(HOMESTEAD, FL) Tyler Beamon had never made an ASRS start prior to the Open Wheel Series opener September 15th but his name became well known within the American Sim Racing Series after that race.
Sixteen drivers unloaded at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the first round of the Open Wheel Series with fifteen taking the green flag in the D.R.I.V.E. 150. Lee Staples led the field to the green flag but never led a lap as his #5 Dallara spun enter turn 1 of the 1.5 mile Homestead-Miami Speedway collecting Jim Foose’s #42 Dallara. Staples was credited with a 15th place finish while Foose reentered the race before retiring from the event after just four laps and finishing 14th.
The race was slowed by just three cautions for 12 laps but was plagued by challenging conditions eliminating more than half of the starting field. The MAD Sim Racing teammates of Tyler Beamon and Patrick Stein had no issues, driving their #90 and #89 cars to the front of the field, where Beamon would lead a race high 65 laps. The race featured a late caution and set up a double file restart within 10 laps to go but Beamon and Stein were just strong enough to hold off a late race charge Kristian Alexio in the #81.
When the checkered flag fell Beamon would cross the finish line first followed by Stein and Alexio to complete the podium. The race featured five lead changes among four drivers.
The championship standings are very similar to the finishing order as the Open Wheel Series heads to Michigan International Speedway for Round 2 of the 2021 season.
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