The Series

Road to Indy – Sanctioned by INDYCAR, the Road to Indy provides teams, drivers and sponsors an opportunity to gain valuable experience on and off the track while following a clear-cut path of progression through three development series: Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. The Road to Indy is the only driver development program in the world to feature a champion’s scholarship at every level to advance to the next step of the ladder system.

From the Streets of St. Petersburg to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, drivers in the Road to Indy compete alongside the NTT IndyCar Series in front of the top-tier crowds, team owners, sponsors and media. The Road to Indy puts drivers on the path to competing in one of the top levels of open-wheel racing.

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Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires – The third and final step of the Road to Indy. Indy Lights has become the backbone of the NTT IndyCar Series with 23 of the 33 started in the 2019 Indianapolis 500 as graduates, including nine Indy Lights champions. In total, 26 Road to Indy graduates were on the IndyCar grids in 2019. The success of Indy Lights as a springboard to IndyCar has never been more apparent.

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2022 Indy Lights Schedule

The 2022 Indy Lights schedule features events in 11 key markets and three doubleheader weekends, including a return to Iowa Speedway and the series’ debut on the Streets of Nashville. In November 2021, INDYCAR added the role of promoter to its position of sanctioning body of Indy Lights.

All 14 races, qualifying sessions and practices will happen within 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES weekends, providing an inclusive atmosphere for the developmental series that serves as the final step toward competing in North America’s premier open-wheel series. Where available, Indy Lights will benefit from a more integrated paddock area as its team garages will be inside the NTT INDYCAR SERIES paddock footprint.

February 27 Streets of St. Petersburg1.8-mile street course
May 1 Barber Motorsports Park2.3-mile road course
May 13-14 Indianapolis Motor Speedway2.439-mile road course
June 4-5Belle Isle Circuit 2.35-mile street circuit
June 12Road America4.014-mile road course
July 3Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road course
July 23Iowa Speedway 0.875-mile tri-oval
August 7Streets of Nashville street course
August 20World Wide Technology Raceway 1.25-mile oval
September 4Portland International Raceway 1.964-mile road course
September 10-11WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 2.238-mile road course

Indy Lights Dallara IL-15

ChassisThe Dallara IL-15 is a state-of-the-art, single-seat, open-wheel, Indy car-style chassis manufactured by Dallara Automobili, complete with safety components meeting FIA specifications with INDYCAR standards (headrests, seats, secondary pedal bulkhead, zylon panels).
Engine2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 450 HP, plus an additional 50 HP in Push-to-Pass
ElectronicsCosworth wiring looms, data logger, dash display and sensors with Life Racing ECU, paddle-shift kit, “drive-by-wire” throttle control and driver adjustable map settings
GearboxRicardo 6-speed semi-automatic with Tilton carbon 3 plate clutch technology
BrakesPFC rotors (309mm x 28mm), aluminum monoblock calipers and pads
Wheels / TyresPatented Motegi Racing aluminum wheels with techno-mesh design wrapped in dry and wet tires to Indy Lights specification supplied by Cooper Tires.
DimensionsWheelbase: 2971 mm
Length: 4876 mm
Width: 1930 mm
Weight: 626-635 kg