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RYAN NORMAN RETURNS TO ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT STABLE FOR 2019

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Ohio native to compete in his third year of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires competition with three-time Indy Lights championship winning team

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 12, 2018) –  Finishing the 2018 season fourth in the championship, 20-year old, Ryan Norman is back with Andretti Autosport, and will chase the 2019 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship as a seasoned veteran in the field.

“I’m really excited to finally make it official that I’ll be returning to Andretti Autosport for my third season competing in Indy Lights,” said Norman. “We’ve built a solid foundation over the past two years and I’m ready to fight for wins, podiums and ultimately the championship, with such a great group of people who have become like a family to me.” 
Norman melded the competitive pieces together and showed remarkable strides during the second stint of the 2018 season – capturing three of his four total podiums, claiming the pole position at the season finale in Porltand and chasing the checkered flag all the way to his first victory at Gateway Motorsports Park.
“We’re very happy that Ryan is rejoining us for his third season of Indy Lights,” said Andretti Autosport President, JF Thormann. “We were pleased with his performance this past season, and his potential as a driver began to really shine after his win at Gateway [Motorsports Park]. He’s right on track with his progression plan put together by his engineering team, and we feel strongly that he has what it takes to be a contender for the 2019 championship.”  
Opening weekend for the 2019 Indy Lights season kicks off on the streets of St. Petersburgh, Florida. The field of young, talented drivers will chase the checkered flag twice, with the green flag waving for Race 1 on Saturday, March 9 followed by Race 2 held on Sunday, March 10.

 

INDY LIGHTS RECAP

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INDY LIGHTS RECAP

SEASON BY NUMBERS.

For the first time in nine years, Andretti Autosport has returned back home again in Indiana as Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series champions, marking the third championship title in team history. Andretti Autosport driver Patricio O’Ward clinched the driver championship with two races remaining adding his name to the team’s previous two championships with Raphael Matos in 2008 and J.R. Hildebrand in 2009.

This team’s success started early as rookie driver O’Ward would bring home the team’s first Indy Lights win of the season after Race 1 on the Streets of St. Petersburg. Continuing through the 17-race season, the Indy Lights stable would collectively bring home 14 poles, 14 wins, 33 top-3 finishes and lead 515 of 655 laps. The team ends the season with a total of 49 Indy Lights series race wins.


IN THEIR WORDS.

NO. 27 CDMX MEXICO CITY STELLRECHT MAZDA
2018 SEASON
WINS POLES PODIUMS LAPS LED CHAMPIONSHIP
/ POINTS
9 9 14 367/655 1 /  491

“For me, this season was all about creating a name for myself and enjoying what I love to do most, racing. It’s hard to think of a year where I have had more fun racing cars and going fast! This season taught me a lot and some weekends went better than others, that’s for sure, and different situations really tested my knowledge and patience throughout the season. I couldn’t be more grateful of the opportunity that  was presented to me by the whole Andretti Autosport family, and for that I am truly very lucky. There are really good things coming up in the next few years, and I couldn’t be more pumped to get going!”
NO. 98 ANDRETTI-STEINBRENNER RACING / CURB MAZDA
2018 SEASON
WINS POLES PODIUMS LAPS LED CHAMPIONSHIP
/ POINTS
4 3 13 125/655 2 /  447

“I can’t thank the Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing team enough for this season. The team dominated the year and the No. 98 car was great all year long. My engineer Doug [Zister] and mechanics Carlos [Fernandes], Rick [Hurford] and Sean [Birmingham] did an amazing job all season. It has been a fun two years of my life that I have no regrets about. I’m looking forward to next season – I’m still trying to put stuff together, but the goal is to run full time in the INDYCAR Series and hopefully we can make that happen.”
NO. 48 JOURNEY MAZDA
2018 SEASON
WINS POLES PODIUMS LAPS LED CHAMPIONSHIP
/ POINTS
1 1 4 6/655 4 /  345

