Samuel Reiman is back with his sim racing blogs here at simrace247.com. Here we catch up with his racing in the Lionheart IndyCar Series Indy 500 in iRacing.
Samuel Reiman is a driver in the Lionheart IndyCar Series in iRacing. A prestigious league that has seen many great races hosted by a well organised and drilled team of people. To be part of this league requires your “A game” and full respect for all those that take part.
Samuel continues his blogs with #2
Multiple prizes, double points and priceless bragging rights were on the table for the driver who would win last Sunday’s HyperX Indianapolis 500.
I had a good feeling it wasn’t going to be me.
I was starting 30th in the 35-car field and had finishes of 16th, 13th and 15th the three years prior. However, there was a chance…
While the Lionheart IndyCar Series is, in my mind, one of the most prestigious and high-quality sim racing leagues on iRacing, that doesn’t mean there aren’t incidents. Case in point, we didn’t even make it to Turn 2 this year without the yellow flying after Bryan Carey spun exiting Turn 1, triggering a wreck that took out several cars.
I made it through and found myself spending most of the race in or around 15th position.
On Lap 112 of the 200-lap race, our third and final caution flag flew. Everyone needed to make three more stops to get to the end but, if you pitted under this caution, you could make it to the end in just two more stops.
So, a large field of very smart drivers came down pit road, leaving myself and two others out on track thinking “I know this is a stupid call, but at least I’m up front!”
For myself, the restart couldn’t have gone more perfect. I restarted in second place and was able to use the leader’s draft down the back straight to take the lead. I held that lead for four laps, at which point Connor Harrington, the first driver on new tyres, took it from me.
To my credit, I only ever faded back to fifth on pace.
But, of course, ultimately a fourth caution never flew, and I had to give in and pit for a splash of fuel in the closing laps.
I crossed the stripe in 16th place. Points leader Adam Blocker took the checkers, his second Lionheart Indianapolis 500 win.
My strategy gamble obviously didn’t pay off, but I probably would’ve only finished about 12th anyway. Honestly, it was just nice to be out in front and pacing the field for a brief time during one of the most prestigious iRacing-based events.
The race replay can be watched in full via the feed below
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