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2020 ChampCar iRacing Series: Season Review


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Season Review

 

This has been the third season of the CCiS, and our most successful yet. Average field sizes increased to 35 per round, and we saw a total of 169 unique drivers join the grid over the course of the season. The quality of driving was of a very high standard throughout the field, and we saw multiple drivers running up-front. Thank you to everyone who participated in the season and contributed to building this community - I believe that the CCiS is proving a valuable partner to the CCES and providing another avenue of exposure to ChampCar members and prospective members in promoting our unique and very enjoyable motorsport hobby!

 

Round Track Car Winner Pole Fastest Lap Stream
1 Road Atlanta Miata DJ Alessandrini DJ Alessandrini John D. Allen Link
2 Sonoma Solstice Nicholas Johnston Paul Darling Nicholas Johnston Link
3 VIR South Solstice Alex Albert Bradley Dailey Alex Albert Link
4 Daytona Street Stock Alex Albert Thomas Ellison DJ Alessandrini Link
5 Road America Street Stock Alex Albert Alex Albert DJ Alessandrini Link
6 Charlotte Solstice Juan Manuel Fernández Chris DeShong Juan Manuel Fernández Link
7 Watkins Glen Miata Alex Albert John D. Allen John D. Allen Link
8 COTA Miata Max Lupfer David Marcus2 Bradley Dailey Link
9 Mosport Park Miata Alex Albert Alex Koffard Justin Hall Link
10 VIR Miata Justin Hall Alex Koffard Max Lupfer Link
11 Indianapolis Street Stock Alex Albert Jeff Tyler Alex Albert Link
12 Auto Club Street Stock Alex Albert Simon Foweather Max Lupfer Link
13 Sebring Street Stock Alex Albert Justin Hall Alex Albert Link
14 VIR North Solstice Alex Albert Alex Albert Alex Albert Link
15 Barber Solstice Alex Albert Justin Hall Sean Suputra Link
16 Laguna Seca Miata Alex Albert Simon Foweather Alex Albert Link

 

Championship Standings

 

Congratulations to Alex Albert for taking the overall championship after a highly impressive season featuring 11 wins. He will win the CCES award of race credit worth up to $1500, to be redeemed either towards a race entry for his own car, or to be used to fund a drive with another team of his choosing. There were close battles throughout the final championship standings, and all can be proud of their efforts this season.

 

Position Driver Points Rounds Wins Poles Fastest Laps
1 Alex Albert 596 16 11 2 5
2 Justin Hall 494 15 1 2 1
3 Max Lupfer 427 12 1 0 2
4 Chris Kniseley 361 12 0 0 0
5 Nicholas Love3 334 11 0 0 0
6 Jay Sofianek 303 14 0 0 0
7 Alex Koffard 282 8 0 2 0
8 John Hurley 269 8 0 0 0
9 Simon Foweather 267 8 0 2 0
10 Aaron Thorp 266 12 0 0 0
11 David Palermo 246 14 0 0 0
12 Scott Grinnell2 239 10 0 0 0
13 Bradley Dailey 233 8 0 1 1
14 Andrew Cossick 232 11 0 0 0
15 Kevin Binkley 218 7 0 0 0
16 Matthew Thompson12 218 8 0 0 0
17 Jacob Hiller 190 9 0 0 0
18 Andrew Archer 188 6 0 0 0
19 Sean Suputra 185 7 0 0 1
20 Andrew Fawcett 172 6 0 0 0
21 Chris DeShong 170 5 0 1 0
22 Charles Kowalczyk 163 7 0 0 0
23 DJ Alessandrini 160 4 1 1 2
24 Neil Hancock 157 7 0 0 0
25 Thomas Ellison 152 5 0 1 0
26 Ben Schaut 151 8 0 0 0
27 Paul T Roddy 147 5 0 0 0
28 David Warden2 141 8 0 0 0
29 John D. Allen 131 4 0 1 2
30 Shane Cameron 121 6 0 0 0


 

Participation Prize Qualifiers

 

Please see the list below of the drivers who have qualified for the participation prize random draw for the season. Note that I have adjusted the participation for all drivers for rounds 4/5/6 to include this in the season total for all drivers. This is due to the fact that we had a completely full session for these championship rounds, and many drivers were unable to connect to the session due to them being full. It would be unfair to penalise season-long competitors for missing out on participation credit for a session they were unable to join, and so these have been updated manually. I will pass on this list of 8 drivers to Doc and Dana, and we will work out the best way to organise a  random drawing of the winner.

