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The Freedom 100 is an automobile race held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, as part of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. The event is a support race for the IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500, and since 2005, it has been held on the Friday preceding the Indianapolis 500, the day known as "Carb Day".

Freedom 100
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VenueIndianapolis Motor Speedway
Corporate sponsorMazda
First race2003
Distance100 miles (160 km)
Laps40
Previous namesFirestone Freedom 100 (2008–2013)
Futaba Freedom 100 (2004–2005)
Most wins (driver)Wade Cunningham (3)
Most wins (team)Sam Schmidt Motorsports (7)

The Freedom 100 is the second race annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the other being the Grand Prix on the combined road course.

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Race historyEdit

The Freedom 100 has its origins in both USAC's Mini Indy series and CART's ARS/Indy Lights series. None of those support series ever raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Typically the support series would take the month of May off while the top-level Indy cars were at the Indianapolis 500. In 1979, USAC's Mini-Indy series scheduled a support race on the oval at nearby Indianapolis Raceway Park, but it was held only once.[1]

When the IRL started the Indy Pro Series in 2002, officials began exploring the possibility of holding a support race at Indianapolis in the days leading up to the Indianapolis 500. It was an attempt to fill an otherwise slow part of the month, and an opportunity for exposure for up-and-coming drivers and teams. The race was added to the calendar for 2003.

For the first two years, the race was held during the second weekend of Indianapolis 500 time trials, scheduled for Saturday which was at the time, used only for Indy 500 practice. The date proved to be unpopular and drew small crowds. In 2005, Carb Day, the traditional final day of practice for the Indy 500, was moved from Thursday before the Indy 500 to Friday. Series officials moved the Freedom 100 to Carb Day, immediately following the final Indy 500 practice session. The move proved popular with fans and competitors.

In 2008, in the wake of the merger between IRL and Champ Car, the series was renamed from Indy Pro Series to the Firestone Indy Lights Series, taking the name of Champ Car's former development series which had ceased in 2001. The new sponsorship extended to this race, renaming it the Firestone Freedom 100.[2]

In the first nine runnings, the race was won six times from the pole and three times from second starting position. Therefore, the race had always been won from the front row until Esteban Guerrieri won in 2012 from the 18th starting position.[3] In 2013, Peter Dempsey, who started third, won the Freedom 100 in what was then the closest finish in Speedway history (0.0026 secs) in a four-wide finish over Gabby Chaves, Sage Karam, and Carlos Muñoz. Dempsey went from fourth to first on the final straightaway.[4]

In 2016, the field lined up in order of points, as qualifying has been rained out. Pole sitter and series point leader, Carlin's Ed Jones, traded the lead with Andretti Autosport's Dean Stoneman until a caution on lap 36 slowed the field. The green flag flew with one lap to go and Stoneman pulled alongside Jones going into Turn Three. The pair held their positions through the North Short Chute and into Turn Four; as they crossed the line, Stoneman held the lead by the slimmest possible margin, winning by 0.0024 seconds - a new Indianapolis Motor Speedway Record.[5]

Carlin's Matheus Leist took the race victory from pole position in 2017, while Colton Herta earned the win in 2018. Herta's Freedom 100 victory made it a clean sweep of the month of May for the young second-generation driver, who won both Indy Lights races on the road course at the INDYCAR Grand Prix.

