Revamped Indy Lights to return in 2021
The Indy Lights sequence will return subsequent 12 months with a major variety of modifications geared toward enhancing automobile counts, development to the NTT IndyCar Collection, driver security, and forging a brand new pipeline outdoors of the Highway To Indy.
On the vehicular entrance, the fleet of 2015 Dallara IL-15s can be outfitted with new titanium halos, and to help the 2021 champion of their quest to fulfill the budgetary must land a seat within the massive sequence, the title winner may have $1.25 million in hand to safe a three-race deal, together with the Indy 500.
Effectively-established with its three tiers of USF2000, Indy Professional 2000, and Indy Lights, the Highway To Indy will supply a brand new scholarship for the winner of the rival Components Regional Americas sequence to compete on the prime step of the ladder. Sweden’s Linus Lindqvist, newly-crowned FRA champion, will be a part of the Indy Lights sequence in 2021 alongside 2019 Indy Professional 2000 and scholarship winner Kyle Kirkwood, who was unable to make use of his development prize as a result of cancellation of the Lights season, and the upcoming winner of the 2020 Indy Professional 2000 championship.
One other new characteristic of offering IndyCar checks for the highest three within the Lights championship was additionally unveiled. A ten-event, 18-race calendar is anticipated to be confirmed earlier than the tip of the month.
“After cautious planning with the IndyCar workforce, we’re happy to verify the thrilling addition of a season-ending IndyCar take a look at on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway quickly after the 2021 season,” mentioned Dan Andersen, whose Andersen Promotions agency runs the Highway To Indy. “We proceed to discover further methods to strengthen the Indy Lights championship. Within the interim, we need to unfold the phrase that Indy Lights can be again and will probably be stronger than ever.”
For Kirkwood, the pre-season championship favourite signed to Andretti Autosport, the resumption of his march in direction of IndyCar was welcome information.
“As of two weeks in the past all the things was up within the air, so now with the brand new halo, and the IndyCar checks and all the things else, it’s a terrific step ahead,” the Floridian informed RACER. “I’ve pushed a automobile with the halo, and it’s a terrific factor for us to have in Indy Lights. I’m so glad there’s now one thing in place. This entire 12 months has been in limbo, however I’ve been in a position to put issues collectively in IMSA in LMP3, and if it wasn’t for the shortage of a season in Indy Lights, I doubt I’d have regarded to race some other place, so this has been an excellent growth in sports activities vehicles and we’ve made the perfect of it.”
The HMD Motorsports workforce deliberate to area a three-car Indy Lights program in 2020, however diverted its efforts to FRA. In line with workforce supervisor Mike Maurini, HMD is headed again and has obtained quite a few encouraging inquiries.
“The announcement is thrilling, and everyone is aware of David Malukas goes to come back again and run the 2021 season, and we’ve been talking the three different drivers, some in Europe, who need to come race in the US, and so they’d be front-runners,” he mentioned. “We’ll run two vehicles, for certain, and need to run three, so it’s a case of discovering a funded driver to be in that automobile. After we switched to FRA program, we stored everyone that was with is to begin the 12 months, stored everyone paid, and our workforce proprietor Henry Malukas has taken care of the complete workforce. We all know Andretti is the benchmark, and that’s what we’re aiming for.”