In America’s Heartland sits one of the most important circuits in racing, Iowa Speedway. The 7/8 of a mile oval was designed by stock car legend Rusty Wallace, but for the last 12 years, the track has taken the Mazda Road to Indy back to the roots of open wheel racing in North America.
The sport flourished on legendary oval circuits such as the Milwaukee Mile, Trenton Speedway and the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway back in the mid-20th century, and as Indy car racing has developed, so has its circuits. Featuring 11 street and road courses on the 2018 schedule, the series has adopted more tracks to showcase its diverse and entertaining product.
The Indy Lights series has closely followed the Indy Car schedule over the last 30 years. IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon, Josef Newgarden, Tony Kanaan and many more are past champions of the Indy Lights series and have gone on to successful careers because of the development platform where success is valued, but learning and adapting to the difficulties of intense racing are vital.
With only three ovals on the schedule, any driver in Indy Lights with aspirations to drive in the Verizon IndyCar Series and to be successful at the Indianapolis 500, learning and adapting to the high-speed Iowa Speedway tri-oval is a crucial part of that learning process.