56 cars hit the Road To Indy trail at Barber this weekend
The Road To Indy presented by Cooper Tires starts this weekend, supporting the NTT IndyCar Series at Barber Motorsports Park, with double-headers for each of the three categories.
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David Malukas, HMD Motorsports
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Following the 2020 hiatus for the Indy Lights series, IndyCar’s primary support series returns with 13 cars this weekend, and for the first time they'll run with a halo-type cockpit protection device.
Andretti Autosport, which won the previous two championships courtesy of Pato O’Ward and Oliver Askew, returns with four cars the line-up headed by 2019 Indy Pro 2000 champion and 2018 USF2000 champion Kyle Kirkwood.
Michael Andretti’s squad can expect strong opposition from Juncos Racing, whose line-up includes reigning IP2000 champ Sting Ray Robb, and Global Racing Group with HMD, who topped the final test at Barber, thanks to David Malukas, Linus Lundqvist and Benjamin Pedersen. Lundqvist won the 2018 British Formula 3 title and the 2020 Formula Regional Americas championship.
Also noteworthy is the return of Carlin Racing which back in 2016 scooped the Lights title with Ed Jones.
Coverage can be found on Peacock Premium in the U.S., on REV TV in Canada and internationally via live streaming on the Road to Indy TV App and at RoadToIndy.TV and indylights.com.
2021 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires
|2||Sting Ray Robb||USA||Juncos Racing|
|11||Antonio Serravalle||Canada||Pserra Racing / AS Promotions|
|17||Devlin DeFrancesco||USA||Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport|
|24||Benjamin Pedersen||Denmark||Global Racing Group w/ HMD Motorsports|
|26||Linus Lundqvist||Sweden||Global Racing Group w/ HMD Motorsports|
|27||Robert Megennis||USA||Andretti Autosport|
|28||Kyle Kirkwood||USA||Andretti Autosport|
|51||Toby Sowery||UK||Juncos Racing|
|59||Nikita Lastochkin||Russia||HMD Motorsports|
|68||Danial Frost||Singapore||Andretti Autosport|
|79||David Malukas||USA||HMD Motorsports|
Indy Pro 2000
Manuel Sulaiman, Juncos Racing
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Juncos Racing has produced the champion IP2000 driver in three of the last four seasons, but faces stern opposition from Pabst Racing, DEForce Racing, newcomer Jay Howard Driver Development, and RP Motorsport USA which won the series in 2019 with Kyle Kirkwood.
Manuel Sulaiman, who won twice during a solid rookie campaign in 2020, topped the timing charts for Juncos following two days of testing last week just ahead of 2020 USF2000 champion Christian Rasmussen of JHDD. Also watch fellow rookie Kyffin Simpson (Juncos) who grabbed the opening three Formula Regional Americas races of the season last month in Georgia.
Hunter McElrea (Pabst Racing) is returning after winning the 2020 season finale, as is Artem Petrov who won two races last year and has joined Exclusive Autosport. Petrov’s teammate is Braden Eves, the 2019 USF2000 champion whose race-winning campaign in 2020 was curtailed by a heavy crash at Indianapolis.
Reece Gold of Juncos Racing finished third in last year’s USF2000 championship, and should be worth watching for along with RP Motorsport USA’s Enzo Fittipaldi and Enaam Ahmed.
Global live streaming can be found on the Road to Indy TV App and at RoadToIndy.TV and indypro2000.com.
Indy Pro 2000 presented by Cooper Tires
|1||Christian Rasmussen||Denmark||Jay Howard Driver Development|
|3||James Roe||Ireland||Turn 3 Motorsport|
|5||Wyatt Brichacek||USA||Jay Howard Driver Development|
|7||Cameron Shields||Australia||DEForce Racing|
|11||Hunter Yeany||USA||Velocity Racing Development|
|18||Hunter McElrea||Australia||Pabst Racing|
|20||Flinn Lazier||USA||Legacy Autosport|
|21||Kyffin Simpson||Barbados||Juncos Racing|
|22||Manuel Sulaiman||Mexico||Juncos Racing|
|27||Colin Kaminsky||USA||Pabst Racing|
|40||Jack William Miller||USA||Miller Vinatieri Motorsports|
|42||Artem Petrov||Russia||Exclusive Autosport|
|51||Jacob Abel||USA||Abel Motorsports|
|55||Reece Gold||USA||Juncos Racing|
|74||Enzo Fittipaldi||USA||RP Motorsport USA|
|77||Enaam Ahmed||UK||RP Motorsport USA|
|91||Braden Eves||USA||Exclusive Autosport|
Prescott Campbell, DE Force Racing
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As has been the case for the last several years, the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship is deep in talent, and in Spring Training the top 16, representing seven different teams, were covered by less than a second. Christian Brooks (Exclusive Autosport) narrowly headed his fellow Californians Prescott Campbell and Nolan Siegel, both from DEForce Racing.
Brooks, Kiko Porto (DEForce Racing) and Michael d’Orlando (Cape Motorsports) are the only drivers in the field with a USF2000 victory to their credit. Brooks and Porto achieved their maiden wins during last year’s series finale at St. Petersburg, while d’Orlando, who is the top returning driver after finishing fourth in the 2020 title chase, earned his laurels at Mid-Ohio.
Other potential front-runners include series veterans Josh Green (Turn 3 Motorsport), and fellow Team USA Scholarship winner Simon Sikes who did not attend the Spring Training test but has already shown well in winter testing for the Legacy Autosport team.
Well over half of the field will be comprised of USF2000 rookies, the fastest of whom was 16-year-old Jace Denmark of Pabst Racing.
The Road to Indy TV App, RoadToIndy.TV and usf2000.com will feature live streaming coverage of USF2000 on-track activity.
Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship
|1||Ely Navarro||USA||DEForce Racing|
|2||Thomas Nepveu||Canada||Cape Motorsports|
|3||Evan Stamer||USA||Cape Motorsports|
|4||Michael d'Orlando||USA||Cape Motorsports|
|5||Spike Kohlbecker||USA||Cape Motorsports|
|6||Bijoy Garg||USA||Jay Howard Driver Development|
|8||Jackson Lee||USA||Jay Howard Driver Development|
|9||Peter Vodanovich||New Zealand||Jay Howard Driver Development|
|10||Nolan Siegel||USA||DEForce Racing|
|11||Prescott Campbell||UK||DEForce Racing|
|12||Kiko Porto||Brazil||DEForce Racing|
|16||Kent Vaccaro||USA||Miller Vinatieri Motorsports|
|19||Andre Castro||USA||Legacy Autosport|
|20||Simon Sikes||USA||Legacy Autosport|
|22||Yuven Sundaramoorthy||USA||Pabst Racing|
|23||Jace Denmark||USA||Pabst Racing|
|24||Josh Pierson||USA||Pabst Racing|
|29||Erik Evans||USA||Velocity Racing Development|
|33||Josh Green||USA||Turn 3 Motorsport|
|34||Dylan Christie||USA||Turn 3 Motorsport|
|44||Christian Brooks||USA||Exclusive Autosport|
|63||Trey Burke||USA||Joe Dooling Autosports|
|90||Grant Palmer||USA||Exclusive Autosport|
|91||Billy Frazer||New Zealand||Exclusive Autosport|
|92||Matt Round-Garrido||UK||Exclusive Autosport|
|99||Myles Rowe||USA||Force Indy|
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