“I think this season was great for my overall growth as a driver – especially with the momentum that we carried the last couple race weekends. The last half of the season I was able to get on the podium again, win for the first time in the series and start from pole for the last race of the season. Unfortunately, Portland didn’t really go how I wanted it to with the crash at the start of the race, but there have been a lot of positives to carry into the offseason. I think if we tweak some things during our time off, we will be able to come back next season and make a strong run for the championship.”
NO. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS USA MAZDA
2018 SEASON
WINS POLES PODIUMS LAPS LED CHAMPIONSHIP
/ POINTS
0 1 2 17/655 7 /  299

“It was a tough season for us with a lot of ups and downs. We did have some high points – performed really well on road courses and the month of May was really good to us. Coming into this season, the goal was to make a run for the championship with this being my third year competing in the Indy Lights series with Andretti Autosport. Although we didn’t capitalize on that goal, there are still some positives to take away, and I’m looking forward to seeing how things shape up for the 2019 season.”

ROOKIE TO SERIES CHAMPION.

It was an unbelievable, stand-out rookie season for driver of the No. 27 machine, Patricio O’Ward.  O’Ward showed he was a force to be reckoned with as his fast, strategic driving named him a championship contender all season.
In 17 rounds of competition, O’Ward completed 654 of 655 laps, seeing 367 of those laps from the front of the field. Finding himself on the podium a total of 13 times this season, O’Ward collected nine poles and nine wins to earn the titles Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Series Champion as well as Rookie of the Year.

FREEDOM 100.

Round 7 of Indy Lights competition took place on the iconic oval at the infamous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race was action-packed with 20 lead changes involving five different drivers for 100 miles. Unable to finish the Freedom 100 last year, Colton Herta, starting from nearly the back of the pack, moved up the field five positions and led the race for 10 laps chasing the checkered flag across the yard of bricks to victory.

While only leading three laps, Patricio O’Ward, skillfully placed his No. 27 Mazda into top-three contention – just missing the top spot to teammate Colton Herta by .0281 of a second. O’Ward collected his fourth top-three finish of the season.  After starting from pole, Dalton Kellett went into race day ready to drive his way to Victory Lane. Having led 17 laps of the 40-lap race, Kellett battled for the win all afternoon before falling back a couple positions to earn his third, third-place finish at the Freedom 100.

Sophomore driver, Ryan Norman, just missed starting his second Freedom 100 from the front row. In an attempt to save tires, Norman laid back early in the race. After some strategic driving, Norman moved up the field and ran as high as P2 finding himself in contention for a top-three finish. It was an intense battle to the checkered but ultimately, Norman ended his day from fifth.


DON’T STOP BELIEVING.

Sophomore driver, Ryan Norman had a slow start to the season – having only captured one podium finish during the first stint. Not surprising, that didn’t stop the Ohio-native from believing in his own potential as the young driver would put the pieces together for a spectacular second half of the season. Norman drove his No. 48 Journey Mazda to two more podium finishes with a third-place finish in Race 1 on the Streets of Toronto and another at his home track in Mid-Ohio. Norman would finish his season with one race win at Gateway Motorsports Park and start on pole for the final race of the season at Portland International Raceway.


DRIVEN BY STEM.

After collecting his first Indy Lights career pole for the Freedom 100 and driving the No. 28 K-Line Mazda to two podium finishes, Canadian driver, Dalton Kellett, found a way to combine his love for racing with his passion for STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] by becoming an Ambassador for Ten80 Education Partners Driving STEM.

Leveraging his platform as an athlete to promote STEM education and ultimately influence kids to pursue their dreams in STEM fields, Ten80 Education joined Kellett as an Associate Sponsor at the driver’s home race on the Streets of Toronto, in an effort to bring STEM awareness to open-wheel racing. The pairing hopes to maintain a relationship into the future as Kellett introduces Ten80 to the INDYCAR market, promoting STEM and engaging young fans with their programs.


ROYAL PURPLE SLICKEST PASS AWARD.

At the end of the season, drivers from each series of the Road to Indy Program have the chance to win the Royal Purple $5,000 “Slickest Pass” award. Teams submitted video clips of each driver of their “slickest pass” to date, and a Royal Purple voting committee selected the Top-3 slickest pass videos.  The top-3 selected were then shared via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and fans voted via social media to determine this season’s winner. Patricio O’Ward and Ryan Norman were among the three drivers chosen for the award, and it was Mexican-driver O’Ward finishing the season with the slickest pass.

