In 2003 the Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara Automobili debuted the IR-03 in the Indycar Series and retired the Third generation open-wheeler in 2011 as the last IR-05 crossed the finish line at the IZOD Indycar World Championship at Las Vegas.
On February 7, 2019 UCORA will be bringing that amazing automobile back to life as the new Throwback Indycar Series takes to the high banks of Homestead Speedway to kick off the inaugural Throwback Indycar Series.
A 20-race season will challenge its drivers across the most incredible race tracks that North America has to offer. They will pit their skills against one another as they battle side pod to side pod around the most iconic oval tracks and push their cars to the limits around the twisting, writhing corners of some of the most incredible road and street courses across the continent.
Round 19 Race winner Chris Stofer!
Just when Scott Ramler thought he had the top spot locked up with a 22.083 lap, Travis Bennett laid down a blistering time of 22.080 to take the iRacers Lounge Pole Award!
It's with great pleasure that we are able to announce a new partnership with iRacers Lounge!
We are excited to be able to do our part in bringing much deserved attention to this wonderful podcast which endeavors to bring you insightful and informative stories and in-depth coverage of everything going on with the iRacing service!
For the remainder of the 2020 Throwback Indycar Series Season, the fastest qualifier will be awarded the "iRacers Lounge Pole Award" during our broadcasts.
This newest award gives us even more capability to highlight our amazing drivers who make this series the incredible show that it is.
Be sure to tune in to the Global SimRacing Channel on August 13 when the IR-05 Indycars head out west to the 2008 version of the Phoenix International Raceway for Round 14 of the Nine Four Motorsports Throwback Indycar Series!
Let's see who snags that very first iRacers Lounge Pole Award!
Here's the Top Gun Cup Series Round 6 Winner at Michigan!
Erik Jeffers dominated in superb fashion including battling through a late-race restart to claim the victory!
A great night for a series that is growing stronger each round!
The Third Generation Dallara Indycar and Michigan International Speedway could easily be one of the most exciting track/car combination North American racing history.
Pack racing at 210MPH+ is a mental exercise in patience, aggression, and prophecy.
Last night's race saw the most exciting action in series history and a breathtaking, late race battle was nothing short of a knife-fight-in-a-phone booth.
The battle came to a heart-stopping crescendo with two laps to go when Dan Geren made a hard charge from the middle of the lead pack to pounce on a wide open low lane through Turns 1 and 2 and put the front runners three wide.
Unfortunately, the front tires couldn't hold the bottom on corner exit and Geren washed up just enough to make contact with Rick Ravon, sending him into Jason Galvin and triggering the final caution under which the race would finish.
Ravon, despite the contact, was able to pull it out of the fire and put his Dallara ahead of Geren when the caution flag fell.
He would led the field to the Checkered Flag under yellow and close the book on 100 laps of white-knuckle, mentally exhausting racing that earned him his second win of the season.
Round 14 sees the series head out to the Legacy Phoenix International Raceway in three weeks, on August 13!
Brian Beard led wire-to-wire throughout Round 12 at Road America in the Throwback Indycar Series.
Amazing battles occured throughout the field for the entire race and proved to be a great show!
By Todd Rose
New Name and Car Highlight Round Three of Newly Branded UCORA Top Gun Cup Series:
The third round of the UCORA Throwback Cup series brought two new items to the table, a new car and a rebranding for the series itself. On the vehicle side of things, the league has made the move from the ARCA Menards Chevrolet (reminiscent of NASCAR Cup Cars ca.1995-2007) to a true classic with the newly unveiled 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and Ford Thunderbird. The stock paint scheme for the cars are replicas of Dale Earnhardt’s Wrangler number three and Bill Elliott’s Coors’ number nine.
As mentioned above, the series itself has undergone a rebranding and, as a result, undergone a name change. To help set itself aside from other “throwback” and “classic” leagues on iRacing that are rising in popularity with the new vehicles, and release of North Wilkesboro, the series will from round three froward be the Top Gun Cup Series. The new moniker, an homage to the classic 80s film of the same name, will no doubt help this UCORA league stand out amongst the other leagues paying tribute to racing of years gone by.
On the racing side of things this week, the action was brought to the 3/4 mile Richmond Raceway, a track which NASCAR has visited since 1988. Prior to September of that year, races were held on the old Richmond track which measured just a hair over a half mile in length. That track played host to many memorable moments, including Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt’s classic clash in turn three when racing for the win. Or the time, again, Earnhardt drove down the frontstretch hanging out his driver’s side window to clean his windshield. The final race before the track was reconfigured to its current state was won by Neil Bonnett.