 

  Round  
Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Total
Justin Hall 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 15
Jay Sofianek 1   1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 14
David Palermo 1     1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 14
Aaron Thorp 1     1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1   13
Andrew Cossick       1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13
Scott Grinnell2 1   1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0   1 1 1 1 13
Max Lupfer   1 1 1 1 1 1 1   1 1 1 1 1     12
Chris Kniseley 0 1   1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1   1 1 12

 

Community Survey

 

Please follow the link below to a short survey with opportunity to provide feedback on the season and suggestions for the future of the series. It would be great to get your thoughts on the direction of the CCiS and help me recognise prevailing thoughts within the community

 

https://forms.gle/RbVytw21QVGbWAkNA

 

Finally, thank you again for all your support this year, to the HJBC team who do such great work with the live broadcasts, and to the ChampCar BoD who continue to support the iRacing series and community. I wish you all a happy seasonal break, and look forward to bringing you news of the 2021 season soon.

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My 2020 season review

 

Charlotte: First race.  Tanked qualifying on purpose, started 57th, pitted as we came to green to avoid lap 1 carnage.  Managed to keep the car in one piece and finished 37th.  96th in points 

 

Watkins Glen:  Didn’t understand this was the legacy MX5 Cup car – so all my practice was with the wrong car.  Got rear ended at start finish at the start of the pace lap, unknowingly used my fast repair (newbie mistake), missed my pit stall had to go around at ½ throttle to not run out of gas, got netcoded shortly after scheduled pit, race over.  Finished 41/45.  105th in points     

 

COTA:  Figured out official practices exist.  Wide and long track brings low interaction with other cars.  Beat Max to the line by a car length enabling first finish on the lead lap.  Finished 14/25. 61st in points   

 

Mosport:  First track I had not been to in real life.  Was running somewhere around 12th, pushed it too hard in closing minutes, and got a tire off and turned into the wall.  Nursed it back and with fast repair ran the last few laps.  Finished 18/26.  41st in points

 

VIR: Finally something more endurance oriented.  Kept the car clean and outlasted a lot of cars.  First top 10.  Happy to be only one lap down after two hours. Made the top ½ and top 10.  Finished 10/22.  33rd in points    

 

Indy: OMG the street stock is a handful.  No ABS is forcing me to learn how to use the brake pedal in video games/ sims for the first time.  Finished 18/25 on the lead lap.  28th in points

 

Auto Club: OMG the street stock is still a handful.  Confirming I like rovals – kinda sad this one is so far away and going to be torn up.  Felt pretty good about my performance, though low turnout and good quality drivers limits results.  Finished 11/12.  24th in points.  Side note: Daughter Rachel makes her iRacing debut

 

Sebring:  Starting to figure out the street stock.  Finished 11/24 – top half and on lead lap.  21st in points

 

VIR North:  The Solstice is like totally different than the last time I drove it.  Well I’m totally different probably.  Debut of my first custom livery.  Up to 6th with just a few laps left, til I pushed harder than needed and went off on exit of last turn before front straight.  Finished 8/18 - on top half and on lead lap.  18th in points

 

Barber:  I’m definitely feeling like mid-pack capable here.  Was having an awesome race with Chris K when I slipped the RR off on exit of last turn and nosed it into the wall.  Definitely cost myself a top 10 here.  Car was broken at start/finish and had to take a tow for only the second time.  Finished 18/25.  17th in points

 

Laguna Seca:  I noticed the Legacy MX5 Cup is much faster than last year.  I crushed last year’s best but still over two seconds per lap slower than the leaders this year.  Had a big off lap 4 when following too close I put the LR off on entry of turn 10, dropping from P13 to P23.  Worked my way back, but still one lap down.  Finished 13/28.  14th in points

 

Definitely went from barely surviving at Charlotte to better and better racing as the season and my skills progressed - so yes finishes improved but so did the racing.  

 

Worthless factoids:

Races 5-6: 2 points

Last 9 races: 230 points.  Averaged a little better than 14th place for these races

Right now I’m hooked lol

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