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Indy Lights Championship

Overview

Sanctioned by INDYCAR, the Indy Lights Championship is the third and final official step on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. The 18-race schedule takes place at nine (9) premier events headlined by the NTT INDYCAR Series which consists of five (5) road courses, three (3) street circuits and one (1) oval. Points are awarded to the top-20 finishers in each race, with bonus points awarded for position, most laps led and fastest race lap. Team points are based on the team’s top-two cars in each individual race. Over $1,500,000 in prize money and awards is on offer including a champion’s scholarship to graduate with three (3) guaranteed race attempts in the NTT INDYCAR Series. 

Technology

The Dallara IL-15 is a state-of-the-art, single-seat, open-wheel chassis manufactured by Dallara Automobili. The chassis comes complete with paddle shifters, push-to-pass and safety components meeting or exceeding FIA specifications with INDYCAR standards. Safety enhancements include INDYCAR-style headrests and seats, along with a secondary pedal bulkhead (designed specifically for oval racing) and Zylon anti-intrusion side panels. The 2.0-liter I-4 turbocharged engine, built by Advanced Engine Research, is capable of running an entire season without a rebuild.

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Chassis

Dallara IL-15 · Carbon composite monocoque · Composite bodywork · Anti-intrusion side panels · Front bulkhead structure for USA-specific oval racing circuits

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Engine

AER 2.0-Liter · 450 hp + 50 hp push-to-pass · Fly-by-wire throttle

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Tires / Wheels

15-inch Cooper Tires Indy Lights · Motegi Racing forged Technomesh mono-block alloy wheels

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Electronics

Cosworth Electronics with integrated dash and gear change paddles · Cosworth Data Logger linked via CAN to Life Racing ECU

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Gearbox

Ricardo 6-speed semi-automatic · Pneumatic paddle shift system

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Specs

2971 mm wheelbase · 1930 mm width · 635 kg

Schedule

DateCircuitVenue
March 05-07Streets of St. Petersburg1.8-mile street circuit
May 13-15Indianapolis Grand Prix Circuit2.439-mile road course
June 12-13Streets of Belle Isle2.35-mile street course
June 18-20Road America4.014-mile road course
July 02-04Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course2.258-mile road course
July 09-11Streets of Toronto1.786-mile street circuit
August 19-21World Wide Technology Raceway1.25-mile oval
September 09-12Portland International Raceway1.964-mile road course
September 17-19WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca2.238-mile road course

Our mission

The mission of JHDD is to develop our own drivers internally by educating and passing down all of our knowledge to help the drivers perform to the very best of their ability.

Our job is to give the drivers all the tools, assets and information to win. If we are able to take a young driver and teach them the correct driving techniques, racecraft and mindset from the beginning, all while building their confidence, maintaining a consistent message and sense of continuity, the driver will be rewarded with results and championships.

Who better to teach this than Team Principal, Jay Howard—former Road to Indy champion, INDYCAR driver and now championship-winning team owner—who has the experience, knows exactly what it takes and how to WIN.