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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.

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

O’Ward Tunes Out Distractions, Powers to Barber Victory   

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Sunday, May 1, 2022) – With a clear mind and a fast car, Pato O’Ward returned to his winning ways Sunday by capturing the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst at Barber Motorsports Park.

O’Ward, from Mexico, earned his first victory of the season in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, beating reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion and 2021 Barber winner Alex Palou to the checkered flag by .9800 of a second. NTT P1 Award winner Rinus VeeKay finished third in the No. 21 SONAX Chevrolet.

SEE: Race Results

The third career win came after O’Ward admitted he was distracted by contract talks with Arrow McLaren SP at the first two races of the season, at St. Petersburg and Texas, where he finished 12th and 15th, respectively. O’Ward rebounded by placing fifth last month at Long Beach and returned this weekend to the form that helped him finish third in the 2021 championship standings.

“It sucks to be at war within your own team, right?” O’Ward said. “I’m glad there have been very positive talks for the future. I wanted to do it for these guys, for Arrow, for McLaren SP, Team Chevy. I was tired of being 10th and 11th and fifth, so I said, ‘Let’s get a win under our belts so we can claw our way back into the championship fight.”

O’Ward climbed from ninth to fifth in the standings with his first victory since winning Belle Isle-2 last June.

There was also movement at the top of the championship, as Palou took the lead with his third podium finish in four starts this season in the No. 10 The American Legion Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. The Spaniard leads Scott McLaughlin, 144-141, as just 10 points separate the top four drivers in the standings.

Two-time series champion Josef Newgarden, who led the points entering this race, dropped to third after finishing 14th in the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet.

The race, which took place in dry, sunny conditions after morning thunderstorms, unfolded as a strategic duel between drivers who chose a three-stop strategy and those who opted for two stops. Newgarden, Colton Herta, Romain Grosjean and Marcus Ericsson were among the contenders who elected for three stops, hoping they could lean harder on their Firestone tires during shorter stints.

But that strategy unraveled when rookie Callum Ilott spun his No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet into the gravel trap adjacent to Turn 9 on Lap 32. That incident triggered the only full-course caution of the race and essentially returned the entire 26-car field to the same tire strategy.

Nearly every driver pitted either just before or after Ilott’s incident, with VeeKay leading O’Ward, McLaughlin, Palou and Alexander Rossi as the top five on the restart on Lap 35.

Dutch driver VeeKay built a lead of 2.0875 seconds over O’Ward by Lap 60. VeeKay, O’Ward and McLaughlin pulled into the pits for their final stops in lockstep on Lap 62, with VeeKay and O’Ward taking new primary Firestone tires, while McLaughlin opted for used primary tires on his No. 3 Sonsio Team Penske Chevrolet.

VeeKay won the race off pit lane, but O’Ward pounced on the out lap. He passed VeeKay with a brave outside move in the hairpin Turn 5 and never trailed thereafter.

“(Team president Taylor Kiel) told me we were fighting for the win,” O’Ward said. “We almost got him in the pit stops. I said, ‘Man, this is the chance.’ It was so tough to follow because it’s such a fast and flowing circuit. I knew if I had the opportunity, it would have been right then and there. I knew if we got into clean air, we could kind of control the thing. Once we did that, it was cruise to Victory Lane.”

Palou made his final pit stop on Lap 64, producing sizzling in and out laps and re-entering the racetrack behind O’Ward but ahead of VeeKay. Palou kept O’Ward on his toes until the checkered flag, pulling to within .8951 of a second on Lap 73 of the 90-lap race.

But O’Ward kept his cool, managed his tire wear and eased away for victory.

“He was running second at that time,” Palou said of O’Ward on the restart. “I think we're running fourth and just that track difference, that's what what got us. I think I did a mistake on a restart and the 27 (Rossi) got us there. So, I think that was all the difference.

“The No. 5 (O’Ward) was really fast today. But yeah, so we're happy with the No. 10 American Legion Honda car was super-fast this weekend and another podium, so we were fighting until the end. We couldn't make it today, but we'll try to win at the next one.”

