Lionheart IndyCar Series iRacing Kentucky Race Report

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The Lionheart IndyCar Series in iRacing recently visited Kentucky Speedway. Round 3 visits the high speed oval.

Round 3 of the Lionheart Indycar Series in iRacing recently took place at Kentucky Speedway. After the eventful race at Long Beach, the series returns to the high speed oval.

Written by Darren B of simrace247.com

As usual, the qualifying session is underway before the race. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Oma’s Kentucky 200 is ready.

Qualifying Top 5 On The Grid

  1. #53 Newsome: 24.468
  2. #91 Maleczka: +0.007
  3. #41 Kinsella: +0.009
  4. Pinheiroo: +0.017
  5. #88 Brophy: +0.025

Its Race Time For The Oma’s Kentucky 200

As 36 cars line up behind the pace car, the tension builds up as the drivers are ready to go, 134 laps is what is coming your way for relentless racing. Green flag and Newsome leads the field, Maleczka is keeping tabs and staying with her, Pinheiroo is piling up the pressure on Kinsella. A clean start by all as everyone starts to fight for position. The top 4 are starting to bridge a gap to Graaf in 5th after 7 laps with clusters of cars starting to form throughout the pack.

Pinheiroo makes the move on Kinsella, he sees Maleczka and Newsome pulling away and wants to stay in touch. The field is being stretched already and it will not be long before cars start to get lapped. Newsome still leads with Maleczka holding station in P2 and is close to the race leader. Brophy passes Kinsella for p4, meanwhile, a save from Fowler sees his car snaking all over the place at high speed after having side contact, WHAT A SAVE. Credit is also given to the drivers that avoided it as that could have been a huge pile up.

Lap 21 sees Barret Rolph slams the wall hard and manages to bring it back to pit lane, replay footage shows the car gets loose and loses control. Graaf is battling with Brant and wants to pass for P7 with Kraus over a second up the road in P6.

Yellow Flag lap 28

Team Simrace247 driver Nunez has brought out the yellow flag as a nasty crash sees him fighting for position with M.Kraus as Nunez’s car rides up the track on the banking and makes contact sending Nunez hard and fast into the wall. This opens the opportunity for many to enter pit road under yellow to grab fuel and tires as we see the majority of the pack come in. Green flag racing resumes at the end of lap 32. With the pack bunched up, these are tense times as people continue to fight for position, we know from earlier on, drivers were stretching the field.

Like earlier, Newsome and Maleczka are pulling away up front after the restart with Pinheiroo, Brophy, and Kinsella rounding out the top 5. Kinsella knows he needs to get passed Brophy to try and stay in touch with the front runners, he goes for the move but Brophy is having none of it.

P.Kraus is moving up the pack as he passes Harrington for P6 as lap 50 clocks up. Newsome and Maleczka remain out front with a comfortable gap of 3 seconds over Pinheiroo in P3. Kraus passes Kinsella for P5, but Kinsella is doing everything to keep him behind, Harrington is lurking and ready to pounce on any mistake. Newsome is pulling away from Maleczka with a gap of just over a second, is Maleczka in fuel save mode?

Top 10 At Lap 63

  1. Newsome
  2. Maleczka
  3. Maleczka
  4. Brophy
  5. Kinsella
  6. P.Kraus
  7. Brant
  8. Harrington
  9. Blocker
  10. Van De Sandt

So far through the race, we have seen great driving with individual battles going on in the pack, like earlier, we are seeing bunches of cars clustered up. Graaf pits in, maybe under strategy as a few laps later, Maleczka is hunting down Newsome and making up ground fast, Newsome pits with Maleczka right on the tail pipes, he nailed that one perfect to be right back on the leader applying maximum pressure. Pinheiroo leads with many of the drivers staying out, Newsome and Maleczka are back on track with Newsome ahead. The front runners that stayed out are now pitting in as the pit stop shuffle begins.

Pit Lane Disaster For Pinheiroo

As the drivers out on track are flying by, we see the car of Pinheiroo facing the wrong way in the pit lane. Replay footage shows contact in the pitlane with Bomersbach. Meanwhile back out on track, Newsome maintains the lead, Maleczka, Brophy, Graaf and Galvin round out the top 5. Kinsella is fighting to remain in that top 5 and passes Graaf. P.Kraus is looking fast in P7 as he is hounded by Van De Sandt, but Kraus is a juggernaut and pushes his way up to P6 passing Galvin.

