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saturday may 14th

Gold, Foster Winners in Indy Pro 2000 Rounds at Indianapolis

Gavin Baker

 

 

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The final two rounds of the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Indianapolis Supporting INDYCAR Ministry saw Reece Gold of Juncos Hollinger Racing pick up his second win of the 2022 season and Louis Foster of Exclusive Autosport claim his career first in Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires competition.

 

 
Four different drivers shared the remaining podium honors with Colin Kaminsky logging his second of the weekend in Race 2 for Pabst Racing followed by points leader Nolan Siegel of DEForce Racing, and Braden Eves of Jay Howard Driver Development and Jack William Miller of Miller Vinatieri Motorsports finishing second and third in Race 3.

 
The intensity from the opening round yesterday continued with first-time Cooper Tires Pole Award winner Miller – who is showing the rewards of a technical partnership with Exclusive Autosport – and front row starter Louis Foster of Exclusive Autosport making contact in Turn Seven on Lap One in addition to separate incidents involving Jordan Missig (Pabst Racing), Enaam Ahmed (Juncos Hollinger Racing) and Braden Eves (Jay Howard Driver Development). Foster was later served with a drive-thru penalty.

 
The action vaulted Gold, who qualified fourth, into a lead he would never relinquish, finishing 1.4833 seconds clear of yesterday’s third-place finisher Colin Kaminsky (Pabst Racing), with Siegel and Kiko Porto (DEForce Racing). Miller rebounded from the opening lap incident to charge through the field and round out the top five.

 
Yesterday’s race winner Salvador De Alba earned his second consecutive Tilton Hard Charger Award after advancing from 14th to sixth.

 
The line-up for the third and final leg of the tripleheader mirrored that of Race 2 throughout the field. Miller resumed pole position with Foster again lining up alongside on the front row. Miller made a good start but Foster held tight. The British driver made his move for the lead on Lap 3 and then disappeared, eventually enjoying an 8.6 second cushion.

 
That breathing room came to a halt on Lap 18 as Gold, who was running in fourth began to experience mechanical issues, eventually coming to a halt to bring out a full-course caution.

 
The four-lap shootout to the checkered saw positions jockeying throughout the field. In the end, Foster held on for the win, coming home with a 2.5 second margin, followed by Eves and Miller. Wyatt Brichacek (Jay Howard Driver Development) had a sensational run to fourth – a career best – from 12th on the grid to not only claim the Tilton Hard Charger Award but the bonus point for fastest race lap.

 
Enaam Ahmed (Juncos Hollinger Racing) rounded out the top five with his fifth top-five finish of the season after starting ninth.

 
Indy Pro 2000 will next head to its first oval race of the season on May 27 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park with the Cooper Tires Freedom 90, part of the Carb Night Classic.

 
Provisional Point Standings after 7 of 18 Rounds:

 
1.   Nolan Siegel, 141
2.   Louis Foster, 138
3.   Reece Gold, 130
4.   Braden Eves, 120
5.   Enaam Ahmed, 114
6.   Kiko Porto, 108
7.   Colin Kaminsky, 108
8.   Josh Green, 106
9.   Jack William Miller, 94
10.   Yuven Sundaramoorthy, 90

 
QUOTEBOARD:

 
Reece Gold (#55 The Ticket Clinic/Juncos Hollinger Racing Tatuus IP-22): “I got my first Road to Indy win here so it’s awesome to do it again – this is one of the most amazing places to win at. Coming to the checkered flag, over the bricks, with no one in front of you, it’s just such an iconic moment. It was a good clean race. Colin kept the pressure on the whole way. Some of the other contenders finished back in the pack so this is great for the championship. Once everyone spread out, it wasn’t so crazy, but that start was really crazy. I had a good restart and from there it was just about managing the gap. I’m especially glad to get the win for the team – their shop is just across the way in Speedway, and I’m hoping they can get a win in the INDYCAR race as well!”

 
Colin Kaminsky (#27 Slick Locks/Pabst Racing Tatuus IP-22): “I keep getting beat by these kids who can’t even drink real champagne! We’re getting closer to that first win but I’m glad to come away with a podium. I went from eighth to second at the start in both races. It’s utter chaos out there but it’s rewarding to whoever plays it smart – and the three of us did just that. I think we had the fastest car but he was just quick enough in that last sector. But we’re getting there and Race 3 is coming up soon!”

 
Nolan Siegel (#8 Towne Ford/Race for RP/DEForce Racing Tatuus IP-22): “Just getting through that race was the goal. Yesterday was rough, and we have another race in just a couple of hours. Damage in this race would have been bad so I was just trying to keep it clean. P3 is still good, especially how chaotic it was here at the start. I was able to avoid the crashes at the first corner and had the lead, but everyone drafts you into Turn One. Colin, Reece and I had similar lap times so we just focused on the points.”

 
Race 2

 
Louis Foster (#90 Copart.com/Novara Technologies/Exclusive Autosport Tatuus IP-22): “This is so cool – my first win in the States, and to do it at Indianapolis is really special. It was a tough race one and two, but this makes it worth it. I really wanted to come back with a win, because I think we could have won all three. I knew we had the pace all weekend, Exclusive Autosport put together a really good car. I knew that as long as I could get to the front in that final race, I could pull a gap. Luckily, I was able to take care of my tires because I knew the only way I could lose the race was if a yellow came out and if that happened, I wanted to make sure I had the tires. Great way to end the weekend, I can’t thank the Exclusive guys enough.”

 
Braden Eves (#4 CCFI/Huston Insurance/Addison Holdings/Jay Howard Driver Development Tatuus IP-22): “I can’t lie – I’m pretty disappointed overall with the weekend. Having the win taken away is unfortunate and I made a few mistakes in the second race this morning that cost me a lot of points. It’s been absolutely chaotic, with guys who are up in points crashing out, so the points are all over the place. I wish I’d been more consistent to start the season but the car has such great race pace that no matter where we qualify, we seem to go to the front. It’s very similar to how things worked out last year for (eventual champion) Christian Rasmussen – he only got stronger through the season and I think we will again. It’s nice to salvage a good end to the weekend.”

 
Jack William Miller (#40 Patterson Dental/Blue Marble/Miller Vinatieri Motorsports Tatuus IL-22): “It was a tough day yesterday but I went home, had a good ride on my bike and the fitness helped clear my mind and helped me drive to my limits today. I came here hoping for three wins, but we got two poles and a podium at the home race, so that’s good – and the podium felt like a win. We went the wrong way with the setup and the pit speed limiter kept coming on, which caused me to lose second place twice. Not the best weekend, having the crash yesterday. But I’m at IMS, so not too much to be upset about! I’ve struggled on the Road to Indy in qualifying so to get these two pole positions is a big step.”

