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Lionheart Retro Series iRacing Pocono Race Report

Lionheart Retro Series iRacing Pocono Race Report

Round 4 of the Lionheart Retro Series in iRacing visited Pocono for another great showdown. Here is your race report.

The sound of the Lionheart Retro Series in iRacing roared on to round 4 at Pocono recently. Here we have the full race report from this great series, the MOZA Racing Pocono 250 is a go!

Written by Darren B of simrace247.com

Qualifying Top 5 On The Grid

  1. #99 Sirois: 48:570
  2. #6 Anzaldo: +0.020
  3. #20 Fowler: +0.021
  4. # 84 Galaz: +0.032
  5. #10 Rodriguez: +0.046

MOZA Racing Pocono 250 Race Start

Another great lineup is filled with 35 cars entering the race, the formation lap lines up behind the pace car as 100 laps lay ahead.  Pace car pulls in and Sirois almost has Fowler’s front wing in his engine bay at the start, hammer down its go time. Fowler has great reactions over Anzaldo and pips him to P2 before turn 1, a clean start for everyone. Sirois has bridged a slight gap, but fowler is starting to reel him in by the end of the opening lap. Galaz and Rodriguez start to fight over P4 with Richie Hearn looking good in P6. Fowler goes for the move over Sirois and takes the lead of the race, and starts to pull away.

Big Crash On Lap 3

Oval racing always had high speed crashes that never end well, by lap 3 at T2 we see the smoke plumes and cars impacting the wall, Graaf and Daniels collide sending Daniels spinning around multiple times and into the wall and bringing out the yellow flag. By the end of lap 6, the pace car pulls in and we are racing again, Fowler hits the gas and starts to pull away, at times he is moving to the side to break the tow of the others which seems to be having a great effect for him as he is pulling out a gap.

Rodriguez and Anzaldo are dueling for 3rd, with Galaz and Hearn exchanging for P5. Rodriguez makes the emove on Sirois for P2, it’s all happening. Anzaldo moves up to P3, Hearn up to P4, Sirois drops to 5th, Malone passes Galaz for P6, Galaz fights back, anyone would think its the pit stop leader board shuffle,great racing!

Fowler has worked himself up a nice gap and leads by 2.5 seconds on lap 11 over Rodriguez with Anzaldo half a second behind him and Hearn 0.2 behind the Lionheart Racing Series founder. O’Brien, Forsythe and Rasimas are working their way up the leader board and closing in on the polesitter Sirois in P6.

Sirois is dropping down as those three drivers make their moves past him and Wenzen also rubs salt in the wound. Meanwhile, Godsoe clips the outer wall and then sending him across the track and then hitting the inner wall, luckily not collecting any cars on his travels.

Hearn is applying the pressure on Anzaldo for P3, the former IndyCar driver is playing it cool at the moment and keeping the pressure and pace up. O’Brien moves up to P5 over Galaz and Rasimas is going with O’Brien passing Galaz. Anzaldo has responded to the pressure from Hearn and upped his pace as he passes Rodriguez for second, Hearn closes right up on the tailpipes of Rodriguez who is trying to close up on Anzaldo, the guys are super close, almost bump draft range. Hearn makes the move up the inside of Rodriguez and moves up to P3, Rodriguez fights back and makes the pass.

Top 10 At Lap 25

  1. Fowler
  2. Anzaldo
  3. Rodriguez
  4. Hearn
  5. O’Brien
  6. Rasimas
  7. Galaz
  8. Forsythe
  9. Wenzen
  10. Malone

Fowler has opened up a gap of 3 seconds at the front over Anzaldo, Hearn is building up pace and getting ready to launch another move on Rodriguez, he has the pace to pass, but i think he is happy to sit on the back of Rodriguez who has good pace like Anzaldo in P2.  The trio are within 0.4 of each other and seem to be working together to maintain a good race pace, O’Brien is 2 seconds behind in P5.