Up next for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are two races at the hallowed ground of the sport, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The GMR Grand Prix is set for Saturday, May 14 on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile IMS road course, while the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge will run Sunday, May 29 on the historic 2.5-mile oval. Both races will be televised live by NBC, with live coverage also from the INDYCAR Radio Network. Tickets for both races are available at IMS.com.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Results Sunday of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst NTT INDYCAR SERIES event on the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (2) Pato O'Ward, Chevrolet, 90, Running
2. (3) Alex Palou, Honda, 90, Running
3. (1) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 90, Running
4. (19) Will Power, Chevrolet, 90, Running
5. (13) Scott Dixon, Honda, 90, Running
6. (4) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 90, Running
7. (8) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 90, Running
8. (9) Graham Rahal, Honda, 90, Running
9. (5) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 90, Running
10. (10) Colton Herta, Honda, 90, Running
11. (24) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 90, Running
12. (12) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 90, Running
13. (17) Takuma Sato, Honda, 90, Running
14. (7) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 90, Running
15. (14) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 90, Running
16. (6) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 90, Running
17. (20) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 90, Running
18. (15) Jack Harvey, Honda, 90, Running
19. (22) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 90, Running
20. (18) David Malukas, Honda, 90, Running
21. (16) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 90, Running
22. (21) Kyle Kirkwood, Chevrolet, 89, Running
23. (23) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 89, Running
24. (26) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 89, Running
25. (11) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 88, Running
26. (25) Tatiana Calderon, Chevrolet, 88, Running

Race Statistics
Winner's average speed: 114.304 mph
Time of Race: 1:48:39.4368
Margin of victory: 0.9800 of a second
Cautions: 1 for 3 laps
Lead changes: 5 among 4 drivers

Lap Leaders:
VeeKay 1-29
Palou 30
Newgarden 31-32
VeeKay 33-60
Palou 61-63
O'Ward 64-90

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Point Standings:
Palou 144, McLaughlin 141, Newgarden 135, Power 134, O'Ward 114, Dixon 113, VeeKay 106, Grosjean 101, Ericsson 84, Rahal 84, Herta 79, Pagenaud 69, Rossi 62, Sato 61, Lundgaard 57, Rosenqvist 56, Castroneves 55, Johnson 51, Daly 50, Kirkwood 46, Harvey 44, Malukas 44, Ilott 37, DeFrancesco 33, Kellett 30, Calderon 25, Ferrucci 22, Carpenter 18, Hildebrand 17

 

VeeKay Delivers on Speedy Prediction with NTT P1 Award at Barber

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Saturday, April 30, 2022) – Rinus VeeKay entered Barber Motorsports Park this weekend with a hunch he would be fast.

Turns out he was right.

VeeKay earned his second career NTT P1 Award, winning the top spot Saturday for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst with a top lap of 1 minute, 6.2507 seconds in the No. 21 SONAX Chevrolet fielded by Ed Carpenter Racing. His previous pole came in October 2020 for Race 1 of the Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

SEE: Qualifying Results

“I thought we had potential,” VeeKay said. “It was a chaotic session. We knew we were in a good position, but to actually put it on pole was an accomplishment. I think the whole team maximized everything. We made the right decisions with tires, setup, everything.

“Confidence is high. I think from here we can have a great race and fight for the win, definitely.”

The 90-lap race starts at 1:15 p.m. (ET) Sunday, with live coverage from NBC and the INDYCAR Radio Network. Team Penske drivers have won the first three races of the season, with Scott McLaughlin capturing the season opener at St. Petersburg and Josef Newgarden winning at Texas and Long Beach.

VeeKay became the fourth different NTT P1 Award winner in as many races this season. Pato O’Ward will join him on the front row after a best lap of 1:06.4003 during the Firestone Fast Six in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. O’Ward’s previous best starting spot this season was 10th on the oval at Texas.

Reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion and 2021 Barber winner Alex Palou will start third after a quick lap of 1:06.4415 in the No. 10 The American Legion Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. McLaughlin will join him in the second row after a best lap of 1:06.4967 in the No. 3 Sonsio Team Penske Chevrolet.

Alexander Rossi qualified fifth, tying a season best, with a lap of 1:06.5549 in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS/AutoNation Honda. But this effort probably was far more satisfying for Andretti Autosport and Rossi than his fifth-place starting spot earlier this month at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, as crews from all four Andretti teams hustled to repair or replace the entire back half of Rossi’s car in two hours, 45 minutes after he crashed during morning practice.

Felix Rosenqvist will start sixth after his best lap of 1:06.6410 in the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. Arrow McLaren SP was the only team with more than one car in the Firestone Fast Six.

Series points leader Newgarden will start seventh in the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet after falling less than two-hundredths of a second short of earning a spot in the Firestone Fast Six.