 

 

Lundqvist Conquers Mixed Conditions To Win at IMS

 

 

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, May 14, 2022) – Linus Lundqvist leaned down and kissed the side of his car, expressing gratitude and jubilation after conquering a more than six-hour day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course Saturday.

The Swedish driver found redemption after a mistake cost him a potential victory Friday by mastering the 14-turn, 2.439-mile track in dry and wet conditions to claim his second Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires win of the year, his second career win at IMS and fifth overall victory.

“A massive thank you to the team, they’ve done such a good job,” Lundqvist said. “It’s been such a long day and tough day for all of us, starting off the day in the dry and then having to wait after the INDYCAR race and getting the rain conditions. Firstly, a massive thank you to them for getting the car prepped. Obviously, it was on fire.”

SEE: Race Results

At the end of the 35-lap weekend finale, Lundqvist’s No. 26 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing car held a 3.5993-second lead over second-place Christian Rasmussen in the No. 28 Andretti Autosport car. His Andretti teammate Sting Ray Robb, in the No. 2 Andretti Autosport car, finished third – his third straight third-place finish this year.

The day was split in two for the 14-car field. After the first 12 laps around a dry track surface, lightning struck in the area, causing a red flag, and rain followed. That forced the race to be delayed until after the end of the GMR Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR SERIES race.

More than five and a half hours later, after more rain and the entire NTT INDYCAR SERIES program, drivers returned to their cars to face a wet surface for the remaining laps.

Before the rain fell, Lundqvist had a 2.7-second lead over Matthew Brabham, who went from fourth to second with a four-wide pass into Turn 1 on the initial start in the No. 83 Andretti Autosport entry. When the race resumed hours later, Lundqvist again mastered the start, pulling ahead by two car lengths while Brabham, Rasmussen, Danial Frost and Benjamin Pedersen again went four-wide down the front stretch, playing chicken to see who would brake last before Turn 1. Rasmussen won the battle this time, taking second.

Brabham’s shot of holding on to a podium vanished seconds later when he ran off course, giving up several positions to Frost, Hunter McElrea and Pedersen. And while they argued over who would secure the final podium spot, Robb spoiled their battle in the closing laps. As one of the fastest cars on track, he worked his way from 13th to third by the checkered flag.

“I’m so excited, going from 13th to third,” Robb said. “It’s awesome.”

Lundqvist was flawless in the final 20 laps, gaining two car lengths on every restart and never missing his mark. However, Rasmussen tried to give him a scare. With eight laps to go, Rasmussen was laying down laps a half-second quicker than Lundqvist, who was five seconds ahead.

Math says Rasmussen could have caught Lundqvist. But Rasmussen lost that chance with a slip in Turn 12 that allowed Lundqvist to pull ahead by another two seconds.

“I was pushing it to the edge and over the edge,” Rasmussen said. “I made a mistake in Turn 12. I’m a little disappointed in myself. I think it should have been one position better.”

With 10 races remaining this year for the Indy Lights, Lundqvist exits the Indy doubleheader weekend with an extended point lead for his championship quest.

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires continues its 2022 season in June for the second doubleheader weekend of the year. The field will join the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in Detroit at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park, June 4-5. Live coverage will be provided by Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR Radio Network.

 

saturday may 14th

Quinn Sweeps His Debut USF2000 Weekend at Indianapolis

 

SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Alex Quinn made quite an impression on his North American debut at the Indianapolis Grand Prix road course. Quinn, 21, from Truro, England, scored a storybook debut victory on Friday for the Velocity Racing Development team, and today added two more wins to ensure a perfect strike rate in the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

 

 
Quinn took advantage of a clash between Cape Motorsports teammates Jagger Jones and Michael d’Orlando to take the win early this morning. He then took the lead at the beginning of the third leg of the triple-header and led home d’Orlando and Jones in the final 15-lap race which was run entirely under green-flag conditions.

 
New Zealander Billy Frazer (Exclusive Autosport) and Myles Rowe (Pabst Racing), from New York, N.Y., picked up the pieces to finish second and third in Race Two.

 
The top three protagonists in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – Jones, Frazer and d’Orlando – are now separated by just two points. Up for grabs is a scholarship valued at over $400,000 to graduate onto the next rung of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel development ladder, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship, in 2023.

 
The opening race of the day began bright and early at 8:05 a.m. with Jagger Jones having claimed his second successive Cooper Tires Pole Award by virtue of each driver’s second fastest lap set in qualifying on Friday morning.

 
Jones, from Scottsdale, Ariz., maintained his lead in the early stages, although a few laps were run under caution following a spin for Yeoroo Lee (Jay Howard Driver Development), from Paramus, N.J., in Turn 13.

 
Jones was always going to be vulnerable at the restart given the tremendous draft afforded to the USF2000 cars on the long front straightaway. Sure enough, Cape Motorsports teammate d’Orlando, from Hartsdale, N.Y., sling-shotted his way past into Turn One to lead from Jones and Friday winner Quinn.

 
The top three edged away a little from the pack, maintaining their positions until, with three laps remaining, Jones locked up his brakes into Turn One and unfortunately caromed into the rear of d’Orlando, who spun. Quinn gratefully moved past them both to take a clear lead which he had no problem in holding until the finish.

 
Jones initially resumed in second before retiring to the pits with front end damage (in addition to serving a penalty issued by Race Control for “incident responsibility”), leaving the way clear for Frazer to move into a remarkable second place having lined up in 10th on the grid. Rowe bounced back from his disappointment on Friday to finish third ahead of Pabst Racing teammate Jace Denmark, from Scottsdale, Ariz., and d’Orlando, who was able to rejoin with the loss of only four positions.

 
Frazer’s performance was impressive, but even that wasn’t enough to snag the Tilton Hard Charger Award, which went instead to Chase Gardner, from Prosper, Texas, who rose from 19th on the grid to 10th in his first weekend of USF2000 competition for DEForce Racing.

 
Jones again started from pole position for the final race of the week and once again he was unable to hold the lead at the first corner as Quinn launched himself into the lead. Quinn then turned a string of consistently fastest laps to stretch his advantage as the two teammates battled in his mirrors. The two Cape cars exchanged positions at one-third distance, with d’Orlando narrowly maintaining his position to the checkered flag.

 
Quinn’s magnificent performance not only earned a sweep of PFC Awards for Velocity Racing Development’s Dan Mitchell as the winning car owner, it also catapulted him to seventh place in the standings, only 38 points out of the championship lead... despite missing the opening four races of the season.

 
The top three finished well clear of Denmark, who came under increasing pressure in the closing stages from Thomas Nepveu (DEForce Racing), from Oka, Que., Canada.

 
Another USF2000 debutant, Frankie Mossman, from La Verne, Calif., picked up another Tilton Hard Charger Award for Jay Howard Driver Development after climbing from 22nd on the grid to 15th.

