2014 Indy Lights season

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2014 Indy Lights season
Indy Lights
Season
Races 14
Start date March 30
End date August 24
Awards
Drivers' champion Colombia Gabby Chaves
Teams' champion United States Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Rookie of the Year United Kingdom Jack Harvey
Chronology
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The 2014 Indy Lights season was a season of open wheel motor racing. It was the 29th season of the Indy Lights series and the 13th sanctioned by IndyCar, acting as the primary support series for the IndyCar Series. It began March 30, 2014 in St. Petersburg.[1] The 2014 season was the first promoted by Andersen Promotions, who also promotes the other steps on the Mazda Road to Indy.

It was the final season for the Dallara IPS/Infiniti V8 chassis and engine package that debuted in 2002. A new chassis, to be built by Dallara, will be introduced for 2015[2] along with a AER turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. 2014 was also the first season with Cooper Tire as the sole tire supplier, replacing Firestone who had supplied tires to the series for its entire previous existence.[3]

Colombian-American Gabby Chaves, driving for Belardi Auto Racing captured the championship on the second tie-breaker over Schmidt Peterson Motorsports rookie Jack Harvey.

Early on, the season appeared to be a two-horse race between Chaves and Andretti Autosport's Zach Veach. However, a late-season charge by Harvey put him within striking distance of the championship. Harvey did not capture his first win until the tenth race of the season. However, Chaves managed a second place finish in the final race of the season behind Harvey in first. Chaves and Harvey tied on points and on the first tie-breaker number of wins with four each. Chaves captured the championship by having five second place finishes to Harvey's one.[4] Despite a season of low car-counts where only eight drivers competed in all 14 races, six different drivers captured victories. In addition to Chaves, Harvey, and Veach, other winners included Matthew Brabham and Luiz Razia who each captured their first and only wins of the season on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and Belardi's Alexandre Baron – a race-winner in Toronto – who was in the championship hunt until reported visa issues forced him to leave the series.[5]

Team and driver chart[edit]

Team No. Drivers Rounds Notes
Andretti Autosport 26 United States Zach Veach[6] All
83 United States Matthew Brabham[7] All
Belardi Auto Racing 0 United States Chase Austin 7
4 France Alexandre Baron[8] 1–7, 9
Zimbabwe Axcil Jefferies 10–11
United States Ryan Phinny[9] 13–14
5 Colombia Gabby Chaves[8] All
Bryan Herta Autosport
Jeffrey Mark Motorsport
28 United Kingdom Lloyd Read[10] 1–6
United States Ryan Phinny[11] 9–11
Fan Force United 24 United States Scott Anderson[12] All
MDL Racing 56 Canada Matthew Di Leo 9
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 7 Brazil Luiz Razia[13] All
10 Mexico Juan Pablo García[14] All
42 United Kingdom Jack Harvey[15] All
77 Colombia Juan Piedrahita[16] All
Team Moore Racing 2 Canada Zack Meyer[17] 1–7, 9–11, 13–14
22 Italy Vittorio Ghirelli[13] 1–4
United States Jimmy Simpson 10–11

Schedule[edit]

Andersen Promotions announced the 2014 Indy Lights schedule on October 24, 2013.[1] The season consisted of 14 races held over 10 race weekends, consisting of three street circuits, three ovals, and four permanent road courses. All race weekends on permanent road courses were double-race weekends. The series returned to Sonoma Raceway for the first time since 2010. It also raced on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course for the first time since 2007 in support of the new Grand Prix of Indianapolis, although the track was in a different configuration than the one raced in 2007. The series did not return to Iowa Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, or Houston despite IndyCar returning to those tracks in 2014 and did not race at the Baltimore Grand Prix as that race was cancelled for 2014.