NEXT.

Headed back to Indianapolis with a Team Championship and Series Championship, the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season has come to an end.

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INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES FREEDOM 100 Qualifying Report

05.24.18

The sun was shining across Indianapolis Motor Speedway today as the Andretti Autosport Indy Lights stable took to the oval for two morning practice sessions and qualifying leading into tomorrow’s Freedom 100 race.

The green flag for tomorrow’s Freedom 100 will wave at 12:30 p.m. ET. Fans can catch all 40-laps live at racecontrol.indycar.com or by downloading the Road to Indy app.

No. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS USA MAZDA
  • STARTING POSITION:1st
  • QUALIFYING SPEED: 194.673 mph
  • OF NOTE: Will make his third Freedom 100 start from the front of the grid after earning his first Indy Lights pole
“I can’t say enough of the car prep from the No. 28 K-Line guys this week. We have been consistently competitive when we come here to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The entire field is really strong, but we’re feeling good about starting from the pole position. We still have some competition rolling through, so we will see how it shakes out, but I’m really happy with how qualifying went.”

No. 27 RIVERINA CDMX MEXICO CITY MAZDA
  • STARTING POSITION: 2nd
  • QUALIFYING SPEED: 194.743 mph
  • OF NOTE: Will make his Freedom 100 debut from inside the front row
“You can start from last in the field and still win this race. We’ve been doing a lot of testing and the No. 27 car is running well. We struggled with the car at the Indianapolis Grand Prix – the car wasn’t terrible but it just wasn’t fast. Since the Grand Prix we have been making adjustments on the car and feel pretty good about where we’re at going into tomorrow. It’s a long race and it’s going to be hot.”

No. 48 JOURNEY MAZDA
  • STARTING POSITION: 3rd
  • QUALIFYING SPEED: 193.838 mph
  • OF NOTE: Starting from the second row, Norman looks to capture his first Indy Lights win on the iconic oval
“The race car is really good and I am able to place the car really anywhere I want which will be really important in the race. We did a longer stint this morning and the tires didn’t seem to fall off. I think we will still be there at the end of the race and at the end of this race is all about timing. I don’t think you will want to be leading on the last lap here. I think you will want to make the pass coming off of Turn 3 or on the straightaway to the finish line. I’m really excited for tomorrowand to see what we can do.”

No. 98 ANDRETTI-STEINBRENNER RACAING / CURB MAZDA
  • STARTING POSITION: 6th
  • QUALIFYING SPEED: 193.476 mph
  • OF NOTE: Hoping to keep the momentum going from a strong showing on the road course at IMS, Herta will make his second appearance on the oval at IMS
“The No. 98 car felt good but it almost felt like we had too much grip during the run. I’m happy – it’s great any time you get to drive around Indianapolis Motor Speedway. So starting from sixth, I’m happy with that. It doesn’t really matter where you qualify here, you can win from anywhere. For the race, the car is a little bit of an unknown. We had some problems in the practice sessions so we didn’t get to do any race running. I can work with my teammates which is helpful since they all seemed really good in race situations.”

Race 2 Report – ROYAL PURPLE SYNTHETIC OIL GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS SUPPORTING THE LUPUS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA

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RACE TWO REPORT
05.12.18
The clouds rolled in over Indianapolis Motor Speedway today as Andretti Autosport Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires drivers took to the road course one last time for Race 2 of the Royal Purple Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
The second race of the double-header weekend was an intense battle for position throughout the entire field. Aggressive passing and strategy was seen throughout the entire race, but it was sophomore Indy Lights driver, Colton Herta, who chased the checkered flag all the way to victory.
The Indy Lights stable will now switch their focus to their last race for the month of May – the Freedom 100. The four drivers will take to the iconic oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 25 at 12:30 p.m. ET.

