For the first time Vortex simRacing entered a Indycar Verizon race with 7 (!) cars in a 26 car field at Pocono.
Fernando in his 1st ever oval race qualified at the back of the field (on purpose) while the other 6 cars qualified inside the Top7 ! Marco (in 2nd) and Hermann (in 3rd) even with identical times !
After the green Marco took advantage of his low downforce setup, quickly got into 1st and was able to build a rather big lead, while Georg had to fight with Michel De Jonge, Bela Zoltan Veghseo and Xavier de Carvalho for 2nd position, slowly dropping away from Marco.
Hermann, Timo, Robert and Philippe were able to stay at the front/middle of the field while Fernando struggled to gain any positions.
Unfortunately for Fernando he got victim of a rookie mistake by another driver, who lost his car and crashed into Fernando while Fernando had no time to react at all.
Bad luck for Vortex continued when Hermann had 2 contacts, the 1st one only minor but the 2nd one again due to a rookie mistake by another driver, this time a car got massive oversteer and run wide in the middle of the corner, straight into Hermanns side pod, resulting in lots of damage and Hermann not being able to run at top speed for the rest of the race.
Finally Philippe got caught out, spinning on his own when he was forced to exit T1 down low.
By the time of the last pitstop Marcos lead got down from 4 seconds to around 2 second, now only followed by Michel and Georg. Unfortunately Georg got a speeding penalty while exiting the pits, putting him a lap down.
Timo and Robert gained a couple of positions and were able to finish in a good 7th (Robert) and 9th (Timo) position, staying out of trouble and working together for most part of the race. This puts Timo into 3rd in Div2 and 6th in the overall championship !
Meanwhile Marco’s lead over Michel (4 seconds again) got smaller and smaller, lap after lap. Marco had to pay tribute to his low downforce setup and extremely worn tires but was able to cross the finish line under 1 second in front of Michel De Jonge.
Another lap and Michel most likely would have won, so hats off to Marco, strategy worked perfectly for him !