After a 10 minute long qualifying session it would be William Moore and Jon Hall starting on the front row. Rolling off in the third position would be Todd Laribee who entered the night first in the points standings. Winner of the last round at Rockingham Speedway, Erik Jeffers, would start his night from the 14th spot.
Two hundred laps would be the race distance for the drivers to tackle in order to determine the victor. In the early going, it seemed the race would settle into a long green flag run. However, before the race hit the quarter length mark, caution flag fever began to plague the race. With the new vehicle, some drivers found the limit quicker than others, resulting in the rash of incidents. The issue was only compounded further by differing strategies as some drivers chose to pit for new tires and others not, resulting in a major difference in speed between fresh and old rubber.
The biggest accident of the race came with 45 laps remaining when Erik Jeffers got loose exiting turn two while running in the fourth position. With his back end swinging, Jeffers made contact with Todd Laribee which sent him spinning and slamming into the wall with the rest of the field baring down on his stricken car. At least seven cars were involved in the melee. Laribee was immediately apologizing to Jeffers for the incident via the voice chat. Jeffers, however, was not upset in the slightest, assuring Laribee that it was simply an accident and no more than a racing deal. The crash was only one of 18 total caution flags.
The race would end with a long green flag run that was extinguished by a caution with two laps remaining, ensuring the race ended under caution. When the dust settled, it was Justin Kirby taking the win with a car that told the story of the race, see the photos below (See Comments).
Behind Kirby in second and third Jon Hall and William Moore, both who at one point in the race looked to be the favorite. Hall led the most laps, showing the way for a combined 69 laps. Coming home in strong fourth place was points leader Todd Laribee who continues to show strength in the early weeks of the Top Gun Cup Series.
In the days after the tumultuous Richmond race, the decision was made to modify the rules of the Top Gun Series. In an effort to provide a stronger and better league, the following changes have been implemented:
- Drivers are no longer allowed any quick repairs.
- Any driver involved in two cautions will be parked for the remainder of that event.
- New minimum registration requirements for competitors, including:
>Minimum of C License and 3.00SR
>Minimum of 1 year on the service
>New drivers are on a 10-race evaluation period where
they can, if they do not meet expectations, be removed
from the league.
>The first two items may be waived in special cases of
real-world driving experience or someone who primarily
races leagues (this will be verified).
Also being implemented will be tire limits for each race as well as restart violations. In the early days of the series, it is great to see action being taken to help create not just a good place for classic racing, but the best place for classic racing.
The new changes will go into effect at the Darlington Raceway in round four of the Top Gun Cup Series. That race will be Thursday June 25 at 9 PM EST.
By: Todd Rose
The ninth round of racing in the UCORA Throwback IndyCar Series emanated from the virtual Watkins Glen International Thursday night. Two weeks ago, the series visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in what turned out to be a terrific show claimed by Joseph Hassert. Even with the trading of packs and full throttle racing for twists, turns, and elevation changes, the racing was still highly entertaining.
Claiming the pole in qualifying was Dan Geren, who entered the week second in points. Next to him on the front row was Brian Beard, who also sat next to Geren in the points in third place. Points leader, Paul Jenkins, would roll off from the fifth starting position. Twenty seven cars in total lined up for the green flag to run the 44 lap race.
Geren would jump into the lead after the drop of the green flag and lead the field through the first lap around The Glen. Behind him, though, several drivers found themselves in trouble in turn one. As can be expected with any race at Watkins Glen, whether it be NASCAR, IndyCar, or IMSA, the first turn of the first lap was a hotspot for issues. Involved in the turn on tussle was Erik Jeffers, who was the first car to go around, John Garrett, and Jordon Mondigo.
While the drivers up front fell into a semi orderly rhythm, racing further back in the pack was intense. One of these intense battles saw Jason Galvin, Marc Cohn, and Jeff Wubker go three wide down the backstretch for the seventh position while Hugo Galaz watched closely behind.
Back up front, Dan Geren came under attack from Brian Beard. Beard would take the lead on lap 6. Geren, falling to second, soon came under attack from Justin Kirby but was able to hold onto the second spot. Further back in the top ten, Jason Galvin would spin out of the final corner, falling from sixth position to outside the top 20.