No. 98 ANDRETTI-STEINBRENNER RACING /  CURB MAZDA
  • STARTED 2nd // FINISHED 1st
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 3rd (114 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Made contact with Aaron [Telitz] early in the race falling back to P4. Herta battled back up the field to P2 before passing Santi [Urrutia] with three laps remaining, taking the lead and earning his second win of the season.
“The race today was crazy! We didn’t know what to expect going into it and I knew it was going to be tough starting on the outside [of the grid], so I tried to slot in with Aaron [Telitz] and move my way forward. To come away with the win in the end is amazing and to win twice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is just spectacular.”

No. 48 JOURNEY MAZDA
  • STARTED 5th // FINISHED 5th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 5th (85 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Fought for position between Victor [Franzoni] and teammate Dalton [Kellet] before ending the day with a fifth-place finish.
“We’re not very happy with how Race 2 turned out. From the beginning we were just lacking pace and couldn’t get the car under me. We showed good pace in qualifying which is a takeaway today, but overall it just wasn’t our race. We will come back strong for the Freedom 100.”

No. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS, USA MAZDA
  • STARTED 7th // FINISHED 6th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 7th (72 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: After moving up to P5, Dalton spun out on Lap 3, falling to the back of the field. Kellett ends the weekend from sixth.
“Today was definitely a step up from yesterday. The weekend kind of derailed after testing on Thursday – we didn’t do the best in qualifying and trying to fight from the back is never easy when the field is this close, but I still managed to battle with Aaron [Telitz] and my teammate Ryan [Norman]. I was happy that we had some clean racing and we were able to figure some things out in the second race. Overall it’s not the weekend we were hoping for but I think we learned a lot and it was a valuable weekend for the No. 28 crew moving ahead on the road courses. I’m looking forward to getting on track in a couple weeks for the Freedom 100 – that’s the highlight race of the year.”

No. 27 Riverina CDMX Mexico City MAZDA
  • STARTED 1st // FINISHED 7th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st (130 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Starting from the pole, Patricio was passed on Lap 2 by Santi [Urrutia]. Catching a flat tire later in the race forced O’Ward to pit and fall to the back of the field ending the weekend from seventh.
“The start of the race was fine and after I fell back to P2, I tried to stay with Santi [Urrutia]. Today wasn’t as bad as yesterday, but we struggled both races. I took the defensive line going into Turn 1 and locked up the front left [tire] and it cut into the core of the tire. Going into Turn 7 I caught a flat tire and came into pit lane to change the tire but I had already fallen to the back and pretty much watched the end of the race from there. It wasn’t our weekend, but I’d much rather take the win in two weeks than to take it this weekend.”

BONDURANT RACING SCHOOL ENTERS PARTNERSHIP WITH ANDRETTI-STEINBRENNER RACING

The high-performance driving school to support No. 98 Indy Lights effort
INDIANAPOLIS (May 11, 2018) – Located in Arizona, the well-known driving school, Bondurant Racing School, owned by world champion driver, Bob Bondurant, has joined forces with Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing to support Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires driver Colton Herta. The sleek Bondurant Racing logo will ride on the side of the nose of the No. 98 Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing Mazda for the duration of the season.
“As a fan of Formula One and IndyCar Racing, I’ve always been interested in following the careers of young American drivers on their quests for reaching the pinnacle of motor racing,”said vice president of Bondurant Racing School Jason Bondurant.

“At such a young age, Colton Herta’s driving talent and professional attitude made quite the impression with me. When the opportunity emerged to become involved with Colton and George Steinbrenner IV of Steinbrenner Racing, it was too good to pass up. I’m very much looking forward to watching Colton Herta and the Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing team compete in Indy Lights this season on their quest for their first championship.”

“We are excited to partner with Bondurant Racing School for the 2018 season,” said Steinbrenner Racing President and Team Principal, George Michael Steinbrenner IV. “As Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing strives to collect results within a competitive Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires field, the Bondurant mission aligns in consistently looking to improve upon race craft with a shared aim of driving results. The Bondurant name is synonymous with racing, driver improvement and coaching, adding a significant partnership for our efforts moving forward.”

