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The 2017 Indy Lights season was the 32nd season of the Indy Lights open wheel motor racing series and the 16th sanctioned by IndyCar, acting as the primary support series for the IndyCar Series. A 16-race schedule was announced on September 14, 2016.[1] The schedule included a stop at Gateway Motorsports Park for the first time since 2003. This replaced the race at Phoenix International Raceway after it returned to the schedule for only a single season. The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca round to end the season was omitted, as it was for the other Road to Indy series.

2017 Indy Lights season
Indy Lights
Season
Races16
Start dateMarch 12
End dateSeptember 3
Awards
Drivers' championUnited States Kyle Kaiser
Teams' championBelardi Auto Racing
Rookie of the YearUnited States Colton Herta
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Matheus Leist, winner of the 2017 Freedom 100

American Kyle Kaiser driving for Juncos Racing led a steady campaign where he finished every lap of the season in a season where no particular team or driver was dominant and in doing so essentially clinched the championship with one round remaining (he only had to start the final round). Kaiser won three races with an additional three podium finishes. Santiago Urrutia struggled during the first half of the season but logged six podium finishes in the last seven races, including two wins, to vault his way to second in the championship. Colton Herta won six poles, but was only able to convert that to two wins and he finished third in the championship. Brazilian rookie Matheus Leist had a brilliant stretch of races in the middle of the season, capturing three wins, but was otherwise unremarkable and wound up fourth. Zachary Claman DeMelo won a single race and finished fifth in points while 2016 Pro Mazda Championship winner Aaron Telitz bookended the season with his only two wins and finished sixth. Nico Jamin won three races but also suffered four DNFs and fell to seventh in points. Juan Piedrahita captured his first Indy Lights pole at Gateway Motorsports Park, his 57th Indy Lights start.

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Team and driver chartEdit

ScheduleEdit

Race resultsEdit

Round Race Pole position Fastest lap Most laps led Race Winner
Driver Team
1 St. Petersburg 1   Aaron Telitz   Colton Herta   Aaron Telitz   Aaron Telitz Belardi Auto Racing
2 St. Petersburg 2   Colton Herta   Colton Herta   Colton Herta   Colton Herta Andretti Steinbrenner Racing
3 Birmingham 1   Kyle Kaiser   Nico Jamin   Nico Jamin   Nico Jamin Andretti Autosport
4 Birmingham 2   Colton Herta1   Santiago Urrutia   Colton Herta   Colton Herta Andretti Steinbrenner Racing
5 Indianapolis GP 1   Nico Jamin   Matheus Leist   Nico Jamin   Nico Jamin Andretti Autosport
6 Indianapolis GP 2   Kyle Kaiser   Zachary Claman DeMelo   Kyle Kaiser   Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing
7 Indianapolis   Matheus Leist   Santiago Urrutia   Matheus Leist   Matheus Leist Carlin
8 Road America 1   Matheus Leist   Kyle Kaiser   Matheus Leist   Matheus Leist Carlin
9 Road America 2   Colton Herta   Zachary Claman DeMelo   Zachary Claman DeMelo   Zachary Claman DeMelo Carlin
10 Iowa   Colton Herta   Dalton Kellett   Matheus Leist   Matheus Leist Carlin
11 Toronto 1   Kyle Kaiser   Colton Herta   Kyle Kaiser   Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing
12 Toronto 2   Colton Herta   Kyle Kaiser   Colton Herta   Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing
13 Mid-Ohio 1   Santiago Urrutia   Shelby Blackstock   Santiago Urrutia   Santiago Urrutia Belardi Auto Racing
14 Mid-Ohio 2   Colton Herta   Santiago Urrutia   Nico Jamin   Nico Jamin Andretti Autosport
15 Gateway   Juan Piedrahíta   Zachary Claman DeMelo   Juan Piedrahíta   Santiago Urrutia Belardi Auto Racing
16 Watkins Glen   Colton Herta   Aaron Telitz   Aaron Telitz   Aaron Telitz Belardi Auto Racing
1Qualifying canceled due to weather and grid was set on points