 
The traditional month of May for the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship contenders will continue a few miles to the west at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in a couple of weeks’ time with the only oval event of the season on the evening of Friday, May 27.

 
Provisional championship points after 7 of 18 races:

 
1. Jagger Jones, 132
2. Billy Frazer, 131
3. Michael d’Orlando, 130
4. Myles Rowe, 127
5. Jace Denmark, 115
6. Simon Sikes, 97
7. Alex Quinn, 94
8. Thomas Nepveu, 92
9. Bijoy Garg, 86
10. Spike Kohlbecker, 96

 
Quoteboard – Race 1:

 
Alex Quinn (#17 VRD/Arden Motorsport-Velocity Racing Development Tatuus USF-22): “My engineer was counting down the laps and I could see the two leaders getting closer and closer, and I thought something might happen. Turn One is so chaotic, but I was pushing every lap to stay close. I knew I would be ready to pounce if it did, and it did, but I feel as though it would have been close regardless. I’m happy to get the win, it’s so cool – I took more time today to take it all in here, to see the checkered flag and really experience it. And to hear my engineer (Dan Mitchell) so excited on the radio, that made it so worth it.

 
“I got a good move on the race two start and Jagger gave me room, racing hard but fair. I managed the gap as well as I could and brought it home. It’s amazing.”

 
Billy Frazer (#92 Corpay Cross-Border Solutions-Exclusive Autosport Tatuus USF-22): “Everyone learned something from yesterday and it was all about being that one step ahead in terms of racecraft, given how close the times were. Patience was key, I had Lou (D’Agostino, race engineer) and Michael (Duncalfe, team owner) on my radio. They do a fantastic job, along with my mechanic Danick (Bernier). We had a strong car but I used a bit too much tire early and Alex did a good job to break the slipstream. But we have the championship lead going into the third race so it will be about patience once again.”

 
Myles Rowe (#22 S Penske Entertainment-Pabst Racing Tatuus USF-22): “This morning required a lot of patience and a lot of protecting the car. My coach (Bob Perona) helped me work through that, especially after how yesterday went. The priority is the championship so that means staying out of trouble. I almost got my wing taken off at the start and I did break a toe-link, and then got caught up in a three-wide mid-race (on Friday), but I kept my cool (today) and kept the car under me. Billy had a bit more pace so I let him by on the front straight, but that paid off, since we were both able to get up there in the end.”

 
Michael d’Orlando (#4 Focused Project Management/DB Collaborative-Cape Motorsports Tatuus USF-22): “Friday’s race was tough – Myles and I got together early in the race. I’ve known Myles for a long time, we’re good friends, and while I could have waited to make the pass, I feel as though he didn’t see me. But stuff happens, it was a racing incident. Today’s first race was exciting, to say the least. I made my way to the front and was just putting down the laps, but unfortunately, Jagger and I collided in Turn One. He hit me in the rear but what can you do – that’s racing. Race two was difficult. It was the most “boring” race of the weekend but after the first two races, I was looking forward to that! It could have been one spot better today but Cape Motorsports gave me a great car, it was super fast.

 
Jagger Jones (#3 Cape Motorsports Tatuus USF-22): “We had a good first race going, I had great pace and was sitting in second, but I just made a mistake – and unfortunately, it was at the cost of a teammate, and of my race as well. It’s easy to make a mistake in the hard braking into Turn One, we saw that a lot in the Indy Lights race. So in the third race, I just wanted a clean race, though I made a mistake that cost me second. All in all, a good weekend, with two poles and two podiums. We have a lot of confidence, we know we’re fast, we just have to clean some things up and go for the win on the oval in a couple of weeks.”

 

Herta Controls Chaos To Win Wild, Treacherous GMR Grand Prix

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, May 14, 2022) – Colton Herta won one of the wildest races in recent NTT INDYCAR SERIES history, controlling the chaos of changing weather conditions, ever-evolving tire strategies and numerous incidents to take the checkered flag for the GMR Grand Prix on Saturday on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Herta, from Valencia, California, earned his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES victory of the season and his seventh career win in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda after starting 14th. The win was the first of the season for a Honda-powered driver.

SEE: Race Results

The race, originally scheduled for 85 laps but slowed by numerous incidents and the arrival of rain near the midway point, reached its two-hour time limit during a caution period.

“This is the hardest race I think I’ve ever done,” Herta said. “Wet to dry, dry back to wet. Thank you so much for the Hoosiers for sticking around. I know you’re used to this weather, so thank you very much. Love you guys.”

Simon Pagenaud climbed from the 20th starting position to finish a season-best second in the No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda. NTT P1 Award winner Will Power placed third in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, tying his season best and climbing into the series points lead.

Marcus Ericsson drove from 18th at the start to end up fourth in the No. 8 Huski Chocolate Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, with Indianapolis native Conor Daly finishing a season-best fifth in the No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet.

“I’ve never been in a race like that in my life,” Daly said. “That was the craziest thing I’ve ever experienced.”

The box score indicated there were 10 lead changes among six drivers and eight caution periods for 31 laps, but that doesn’t begin to describe what unfolded on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. This was a test of speed, strategy and survival that will live in the memory for a long time.

Rain sprinkles caused the race start to be declared wet, with all drivers on Firestone grooved tires. But it took Herta and Takuma Sato only two laps to realize there was enough traction to switch to the slick, grippy Firestone alternate “red” tires. The rest of the field quickly followed suit, with all 27 drivers changing to alternate slicks by Lap 5.

For the next 30 laps, this appeared to be a highly competitive but conventional NTT INDYCAR SERIES road course race, with three incidents triggering caution periods and mixing up the running order. But the strategic mind games began when Dalton Kellett spun off course in Turn 6 on Lap 36 in the No. 4 K-LINE/AJ FOYT RACING Chevrolet.

Leaden, threatening clouds approached IMS from the west, with the airwaves between pit boxes and drivers crackling with strategic chatter.

Rookie Devlin DeFrancesco, Alexander Rossi and reigning series champion Alex Palou decided to pit for Firestone rain tires during that caution as light rain began to fall to varying degrees in different locations of the massive facility, with a handful of others following suit to switch to rain tires during another caution that started on Lap 42.

This dice roll came up snake eyes because the rain began to let up on Lap 45, when Herta passed Ericsson for the lead in Turn 4.

By Lap 52, the rain began to fall again at varying levels around the track, creating more head games for teams and drivers. During a caution period on Lap 60 with intermittent rain falling, all the contending cars came to the pits for Firestone alternate slick tires.

Two laps later, those plans became a soggy mess when hard rain began to fall. All the contenders tiptoed back to the pits for Firestone rain tires except for Pato O’Ward, Scott McLaughlin and Romain Grosjean, who stayed out on alternate slicks.