The 60-acre facility is home to a 1.6-mile track and equipped with a full line of Dodge SRT vehicles, on-site maintenance and highly qualified instructors – all to help young drivers succeed in reaching their racing goals.

Colton joins teammates Patricio O’Ward, Dalton Kellett and Ryan Norman at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the Indianapolis Grand Prix. Round 1 of the double-header weekend kicks off today at 1:30 p.m ET. Green Flag for Round 2 waves Saturday afternoon.

Keep up to speed with Indy Lights action on the Road To Indy app or racecontrol.indycar.com.


About Bondurant
The Bondurant Racing School has been the premier high-performance driving instruction destination for over 50 years, offering a multitude of different driving programs for drivers of all experience levels. From the driver that wishes to experience high performance driving to the driver that has aspirations to race professionally, Bondurant can make their dreams a reality. The Bondurant alumni list is long of graduates that have made their careers as professionals in every major motorsport discipline, which includes Stock cars, Sports cars and Indy cars.   Located at the Wild Horse Pass Motorports Park (formerly Firebird International Raceway) in Chandler, AZ., Bondurant has access to four different road course tracks (two operated by Bondurant full-time), a shifter kart track and two driving skills pads, all located at its facility. Bondurant utilizes race prepared Dodge SRT vehicles for their HPD road racing programs and Formula Mazda race cars for their grand prix racing programs and racing series. Bondurant is also home of the Mazda Road to Indy Shootout. 

About Andretti Autosport
 
Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport boasts a wide racing portfolio rooted in tradition and designed for success.

Together with Andretti Formula E and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the IndyCar Series and Indy Lights, along with entries in the FIA Formula E Championship and Rallycross competition. Additionally, the team competes as Walkinshaw Andretti United in the Australian Supercars category through partnership with Walkinshaw Racing and United Autosports.

The global racing enterprise boasts four IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007, 2012), two Indy Lights titles (2008, 2009), one Pro Mazda championship (2013) and one USF2000 championship (2010) and has captured victory five times at the famed Indianapolis 500-Mile Race (2005, 2007, 2014, 2016, 2017). Additionally, the team holds two X Games Gold Medals and three Global Rallycross championships (2015, 2016, 2017).

To share in the Andretti story, please visit online at AndrettiAutosport.com and follow along on Twitter via @FollowAndretti.

ROYAL PURPLE SYNTHETIC OIL GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS SUPPORTING THE LUPUS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA  – RACE ONE REPORT

INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES
05.11.18

It was another beautiful day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the Andretti Autosport Indy Lights drivers took to the road course for a full day of qualifying and Race 1 for the Royal Purple Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

After starting at the front of the grid, both Patricio O’Ward and Colton Herta quickly found themselves in the middle of the pack after an incident in Turn 1 caused the duo to fall pack to P4 and P5, respectively. Both drivers battled, with Herta landing on the top step of the podium and O’Ward finishing just outside the top three.

The drivers will compete in Round 6 of Indy Lights competition Saturday. Race 2 qualifying starts at 8:30 a.m. ET and the green flag for Race 2 waves at 1:15 p.m. Fans can follow Indy Lights competition via racecontrol.indycar.com or on the Road To Indy app.

No. 98 ANDRETTI-STEINBRENNER RACING / CURB MAZDA
  • STARTED 2nd // FINISHED 1st
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 3rd (83 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Earned his third career Indy Lights win today after an incident in Turn 1 forced Herta to fall to the middle of the field. Herta battled back up the grid to solidify the top spot on the podium.
“I’m just ecstatic after that race! It was the most fun I have ever had in an Indy Lights Mazda – and it was a ton of fun to fight through the field after falling back from P2. I think it was very fair racing throughout the entire race, so I’m happy with the result that we got and I can’t wait to see what we can do tomorrow.”

