Freedom 100

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Freedom 100
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Firestone Indy Lights
Venue Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Corporate sponsor Firestone
First race 2003
Distance 100 miles (160 km)
Laps 40
Previous names Firestone 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 a Indy Lights Series auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is currently held the Friday before the Indianapolis 500. It is the biggest race for the Indy Lights Series and often has higher participation than many of the series' other races.

The race also holds a similar time trial to that of the Indianapolis 500 in which qualifying times are determined by an average of two laps.

Race History[edit]

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 saw small crowds. In 2005, Carb Day, the 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 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. The new sponsorship extended to this race, renaming it the Firestone Freedom 100.[1]

In the first nine runnings, the race was won 6 times from the pole and 3 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.[2] In 2013, Peter Dempsey, who started third, won the Freedom 100 in 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.[3]

Race Results[edit]

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. United States Ed Carpenter 100 40 55:02.1661 109.019 mph 19 2
2004 May 22 Saturday Brazil Thiago Medeiros 100 40 42:16.4388 141.931 mph 17 2
2005 May 27 Friday Brazil Jaime Camara 100 40 40:52.6390 146.780 mph 18 7
2006 May 26 Friday New Zealand Wade Cunningham 100 40 32:29.3233 184.679 mph 19 0
2007 May 25 Friday United Kingdom Alex Lloyd 100 40 46:39.6029 128.590 mph 24 0
2008 May 24 b Saturday United Kingdom Dillon Battistini 100 40 39:46.9495 150.820 mph 27 4
2009 May 22 Friday New Zealand Wade Cunningham 100 40 50:42.2548 118.333 mph 22 9
2010 May 28 Friday New Zealand Wade Cunningham 100 40 39:55.4552 150.285 mph 16 4
2011 May 27 Friday United States Josef Newgarden 100 40 55:38.9881 107.817 mph 18 6
2012 May 25 Friday Argentina Esteban Guerrieri 100 40 40:09.1965 149.427 mph 19 c 3
2013 May 24 Friday Republic of Ireland Peter Dempsey 100 40 36:48.6540 162.995 mph 11 2
2014 May 23 Friday Colombia Gabby Chaves 100 40 41:46.9680 143.600 mph 11 9
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 Results[edit]

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 United States Ed Carpenter 1:35.4958 188.490 mph 18 179.550 mph 184.460 mph
2004 May 21 Friday Brazil Thiago Medeiros 1:35.1000 189.274 mph 17 178.100 mph 186.302 mph
2005 May 26 Thursday Brazil Jaime Camara 1:34.8018 189.870 mph 17 168.816 mph 184.892 mph
2006 May 25 Thursday New Zealand Wade Cunningham 1:36.5546 186.423 mph 18 171.844 mph 181.753 mph
2007 May 24 Thursday Canada Ken Losch 1:35.6271 188.231 mph 24 183.436 mph 186.052 mph
2008 May 22 Thursday United Kingdom Dillon Battistini 1:35.5430 188.397 mph 27 178.497 mph 186.196 mph
2009 May 21 Thursday New Zealand Wade Cunningham 1:34.6485 190.177 mph 22 185.269 mph 187.749 mph
2010 May 27 Thursday United Kingdom Pippa Mann 1:35.7505 187.989 mph 15 183.479 mph 185.988 mph
2011 May 26 Thursday United States Bryan Clauson Grid set by entrant points due to rain.
2012 May 24 Thursday Colombia Gustavo Yacamán 1:35.9913 187.517 mph 19 184.494 mph 185.828 mph
2013 May 23 Thursday United States Sage Karam 1:35.1160 189.243 mph 11 185.967 mph 187.412 mph
2014 May 22 Thursday Brazil Luiz Razia 1:35.8926 187.710 mph 11 182.697 mph 185.056 mph

Event Records[edit]

Year Driver
Fastest Race 2006 New Zealand Wade Cunningham Time: 32:29.3233 Speed: 184.679 mph 100 Miles 40 Laps
Fastest Qualification Run 2009 New Zealand Wade Cunningham Time: 01:34.6485 Speed: 190.177 mph 5 Miles 2 Laps
Fastest Qualifying Lap 2009 New Zealand Wade Cunningham Time: 00:47.2549 Speed: 190.456 mph 2.5 Miles 1 Lap
Fastest Race Lap 2011 United States Brandon Wagner Time: 00:46.8017 Speed: 192.301 mph 2.5 Miles 1 Lap
Most Wins by a Driver 2006; 2009; 2010 New Zealand Wade Cunningham 3 Wins
Most Starts by a Driver 2005 - 2010 New Zealand Wade Cunningham 6 Starts
Most Participants 2008 27 Starting Drivers

