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By Road to Indy The tires and engines have barely cooled down after a rousing final weekend for all three open-wheel development racing series that comprise the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires on the West Coast, yet an intriguing mix of veteran and rookie drivers will converge this week on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix course, anxious to begin preparations for the 2020 season. Almost three dozen drivers representing a dozen nations are on the entry list for the two-day test on Saturday and Sunday, October 19/20.Read More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Rising star Rinus VeeKay of the Netherlands will get a second NTT IndyCar Series test with Ed Carpenter Racing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course October 15. In August, VeeKay tested for ECR at Portland International Raceway along with Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires champion Oliver Askew, who tested for Chip Ganassi Racing. VeeKay was able to impress ECR to give him another shot due to his pace being on-par or better than most experienced INDYCAR drivers. The 19-year-old said he’s looking forward to Tuesday’sRead More
By Road to Indy MONTEREY, Calif. – Another exciting season of Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires competition, featuring the future stars of North American open-wheel racing, was highlighted at a well-attended Road to Indy Championship Celebration yesterday evening. The Monterey Plaza Hotel, overlooking Monterey Bay on the scenic California Central Coast, provided a glorious setting for over 250 members of the close-knit racing community, including drivers, families, teams and sponsors. The evening capped a momentous weekend at nearby WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, where all three championship titles –Read More

Posted On September 22, 2019By Motorsports TribuneIn Indy Pro 2000

Lindh Takes Consolation Indy Pro 2000 Win, Kirkwood the Title

By Road to Indy MONTEREY, Calif. – The good news for Kyle Kirkwood is that he needed only to start today’s Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products in order to clinch the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and a scholarship valued at almost $600,000 to advance one step on the Road to Indy to Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires in 2020. So when he was involved in an accident on the opening corner of the final race of the season,Read More

Posted On September 22, 2019By Motorsports TribuneIn Cooper Tires USF2000

Eves Scores Dramatic USF2000 Win to Earn Championship Crown

By Road to Indy MONTEREY, Calif. – Braden Eves had only one thought on his mind entering this morning’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca: He needed to win. Eves, 20, from New Albany, Ohio, trailed New Zealander Hunter McElrea by 12 points. He was well positioned on the starting grid, lining up third, while the unfortunate McElrea was 18th and last after being hobbled in qualifying by a broken throttle position sensor. But while many of the front-runners had the advantage of a freshRead More
By Road to Indy MONTEREY, Calif. – Rinus VeeKay might not have won this year’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship trophy but he certainly demonstrated his class during this weekend’s Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products. VeeKay, 19, from Hoofddorp, Netherlands, claimed a complete sweep at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, securing two pole positions, two race wins and two fastest race laps, and for the second day in a row he led all 30 laps en route to an emphatic victory for JuncosRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer MONTEREY, California – There’s a new Indy Lights team in town and it’s the prestigious squad out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada known as Exclusive Autosport. The successful developmental team announced Saturday at WeatherTech Laguna Seca that they’ll be running in three Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires (USF2000, Indy Pro 2000 and Indy Lights) divisions in 2020. Their expansion into Lights was possible after acquiring a Dallara IL-15 chassis and their new red and white livery will debut at the Chris Griffis Memorial Test atRead More
By Road to Indy MONTEREY, Calif. – There were two winners in today’s Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Teenaged Dutchman Rinus VeeKay drove a flawless race from the pole position to secure a sixth race win of the season for himself and Juncos Racing, but that wasn’t enough to prevent Florida’s Oliver Askew from clinching the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship. Askew’s low-key fourth place finish for Andretti Autosport was all he required to clinch a scholarshipRead More

Posted On September 21, 2019By Motorsports TribuneIn Indy Pro 2000

Kirkwood on the Cusp of Indy Pro 2000 Title With Laguna Win

By Road to Indy MONTEREY, Calif. – Kyle Kirkwood is an unstoppable force in this year’s Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. The 20-year-old from Jupiter, Fla., overcame a deficit of more than three seconds to polesitter Sting Ray Robb in this afternoon’s Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca before grasping the lead when Robb ran briefly off the road at Turn Five with just over four laps remaining. Kirkwood needed no second bidding as he reeledRead More
By Road to Indy MONTEREY, Calif. – The first rung on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel development ladder provided some of the best entertainment this afternoon at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and ensured that the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship will remain undecided until tomorrow’s conclusion of the 15-race season. Denmark’s Christian Rasmussen continued his recent run of success by claiming an emphatic victory for Jay Howard Driver Development, while New Zealander Hunter McElrea (Pabst Racing) finished second and claimed a bonus point for setting the fastestRead More