No. 27 Riverina CDMX Mexico City MAZDA
  • STARTED 1nd // FINISHED 4th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st (110 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: After starting on pole, contact on Turn 1 forced O’Ward to fall back to position four causing him to end the day just outside the top three.
“I thought the first corner was going to be fine. I was watching my mirrors closely and I thought we were going to go through there fine but right before the car was about to rotate I just got snowplowed by Victor [Franzoni] behind me which made me go straight. I went all the way back to fifth and made my way up to fourth, but kind of just got stuck. Me and my engineer, Mark [Bryant], took a gamble on the setup and the track surface was way too hot for the conditions that this setup would need – so we know that for tomorrow. I had a lot of fun and I think it was a hard-fought fourth place, honestly. Sometimes the car is really, really hard to drive and you can’t catch anybody, you can’t follow and it’s just downhill after someone hits you.”

No. 48 JOURNEY MAZDA
  • STARTED 6th // FINISHED 5th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 5th (68 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Ryan was able to secure a Top-5 finish for his second race on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course.
“I’m a little disappointed in the race we had today. We had a decent start going into Turn 1 and I was caught out in the contact that was made up front which led me to not have a good position in Turn 2. I was able to make a couple passes but then my tires locked up going into Turn 1 on an attempted pass, and I had a huge flat spot for more than half the race. I showed close pace to Colton [Herta], who won the race, and I feel like if I didn’t make a mistake with the flat spot, we would have pushed our way more towards the front. Onwards and upwards to tomorrow’s qualifying and Race 2. We will see what we can give then.”

No. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS, USA MAZDA
  • STARTED 7th // FINISHED 7th
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 6th (58 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Kellett now moves onto one final race on the road course circuit before focusing on the Freedom 100, where the Canadian will make his third Indy Lights start on the IMS Oval where he has finished third in each prior start.
“Definitely not the day we were looking for. We’re looking for a bit more pace in the race and need to clean things up for tomorrow. The K-Line guys have been working hard and we’re working to figure things out for Race 2. Today was day to look past and use for motivation moving forward.”

SEVEN CORNERS TO SUPPORT NO. 98 INDY LIGHTS EFFORT WITH ANDRETTI-STEINBRENNER RACING

SEVEN CORNERS TO SUPPORT NO. 98 INDY LIGHTS EFFORT WITH ANDRETTI-STEINBRENNER RACING

The international travel insurance and specialty benefit management company will serve as Associate Sponsor for the 2018 season.

INDIANAPOLIS (April 26, 2018) –  Carmel-based travel insurance company, Seven Corners, has joined forces with Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing to support Colton Herta for his second season of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires competition.

“Seven Corners is thrilled to partner with Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing,”
said David Fischer, chief revenue officer of Seven Corners. “We look forward to the upcoming racing season and are proud to support this talented driver and team.”
Founded in 1993, Seven Corners started as a small team with a single travel insurance product that rapidly and successfully outpaced the competition. Today, Seven Corners offers a diverse selection of products and services, including a variety of travel insurance plans, to more than a million members worldwide.
“We are pleased to have Seven Corners come on board for the 2018 Indy Lights season. They have expressed their interest and excitement in joining our program and growing together moving forward, and we share that sentiment as well,” said George Michael Steinbrenner IV, CEO & team principle of Steinbrenner Racing. “We look forward to a long and prosperous partnership.”
Colton Herta will join teammates Patricio O’Ward (No. 27 Riverina CDMX Mexico City Mazda), Dalton Kellett (No. 28 K-Line Insulators, USA Mazda) and Ryan Norman (No. 48 Journey Mazda) for Rounds 5 and 6 of Indy Lights racing action at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
The four-car team will take to the track for Round 5 Friday, May 11 at 1:30 p.m. ET. The green flag for Round 6 will wave Saturday, May 12 at 1:15 p.m. ET. Fans can catch all of the racing action live through the Road to Indy TV app.

INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG QUALIFYING

INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG QUALIFYING
03.09.18

The sunshine was out for Opening Day of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season. The four drivers that make up the Andretti Autosport team hit the pavement of the streets of St. Petersburg early this morning for a quick practice before turning laps to qualify this afternoon.

Qualifying for Race 2 will begin tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. ET before the drivers grid for the first time in 2018. Race 1 will go green at 1:05 p.m. ET. Follow along with live timing and scoring at racecontrol.indycar.com.