The battle for second turned into trouble just past the quarter mark of the race. Dan Gerne, tucked into Justin Kirby’s slipstream, made contact with the rear of Kirby’s car, sending Kirby spinning into the gravel. Somehow, Kirby managed to stay inside the top ten while Jackson Freer moved to third. Meanwhile, Brian Beard began to stretch his lead to almost four seconds.
At the end of lap 15, the front runners of Beard, Geren, and Freer, all came into the pits for service while Paul Jenkins, Hugo Galaz, and Jeff Wubker stayed out for an additional lap. Jenkins and Wubker both narrowly avoided disaster as a car spun ahead of them at the pit entrance, causing both to take evasive action to miss the stricken car.
After pit stops cycled through, Brian Beard resumed his position as leader of the race. The second place battle continued to rage on between Jackson Freer and Dan Gerne with those two trading that spot back and forth. Somehow, Jason Galvin had already worked his way back into the tenth spot roughly 15 laps after his spin dropped him down the order.
At halfway, things up front had calmed down for the most part while battles in the midpack turned attention their way. Chris Lanini, Hugo Galaz, and Diego Asensos, running 12th through 14th, butted heads with each other with Lanini eventually coming out in 12th with Asensos and Galaz falling in line behind him. Unfortunately, Jason Galvin would drop out of the race at this point despite his incredible recovery to the top ten.
In the closing laps of the race, it was all Brian Beard up front, as he led 13 seconds clear of the field. Behind him it was anyone’s guess who would take home second. Dan Geren, who had held the spot for most of the race, spun exiting the boot section of the track, allowing Brandon Shown and Jackson Freer to battle for the second step on the podium. With the white flag in reach, Freer replicated the Geren incident, except Freer found the wall. Shown moved into second. Moving into third place was the race’s biggest mover Jake Wright, who started all the way back in 24th.
Brian Beard would take the top step of the podium with his first win of the season. Second and third went to Brandon Shown and Jake Wright in that order. Beard became the sixth different winner in nine races, once again showing the competitive nature of the UCORA Throwback IndyCar Series.
The next race for the UCORA Throwback IndyCar Series will take place in two weeks time at the Richmond Raceway.
UCORA Throwback Cup Series Takes on The Rock
By: Todd Rose
The second ever round of the UCORA Throwback Cup Series took the racing action to Rockingham Speedway for what turned out to be a, pardon the pun, rocky race.
The last time there was a sanctioned NASCAR race at the Rockingham Speedway in real life was in 2013 when the NASCAR Truck Series visited the track. The last Cup Series event to take place at The Rock was in 2004, a race that saw Matt Kenseth hold off Kasey Kahne in a photo finish.
Setting fast time in qualifying was Erik Jeffers with a lap of 21.231 seconds. Breathing down his neck, though, were Justin Kirby, Justin Burns, and Curtis Preston. All four drivers clocked times within four one hundreths of a second of one another.
The race, scheduled for 197 laps or 1 Hour and 50 Minutes, took the green flag and ran several laps with no issue, then the cautions started. Despite the plague of cautions, there were a few times when the race entered a green flag pattern, allowing drivers to move through the field as tires started to wear. One driver that was a blast to watch during these runs was Todd Laribee.
Laribee, who started in the 17th position, seemingly was able to put his car wherever he pleased as he muscled his way through traffic. Other drivers such as Justin Weaver, Bruce Pearson, and Andrew Ratcliff also were able to make their way from starting outside the top 15 to battle in the top 10.
As mentioned above, the race was no stranger to the yellow flag. With frequent cautions, the race changed from 197 laps in length to a time certain race. The race length would become dependent on how many laps could fit into the 1 Hour 50 Minute time window. With every extra caution lap run, the race length would begin to drop.
The race entered the final minutes of the race, around the lap 160 mark, as the caution flew for what would be the final time. Prior to the caution, the two front runners, Joseph Hassert and Curtis Preston, tussled for the lead, with contact being made between the two, as seen below.
Following the restart, Hassert jumped back to the lead. But as the field came out of turn four to see the whit flag, it was Preston who was looking to take the top spot from Hassert. Preston dove to the inside of Hassert and on to the apron with a full head of steam. With neither driver wanting to give an inch, contact was made sending both cars out of control into turn one. The accident can be seen in the gallery below.
Somehow, Erik Jeffers made his way under the spinning Hassert and the limping Preston to take the lead as the accident behind claimed at least a half-dozen cars. Jeffers would take the win while Todd Laribee took home a second place finish. Despite the incident, Curtis Preston held on to finish in the third spot.