The race restarted at the end of Lap 66, and Herta – on rain tires – easily devoured the slick-shod O’Ward to take the lead for good with an inside pass into Turn 1 after the field took the green.

Later that lap, the daring strategy of staying on slicks unraveled for McLaughlin. Struggling for grip, he spun in his No. 3 Snap-on Tools Chevrolet. O’Ward also spun out of second place on Lap 69 in his No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP.

Herta gradually pulled away from Pagenaud over the closing laps, as teams kept their eyes on the race clock and the skies. Herta led Pagenaud by 3.8256 seconds on Lap 72, and the race effectively ended when Juan Pablo Montoya went off course after making contact with the wall in his No. 6 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet.

“It was treacherous at the end,” Pagenaud said. “You’ve got to say congrats to Colton because it was really tough to finish the race. We made the right calls on the tires. It was tricky. It was really tricky to decide.”

INDIANAPOLIS - Results Saturday of the GMR Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR SERIES event on the 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (14) Colton Herta, Honda, 75, Running
2. (20) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 75, Running
3. (1) Will Power, Chevrolet, 75, Running
4. (18) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 75, Running
5. (4) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 75, Running
6. (6) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 75, Running
7. (13) Takuma Sato, Honda, 75, Running
8. (7) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 75, Running
9. (8) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 75, Running
10. (21) Scott Dixon, Honda, 75, Running
11. (16) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 75, Running
12. (24) David Malukas, Honda, 75, Running
13. (9) Jack Harvey, Honda, 75, Running
14. (19) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 75, Running
15. (25) Tatiana Calderon, Chevrolet, 75, Running
16. (12) Graham Rahal, Honda, 75, Running
17. (10) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 74, Running
18. (2) Alex Palou, Honda, 74, Running
19. (5) Pato O'Ward, Chevrolet, 74, Running
20. (11) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 74, Running
21. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 73, Running
22. (27) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 73, Running
23. (15) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 73, Running
24. (23) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 72, Contact
25. (3) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 60, Running
26. (22) Kyle Kirkwood, Chevrolet, 53, Contact
27. (26) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 34, Contact

Race Statistics
Winner's average speed: 90.008 mph
Time of Race: 02:01:56.3273
Margin of victory: Under caution
Cautions: 8 for 31
Lead changes: 10 among 6 drivers

Lap Leaders:
O'Ward, Pato 1 - 2
Rosenqvist, Felix 3 - 4
Herta, Colton 5 - 31
O'Ward, Pato 32
Rosenqvist, Felix 33 - 34
Calderon, Tatiana 35
Ericsson, Marcus 36 - 45
Herta, Colton 46 - 59
McLaughlin, Scott 60 - 64
O'Ward, Pato 65 - 66
Herta, Colton 67 - 75

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Point Standings:
Power 170, Palou 156, McLaughlin 152, Newgarden 140, Dixon 133, Herta 132, O'Ward 126, Ericsson 117, Grosjean 114, VeeKay 113.

 

 friday may 13th

Frost Avoids Trouble, Claims First Indy Lights Victory at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 13, 2022) – Swerving left and right down the front stretch at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, screaming into his radio, Danial Frost’s perseverance was about to pay off with the checkered flag displayed.

After finishing second three times in 2021, the Singapore native claimed his first career Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires victory at the IMS road course Friday evening in Race One of the Indy Lights Grand Prix of Indianapolis. He led 27 of the 35 laps in the in the No. 68 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing car.

SEE: Race Results

“I can’t even speak at the moment for the result I just got,” Frost said while trying to catch his breath in Victory Lane. “I’ve been working so hard to get to it. Finally getting that number one victory, it means a lot to me. I thank my team, I thank my sponsors, I thank everyone for this amazing result today.”

Hunter McElrea finished second, 1.5449 seconds behind Frost, in the No. 27 Andretti Autosport entry. His teammate, Sting Ray Robb, placed third in the No. 2 Andretti Autosport car.

Frost’s path to victory came with the challenge of managing the eventful first seven laps.

The first lap ran under caution due to polesitter Linus Lundqvist and outside polesitter McElrea bringing the field to the green too slow. Then, on their second attempt, Lundqvist launched ahead of the 14-car field, while others behind him darted two- and three-wide before diving into Turn 1. Those included Christian Rasmussen, who darted to the outside of McElrea and made the pass for second. Then, he set his sights on Lundqvist.

His quest for the lead only took a lap and a half as he was able to hunt down Lundqvist and make the pass for the lead in Turn 7. The next two laps saw the top-four cars – Rasmussen, Lundqvist, McElrea and Frost – staying within a car length of each other.

Then, on Lap 5, Lundqvist tried to slide back underneath Rasmussen for the lead into Turn 1 but the two made contact at the apex, causing Rasmussen to spin and damage both cars. The incident brought out the only full-course caution of the race and handed McElrea and Frost the top two spots for the restart.

“It was pretty hectic at the start,” Frost said. “I saw the front two guys battling hard, and I think it was inevitable that was going to happen.”

When the race restarted on Lap 8, McElrea pulled ahead with the lead, but Frost kept him within reach. The next time around, Frost built enough of a run to maneuver around McElrea for the lead into Turn 1.

Benjamin Pedersen’s potential podium hopes vanished on Lap 12 when Matthew Brabham locked his brakes on his trajectory into Turn 1 and ran into the side of Pedersen, causing him to spin in the grass. That allowed Robb to move into third, where he would end up finishing for the second straight race.

While the top three cruised to the podium, Rasmussen and Lundqvist put on a show to charge their way through the field to end the race in fourth and fifth, respectively. Lundqvist will again have the best seat in the house to try and win again at Indianapolis when he starts from the pole of Saturday’s Indy Lights race.

Frost will start sixth in Race 2, but until then he’s soaking in his first victory.

“It’s Indy; it’s the home of racing,” Frost said. “It’s very special to get this win here. I always dreamed of winning here. I’ve been close before but never P1. It’s always a great feeling.”

The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course Saturday afternoon for Race 2 of the doubleheader weekend

 

Power Takes NTT P1 Award for GMR Grand Prix in Last Seconds

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 13, 2022) – Will Power won the NTT P1 Award for the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, earning his 64th career INDYCAR SERIES pole on his final qualifying lap Friday afternoon.

Power’s best lap was 1 minute, 9.7664 seconds in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. Australian Power is just three poles shy of tying the all-time INDYCAR SERIES pole record of 67 set by Mario Andretti.

SEE: Qualifying Results

“This series, it’s so tight,” Power said. “So, to get a pole these days, you know you’ve done a really good job. And the team has done a great job. I’m super-stoked. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a pole on a road course. I worked hard on that one.

“I feel so privileged to be so close to him (Andretti). To be up there with names like Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt is something I wouldn’t have imagined when I started my career.”

