The second edition of the NVIDIA Cup championship is underway, starting with a week of online racing at Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park.  The initial four week segment of the season (aka Season 1a) saw sim racers Marcello Maio and Artur Turcu battle from start to finish with Maio coming-out on top at the very end.  The main difference between Week One of Season 1b and the past four weeks, is that the constant battle has been joined by some new names.

Three new drivers leaving their footprints on the Week One standings are Daniel López, Dániel Sinka and Norbi Kiss, who placed first through third respectively. López and Sinka both ran two races, while Kiss, the top Daytona Prototype points-getter in last week’s GRAND-AM iRacing,com Online Sports Car Series, ran just one NVIDIA Cup event. López had the upper hand by winning both of races and collecting 164 points for  his efforts.

The NVIDIA Cup brought its own brand of excitement to Lime Rock Park. (Photo; Patrick Jones)

Emilio Puertas, a familiar face during Season 1a of the NVIDIA Cup, finished fourth in the Lime Rock week,collecting 147 points.   Ex-Formula One and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Scott Speed got himself into a four-way tie between Minoru Kai, Daniel Schon and Flavien Vidalwith 133 points.

The coveted Persistency Award goes to Rob Strahan . . . again!  Driving a whopping 69 races, the Club Australia/New Zealand sim racer garnered 35 top five finishes.   Central-Eastern Europe’s Farkass Tamás mustered-up 15 wins, the most of any of the sim racers. But, more impressively, he was on pole in 18 of his 19 races and led a total of 308 laps.

Be sure to log on to inRacingNews.com to see what action Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca brings next week.

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The NVIDIA Cup represents a partnership between NVIDIA, the world leader in high performance graphics cards, and iRacing.com, the world leader in motorsport simulation.  The overall points champion of the next six NVIDIA Cup seasons (each four weeks in length) will receive a great NVIDIA prize ranging from NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 and GTX 570 graphics cards to NVIDIA 3-D glasses or an ASUS 3D monitor.  In addition, any iRacer running the NVIDIA logo as their primary logo on any car in a minimum of 20 official races is automatically entered in a random drawing to win a great NVIDIA prize pack.  This package will include an NVIDIA GTX 580 graphics card, an ASUS 3D monitor and a 3D glasses kit.  The prize pack will be awarded at the end of iRacing’s twelve week-long 2011 Season One and again at the end of 2011 Season Two.

Learn more about the prizes and NVIDIA’s cutting-edge 3D technology at www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_family.html

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