track Wall Art and Motorsports Trophies, Minus273, Scott MacKenzie with Clipping That Apex, IracingIflag, Turn Racing, Shaun Cole at The Simpit, Tyler Graaf with GRAAFix, all the guys over at Guys Games and Beer, the The DMLC Racing Channel, Scott Rupp with Midwest Simulations, Jennifer Harrington with Viva Motorsport, and Trak Racer.

Thank you to all of the Lionheart members who have sponsored races each and every season. It is so very much appreciated and we cannot thank you enough!
Dustin Wardlow, Loud Pedal Motorsports, Brian Greenlee, Marc Lavry Cohn, Marc Aumick, Patrick Taylor Family, Bob Mikes, Scott Johnson, and each and every member who has sponsored a race. Thank you so very much.

Brandon Limkemann and all the family and First Medical Equipment,I wanted to personally thank you for being the title sponsor of our Lionheart IndyCar Series for the past 4 seasons and for your friendship. Your support has been pivotal in providing all of the operating and logistical services for its drivers. Everyone at Lionheart owes you a great deal of gratitude.

I want to thank our Series Champions. Jesse Vincent IndyCar Series Seasons 1 &2. Jake Wright IndyCar Series Seasons 3,4 and 5. Adam Blocker Season 6. Jake Wright Retro Series Season 1. Adam Blocker Retro Series Season 2. Congratulations on your accomplishments.

Let’s see what the next 5 years will bring?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIONHEART!