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INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES

 

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

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

The Mazda 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. The Indy Lights champion is awarded a scholarship valued at $1M toward the Verizon IndyCar Series with three guaranteed races including the Indianapolis 500. Team and driver prize packages total approximately $2 million.

The highly acclaimed series, which has a rich history as a development platform for many of today’s top drivers, was transformed in 2015 with the introduction of a new equipment package to complement the arrival of Cooper Tires as the Official Tire of Indy Lights and presenting sponsor in 2014.

The Dallara IL-15 is a collaboration between Dallara’s Italian headquarters in Varano Melegari (Parma) and Dallara LLC in Speedway, Ind. The new car offers a modern, stylish appearance and provides the proper training required for drivers as the final step on the ladder to the Verizon IndyCar Series.

The chassis is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged Mazda MZR-R engine. Developed in conjunction with Advanced Engine Research (AER), the MZR-R was first campaigned by Mazda in the American Le Mans Series and Mazda customer teams in the European Le Mans Series. The engine enjoyed several milestone victories including Mazda’s first-ever major success in North American sports car racing and the 2011 LMP1 engine manufacturers championship.  The engine, further developed by AER, will produce 450 horsepower and last an entire season without a rebuild.

Kyle Kaiser of Juncos Racing won this year's championship and scholarship valued at $1M.  He will make at least four starts in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series with Juncos Racing, including the 102nd Indianapolis 500.

HISTORY

Indy Lights has produced some of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ biggest names during its 28-year history. Its 100+ graduates include Marco Andretti, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan to name a few. More recently, several Indy Lights champions and front-runners have gone on to pursue their dream of racing in the IndyCar Series and the famed Indianapolis 500. Among them are 2017 champion Kyle Kaiser, 2016 champion Ed Jones, 2015 champion Spencer Pigot, 2014 champion Gabby Chaves, 2013 champion Sage Karam, 2012 champion Tristan Vautier, 2011 champion Josef Newgarden, 2010 title runner-up James Hinchcliffe, 2010 fourth-place finisher Charlie Kimball and 2009 champion JR Hildebrand.

SCHEDULE

Indy Lights will be featured on 10 weekends alongside the Verizon IndyCar Series headline event, marking a total of 17 races with doubleheader rounds on the streets of St. Petersburg, at Barber Motorsports Park, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (road course), Road America, on the streets of Toronto, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Portland International Raceway. Indy Lights will contest single rounds at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (oval), Iowa Speedway and Gateway Motorsports Park.

The focal point in the 2018 schedule will be the month of May at Indianapolis. The Grand Prix of Indianapolis will continue to feature all three Mazda Road to Indy series at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Two weeks later, the crown jewel of the Indy Lights season – the Freedom 100 – will continue to be the traditional 100-mile race on Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. 

ROUND DATE TRACK VENUE
1/2 March 10/11
Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street circuit*
3/4 April 21/22 Barber Motorsports Park 2.38-mile road course*
5/6 May 11/12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.439-mile road course*
7 May 25 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.5-mile oval
8/9 June 23/24 Road America 4.048-mile road course*
10 July 8
Iowa Speedway
.875-mile oval
11/12 July 14/15 Streets of Toronto, Ontario 1.755-mile street circuit*
13/14 July 24/25 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road course*
15 August 25 Gateway Motorsports Park 1.25-mile oval
16/17 September 1/2
Portland International Raceway
1.964-mile road course

* Doubleheader Rounds

SERIES PARTNERS

Cooper Tires, Mazda, Dallara, Advanced Engine Research (AER), Motegi Racing, Tilton, Cosworth, Braille Battery, Life Racing, SS Tube Technology, VP Racing Fuels, Allied Building Products, Royal Purple, Hi-Tide Boat Lifts, RACER, Carl Haas Automobile Imports, Performance Friction, Dynamic Suspensions, Stäubli, INDYCAR Ministry, Holmatro, Racing Communications, Safety-Kleen.

TELEVISION

Indy Lights will continue to enjoy one-hour race broadcasts on NBCSN as well as live broadcasts on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network to Sirius XM Satellite Radio, indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR app from Verizon. ESPN International holds the international broadcast rights with races airing in Canada, Colombia, Mexico and Australia amongst others.

All race weekends will feature worldwide live streaming on indycar.com, indylights.com, RoadtoIndy.TV and the RoadtoIndy.TV App including pre- and post-race coverage in the shows. Additional coverage such as post-race press conferences and special events will be streamed on the series website and the RoadtoIndy.TV App. 

In 2016, the Mazda 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, most recently, the Xbox One Official App.

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

CARS

New 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 INDYCAR and FIA standards.

ENGINES

2.0-liter turbocharged Mazda MZR-R developed in conjunction with Advanced Engine Research (AER) 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, most laps led and fastest race lap. 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.

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      
 
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 value at $1M toward the Verizon IndyCar Series with three guaranteed races including the Indianapolis 500. Team and driver prize packages total approximately $2 million. 

CURRENT TRACK RECORDS

Streets of St. Petersburg  Qualifying: Ed Jones 1:05.3193 = 99.205 mph 3/28/2015
  Race: Matthew Brabham 1:06.4708 = 97.486 mph 3/28/2015
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: Felix Rosenqvist 1:15.7230 = 115.954 mph 5/14/2016
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 De Melo 1:53.0138 = 127.864 mph
6/25/2017
Iowa Speedway Qualifying: Colton Herta
19.6441 = 163.835 mph
7/9/2017
  Qualifying: Colton Herta
39.3279 = 163.670 mph* 7/9/2017
  Race: Alex Lloyd 19.7912 = 162.618 mph 6/23/2007
Streets of Toronto Qualifying: Colton Herta
1:05.0449 = 98.849 mph
7/16/2017
  Race: Colton Herta
1:05.5479 = 98.090 mph
7/15/2017
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Qualifying: Santiago Urrutia 1:10.9428 = 114.582 mph 7/30/2016
  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: Townsend Bell
1:04.991 = 108.957 mph
6/23/2001
  Race: Greg Moore
1:06.570 = 106.570 mph
6/25/1995

*Two-lap qualifying run

MILESTONES

Most Starts Arie Luyendyk Jr. 66 2002-2010
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 Bryan Herta 8 1993
  Townsend Bell 8 2001
  Thiago Medeiros 8 2004
  Ed Jones 8 2016
Most Podiums  Wade Cunningham       30        2005-2010
Most Podiums in a Season       Alex Lloyd 13 2007

 

INDY LIGHTS CHAMPIONS

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