Drivers[edit]

In the first eleven years that this race has been contested, 124 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
Abbott, MishaelMishael Abbott  USA 2 2005 2006 11 2005 0
Allemann, CyndieCyndie Allemann   Switzerland 1 2008 2008 26 2008 0
Anderson, ScottScott Anderson  USA 1 2014 2014 9 2014 0
Andretti, MarcoMarco Andretti  USA 1 2005 2005 16 2005 0
Antinucci, RichardRichard Antinucci  USA 1 2008 2008 2 2008 0
Austin, ChaseChase Austin  USA 4 2011 2014 8 2013 0
Barbosa, RodrigoRodrigo Barbosa  Brazil 2 2009 2010 12 2010 0
Baron, AlexandreAlexandre Baron  France 1 2014 2014 7 2014 0
Battistini, DillonDillon Battistini  United Kingdom 1 2008 2008 1 2008 38
Beardsley, MattMatt Beardsley  USA 2 2003 2004 8 2004 0
Figueiredo, Ana BeatrizAna Beatriz Figueiredo  Brazil 2 2008 2009 5 2008 0
Brabham, MatthewMatthew Brabham  USA 1 2014 2014 2 2014 28
Brownson, JonJon Brownson  USA 2 2007 2008 9 2007 0
Bussell, NickNick Bussell  USA 2 2006 2006 10 2006 0
Camara, JaimeJaime Camara  Brazil 3 2005 2007 1 2005 33
Campos, Jr., AdrianAdrian Campos, Jr.  Spain 1 2010 2010 10 2010 0
Carbone, VictorVictor Carbone  Brazil 2 2011 2012 6 2012 25
Carlson, TyceTyce Carlson  USA 1 2006 2006 15 2006 0
Carpenter, EdEd Carpenter  USA 1 2003 2003 1 2003 39
Carter, ColeCole Carter  USA 1 2005 2005 18 2005 0
Chaves, GabbyGabby Chaves  Colombia 2 2013 2014 1 2014 6
Chesson, JamesJames Chesson  USA 1 2006 2006 18 2006 0
Cioci, MarcoMarco Cioci  Italy 1 2003 2003 9 2003 0
Clarke, DanDan Clarke  United Kingdom 1 2010 2010 4 2010 0
Clauson, BryanBryan Clauson  USA 1 2011 2011 5 2011 0
Cunningham, WadeWade Cunningham  New Zealand 6 2005 2010 1 2006; 2009; 2010 99
Dana, PaulPaul Dana  USA 2 2003 2004 7 2003 0
Davison, JamesJames Davison  Australia 2 2008 2009 6 2009 1
Day, AlonAlon Day  Israel 1 2012 2012 8 2012 0
Dempsey, PeterPeter Dempsey  Ireland 3 2011 2013 1 2013 1
Dodge, GeoffGeoff Dodge  USA 1 2006 2006 8 2006 0
Dollansky, CraigCraig Dollansky  USA 1 2003 2003 17 2003 0
Donoso, PabloPablo Donoso  Chile 2 2008 2009 9 2009 0
Drake, JayJay Drake  USA 2 2004 2005 3 2005 0
Ebrahim, ArmaanArmaan Ebrahim  India 1 2012 2012 13 2012 0
Erwin, BrandonBrandon Erwin  USA 1 2003 2003 11 2003 0
Ferreira, DuarteDuarte Ferreira  Angola 1 2011 2011 13 2011 0
Festa, ChrisChris Festa  USA 4 2005 2008 2 2007 0
Fike, AaronAaron Fike  USA 1 2003 2003 6 2003 0
Fletcher, TaylorTaylor Fletcher  USA 2 2004 2005 9 2005 0
Garcia, Juan PabloJuan Pablo Garcia  Mexico 4 2011 2014 6 2014 0
Garcia, VictorVictor Garcia  Spain 1 2011 2011 3 2011 0
Giebler, PhilPhil Giebler  USA 2 2004 2006 5 2004 0
Gilbert, MickyMicky Gilbert  USA 2 2007 2008 15 2007 0
Gomez, LoganLogan Gomez  USA 2 2007 2008 7 2008 0
Goncalvez, JorgeJorge Goncalvez  Venezuela 3 2011 2013 6 2013 0
Gregg, TravisTravis Gregg  USA 1 2005 2005 6 2005 0