As the League readies to take on Richmond in two weeks time, it also readies for a switch to the brand new 1987 Thunderbird and Monte Carlo being introduced by iRacing in conjunction with the recent release of North Wilkesboro. It will be interesting to see who gets up to speed in the car and who struggles with the change next time out.
UCORA IndyCar Throwback Series Puts on Dazzling Show at Indianapolis
By: Todd Rose
Unlike the UCORA Throwback Cup Series, which began its season last week, the UCORA IndyCar Throwback Series is already well underway as Thursday night brought round eight for the series at, fittingly for Memorial Day Weekend, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The series uses the old Dallara IndyCar chassis that was retired following the end of the 2011 IndyCar season prior to the introduction of the DW12. As is tradition for IndyCar at IMS, four laps were in store for drivers in qualifying, though unlike the real Indianapolis 500 it was the fastest lap and not the four lap average which would indicate where a driver would start.
When time expired in the ten minute qualifying session, it was Brian Beard, who entered the race third in the points standings, who turned the fastest time. Joining him on the front row would be Jason Galvin. The two drivers would be attached at the hip from the drop of the green flag come race time. Points leader coming into the week, Dan Geren, would find himself starting in the sixth position.
As mentioned earlier, the vehicle used in the series is the IndyCar chassis retired in 2011, that wouldn’t be the only thing from 2011 being used for the race. The weather for the iRacing session was identical to the conditions seen in the 2011 running of the Indianapolis 500. Of course, that race is remembered for its iconic finish that saw J.R. Hildebrand hit the turn four wall on the last lap allowing Dan Wheldon to score his second Indianapolis 500 win.
When the 200 mile, 80 lap, race began, however, it was much more reminiscent of 2001 than 2011. Within the first 20 laps, the caution flag flew three times with several of the front runners finding issues early. The opening lap saw Abigail Winters race come to an end after contact from Tyler Graaf sent both cars into the wall and out of the race. Laps after the first restart, points leader Dan Geren made an uncharacteristic mistake exiting pit lane, spinning into the outside wall bringing out another caution.
On the next restart, an accordion style crash would collect polesitter Brian Beard and Nate Burck. Both drivers were able to limp back to the pits and use their fast repair to rejoin the action. After reviewing the restart, race officials handed out a black flag to leader Brandon Shown for a restart violation which was deemed the cause of the accident.
After the early rash of yellows, the race entered into a decently long green flag run, with most drivers following each other in lockstep. Just when it looked like things were about to settle down for the long run with green flag pit stops, the caution flew as leaders began to pull off track into the pit lane. Some, like Jason Galvin and Jake Wright were unlucky as they were caught in the pits under yellow. Others, like Chris Lanini and Brian Greenlee, were able to avoid entering the closed pit lane.
With drivers pitting under yellow, Brian Beard, who had made a green flag stop and lost a lap, got the wave around and joined the field at the back of the pack. Joining him there was Jason Galvin. Entering turn three on the opening lap back to green Galvin took a look down the inside of Beard. Suddenly, Beard’s car was sent spinning and into the wall. Though contact was likely the culprit, the below pictures show it may have been a case of netcode contact.
The race would resume just shy of the halfway point. For the second time in the race, a long run was in store for the drivers, but that didn’t stop the leaders from dicing it up for the lead. Even though there was half a race to run, Justin Kirby, Joseph Hassert, and Erik Jeffers, among others in the lead pack, ran closely together, trading the lead several times. A yellow flag with 25 laps to go set the drivers up for their final pit stops, taking fuel out of the equation.
The race would end in anticlimactic fashion, however, as a melee in turn four in the closing laps forced the race to finish under caution. Regardless of the finish, the race itself was full of incredible action and respectful racing between the drivers.
Coming out on top after withstanding an onslaught from behind was Joseph Hassert. In second was Takeshi Kita, who may have been the most exciting driver to watch all day. Third place went to Justin Kirby while Jason Galvin recovered to take home fourth place.
While points contenders Brian Beard and Dan Geren had issues, Paul Jenkins reaped the benefits with a solid seventh place finish.
The next UCORA League race will be the Throwback Cup Series next Thursday night with action at the Rockingham Speedway. As for the IndyCar Throwback Series, they resume action in two weeks time at Watkins Glen.
For more information regarding UCORA or iRacing, you can follow the links below for more information regarding both.
