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  • July 3, 2022

McLaughlin scores Team Penske’s 6 win in 2022 at Mid-Ohio

(LEXINGTON, OHIO) – What a season Team Penske has had in 2022. Only winning 3 races in 2021 (Mid-Ohio, Indianapolis & Bommarito) then turn the page to 2022 with wins at St. Petersburg, Texas, Long Beach, Belle Isle, Road America and now today with Scott McLaughlin’s win at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio gives Team Penske 6 wins on the season. 

On a day when virtually every driver in the field left the track with a story to tell, it was McLaughlin, who brought home Team Penske’s 6 win in 2022 when he held off reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Alex Palou in the No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda over the final 17 laps, beating him to the finish line by 0.55 seconds.

Today’s finish was the second time this season these two drivers have finished first and second in that order — the first was in the season-opening race in St. Pete, when McLaughlin won his first series race. That gap in the end was just 0.5 sec, and Palou was satisfied with second after being edged out of the Fast 6 in qualifying on Saturday. Palou rose to 4th in the standings, just 35 points back. McLaughlin jumped two positions to seventh in the standings, 69 points back of Ericsson, the winner of the Indianapolis 500.

“It was so close,” Palou said. “Our car was fast, we just missed it by this much. Amazing strategy, amazing pit stops — super-happy.”

McLaughlin’s 3rd podium of the season and Palou’s fourth allowed them to close in on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship. Marcus Ericsson held his points lead with a sixth-place finish in the No. 8 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda, but he is now just 20 points ahead of Power. Josef Newgarden, who finished seventh, is third, 34 points back.

Credit to McLaughlin and the No. 3 team who executed their race flawlessly, but they also caught a massive break when a caution was needed to retrieve Kyle Kirkwood’s car right in the middle of a pit window and race control opted to wait until the three cars that had yet to stop. The yellow finally waved just as McLaughlin exited the pits in the lead, and eliminated any vulnerability on his out lap. The call caused some chagrin among some of the others in the top 10.

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“This is amazing,” McLaughlin said. “I’m really proud of the (Team Penske crew). The car they gave me was a little hard to drive toward the end. I would love to make it a little bit easier for myself, but I’m super proud of them.

“It was tough,” said McLaughlin of spending the rest of the afternoon trying to keep the No.10 Ganassi car in his mirrors.  “You’re thinking about fuel (at the end of the race), but thankfully Chevy gave us great fuel mileage and drivability off the restarts that allowed me to get a bit of a gap from Palou.”

Following McLaughlin, the standout drive of the day belonged to the driver of the car just behind him in third. 2014 NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Will Power, who rallied from the 21st starting spot and a Lap 1 spin in Turn 9 to his 4th podium finish of the season in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

“Amazing day,” he said. “I said in a strategy meeting — which I have a few times this year after we’ve qualified badly — a top 10 would be great. Some good restarts, good exchanges, good pit stops, good strategy and a great job by the team. Starting from the back is certainly more entertaining than leading from the front! Stoked.”

Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay finished 4th in the No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team with BitNile Chevrolet, his only complaint afterwards being about what he thought was some overly boisterous driving from Power. Ericsson and Newgarden, meanwhile, both salvaged a decent points haul after disappointing qualifying performances and finished sixth and seventh respectively. and six-time Mid-Ohio race winner Scott Dixon rounded out the top five in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

“The race control yellow happens, but now they’re waiting — that’s kind of new,” said Scott Dixon. “Had the caution happened when it should have, I think we’d have come out in front. Today we looked like an IMSA race. And I’m fine with that, but we need to be consistent. I think race control needs to work out where they want to be.”

The 1st stoppage came on Lap 1 for a waved-off start, and the 2nd was on Lap 10 for a mechanical failure on the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet of Felix Rosenqvist, who was running third when his car started hitting the rev limiter in Turn 2 and then billowed smoke.

“I came out of Turn 2 and it felt like I was on the pit limiter, then it got going again after I pulled the clutch ,and then on the straight it just died. I think we had a mega weekend going; we were off-strategy on the black tires, I’d moved up from fourth to third… it’s a big loss for us today. I felt like we were sailing out there. We showed that we were up there and fighting for it – we just have to come back and do it again.”

It was an forgettable day for NTT P1 Award winner Pato O’Ward, who started 1st and led the 1st 28 laps in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. However, on Lap 30, O’Ward began reporting power issues on his car.

