RETRO SERIES PREPARES FOR ITS 3RD RUNNING OF THE TRICKY TRIANGLE
Deep in the Lehigh lies the strangest oval in America. 3 unique turns form this triangular race track, and one of the trickiest cars the Lotus 79, takes on iRacing’s trickiest track as the Lionheart Retro Series roars into Pennsylvania for the Pocono 250 presented by the DMLC Racing Channel.
Last time out at Gateway, it was Marc Cohn snatching his 2nd Retro victory of the season, as he fended off Dustin Wardlow over the closing stages of the race. Justin Kirby had a strong showing in 3rd while Mike Rigney and Ryan Otis rounded out the top 5. Cohn’s victory saw him vault up 8 positions into 4th overall in the standings, announcing Cohn’s candidacy for not just rookie of the year honors, but a legitimate shot at the overall championship. Otis remains the point leader, stretching the gap over 2nd place Sage Karam to 50 points a third of the way through the season. George Sandman has had a quietly consistent season going to sit 3rd in the standings, 7 back of Karam.
If there is one thing that this Retro season has taught us, it is to expect the unexpected. 32 different drivers have finished inside the top 10 at least once through the first 6 races. The only constant among those drivers…that’s right it is championship leader Ryan Otis, who has 5 top 5’s in 6 races. Otis has managed to avoid the carnage the best of all the drivers so far this season, and with a difficult race ahead, that ability to bring the car home will be key.
Sage Karam has had back to back poor finishes with DNF’s at the egg shaped Motegi and Gateway Ovals. That stretch of the schedule is behind us however, so will Karam’s form also rebound?
After a rough debut, Chad Dalton has strung together some strong finishes of late, finding himself 5th overall in points. Will Dalton be the next driver to step up and conquer a Lionheart series race?
If consistency is what you are looking for, however, look no further then series veteran Travis Jegerlehner. Jegerlehner has finished no worse than 20th through 6 races, which is the best worst finish of anyone. Unfortunately, with a best finish of 9th, Travis is not as far up the standings as we are accustomed to seeing. One thing we do know, however is that Jegerlehner is fast, and it is only a matter of time before he is contesting for wins again. Will it be this Thursday at Pocono?
In the team standings, Raven Motorsports Black extended their lead over NLR Sim Racing to 102. Interestingly, NLR has 3 of the 6 wins this season, but it is Raven with the consistent finishes putting them out front.
In the rookie standings, Karam maintains a slim lead over Sandman, Cohn and Dalton. The Rookie of the Year title always produces great finishes, and this year is shaping up to be no different.