Dan Wheldon Invitational

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Dan Wheldon Invitational
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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)
Races 1
Champion England Ajokay
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In His Memory - this driver won the Dan Wheldon Invitational special event


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.

Event Format

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.

Car Regulations

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.

Entry List

The 16 drivers who entered are as follows:

Team Driver No.
Hertfordshire Ajokay Motorsport England Ajokay 98
United Kingdom JemTech Racing United Kingdom Bookoi 98
United Kingdom Team Butler GP United Kingdom Butler258 98
Kernow Kernowsport Kernow Dan 7horn 98
United Kingdom 1FR Motorsport England FlavouryRug 98
Greece SpyroTechnimata Greece Icthyes 98
United Kingdom Doomriders Racing United Kingdom InvalidNameUK 98
United Kingdom Violence Tom 98
United Kingdom Autumn GP United Kingdom OpenedAutumn58 98
Hawaii Goteki 45 Republic of Ireland PJTierney 98
Sweden SRM GP Team Sweden RareDevil666 98
Canada Team Canada Canada Ripster 98
United Kingdom Rumbly Raptor Racing United Kingdom RumblyLizard 98
Soviet Union Concordskii Motorфлот United Kingdom Sodamn Insane 6 98
Kent Feta Motorsport United Kingdom Tomcheesey 98
United Kingdom Virtue Racing United Kingdom Tommo N7 98

Qualifying Result

Pos No. Driver Team Time Difference Avg Speed (mph)
1 98 Canada Ripster Canada Team Canada 47.010 - 191.449
2 98 England Ajokay Hertfordshire Ajokay Motorsport 47.014 +0.004 191.432
3 98 United Kingdom Sodamn Insane 6 Soviet Union Concordskii Motorфлот 47.017 +0.007 191.420
4 98 United Kingdom Butler258 United Kingdom Team Butler GP 47.077 +0.067 191.217
5 98 Sweden RareDevil666 Sweden SRM GP Team 47.079 +0.069 191.168
6 98 United Kingdom InvalidNameUK United Kingdom Doomriders Racing 47.087 +0.077 191.127
7 98 United Kingdom Bookoi United Kingdom JemTech Racing 47.127 +0.117 190.973
8 98 United Kingdom Tomcheesey Kent Feta Motorsport 47.141 +0.131 190.917
9 98 United Kingdom Tommo N7 United Kingdom Virtue Racing 47.145 +0.135 190.900
10 98 Greece Icthyes Greece SpyroTechnimata 47.228 +0.218 190.565
11 98 Kernow Dan 7horn Kernow Kernowsport 47.234 +0.224 190.541
12 98 England FlavouryRug United Kingdom 1FR Motorsport 47.304 +0.294 190.259
DNQ 98 United Kingdom Violence Tom United Kingdom Doomriders Racing no time - 0.000

Race Result

Pos No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Avg Speed (mph)
1 98 England Ajokay Hertfordshire Ajokay Motorsport 40 33.13.452 2 185.106
2 98 United Kingdom Tomcheesey Kent Feta Motorsport 40 +12.957 8 183.911
3 98 United Kingdom Tommo N7 United Kingdom Virtue Racing 40 +16.242 9 183.610
4 98 United Kingdom Butler258 United Kingdom Team Butler GP 40 +18.214 4 183.430
5 98 Greece Icthyes Greece SpyroTechnimata 40 +20.340 10 183.236
6 98 United Kingdom Bookoi United Kingdom JemTech Racing 40 +21.703 7 183.112
7 98 United Kingdom Sodamn Insane 6 Soviet Union Concordskii Motorфлот 40 +25.780 3 182.743
8 98 Kernow Dan 7horn Kernow Kernowsport 40 +29.682 11 182.390
9 98 United Kingdom InvalidNameUK United Kingdom Doomriders Racing 40 +32.701 6 182.172
10 98 Sweden RareDevil666 Sweden SRM GP Team 40 +37.561 5 181.683
11 98 Canada Ripster Canada Team Canada 39 +54.718 1 180.161
12 98 England FlavouryRug United Kingdom 1FR Motorsport 39 +1:14.702 12 178.420
  • Fastest Lap: Ripster - 46.966 (191.628mph)