2021 Classic Indycar Series 7th season to start on a high

The Classic Indycar Series (CIS) enters its 7th year as an iRacing private league, with 2021 beginning a new era with our site – SIMRACE27 – now the official media partner for the series.

The CIS virtual racing league – managed by founder and owner Robert Grosser – runs the iconic 2009 Indycar Dallara; hosted on iRacing with live race coverage by RaceSpot.TV

The 2021 Classic Indycar Series season on iRacing will be contested over 12 races. The best 10 results will count towards the championship. The oval-triple-crown is back with (slightly) longer races at Richmond, Michigan and of course the Indy 500.

Robert Grosser said: “Paul Velasco, founder of www.simrace247.com, is coming back to the Classic Indycar Series after a brief stint in 2015. Paul is operating motorsports and simracing related news websites and as such he was offering his help to CIS founder Robert Grosser.

“I am very happy about Paul’s offer to give us exposure on his website, as this is definitely a field where CIS had to improve.

“The agreement includes not only space on www.simrace247.com, but also race recaps and pre-race coverage for each of the 12 Rounds this season. It will be a big step forward in an effort to make CIS visible to a much bigger audience.”

Paul Velasco added: “I lived in Dubai when I first came across Robert’s league in 2015 but I was never really able to get stuck into it as I would have liked. Fast forward half a dozen years and Classic Indycar Series is still going strong as I discovered when searching for a league to run the 2009 Indycar Dallara.

“One thing led to another, Robert and I agreed that we would combine forces to promote the excellent work he has done and continues to do.

“As content producers, CIS offers many exciting and creative opportunities to explore. This partnership sets the template for established leagues (formed long before the sim racing boom of 2020) to stay relevant as our esport becomes truly professional.

“CIS is a great esport project, also a labour of love for all concerned and deserves recognition not only for Robert but also the drivers and teams that have kept the faith. In time their stories will be told on this website. Stay tuned!”

With a full roster of 43 drivers, the new CIS season kicks off with Round 1 at Phillip Island on 21 March, but before then the first ‘curtain-raiser’ test event takes place this Sunday.

February 28th – Pre-Season Test Race – Road

Auto Club Speedway – Competition
Auto Club Speedway

16:00 GMT – Practice: 170 minutes
18:50 GMT – Quali: 5 Minutes (3 Laps, single car)
19:00 GMT – Race: 36 Laps (or 60 minutes)

More details and news about the series will feature regularly on SIMRACE247.com website.

Classic Indycar Series Provisional Schedule

  1. March 21 – Phillip Island (68 laps = 300 km)
  2. April 11 – Long Beach (100 minutes timed race)
  3. April 25 – Kansas Speedway (200 laps = 300 miles)
  4. May 9 – Motegi Oval (201 laps = 500 km)
  5. June 6 – Watkins Glen (60 laps = 200 miles)
  6. June 27 – Richmond (300 laps = 225 miles) oval triple crown #1
  7. August 8 – [Legacy] Michigan (200 laps = 400 miles) oval triple crown #2
  8. August 22 – Sonoma (80 laps = 180 miles)
  9. September 5 – Chicagoland (200 laps = 300 miles)
  10. September 19 – Mid-Ohio (89 laps = 200 miles)
  11. October 3 – Indianapolis Road (80 laps = 200 miles)
  12. October 31 – Indianapolis 500 (200 laps = 500 miles) oval triple crown #3
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CIS Classic Indycars on iRacing

Classic Indycar Series Hall of Fame

Series Champions:

  • 2015 – Robert Grosser
  • 2016 – Robert Grosser
  • 2017 – Robert Grosser
  • 2018 – Henry Bennett
  • 2019 – Matt Cooke
  • 2020 – Lucas Laville

Rookies of the Year:

  • 2015 – not awarded (maiden season of the league)
  • 2016 – Karsten Brodowy
  • 2017 – Henry Bennett
  • 2018 – Matt Cooke
  • 2019 – Jamie Wilson
  • 2020 – Ethan Agan

Team Champions:

  • 2015 – GEKO Vortex SimRacing
  • 2016 – GEKO Vortex SimRacing
  • 2017 – LOGYKAL Vortex SimRacing
  • 2018 – Powerslide Classic Motorsports
  • 2019 – LOGYKAL Vortex SimRacing
  • 2020 – Vortex SimRacing

Road Course Champions:

  • 2015 – not awarded (road-only schedule)
  • 2016 – Robert Grosser
  • 2017 – Lucas Laville
  • 2018 – Henry Bennett
  • 2019 – Matt Cooke
  • 2020 – Lucas Laville

Oval Course Champions:

  • 2015 – not awarded (road-only schedule)
  • 2016 – Robert Grosser
  • 2017 – Michele Costantini
  • 2018 – Matt Cooke
  • 2019 – Matt Cooke
  • 2020 – Joshua Chin
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