Ryan Luza

Luza Snaps iRacing Winless Drought


Ryan Luza continued his streak of four consecutive top-five finishes in eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series action at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a victory in Tuesday night’s event, the third race of the 2020 eNCiS season. Luza’s win, which saw him lead 39 of the race’s 134 laps, marked the first for Williams Esports in series competition.

Iracing HmsThe event marked a return to officially sanctioned NASCAR racing in the wake of NASCAR’s decision to suspend real-world events through May 3 in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic. Tuesday’s broadcast kicked off with the announcement of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, where real-world NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Trucks Series drivers will face off in a series of iRacing events in the coming weeks.

From there, it was back to normal for the 40 best stock car sim racers in the world, with 134 laps at one of the most popular tracks on the schedule ahead of them. The names that dominated most of the race were no surprise, as Luza, polesitter Keegan Leahy, and 2019 Championship 4 driver Bobby Zalenski combined to lead all but 20 laps. Letarte Esports’ Chris Shearburn was the other big leader, spending 18 laps out front while running an alternate pit strategy.

The race went green until Lap 64, when Nathan Lyon blew a tire to bring out the first caution, and contact between Caine Cook and Eric Smith caused a second caution not long after that. But as was the case in the first two races of the season, green flag laps were the norm, as 35 drivers finished on the lead lap. Steve Sheehan was the only DNF after hitting the water barrels at the entrance to pit road after trying to pit off of Turn 4, collecting Casey Kirwan in the process but not triggering the caution.

Results

Finish Start Driver Laps Laps Led Status Team
1 3 Ryan Michael Luza 134 39 Running Williams eSports
2 5 Logan Clampitt 134 1 Running Burton Kligerman
3 1 Keegan Leahy 134 42 Running Denny Hamlin Racing
4 13 Garrett Lowe 134 0 Running Wood Brothers
5 11 Chris Shearburn 134 18 Running Letarte eSports
6 25 Jimmy Mullis 134 0 Running Richmond Raceway
7 21 Matt Bussa 134 0 Running Williams eSports
8 6 Bobby Zalenski 134 33 Running Virtual Racing School
9 12 Jeremy R Allen 134 0 Running JTG
10 9 Ashton Crowder 134 0 Running Burton Kligerman
11 7 Michael Conti 134 0 Running JRM
12 27 Jake Nichols 134 0 Running Mode Motorsports
13 16 Zack Novak 134 1 Running Richmond Raceway
14 23 Christian Challiner 134 0 Running JTG
15 24 Dylan Duval 134 0 Running Stewart Haas
16 4 Nick Ottinger 134 0 Running William Byron eSports
17 14 Justin Bolton 134 0 Running Stewart Haas
18 31 Brad Davies 134 0 Running JRM
19 28 Michael Guest 134 0 Running Dillon eSports
20 18 Bob Bryant 134 0 Running KLR eSports
21 19 Chris Overland 134 0 Running Wood Brothers
22 33 Blake Reynolds 134 0 Running Dillon eSports
23 35 Graham A. Bowlin 134 0 Running JGR
24 2 Ray Alfalla 134 0 Running Virtual Racing School
25 8 Eric J. Smith 134 0 Running Jim Beaver eSports
26 29 John Gorlinsky 134 0 Running William Byron eSports
27 36 Kollin Keister 134 0 Running Roush Fenway
28 40 Malik Ray 134 0 Running JGR
29 39 Nathan Lyon 134 0 Running Roush Fenway
30 15 Corey Vincent 134 0 Running Renegades
31 17 Brandon Hayse Kettelle 134 0 Running Clint Bowyer Racing
32 20 Michael Guariglia 134 0 Running Jim Beaver eSports
33 32 Phillip Diaz 134 0 Running Mode Motorsports
34 22 Jarl Teien 134 0 Running G2 eSports
35 34 Alex McCollum3 134 0 Running G2 eSports
36 30 Caine Cook 133 0 Running Renegades
37 26 Brian Schoenburg 133 0 Running Clint Bowyer Racing
38 10 Santiago Tirres 133 0 Running Letarte eSports
39 38 Casey Kirwan 124 0 Running Denny Hamlin Racing
40 37 Steve Sheehan 47 0 DNF KLR eSports