This year’s Memorial Day weekend will be an even larger speedfest than usual for fans of open-wheel racing. For the past seven years, the Firestone Indy Lights series has had their Firestone Freedom 100 race on Carburetion Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In addition, there’s also plenty of midget and sprint car action throughout central Indiana the weekend of the 500. Most famously are the Night Before The 500 USAC midget race at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis and the Little 500 at Anderson Speedway in Anderson, IN. This year, there will be even more open-wheel action as the Cooper Tires Presents the US F2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda and the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear joins the USAC midgets at ORP. Both the US F2000 National Championship and the Star Mazda Championship are part of the Road To Indy program along with the Firestone Indy Lights Series. The Indy Racing League has assumed sanctioning duties for US F2000 and had already done for the Firestone Indy Lights, while Star Mazda remains under the sanction of IMSA. For the first time, all three of these series joined the IZOD IndyCar Series on the Streets of St. Petersburg and fans were treated to all manner of open-wheel racing goodness. This month in Indianapolis, fans will have the same opportunity, although not all at the same track. Still it should be a great weekend for seeing the current and future stars of IndyCar racing!
In the coming days, we will be posting articles highlighting the various series that are part of the Road to Indy program. We’ll do our best to describe the history and origin of each series, a brief summary of their seasons so far, and we’ll highlight a few drivers we think everyone should be keeping an eye on.