This was Power’s first road or street course pole since the 2020 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida, and he became the fifth different pole winner in five NTT INDYCAR SERIES races this season.

Live coverage of the 85-lap GMR Grand Prix starts at 3 p.m. (ET) Saturday on NBC and the INDYCAR Radio Network.

Reigning series champion and current points leader Alex Palou will share the front row with Power after his best lap of 1:09.8090 in the No. 10 The American Legion Honda.

Power’s teammate, two-time series champion Josef Newgarden, will start third after a lap of 1:09.8343 in the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet. Conor Daly earned his best starting spot of the season by qualifying fourth at 1:09.9063 in the No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet.

Pato O’Ward, who led the afternoon practice, will start fifth after a best lap of 1:10.0546 in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, with his teammate Felix Rosenqvist rounding out the Firestone Fast Six at 1:10.0605 in the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet.

Callum Ilott continued his impressive season with the one-car Juncos Hollinger Racing, qualifying seventh in the team’s No. 77 Chevrolet as the top rookie in the field.

The list of drivers who failed to advance from the first round of qualifying could form a wing of an INDYCAR SERIES Hall of Fame as some teams and drivers were flummoxed by air temperatures in the high 80s and track temperatures tickling 130 degrees.

Indianapolis 500 winners Takuma Sato (13th), Alexander Rossi (16th), Helio Castroneves (19th), Simon Pagenaud (20th), Scott Dixon (21st) and Juan Pablo Montoya (23rd) all didn’t make the second round. NTT INDYCAR SERIES race winners Colton Herta (14th), Rinus VeeKay (15th) and Marcus Ericsson (18th) also didn’t advance from Round One.

1. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:09.7664 (125.854 mph)
2. (10) Alex Palou, Honda, 01:09.8090 (125.777)
3. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 01:09.8343 (125.732)
4. (20) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 01:09.9063 (125.602)
5. (5) Pato O'Ward, Chevrolet, 01:10.0546 (125.337)
6. (7) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 01:10.0605 (125.326)
7. (77) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 01:09.6530 (126.059)
8. (30) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 01:09.6594 (126.048)
9. (45) Jack Harvey, Honda, 01:09.6899 (125.992)
10. (28) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 01:09.7100 (125.956)
11. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 01:09.7847 (125.821)
12. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 01:10.2950 (124.908)
13. (51) Takuma Sato, Honda, 01:09.8239 (125.751)
14. (26) Colton Herta, Honda, 01:09.8527 (125.699)
15. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 01:09.9550 (125.515)
16. (27) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 01:09.9178 (125.582)
17. (29) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 01:10.1306 (125.201)
18. (8) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 01:09.9294 (125.561)
19. (06) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 01:10.1417 (125.181)
20. (60) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 01:09.9717 (125.485)
21. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 01:10.1694 (125.131)
22. (14) Kyle Kirkwood, Chevrolet, 01:10.1954 (125.085)
23. (6) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 01:10.7610 (124.085)
24. (18) David Malukas, Honda, 01:10.4755 (124.588)
25. (11) Tatiana Calderon, Chevrolet, 01:11.0020 (123.664)
26. (4) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 01:10.7187 (124.160)
27. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 01:11.4599 (122.872)

 

 friday may 13th

 friday may 13th  Quinn Arrives and Conquers at Indy on USF2000 Debut

Gavin Baker

SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Experienced Englishman Alex Quinn made a storybook Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship debut this afternoon in the first of three races which will comprise this week’s Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Quinn, 21, from Truro in Cornwall, took control in the late stages of an incident filled 15-lap race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix circuit to score a first-ever USF2000 victory for the Velocity Racing Development team.

 
Billy Frazer, from Auckland, New Zealand, maintained his remarkable record of finishing second in the opening race of each event weekend this season for Exclusive Autosport, despite starting 10th on the grid. Third-generation racer Jagger Jones, from Scottsdale, Ariz., claimed an eventful third for Cape Motorsports after starting from pole position.

 

 
Jones, after scoring his maiden victory a couple of weeks ago at Barber Motorsports Park, continued his fine form by snagging his first Cooper Tires Pole Award in qualifying earlier this morning. He was joined on the front row by Quinn, who has gained success in a variety of European open-wheel championships dating back to 2016.

 
The long front straightaway on the Indianapolis Grand Prix circuit always provides excitement in the heavy braking area for Turn One, only this time there was drama virtually as soon as the cars took the green flag when Nicky Hays, from Huntington Beach, Calif., lost his Cape Motorsports Tatuus USF-22's front wing in the initial jockeying for position. Teammate Jackson Lee, from Avon, Ind., also pitted for repairs during the subsequent caution period.

 
Championship leader Myles Rowe (Pabst Racing) was the biggest gainer at the start, leaping from seventh to second before the caution flags flew, and the gifted youngster from New York, N.Y., continued his progress at the restart by grasping the lead at Turn One.

 
Jones found himself shuffled down to third in the early skirmishes, although two laps later he was back in the lead after Quinn’s attempt to pass Rowe at Turn One instead cost both of them momentum and allowed the polesitter to reclaim the lead.

 
The action was frantic, so it came as no real surprise when the caution flags waved again on the sixth lap following an incident at Turn Four between the top two championship protagonists, Rowe and Michael d’Orlando (Cape Motorsports), from Hartsdale, N.Y.

 
Quinn made his move decisive for the lead at the restart on Lap 10, and while Jones briefly fell back to fourth following a four-wide tussle at Turn One, he was back into second again before the completion of that lap.

 
There was one more brief caution after Bijoy Garg (DEForce Racing), from Atherton, Calif., found himself in the kitty litter at Turn One, setting the stage for a three-lap blast to the finish.

 
This time Quinn used his experience to excellent effect, jumping clear of his pursuers as Frazer pulled off a bold outside-line move on Jones for second place at Turn One. Quinn also set the fastest lap of the race as he cleared off to win by just over two seconds from Frazer and Jones, who was relatively content to secure third and the championship points lead.

 
Turn 3 Motorsport teammates Christian Weir, from Naperville, Ill., and Spike Kohlbecker, from St. Louis, Mo., steered clear of the drama to finish fourth and sixth, sandwiching Canadian Thomas Nepveu (DEForce).

 
Mexico’s Jorge Garciarce emerged in an impressive seventh after starting last in the 21-car field to comfortably claim his first Tilton Hard Charger Award. He was chased home by Jay Howard Driver Development teammate and USF2000 debutant Frankie Mossman, from LaVerne, Calif., who also started at the back of the pack.

 
Quinn’s fine performance ensured a PFC Award for Velocity Racing Development’s Dan Mitchell as the winning car owner.

 
Two more races tomorrow will complete the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Indianapolis, starting with Race Two at 8:05 a.m. EDT.

