With less than a month remaining in the 2022 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, both programs are gearing up for the final oval race of the season. Taking place this weekend only ten minutes outside of downtown St. Louis, Missouri, World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR) will host the two-day event weekend.
In preparation for the final oval race, HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing and the entire Indy Lights field completed a single-day test at the 1.25-mile track late last week. Leading the field in both the morning and afternoon sessions was Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports driver, Benjamin Pedersen. Behind him, the remaining five HMD Motorsports drivers also posted strong results. Danial Frost was the second quickest in the morning while Linus Lundqvist rounded out the top-three for the first session of the day. James Roe and Christian Bogle also found speed and finished the day with the fifth and sixth fastest times.
In INDYCAR, David Malukas of Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports was also able to complete a rookie test day at the track last Thursday where he posted the fastest time of the day.
After failing to finish on the podium in the previous oval race this season at Iowa Speedway, HMD Motorsports is eager to make a comeback this weekend with a strong six-car lineup.
Linus Lundqvist maintains control of the Indy Lights Championship with a 95-point lead after claiming five wins in ten rounds. Earlier this season, Benjamin Pedersen claimed three third-place finishes and Danial Frost is one of five drivers to earn a win. Both drivers are eager to return to the podium this weekend. Christian Bogle has continued to gain speed and consistency at every event. Both new to the team in the past couple of rounds are Kyffin Simpson and James Roe. Simpson’s first experience on an oval and with HMD Motorsports was at Iowa Speedway two races ago. Roe finished testing last week in the top-five after joining HMD Motorsports only two weeks ago and finished in fourth at WWTR last season in Indy Pro 2000.
Last season, HMD Motorsports had a strong showing at World Wide Technology Raceway in Indy Lights with David Malukas sweeping the double-header weekend. Also racing for HMD last season, Benjamin Pedersen finished with two third-place results and Linus Lundqvist finished fourth in the second race.
Taking place over two days, both Indy Lights and INDYCAR will practice and qualify Friday afternoon and into the evening. With INDYCAR running their one and only night race of the season on Saturday, Indy Lights will start the day in the late afternoon as they take the green flag on Saturday at 4:15 PM ET.
World Wide Technology Raceway Weekend Schedule *all times ET
Friday, August 19
1:00pm – 2:00pm Practice 1 INDYCAR
3:10pm – 4:00pm Practice Indy Lights
4:15pm – 5:15pm Qualifying INDYCAR
6:15pm – 6:45pm Qualifying Indy Lights
7:00pm – 8:45pm Practice 2 INDYCAR
Saturday, August 20
4:15pm – 5:15pm Race Indy Lights
6:00pm – 9:00pm Race INDYCAR
How To Watch – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
All 2022 Indy Lights races will be available on Peacock Premium in the United States, REV TV in Canada and ESPN – Star+ in Latin America and Brazil. For fans outside of those areas, Indy Lights races will be available through the new INDYCAR Live! streaming platform. INDYCAR Live! will also feature every practice and qualifying session worldwide. The award-winning INDYCAR Radio Network also will provide coverage of all Indy Lights sessions alongside the INDYCAR App Powered by NTT DATA.
INDYCAR Live! – Indy Lights https://www.indycar.com/IndyLights/OTT/IL-stream
How To Watch – NTT INDYCAR SERIES
All practice and qualifying sessions for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are available for streaming on Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Live! Watch the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix live on Peacock Premium and NBC. For all sessions, tune in to the INDYCAR Radio Network. For more information on international broadcasts, visit https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international.
INDCYAR Live! – NTT INDYCAR SERIES https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/stream
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