Dan Wheldon Invitational
|Dan Wheldon Invitational|
|Date||Thursday 26th October 2011|
|Location|| Indianapolis Speedway |
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
|Course||Indianapolis Speedway Oval, 2.5 miles|
|Car||#98 Bryan Herta Autosports Acura ARX-01b|
|Entrants||16 (12 Raced)|
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The Dan Wheldon Invitational was the third Really Rubbish Racing Special Event and the club's Tribute to 2005 IndyCar Series Champion and 2-time Indianapolis 500 Winner (2005 & 2011) Dan Wheldon, who passed away in a high speed accident in the 2011 IndyCar finale at the Las Vegas Super Speedway on Sunday 16th October 2011.
A field of 12 Really Rubbish Racers lined up in identical Acura ARX-01b LMP cars (One of the closest cars to an IndyCar that the game has to offer), all painted in the orange and white #98 Bryan Herta Autosports livery in which Dan won his last ever race. The venue was the Indianapolis Speedway oval circuit, the place where Dan won his last ever race.
The winner of the event was due to receive the fully liveried car as a prize.
A start line accident saw half the field involved in a messy incident that left them trailing the top 3. Ajokay won the race having started from 2nd place behind RRR newcomer Ripster, who was entering his very first official event and had taken pole position earlier in the session in the 10 lap bump day qualifying session. Ripster fell behind early on due to wandering onto the sticky infield grass, but set the fastest lap time later in the race (46.966 seconds - 191.628mph). Some clever drafting and a very late pit stop helped Tomcheesey to a second place, 13 seconds behind the leader. He was offered the car as a prize due to Ajokay running the event and offering the prize in the first place. He stated that he felt the car should remain in the club garage as a tribute to Dan for all members to use. The podium was rounded out by another newcomer having an incredible first official Really Rubbish Race, Tommo N7, a further 3 seconds behind.
The event consists of a 10-lap "Bump Day" qualifying session to decide grid positions for the following 40 lap race of the speedway oval.
The fastest driver will start the race from pole position, and the slowest driver will start at the back. Drivers having only completed dirty laps will start behind them.
The race will run to 40 laps (100 miles) and include a mandatory pit stop to spice things up a bit.
All competitors will run in identical #98 Bryan Herta liveried Acura ARX-01b's as supplied by Ajokay. It can be found in the Club Garage.
The 16 drivers who entered are as follows:
|Team Butler GP||Butler258||98|
|SRM GP Team||RareDevil666||98|
|Rumbly Raptor Racing||RumblyLizard||98|
|Concordskii Motorфлот||Sodamn Insane 6||98|
|Virtue Racing||Tommo N7||98|
|Pos||No.||Driver||Team||Time||Difference||Avg Speed (mph)|
|3||98||Sodamn Insane 6||Concordskii Motorфлот||47.017||+0.007||191.420|
|4||98||Butler258||Team Butler GP||47.077||+0.067||191.217|
|5||98||RareDevil666||SRM GP Team||47.079||+0.069||191.168|
|9||98||Tommo N7||Virtue Racing||47.145||+0.135||190.900|
|DNQ||98||Violence Tom||Doomriders Racing||no time||-||0.000|
- OpenedAutumn58 and RumblyLizard did not compete due to last-minute commitments .
- PJTierney did not compete due to connection issues.
|Pos||No.||Driver||Team||Laps||Time/Retired||Grid||Avg Speed (mph)|
|3||98||Tommo N7||Virtue Racing||40||+16.242||9||183.610|
|4||98||Butler258||Team Butler GP||40||+18.214||4||183.430|
|7||98||Sodamn Insane 6||Concordskii Motorфлот||40||+25.780||3||182.743|
|10||98||RareDevil666||SRM GP Team||40||+37.561||5||181.683|
- Fastest Lap: Ripster - 46.966 (191.628mph)
- Violence Tom did not race due to connection issues.