Brandon "The Sidewinder" Shown eviscerates the field in the Grand Prix of Tochigi at the Twin Ring Motegi Grand Prix Circuit.
Brian Beard finishes a strong Second with Jeff Wubker coming home in Third.
Race contact during the last fuel stint caused enough aerodynamic damage to Dan Geren's Dallara to see a podium finish slip through his fingers; but he still managed a solid Fifth Place that helped him to climb atop the Championship Standings.
Championship contender Paul Jenkins finished 8th and now trails Geren by 17 points in Second Place.
Beard closes to within 15 points of and resides in Third Place in the standings.
Rick Ravon wind the barn-burner of a race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last Thursday!
Brian Yaczik battled hard for the Second Place finish while Gaston Arellano achieved his first podium finish in his 2020 campaign!
We are thrilled to announce the upcoming Throwback Cup Series!
It will take drivers back to a time before engineers and aerodynamics ruled stock car racing and put victory squarely back into the hands of the drivers!
Starting May 2020!
Bienvenido a Miami!
The off season came to a welcome end on Thursday evening as the Green Flag fell on the 2020 campaign of the Nine-Four Motorsports Throwback Indycar Season.
A record number of 20 drivers took to the Homestead-Miami Speedway and the excitement continued from the Green Flag to the Checkered Flag with tight, hard-fought battles all throughout
Paul Jenkins put his AeroX machine on the Pole Position and brought the field of anxious drivers to the grid. He led the first lap but was overtaken by Chris Stofer who started third
on the grid and skillfully knifed his way around Erik Jeffers and Jenkins to take the top spot. Stofer never looked back and led a walloping 130 laps of the scheduled 133!
The battle for the lead was shaping up superbly as Rick Ravon moved up from his fifth place starting position and tucked into second place for what he had hoped would be the long haul.
Unfortuenately connection issues would rob him of his chance to challenge Stofer for the win as he dropped from the server on lap 24.
Ravon wasn't the only driver in the field to have hardware or connection issues: Reigning 2019 champion, Brian Beard, was also bitten with connection bugs and had to reload back into the session only to finish four laps down and settling for a disappointing sixteenth place result.
Brian Greenlee, returning from a shoulder injury that cut his promising 2019 season short, suffered hardware issues that caused his retirement from competition on lap 61.
Dan Geren made the most of every opportunity and skillfully recovered from a semi-spin while coming into the pits for service on lap 93. His fast recovery and ability to lay down
consistent, fast laps allowed him to recover superbly to finish on the second step of the podium.
The fight for the final step of the podium was an all-out, 36-lap battle between Kieran Brughelli and Greg West. Brughelli pulled out all of the defensive moves to valiently fend off
every daring attempt by West to pry third place away from him. However, the final laps of that contest were cut short.
Contact between Travis Bennett, who was running in seventh place on the lead lap, and Jose Miguel Phillips Viguera, racing in twelfth place one lap down, would bring out the Yellow
Flag that would result in the race finishing under caution.
Thank you to our sponsors!!!
The Throwback Indycar Series takes great pride in the relationships we build with our series' sponsors.
We are always excited to add a business to our marketing partners and it's even more fulfilling when it's a friend who is building their brand as we build ours.
We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with D2 Race Designs as our Top Qualifier Championship Sponsor for the 2020 campaign.
Everything that the drivers in the Throwback Indycar Series do on track counts toward their Championship hopes; and that includes awarding points for qualifying efforts.
Not only do we add those points to the overall Championship points but we also track Qualifying as a separate Championship.
Last season it was for bragging rights.
In 2020, it will be for a custom button box!
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We want to thank the owner of D2 Racing Designs, Dan Geren, for this exciting opportunity and we look forward to seeing which of our drivers will push themselves to the limits throughout all of the qualifying sessions of the 2020 campaign!
We welcome Midwest Simulations as a new marketing partner for 2020!
Every race, they will enable Global SimRacing Channel to focus on several drivers throughout the field as they battle for victory!
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The Season Finale at Charlotte was a fun one that saw Brian Beard clinch the inaugural Throwback Indycar Series Championship as well as a first time winner: Nate Burck!
Brandon Shown started second on the grid but boldly snatched the lead from pole sitter Brian Beard with an incredibly impressive pass on the outside of Turn 1 on the first lap.
He would remain in a closely contested battle with Beard throughout the first fuel stint but would make a costly mistake on worn tires through the final, highly-technical sector would give Beard the lead and pose a