Callum Ilott was the top rookie qualifier, grabbing a career-best 11th spot in the No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet. Ilott and a handful of other drivers were on quicker final laps at the end of the second round of qualifying when Marcus Ericsson drove into the gravel in his No. 8 Huski Chocolate Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, triggering a red flag and ending the session.

Three former series champions will need to work overtime to get to the front Sunday on the tight, 17-turn, 2.3-mile circuit after disappointing qualifying results.

Six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Scott Dixon qualified 13th in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, while 2014 series champ Will Power will start 19th in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. 2016 title winner Simon Pagenaud endured a tough Saturday, qualifying 24th in the No. 60 AutoNation/Sirius XM Honda.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Qualifying Saturday for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst NTT INDYCAR SERIES event on the 2.3 mile(s) Barber Motorsports Park, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 01:06.2507 (124.980 mph)
2. (5) Pato O'Ward, Chevrolet, 01:06.4003 (124.698)
3. (10) Alex Palou, Honda, 01:06.4415 (124.621)
4. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 01:06.4967 (124.517)
5. (27) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 01:06.5549 (124.409)
6. (7) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 01:06.6410 (124.248)
7. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 01:06.3348 (124.821)
8. (28) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 01:06.3820 (124.733)
9. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 01:06.6339 (124.261)
10. (26) Colton Herta, Honda, 01:06.7295 (124.083)
11. (77) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 01:07.2000 (123.214)
12. (8) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 01:07.3561 (122.929)
13. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 01:06.5142 (124.485)
14. (30) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 01:06.7462 (124.052)
15. (45) Jack Harvey, Honda, 01:06.6511 (124.229)
16. (06) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 01:06.8138 (123.926)
17. (51) Takuma Sato, Honda, 01:06.7541 (124.037)
18. (18) David Malukas, Honda, 01:06.8898 (123.786)
19. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:06.7775 (123.994)
20. (29) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 01:07.0242 (123.537)
21. (14) Kyle Kirkwood, Chevrolet, 01:06.8213 (123.913)
22. (20) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 01:07.0350 (123.518)
23. (4) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 01:07.6869 (122.328)
24. (60) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 01:07.1052 (123.388)
25. (11) Tatiana Calderon, Chevrolet, 01:07.9248 (121.900)
26. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 01:09.0075 (119.987)

 

Herta Sets Pace as Andretti Autosport Hurries to Head of Barber Practice

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Friday, April 29, 2022) – Andretti Autosport was on the pace Friday at Barber Motorsports Park as Colton Herta led opening practice for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst with a best lap of 1 minute, 6.5149 seconds in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda.

Defending race winner and reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Alex Palou followed closely behind in second at 1:06.5657 in the No. 10 The American Legion Honda, just .05 of a second behind Herta’s quick lap.

SEE: Practice Results

“I was really happy with how the car was,” Herta said. “We were one of the lucky ones that got to test here (recently), so we did a lot of stuff on that day to help us prepare for this weekend, and it showed. We came in here and rolled off the truck, and the car was really nice right away.”

Herta’s Andretti Autosport teammates followed closely behind as Alexander Rossi placed his No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS/AutoNation Honda third at 1:06.6657 and Romain Grosjean put the No. 28 Enevate/DHL Honda fourth with a best lap of 1:06.7046.

The Andretti Autosport trio’s rookie teammate also proved strong on the 17-turn, 2.3-mile road course. Devlin DeFrancesco spent time fastest in the practice session before ending the session in a solid 14th at 1:07.3817 in the No. 29 PowerTap Honda.

Scott McLaughlin, who won the season opener at St. Petersburg, rounded out the top five as the fastest Chevrolet driver in the No. 3 Sonsio Team Penske Chevrolet with a best lap of 1:06.8705. Callum Ilott was the fastest rookie of the day, putting down a best lap of 1:07.0861 in the No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet early in the session, good for eighth overall.

Less than a second separated the top 17 drivers in the 26-competitor field.

Missing from the top half of the practice sheets were former Barber Motorsports Park winners Josef Newgarden (2015, ’17, ’18), Simon Pagenaud (2016) and Takuma Sato (2019). Newgarden was 18th quickest at 1:07.5505 in the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet, while Pagenaud was 21st at 1:07.6916 in the No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda and Sato was 22nd at 1:07.7473 in the No. 51 Nurtec ODT Honda.