Grenier, MikaelMikael Grenier  Canada 1 2011 2011 10 2011 0
Guerrieri, EstebanEsteban Guerrieri  Argentina 2 2011 2012 1 2012 5
Guthrie, SeanSean Guthrie  USA 3 2006 2008 11 2006 0
Hamilton, MatthewMatthew Hamilton  New Zealand 1 2006 2006 13 2006 0
Harrington, ScottScott Harrington  USA 1 2003 2003 12 2003 0
Harvey, JackJack Harvey  United Kingdom 1 2014 2014 5 2014 0
Hawksworth, JackJack Hawksworth  United Kingdom 1 2013 2013 10 2013 0
Herb, JonJon Herb  USA 3 2004 2006 13 2005 1
Herrington, DanielDaniel Herrington  USA 1 2009 2009 7 2009 0
Hildebrand, J.R.J.R. Hildebrand  USA 2 2008 2009 2 2009 23
Hinchcliffe, JamesJames Hinchcliffe  Canada 2 2009 2010 3 2010 0
Howard, JayJay Howard  United Kingdom 2 2006 2009 2 2006 0
Horto, João VictorJoão Victor Horto  Brazil 1 2012 2012 7 2012 0
Husain, ImranImran Husain  India 1 2005 2005 14 2005 0
Jackson, AlistairAlistair Jackson  United Kingdom 1 2009 2009 19 2009 0
Jaeger, BradBrad Jaeger  USA 1 2007 2007 21 2007 0
Jantzi, ShaneShane Jantzi  Canada 1 2007 2007 18 2007 0
Jaskol, MattMatt Jaskol  USA 1 2007 2007 7 2007 0
Johncox, RonnieRonnie Johncox  USA 1 2003 2003 8 2003 0
Justice, RyanRyan Justice  USA 1 2007 2007 13 2007 0
Karam, SageSage Karam  USA 1 2013 2013 3 2013 12
Kimball, CharlieCharlie Kimball  USA 2 2009 2010 2 2010 2
Klein, JonathanJonathan Klein  USA 2 2006 2007 6 2006 0
Krohn, AndersAnders Krohn  Norway 2 2011 2012 12 2011 7
Larrison, MikeMike Larrison  USA 1 2012 2012 9 2012 0
Lloyd, AlexAlex Lloyd  United Kingdom 2 2006 2007 1 2007 40
Losch, KenKen Losch  Canada 1 2007 2007 24 2007 0
Luyendyk Jr., ArieArie Luyendyk Jr.  Netherlands 4 2003 2010 3 2004 0
Maia, LeonardoLeonardo Maia  Brazil 1 2004 2004 6 2004 0
Major, PhilipPhilip Major  Canada 1 2010 2010 6 2010 0
Mann, PippaPippa Mann  United Kingdom 2 2009 2010 16 2010 0
Mason, JesseJesse Mason  Canada 2 2004 2009 8 2009 0
Matos, RaphaelRaphael Matos  Brazil 1 2008 2008 10 2008 0
Medeiros, ThiagoThiago Medeiros  Brazil 2 2003 2004 1 2004 35
Meyer, ZackZack Meyer  Canada 1 2014 2014 10 2014 0
Mitchell, RustyRusty Mitchell  USA 1 2011 2011 7 2011 0
Moran Jr., RockyRocky Moran Jr.  USA 1 2005 2005 17 2005 0
Muñoz, CarlosCarlos Muñoz  Colombia 2 2012 2013 2 2012 27
Mutoh, HidekiHideki Mutoh  Japan 1 2007 2007 5 2007 0
Newgarden, JosefJosef Newgarden  USA 1 2011 2011 1 2011 30
Newton-John, EmersonEmerson Newton-John  USA 1 2012 2012 17 2012 0
O'Gara, KyleKyle O'Gara  USA 1 2013 2013 11 2013 0
Olson, MarkMark Olson  USA 1 2008 2008 25 2008 0
Ostella, DavidDavid Ostella  Canada 2 2011 2012 8 2011 0
Pecorari, RobbieRobbie Pecorari  USA 2 2007 2008 4 2008 0
Peterson, GaryGary Peterson  USA 2 2003 2004 13 2004 0
Piedrahita, JuanJuan Piedrahita  Colombia 1 2014 2014 8 2014 0
Plowman, MartinMartin Plowman  United Kingdom 2 2009 2010 5 2010 0
