Get to Know | Indy Light | 12 Days of CTS

Indy Lights is the highest step on the Road to Indy which is a program set up to take a driver to IndyCar series. The original inaugural season was held in 1986 before being IndyCar sanctioned in 2002. Since 2014, Anderson Promotions has been promoting the series.


An average Indy Lights weekend is similar to most race weekend layouts where we see one forty five minute practise session on the Friday ahead of the weekend. From there, you can then catch the qualifying and two races across the Saturday and Sunday where the grid is decided by the fastest laps set.

Indy Light changed their cars in 2015 to run a Mazda-AER p63 2.0L DOHC inline-4’s powering the cars, combined with six speed sequential semi-automatic transmission. They’d originally used a v8 engine and a manual gearbox.

Points System

Road/Street Course Events
Oval Events
Team Point System
Super License

The 2020 INDYLIGHTS season was not able to go ahead due to Covid

Since becoming INDYCAR Indy Lights in 2008 officially, there have been many drivers across various countries competing in IndyCar. They’ve had drivers such as Brazilian Raphael Matos, American’s J.R. Hildebrand, Josef Newgarden, Sage Karam, Spencer Pigot, Kyle Kaiser and the current champion, Oliver Askew, French driver Jean-Karl Vernay and Tristan Vautier, Colombian Gabby Chaves, UAE driver Ed Jones and Mexican driver Patricio O’Ward. It is possible to watch Indy Lights on their website excluding if you live in the US, where it is only possible to watch on your TV network broadcaster. For 2021, their calendar is as follows:

Streets of St. PetersburgMarch 6-7
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road CourseMay 14-15
The Raceway at Belle Isle ParkJune 12-13
Road AmericaJune 19-20
Mid-Ohio Sports Car CourseJuly 3-4
Exhibition PlaceJuly 10-11
Gateway Motorsports ParkAugust 20-21
Portland International RacewaySeptember 11-12
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna SecaSeptember 18-19

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