MADISON, Ill. — official series release by Justin Laxton — Lionheart IndyCar Series photo —
The victory was Connor’s first career series win.
Series admin Joe Hassert led the field to the green with fellow admins Justin Laxton and Jorge Anzaldo in second and third. Bringing out the first caution was Jack Bogan, in a spin that collected Mark Norbert as well. On lap 11, Hassert gave way to Justin Laxton before retaking the lead one lap later.
As the first set of green flag pit stops cycled through, Hassert and Laxton maintained a one second lead on the field. Midway through the second round of green flag pit stops, a caution came out after Anzaldo ran into problems.
The third caution of the night came out just four laps after going back green, for an incident involving Jason Robarge, Carl Burk and Vincent Bluthenthal.
When the field went back green, Laxton and Connor battled for the lead. When Laxton came in for his final pit stop, a screen malfunction caused him to partially lose his car and hit the Team #nailedit entry of Dan Geren. The incident caused nearly 50 seconds worth of damage for Geren, who had raced his way back on the lead lap after overcoming an early black flag.
The final caution came out with 11 laps to go, just as the field had cycled through the final set of pit stops.
When the field went back to green, Connor and championship leader Jesse Vincent would cruise to a 1-2 finish, with Michael Gray and Ian Adams battling for third.
Hassert was able to steal the final podium spot away, leaving Gray to settle for fourth. Anzaldo rebounded to sneak past Adams and round out the top five.
Adams would finish sixth, with Laxton, John Downing, Krysta Nelson and Geren rounding out the top 10.
With his second place finish, Vincent officially clinched the Season 2 Points Championship, his second Lionheart IndyCar Series title.
Hassert remains 136 points back in second place, with Trevor Malone 234 points back from Vincent. Laxton is just 20 points behind Malone, with Gray jumping two positions to fifth in the points standings.
The series returns to the track on Wednesday, June 3 with an event at the Kansas Speedway (9:35 p.m. CT, Global SimRacing Channel).
For more information on the Lionheart IndyCar Series, visit the series website at www.lionheartracingseries.com.
CREDIT: Lionheart IndyCar Series