The fourth week of the iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series headed to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of IndyCar racing. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has hosted racing events for almost every major racing series; this includes NASCAR, Grand-Am, Formula 1, MotoGP and of course IZOD IndyCar racing. The circuit that we visit this week is the 2.5 mile oval with each of its four corners at a nine degree banking. The track nicknamed “The Brickyard” saw the first 500 mile race in 1911 on its brick surface which consisted of over three million bricks. This week in the month of May over 1600 drivers geared-up to tackle the venue and be the driver who tastes the buttermilk at the end of the day, it was truly Indy or bust.
The iRacing.com IndyCar Fixed Oval Series strength of field race with a 3374 saw intense action as 21 drivers took the grid and nine finished on the lead lap. The 30 lap online race saw one caution and Tim Doyle (Atlantic) on pole and in form to lead 26 of 30 laps. Tomas A Klopp (DE-AT-CH) posted the fastest lap time of 39.847 seconds and put up a fight with Doyle, he managed to lead four times after the two drivers exchanged the lead four times throughout the battle. However Klopp’s efforts were not strong enough and he came in at second position 0.497 seconds behind Doyle who joyously drank the buttermilk from victory lane. Finishing 0.629 seconds behind Doyle in the third spot was Matt Lambertson (PA). Fourth place finisher was Pedro Mega (Brazil). Finalizing the top five was Troy Eddy (Atlantic), whose IndyCar Dallara crossed the yard of bricks 4.924 seconds behind Doyle.
The iRacing.com IndyCar Fixed Oval Series saw a familiar face, Doyle, back on the points lead (748). The second position (697) was Lambertson leaving Doyle with a 51 point advantage. Andre Castro (NY) comes in at third position (656). Jonathan Goke (Mid-South) is in the fourth position (648) after Indianapolis. Rounding out the top five (619) in points was Eddy.
The fourth week of action in the iRacing.com IndyCar Series displayed a perfect practice race for the annual iRacing.com Indy 500, drivers who participated in these sessions understood better some of the risks. The point lead (565) is being held by Randy Crossno (California). Following in second position (471) is Matt Cooke (Canada) and Georg Naujoks (DE-AT-CH) as both drivers tied in points. Finishing in the fourth position (455) this week is Paul Jenkins (Illinois). Rounding out the top five (452) in the standings is Bram Venneman (Benelux).
Tune in next week for more IndyCar action as the drivers take to the close quarter circuit at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The one mile oval allows for speeds of around 170 miles per hour in the straights, with the bottom lane being inoperable in an IndyCar – so watch for massive crashes that could have points implications much like Will Power experienced in 2011.