By Lap 54, O’Ward’s car had completely lost power as it stalled at the end of pit lane. His Arrow McLaren SP team pushed his car back to the pit box, where O’Ward exited and ended the streak of Mid-Ohio polesitters winning the race at three.

O’Ward’s misfortunate allowed McLaughlin, who started second, to inherit the lead during a round of green flag pit stop cycles on Lap 31.

“Apparently it was something fuel-delivery wise,” he said. “It kept getting worse and worse and worse and then it failed. It’s a bummer, man. Its frustrating. We’ve thrown away an easy podium. We had a lot of pace — the car was really well put together.”

As it was a awful day for Arrow McLaren, maybe a worse day for Andretti Autosport. Alexander Rossi and Romain Grosjean came together twice in two laps; the second one being amplified by Rossi’s steering wheel being knocked out of his hands mid-corner, sending him wide and punting Grosjean into the dirt. The Frenchman was left a lap down.

“It was a racing incident,” said Rossi. “He was on the softer tire and was probably going to get around me, and he likes to do it fast and early. Had some understeer there, and it’s unfortunate to have contact with a teammate.”

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES takes a week off before heading to Toronto for the first time in 3 years due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Honda Indy Toronto will take place Sunday, July 17 at 3 p.m. (ET), live on Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR Radio Network.

 

 

 

O’Ward drives to Mid-Ohio IndyCar pole

(LEXINGTON, OHIO) – So far in this crazy 2022 NTT INDYCAR Series season, there have been 8 different pole winners well now make that 9. 

After all the dust settled on Saturday, Pato O’Ward, won his 1st NTT P1 Award in 2022 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. With O’Ward winning today that makes the 9th different driver to win the award and that hasn’t happened since 1961, when there were also 9 different pole winners to start the year. The record for most different pole winners to start a season is 10 set in 1952

O’Ward laid down the fastest lap of qualifying of 1:06.70 in his #5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet that gave him a .13 sec lead over Scott McLaughlin

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“It was a good session for us,” he said. “I couldn’t get the lap together in the first two sessions but was able to in the third one. It’s huge man — it’s a track position race. The best position we’ve started here is I think 18th, so first is definitely a lot better than that! The car’s been great. We didn’t roll off the truck the best, but we made some changes overnight, and we got her in the window.”

“It’s a long race and a lot can happen,” he said. “But we’re in a great starting position, we have the best view into Turn 1 and we’re going to be giving it hell tomorrow.”

After scoring the pole today, O’Ward captured his 5th NTT P1 Award in his career. Following O’Ward in the front row will be McLaughlin (1:06.83), this is his best starting spot since Texas, the 2nd race of the year. Colton Herta checks in at P3 (1:07.02) following him is fellow Arrow McLaren team mate Felix Rosenqvist (1:07.21) P5 is filled by a familiar name at Mid-Ohio, Scott Dixon (1:07.40) and finishing out the Firestone Fast 6 was Meyer Shank driver Simon Pagenaud (1:07.41). 

Someone that is getting a lot of buzz for the Rookie of the Year Award is Dale Coyne driver David Malukas, who was the highest qualifying rookie at Mid-Ohio with a lap of 1:06.82, which slots him at P8. Malukas was followed by fellow rookies Kyle Kirkwood (1:06.95) P9 and Juncos Hollinger Racing driver Callum Ilott (1:06.95) who checked in at P10. 

“It’s really frustrating,” Malukas said. “I’m not too sure how he made it through without getting an impediment (penalty). I’m not sure how that works. If I’d lifted, I would have impeded Kyle (Kirkwood). We had the pace. It hurts; it really hurts. But the fact we’re upset about eighth shows we’re making progress.”

As great of a day as it was for O’Ward, the opposite can be said about a few championship contenders that are going to have some work to do on Sunday. First, Indy 500 winner and current points leader Marcus Ericsson putting down a lap of 1:07.14, which was only good enough for P13.

Second, Will Power is just 27 pts behind Ericsson in the Series standings put himself into quiet a tough spot for Sunday’s race. Power was swerving side-to-side to warm up his tires before a quick run when he inadvertently blocked an unsighted Helio Castroneves in doing so, Power was docked both of his two fastest laps and a chance to transfer. With the penalty, Power will start P21 and will have a lot of track position to make up. This is Power’s 3rd consecutive start outside the top 15 and his worst-ever start at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. 

