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Indy Lights

 

 

 

2020 INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES

 [Visit RoadToIndy.Info for a full overview of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires.]

The third and final step on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires debuted as Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires in 2014. Sanctioned by INDYCAR, the series is operated by Andersen Promotions, which oversees all three levels of the ladder system including the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.

The Road to Indy is the only driver development program in the world to feature a champion’s scholarship at every level to advance to the next step on the ladder system. In 2020, the Indy Lights champion will be awarded a scholarship valued at $1 million toward the NTT IndyCar Series with a minimum of three races including the Indianapolis 500.

Indy Lights has become the backbone of the NTT IndyCar Series with 23 of the 33 starters in the 2019 Indianapolis 500 as graduates, including nine Indy Lights champions. In total, 26 Road to Indy graduates were on the IndyCar grids in 2019. The success of Indy Lights as a springboard to IndyCar has never been more apparent.

Since the formation of the Road to Indy in 2010, 36 Indy Lights drivers have made career starts in the NTT IndyCar Series. And since the inception of Indy Lights, this number totals 140.

All but three of the 33 champions in the series history have moved up to the top step.

The highly acclaimed series was revitalized with a state-of-the-art chassis in 2015, which will remain in competition until at least 2022. Sharing similarities to an Indy car, the Dallara IL-15 provides the appropriate training for drivers to make the step up - a six-speed, paddle-shift transmission, a 50HP "push-to-pass" feature, "drive-by-wire" throttle control and advanced engine management electronics.

The Dallara IL-15 is a collaboration between Dallara’s Italian headquarters in Varano Melegari (Parma) and Dallara LLC in Speedway, Ind. It is powered by an Advanced Engine Research (AER) 2.0-liter I-4 turbocharged engine which produces 450 horsepower and is capable of running an entire season without a rebuild. The powerplant operated flawlessly again in 2019 ensuring the best engine on offer for this level of racing

The marriage of the AER powerplant to the Cooper tire-shod Dallara IL-15 has produced incredible competition with a strong parity across the board that showcases racecraft.

The 2019 season saw a thrilling battle between Andretti Autosport's Oliver Askew and Juncos Racing's Rinus VeeKay with Askew claiming the title and the scholarship to advance to the NTT IndyCar Series in 2020.  

No fewer than seven drivers claimed race wins, and the crown jewel in the series – the Freedom 100 Presented by Cooper Tires – produced another edge-of-your-seat finish in front of packed Carb Day crowd with the margin of victory only 0.0067 of a second between first and second place – the fourth closest in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history.

In the season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 2011 Indy Lights champion Josef Newgarden claimed his second NTT IndyCar Series champion’s title. Road to Indy alumni continue to display the skills and speed nurtured in the Road to Indy ladder system and provide further proof that the program is working, and is the only real choice for serious career-minded drivers.

HISTORY

Indy Lights has produced some of the NTT IndyCar Series’ biggest names during its 33-year history. Its 100+ graduates include Scott Dixon, James Hinchcliffe, Tony Kanaan and Josef Newgarden to name a few. More recently, several Indy Lights champions and front-runners have gone on to pursue their dream of racing in the NTT IndyCar Series and the famed Indianapolis 500. Among them are 2018 champion Patricio O'Ward, 2018 vice champion Colton Herta, 2017 champion Kyle Kaiser, 2016 champion Ed Jones, 2015 champion Spencer Pigot, 2014 champion Gabby Chaves as well as recent graduates Jack Harvey, Matheus Leist, Felix Rosenqvist and Zach Veach.

SCHEDULE

Indy Lights will be featured on 10 weekends alongside NTT IndyCar Series headline events, marking a total of 18 races comprised of six road course, two street circuit and two oval events highlighted by the crown jewel in the schedule - the Freedom 100 Presented by Cooper Tires on Carb Day for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

ROUND DATE TRACK VENUE
1/2 March 14/15
Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street circuit*
3/4 April 4/5
Barber Motorsports Park
2.3-mile road course*
5/6 May 8/9
Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.439-mile road course*
7 May 22
Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.5-mile oval
8/9 June 20/21 Road America 4.048-mile road course*
10/11 July 11/12
Streets of Toronto, Ontario
1.755-mile street circuit*
12/13 August 15/16
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course  2.258-mile road course*
14 August 22 World Wide Technology Raceway
1.25-mile oval 
15/16 September 5/6
Portland International Raceway 1.964-mile road course
17/18 September 19/20     
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca     
2.238-mile road course

* Doubleheader Rounds.

