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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2021 Indy Lights Schedule

The Indy Lights schedule is boosted by an expanded calendar of 11 events and 22 races. For the first time since 2012, the series will return to The Raceway at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Mich., for a double-header round, and will cap off the year with a West Coast swing at Portland International Raceway in Portland, Oregon, and the season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, the following weekend.

April 9-11 Barber Motorsports Park2.3-mile road course
April 23-25 Streets of St. Petersburg1.8-mile street course
May 13-15 Indianapolis Motor Speedway2.439-mile road course
June 11-13Belle Isle Circuit 2.35-mile street circuit
June 18-20Road America4.014-mile road course
July 2-4Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road course
July 9-11Streets of Toronto 1.786-mile street circuit
August 19-21World Wide Technology Raceway 1.25-mile oval
September 9-12Portland International Raceway 1.964-mile road course
September 17-19WeatherTech 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