No. 27 CDMX MEXICO CITY MAZDA
  • STARTING POSITION: 2nd
  • QUALIFYING TIME: 1:05.2857
  • OF NOTE: Earned a front-row start for his full-time debut in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series
“I think [qualifying] went pretty good. Usually on a street course, every lap gets fast and faster, but the fine line between pushing the limit of what you and the car can do and hitting the wall is very small. It’s really hard to get that last tenth. Overall, I’m satisfied. I think we’re going to have a good race car for tomorrow, we just have to finalize the details to make the car last an hour for the race. I’m not disappointed. I’m pretty happy with the performance. The field isn’t very big, but I feel the driver quality is stacked and very competitive. I think it’s going to be a really good race tomorrow.”

No. 98 ANDRETTI-STEINBRENNER RACAING/CURB MAZDA
  • STARTING POSITION: 3rd
  • QUALIFYING TIME: 1:05.3525
“I’m happy with P3, I think it’s a good spot to start for the race. I think we had a good car, we didn’t really max it out though. There are a few things we can work on, we’ll look back at everything tonight and then go and get them tomorrowmorning. I think some of the cooler weather will help, so naturally the car may be better for us in the morning.”

No. 48 JOURNEY MAZDA
  • STARTING POSITION: 6th
  • QUALIFYING TIME: 1:05.8856
“Qualifying went alright – we ran into an issue on the first tire run with my HANS device, so that took away some of my energy and concentration. We came in and fixed that and went to a new tire run. The car felt pretty good. There are still some things I’d like to tweak, but overall, I feel a lot better than last year. If we keep moving in this same direction and keep improving, we’ll be in a good position toward the end of the weekend. We’ll move forward the best we can and hopefully grab a podium.”

No. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS USA MAZDA
  • STARTING POSITION: 9th
  • QUALIFYING TIME: 1:06.7570
“Bit of a tough day for us here at St. Pete. The first session we had a few electrical PC issues and that was out of our hands, and that session spiraled down from that. That forty-five minute session is pretty crucial when you only have one session before qualifying. At least we got somewhat back in the ballpark for qualifying session, but obviously we’re pretty disappointed with where we’re starting tomorrow. We really need to dig into the data and see what we can do differently to get the most out of tomorrow’s qualifying session. I think we know the car can be quick. We’ve been quick here last year. Not lacking from confidence just need to figure out what we need to tweak to be a little quicker.”

 

ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT TO FIELD PATO O’WARD FOR 2018 INDY LIGHTS CAMPAIGN

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ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT TO FIELD PATO O’WARD FOR 2018 INDY LIGHTS CAMPAIGN
Andretti Autosport’s Four-Car Indy Lights Stable Complete with O’Ward, Herta, Kellett and Norman
INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 4, 2018) – Entering his first full season of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires competition with Andretti Autosport, Pato O’Ward will pilot the No. 27 Mazda and join the team’s roster alongside returning Andretti drivers Colton Herta, Dalton Kellett and Ryan Norman.

“First off, I want to thank the whole Andretti Autosport team for the incredible opportunity they are giving me. I’m really happy to be with this power house team and I will give this my all to deliver results. I have been working really hard with Michael [Andretti] and J-F [Thormann] to put this deal together, and I’m more than proud to be a part of such a prestigious team like Andretti. I can’t wait to start working with everyone and I’m sure its going to be an awesome year, so lets go get it!”

The 18-year-old Mexico native showed impressive talent throughout his 2016 Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires season where O’Ward finished second in the championship standings. Pato earned six victories in the first seven races in 2016, and ended his successful season with seven race wins, five poles and nine podiums.

“We’re excited to have Pato [O’Ward] join our Indy Lights family in 2018,” said Andretti Autosport CEO & Team Owner Michael Andretti. “Pato had a strong, successful Pro Mazda season in 2016 and has been working hard to make the jump to Indy Lights. I’m confident his talent will blend well with Colton [Herta], Dalton [Kellett] and Ryan [Norman] and I’m looking forward to seeing our drivers on the podium this season.”

