Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports is making the trip to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the start of the second half of the 2021 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship season. As they enter the second half of the schedule, Mid-Ohio will make up four of the remaining ten races, with the first two being this weekend and the remaining races comprising of the season finale. With Mid-Ohio making up a large portion of the remaining schedule, as well as being the only track being repeated on the schedule, this weekend will play a big role in both the team and driver championships.
At the start of June, Global Racing Group, alongside HMD Motorsports, completed a test day at the track where they began preparing race weekend setups and are planning on being strong competitors this weekend.
“We had a good test for all four drivers and are looking forward to this weekend,” explained Global Racing Group’s Christian Pedersen. “Mid-Ohio is a fast track so track position will be key to making sure we can find our way to the top step of the podium.”
Coming off a strong weekend at Road America, Benjamin Pedersen is hoping to improve on his second-place result and earn his first win of the season. In his past visits to Mid-Ohio in FR Americas, F3 Americas and the F4 US Championship, Pedersen has had multiple strong results, and he will be able to put his past knowledge to work in Indy Lights.
Linus Lundqvist, who scored a pair of top-five results at Road America and sits second in the championship standings, won both FR Americas races last year in his first ever visit to the 13-turn road course. Already claiming two wins and four additional podiums this season, Lundqvist is eager to return to the top step of the Indy Lights podium in both of this weekend’s races.
As the Drivers’ Championship continues to evolve, Linus Lundqvist is currently tied for second eight points behind HMD Motorsports teammate David Malukas. In the Team Championship, HMD Motorsports and Global Racing Group maintain a comfortable 43-point advantage.
Having already tested at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the series will have an additional three test sessions – two on Thursday and one Friday morning – followed by Official Practice on Friday afternoon and Qualifying 1 later in the day. Saturday will return to a standard Road to Indy schedule with Qualifying 2 in the morning followed by the first race on the weekend that evening. The final race of the weekend will take place at 10:00am EDT directly before the start of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
Live coverage of practice and qualifying, produced by Road to Indy TV, will be available throughout the weekend. Sessions will also be live streamed on the Road to Indy TV App, on RoadToIndy.TV and its social media platforms and on IndyLights.com. Coverage of the races will be available live through Peacock Premium inside the United States, REV TV in Canada and through Road to Indy TV in all other countries.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Weekend Schedule
Thursday, July 1st
10:00am-11:30am – Test 1
2:00pm-3:30pm – Test 2
Friday, July 2nd
8:10am-9:40am – Test 3
11:25am-12:10pm – Practice
3:35pm-4:05pm – Qualifying 1
Saturday, July 3rd
10:05am-10:35am – Qualifying 2
4:30pm-5:20pm – Race 1 (35 laps)
Sunday, July 4th
10:00am-10:50am – Race 2 (35 laps)
Stay tuned to the Global Racing Group social media pages for news, information, photos and results from the event weekend.
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