O’Ward Closes Points Gap By Leading Flag To Flag In Iowa Victory

Pato O’Ward needed to go on a dominating race string, similar to one that his Andretti Autosport teammate Colton Herta did during the Month of May. Herta, caught and passed O’Ward in the Indy Lights championship standings and heading towards this weekend’s race at the Iowa Speedway he held a double digit advantage for the 2018 title. But, O’Ward started up front and did what he had to do in leading flag-to-flag in Sunday’s race on the 7/8-mile bullring. He led all 100 laps en route to his fourth career…

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Due To Practice Crash, Chris Windom Won’t Be Racing In Freedom 100 On Friday

INDIANAPOLIS – Unfortunately, Chris Windom’s Indy Lights Series debut will have to wait a bit longer. Windom, was involved in a practice crash this morning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and while fortunately he was uninjured, his No. 33 Mazda was not. The team announced on Monday afternoon that due to the extensive damage on his Belardi Racing/Byrd Racing joint entry, that they won’t be able to have the car ready to race in Friday’s Freedom 100. “It’s unfortunate but following the incident this morning involving Chris Windom, he will not…

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Mazda Road To Indy Friday Recap From Barber

Leeds, Ala – After having a little over a month off, two of the three Mazda Road to Indy ladders were back in action on Friday at the Barber Motorsports Park. The Pro Mazda Series and Indy Lights drivers took to the 2.3-mile Alabama road course for one practice session each. Also, the 16 Pro Mazda drivers had one qualifying session too. They got it all started early this morning, with a green flag around 8:45 am locally. In that session, Parker Thompson topped the speed charts with a lap of…

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Byrd Racing Partners With Belardi Racing To Bring Chris Windom To Freedom 100 In May

INDIANAPOLIS – Belardi Auto Racing, in partnership with long-time Indy 500 entrant Jonathan Byrd’s Racing and sprint car mainstays Baldwin Brothers Racing, announced on Tuesday that 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Champion and 2016 USAC Silver Crown Champion, Chris Windom, will be participating in the 2018 Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Windom will be making his first Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires start, piloting the #33 Belardi Auto Racing with Byrd & Baldwin Dallara IL-15 at the famed oval. Expressing his enthusiasm, Windom said “I’m really excited for…

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Saturday’s MRTI Qualifying, Race Reports From St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – After Friday’s opening day to the Mazda Road to Indy season, Saturday was the first race day of the year. Yesterday saw one practice session for each of the three rings of the ladder, then qualifying for today’s season openers after. On Saturday, it once again started off with an early morning wake up call for qualifying starting at 7:30 am ET, but ended with three straight races. Here are the recaps. 

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Saturday’s MRTI Daily Report

Watkins Glen, NY – The pressure gets bigger and bigger as the days go on through the race weekend at Watkins Glen. On Friday, it was practice and qualifying day. Today, it was part one of race day festivities. Both the USF2000 and Pro Mazda Series’ had races on Saturday, with the USF2000 having their season conclude this afternoon. The Pro Mazda drivers will have their second and final race of the weekend on Sunday be their season finale. The Indy Lights drivers had practice and qualifying of their own on…

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Leaving Mid-Ohio, IndyCar/MRTI Championships Getting Tight As Seasons Come Close To a Close

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s hard to believe, but the 2017 season for the Verizon IndyCar Series as well as all three rings of the Mazda Road to Indy are coming to a close soon. The Verizon IndyCar Series has two weeks off before returning to the Pocono Raceway on Aug. 20. Counting Pocono, they have just four races left (Pocono, Gateway, Watkins Glen, Sonoma). But, the MRTI series’ is right there with them. The Indy Lights drivers have three weeks off before returning to Gateway. They have just two races left, one…

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Santi Urrutia Wins Indy Lights Race No. 1 in Mid-Ohio, Points Battle Tightens

Lexington, OH – Santi Urrutia has to hope the Indy Lights Series visits the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course more. Last year, Urrutia started on the pole in both races and won each as a result. In the two qualifying sessions for both races this weekend from the 2.258-mile road course, Urrutia qualified on the pole for the third time and second for Sunday’s race. In Saturday’s race No. 1, Urrutia used his pole to his advantage again. He checked out in his No. 5 Mazda and led all 30 laps en…

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Kyle Kaiser Sweeps Indy Lights Weekend in Toronto

Kyle Kaiser did what he had to do this weekend on the streets of Toronto. The Juncos Racing driver earned a clean sweep of the two Indy Lights Series races on the 1.786-mile street circuit, winning in dominating fashion on Saturday, then doing the complete opposite on Sunday. Kaiser, lucked out this afternoon when pole sitter Colton Herta got into the concrete barriers just slightly while trying to hold him off, which allowed him to get his No. 18 Mazda by and cruise to his third win of the season…

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Chad Boat Signs With Belardi Racing for 2 Indy Lights Races

INDIANAPOLIS – Second generation driver Chad Boat is hoping to one day follow in his dads footsteps as a competitor in the Indianapolis 500. Billy Boat made 75 career IndyCar starts with a victory and nine poles to his credit. He was the pole sitter for the 1998 Indy 500. Now, his son Chad has a deal in place to make two starts in Indy Lights this season. Belardi Auto Racing announced on Tuesday that Boat will make his Indy Lights debut at Iowa Speedway on Sunday, July 9. Additionally, Boat…

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