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is back in action Saturday with practice at 10 a.m. (ET), followed by NTT P1 Award qualifying at 1 p.m. and final practice at 5:20 p.m. All sessions will be live on Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR Radio Network.

 

 

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.

 

 
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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.

 

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. The race will be televised live at 1:15 p.m. (ET) on Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR Radio Network.

 

Lundqvist Holds Off Teammate Pedersen in Wet Barber Thriller

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Sunday, May 1, 2022) – Linus Lundqvist withstood a late-race charge by teammate Benjamin Pedersen and contact coming off the final turn to score a dominating Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires victory Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park.

Swedish driver Lundqvist led the entire 45-minute race from the pole and held a strong lead for most of the race in the No. 26 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing car. The race was run on a wet racetrack due to morning thunderstorms, forcing teams to compete on rain tires.

As the track dried and the treaded tires lost grip, Lundqvist saw his lead, which was nearly three seconds at one point over Pedersen’s No. 24 Global Racing Group with HMD car, shrink quickly.

Pedersen caught Lundqvist coming to the white flag and got a run entering Turn 17 on the final trip around the 17-turn, 2.3-mile circuit. Pedersen made contact with the rear of Lundqvist’s car and attempted to pass him coming to the line, falling just .1782 of a second shy at the checkered flag.

SEE: Race Results

“First, I got to say good job to my teammate Benjamin,” Lundqvist said. “That was one of the closest fights I’ve had in a very long time. I knew that it was the last lap, so I didn’t have to hold back, but obviously Benjamin gave me a good run for my money.

“I’m super happy, and a massive thank you to my HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing team. It’s just fantastic.”

Lundqvist’s fourth career Indy Lights win vaulted him into the Indy Lights championship lead after two races so far this season. It’s also gives him two wins in the last three Indy Lights races as Lundqvist won the 2021 finale at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, which was also a wet race.

Pedersen’s runner-up result tied his career best finish. The Danish driver has finished second four times during his Lights career, including last year at this track to Lundqvist.

“We touched on the last corner, but I think one more lap and I would have had him,” Pedersen said. “It was just a matter of managing the tires the whole race. Nevertheless, it’s a great team result.”

Sting Ray Robb rounded out the podium with a third-place finish in the No. 2 Sekady car fielded by Andretti Autosport. Danial Frost came home fourth in the No. 68 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing car, and Kyffin Simpson was the highest finishing rookie at fifth in the No. 21 TJ Speed Motorsports car.

The race began roughly 20 minutes after the scheduled start time due to weather and was moved from a 35-lap race to a 45-minute race. While the race was packed with action as drivers learned how to race in the wet conditions or worked overtime to keep their car on track, there was just one caution.

Eight minutes into the race, Christian Bogle spun entering Turn 16 and went off track in the No. 7 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing car, getting stuck in the gravel trap.

The action only heated up from there. With 19 minutes remaining, last year’s Indy Pro 2000 champion Christian Rasmussen was locked in a fierce duel with Manuel Sulaiman for fifth.

As Sulaiman sought to defend his position in the No. 59 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing car, the front of Rasmussen’s No. 28 Road to Indy/Stellrecht car hit the rear of Sulaiman’s car. Rasmussen lost his front wing and went off course. His Andretti Autosport team repaired the car and he finished 11th, while Sulaiman finished 10th.

As the race was nearing its end, Andretti Autosport teammates had contact that nearly brought the race under caution again. Entering Turn 5, rookie Hunter McElrea attempted to pass St. Petersburg race winner Matthew Brabham on the inside with just over two minutes remaining in the race.

McElrea’s No. 27 Andretti Autosport car lost grip and slammed the left rear of Brabham’s No. 83 Andretti Autosport car. Both drivers went off track. Brabham continued to finish seventh, while McElrea’s day was done, and he finished 12th.

The series will be back in action Friday, May 13 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course for Race 1 of a doubleheader weekend on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile track that kicks off the Month of May action at IMS. Lundqvist won Race 1 of the IMS doubleheader last season.

 

 

 

Lundqvist Continues Barber Roll with Indy Lights Pole

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Saturday, April 30, 2022) – Barber Motorsports Park has been a special place for Linus Lundqvist in his Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires career, and he took it to the next level by winning the pole for Sunday’s Indy Lights Grand Prix of Alabama.

Lundqvist posted a best lap of 1 minute, 12.5713 seconds in the No. 26 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing car midway through the 30-minute qualifying session and withstood several attempts by the other 13 drivers in the field to knock him off the top spot. Less than one second separated the top 12 qualifiers.

