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August 31, 2019

Late on Saturday, in the final Qualifying session of the Michigan 400 there could be heard a distinct popping sound. Mathew Thunhorst knew that sound all too well, twice previously in the week he heard that awful sound, the sound of his engine expiring. This session, was his last chance to put in a time fast enough to make the Pro Split and hopefully at least maintain his championship lead. This time though, it wasn't Mathew's engine that gave out, he made a conservative run

and qualified 32nd, back of the pack, but at least he had made the show. No, this time that wretched sound belonged the 2018 Champion, Blake Reynolds. Leading up to this week Blake's repeat effort was on life support, but if there was one place he could right the ship, it had to be at this track, in these cars. A win here would draw him closer, but more importantly it would send a message to everyone in the garage... "I'm not dead yet, look out!" It wasn't meant to be though as the champs hopes disappeared with...

August 26, 2019

In 1963, Milwaukee hosted a watershed race for Indycar. After their narrow defeat at the Indy 500 in 1963, Jim Clark and the Lotus team stayed in America and raced at Milwaukee, with Dan Gurney in a 2nd Lotus entry. This was a showcase of how superior the rear-engined cars were to the roadsters as Clark lapped the field on his way to claiming the first Indycar race won by a rear-engined car. A few have followed :-)

Why it's in The Majors This year?

We like to celebrate the things that make Motorsports unique and special. The first rear-engined victory in the US is worthy all by itself, but this race also pays tribute to the Bettenhausen's... a great racing and iRacing family.  Tony (grandfather to prominent iRacers, Todd and Cary) was the races namesake just two years after his death at Indy and five years after winning the USAC Drivers Championship in '58.

While iRacing doesn't have the exact Lotus that Clark piloted to victory, we felt the Lotus 49 was similar enough...

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