Lastly, maybe the hottest driver as of late in the series, Josef Newgarden, who qualified at P14. It was obvious, Newgarden was struggling to find open track that would allow him to putdown a quick & clean lap without the impediment of slower cars and this qualifying effort tied his worst of 2022.

“Just traffic,” he said. “That’s all it was. The car’s fine. Just traffic. It’s just IndyCar qualifying. It’s a tight track, I’m first out and catch the slowpokes. I was catching (Tatiana) Calderon and (Jimmie) Johnson, but I had O’Ward behind me so I can’t block him, so it’s a bad spot. I know they’re trying hard but…. just needed to be behind some faster cars.”

 

Driver Quotes

Herta Tops 2nd Practice Session

(LEXINGTON, OHIO) – After the clock ran out on practice session #2 today, Colton Herta found himself at the top of the lap chart at Mid-Ohio

For Sunday’s race the Honda Indy 200, driver of the Gainbridge Andretti Autosport Honda laid down a lap of 1:07.02, followed by Will Power (1:07.03), who was forced to stop on the course with a mechanical issue, Penske Team Mate & Friday’s fastest driver Josef Newgarden (1:07.05) was P3, Rookie of the Year Candidate David Malukas (1:07.09) was P4 & rounding out of the top 5 Alex Palou (1:07.15). 

“It feels very good. The track changed a lot and a few of the changes we made might have been a little too aggressive but I was pretty happy,“ Malukas told NBC Sports

The 45-minute session started on a track rendered very clean due to overnight rain that made for a interesting opening laps, with a handful of drivers finding themselves n off-course excursions with no major consequences. First was Devlin DeFrancesco, who triggered a red flag just 3 minutes into the session by sliding off course at the Keyhole and clouting the tire barrier, causing minor damage to his car’s front wing. He was 1 of 4 drivers to slide off at the Keyhole in the opening 10 minutes.

Later, Dalton Kellett triggered the 2nd red flag of this morning’s session with 13 minutes left due to over shooting into the tire barriers at Turn 12, with minor front-end damage to his car. 

Ed Carpenter Racing driver Rinus VeeKay (1:07.19) was P6, Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward (1:07.25) & Felix Rosenqvist (1:07.31) finished P7, P8 respectively, Scott McLaughlin (1:07.33) was P9 & Indy 500 winner & current series points leader Marcus Ericsson (1:07.37) was P10.

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NEXT: Qualifying, 2:45pm ET, Peacock

No Surprise! Newgarden Tops Charts at Mid-Ohio

(LEXINGTON, OHIO) – Same Ol, Same Ol. different track, but the same result. Josef Newgarden opened up practice session #1 today at Mid-Ohio for the NTT INDYCAR Series Honda Indy 200 by putting himself at the top of the charts.

Newgarden, who scored his 1st win along with Team Penske’s 1st win in 2021 at Mid-Ohio, found himself at the top of the time charts while driving on the alternative red Firestone tires. 

Newgarden turned a lap of 1:07.05 which give him a little bit of breathing room from Alex Palou, who turned a quick lap of 1:07.26 which put himself 2nd on the charts, rounding out of the top 5 was Aarow McLaren driver Felix Rosenqvist 1:07.31, Indy 500 winner & current points leader Marcus Ericsson 1:07.37 & Colton Herta with a lap of 1:07.49. 

“The car feels really good,” Newgarden said. “I think the (temperatures) definitely made the trap speed low, and it felt very difficult to drive the car today to bring it up to temperature. I’m relatively happy. I think our car was good off the truck.

There were a few drivers who struggled in practice on Friday, Callum Ilott, Romain Grosjean & Takuma Sato.

The highest charting rookie on Friday was the other Dale Coyne entry & Rookie of the Year candidate David Malukas of HMD Honda, who turned a lap of 1:07.53, which placed him at P8 after the 1st day of practice. 

“Everything from our end, I think it was very good,” Malukas said. “From start to end of that session it was good. Mid-Ohio is so special, because every time you go out on track, it feels completely different, and track conditions to start the session were very tough to say the least.”

UP NEXT: The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is back on track at Mid-Ohio Saturday with Practice 2 at 9:30 a.m.(ET), followed by qualifying for the NTT P1 Award for pole at 2:45 p.m.

