Harding To Have 2 Cars In Sonoma, Herta/O’Ward As The Drivers

After the completion of Sunday’s Portland Grand Prix, Harding Racing’s plans for the season finale leaked out. RACER first reported the story but both drivers have since confirmed that Harding will expand to a two-car program for the Verizon IndyCar Series race at the Sonoma Raceway in two weeks. Gabby Chaves, who made the first 11 starts of the season for the team was sidelined following his 21st place finish on July 8 at Iowa. Despite a best finish of 14th (twice) in those first 11 races, Chaves wasn’t taken…

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O’Ward Closes Indy Lights Season With Another Win

PORTLAND, Ore – Pato O’Ward ended the 2018 Indy Lights season the way it began, in victory lane. The Mexican driver charged from a seventh starting spot in Sunday’s season finale to his second straight win in as many days as he bookends the season with a win at St. Pete to a win in Portland. He took over the lead on Lap 18 and never looked back en route to his ninth win of the year. O’Ward now has the Mazda Road to Indy scholarship money to race in the…

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O’Ward Wins Race In Portland, Clinches Indy Lights Championship

PORTLAND, Ore – Good thing Pato O’Ward’s crash in qualifying on Saturday to set the field for Sunday’s Indy Lights season finale at the Portland International Raceway didn’t cost him the championship, because the Andretti Autosport driver was slated to start seventh today. But, due to him scoring his eighth win of the season in Saturday’s opening race of a doubleheader race weekend around the Pacific Northwest track, O’Ward has also clinched the championship as well. O’Ward,19, started on the pole for Saturday’s race and he led 26 of the 35…

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Herta’s 2nd Place Finish Cost Him 7 Points As He Trails O’Ward By 25 Points

MADISON, Ill – Patricio O’Ward called his start of the race on Saturday evening poor. He said it had no other factor than the others driver just doing a better job than he did. The Mexican driver brought his No. 27 Mazda home third at the Gateway Motorsports Park in the penultimate race weekend of the year. It was a day that could have potentially cost him in the season championship in the Indy Lights Series. Colton Herta, his only challenger now for this year’s title, jumped to the lead from…

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Norman Earns 1st Career Indy Lights Victory In Thrilling Race At Gateway

MADISON, Ill – What another thrilling race we saw in Indy Lights competition at Gateway. Ryan Norman had an intense battle with his Andretti Autosport teammate Colton Herta over the final 20 laps and got by him with five to go and never looked back in his No. 48 Mazda for his first career win in the series. Norman, tried effortlessly to set Herta up for the pass and on Lap 69, he finally got back. The Ohio native held a furious charge by Herta off in the end and won…

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MRTI Back In Action In Gateway, O’Ward, VeeKay Eyeing Championship Clinch Scenarios On Saturday

After a month off, the Indy Lights Series and Pro Mazda drivers return to action this weekend at the Gateway Motorsports Park. The Saturday races for each will be the third to last race of both of their seasons. Both series’ have a doubleheader weekend next week at Portland to conclude the year off. So, with that being said, both of their championships could also bet set on Saturday as well. The USF2000 won’t be racing this week but Kyle Kirkwood has already clinched that championship. In Indy Lights competition,…

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INDYCAR Announces New 5 Year Plan For For Indy Lights

The future of Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires has been strengthened by a five-year plan released today by INDYCAR and Andersen Promotions. On Tuesday, Mazda announced that they were pulling out of funding the Mazda Road to Indy program. INDYCAR said in a statement that they had plans and would be announcing soon. It took only 24 hours to unveil them. 

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Mazda To End Support Of MRTI Ladders

INDIANAPOLIS – In a bit of some shocking news to come out on Tuesday, Mazda announced that they will be pulling the plug on the Verizon IndyCar Series support series’ at the end of the 2018 season. The California based company sated that they would like to focus their resources elsewhere and is terminating their involvement with Indy Lights, Pro Mazda and USF2000 at the end of the year. The deal started in 2010 and has been a great marriage ever since. The Mazda Road To Indy program has graduated several…

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Pato O’Ward Earns Mid-Ohio Weekend Sweep, Extends Points Lead Over Herta

LEXINGTON, OH – The good news for Colton Herta is that he found his mojo again. After getting in a crash in qualifying in the last race weekend in Toronto, Herta suffered a broken hand and would finish seventh and sixth respectively. He lost his grasp of the Indy Lights points lead as a result. But, in the doubleheader weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Herta got back on the podium in each of the two races. He would bring his No. 98 Mazda home runner-up in both Saturday as…

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Andretti Autosport Sweeps Both Podiums For Indy Lights Competition at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, OH – Andretti Autosport may have never won a Verizon IndyCar Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course before, but this weekend, they didn’t lose an Indy Lights race. On both Saturday and again on Sunday, Pato O’Ward reached victory lane in both races on the 2.258-mile road course. They were his sixth and seventh wins of the season respectively. He now extends his points lead to 32 points with just three races to go in the season. 

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