2018 Indy Lights
The 2018 Indy Lights season was the 33rd season of the Indy Lights open wheel motor racing series and the 17th sanctioned by IndyCar, acting as the primary support series for the IndyCar Series. A 17-race schedule was announced on October 17, 2017.
|2018 Indy Lights season|
|Start date||March 10|
|End date||September 2|
|Drivers' champion||Patricio O'Ward|
|Teams' champion||Andretti Autosport|
|Rookie of the Year||Patricio O'Ward|
Patricio O'Ward dueled the entire season with his Andretti Autosport teammate Colton Herta, ultimately clinching the title by winning the penultimate race of the season. O'Ward had nine wins with four other podium finishes while Herta captured four consecutive wins in the first half of the season, including the Freedom 100, but also finished second seven times. Belardi Auto Racing's Santiago Urrutia captured two race wins and finished third in the championship. Andretti's Ryan Norman and Juncos Racing's Victor Franzoni each had a single win and finished fourth and fifth in the championship respectively. There were only seven full-time entries. Andretti Autosport soundly won the team championship.
Team and driver chartEdit
|Andretti Autosport||27||Patricio O'Ward||All|
|Andretti Steinbrenner Racing||98||Colton Herta||All|
|Belardi Auto Racing||5||Santiago Urrutia||All|
|Juncos Racing||7||Alfonso Celis Jr.||3–4|
|Team Pelfrey||2||Neil Alberico||1–2|
|Davey Hamilton Jr.||7|
|1||March 10||St. Petersburg 100||Streets of St. Petersburg||St. Petersburg, Florida|
|3||April 21||Legacy Indy Lights 100||Barber Motorsports Park||Birmingham, Alabama|
|5||May 11||Grand Prix of Indianapolis||Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course||Speedway, Indiana|
|7||May 25||Freedom 100||Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval||Speedway, Indiana|
|8||June 23||Mazda Grand Prix of Road America||Road America||Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin|
|10||July 8||Mazda Iowa 100||Iowa Speedway||Newton, Iowa|
|11||July 14||Grand Prix of Toronto||Exhibition Place||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|13||July 28||Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||Lexington, Ohio|
|15||August 25||Illinois 100||Gateway Motorsports Park||Madison, Illinois|
|16||September 1||Grand Prix of Portland||Portland International Raceway||Portland, Oregon|
- Scoring system
- 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.
- Scoring system
- Single car teams receive 3 bonus points as an equivalency to multi-car teams
- Only the best two results count for teams fielding more than two entries
|2||Belardi Auto Racing||455|
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