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Kirkwood caps off dominant weekend with ninth win of the Indy Lights season

By Steve Wittich Dominant, on-rails, championship altering and effortless are all words and phrases that describe Kyle Kirkwood’s weekend at the iconic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “I have to give it to the team,” said the 22-year-old on the peacock broadcast after his 26+ second Sunday drive. “Andretti Autosport has been on it all weekend, […]

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‘Effortless’ performance gives Kirkwood the Indy Lights points lead

By Steve Wittich How to turn a five-point championship deficit into an eight (nine) point lead in only 24 hours by Kyle Kirkwood is the title of the first chapter of the Indy Lights weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Kirkwood, a champion in USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000, moved one race closer to becoming […]

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Some big changes in store for Indy Lights in 2022

By Steve Wittich TSO has learned from numerous sources that INDYCAR, the owners of the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires championship, will be bringing the top rung of the Road To Indy back in-house for the 2022 season. Andersen Promotions, the owner and promoter of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and Indy Pro 2000 […]

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Kyle Kirkwood grabs second straight pole – Malukas and HMD Motorsports make gains

  By Steve Wittich After a second straight dominant qualifying session that yielded his sixth pole of the 2021 Indy Lights season, Andretti Autosport rookie Kyle Kirkwood has closed the gap to championship leader David Malukas to three points with four races remaining. The 22-year-old saved a set of sticker Cooper Tires and was still […]

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Kirkwood grabs fifth pole of the season, points Leader Malukas will start 3rd

By Steve Wittich For the fifth time this season and the 16th time in his Road To Indy career, Andretti Autosport rookie Kyle Kirkwood will start a race from the pole. Starting from the preferred spot on the grid isn’t the only benefit for the 22-year-old. Kirkwood left Portland with a five-point deficit to points […]

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DeFrancesco leads practice at iconic Laguna Seca

By Steve Wittich For the first time this season, the PowerTap sponsored No. 17 piloted by Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport rookie Devlin DeFrancesco ended a practice session at the top of the timing screens. “I’m really looking forward to Laguna Seca,” explained the Canadian-born driver. “We had a great test out here early in the year, […]

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Malukas grabs fifth pole – HMD Motorsports/Global Racing Group dominates qualifying

By Steve Wittich For the fifth time in 2021, David Malukas was the quickest driver during an Indy Lights qualifying session, breaking a tie for the most poles this season with title rival Kyle Kirkwood. It’s the eighth time in fifteen qualifying sessions that Malukas bested Kirkwood. More importantly, Malukas stablemates Linus Lundqvist, Benjamin Pedersen, […]

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Points leader Malukas sets pace in practice at Portland International Raceway

By Steve Wittich Indy Lights championship leader David Malukas began the Portland International Raceway event on top of the timing screens. The HMD Motorsports veteran turned a lap timed at 64.0267 seconds, almost two-tenths of a second quicker than his Global Racing Group w/HMD stablemate Linus Lundqvist. Rounding out the top five in the lone […]

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Scene setting the Indy Lights title battle from the Pacific Northwest

By Steve Wittich With a $1,289,425 scholarship on the line, the three points separating David Malukas and Kyle Kirkwood at the top of the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires point table are presently worth $429,809.33 apiece. No pressure, gentlemen. What began with a melee in Turn 1, on Lap 1, in Race 1 of […]

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MANUEL SULAIMAN JOINS HMD MOTORSPORTS

As the 2021 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship season begins to wrap up, HMD Motorsports has filled their vacant #59 entry for the upcoming Portland Grand Prix. Manuel Sulaiman, who has spent 2021 competing in Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, will be making the move up the Road to Indy […]

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