By Steve Wittich
The 2022 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires schedule announced today in Indianapolis will include 14 races across 11 unique events.
After seven seasons of stewardship by Andersen Promotions, the top rung of the Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires will also feature promotion by sanctioning body INDYCAR for the first time since 2013.
Fans can expect to see more integration with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, including an integrated paddock when space permits, race officiating, marketing, and digital assets.
“To have all 14 races included with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule and its world-class venues is a tremendous step forward,” said Levi Jones, director of Indy Lights. “In addition to competing for the 2022 championship, Indy Lights drivers, crew members, and teams will be able to see up close how event weekends run and operate in INDYCAR.
“Racing is the part they’ve known their whole life. Our goal is to also allow them the opportunity to see what it takes to become a true professional. The chance to connect and closely interact with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES paddock is a pathway to realize that goal.”
The 14 race sked includes nine races on natural terrain road courses, including three races in eight days to close out the season and award the championship.
The four races on street circuits include two in the Motor City and the first trip to Tenessee.
Two races will take place on ovals and includes a return to the Iowa Speedway bull-ring for the first time since 2018.
The season will begin on the Streets Of St. Petersburg for the 12th time and come to a close 196 days later at the historic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Test days at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (road course), World Wide Technology Raceway At Gateway, and Iowa Speedway will also be part of the season.
The key is we are training successful athletes today to become superstars tomorrow,” Jones said. “Tests and races at all three venues, combined with the remaining schedule, will help provide each of our drivers the experience they need to be ready for the final step of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.”
In the United States, all races will be broadcast live on Peacock Premium, NBCUniversal’s expanding streaming service, with additional coverage during race weekends provided by the INDYCAR Radio Network.
Start times for the races will be announced at a later time.