Rnd Date Race Name Track Location
1 March 30 United States St. Petersburg 100 Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida
2 April 13 United States Long Beach 100 Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California
3 April 26 United States Legacy Indy Lights 100 Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama
4 April 27
5 May 9 United States Liberty Challenge Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course Speedway, Indiana
6 May 10
7 May 23 United States Freedom 100 Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval Speedway, Indiana
8 July 6 United States Pocono Indy Lights 100 Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania
9 July 20 Canada Grand Prix of Toronto Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario
10 August 2 United States Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio
11 August 3
12 August 17 United States Milwaukee Race Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin
13 August 23 United States Grand Prix of Sonoma Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, California
14 August 24

Race results[edit]

Round Race Pole position Fastest lap Most laps led Race Winner
Driver Team
1 St. Petersburg Colombia Gabby Chaves Colombia Gabby Chaves United States Zach Veach United States Zach Veach Andretti Autosport
2 Long Beach United States Zach Veach United States Zach Veach Colombia Gabby Chaves Colombia Gabby Chaves Belardi Auto Racing
3 Birmingham 1 United States Zach Veach United States Zach Veach United States Zach Veach United States Zach Veach Andretti Autosport
4 Birmingham 2 Colombia Gabby Chaves Colombia Gabby Chaves Colombia Gabby Chaves Colombia Gabby Chaves Belardi Auto Racing
5 Indianapolis GP 1 United States Matthew Brabham Brazil Luiz Razia United States Matthew Brabham United States Matthew Brabham Andretti Autosport
6 Indianapolis GP 2 Brazil Luiz Razia United States Matthew Brabham Brazil Luiz Razia Brazil Luiz Razia Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
7 Indianapolis Brazil Luiz Razia United States Matthew Brabham United States Matthew Brabham Colombia Gabby Chaves Belardi Auto Racing
8 Pocono United States Zach Veach Colombia Gabby Chaves Colombia Gabby Chaves Colombia Gabby Chaves Belardi Auto Racing
9 Toronto France Alexandre Baron United Kingdom Jack Harvey France Alexandre Baron France Alexandre Baron Belardi Auto Racing
10 Mid-Ohio 1 United Kingdom Jack Harvey United Kingdom Jack Harvey United Kingdom Jack Harvey United Kingdom Jack Harvey Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
11 Mid-Ohio 2 United Kingdom Jack Harvey United Kingdom Jack Harvey United Kingdom Jack Harvey United Kingdom Jack Harvey Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
12 Milwaukee United States Zach Veach United States Zach Veach United States Matthew Brabham United States Zach Veach Andretti Autosport
13 Sonoma 1 United Kingdom Jack Harvey Colombia Gabby Chaves United Kingdom Jack Harvey United Kingdom Jack Harvey Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
14 Sonoma 2 United Kingdom Jack Harvey United Kingdom Jack Harvey United Kingdom Jack Harvey United Kingdom Jack Harvey Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Championship standings[edit]

Drivers' championship[edit]

Points system
Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Points 50 40 35 32 30 28 26 24 22 20 18 16
  • Drivers had to complete 50% of the race distance in order to score full points, otherwise 1 point was awarded.
Pos Driver STP
United States
LBH
United States
ALA
United States
IND
United States
INDY
United States
POC
United States
TOR
Canada
MOH
United States
MIL
United States
SNM
United States
Pts
1 Colombia Gabby Chaves 21 1* 6 1* 11 8 1 1* 2 2 3 3 2 2 547
2 United Kingdom Jack Harvey 3 4 3 5 3 2 5 3 3 1* 1* 5 1* 1* 547
3 United States Zach Veach 1* 2 1* 3 9 7 3 2 5 4 2 1 7 3 520
4 United States Matthew Brabham 9 3 4 12 1* 4 2* 5 4 5 12 2* 6 5 424
5 Brazil Luiz Razia 5 5 2 4 2 1* 4 8 12 3 11 8 3 4 403
6 Mexico Juan Pablo García 7 8 7 6 6 6 6 4 8 10 6 7 4 9 372
7 Colombia Juan Piedrahita 6 7 10 7 8 11 8 7 7 9 5 6 5 7 337
8 United States Scott Anderson 12 9 12 10 7 5 9 6 9 8 9 4 8 10 309
9 Canada Zack Meyer 8 10 9 8 4 10 10 10 7 10 9 8 274
10 France Alexandre Baron 10 6 5 2 5 3 7 1* 261
11 United Kingdom Lloyd Read 11 11 11 9 10 9 101
12 United States Ryan Phinny 11 12 7 10 6 91
13 Italy Vittorio Ghirelli 4 12 8 11 90
14 Zimbabwe Axcil Jefferies 6 4 60
15 United States Jimmy Simpson 11 8 42
16 Canada Matthew Di Leo 6 28
17 United States Chase Austin 11 1
Pos Driver STP
United States
LBH
United States
ALA
United States
IND
United States
INDY
United States
POC
United States
TOR
Canada
MOH
United States
MIL
United States
SNM
United States
Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th–10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
(1 point)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
(1 point)
* Led most race laps
(1 point)
1 Qualifying cancelled
no bonus point awarded
Rookie
  • Ties in points broken by number of wins, or best finishes.

