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Lionheart Speedway Series iRacing Indy 500 Race Report

Lionheart Speedway Series iRacing Indy 500 Race Report

Lionheart Speedway Series in iRacing continues as round 10 is the INDY 500. Here we have the race report for this big event.

The Lionheart Speedway Series recently visited Indianapolis in iRacing, round 10 was 500 miles and 200 laps for the Next Level Racing Indy 500 presented by simrace247.com

Written by Darren B of simrace247.com

Top 5 On The Grid

  1. #99 Goodman: 39.835
  2. #00 Rigney: +0.011
  3. #5 Beard: +0.013
  4. #64 Wood: +0.014
  5. #14 Nunez: +0.017

33 drivers are ready for the challenge ahead, races do not get much bigger than this, 500 miles,200 laps lets go! Green flag, pedal to the metal! Goodman punches it, a clean opening lap by all, Rigney takes the lead. Lap 3 yellow flag, Forsythe rides up the track, Jenkins collects cars, carnage! Jasper and Munoz get caught up in it.Under yellow, some drivers visit the pit lane to top off, lap 7 and we get back to green flag racing.

Further through the pack, Showen, Carter, Watson and Anzaldo are duking it out for P11 while they try to stay in the draught of Herrick in P10, Goodman retakes the lead and switches it up with Rigney.

Wood and Beard in P3 & P4 are starting to form good speed as they stay in close contention with the front runners, Wood has the slight edge as the front trio is trying to break a gap.

Lap 20 Top 10

  1. Rigney
  2. Goodman
  3. Wood
  4. Beard
  5. Hassert
  6. Nunez
  7. Hacker
  8. Fowler
  9. Taylor
  10. Herrick

As mentioned, the top 3 are breaking a slight gap, from first to fourth, it 1.1 seconds. As always, strategy is always a key area, this is going to be a long haul. Wood moves up to second, he is trying to keep in the draft of Rigney. Showen is making great gains in P11, he has bridged a gap over Anzaldo in P12 and sits on the back of the front running train. We are in that stage where are getting deep into the tyre wear and fuel usage, who will drop into the pits first.

Lap 31 sees Rigney and Goodman first to blink and come down pit road. Here we go, the switch up is coming lap after lap as others filter into the pits throughout the pack. Locking at the pit cycles, Wood has the net race lead with others still to come in ahead of him, Fowler has a nightmare getting into the pit box. Team simrace247 driver Nunez had a great stop and now sits in 4th and hunting down Rigney in 3rd, Goodman sits second and Wood has stretched out a lead of 1 second.

Lap 40 top 10

  1. Wood
  2. Goodman
  3. Rigney
  4. Nunez
  5. Showen
  6. Hassert
  7. Taylor
  8. Beard
  9. Hacker
  10. Herrick

Looking at the top 10, the hard charge from Showen has paid off, what a great stint and pit stop from him. As the cars get back up to speed, another paced stint and pack racing start to form. Nunez is keeping in touch with Rigney and closing him down in the battle for P3. As we reach 1 quarter of the race at 50 laps, Wood is in the groove and commanding the lead with a 1.1 second gap, and continues to pull away from Goodman in second. The second yellow flag comes out on lap 60, Carter spins the car around after hitting the wall at T1. With the yellow out, many come down pit road. Goodman has an issue in the pitlane, it could be a hardware fault, he is now out of the race. Lap 64 gets the racing back underway once again.

Nunez takes the lead, he is having a much better racing season in 2022, we know he is a great driver, Vamos Luis! Wood retakes the lead, Nunez responds, the drivers are up to full speed once again, the top 6 are covered by 1 second.

Lap 70 Top 10

  1. Wood
  2. Nunez
  3. Rigney
  4. Taylor
  5. Hassert
  6. Showen
  7. Beard
  8. Fowler
  9. Hacker
  10. Herrick

We see a great stint of many laps being put together with drivers not taking too many risks, Hacker in P9 has got out of the reach of Herrick in P10 by just over a second, whilst Herrick has pressure mounting from Coogan, Hawkins and Anzaldo. Back out front, Wood stretches his lead by nearly 2 seconds over Nunez. Drivers start to filter into pit lane from lap 90 and the leaderboard shuffles up once again. Galaz has his car sitting in the recovery road area after hitting and bouncing off the outer wall, he is not on the track, we remain green.

The yellow flag comes out on lap 106, its Fowler. It was a close call with Wagner, that’s one for LH race control and the stewards to sort out. Whilst the yellow is out, 99% of the drivers come down pit road. Lap 110, green flag!

 

Lap 110 Top 10

  1. Nunez
  2. Wood
  3. Showen
  4. Taylor
  5. Rigney
  6. Beard
  7. Coogan
  8. Hacker
  9. Hawkins
  10. Anzaldo

Wood has got the pace and speed, Anzaldo gets his elbows out and fights up to P9, The top 12 are pulling away into a leading pack, Nunez and Wood switch for the lead, yellow flag on lap 117, Hawkins has contact with Anzaldo and drives into the inner wall, then gets airborne and sent flying across the track, very theatrical. Once again, some drivers enter pit road. Lap 121 gets green flag racing underway once again. Nunez punches it, Wood, Taylor, Showen and Rigney are looking fast. Taylor has worked his way up the lead with less than 70 laps to go. The afterburners are burning hard now, Taylor and Wood have upped the pace and breaking away from Nunez in P3 who pits on lap 138.

