Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Sage Karam made the chase for the iRacing Rallycross All-Star Invitational presented by Yokohama title a little more interesting at Lucas Oil Raceway on Saturday. The former Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year and ARX2 race winner overcame the track’s typical first-lap chaos to score his second win of the season and tie Subaru Motorsports USA’s Scott Speed for the championship lead with just two races remaining.
The iRX All-Star season has been rife with chaos from start to finish, and Saturday’s main event was no exception. Coming off of oval Turn 1 before heading into the infield, Karam dove to the inside, but made contact with the wall. That led to subsequent contact between Kevin Swindell and Blake “Bilko” Williams, spinning Williams’ car around and forcing others to attempt evasive action as the Loenbro Motorsports duo of Michael Leach and Steve Arpin attempted to pull away. Subsequent incidents in the early laps sent FIA World Rallycross superstar Andreas Bakkerud over the infield pit wall and Speed spinning through the infield, with the latter taking a DNF after contact while rejoining the track.
Karam continued to work his way through the field, passing Leach at the halfway point and setting his sights on Bakkerud. He would eventually make the decisive pass with just a few laps to go. Sonoma winner Conner Martell and Leach would complete the podium after post-race penalties were assessed.
iRacing Rallycross All-Star Invitational presented by Yokohama results from Lucas Oil Raceway were as follows:
|8||6||39||Kevin Swindell||Subaru||9||-1 L||0||41.930||3|
|9||3||23||Tyler Menninga||Subaru||7||-3 L||0||42.356||2|
|10||10||41||Scott Speed||Subaru||2||-8 L||0||42.335||1|
iRacing Rallycross All-Star Invitational presented by Yokohama points through six rounds are as follows. Only a driver’s best five scores count:
- Sage Karam, 113
- Scott Speed, 113
- Conner Martell, 109
- Kevin Swindell, 81
- Tyler Menninga, 63
- Chris Atkinson, 59
- Tim Stevens, 54
- Michael Leach, 44
- Steve Arpin, 39
- Brandon Semenuk, 38
iRX All-Star Invitational and World Championship presented by Yokohama action from Phoenix Raceway kicks off on Saturday, November 21 at 1PM ET (17:00 GMT) on the iRacing Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube pages, as well as across a number of industry and competitor Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube pages. A Finnish-language simulcast will air on YLE Areena and YLE E-urheilu.The iRacing Rallycross World Championship presented by Yokohama is supported by Yokohama, DirtFish, and Marwin Sports. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.