SERIES PARTNERS

Cooper Tires, Advanced Engine Research (AER), AiM Sports, Allied Building Products, AMR INDYCAR Safety Team, Braille Battery, Carl Haas Auto, Cosworth, Dallara, Dynamic Suspensions, Hi-Tide Boat Lifts, Holmatro, INDYCAR Ministry, Kids On Track, Life Racing, Lucas Oil School of Racing, Motegi Racing, PFC Brakes, RACER, Racer Ink, Racing Communications, Safety-Kleen, SST Technology, Tilton, Toyota Gazoo Racing New Zealand, VP Racing Fuels.

TELEVISION

In the U.S., all races will air live and on demand on NBC Sports Gold with practice and qualifying coverage carried via live streaming on the Road to Indy TV App, RoadToIndy.TV, indylights.com and indycar.com. Internationally, all practice, qualifying and race events will be live streamed on the Road to Indy TV App, RoadToIndy.TV and on the Indy Lights Facebook page. Additional coverage can also be found on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts, which airs live on network affiliates, Sirius 216, XM 209, indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile App powered by NTT Data.

In 2016, the Road to Indy became the first American racing series with a dedicated broadcast channel on demand. The channel is currently available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku and the Xbox One Official App.

The popular RoadToIndy.TV will continue to provide behind-the-scenes access of all competitors on the Road to Indy. 

CARS

State-of-the-art, single-seat, open-wheel, Indy car-style chassis manufactured by Dallara Automobili, complete with paddle shifters, push-to-pass and safety components meeting or exceeding FIA specifications with INDYCAR standards (headrests, seats, secondary pedal bulkhead, zylon panels).

ENGINES

Advanced Engine Research (AER) 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 powerplant producing 450 HP with 50 HP push-to-pass for high speed overtaking and capable of running an entire season without a rebuild.

TIRES

Cooper Tires

POINT SYSTEM

Per race, for both driver and team championships. One bonus point is awarded for pole position and most laps led. Single car teams will be awarded three bonus points in the team championship to help with the equality to multiple car teams. Only the two best results will count in the team championship for teams fielding more than two entries.

ROAD/STREET COURSE EVENTS

Pos Points   Pos Points   Pos Points
1 30   10 11   19 2
2 25   11 10   20+ 1
3 22   12 9      
4 19   13 8      
5 17   14 7      
6 15   15 6      
7 14   16 5      
8 13   17 4      
9 12   18 3      
 
 OVAL EVENTS
 
Pos Points   Pos Points   Pos Points
1 45
  10 17   19 3
2 38
  11 15   20+ 2
3 33
  12 14
     
4 29
  13 12
     
5 26
  14 11
     
6 23
  15 9
     
7 21
  16 8
     
8 20
  17 6
     
9 18
  18 5
     
 
TEAM POINT SYSTEM
 
Pos Points            
1 22            
2 18            
3 15            
4 12            
5 10            
6 8            
7 6            
8 4            
9 2            
10+ 1            

PRIZE MONEY AND AWARDS

The Indy Lights champion is awarded a scholarship towards a minimum of three races in the NTT IndyCar Series including the Indianapolis 500. In 2020, scholarships and awards valued at over $2.7 million are on offer in the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, encompassing both race and year-end awards.