 
Provisional championship points after 5 of 18 races:

 
1. Jagger Jones, 102
2. Billy Frazer, 95
3. Myles Rowe, 90
4. Michael d’Orlando, 87
5. Jace Denmark, 76
6. Simon Sikes, 75
7. Christian Weir, 74
8. Thomas Nepveu, 70
9. Spike Kohlbecker, 60
10. Bijoy Garg, 59

 
Alex Quinn (#17 VRD/Arden Motorsport-Velocity Racing Development Tatuus USF-22): “It’s great to get the win here, that was the most fun I’ve ever had in a race car. I had no expectations but I got on the track immediately – the team did a great job. They got me over here and they provided me with a great car and I’m very happy for that. This was a very last-minute deal last week: I knew Dan (Mitchell) from England, I knew he was a very talented team manager and engineer. I’ve raced the Tatuus chassis before so this feels similar, and it’s got the Cooper tires, which I’m enjoying driving. There are a few things that are different but after I got used to things – and after an engine change – everything felt great, I felt at one with the car. This is a big, wide-open track, which is new to me, and there was a lot of overtaking, which was also new for me – in the racing I’ve done, it’s very 'follow the leader' so this was very enjoyable. Turn One is a very tricky corner, especially three-wide, but we all gave each other room. It’s great to be here on the podium.”

 
Billy Frazer (#92 Corpay Cross-Border Solutions-Exclusive Autosport Tatuus USF-22): “We’ve had a solid race car all weekend, though P10 in qualifying wasn’t where I wanted to start. This was fantastic racing, though the cautions were pretty scary – you know that when it goes green, you just have to fly into Turn One and do your best. It was such a racecraft race – I was making passes inside, outside, down the middle, using as much of the draft as possible. And this finish was so important: these are the kind of races that help win championships, minimizing the bad luck. I was close to the incident between Rowe and d’Orlando but I was able to squeeze through and make it work. Super happy for the team, the No. 92 Corpay/Giltrap car was on fire.”

 
Jagger Jones (#3 Cape Motorsports Tatuus USF-22): “That was a super crazy amount of racecraft, with such a long straight coming after the start, then a few corners, then another super long straightaway. That makes it interesting, but it makes it tough when you’re leading – the draft is so strong down the front straight. At most tracks, if you keep it clean on lap one you can check out but with all the yellows, that wasn’t the case. Having to restart so often, which allowed guys to draft up and get alongside me, it became a game of who wants to brake deeper. We ended up third, but I think we’re on pole again for race two and hopefully we can get two spots better.

 
“I never think about the championship when I’m racing: I’m always trying to get the best result I can. For us, a win today was the best result but I didn’t fully do my job as a driver.

 
(Regarding the Jones legacy at the Speedway) “It’s so cool for me to be here: it was so special coming into the weekend, but once I got on track on Thursday it was all about the racing, about trying to get three wins.”

De Alba Garners First Career Win After Post-Race Penalty

Gavin Baker


 
SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Jay Howard Driver Development’s Salvador De Alba, from Guadalajara, Mexico was credited with victory in today’s Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Indianapolis Supporting INDYCAR Ministry after race winner and teammate Braden Eves’ Tatuus IP-22 failed post-race tech inspection.

 
The penalty moved Pabst Racing’s Yuven Sundaramoorthy, from Delafield, Wis., into second - his first podium finish of the season – and teammate Colin Kaminsky into third.

 

 
A topsy-turvy day for the Indy Pro 2000 contenders began this morning when Irish rookie Jonathan Browne provided a surprise on the final lap of qualifying by leaping from outside the top five to the top spot, earning his first Cooper Tires Pole Award for Turn 3 Motorsport.

 
Browne led the way into Turn One but braked a little too deep for the tight right-hand corner. The slight error provided an opportunity for outside front row qualifier Louis Foster (Exclusive Autosport), from Basingstoke, England, to cut back to the inside and make a move around the outside as they headed into the left-handed Turn Two. Unfortunately, as Browne fought to maintain his momentum, his car slid sideways under acceleration and then, as Browne fought for control, he tipped Foster’s left-rear wheel. The contact was minimal but it was enough to send Foster into a spin, which also collected an innocent Jack William Miller, from nearby Carmel, Ind., who had started fourth in his Miller Vinatieri Motorsports’ Tatuus IP-22. Both were out on the spot.

 
After a full-course caution to retrieve the damaged cars, Browne once again took off into the lead, only to be assessed a drive-through penalty for incident responsibility.

 
Eves, having started 10th, had managed to negotiate the first-lap mayhem to emerge in second and duly took over the point. He made one slight slip on Lap 11 which handed the lead briefly to Colin Kaminsky (Pabst Racing), from Homer Glen, Ill., but Eves soon fought back and went on to dominate the remainder of the race.

 
A mistake by Kaminsky enabled De Alba to move into second, despite having started 12th, whereupon he fought desperately – and successfully – to maintain that position from Sundaramoorthy to the finish line to claim the Tilton Hard Charger Award. Reece Gold (Juncos Hollinger Racing), who started sixth but fell to 14th following the opening lap melee, rounded out the top five.

 
Wyatt Brichacek (Jay Howard Driver Development) earned the bonus point for the fastest lap of the race.

 
Lindsay Brewer of Exclusive Autosport impressed on her Indy Pro 2000 debut, finishing eighth with a best lap time only .1054 seconds off Eves’ best.

 
Two more races will be held tomorrow with the green flags set to fly at 9:10 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. EDT.

 
Provisional Points Standings after 5 of 18 Rounds:

 
1. Nolan Siegel, 104
2. Louis Foster, 98
3. Reece Gold, 93
4. Enaam Ahmed, 91
5. Braden Eves, 83
6. Josh Green, 82
7. Kiko Porto, 76
8. Colin Kaminsky, 72
9. Yuven Sundaramoorthy, 68
10. Salvador De Alba, 67

 
Salvador De Alba (#6 Groupo Indi/Mecano/Sidral Aga/Jay Howard Driver Development Tatuus IP-22): “It’s been a tough start to the year but the team has supported me the whole way, and we’re getting up to speed – I think this race showed what we can do and how confident we are now. It was a crazy race, I was defending the whole way, but the car felt good. My dad is here, as well as all my sponsors, so I’m very happy to put my country on the podium at Indianapolis!”

 
Yuven Sundaramoorthy (#18 S Team Motorsports/Pabst Racing): “This track is very attrition-based, so you knew something would happen at the start. It wasn’t the start I wanted, so I fell back, but I had a really fast car. I sat back and waited – I saw the two DEForce guys go side-by-side and hit the brakes because I knew something would happen. I played it safe knowing there was no reason to push for a gap that wasn’t there in a 25-lap race. Pabst Racing gave me an amazing car and I love this track, so it’s all about experience and knowing where you’re fast. I set up the Juncos cars toward the end and tried it with Salvador, but just came up a lap short. We still have two sets of sticker tires for tomorrow, so I’ll look for a better start.”