Fowler visits pit road at the end of lap 34, and is the only driver of the lead cars to do so at this stage. Anzaldo and Rodriguez come down pit road at the end of lap 35, Hearn stays out as we start to see a big majority of drivers now coming in. Rodriguez comes out ahead of Anzaldo as they exit the pits, Hearn is still out on track in the lead, and opts to come in at the end of lap 37, a great stint by Richie.

Hearn exits the pits and comes out ahead of Anzaldo, as we had seen earllier drivers had been working together with great pace, drivers who had boxed under the yellow are still out on track as Taylor leads over Ragan, Valiokas, Snider and Young. fowler is sitting P7 but will shortly take the lead as drivers box in. the trio of Rodriguez, Anzaldo and Hearn are within 3 seconds of each other and O’Brien is catching.

The leading 5 cars dart into pitlane as Fowler is now back at the top of the table, Taylor is seen coming down pitlane again as he recieves a pitlane speeding penalty. Rasimas is in P2 with Rodriguez in P3, LOOK OUT here comes the send from Hearn as he absolutley launches the car out of turn 3, wow he was close to the wall as he nearly clipped it, but you know what, he made it stick giving him a great slingshot on exit and passes Rodriguez. He was at least 3 car lengths behind before that move, great stuff!

That move must have spooked Rodriguez, as he falls back a bit from Hearn, who is on a mission, Fowler extends the gap out front over Rasimas by 4 seconds. Anzaldo is holding station in P5 with O’Brien in close proximity and Forsythe for company. O’Brien goes for the move on Anzaldo and makes it stick, the battle for P2 is super close with Rasimas, Hearn and rodriguez all within 0.4 of eachother. Anzaldo fights back with a great move on O’Brien and Forsythe is right there with them. Forsythe makes the move on O’Brien and slots up to P6. Meanwhile, the battle for P2 is hotting up, Rodriguez passes Hearn for P3 with Rasimas up ahead.

Top 10 At The Halfway Point

  1. Fowler
  2. Rasimas
  3. Rodriguez
  4. Hearn
  5. Anzaldo
  6. Forsythe
  7. O’Brien
  8. Galaz
  9. Lanini
  10. Malone

Fowler is ready to send a postcard at this stage of the race, he is nearly 4.5 seconds in the lead, Forsythe and Anzaldo continue to switch positions. Whilst they duel they are getting pushed back to the drivers behind. Rasimas is closing in on race leader Fowler, the gap is down to 2.2 seconds.

Lap 60 sees Rasimas, Rodriguez and Hearn all working together and within half a second of each other as they look to close in on Fowler up front who is 2.3 seconds down the road.

Yellow Flag Lap 61

Holmes and Munoz have a coming to together as they clatter wheels going into the banking at T1 sending Holmes into the wall. Replay footage shows both cars going for the same piece of tarmac, with no intent of foul play. Pace car comes out, I can imagine the race engineers and calculators are working in full overdrive as many come into pit road. Drivers who opted to stay out shuffles the pack up including Team simrace247 driver Nunez who leads the field as the pace car pulls in, we are under green flag racing again at the start of lap 65!

The restart sees an incident that could have ended badly in the mid pack. The green flag is still waving, Nunez leads with Ragan applying pressure. Anzaldo comes into pitlane after having a great race, but seems to be the candidate for the plumes of smoke on the restart after spinning the tires and getting a nudge that sees him skim the wall. Nunez is still out front with Hardin and Ragan exchanging positions in the leading trio. young is now getting in on the action as he moves up to P2. Young takes the lead, Nunez fights back and claims the lead, they switch up lap after lap. Nunez boxes, Young leads from Hardin.

As we start to see the net race leaders come to the front, Fowler is sitting in P3 with those that stayed out come into the pits. Pole sitter Sirois is in P2, has he made a master class of fuel saving as he was fading in the earlier stages, Wardlow pits from the lead and Sirois has a gap of 1 second back to Fowler on lap 80.