CURRENT TRACK RECORDS

Streets of St. Petersburg  Qualifying: Patricio O'Ward 1:05.0392 = 99.632 mph 3/10/2018
  Race: Colton Herta 1:05.4946 = 998.939 mph 3/10/2018
Barber Motorsports Park
Qualifying: Spencer Pigot 1:12.3865 = 114.386 mph
4/24/2015
  Race: Sean Rayhall
1.13.8312 = 112.148 mph
4/25/2015
Indianapolis Motor Speedway RC  Qualifying: Ed Jones 1:14.6743 = 117.583 mph 5/13/2016
  Race: Oliver Askew
1:15.6953 = 115.997 mph 5/11/2019
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Qualifying: Matheus Leist
45.1654 = 199.268 mph
5/25/2017
  Qualifying: Matheus Leist
1:30.3625 = 199.198 mph*
5/25/2017
  Race: Santi Urrutia
45.4307 = 198.104 mph
5/26/2017
Road America Qualifying: Colton Herta
1:52.0034 = 129.018 mph 6/24/2017
  Race: Zachary Claman DeMelo      
1:53.0138 = 127.864 mph
6/25/2017
Streets of Toronto Qualifying: Colton Herta
1:03.6848 = 100.960 mph
7/14/2018
  Race: Colton Herta
1:04.4515 = 99.759 mph
7/14/2018
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Qualifying: Oliver Askew
1:10.8079= 114.801 mph 7/27/2019
  Race: Jack Harvey 1:11.5804 = 113.562 mph 8/1/2015
 Gateway Motorsports Park Qualifying: Juan Piedrahita
27.8890 = 161.354 mph
8/26/2017
  Qualifying: Juan Piedrahita
55.962 = 160.823 mph*
8/26/2017
  Race: Zachary Claman DeMelo
28.0370 = 160.502 mph 8/26/2017
 Portland International Raceway
Qualifying: Patricio O'Ward
1:02.8074 = 112.573 mph
8/31/2018
  Race: Rinus VeeKay
1:03.1665 = 111.933 mph
9/1/2019
 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca  
Qualifying: Max Chilton
1:14.2329 = 108.534 mph
9/12/2015
  Race: Max Chilton
1:16.1633 = 105.783 mph
9/13/2015

*Two-lap qualifying run

MILESTONES

Most Starts Dalton Kellett
70
2016-2019
Most Wins Greg Moore 13 1994-1995
Most Wins in a Season Greg Moore 10 1995
Most Poles Tommy Byrne 12 1989-1996
Most Poles in a Season Patricio O'Ward 9 2018
Most Podiums  Wade Cunningham       30        2005-2010
Most Podiums in a Season       Oliver Askew
15 2019

 

INDY LIGHTS CHAMPIONS

2019 Oliver Askew
(INDYCAR)
2018 Patricio O'Ward
(INDYCAR)
2017 Kyle Kaiser
(INDYCAR)
2016 Ed Jones (INDYCAR) 
2015 Spencer Pigot (INDYCAR)
2014  Gabby Chaves  (INDYCAR) 
2013 Sage Karam (INDYCAR)
2012 Tristan Vautier (INDYCAR)
2011 Josef Newgarden (INDYCAR)
2010 J.K. Vernay (INDYCAR)
2009 JR Hildebrand (INDYCAR)
2008 Raphael Matos (INDYCAR)
2007 Alex Lloyd (INDYCAR)
2006 Jay Howard (INDYCAR)
2005 Wade Cunningham (INDYCAR)
2004 Thiago Medeiros (INDYCAR)
2003 Mark Taylor (INDYCAR)
2002 A.J. Foyt IV (INDYCAR)
2001 Townsend Bell (CART)
2000 Scott Dixon (CART)
1999 Oriol Servia (CART)
1998 Cristiano da Matta (CART)
1997 Tony Kanaan (CART)
1996 David Empringham (CART)
1995 Greg Moore (CART)
1994 Steve Robertson (CART)
1993 Bryan Herta (CART)
1992 Robbie Buhl (CART)
1991 Eric Bachelart (CART)
1990 Paul Tracy (ARS)
1989 Mike Groff (ARS)
1988 Jon Beekhuis (ARS)
1987 Didier Theys (ARS)
1986 Fabrizio Barbazza (ARS)

KEY

ARS - American Racing Series
CART - Championship Auto Racing Teams
INDYCAR - INDYCAR