 

 

 

 tuesday may 10th

GMR Grand Prix Fast Facts

Race weekend: Friday, May 13 - Saturday, May 14

Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course (clockwise)

Race distance: NTT INDYCAR SERIES 85 laps / 207.3 miles | Indy Lights: 35 laps/55 minutes

Push-to-pass parameters: 200 seconds of total time, with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

Firestone tire allotment: Six sets primary, four sets alternate (Note: A seventh set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie driver.)

Twitter: @IMS @INDYCAR, #ThisIsMay, #IndyCar

Event website: www.ims.com

NTT INDYCAR SERIES website: www.indycar.com | Indy Lights website:www.indylights.com

2021 race winners: NTT INDYCAR SERIES: Rinus VeeKay (No. 21 SONAX Chevrolet) Indy Lights: Linus Lundqvist and David Malukas

2021 NTT P1 Award winner: Romain Grosjean (No. 51 Nurtec ODT Honda), 1:09.4396, 126.447 mph.

Qualifying lap record: Will Power, 1:07.7044, 129.687 mph, May 12, 2017 (Set in Round 3 of knockout qualifying)

NBC Sports race telecast: 3 p.m. (ET) Saturday, May 14, NBC (live). Leigh Diffey is the play-by-play announcer for NBC's coverage of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, alongside analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe.

Peacock Premium Live Streaming: All NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice sessions and qualifying will stream live on Peacock Premium, NBC’s direct-to-consumer livestreaming product, and NBC’s GMR Grand Prix race telecast will be simulcast on the streaming service, while Peacock Premium’s exclusive post-race show – featuring driver interviews, podium ceremonies and post-race analysis – will be streamed following the race. The Indy Lights Grand Prix of Indianapolis doubleheader will be streamed on Peacock Premium with practice and qualifying being shown on INDYCAR Live!

INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the chief announcer alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. Jake Query, Nick Yeoman and Michael Young are the turn announcers. Ryan Myrehn and Rob Blackman are the pit reporters. The GMR Grand Prix race (3 p.m. ET), Indy Lights Grand Prix of Indianapolis doubleheader (5:25 p.m. ET Friday and 1:10 p.m. ET Saturday) and all NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires practices and qualifying sessions air live on network affiliates, SiriusXM 160, racecontrol.indycar.com and the INDYCAR App powered by NTT DATA.

At-track schedule (all times local):


FRIDAY, MAY 13 (All times are local)

9:30-10:30 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice (45 minutes), Peacock Premium

10:45-11:30 a.m. – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires practice, INDYCAR LIVE!

12:45-1:45 p.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice, (45 minutes) Peacock Premium

2-2:30 p.m. – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires qualifying (Sets lineup for Race 1 and Race 2), INDYCAR LIVE!

4 p.m. – Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award (three rounds of NTT INDYCAR SERIES knockout qualifications), Peacock Premium

(Live)

5:30 p.m. – Indy Lights Grand Prix of Indianapolis Race 1 “Drivers, start your engines”

5:35 p.m. – Indy Lights Grand Prix of Indianapolis Race 1 (35 laps/55 minutes), Peacock Premium

SATURDAY, MAY 14

10:30-11 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES warmup, Peacock Premium

1:15 p.m. – Indy Lights Grand Prix of Indianapolis Race 2 “Drivers, start your engines”

1:20 p.m. – Indy Lights Grand Prix of Indianapolis Race 2 (35 laps/55 minutes), Peacock Premium

3 p.m. – NBC on air

3:39 p.m. – “Drivers, start your engines”

3:45 p.m. – GMR Grand Prix (85 laps/207.3 miles), NBC (Live)

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Notes:

  • Pato O’Ward broke Team Penske’s three-race win streak by winning the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on May 1. Alex Palou’s third podium finish of 2022 gave him the series points lead for the first time this season. Palou, the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion, leads Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin by three points and the top four drivers in the standings are separated by just 10 points heading into the critical Month of May, which has more than 250 points to offer with races on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course, PPG Armed Forces Qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 and the double points-paying Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in the next three weekends.
  • The GMR Grand Prix will be the 12th INDYCAR SERIES event conducted on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course. Active race winners who are expected to compete are: Rinus VeeKay, Scott Dixon, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.
ACTIVE RACE WINNERWINSSEASONS
Will Power52015, 2017, 2018 (GMR Grand Prix); 2020 (Harvest Grand Prix-2); 2021 (Gallagher Grand Prix)
Simon Pagenaud32014, 2016, 2019 (GMR Grand Prix)
Scott Dixon12020 (GMR Grand Prix)
Josef Newgarden12020 (Harvest Grand Prix-1)
Rinus VeeKay12021 (GMR Grand Prix)
  • Four NTT P1 Award winners have won the GMR Grand Prix from the pole: Will Power in 2015, 2017 and 2018 and Simon Pagenaud in 2016. Power also won the second Harvest GP race from pole in 2020.
ACTIVE POLE WINNERPOLESSEASONS
Will Power52015, 2017, 2018, 2020 (GMR Grand Prix and Harvest Grand Prix-2)
Pato O’Ward12021 (Gallagher Grand Prix)
Romain Grosjean12021 (GMR Grand Prix)
Rinus VeeKay12020 (Harvest Grand Prix-1)
Felix Rosenqvist12019
Simon Pagenaud12016
Sebastian Saavedra12014
  • Eight drivers have competed in every INDYCAR SERIES race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course – Scott Dixon, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato. All but Hinchcliffe and Hunter-Reay are entered this year.
  • Scott Dixon has finished first or second in four of the last five GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis. Dixon won his first race on the IMS road course in July 2020.
  • Josef Newgarden can clinch the PeopleReady Force For Good Challenge’s $1 million prize by winning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course – where he won in 2020 in the Harvest Grand Prix. Newgarden has won on an oval (Texas Motor Speedway) and street circuit (Streets of Long Beach). A win on a road course would earn him a $500,000 bonus and a matching $500,000 donation for his charities, Wags and Walk Nashville and SeriousFun Children’s Network.
  • Team Penske has eight wins on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020-Race 2, 2020-Race 3, 2021-Race 2). Ed Carpenter Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing and Arrow McLaren SP are the only other teams to win at the track. Ed Carpenter Racing won in 2021-Race 1 with Rinus VeeKay. Chip Ganassi Racing won with Scott Dixon in 2020-Race 1, and Arrow McLaren SP won the inaugural race in 2014 with Simon Pagenaud when it was known as Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
  • Six NTT INDYCAR SERIES Rookie of the Year contenders – Tatiana Calderon, Devlin DeFrancesco, Callum Ilott, Kyle Kirkwood, Christian Lundgaard and David Malukas - are entered. All but Lundgaard will race an NTT INDYCAR SERIES car at IMS for the first time. Lundgaard made his series debut at the track last summer in the Gallagher Grand Prix.
  • Twenty-two of the drivers entered in the event have competed in INDYCAR SERIES races on the IMS road course. Twelve entered drivers have led laps in the GMR Grand Prix: Will Power 210, Scott Dixon 69, Simon Pagenaud 68, Romain Grosjean 44, Graham Rahal 36, Rinus VeeKay 33, Josef Newgarden 25, Felix Rosenqvist 15, Alexander Rossi 2, Marcus Ericsson 1, Jack Harvey 1 and Alex Palou 1.
  • Milestones: Felix Rosenqvist will attempt to make his 50th NTT INDYCAR SERIES start … Scott Dixon will attempt to make his 293rd consecutive start, the second-longest streak in INDYCAR SERIES history.

