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IndyCar to Sanction, Promote Indy Lights Series

Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles has announced that IndyCar will become the sanctioning body and promoter of the Indy Lights series following 2021. The agreement was made with Andersen Promotions Owner and CEO Dan Andersen.

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Indy Lights serves as the final step on the “Road to Indy” ladder system that develops drivers and teams to compete in the NTT IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

“For many years, Dan Andersen has been integral to the success of Indy Lights,” Miles said. “His leadership since his group took over promotion in 2014 was crucial. However, with the Penske acquisition of IndyCar, we have an opportunity to bring the series in-house, which we think can provide greater opportunity for the growth of the top level of the ladder series.”

Andersen Promotions will continue stewardship of Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000.

“It has been our pleasure and honor to oversee the promotion and organization of Indy Lights for these past eight seasons,” Andersen said. 


Over its 35-year history, Indy Lights served as a pipeline for open wheel stars. Past graduates include Paul Tracy, Cristiano da Matta, Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon, and Josef Newgarden. Currently, 20 drivers in the NTT IndyCar Series are Indy Lights graduates, including Colton Herta, Pato O’Ward and Rinus VeeKay, and Oliver Askew.

The 2022 Indy Lights schedule and remaining details will be released at a later date.

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