Teams' championship[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 United States Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 403
2 United States Andretti Autosport 370
3 United States Belardi Auto Racing 357
4 United States Fan Force United 122
5 United States Team Moore Racing 111
6 United States Bryan Herta Autosport/Jeffrey Mark Motorsport 56
7 Canada MDL Racing 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mazda Road to Indy 2014 Schedule Confirmed, Andsersen Promotions PR, October 24, 2013, Retrieved 2013-11-05
  2. ^ Dallara confirms new Indy Lights deal, Racer, October 31, 2013, Retrieved 2013-11-05
  3. ^ DiZinno, Tony. Cooper to replace Firestone as new Indy Lights tire from 2014, NBC Sports, August 23, 2013, Retrieved 2013-11-05
  4. ^ DiZinno, Tony. Gabby Chaves wins 2014 Indy Lights title on second tiebreaker, NBC Sports, August 24, 2014, retrieved 2014-08-25
  5. ^ Belardi's Chaves Scores Two Podiums at Mid-Ohio, Indy Lights, August 6, 2014, Retrieved 2014-08-25
  6. ^ Zach Veach set to return to Andretti Autosport, motorsport.com, October 20, 2013, Retrieved 2013-11-05
  7. ^ Pro Mazda champion joins United Fiber & Data for 2014 Indy Lights entry, motorsport.com, October 20, 2013, Retrieved 2013-11-05
  8. ^ a b DiZinno, Tony (March 12, 2014). "Gabby Chaves confirmed for full Indy Lights season with Belardi". MotorSportsTalk (NBC Sports). Retrieved March 12, 2014. Belardi Auto Racing has confirmed Gabby Chaves as the team's second driver [...] alongside rookie Alexandre Baron. 
  9. ^ DiZinno, Tony (August 20, 2014). "Indy Lights: Ryan Phinny, Casamigos switch to Belardi for Sonoma". MotorSportsTalk (NBC Sports). Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ Read to Race for Bryan Herta Autosport, eFormulaCarNews, November 18, 2013, Retrieved 2013-11-18
  11. ^ "Phinny joins Herta squad for Indy Lights, testing program". Racer (Haymarket Publications). July 11, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  12. ^ Fan Force United Returns to Indy Lights with Scott Anderson, Fan Force United, December 16, 2013, Retrieved 2013-12-16
  13. ^ a b "St. Petersburg 100 Entry List" (PDF). Indy Lights. IndyCar. March 25, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  14. ^ Garcia Joins SPM Indy Lights Program, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, February 21, 2014, Retrieved 2014-02-21
  15. ^ Marshall, Dave. Racing driver Jack Harvey reveals Indy Lights deal and prepares to move to USA, ThisisLincolnshire, December 13, 2013, Retrieved 2013-12-13
  16. ^ Colombiano Juan Diego Piedrahita firmó con el equipo campeón de la Indy Lights, El Spectador, February 14, 2014, Retrieved 2014-02-14 (Spanish)
  17. ^ Team Moore Racing Signs Meyer, eFormulaCarNews, November 5, 2013, Retrieved 2013-11-05

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