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Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Preview

(LEXINGTON, OHIO) – After a 3 week break, the NTT IndyCar Series enters the 2nd half of the 2022 season as they travel to another road course, this time its at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course at Lexington, Ohio for the Honda Indy 200

Mid-Ohio is a 2.258 mile, 13 turn road course that offers alittle bit of everything, from elevation changes to high speed, flowing & tight corners with narrow racing and don’t forget how challenging pit road can be at times. 

Race: 80 Laps / 180.64 Miles

Entry List

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Driver Quotes


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Firestone tire allotment: 6 sets of primary black tires & 4 sets of alternate red tires along with 1 additional set of primary black tires available to rookies to use for 1st practice, while when 1 set of alternate red tires may also be used and returned to Firestone after the session.

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2021 Race Winner: Josef Newgarden

2021 NTT P1 Award Winner: Josef Newgarden (1:06.67 121.9 MPH)

Qualifying Record: Simon Pagenaud (July 30th, 2016) 1:03.87 127.2 MPH

Track Schedule

Friday, July 1
3:30-4:45 pm/et – 1st practice – Peacock Premium

Saturday, July 2
9:30-10:30 am/et – 2nd practice – Peacock Premium
2:45-4:00 pm/et – Qualifying – Peacock Premium

Sunday, July 3
9:45-10:15 am/et – Warm-up – Peacock Premium
12:30 pm/et – NBC broadcast begins
12:46 pm/et –
“Drivers, start your engines” – NBC live

12:53 pm/et – Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (80 laps) – NBC live

Race Notes

  • 6 different winners in the 1st 8 races of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR Series (McLaughlin, Newgarden x 3, O’Ward, Herta, Ericsson & Power)
  • 6 different winners in last 10 NTT INDYCAR SERIES races (Herta, McLaughlin, Newgarden, O’Ward, Ericsson & Power)
  • 6 of last 7 races were won by a front row starter
  • There have been 2 or fewer cautions in 7 straight races at Mid-Ohio
  • On Sunday, the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio will be the 39th INDYCAR SERIES race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • Johnny Rutherford won the 1st INDYCAR SERIES race at Mid-Ohio in 1980
  • Scott Dixon is the winningest INDYCAR SERIES driver at Mid-Ohio with 6 wins
  • Other previous Mid-Ohio winners: Graham Rahal, Simon Pagenaud, Alexander Rossi, Will Power & Colton Herta

Active Winners

Scott Dixon (6) 2019, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2009 & 2007

Helio Castroneves (2) 2001, 2000

Josef Newgarden (2) 2021, 2017

Graham Rahal (1) 2015

Simon Pagenaud (1) 2016

Alexander Rossi (1) 2018

Will Power (1) 2020

Colton Herta (1) 2020

Active Pole Winners

Will Power (5) 2020, 2019, 2017, 2012 & 2010

Helio Castroneves (2) 2008, 2007

Scott Dixon (2) 2015, 2011

Simon Pagenaud (1) 2016

Alexander Rossi (1) 2018

Colton Herta (1) 2020

Josef Newgarden (1) 2021

 

Fast 6 Prediction

  1. Josef Newgarden
  2. Will Power
  3. Alex Palou
  4. Marcus Ericsson
  5. Colton Herta
  6. Alexander Rossi

Others:

Felix Rosenqvist
Pato O’Ward
Romain Grosjean
Scott McLaughlin

 

Fantasy

Locks:

Josef Newgarden
Alex Palou
Will Power
Alexander Rossi
Colton Herta

Sleepers:

Graham Rahal
Romain Grosjean
Marcus Ericsson
Rinus VeeKay
Jack Harvey
Simon Pagenaud

Fades:
Scott Dixon
Felix Rosenqvist
Helio Castroneves
Takuma Sato
Conor Daly

 

Pre Race Quote

“I think we’re getting better. Our car is better, we made some changes in the offseason and into making our car just better. Not much faster but definitely easier to drive in a way. We haven’t really hammered it everywhere but we’ve been quick. We’ve been qualifying in the Fast 6 ever since Barber. That’s huge for us. I told the team pole is cool but I don’t really care about the pole I care about Fast 6’s. As long as you’re in the Fast 6, you always have a chance.” – Pato O’Ward

Herta quickest at IMS road course testing

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – With alittle over 1 month before the Gallagher Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 8 drivers along with 4 teams were in attendance on Thursday for a testing session on a hot Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. 

