The 2nd race of our Inaugural Indy Car league took the crew to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, tackling the Road Course layout of the historic facility.
In qualifying, Aaron Webb (AaronWebb85) captured his first Pole of the league, beating out Round 1’s Pole sitter Daniel Cervantes (Danny102897) who started outside of row 1. Charles Sumner (Hootius), Daniel Lozano (Gordow3497), and Brian Mosser (BrianMosser88) rounded out the Top 5 in qualifying.
The race started off with some unfortunate circumstances for our Pole sitter Aaron. Aaron was shown the black flag by the game off of the green light for being 1 mph over the pace limit. This effectively ended Aaron’s chances at a win as he had to serve a drive-thru penalty at the end of Lap 1. The big benefactor of Aaron’s issues was Daniel C., who took the lead, never looked back, and dominated the field on his way to his first Indy League win. Going into Turn 1 on Lap 1, we had a 5 car gaggle that turned some cars around. 1 of those spinners was Daniel L., who escaped the spin with no damage, ran a clean race after that and was able to bring home 2nd place, the only other car on the lead lap at the finish. Rounding out the podium was Charles, who won the race of survival as all drivers from 3rd on back had several spins throughout the race. Round 1 winner Kyle Spencer (KDawgHonda) crossed the line in 4th Place and took home the award for the Fastest Lap of the race. Rounding out the Top 5 was our Hard Charger of the race, Mikhail Jackson (Mikhail24RD) who jumped up 4 spots from his qualifying effort to score his first official Top 5 in the PRL.
**Top 10 finishers for Indianapolis Road Course**
1. Daniel Cervantes (Danny102897) – 1st IndyCar Win; 2nd overall in PRL competition
2. Daniel Lozano (Gordow3497) – 1st Podium of the Season
3. Charles Sumner (Hootius) – 2nd Podium of the Season
4. Kyle Spencer (KDawgHonda)
5. Mikhail Jackson (Mikhail24RD)
6. Rob Besaw (Xsyse)
7. Aaron Webb (AaronWebb85)
8. Dray Simpson (_Dray_)
9. Brian Mosser (BrianMosser88)
10. Mark Miller (Mark_LD)
In the Driver’s Championship battle, Daniel Cervantes (Danny102897) and Charles Sumner (Hootius) were both able to close the gap on points leader Kyle Spencer (KDawgHonda), and sit only 2 points back after 2 rounds.
The Team Championship is also very tight after 2, as Car Ramrod (Charles and Kyle E.) hold a 4 point lead over Gor-X Racing (Rob and Daniel L.). However 1st thru 4th in the Team battle is only separated by 12 points, so any strong 2 podium finish can easily swing the points in a team’s favor.
Big thank you to Rob Besaw (Xsyse) who took the time to make a recap video of the race, which is linked below. Next week will be the first oval race for the League as everyone stays put, and prepares to tackle 100 laps around the Indianapolis Oval. Each week, you can join one of several of our driver’s who stream the race from their POVs.