The Homestead-Miami Speedway put on one of the best shows anytime the IndyCar Series came into town from 1996 to 2010. While the real-life IndyCar Series no longer competes at Homestead, the Speed51 Elite Indy Series took to the track and put on a show of their own.
James Davison, Scott Andrews and Ryan Gavel traded the lead back and forth throughout most of the race, and the battle would not be decided until the final lap. A green-white-checkered finish saw the three go tooth-and-nail, going three-wide on the final lap before Davison edged out Andrews by just .038 seconds.
In fact, the top three finishers were separated by less than a tenth of a second at the line.
“That was an epic race, I feel like it was really a perfect race and I needed to beat the best to win that. Scott and Ryan really know what they’re doing amongst other guys in the field, there’s a lot of talent in there,” Davison said on the Flatout Racing Network broadcast. “Yes, it’s only iRacing, but all the same principles apply on the driving side and the racecraft.”
The Aussie driver had been close to winning multiple times in the Elite Indy Series, but Sunday night’s triumph was his first win of the season. It was an intense 100 laps for the field, and he was happy to finally put his real-life team in victory lane in the sim world.
“I’m glad to get the Byrd Racing car across the line first finally, we’ve been close. Last week at Iowa, finishing second after scoring the pole, and then this time around I got the win. A bit of relief and to be honest, that was so intense. I’m not the first guy to say it but these races on simulator really get your heart rate up and gripping the wheel as hard as you can. It’s a blessing to be a part of that.
“In the last lap I got hit by both Scott and Ryan. There was no malice there but it was the last lap and those guys are trying not to lose there. That was as fierce as it’ll get.”
Andrews and Gavel both would come up just short in second and third. Will Davison and last week’s winner Simon Sikes rounded out the top five.
The Speed51 Elite Indy Series has their first road race Friday night as they take on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3