Indianapolis, IN- Emulating the 101st Indianapolis 500 of only one year ago, Cody Wenzen took victory in Alexander Rossi fashion, running the car empty coming to the final stop to be able to stretch his fuel one lap longer than everyone else. Wenzen stretched the fuel just far enough to cross the line 13 seconds ahead of Tanner Watkins. Danny Roberts took third, Caeton Bomersbach fourth and Dylan Lee fifth. The race saw a season high 27 starters. Attrition filled the race, many cars had suspension issues, having caught the wall on the exit of one of the four treacherous turns at one point or another. Tanner Watkins lead a race high thirty eight laps. Jonathan Goke had qualified on Pole last week but a late withdrawal meant that Danny Roberts was elevated to Pole Position and received the three point bonus to go with. Caeton Bomersbach was able to take over the points lead after Stephen Laarkamp had troubles early and ended up ten laps down. Next week the series heads to Watkins Glen for the TrueCar Watkins Glen 200, stay tuned to ASN for all the action.
Sonoma, CA- For the second leg of the ISDC California swing, Stephen Laarkamp one up'd himself, going from second in Long Beach to first in Sonoma. Laarkamp put on a great show, leading flag to flag, to win the ToyotaCare California 150. Tim Silliman finished second, Cody Wenzen third, Trevor Brownlee fourth and Caeton Bomersbach fifth. Laarkamp exits Sonoma with a one point lead over Cody Wenzen. Silliman sits third, Brownlee fourth and Caeton Bomersbach fifth. The race was not slowed by yellow tonight, setting a blistering 93.251 mph pace. Next week the series visits the flat Milwaukee Mile in Wisconsin for the Sears Diehard 200. Stay tuned here for all the action.
Long Beach, CA- A Track that has always had it's way of tearing up cars, The Streets of Long Beach proved to be quite a challenge for the drivers of the Formula World Series. Newcomer from Denmark, Nicklas Rasmussen, took charge through much of the race and fought through after a mid race caution. Rasmussen lead thirty one laps on way to a time shortened victory. Stephen Laarkamp finished second, Eric Micke finished third, Cody Wenzen fourth and Danny Roberts fifth after a post race review. One caution slowed the race for a spun car blocking the track, and three drivers lead with four lead changes. Next week the tour is off from racing, but instead will be Qualifying from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Four Lap Averages will determine the field starting with pole position, and ending with the honorees of the Last Row Party.
Las Vegas, NV- The battle for the victory was quite intense in the late stages as Tim Silliman, Cody Wenzen, Stephen Laarkamp and Nate Bowers all battled tooth and nail to taste sweet victory, but in the end it was Tim Silliman that picked up the victory. A late race spin meant that the race ran it's final two laps under yellow. Stephen Laarkamp finished second, Johne Martin third, Brian Sullivan fourth and Cody Wenzen fifth. Wenzen emerges from Las Vegas leading the points, only four ahead of four different drivers, Brownlee, Silliman, Bomersbach and Hill. GAP Sim Racing Team has pulled together the funds and it looks like Wenzen will be able to defend his title after all, and so far his campaign to do so is looking strong. Tim Silliman took the pole while Cody Wenzen lead the most laps and Dylan Lee set down the fastest lap of the race. Next week the Grand National Series stays out west and heads up the coast to Wine Country, Northern California's Sonoma Raceway.
Phoenix, Arizona- A race of attrition unfolded in the deserts of Arizona as Caeton Bomersbach took the win in the closing stages. Despite a valiant charge from Kenyon Payne on the final run to the checkers, Bomersbach held on by two tenths of a second. Will Roberts rounded out the podium, while ISDC Rookie Brian Sullivan and defending champion Stephen Laarkamp rounded out the top five. The race was slowed eight times for thirty three laps, while five drivers lead for seven lead changes. Stephen Laarkamp took home the pole bonus, while Kenyon Payne lead an astounding sixty nine laps to take the lap leader bonus. Next week the series heads to the sunny California coast for the 2nd ISDC Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Tune in to American Sim Network for all the action.