Race resultsEdit

Year Date Day Winning Driver Race Distance Time of Race Winning Speed Starting
Cars
Lead
Changes
Miles Laps
2003 May 17–18 a Sat.–Sun.   Ed Carpenter 100 40 55:02.1661 109.019 mph 19 2
2004 May 22 Saturday   Thiago Medeiros 100 40 42:16.4388 141.931 mph 17 2
2005 May 27 Friday   Jaime Camara 100 40 40:52.6390 146.780 mph 18 7
2006 May 26 Friday   Wade Cunningham 100 40 32:29.3233 184.679 mph 19 0
2007 May 25 Friday   Alex Lloyd 100 40 46:39.6029 128.590 mph 24 0
2008 May 24 b Saturday   Dillon Battistini 100 40 39:46.9495 150.820 mph 27 4
2009 May 22 Friday   Wade Cunningham 100 40 50:42.2548 118.333 mph 22 9
2010 May 28 Friday   Wade Cunningham 100 40 39:55.4552 150.285 mph 16 4
2011 May 27 Friday   Josef Newgarden 100 40 55:38.9881 107.817 mph 18 6
2012 May 25 Friday   Esteban Guerrieri 100 40 40:09.1965 149.427 mph 19 c 3
2013 May 24 Friday   Peter Dempsey 100 40 36:48.6540 162.995 mph 11 2
2014 May 23 Friday   Gabby Chaves 100 40 41:46.9680 143.600 mph 11 9
2015 May 22 Friday   Jack Harvey 100 40 33:21.2712 179.886 mph 11 6
2016 May 27 Friday   Dean Stoneman 100 40 41:08.6299 145.830 mph 16 3
2017 May 26 Friday   Matheus Leist 100 40 36:36.6934 163.883 mph 14 0
2018 May 25 Friday   Colton Herta 100 40 31:20.6650 191.422 mph 8 20
2019 May 24 Friday   Oliver Askew 100 40 42:02.6912 142.705 mph 11 12
a In 2003 the race started on Saturday May 17, but was halted by rain. It was completed the following day.
b The 2008 race was scheduled for Friday May 23 but postponed one day due to rain.
c In 2012, Anders Krohn qualified for the race, but was unable to start due to mechanical problems. He was credited with the 19th-place finish. Therefore, only 18 cars took the green flag.

Qualification resultsEdit

Year Date Day Pole Sitter /
Fast Qualifier
Pole 2-Lap
Qualifying Time
Pole Speed Number of
Qualifiers
Slow Qualifier
Speed
Mean Qualifying
Speed
2003 May 16 Friday   Ed Carpenter 1:35.4958 188.490 mph 18 179.550 mph 184.460 mph
2004 May 21 Friday   Thiago Medeiros 1:35.1000 189.274 mph 17 178.100 mph 186.302 mph
2005 May 26 Thursday   Jaime Camara 1:34.8018 189.870 mph 17 168.816 mph 184.892 mph
2006 May 25 Thursday   Wade Cunningham 1:36.5546 186.423 mph 18 171.844 mph 181.753 mph
2007 May 24 Thursday   Ken Losch 1:35.6271 188.231 mph 24 183.436 mph 186.052 mph
2008 May 22 Thursday   Dillon Battistini 1:35.5430 188.397 mph 27 178.497 mph 186.196 mph
2009 May 21 Thursday   Wade Cunningham 1:34.6485 190.177 mph 22 185.269 mph 187.749 mph
2010 May 27 Thursday   Pippa Mann 1:35.7505 187.989 mph 15 183.479 mph 185.988 mph
2011 May 26 Thursday   Bryan Clauson Grid set by entrant points due to rain.
2012 May 24 Thursday   Gustavo Yacamán 1:35.9913 187.517 mph 19 184.494 mph 185.828 mph
2013 May 23 Thursday   Sage Karam 1:35.1160 189.243 mph 11 185.967 mph 187.412 mph
2014 May 22 Thursday   Luiz Razia 1:35.8926 187.710 mph 11 182.697 mph 185.056 mph
2015 May 21 Thursday   Ethan Ringel 1:31.0545 197.684 mph 12 194.404 mph 195.909 mph
2016 May 26 Thursday   Ed Jones Grid set by entrant points due to rain.
2017 May 25 Thursday   Matheus Leist 1:30.3625 199.198 mph 14 195.445 mph 196.984 mph
2018 May 24 Thursday   Dalton Kellett 1:32.2947 195.027 mph 8 193.269 mph 194.054 mph
2019 May 23 Thursday   Robert Megennis 1:32.6851 194.206 mph 11 191.304 mph 192.462 mph^1

^ Five cars in the field had their qualifying runs disallowed for failing technical inspection, leaving only six official times.

Event recordsEdit

Year Driver
Fastest race 2018   Colton Herta Time: 31:20.6650 Speed: 191.422 mph 100 Miles 40 Laps
Fastest qualification run 2017   Matheus Leist Time: 01:30.3625 Speed: 199.198 mph 5 Miles 2 Laps
Fastest qualifying lap 2017   Matheus Leist Time: 00:45.1654 Speed: 199.268 mph 2.5 Miles 1 Lap
Fastest race lap 2017   Santiago Urrutia Time: 00:45.4307 Speed: 198.104 mph 2.5 Miles 1 Lap
Most wins by a driver 2006; 2009; 2010   Wade Cunningham 3 Wins
Most starts by a driver 2005 - 2010   Wade Cunningham 6 Starts
Most participants 2008 27 Starting Drivers

