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Antunes drives at top of order for win in Toyota Grand Prix

Sousa leads most laps

IndyCar
Toyota Grand Prix
ROUND 3
05 Feb 2012
RACING HOST
Doug Dezan
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05 Feb 2012 — Leonardo Antunes led the pack for 12 laps in a run to first place in the Toyota Grand Prix in Round 3 of the IGN SIM Racing Group: IGN Auto Racing IZOD/IndyCar series.

Sergio Sousa led all drivers most for 17 of 40 laps but ultimately settled for second place.

Antunes traded positions back and forth with Sergio Sousa in a prolonged battle for the race lead starting midway through, sparring over a range of 30 laps. Antunes spent nearly equal parts leading Sousa after catching and passing him on lap 12, coming from as many as three spots back. Antunes fended off a prolonged attack by Sousa midway through, staying just car lengths ahead of him over a solid run of eight laps. After losing the spot on lap 31, Antunes passed Sousa for the third time and into first place on lap 37, and kept it the remaining few laps to the finish.

Antunes remains in the lead of the standings, increasing the lead over rival Bob Schumaker to 80 points. Antunes has three starts and led 66 of his 165 laps while taking the victory twice.

Sousa traded positions multiple rounds with Leonardo Antunes in a lengthy and unrelenting fight for the race lead starting midway through, running within a car length of each other over a range of 30 laps. Sousa drove nearly equal parts leading Antunes after being engaged by him on lap 11. Ultimately Sousa lost the spot on lap 37 and settled into second the few laps running to the conclusion.

Sousa moves up to fourth in the standings, 25 points behind Doug Dezan. Sousa has two starts and led 17 of his 113 laps while finishing as high as second.

IGN SIM Racing Group: IGN Auto Racing IZOD/IndyCar series moves on to Round 4 in a week at VHR Texas. The series has 22 drivers competing for points in the championship.

Leonardo Antunes leads the championship. The title continues to be challenged by Bob Schumaker, Doug Dezan, Sergio Sousa, Kalil Farran, John Mold, Conor McCarrell, Adan Siqueira, and Anthony James. The Top 5 places are an open ring for 22 drivers in the running with two races remaining.

Bob Schumaker captured fourth place.

Schumaker took the fight back and forth with Cory Linton in a long and persistent fight for sixth starting early on, running within car lengths of each other over a range of 31 laps. Schumaker spent nearly equal parts leading Linton after initially engaging and passing him on the fifth lap. After losing the spot on lap 21, Schumaker cleared Linton for the third time and into fourth place on lap 28, and kept it the remaining 11 laps to the conclusion.

Schumaker moves up to second in the standings, 80 points behind Leonardo Antunes. Schumaker has three starts and finished as high as fourth.

Kalil Farran captured fifth place.

Len Venne won third place.

Farran traded positions back and forth with Jan Sproule in a lengthy and unrelenting fight for fifth starting midway through, running within a scuff of each other over a span of 26 laps. Farran spent nearly equal parts leading Sproule after being caught by him on lap 10. After losing the spot on lap 37, Farran passed Sproule for the third time and into fifth place on lap 38, and controlled it the remaining lap to the checkered flag.

Farran moves up to fifth in the standings, now tied in points with sixth's John Mold following Mold's eighth-place finish. Farran has two starts and finished as high as fifth.

RESULTS Click driver name for individual report
1 Leonardo Antunes 40 46:20.007
2 Sergio Sousa Atlantic Motorsport International 40 46:31.556
3 Len Venne 40 47:05.685
4 Bob Schumaker Flying Krobar Racing 39 47:21.732
5 Kalil Farran 39 47:27.228
6 Jan Sproule Squadra Cani da Corsa 39 47:28.555
7 Cory Linton Squadra Cani da Corsa 38 46:56.052
8 John Mold 38 47:14.082
9 Doug Dezan Spinster Motorsports 36 46:46.126
10 Barry Hedrick CanAm Racing 21 DNF
11 Matt Pelfrey 5 DNF
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Posted by Bob Schumaker at 08:57 PM on Sun Feb 05 EST

Thanks for a good race all, that was a fun one. Congrats to the winner!

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Posted by Len Venne at 12:10 AM on Mon Feb 06 EST

I would start from 5th on the grid, had a bit of a battle with Leonardo for 4th but in the end he would take that starting position.
The start of the race I would fall back few positions due to a slow reaction time with the start lights. There was alittle contact going into turn one with a few of us, but that's to be expected from a standing start, thanks to just 25% damage know one suffered any real trouble. My first few laps were battling with K. Farran & J. Mold to get back to my 5th place starting position. J. Mold and I would drag race wheel-to-wheel down the front straight on lap 3-4, I would prevail but with limited vision and tiny mirrors I left some room on my inside, just in case.
My first of a two stopper would come on lap 13-14 from 4th. M. Pelfreys early exit moved everyone up a position.
The rest of my race I kept a good pace and only had few spins which didn't lose me any positions.
B. Hedricks unfortunate retirement due to lack of fuel on lap 22 would elevate me to my 8th career podium position, a 3rd place.
Thanks to everyone on a good race, and congratulations to Leonardo on the victory and Sergio on his second place.

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Posted by Cory Linton at 01:19 AM on Mon Feb 06 EST

First off, sorry for my sudden erratic driving in the last laps, my wheel came loose due to me forgetting to screw down my add on clamps. Pretty hard trying to drive and put the wheel back on tight enough, it was a mess. Other than that really fun race! I had awesome speed on the straights but had far too little front down force eating fronts up quick. Like to avoid tthe walls from now on but these are fun once ya get a groove going.

Look forward to the next one..:)

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Posted by Sergio Sousa at 05:50 AM on Mon Feb 06 EST

Wrong fuel calculation.. Fuc&%*%#.. pit 3 times.. i lost my 1 place.

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Posted by Bob Schumaker at 12:27 PM on Mon Feb 06 EST

I also had to pit 3 times; really lucky i was able to hold on to 4th; when i exited the pits 5th & 6th were on my tail!!!

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Posted by Doug Dezan at 12:48 PM on Mon Feb 06 EST

I went behind a long ways. Damn that cement spikes curb. Twice I just barely touched it and the car swings like it was attached to a pivot post. Lost my front both times. Oh Well!

I was surprised to see Barry stopped on the track side just a few hundred metres from the pit entrance. That must have purely sucked to run out of fuel and being so close to refilling.

My race was just a get to the end of the race. I still am having problems driving super speed cars on road courses. Give me a good set up, a oval track I will race my heart out and be in the top 5 around. One day I will get to figure out how to drive high speed. My setup I created is so odd lol.

We need some pics of the front runners. It looked like a really fun battle with strategy built in it. Congrats Leonardo and you to Sergio, I lost track who was in 1st and 2cd place for the final few laps. Great race everyone.

Back to ovals and I will be a better competitor in the next 2 events.

Eh!

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Posted by Barry Hedrick at 01:47 PM on Mon Feb 06 EST

Yea that was heart breaking to say the least. Thats what I get trying to mess with the pit board and drive at the same time. While messing with the pit board as soon as I was finished I looked up and saw the pit entrance as I was driving by and KICKING myself in the arse with only .3gals left. FFFFFF@#%. So much for that win!


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