A unique race unfolded to start out the second ISDC Grand National Series season, where Trevor Brownlee took victory after the 75 lap affair. Despite sheet metal getting bent up early for Brownlee, he was able to position his car perfectly, even coming back from a lap down, a tall feat at Daytona, to cross the line less than a tenth of a second ahead of Caeton Bomersbach and Cody Wenzen. An early accident caused damage to many cars in the field allowing Wenzen to have a pretty steady night at the front of the field but it was Brownlee who swept through to victory in the late stages, leading only seven laps on the night. Adam Hill finished fourth and Will Roberts rounded out the top 5. The race was slowed three times for nine laps. The Big One took place on lap nine and collected a dozen cars. Looking forward Brownlee is sure to be a contender in the plate races, on the back of his victory in the 300 and his second in his duel, but now that the series turns back to the unrestricted tracks, it is yet to be seen who will be the force this season. Next week the series heads to the deserts of Nevada, Las Vegas Motor Speedway. As always all the action will be on RSR Network.
Three races over two nights were on tap for the International Sim Drivers Club to start out the league's third season. The non-traditional Sunday night affair featured the Gatorade Duels from Daytona, which set the starting grid for the Grand National Series premier event, the Daytona 300.
In Duel 1 Cody Wenzen took an early lead before an electrical fault dropped him to the tail of the field. He rebounded to fourth. Stephen Laarkamp then lead much of the event but right at the end Dylan Lee and Trevor Brownlee made a pass around the outside, propelling them to first and second. By virtue of his single car speed, Cody Wenzen will still start first in the 300, but Dylan Lee will start right behind him.
In Duel 2 Tim Silliman lead early before two yellows slowed the field. The crew took too long at one point on pit road and it cost him as he was unable to get back to the draft. Johne Martin was able to play it calm and cool and took the lead mid race and never relinquished it, holding off a last lap charge from Will Roberts and Caeton Bomersbach. By virtue of his single car speed, Silliman will also maintain his front row starting spot for the Daytona 300, with Johne Martin starting right behind him in fourth.
Monday night saw the Formula World Series back in action for the first invitation only event, The Challenge, also known as the Chevron for the unique branding of the event, took place on a hot slick Phoenix International Raceway. With the sun belting down, the drivers strapped in for an all out sprint race. The race, which was only 40 laps, was dominated by Danny Roberts, who took home victory by almost ten seconds. Caeton Bomersbach got his second second place finish in two nights, while Tim Silliman rounded out the podium.
The Grand National Series is back in action on Thursday night for the 2nd ISDC Daytona 300, which will be live on RSR Network. The Formula World Series officially starts off it's season next Monday night with the Purex Dial Indy 200 which will be carried live on American Sim Network. As always stay tuned to intlsimdriversclub.com for all the latest news and notes regarding the ISDC.
Below is the entry list for the Chevron Challenge on April 24th:
Stephen Laarkamp- Twice Champion, Seven times Polesitter, Eight Times Winner
Danny Roberts- Four Times Polesitter, Three Times Winner
Kenyon Payne- Three Times Polesitter, Three Times Winner
Alex Boffoli- Twice Polesitter, Four Times Winner
Chris Gutierrez- Twice Polesitter, Twice Winner
Tanner J. Watkins- Four Times Polesitter
Bradley Walters- ABC Supply Indy 175 Polesitter, Three Times Winner
Jonathan Goke- Twice Polesitter, King Taco 300 Winner
Eric Steinmetz- Twice Race Winner
Tim Silliman- Purex Indy 200 Polesitter
Caeton Bomersbach- Firestone Firehawk 300 Winner
strategies unfolded as the race drew on and it was ultimatly Dylan Lee who bested Cody Wenzen for victory. Lee was the only one to make a single stop on the final 74 lap run to the finish, managing his tires and fuel as best he could. Wenzen took two stops and ran flat out trying to get around the #5 Machine but he came up just short, coming across just two tenths shy of Lee.
With just one race left, the points margin is down to nearly nothing. Stephen Laarkamp has lead the points all season but currently sits only one point ahead of Cody Wenzen. Laarkamp has two victories on the season, Daytona and Sonoma, to Wenzen's zero, but Wenzen has been much more consistent, with only one finish outside the top-three. Ultimately whoever finishes higher at Phoenix will win the title. Tune in to ISDC Live on RSR for all the action.
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