Championship standingsEdit

Drivers' championshipEdit

Scoring system
Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th   16th   17th   18th   19th   20th 
Points 30 25 22 19 17 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • The driver who qualified on pole was awarded one additional point.
  • An additional point was awarded to the driver who led the most laps in a race.
  • The driver who obtained the fastest lap in a race was awarded one additional point.
Pos Driver STP ALA IND INDY RDA IOW TOR MOH GAT WGL Pts
1   Kyle Kaiser 6 4 2 2 3 1* 9 3 2 5 1* 1 12 12 4 7 330
2   Santiago Urrutia 13 2 15 13 7 2 5 2 11 2 3 11 1* 2 1 2 310
3   Colton Herta 2 1* 10 1* 12 10 13 12 3 4 4 10* 2 6 3 3 300
4   Matheus Leist 15 11 4 7 5 3 1* 1* 4 1* 13 5 11 10 10 4 279
5   Zachary Claman DeMelo   8 7 5 14 2 11 6 10 1* 6 2 3 5 4 6 6 274
6   Aaron Telitz 1* 5 13 5 6 13 2 11 5 9 5 2 8 5 15 1* 271
7   Nico Jamin 7 14 1* 3 1* 4 10 6 14 7 14 12 3 1* 11 5 269
8   Neil Alberico 3 15 3 4 4 6 4 7 8 11 8 14 6 9 12 11 225
9   Juan Piedrahita 14 10 11 11 DNS 5 8 5 10 10 6 4 10 11 2* 9 208
10   Shelby Blackstock 4 6 7 8 9 14 11 8 6 13 11 13 4 3 9 12 207
11   Ryan Norman 10 9 12 9 8 7 14 4 7 8 10 6 9 7 8 10 200
12   Dalton Kellett 12 12 6 10 13 9 3 9 9 3 12 9 7 13 7 13 198
13   Nicolas Dapero 9 8 9 6 11 8 12 14 12 12 7 7 14 8 5 8 187
14   Garth Rickards 11 13 14 12 10 12 7 13 13 13 9 8 13 14 13 DNS 146
15   Patricio O'Ward 5 3 8 15 58
16   Chad Boat 14 7
Pos Driver STP ALA IND INDY RDA IOW TOR MOH GAT WGL Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th–10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
(1 point)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
(1 point)
* Led most race laps
(1 point)
1 Qualifying cancelled
no bonus point awarded
Rookie
  • Ties in points broken by number of wins, or best finishes.

Teams' championshipEdit

Pos Team Points
1   Belardi Auto Racing 393
2   Andretti Autosport 389
3   Carlin 365
4   Juncos Racing 282
5   Team Pelfrey 162

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://motorsports.nbcsports.com/2016/09/14/2017-mazda-road-to-indy-schedules-revealed/
  2. ^ https://www.andrettiautosport.com/news/jamin-to-join-andretti-autosport-2017-indy-lights-line-up
  3. ^ http://indylights.com/news/kellett-returns-to-andretti-autosport-for-2017
  4. ^ https://www.andrettiautosport.com/news/ryan-norman-named-third-driver-to-andretti-indy-lights-roster
  5. ^ http://www.motorsport.com/indylights/news/colton-herta-quits-europe-to-race-indy-lights-in-2017-859635/
  6. ^ a b c d http://indylights.com/news/mazda-road-to-indy-teams-drivers-to-gain-head-start-on-2017-season
  7. ^ http://www.indylights.com/news/belardi-auto-racing-confirms-urrutia-for-2017
  8. ^ http://www.motorsport.com/indylights/news/belardi-signs-pro-mazda-champ-telitz-for-2017-848021/
  9. ^ http://www.indylights.com/news/belardi-auto-racing-signs-blackstock-for-2017
  10. ^ http://www.carlin.co.uk/news/indy-lights/rickards-moves-indy-lights-carlin/
  11. ^ "Claman DeMelo ready for Indy Lights assault". February 6, 2017. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  12. ^ "Alberico returns with Carlin for 2017 season". February 14, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  13. ^ "Leist joins Carlin for Indy Lights". February 3, 2017. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  14. ^ http://www.juncosracing.com/american-kyle-kaiser-looks-to-lead-juncos-racing-in-2017-indy-lights-championship/
  15. ^ http://www.motorsport.com/indylights/news/dapero-graduates-with-juncos-to-indy-lights-855090/
  16. ^ http://indylights.com/news/piedrahita-to-rejoin-team-pelfrey-il-in-2017
  17. ^ http://www.indylights.com/news/o-ward-joins-team-pelfrey-il-for-spring-training-and-the-season-opener

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