Van De Sandt is trying to keep up as his car makes slight contact with Galvin, the reaction from Van De Sandt sends his car down to the apron, we can call that a save as he comes back on track. Calisto wants to get in on the great saves action as his car gets lose and makes a nice save. Maleczka pits in with 28 to go for the undercut, as Newsome stays out. Galvin pits in as Newsome comes into pitlane charging hard and locking the brakes up before the pit lane speed marker. We start to see other drivers coming in and the leader board shuffle mixes up.

Newsome Exits The Pits Behind Maleczka

The undercut worked for Maleczka as he is ahead of Newsome who returns to the track, now is the time to get busy, does Newsome chase or does she play it smart and have something in reserve. The pit stop cycle has worked well for Kinsella as many of the cars ahead of him have not pitted. As the net leaders approach traffic, Newsome starts to apply pressure to Maleczka with 15 to go, Newsome makes the move and Maleczka fights back clipping the apron and sending his car riding up the banking and making contact with Calisto spinning the lapped car around and hard into the wall, YELLOW FLAG!

14 To Go

Has Newsome just sent a statement of intent to Maleczka that I’m gonna race you hard and this is my race to win? Maleczka must be feeling the pressure after that contact with the lapped car incident with Calisto. Newsome is not going to give this one up, she has had a perfect race thus far and knows the chequered flag is destined to have her name on it. Tensions are mounting and the pace car controls the race. Maleczka pits in, surely he must have had damage from that incident taking him out of the front running.

Back To Green Flag For The Final 9 Laps

As the green light shines, we enter the final few laps with the cars lined up after the pace car pulls in……Newsome punches it. Kinsella passes Brophy for P2, with Kraus in P4. Kinsella wants it, as he takes the lead with 7 to go, Newsome fights back. Kraus is hunting while Newsome and Kinsella battle. Newsome leads, Kinsella leads, Kraus is gaining, here he comes, 3 wide, Kraus leads, 3 to go. Newsome fights back, Kraus defends, incredible racing.

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Victory in the Oma’s Kentucky 200

What a race to the chequered flag, who won……..Philip Kraus takes the victory in an incredible battle with Newsome who finished 0.034 seconds behind, Kinsella gets a deserved P3 but knew he could have had a victory. Speaking in HyperX victory lane, Kraus goes on to mention ” I honestly did not think I had a shot at victory with 5 laps to go, but after hooking up a run, the rest is history”.

ROUND 3 – Kentucky Speedway

Finish

Team

Driver

Class

Start

Laps

Laps Led

Inc

Pts

Bonuses/Penalties

1 #19-PRIVATE LABEL Team Hype
 Philip Kraus
IR-18 7 134 10 0 62
(+1) Led a lap
(+1) 0 or less Incidents
2 #53-Factory Backed Motorsports
 Alexis Newsome
IR-18 1 134 108 0 58
(+1) Start on overall pole
(+1) Led a lap
(+1) 0 or less Incidents
3 #41-Powerslide Adrenaline
 Andrew Kinsella
IR-18 3 134 3 0 52
(+1) Led a lap
(+1) 0 or less Incidents
4 #88-PRIVATE LABEL Team Hype
 Jason Brophy
IR-18 5 134 3 0 49
(+1) Led a lap
(+1) 0 or less Incidents
5 #15-Synergy Motorsports Black
 James Brant
IR-18 8 134 5 0 47
(+1) Led a lap
(+1) 0 or less Incidents
6 #44-PRIVATE LABEL Team Hype
 Connor Harrington
IR-18 14 134 0 0 44
(+1) 0 or less Incidents
7 #42-Thumbs Up, Cancer Down LPM
 Jason Galvin
IR-18 26 134 0 5 41
8 #96-Powerslide Adrenaline
 Alexander van de Sandt
IR-18 18 134 0 5 39
9 #95-Synergy Motorsports Silver
 Ryan Otis
IR-18 12 134 0 0 38
(+1) 0 or less Incidents
10 #98-GRAAFix LPM
 Tyler J Graaf
IR-18 6 134 0 0 36
(+1) 0 or less Incidents

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