Top 10 Lap 140

  1. Taylor
  2. Wood
  3. Showen
  4. Rigney
  5. Coogan
  6. Beard
  7. Hacker
  8. Malone
  9. Branch
  10. Hassert

Others start to filter into pit road from lap 140, the front runners are still out. Taylor and Wood pit at the end of lap 141. Wood jumps Taylor on the pit stop and exits ahead of him. Rigney gets a speeding penalty for breaching the limit on pit road entry, a shame as he was having a great race. Branch, Demaegd , Herrick and Gibson have yet to pit as they are out front. Taylor has got past Wood, for the net race lead in P5, Herrick pits in along with Branch, Demaegd and Gibson come in on lap 149.

Lap 150 Top 10

  1. Taylor
  2. Wood
  3. Showen
  4. Nunez
  5. Coogan
  6. Beard
  7. Malone
  8. Branch
  9. Hassert
  10. Demaegd

As we enter the final quarter, this race is for hotting up with the pace from Taylor and Wood, they are over 2 seconds ahead of Showen in third. Wood seems happy to sit behind Taylor lap after lap. Coogan passes both Nunez and Showen who are in fuel saving mode and steps up to 3rd. Demaegd is on a charge to with fresher tyres and moves up to 6th. Beard passes Nunez and moves up to 5th, Demaegd now passes Nunez. Taylor and Wood out front are now nearly 5 seconds ahead of Coogan in P3. Showen starts to feel the pressure and drops to P7, Wood takes the lead. We know his pace and speed earlier was there at the push of a pedal, his car looks slick and fast, Nunez pits in with 32 laps to go, Taylor pits in with 30 to go.

30 Laps To Go Top 10

  1. Wood
  2. Coogan
  3. Beard
  4. Demaegd
  5. Branch
  6. Reiman
  7. Hysong
  8. Wagner
  9. Hassert
  10. Watson

There we have it, Taylor needed to pit, is this the pivotal moment that Wood played to perfection by staying behind Taylor earlier and saving fuel, Wood pits in 1 lap later than Taylor. Wood exits the pits, Taylor is coming around the track, Wood exits 1 second ahead of Taylor, whilst that is going on, others pit in. Its all eyes on Wood now, he is stretching his lead over Taylor, the gap is now 3 seconds. Coogan is having a great race and looks like he could have a stable podium position who is currently running third. He is catching Taylor, is Taylor running a tight schedule with fuel saving. the closing laps are coming with 15 to go, and Coogan moves up to second.

Wood just needs to bring it on home, he is in the next county with a lead, keep your cool, and keep the ship steady. Demaegd in 4th is closing in on Taylor and could pinch the last podium step, he takes it. Branch is closing in on Taylor with 9 to go, how much more does Taylor need to save with Branch moving up 24 places from his starting position, solid drive. Nunez pits with 4 to go, stretching the fuel to the end was not possible.

Andrew Wood took a commanding victory in the Next Level Racing Indy 500 by 8 seconds. Pace, speed and strategy at its finest. Speaking in HyperX victory lane ” I can’t even put it into words with how i feel right now” said race winner Wood. Speaking of previous INDY 500 races ” My best ever previous winning position was 11th, so my first top 10 in an INDY 500 was a win, its crazy”.

Next Level Racing Indy 500 Top 10

1#64-Synergy Motorsports Black
 Andrew Z Wood
DW1242001050124
(+2) Led a lap
(+2) 0 or less Incidents
2#29-Team RaceVerse Sunset
 Shane Coogan
DW1225200-7.95210114
(+2) Led a lap
(+2) 0 or less Incidents
3#82-RaceVerse Arctic
 Dakota DeMaegd
DW1220200-9.96530104
(+2) Led a lap
(+2) 0 or less Incidents
4#28-Powerslide Motorsports
 Joe Branch
DW1228200-10.33410098
(+2) Led a lap
(+2) 0 or less Incidents
5#5-Graafix LC Mad Werx
 Brian Beard
DW123200-12.2070092
(+2) 0 or less Incidents
6#59-4D Sim Racing
 Samuel Reiman
DW1229200-12.6920088
(+2) 0 or less Incidents
7#3-Dark Horse Racing
 Matt Wagner
DW1233200-13.9220482
8#8-Graafix LC Mad Werx
 Matt Taylor
DW1212200-14.00724082
(+2) Led a lap
(+2) 0 or less Incidents
9#18-Dark Horse Racing
 Jeff Hysong
DW1217200-14.4063476
(+2) Led a lap
10#31-Powerslide Motorsports
 Tony Showen
DW1216200-18.6360072
(+2) 0 or less Incidents

About Lionheart Racing Series

The Lionheart Racing Series Powered by HyperX is the premier sim racing eSports league utilizing the iRacing.com simulation service. Lionheart was founded in 2014 to create an organized championship format inside the sim racing eSports space. Currently, the league is entering into its 8th year of operation and is proud to present 3 full time championship series.

Our racing is unmatched anywhere in iRacing, but what really sets Lionheart apart isn’t found on the track; it’s found in the spirit and the values of each of our members. Founded to carry on the
memory of fallen IndyCar Champion Dan Wheldon; from day 1 Lionheart has put an incredibly strong emphasis on driver conduct both on and off the track. League members adhere to a very detailed
rulebook which governs on-track and off-track actions ensuring a clean and respectful atmosphere for participants and sponsors.

 

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