The performance so far mirrors his 2021 effort at Barber, where he scored the pole for Race 1 of the doubleheader weekend and drove to his first career Indy Lights win. In Race 2 of the doubleheader, he started and finished second.

SEE: Qualifying Results

“This is just great, and honestly I feel so happy,” Lundqvist said. “We’ve been flat out during these two months of no racing, trying to go a little bit faster, and I think that’s what we showed today.

“I don’t know what it is about this place. I know that I enjoy this place, both everything around it and the track itself. It seems to like both me and the car that we bring to this place. It’s just a good package.”

While nobody could match Lundqvist’s pace in the incident-free qualifying session, his teammate Benjamin Pedersen came close, qualifying second in the No. 24 Global Racing Group with HMD entry at 1:12.5929, just .0216 of a second off Lundqvist’s time.

Sting Ray Robb qualified third at 1:12.6731 in the No. 2 Sekady car, while Christian Rasmussen was the highest-qualifying rookie in fourth at 1:12.6753 in the No. 28 Road to Indy / Stellrecht car. Hunter McElrea rounded out the top five at 1:12.7964 in the No. 27 Andretti Autosport car.

Danial Frost, who dominated the weekend to this point by pacing both practice sessions in the No. 68 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing car, had a disappointing result in qualifying and will start eighth after a best lap of 1:12.9027.

Historically, qualifying up front for Indy Lights races at Barber Motorsports Park has proved incredibly important. In 16 Indy Lights races at the Birmingham, Alabama, track, the winner has started from pole 13 times. The last person to win this race not from the pole was current NTT INDYCAR SERIES star Pato O’Ward when he started second en route to his win in 2018.

Having won from the pole last year, Swedish driver Lundqvist understands the importance of his qualifying performance today on the 17-turn, 2.3-mile circuit, which secured his fourth career Indy Lights pole position.

“It’s always good to start from the front and from the pole,” Lundqvist said. “That’s the best way possible. It’s a long race, and it’s tough around this track, as well, so I’ve got to do my best to end it with a win.”

The Indy Lights Grand Prix of Alabama takes the green flag Sunday at 10:55 a.m. (ET), live on Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Radio Network.

 

 

 

Frost Heats Up Barber by Leading Lights Practice

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Friday, April 29, 2022) – Danial Frost started the Indy Lights Grand Prix of Alabama race weekend hot by pacing Friday’s sole Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires practice session.

Frost turned a best lap of 1 minute, 12.6511 seconds in the No. 68 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing car around Barber Motorsports Park after being the first driver to dip below the 1:13 mark.

SEE: Practice Results

Frost, from Singapore, showed his strength throughout practice, besting his top lap of the session multiple times in the 45-minute practice around the 17-turn, 2.3-mile road course.

“We’re just kind of getting in the rhythm of things and starting off the weekend pretty well,” Frost said. “It’s always about momentum, so we’ve got a good start. I think it’s going to be pretty good for the rest of the weekend right now.”

Last year’s Indy Pro 2000 champion Christian Rasmussen was second fastest in the No. 28 Road to Indy/Stellrecht car at 1:12.6684, with 2021 Barber-1 winner Linus Lundqvist third at 1:12.8248 in the No. 26 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing car and Benjamin Pedersen fourth at 1:12.8544 in the No. 24 Global Racing Group with HMD car.

Hunter McElrea rounded out the top five at 1:13.0577 in the No. 27 Andretti Autosport car.

So far this weekend in Birmingham, Alabama, the Indy Lights field appears to be incredibly close on the time sheet. The top 10 drivers are separated by less than a second, as Jacob Abel produced the 10th-best time at 1:13.4244 in the No. 51 Abel Speedwagon, just .7733 of a second behind Frost’s quick time.

“Now we have to keep digging in and looking for more time, because these guys are going to be doing the exact same thing,” Frost said. “Fourteen cars behind me looking for the same spot as I am. I have to do the actual work and now look for where I can find a little bit more.”

Abel was at the center of the most noteworthy incident to come out of practice. As time was running out in the session, he exited Turn 4 side-by-side with Kyffin Simpson in the No. 21 TJ Speed Motorsports car. Abel dipped his right-side tires off track and did a 360-degree spin, but he sustained no damage to the car and continued.