Pollard, BradBrad Pollard  USA 1 2004 2004 11 2004 0
Potekhen, MikeMike Potekhen  USA 3 2007 2009 6 2007 0
Prendeville, AndrewAndrew Prendeville  USA 3 2007 2009 4 2007 0
Quintanilla, RolandoRolando Quintanilla  Mexico 2 2003 2004 10 2003 0
Quiroga, GermanGerman Quiroga  Mexico 1 2005 2005 10 2005 0
Razia, LuizLuiz Razia  Brazil 1 2014 2014 4 2014 5
Reid, JonnyJonny Reid  New Zealand 1 2008 2008 20 2008 0
Roe, BillyBilly Roe  USA 2 2003 2004 9 2004 0
Romancini, MarioMario Romancini  Brazil 1 2009 2009 3 2009 0
Roth, MartyMarty Roth  Canada 2 2004 2005 5 2005 0
Saavedra, SebastianSebastian Saavedra  Colombia 3 2009 2012 5 2009; 2012 3
Scarallo, JoeyJoey Scarallo  Australia 1 2007 2007 20 2007 0
Sherman, BrentBrent Sherman  USA 1 2008 2008 16 2008 0
Simmons, JeffJeff Simmons  USA 5 2003 2010 2 2004 5
Simpson, JimmyJimmy Simpson  USA 1 2013 2013 7 2013 0
Simpson, StephenStephen Simpson  South Africa 1 2007 2007 14 2007 0
Slotten, JakeJake Slotten  USA 1 2008 2008 23 2008 0
Strous, JuniorJunior Strous  Netherlands 1 2009 2009 10 2009 0
Summerton, JonathanJonathan Summerton  USA 1 2009 2009 12 2009 0
Taylor, MarkMark Taylor  United Kingdom 1 2003 2003 3 2003 1
Unser III, AlAl Unser III  USA 3 2005 2008 4 2005 0
Urlin, JonathanJonathan Urlin  USA 1 2003 2003 5 2003 0
Van Blankers, BrettBrett Van Blankers  Canada 1 2006 2006 14 2006 0
Vautier, TristanTristan Vautier  France 1 2012 2012 3 2012 11
Veach, ZachZach Veach  USA 2 2013 2014 3 2014 1
Vernay, Jean-KarlJean-Karl Vernay  France 1 2010 2010 13 2010 0
Wagner, BrandonBrandon Wagner  USA 4 2009 2012 8 2010 0
Webb, OliverOliver Webb  United Kingdom 1 2012 2012 15 2012 0
Wieringa, TomTom Wieringa  USA 3 2006 2008 12 2006 0
Williams, MarcMarc Williams  New Zealand 2 2007 2008 15 2008 0
Wilson, BobbyBobby Wilson  USA 3 2006 2008 6 2008 0
Wilson, StefanStefan Wilson  United Kingdom 2 2010 2011 4 2011 1
Winslow, JamesJames Winslow  United Kingdom 1 2011 2011 17 2011 0
Witherill, CoryCory Witherill  USA 2 2003 2004 2 2003 0
Wood, TomTom Wood  Canada 3 2003 2006 9 2006 0
Yacaman, GustavoGustavo 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 Canada Marty Roth 16 24
2004 United States Jeff Simmons 2 16
2005 Canada Marty Roth 5 31
2008 United States Jeff Simmons 8 28
2010 ColombiaSebastian Saavedra 9 23
2012 ColombiaSebastian Saavedra 5 26
2013 ColombiaCarlos Muñoz 4 2

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Firestone Freedom 100 To Feature Firestone Indy Lights May 23 At IMS". name. 2008-03-26. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  2. ^ "Guerrieri charges from back to win Freedom 100". name. 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  3. ^ Marot, Michael. Indianapolis Motor Speedway With Historic Final Lap, Huffington Post, May 24, 2013, Retrieved 2013-05-24