AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
MAY 3 2020
REINHART WINS INAUGURAL CSRS BATTLE AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY; LESSARD AND SECOND REINHART COMPLETE PODIUM
May 3, 2020, BURLINGTON – Blake Reinhart scored an impressive victory winning the Canadian Sim Racing Series presented by Lacroix Tuning opener Sunday night. The Hamilton, Ontario, racer beat more than 75 competitors to find victory lane.
Fuel mileage played a role in his win, but so did the fact Reinhart ran his fastest lap of the race on the final lap with NASCAR racer Raphael Lessard hot on his heels.
“I wasn’t sure what strategy he (Lessard) was on,” said Reinhart in Victory Lane. “I just kinda hoped for the best. Turns out there was more fuel than I thought. Thanks to my brother for the strategy.”
Lessard was complimentary about his runner-up finish.
“It was an awesome race,” said Lessard. “The guys were really, really fast. Congrats to the winner. I wanted one spot better for sure.
“We had a good strategy, and I think it’s the best strategy we could have done. We were having a hard time putting ourselves in the top five, but we finally got it with strategy.
Lessard used pit strategy to have a shot at the win in the closing stages.
Rounding out the podium after a green-white-checker finish was Blake’s brother Brock Reinhart who reflected on a great comeback for a top-three finish.
“I don’t think I could have made more mistakes during the race,” he said. “I managed to get myself in the first wreck, and I got an ‘end of the longest line’ penalty which I haven’t done in a long time. The only way we were going to have any sort of track position was to do something stupid, so we tried to save a whole bunch of fuel.”
Both Reinhart brothers carried Storewall Canada on their cars along with Image Factor Design, and the Race Room Calgary.
Gaining track position was hard with the competition so even.
The first half of the 50-lap iRace saw only one caution period slow the action, but the drivers had trouble stringing together green laps as the race wore on.
The final yellow flag led to a green-white-checker finish with the Reinharts and Lessard finishing in the top three with Ontario racers Michael Moorley and Cayden Lapcevich rounding out the top five.
When the checkered flag flew 31 cars remained on the lead lap. Rounding out the top 10 were Kyle Rochelle, Boyd Hoggan, Felix Gratton, Trent Ringler, and pole-sitter Alex Labbe.
Labbe led a number of laps early on. Here he races side-by-side with John Schweickart.
The Right Choice Auto Sales Hard Charger Award went to Hoggan who started 41st after transferring through the last-chance race to finish seventh.
The CSRS presented by Lacroix Tuning visits Charlotte Motor Speedway this Sunday, May 10th, with the stream starting at 9 pm eastern time on GForceTV.net. Learn more about the CSRS by visiting www.CanadianSimRacingSeries.com.