06 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.