Veteran Indy Lights driver Kellett, and sophomore drivers Herta and Norman all made impressive strides during the 2017 season. Each driver started all 16 rounds of competition and collected a combined two race wins, nine podiums and six poles throughout the season. With such young talent, the drivers are all hopeful to build on last season’s results.

The 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season kicks off March 10 with Rounds 1 & 2 on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

 

MAZDA INDY LIGHTS WATKINS GLEN GRAND PRIX RACE REPORT

INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES
MAZDA INDY LIGHTS WATKINS GLEN GRAND PRIX
PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES
RACE REPORT
09.03.17
Treacherous and rainy conditions couldn’t stop the field from wrapping up the 2017 Indy Lights season with an exciting, wet and wild 25-laps in today’s Soul Red Finale.

Action from the 2017 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season finale at Watkins Glen International airs Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

For more information, check out AndrettiAutosport.com and IndyLights.com.

No. 98 Deltro Energy Mazda
  • Started: 1st // Finished: 3rd
  • Championship: 3 / 15 (300 pts., unofficial)
  • Earned his seventh podium finish in his rookie season, adding to his seven poles, two wins and eight top-five finishes
“The last lap was dicey. I was looking behind and I could see Matheus [Leist] there and he tried to get me in Turn 8. We were super close – we might have touched. It was a fun race, though. It is good to end the season on a high and on the podium. It gives a lot of motivation going into the offseason, and I’m happy with that. I think we may have had a little bit more in the Deltro Energy car, but we’ll see what we have next year.”

No. 27 Synova Mazda
  • Started: 4th // Finished: 5th
  • Championship: 7 / 15 (269 pts. unofficial)
  • Earned his seventh top-five finish in addition to three wins, one pole and five podium finishes
“Overall, it was really a tough race. I ended up in the top-five and scored some points for the team so that’s a positive. I think we missed something in the rain. I had no real grip at all, and I felt like I was on slick tires the whole race, so we just tried to hold on and bring it home. Top-five isn’t bad, and we’ll move on to next year. It’s still been a really good season as a rookie. We’ve had three wins and tied for most wins this season. I’m very thankful for the opportunity this season with Andretti, and I want to thank my sponsors, Synova, who has been following me for many years as well and RelaDyne and The Stellrecht Company. We will have more success in the future, but overall I learned a lot which is a big positive.”

No. 48 Journey Mazda
  • Started: 7th // Finished: 10th
  • Championship: 11 / 15 (200 pts., unofficial)
  • Earned his 14th top-10 finish in his rookie season, competing today in his first rain race in an Indy Lights car
“At the beginning of the race, we were alright. I was right behind Nico [Jamin]. I’m not really sure what place we were in, but I made a small mistake and spun [the car] and put the back end in the wall, hurting the wing a little bit. We got going again, I don’t think the wing was affecting us too much, but hurt us a little bit. When they called us in for the red flag, we replaced the damaged wing but didn’t make it back out in time for the green flag with everyone. Given we made changes under a red flag, we would have faced a penalty anyway. It’s not the way we wanted to finish the season, but at the end of the day I want to thank Andretti Autosport and the crew for all the hard work they’ve given me all year and giving me a great car. I’m so thankful to be part of this great organization and I’m looking forward to next season.”

No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA Mazda
  • Started: 8th // Finished: 13th
  • Championship: 12 / 15 (198 pts., unofficial)
  • Ended his season on a low note after spinning on Lap 14 in the Bus Stop, his day was done early after sustaining damage from hitting the wall
“I’m really frustrated with how things ended up here in the last race of the season. I definitely wanted to end on a high note but we were really struggling for grip out there. I was trying to work my line, find where the grip was and couldn’t really figure that out. Going through the bus stop, I hit a little patch of water and hydroplaned and just looped it around. I had contact with the wall, which caused the end of our race. It is definitely frustrating for the No. 28 K-Line crew. These guys have worked hard all year. We had some success on the ovals and good pace on the road courses, but haven’t been able to put together a consistent race weekend. I’m a little frustrated overall we couldn’t have ended the season on a higher note.”
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