20 Laps To Go Top 10

  1. Sirois
  2. Fowler
  3. Rodriguez
  4. Forsythe
  5. Lanini
  6. Rasimas
  7. Guyon
  8. Malone
  9. Galaz
  10. Herrick

As we see Herrick and Galaz continuously switching positions on lap 80/81 Valenzuela gets in on the action with Herrick pushing up to P8, its getting feisty! Herrick is flying as he pushes up to P6, Valenzuela moves up to P8. Back at the front, Sirois is 1.5 seconds ahead of Fowler, and can you believe it Herrick takes P2 from Fowler, talk about switching the afterburners on….but wait, afterburners consume a lot of fuel….time will tell. Sirois is backing off the pace at the front, for he and many will have all eyes on the fuel gauge as Herrick takes the lead. Valenzuela is up to P5.

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Flying Car Brings Out The Yellow On Lap 84

As we see the start of lap 84 chalk up, the car of Forsythe is somersaulting through the air multiple times, how on earth did no other cars get involved in that? Footage shows Valenzuela getting close to O’Brien and Fowler and then Valenzuela moves over, which sends Forsythe straight into the back of Valenzuela and launching his car into the air.

Pace car pulls in with 13 to go, surely that would have helped some who were being conservative with the fuel, green flag, let’s go!  The top 4 of Herrick, Sirois, Rodriguez and Fowler are as close as you like with 12 to go as they are now 3 wide, it’s getting to that time where nervous of steel come into effect with a cool head. Fowler takes the lead, and the yellow comes out again. Nunez and Ragan have a coming together at T1. With the safety car out, fuel saving is the keyword for many, this will now be a straight shootout and maximum attack to the end when we go green.

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8 to go and it’s green flag racing again. Fowler tries to break the tow by moving to the side of the track, and the yellow is out once again. Frazier clips the curb on the inside of T1 and unsettles the car a bit, Snider tags into the back of him.  4 laps to go, here we go again, green flag, Fowler leads but loses the car exiting turn 1, can you believe it after such a great race thus far! The yellow flag is out again, Herrick leads, whilst cars were trying to avoid the crabbing car of Fowler, we see Rigney arrive at the scene where he was nudged from behind by Roberts and then slams the wall bouncing across the track and collecting other cars.

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Victory Under The Pace Car

It’s never a way to see a race finish, but a win is a win, Jim Herrick has won the MOZA Racing Pocono 250. Speaking in HyperX victory lane ” I can’t even believe it, this is great, I couldn’t be happier even though I’m in a state of shock, things worked out perfectly”

ROUND 4 – MOZA Racing Pocono 250 Presented by Xtreme Scoring – Triple Crown #1

Finish

Team

Driver

Start

Laps

Interval

Laps Led

Inc

Pts

Bonuses/Penalties

1#40-4D Sim Racing
 Jim Herrick
141009062
(+1) Led a lap
(+1) 0 or less Incidents
2#99-Raven Lavoie Motorsports
 David Sirois
1100-0.4076058
(+1) Start on overall pole
(+1) Led a lap
(+1) 0 or less Incidents
3#10-RSR Esport
 David R. Rodriguez
5100-0.6800051
(+1) 0 or less Incidents
4#33-Backfire Motorsports
 Cristobal Valenzuela
27100-0.8950447
5#45-Mad Werx Motorsports
 Michael A O’Brien
13100-1.3860445
6#68-GRAAFix LC Motorsports
 Mike Rasimas
17100-1.8070044
(+1) 0 or less Incidents
7#92-GRAAFix LC Motorsports
 Chris Lanini
12100-2.1770441
8#08-Raven Lavoie Motorsports
 Alex Guyon
26100-2.8410040
(+1) 0 or less Incidents
9#13-RSR Esport
 Isaac Snider
31100-3.1420237
10#34-Independent
 Trevor Malone
9100-3.5490036
(+1) 0 or less Incidents

 

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