DriversEdit

In the first fifteen years that this race has been contested, 166 drivers have participated:

drivers who went on to race in the Indianapolis 500, after first participating in the Freedom 100.
drivers who had already driven in the Indianapolis 500, before participating in the Freedom 100.
drivers who attempted unsuccessfully to race in the Indianapolis 500
Driver Nation Starts First Latest Best
Finishing Position
Best
Finish Year
Laps led
Mishael Abbott   USA 2 2005 2006 11 2005 0
Neil Alberico   USA 2 2016 2017 4 2017 0
Cyndie Allemann    Switzerland 1 2008 2008 26 2008 0
Scott Anderson   USA 2 2014 2015 3 2015 0
Jarett Andretti   USA 1 2019 2019 6 2019 0
Marco Andretti   USA 1 2005 2005 16 2005 0
Richard Antinucci   USA 1 2008 2008 2 2008 0
Oliver Askew   USA 1 2019 2019 1 2019 3
Chase Austin   USA 4 2011 2014 8 2013 0
Rodrigo Barbosa   Brazil 2 2009 2010 12 2010 0
Alexandre Baron   France 1 2014 2014 7 2014 0
Dillon Battistini   United Kingdom 1 2008 2008 1 2008 38
Matt Beardsley   USA 2 2003 2004 8 2004 0
Ana Beatriz Figueiredo   Brazil 2 2008 2009 5 2008 0
Shelby Blackstock   USA 3 2015 2017 4 2016 0
Matthew Brabham   USA 1 2014 2014 2 2014 28
Jon Brownson   USA 2 2007 2008 9 2007 0
Nick Bussell   USA 2 2006 2006 10 2006 0
Jaime Camara   Brazil 3 2005 2007 1 2005 33
Adrian Campos, Jr.   Spain 1 2010 2010 10 2010 0
Victor Carbone   Brazil 2 2011 2012 6 2012 25
Tyce Carlson   USA 1 2006 2006 15 2006 0
Ed Carpenter   USA 1 2003 2003 1 2003 39
Cole Carter   USA 1 2005 2005 18 2005 0
Gabby Chaves   Colombia 2 2013 2014 1 2014 6
James Chesson   USA 1 2006 2006 18 2006 0
Heamin Choi   South Korea 1 2016 2016 12 2016 0
Marco Cioci   Italy 1 2003 2003 9 2003 0
Dan Clarke   United Kingdom 1 2010 2010 4 2010 0
Bryan Clauson   USA 1 2011 2011 5 2011 0
Wade Cunningham   New Zealand 6 2005 2010 1 2006; 2009; 2010 99
Paul Dana   USA 2 2003 2004 7 2003 0
Nicolas Dapero   Argentina 1 2017 2017 12 2017 0
James Davison   Australia 2 2008 2009 6 2009 1
Alon Day   Israel 1 2012 2012 8 2012 0
Zachary Claman DeMelo   Canada 2 2016 2017 6 2017 0
Peter Dempsey   Ireland 3 2011 2013 1 2013 1
Geoff Dodge   USA 1 2006 2006 8 2006 0
Craig Dollansky   USA 1 2003 2003 17 2003 0
Pablo Donoso   Chile 2 2008 2009 9 2009 0
Jay Drake   USA 2 2004 2005 3 2005 0
Armaan Ebrahim   India 1 2012 2012 13 2012 0
RC Enerson   USA 2 2015 2016 4 2015 0
Brandon Erwin   USA 1 2003 2003 11 2003 0
Duarte Ferreira   Angola 1 2011 2011 13 2011 0
Chris Festa   USA 4 2005 2008 2 2007 0
Aaron Fike   USA 1 2003 2003 6 2003 0
Taylor Fletcher   USA 2 2004 2005 9 2005 0
Victor Franzoni   Brazil 1 2018 2018 8 2018 2
Juan Pablo Garcia   Mexico 4 2011 2014 6 2014 0
Victor Garcia   Spain 1 2011 2011 3 2011 0
Phil Giebler   USA 2 2004 2006 5 2004 0
Micky Gilbert   USA 2 2007 2008 15 2007 0
Logan Gomez   USA 2 2007 2008 7 2008 0
Jorge Goncalvez   Venezuela 3 2011 2013 6 2013 0
Travis Gregg   USA 1 2005 2005 6 2005 0
Mikael Grenier   Canada 1 2011 2011 10 2011 0
Esteban Guerrieri   Argentina 2 2011 2012 1 2012 5
