Grand Prix of Indianapolis (Indy Lights)
The Indy Lights Grand Prix Presented by Royal Purple Synthetic Oil Supporting the Lupus Foundation of America is a pair of twin races in the Cooper Tire Indy Lights Series, held on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is held as a support race to the IndyCar Grand Prix of the NTT IndyCar Series.
|Venue||Indianapolis Motor Speedway|
|Previous names||Liberty Challenge (2005–2007)|
Mazda Grand Prix of Indianapolis (2015)
Grand Prix of Indianapolis Indy Lights (2014, 2016–2018)
The race was previously known as the Liberty Challenge from 2005–2007. It originally was held as a support race to the United States Grand Prix.
For the first three years of its existence, the Indy Pro Series was contested on oval tracks only. This was also true of the parent IndyCar Series, at the time. All Indy Pro Series races were run as support to IndyCar Series events. Road course and street course events were added to both series in 2005, and the series became known as Indy Lights in 2008.
In 2005, the series added the Liberty Challenge, as a support race to the Formula One United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis. This move allowed the Indy Pro Series drivers valuable exposure in front of the Formula One teams and fans. Some drivers, such as Graham Rahal, ran this race as a one-off, while running other series (such as the Champ Car Atlantics).
The Liberty Challenge was the only Indy Pro Series race at the time which was not run as support to an IndyCar Series weekend. Also, the Indy Pro Series became the only racing series to hold races on both the oval and road course tracks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Freedom 100 has been held on the oval since 2003. In 2007, a twin race format was introduced. After 2007, the U.S Grand Prix left Indianapolis, and the Liberty Challenge race was put on hiatus.
In 2014, the race was revived as part of the new IndyCar Grand Prix weekend, where all four IndyCar-sanctioned divisions participate in races on the road course during the first weekend of the Indianapolis 500 race meeting. In addition, the Indy Lights began utilizing the newer road course layout used by the IndyCar Series.
|Year||Date||Day||Winning Driver||Race Distance||Time of Race||Winning Speed|
|2005||June 18||Saturday||Marco Andretti||65.1||25||35:57.3780||108.465 mph|
|2006||July 1||Saturday||Alex Lloyd||59.9||23||35:53.516||100.159 mph|
|2007||June 16||Saturday||Hideki Mutoh||46.9||18||26:09.8910||107.320 mph|
|June 17||Sunday||Bobby Wilson||46.9||18||28:40.9170||97.901 mph|
|2014||May 9||Friday||Matthew Brabham||63.4||26||40:12.7538||94.618 mph|
|May 10||Saturday||Luiz Razia||97.56||40||56:23.3259||103.808 mph|
|2015||May 8||Friday||Jack Harvey||73.2||30||39:13.4976||111.924 mph|
|May 9||Saturday||Sean Rayhall||85.4||35||48:08.2758||106.401 mph|
|2016||May 13||Friday||Ed Jones||73.17||30||41:15.4848||106.408 mph|
|May 14||Saturday||Dean Stoneman||85.365||35||46:45.5881||109.536 mph|
|2017||May 12||Friday||Nico Jamin||73.17||30||38:29.3542||114.063 mph|
|May 13||Saturday||Kyle Kaiser||85.365||35||45:11.5257||113.336 mph|
|2018||May 11||Friday||Colton Herta||73.17||30||39:07.7629||112.197 mph|
|May 12||Saturday||Colton Herta||85.365||35||45:28.9254||112.614 mph|
|2019||May 10||Friday||Robert Megennis||73.17||30|
|May 11||Saturday||Rinus VeeKay||108.119||45|
|Year||Date||Day||Pole Sitter /
|Pole Speed||Number of
|Mean Qualifying |
|2005||June 17||Friday||Marco Andretti||01:26.2360||108.539 mph||14||98.033 mph||105.234 mph|
|2006||June 30||Friday||Graham Rahal||01:25.5810||109.580 mph||18||105.203 mph||107.959 mph|
|2007||June 15||Friday||Hideki Mutoh||01:25.2810||109.966 mph||25||102.883 mph||107.541 mph|
|2014||May 9||Friday||Matthew Brabham||01:18.4256||111.958 mph||11||108.655 mph||110.811 mph|
|Fastest Race||2005||Marco Andretti||Time: 35:57.3780||Speed: 108.465 mph||65.1 Miles||25 Laps|
|Fastest Qualification Run||2007||Hideki Mutoh||Time: 01:25.2810||Speed: 109.966 mph||2.605 Miles||1 Lap|
|Fastest Race Lap||2005||Marco Andretti||Time 01:25.9110||Speed: 108.950 mph||2.605 Miles||1 Lap|
|Most Starts by a Driver||2005–2007||Jaime Camara; Wade Cunningham; Chris Festa||4 Starts each|
|Most Participants||2007||25 Starting Drivers|