Indy Lights will be back in action Saturday for practice at noon (ET), followed by qualifying at 3:35 p.m. The INDYCAR Live! streaming platform and the INDYCAR Radio Network will provide live coverage of both sessions.

 

 

 

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Gold, Foster Winners in Indy Pro 2000 Rounds at Indianapolis

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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.”

 

 

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

Siegel Reclaims Points Lead with Indy Pro 2000 Victory at Barber

Gavin Baker

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Nolan Siegel of DEForce Racing today became the first two-time winner in 2022 Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires competition. The youngest driver in the field at 17, Siegel romped to a flag-to-flag victory in Race 2 of the Andersen Interior Contracting Grand Prix of Alabama held at Barber Motorsports Park, and now holds a five-point lead in a closely fought title chase.

 
Reigning Indy Pro 2000 vice champion Braden Eves of Jay Howard Driver Development finished second with Englishman Louis Foster rounding out the podium for Exclusive Autosport.

 

 
Siegel, who claimed his second Cooper Tires Pole Award yesterday, was in command from the drop of the green flag but all eyes were on a tremendous race long battle between Eves and Foster, who made a fantastic start to vault from sixth on the grid to third, behind front row qualifier Eves.

 
Foster made numerous attempts to displace Eves, favoring an attempt in Turn Five, but Eves was flawless under pressure. The battle allowed Siegel a bit of breathing room as he turned incredibly consistent lap times throughout the majority of the 30-lap race. He took the checkered flag with a .7522 second advantage earning bonus points for pole and most laps led as well as another PFC Award for team owners David and Ernesto Martinez.

 
Foster, who claimed his third podium of the year, earned an additional point for fastest race lap.

 
Enaam Ahmed of Juncos Hollinger Racing finished fourth – his third top-four finish of the season – with Reece Gold rounding out the top five after his flag-to-flag victory yesterday.

 
In addition to Foster, Salvador De Alba was another driver to make a masterful start on the 2.3-mile road course. De Alba, in his first season of Indy Pro 2000 competition, vaulted from 14th to ninth on the opening lap and later gained another spot when Jordan Missig (Pabst Racing), who qualified 10th, spun in the early stages. With a gain of six positions, De Alba picked up his first Tilton Hard Charger Award for Jay Howard Driver Development.

 
In the 92 total laps completed at Barber Motorsports Park, between the Indy Pro 2000 series and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, only one lap was turned under yellow.

 
Indy Pro 2000 will return to competition for Rounds 5/6/7 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on May 12-14.

 
Provisional Points after 4 of 18 Rounds:

 
1. Nolan Siegel, 96
2. Louis Foster, 91
3. Braden Eves, 83
4. Reece Gold, 74
5. Enaam Ahmed, 74
6. Josh Green, 72
7. Kiko Porto, 61
8. Colin Kaminsky, 50
9. Jack William Miller, 47
10. Wyatt Brichacek, 43 / Yuven Sundaramoorthy 43

 
Nolan Siegel (#8 Towne Ford/Race for RP- DEForce Racing Tatuus IP-22): “This is great. It’s been a difficult weekend for the team so to end it with a win is fantastic. It’s really hard to pass here so it was great to be on pole and lead the first few laps. After that, it was all about consistent laps. It can be difficult to be out in front like that, especially after the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race and all their rubber. It was about feeling it out for those first few laps.

 
“It’s been a good start to the season. I think it was so important for me to be with the same team, the same engineer, the same mechanics. It’s all about building on the foundation from last year. Now, we just keep doing what we’ve been doing.”

 
Braden Eves (#4 CCFI/Huston Insurance/Addison Holdings – Jay Howard Driver Development Tatuus IP-22): “Unfortunately, we couldn’t get it done on the first lap. Nolan pinched me into the grass a bit on that first straight which put me on the back foot, but he did a good job pacing the field. Louis was so fast; he was coming the entire time. I struggled with Turn Two all weekend and the only good passing zone is directly after that, so that left me really vulnerable. Louis kept the pressure on, which left me being slightly defensive, so I’m glad I was able to hold onto second. That was really important for us. Good points, and we’re closer to the points lead than we were coming in and we have good momentum. The team has done a fantastic job. I came up .0069 of a second short in qualifying, so we’ll fix that at Indy.”