Sean Guthrie   USA 3 2006 2008 11 2006 0
Davey Hamilton Jr.   USA 1 2018 2018 7 2018 0
Matthew Hamilton   New Zealand 1 2006 2006 13 2006 0
Scott Hargrove   Canada 1 2016 2016 5 2016 0
Scott Harrington   USA 1 2003 2003 12 2003 0
Jack Harvey   United Kingdom 2 2014 2015 1 2015 10
Jack Hawksworth   United Kingdom 1 2013 2013 10 2013 0
Jon Herb   USA 3 2004 2006 13 2005 1
Daniel Herrington   USA 1 2009 2009 7 2009 0
Colton Herta   USA 2 2017 2018 1 2018 10
J.R. Hildebrand   USA 2 2008 2009 2 2009 23
James Hinchcliffe   Canada 2 2009 2010 3 2010 0
João Victor Horto   Brazil 1 2012 2012 7 2012 0
Jay Howard   United Kingdom 2 2006 2009 2 2006 0
Imran Husain   India 1 2005 2005 14 2005 0
Alistair Jackson   United Kingdom 1 2009 2009 19 2009 0
Brad Jaeger   USA 1 2007 2007 21 2007 0
Nico Jamin   France 1 2017 2017 10 2017 0
Shane Jantzi   Canada 1 2007 2007 18 2007 0
Matt Jaskol   USA 1 2007 2007 7 2007 0
Ronnie Johncox   USA 1 2003 2003 8 2003 0
Ed Jones   UAE 2 2015 2016 2 2016 10
Ryan Justice   USA 1 2007 2007 13 2007 0
Kyle Kaiser   USA 3 2015 2017 5 2015 0
Sage Karam   USA 1 2013 2013 3 2013 12
Dalton Kellett   Canada 4 2016 2019 3 2016; 2017; 2018 17
Charlie Kimball   USA 2 2009 2010 2 2010 2
Jonathan Klein   USA 2 2006 2007 6 2006 0
Lucas Kohl   Brazil 1 2019 2019 7 2019 0
Anders Krohn   Norway 2 2011 2012 12 2011 7
Mike Larrison   USA 1 2012 2012 9 2012 0
Matheus Leist   Brazil 1 2017 2017 1 2017 40
Alex Lloyd   United Kingdom 2 2006 2007 1 2007 40
Ken Losch   Canada 1 2007 2007 24 2007 0
Arie Luyendyk Jr.   Netherlands 4 2003 2010 3 2004 0
Leonardo Maia   Brazil 1 2004 2004 6 2004 0
Philip Major   Canada 1 2010 2010 6 2010 0
David Malukas   USA 1 2019 2019 11 2019 0
Pippa Mann   United Kingdom 2 2009 2010 16 2010 0
Jesse Mason   Canada 2 2004 2009 8 2009 0
Raphael Matos   Brazil 1 2008 2008 10 2008 0
Thiago Medeiros   Brazil 2 2003 2004 1 2004 35
Robert Megennis   USA 1 2019 2019 8 2019 2
Zack Meyer   Canada 1 2014 2014 10 2014 0
Rusty Mitchell   USA 1 2011 2011 7 2011 0
Rocky Moran Jr.   USA 1 2005 2005 17 2005 0
Carlos Muñoz   Colombia 2 2012 2013 2 2012 27
Hideki Mutoh   Japan 1 2007 2007 5 2007 0
André Negrão   Brazil 1 2016 2016 15 2016 0
Josef Newgarden   USA 1 2011 2011 1 2011 30
Emerson Newton-John   USA 1 2012 2012 17 2012 0
Ryan Norman   USA 3 2017 2019 2 2019 29
Kyle O'Gara   USA 1 2013 2013 11 2013 0
Patricio O'Ward   Mexico 1 2018 2018 2 2018 3
Mark Olson   USA 1 2008 2008 25 2008 0
David Ostella   Canada 2 2011 2012 8 2011 0
Robbie Pecorari   USA 2 2007 2008 4 2008 0
Gary Peterson   USA 2 2003 2004 13 2004 0
Juan Piedrahita   Colombia 4 2014 2017 7 2015 0
Spencer Pigot   USA 1 2015 2015 9 2015 0
Martin Plowman   United Kingdom 2 2009 2010 5 2010 0
Brad Pollard   USA 1 2004 2004 11 2004 0
Mike Potekhen   USA 3 2007 2009 6 2007 0
Andrew Prendeville   USA 3 2007 2009 4 2007 0
Rolando Quintanilla   Mexico 2 2003 2004 10 2003 0
German Quiroga   Mexico 1 2005 2005 10 2005 0
Sean Rayhall   USA 1 2015 2015 6 2015 0
