Andretti Autosport COO Rob Edwards is feeling positive about where Indy Lights is headed as IndyCar’s training series starts to take shape for 2019. Coming off a year where the Andretti team finished 1-2 in the Lights championship in a field that contained single-digit entries at most rounds, Edwards is confident more quality drivers and teams will push Lights into double-digit territory when the action resumes in March.
“It’s very easy to get stuck on talking about the car count, and for sure, one of our big conversations with the series and IndyCar is needing to get the counts up, but as most people spoke about, the level of competition at the front of the field was very strong,” he told RACER.
“We’re 100 percent committed to the series as well, and I do think we’ll see incremental growth. Will it be 15 or 16 cars overnight? We’ve been doing this long enough to know that won’t be the case, but should it be 11 or 12? I think that’s entirely probable, and that sort of step with the right drivers and right teams involved is more than possible.”
Having re-signed Ryan Norman to its Lights squad, Andretti was busy earlier in the week testing two more candidates to fill its vacancies.
“We’re still planning on four cars for next year as we had this year, with Ryan Norman as the first part of the puzzle,” he added. “We’re looking for him to be in the hunt after the strong second half of the season he had, and we’ve tested at Sebring this week with [2018 Pro Mazda champion] Rinus VeeKay and [Pro Mazda racer] Robert Meginnis who was with us at the Chris Griffis test, and we’re hoping one or both will be part of our Indy Lights picture as well.”