 
Louis Foster (#90 Copart.com/Novara Technologies – Exclusive Autosport Tatuus IP-22): “You need very strong race pace to move forward at this track and while we had good pace, we just weren’t able to put it together for qualifying. We looked at our theoreticals after qualifying and we were basically P1 or P2 for both sessions but I made a few mistakes which meant we started a bit further back. This weekend could have a bit better points-wise, but I think we disproved a bit the theory that you can’t overtake at Barber – we went from sixth to fourth yesterday and sixth to third today. We just couldn’t get past Braden, though we were challenging him in Turn 5 every lap. I tried to get inside of him and he moved across on me, so I couldn’t get past. Great job by the team, the car was mint in both races, I’m just sorry I couldn’t get it together in quali. Now we go to IMS, and hopefully finally get that first win.”

 

Rowe Romps to Second Win of the Season at Barber

Gavin Baker

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Myles Rowe put an exclamation point to his 2022 championship aspirations at Barber Motorsports Park this afternoon following a flawless performance en route to his second consecutive victory in the three rounds held to date of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. The 21-year-old Pabst Racing driver from Atlanta, Ga., claimed his first Cooper Tires Pole Award yesterday and has now moved into the championship lead albeit equal in points with teammate Jace Denmark.

 
New Zealander Billy Frazer continued his fine form from the opening rounds to finish second for Exclusive Autosport with Michael d’Orlando – who was second in the championship last year – claiming his first podium of the season following a pair of fourth-place finishes in St. Petersburg.

 

 
Rowe held his own in a chaotic opening lap that saw front-row qualifier Bijoy Garg of DEForce Racing fall to fifth and third-place starter Jagger Jones of Cape Motorsports relinquished to 10th. When the field began their second lap around the scenic Barber Motorsports Park road course, it was Simon Sikes of Legacy Autosport settling nicely into second with Frazer third and d’Orlando fourth.

 
The pointy end of the field remained unchanged for the first 15 laps until Frazer began his hunt in earnest for Sikes. The pair were side-by-side on Lap 16 in the Turn Seven-Eight combo with Frazer pulling an over/under to nab second and Sikes going off-track. Sikes resumed in fifth with a thank you from both d’Orlando – who posted the fastest lap of the race – and Garg who gained a position.

 
Rowe toured the final lap of the 2.3-mile circuit with a comfortable 1.7 second advantage at the checkers earning the second PFC Award for team owner Augie Pabst.

 
Following Sikes in fifth, Thomas Nepveu (DEForce Racing), Christian Weir (Turn 3 Motorsport), Nicky Hays (Cape Motorsports), Jagger Jones and Spike Kohlbecker (Turn 3 Motorsport w/Ignite Autosport) rounded out the top 10.

 
In earlier qualifying this morning for Round 2 of the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Alabama, Weir has claimed his first career Cooper Tires Pole Award and will lead the field to the green at 9:00 am CDT tomorrow.

 
Provisional Points after 3 of 18 Rounds:

 
1.      Myles Rowe, 67
2.      Jace Denmark, 67
3.      Billy Frazer, 65
4.      Michael d’Orlando, 60
5.      Bijoy Garg, 47
6.      Jagger Jones, 47
7.      Simon Sikes, 46
8.      Thomas Nepveu, 38
9.      Spike Kohlbecker, 35
10.    Christian Weir, 32 / Nicky Hays, 32
 
Myles Rowe (#22 Penske Entertainment/Pabst Racing Tatuus USF-22): “It is awesome to win here, I have so much family here – I had no idea so many of them were here! It means so much to me since I saw my first open-wheel race at Barber when I was 16. I remember watching Will (Power) and Helio (Castroneves) – they talked to me after the race and Helio invited me into the transporter. That was such a revolutionary moment for me, and my passion for racing skyrocketed after that. I fell in love with racing more than I thought possible here at Barber, so to win here is so amazing.

 
“The pressure was on right from the start. I want to apologize to Jagger, I had no idea he was trying to stick with me on the outside. It was a great pace, great consistency – huge thanks to Pabst Racing for giving me such a great car. Today was all about starting well, keeping it out front and managing the race from there. I gained a good bit of confidence at St. Pete – being the first race of the year and a street course, you know that if you do well there, you have good adaptability and you’ll probably do well everywhere. It was good to know the pace is there. It’s just about executing from there.”
 
Billy Frazer (#92 Corpay Cross-Border Solutions/Exclusive Autosport Tatuus USF-22): “Barber has a reputation as a difficult track to pass at, but I think I proved that wrong today. Sixth to second, I’m super proud of myself and of the team. I was greedy on the first lap and it almost cost me - we were three-wide for most of it. I went onto the grass on the museum corner but I kept it together and was able to pressure Simon into a late mistake. We faced adversity earlier in the weekend, in quali two, so I know I have a tough job ahead of me in Race Two tomorrow, but as the guys said on the radio, these are the races that win championships.”
 