Luiz Razia   Brazil 1 2014 2014 4 2014 5
Jonny Reid   New Zealand 1 2008 2008 20 2008 0
Garth Rickards   USA 1 2017 2017 7 2017 0
Ethan Ringel   USA 1 2015 2015 2 2015 30
Billy Roe   USA 2 2003 2004 9 2004 0
Mario Romancini   Brazil 1 2009 2009 3 2009 0
Felix Rosenqvist   Sweden 1 2016 2016 9 2016 0
Marty Roth   Canada 2 2004 2005 5 2005 0
Sebastian Saavedra   Colombia 3 2009 2012 5 2009; 2012 3
Joey Scarallo   Australia 1 2007 2007 20 2007 0
Félix Serrallés   Puerto Rico 2 2015 2016 6 2016 0
Brent Sherman   USA 1 2008 2008 16 2008 0
Jeff Simmons   USA 5 2003 2010 2 2004 5
Jimmy Simpson   USA 1 2013 2013 7 2013 0
Stephen Simpson   South Africa 1 2007 2007 14 2007 0
Jake Slotten   USA 1 2008 2008 23 2008 0
Toby Sowery   United Kingdom 1 2019 2019 4 2019 0
Dean Stoneman   United Kingdom 1 2016 2016 1 2016 30
Junior Strous   Netherlands 1 2009 2009 10 2009 0
Jonathan Summerton   USA 1 2009 2009 12 2009 0
Mark Taylor   United Kingdom 1 2003 2003 3 2003 1
Aaron Telitz   USA 3 2017 2019 2 2017 0
Al Unser III   USA 3 2005 2008 4 2005 0
Jonathan Urlin   USA 1 2003 2003 5 2003 0
Santiago Urrutia   Uruguay 3 2016 2018 4 2018 8
Brett Van Blankers   Canada 1 2006 2006 14 2006 0
Tristan Vautier   France 1 2012 2012 3 2012 11
Zach Veach   USA 3 2013 2016 3 2014 1
Rinus VeeKay   Netherlands 1 2019 2019 3 2019 6
Jean-Karl Vernay   France 1 2010 2010 13 2010 0
Brandon Wagner   USA 4 2009 2012 8 2010 0
Oliver Webb   United Kingdom 1 2012 2012 15 2012 0
Tom Wieringa   USA 3 2006 2008 12 2006 0
Marc Williams   New Zealand 2 2007 2008 15 2008 0
Bobby Wilson   USA 3 2006 2008 6 2008 0
Stefan Wilson   United Kingdom 2 2010 2011 4 2011 1
Chris Windom   USA 1 2019 2019 10 2019 0
James Winslow   United Kingdom 1 2011 2011 17 2011 0
Cory Witherill   USA 2 2003 2004 2 2003 0
Tom Wood   Canada 3 2003 2006 9 2006 0
Gustavo Yacaman   Colombia 4 2009 2012 4 2012 1

Freedom 100 and Indianapolis 500 "Double"Edit

Since the Freedom 100 began in 2003, four different drivers have competed both in this race and in the Indianapolis 500, during the same month.

Year Driver Freedom 100
Finish
Indianapolis 500
finish
2004   Marty Roth 16 24
2004   Jeff Simmons 2 16
2005   Marty Roth 5 31
2008   Jeff Simmons 8 28
2010  Sebastian Saavedra 9 23
2012  Sebastian Saavedra 5 26
2013  Carlos Muñoz 4 2

SourcesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1979 Mini-Indy Series IRP at ChampCarStats.com
  2. ^ "Firestone Freedom 100 To Feature Firestone Indy Lights May 23 At IMS". name. 2008-03-26. Archived from the original on 2008-04-02. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
  3. ^ "Guerrieri charges from back to win Freedom 100". name. 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
  4. ^ Marot, Michael. Indianapolis Motor Speedway With Historic Final Lap, Huffington Post, May 24, 2013, Retrieved 2013-05-24
  5. ^ "Stoneman Wins Thrilling Freedom 100 in Closest-Ever Indianapolis Finish". www.indylights.com. Retrieved 2017-02-14.

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