Grand Prix of Indianapolis (Indy Lights)

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Grand Prix of Indianapolis
Grand Prix of Indianapolis Course Map.png
Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tire
Venue Indianapolis Motor Speedway
First race 2005
Distance Varied (see results table)
Previous names Liberty Challenge (2005-2007)

The Grand Prix of Indianapolis 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 Grand Prix of Indianapolis of the Verizon IndyCar Series.

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.

Race History[edit]

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.

In that year, 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 race at the time which was not run as support to an IndyCar Series contest. 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. In 2007, a twin race format was utilized. 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 Grand Prix of Indianapolis weekend, where all four IndyCar-sanctioned divisions participate in races on the road course during the first weekend of the Indianapolis 500 race meeting. The races are set for Friday and Saturday mornings each day.

Race results[edit]

Year Date Day Winning Driver Race Distance Time of Race Winning Speed Starting
Cars
Lead
Changes
Miles Laps
2005 June 18 Saturday United States Marco Andretti 65.1 25 00:35:57.3780 108.465 mph 14 0
2006 July 1 Saturday United Kingdom Alex Lloyd 59.9 23 00:35:53.516 100.159 mph 18 1
2007 June 16 Saturday Japan Hideki Mutoh 46.9 18 00:26:09.8910 107.320 mph 25 0
June 17 Sunday United States Bobby Wilson 46.9 18 00:28:40.9170 97.901 mph 25 0
2014 May 9 Friday Australia Matthew Brabham 63.4 26 00:40:12.7538 94.618 mph 11 0
May 10 Sunday Brazil Luiz Razia 97.56 40 00:56:23.3259 103.808 mph 11 0

Qualification Results[edit]

Year Date Day Pole Sitter /
Fast Qualifier
Pole 1-Lap
Qualifying Time
Pole Speed Number of
Qualifiers
Slow Qualifier
Speed
Mean Qualifying
Speed
2005 June 17 Friday United States Marco Andretti 01:26.2360 108.539 mph 14 98.033 mph 105.234 mph
2006 June 30 Friday United States Graham Rahal 01:25.5810 109.580 mph 18 105.203 mph 107.959 mph
2007 June 15 Friday Japan Hideki Mutoh 01:25.2810 109.966 mph 25 102.883 mph 107.541 mph
2014 May 9 Friday Australia Matthew Brabham 01:18.4256 111.958nbsp;mph 11 108.655 mph 110.811 mph

Event Records[edit]

Year Driver
Fastest Race 2005 United States Marco Andretti Time: 35:57.3780 Speed: 108.465 mph 65.1 Miles 25 Laps
Fastest Qualification Run 2007 Japan Hideki Mutoh Time: 01:25.2810 Speed: 109.966 mph 2.605 Miles 1 Lap
Fastest Race Lap 2005 United States Marco Andretti Time 01:25.9110 Speed: 108.950 mph 2.605 Miles 1 Lap
Most Starts by a Driver 2005–2007 Brazil Jaime Camara; New Zealand Wade Cunningham; United States Chris Festa 4 Starts each
Most Participants 2007 25 Starting Drivers

Drivers[edit]

In the three years that this race was contested, 43 drivers participated:

Driver Starts Best finish Laps led
Number Years Position Year
Mishael Abbott 1 2005 12 2005 0
Marco Andretti 1 2005 1 2005 25
Richard Antinucci 2 2007 6 2007 (Race 1) 0
Doug Boyer 2 2007 14 2007 (Race 1) 0
Jon Brownson 2 2007 17 2007 (Race 2) 0
Nick Bussell 2 2005; 2006 4 2005 0
Jaime Camara 4 2005; 2006; 2007 3 2007 (Race 1) 0
Ed Carpenter 1 2005 11 2005 0
Larry Connor 1 2005 14 2005 0
C.R. Crews 1 2006 6 2006 0
Wade Cunningham 4 2005; 2006; 2007 2 2005 0
Jay Drake 1 2005 10 2005 0
Chris Festa 4 2005; 2006; 2007 3 2005 0
Phil Giebler 3 2006; 2007 7 2006 0
Micky Gilbert 2 2007 15 2007 (Race 1) 0
Logan Gomez 3 2006; 2007 6 2007 (Race 2) 0
Travis Gregg 1 2005 7 2005 0
Sean Guthrie 2 2007 12 2007 (Race 2) 0
Jon Herb 2 2005; 2006 8 2006 0
Daniel Herrington 2 2007 10 2007 (Race 2) 0
Jay Howard 1 2006 18 2006 0
Brad Jaeger 2 2007 16 2007 (Race 1) 0
Ryan Justice 2 2007 4 2007 (Race 2) 0
Jonathan Klein 3 2006; 2007 3 2006 0
Alex Lloyd 3 2006; 2007 1 2006 2
Ken Losch 2 2007 16 2007 (Race 2) 0
Arie Luyendyk Jr. 1 2005 6 2005 0
Scott Mansell 1 2006 14 2006 0
Raphael Matos 1 2006 4 2006 0
Hideki Mutoh 2 2007 1 2007 (Race 1) 18
Eric Paradis 1 2006 12 2006 0
Robbie Pecorari 2 2007 19 2007 (Race 2) 0
Mike Potekhen 3 2006; 2007 8 2007 (Race 2) 0
Andrew Prendeville 2 2007 20 2007 (Race 2) 0
Graham Rahal 1 2006 2 2006 21
Marty Roth 1 2005 8 2005 0
Joey Scarallo 2 2007 13 2007 (Race 2) 0
Jeff Simmons 1 2005 13 2005 0
Stephen Simpson 2 2007 5 2007 (Race 1) 0
Brett Van Blankers 1 2006 17 2006 0
Tom Wieringa 2 2007 18 2007 (Race 2) 0
Marc Williams 2 2007 20 2007 (Race 1) 0
Bobby Wilson 3 2006; 2007 1 2007 (Race 2) 18

Previous course layouts[edit]

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