Michael d’Orlando (#4 Focused Project Management/Cape Motorsports Tatuus USF-22): “My start wasn’t terrible, but it could have been way better. I started on the inside of Row 3 so I wasn’t in the best position. Jagger went, then Billy went around the outside and I was a sitting duck. I made up one position and sat in fourth for most of the race. I was trying to chase them down, so I got the fastest race lap, but I focused on being smooth and safe. Simon went off late and I found myself in P3. I’m super proud of that race and I’m looking for more tomorrow.”

 

 

 
 
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DateTrackTrack type
27th Feb.Streets of St PetersburgStreet circuit
20th Mar.Texas Motor SpeedwayOval
10th Apr.Streets of Long BeachStreet circuit
1st MayBarber Motorsports ParkRoad course
14th MayIndianapolis Motor SpeedwayRoad course
29th MayIndianapolis Motor SpeedwayOval
5th Jun.Raceway at Bells Isle ParkStreet circuit
12th Jun.Road AmericaRoad course
3rd Jul.Mid-Ohio Sports Car CourseRoad course
17th Jul.Streets of TorontoStreet circuit
23rd Jul.Iowa SpeedwayOval
24th Jul.Iowa SpeedwayOval
30th Jul.Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayRoad course
7th Aug.Streets of NashvilleStreet circuit
20th Aug.World Wide Technology RacewayOval
4th Sep.Portland International RacewayRoad course
11th Sep.WeatherTech Raceway Laguna SecaRoad course

 

 

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2022 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Schedule

DateTrackLocation
2/27/22Streets of St. PetersburgSt. Petersburg FL
4/1/22Barber Motorsports ParkBirmingham AL
5/13/22Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road CourseSpeedway IN
5/14/22Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road CourseSpeedway IN
6/4/22The Raceway at Belle Isle ParkDetroit MI
6/5/22The Raceway at Belle Isle ParkDetroit MI
6/12/22Road AmericaElkhart Lake WI
7/3/22Mid-Ohio Sports Car CourseLexington OH
7/23/22Iowa SpeedwayNewton IA
8/7/22Streets of NashvilleNashville TN
8/20/22World Wide Technology RacewayMadison IL
9/4/22Portland International RacewayPortland OR
9/10/22WeatherTech Raceway Laguna SecaSalinas CA
9/11/22WeatherTech Raceway Laguna SecaSalinas CA
 

Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship 2022 Schedule

 February 26/27                 
 
 Streets of St. Petersburg               
 
 1.8-mile street course*
 April 30/May 1 Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile road course*
 May 13/14 
 
 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.439-mile road course**           
 
 May 27 Lucas Oil Raceway
 
 .686-mile oval
 
 June 11/12 Road America 4.014-mile road course*
 
 July 2/3 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road course**
 July 16/17 Streets of Toronto 1.786-mile street circuit*
 September 2/3/4 Portland International Raceway 1.967-mile road course**

 * Double-Header Rounds    **Triple-Header Rounds

 

 

 

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Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires 2022 Schedule  
 

 February 26/27                 
 
 Streets of St. Petersburg               
 
 1.8-mile street course*
 April 30/May 1 Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile road course*
 May 13/14 
 
 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.439-mile road course**           
 
 May 27 Lucas Oil Raceway
 
 .686-mile oval
 
 June 11/12 Road America 4.014-mile road course*
 
 July 2/3 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road course*
 July 16/17 Streets of Toronto 1.786-mile street circuit*
 August 20 World Wide Technology Raceway 1.25-mile oval
 September 2/3/4 Portland International Raceway 1.967-mile road course**

* Double-Header Rounds      **Triple-Header Rounds

USF Juniors Presented by Cooper Tires

Rounds
1/2/3
4/5
6/7/8
9/10
11/12/13
14/15/16
Date
April 23/24
April 28/29
June 4/5
July 8/9
July 30/31
September 17/18
Circuit
Ozarks International Raceway w/USAC Racing
Barber Motorsports Park w/INDYCAR
Virginia International Raceway w/USAC Racing
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course w/NASCAR
Road America w/USAC Racing
Circuit of The Americas w/USAC Racing

 

 

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