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Notes:

  • Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will conduct the first of three doubleheader weekends with a pair of 35 lap races on Friday and Saturday. Linus Lundqvist, who won one of the two races at Indianapolis in 2021, took the series points lead with his win at Barber Motorsports Park on May 1. The field for the weekend's doubleheader races will be set by a single qualifying session on Friday.
  • The two drivers who have won Indy Lights races this season – Matthew Brabham of Andretti Autosport and Linus Lundqvist of HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing – are also the only entered drivers to have won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Brabham won Race 1 of a doubleheader at IMS in May 2014 while Lundqvist won Race 1 of last season’s doubleheader.

 

 

 

 

 monday may 9th

All Paths Lead to Indianapolis as the Road to Indy Resumes

Gavin Baker

 

Tight Championship Battles Continue in Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000

 
PALMETTO, Fla. – The focus for open-wheel racing fans is now set firmly on Indianapolis, Indiana. As tradition demands, the month of May will culminate with the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Memorial Day weekend. But the intensity at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway begins to ramp up this week when the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and the entire Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel development ladder takes to the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course for a packed schedule of races on Friday and Saturday, May 13-14.

 
The first two rungs on the Road to Indy ladder are finely poised with four out of the season’s 18 races already in the books. And with a triple-header on the docket for both the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, this week is likely to prove pivotal in determining the favorites for a pair of scholarships valued at well over $1 million for the two end-of-season champions to continue their rise toward the pinnacle of the sport.

 
California Teenager Leads Indy Pro 2000 Entry
The youngest driver in the Indy Pro 2000 field, 17-year-old Nolan Siegel, from Palo Alto, Calif., has taken an early lead in the chase for a scholarship valued at almost $615,000 to ensure graduation onto the top rung of the Road to Indy ladder, Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, in 2023. Siegel already has two wins to his credit this season for DEForce Racing, one apiece at the opening two events on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Ala.

 

 
Even so, Siegel holds only a slender five-point edge over English rookie Louis Foster, who has three podium finishes and a fourth to his credit for Exclusive Autosport. Foster also has gained the bonus point for fastest race lap in three of the four races held to date.

 
Consistency also has been a hallmark for Braden Eves, who currently lies third in the points chase after notching four top-six results for last year’s championship-winning team, Jay Howard Driver Development. Eves, from New Albany, Ohio, surely will encounter mixed emotions as he heads back to IMS. After sweeping both USF2000 races en route to winning the championship crown in 2019, Eves’ rookie Indy Pro 2000 campaign ended prematurely the following year due to injury following a crash at the Speedway. Last year he rebounded magnificently by securing a trio of podium finishes en route to second in the championship.

 
Based almost literally across the street from the race track in Speedway, Ind., Juncos Hollinger Racing also has high expectations as Reece Gold, from Miami, Fla., and London, England-raised Pakistani Enaam Ahmed are both in the thick of the championship battle. Gold, also still only 17, qualified on pole position for all three races in 2021 but failed to convert any of them into a victory. He set that record straight by securing his maiden Indy Pro 2000 win at New Jersey Motorsports Park last fall, and notched his first triumph of 2022 recently at Barber Motorsports Park. Ahmed, a former British F3 champion, exemplified his capabilities by claiming podium finishes in two of the four races held so far this year, in addition to posting a fastest race lap at Indianapolis during an abbreviated rookie season in 2021.

 
Other contenders among an extremely competitive field include Turn 3 Motorsport’s Josh Green, from Mount Kisco, N.Y., who won the opening race of the season in Florida; Pabst Racing’s Colin Kaminsky, from Homer Glen, Ill., who scored a runner-up finish at Barber; Brazilian Kiko Porto (DEForce Racing), who employed a victory in one of the three USF2000 races last year at Indianapolis as the springboard toward his successful championship run; and local driver Jack William Miller (Miller Vinatieri Motorsports), from Carmel, Ind., a podium finisher at the Speedway who was at the top of the timesheets in the series’ open test held in late October.

 
This weekend also will see the Road to Indy debut of social media star Lindsay Brewer, from Newport Beach, Calif., who joins the Exclusive Autosport ranks after a partial season of racing touring cars in 2021 and a concerted test program.

 
The Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Indianapolis Supporting INDYCAR Ministry will begin on Thursday, May 12, with a pair of one-hour test sessions followed by 30 minutes of official practice at 3:45 p.m. EDT. Qualifying at 8:45 a.m. on Friday morning will set the grid for Race One at 2:45 p.m. The starting positions for Race Two, at 9:10 a.m. on Saturday, will be set according to each driver’s second fastest lap in qualifying or their best lap in Race One, whichever is faster. A similar procedure will determine the grid for the third and final race at 12:10 p.m.

 

 

 

PReview

by terry daniels

it has almost become a tradition at indianapolis to say "scott dixon is the favorite to win the indianapolis 500" however  the New Zealand  driver has only drank the milk in victory lane once in his 19 previous indianapolis 500

future hall of famer and nascar's only 7 time cup champion jimmie johnson will make his rookie debut driving for chip ganassi racing johnson is still learning the road courses however has adjusted very easily to the oval tracks in the opewheel  racers

juan Pablo Montoya, Takuma Sato, Scott Dixon , Josef Newgarden, Will Power, Hélio Castroneves, Alexander Rossi and Tony Kanaan have all won the classic and have a total of 13 victories between them with Hélio Castroneves joining the elite 4time winners club last year by winning the 2021 indianapolis 500  anyone of these former winners are capable of drinking the milk in victory lane again

 2014 Indianapolis 500 and the 2012 IndyCar Series champion  ryan hunter-reay does not ride for the  106th indianapolis 500 after leaving Andretti Autosport at the end of last he however made it clear he would run selective races with another team in 2022 and i am  sure the