A pair of Andretti Autosport cars Colton Herta and Alexander Rossi were the fastest in testing followed by both Arrow McLaren SP cars, another pair Andretti teammates, and solo entries from both A.J. Foyt Racing and Paretta Autosport/Ed Carpenter Racing. 

“It was an up and down day, which is good for a test because you learn about what you do and don’t want to bring to the track,” Herta said. “This track can be pretty brutal for setup; you can be quick one time and then way off the next, so we’re trying to stay consistent for when we come back in a little over a month. It was pretty hot, which we expect it to be for the race, so overall, I’d say this was a productive day.”

“I thought today might have been the most productive day we’ve had all year,” A.J. Foyt’s Kyle Kirkwood stated. “We have a lot of cool stuff on the car and got a lot of reads on what worked and what didn’t. Mostly, it was a lot of what worked. Everyone went fastest right away in the morning on new tires, and then we were quick in the afternoon when it got hot; we were really good on used tires, so it gives us a lot of confidence on what we can take from this test.”

Recently resigned Arrow McLaren SP driver Felix Rosenqvist turned the most laps at 93, with Paretta/ECR’s Simona De Silvestro next turning 91.

All times unofficial:

1. Colton Herta (Andretti Autosport Honda) 1:10.55

2. Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) 1:10.74

3. Pato O’Ward (Arrow McLaren SP Chevy) 1:10.78

4. Felix Rosenqvist (Arrow McLaren SP Chevy) 1:10.81

5. Romain Grosjean (Andretti Autosport Honda) 1:11.14

6. Devlin DeFrancesco (Andretti Autosport Honda) 1:11.39

7. Kyle Kirkwood (A.J. Foyt Racing Chevy) 1:11.44

8. Simona De Silvestro (Paretta Autosport/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevy) 1:11.85

Rosenqvist In Fold For 2023 and Beyond

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – McLaren Racing announced today it has signed a multi-year deal with Felix Rosenqvist to remain on the team’s driver roster from 2023 and beyond.

McLaren Racing is currently in the process of evaluating its driver line-ups for 2023 with the newly formed McLaren Formula E Team set to embark on its debut season in the all-electric racing series and plans to expand Arrow McLaren SP into a three-car team with Felix set to be driving in one of the two series.

Felix, from Värnamo, Sweden, joined Arrow McLaren SP in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2021. Since joining the series in 2019, when he was named Rookie of the Year, Felix has secured three podiums and two pole positions. Felix recently finished the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in an impressive fourth place, and currently occupies a spot in the top-10 among a competitive drivers’ championship.

Rosenqvist’s racing career also includes a stint in Formula E, having raced in the series for three seasons from 2016 to 2019, winning three races, securing six pole positions and seven podiums.

The full Arrow McLaren SP and McLaren Formula E 2023 driver line-ups will be confirmed in due course.

Felix Rosenqvist, said:

“I’m delighted to be remaining with McLaren for 2023 and beyond. With the team expanding into Formula E next season, it provides additional opportunities for me both in the USA and Europe and I look forward to being in a position to announce my plans in the coming weeks. I’ve loved my time with the Arrow McLaren SP Team in IndyCar driving the No. 7 car and we’ve had some great moments together, including securing pole earlier this year in Texas and coming home P4 in the Indy 500. I’m excited and grateful to be given this opportunity to explore the new options available to utilize my experience to help McLaren start 2023 on the strongest possible footing.”

Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing, said:

“I’m delighted to be continuing our relationship with Felix. He’s a fantastic racer, with a lot of experience in many different types of racing cars. As a proven race winner in both categories, it was important for us to secure his talent within the McLaren Racing family as we work to finalize our plans for 2023. His experience in Formula E would be invaluable as we head into this exciting new era of racing for McLaren Racing but he has also made a fantastic contribution to our IndyCar team. I look forward to working together with him to finalize the best opportunity for him next season.”

Newgarden Fastest at Iowa IndyCar test

IOWA – This past Monday, 19 NTT IndyCar Series drivers were in action at the 0.875-mile Iowa oval, and the times set in the morning and afternoon, the Team Penske’s trio of cars Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Scott McLaughlin topped the field in preparation for next month’s doubleheader race weekend.

Along with Team Penske, others teams that tested were A.J. Foyt Racing, Arrow McLaren SP, Chip Ganassi Racing, Dale Coyne Racing, Meyer Shank Racing, and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Drivers kept busy with toasty temperatures that crept past 90F, with Power leading the group at 282 laps turned. No incidents took place.

McLaughlin was blown away by the high sustained speed and the short lap times.

“It’s sick. It’s like a video game. It’s awesome,” he said. “Big focus for me was figuring out the difference between old and new tires, as being out there on old tires while other guys were on new-tire runs and me still having to make speed was the main thing to learn. Super-fun track. It was great to run the second groove, too, and to have lane diversity. Iowa’s right up my alley.”

All times unofficial

1: Josef Newgarden, 18.37 sec

2: Will Power, 18.52 sec

3: Scott McLaughlin, 18.53 sec

4: Takuma Sato, 18.59 sec

5: Christian Lundgaard, 18.70 sec

6: Pato O’Ward, 18.81 sec

7: Marcus Ericsson, 18.83 sec

8: Graham Rahal, 18.84 sec

9: Helio Castroneves, 18.86 sec

10: Scott Dixon, 18.87 sec

11: Jack Harvey, 18.89 sec

12: David Malukas, 18.89 sec

13: Jimmie Johnson, 19.04 sec

14: Alex Palou, 19.04 sec

15: Simon Pagenaud, 19.07 sec

16: Callum Ilott, 19.20 sec

17: Felix Rosenqvist, 19.24 sec

18: Kyle Kirkwood, 19.31 sec

19: Dalton Kellett, 19.56 sec

Firestone Exclusive Tire Supplier to Indy Lights in 2023

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – As part of the grand opening of Firestone’s Advanced Tire Production Center (ATPC) in Akron, Ohio, INDYCAR and Firestone officials announced plans for Firestone to become the sole tire supplier for Indy Lights beginning in 2023.

The announcement highlights Firestone’s plans to expand its partnership with INDYCAR as the company is also the exclusive tire supplier for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, North America’s premier open-wheel series.

“Firestone continues to be a phenomenal partner,” said INDYCAR President Jay Frye. “We are proud to see that our relationship is expanding into supplying tires for both of our series. Their attention to detail, safety and performance is unmatched. Supplying their world-class product to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indy Lights reflects Firestone’s commitment to INDYCAR’s present and future.”

The move will mark a return for Firestone to INDYCAR’s developmental series as the Bridgestone brands Firestone and Dayton supplied tires for Indy Lights from 1991 to 2013.

“We look forward to expanding our partnership with INDYCAR to supply tires for Indy Lights starting in 2023,” said Lisa Boggs, director of motorsports, Bridgestone Americas. “We know the importance this series has for technology advancement and driver development and are proud to be a part of the journey.”

In the fall of 2021, INDYCAR assumed total control of Indy Lights operations. The 2022 season began a more inclusive atmosphere with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, with integration in marketing, digital assets and race officiating.

“We want to thank Cooper Tires, who has been a partner with Indy Lights since 2014,” said Indy Lights Director Levi Jones. “Their assistance while INDYCAR assumed operational control was crucial to our success. With Firestone, we cannot wait to begin this new era, which will align the entire INDYCAR paddock and help our rising stars reach their goal of competing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.”

The 2022 Indy Lights championship continues Sunday, July 3 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Coverage begins at 10:35 a.m. (ET) on Peacock Premium. Coverage is also available from the INDYCAR Radio Network with audio available via the INDYCAR App powered by NTT DATA.

Newgarden Wins $1 Million for Charities, Team After Road America Victory

Elkhart Lake, Wis. – After finishing on P1 today, Two-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet Josef Newgarden claimed $1 million for 2 charities and his team Sunday by winning the Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America presented by AMR.

The $1 million dollars will be split between Newgarden and Team Penske, along with two charities of Newgarden’s choice – Wags and Walks of Nashville and Serious Fun Children’s Network.

Newgarden became the 1st overall winner of the Challenge with his victory by having a win on a road course (Road America), oval (Texas Motor Speedway) and street course (Streets of Long Beach).

The People Ready Force for Good Challenge is part of a new partnership between industrial staffing giant People Ready and INDYCAR. It will continue to award a $10,000 donation to every race winner for the remainder of the season – split between the driver, their team, and their charity of choice.

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