Wide-open field seeks Freedom 100 victory
May 22, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
INDY CAR RELEASE
Equality is one of the talking points as the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires field heads to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for its signature event, the Freedom 100, on the historic 2.5-mile oval.
Four drivers already have tasted the fruits of victory during the opening six races -- Zach Veach, Gabby Chaves, Matthew Brabham and, most recently, Luiz Razia -- and several other contenders, including Jack Harvey and Alex Baron, have their sights firmly set on adding their names to that roster as the 14-round campaign marks its halfway point with the first of three visits this season to oval tracks.
Last year's Freedom 100 was settled only in the final few inches of a spectacular race when Peter Dempsey, who was running fourth on the entrance to Turn 4 on the final lap, drafted to the outside to claim the victory for Belardi Auto Racing by 0.0026 second in a blanket four-abreast finish -- the closest in the storied history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Two drivers will make their seasonal debut in Indy Lights - Chase Austin, from Eudora, Kan., who will pilot the #0 UNAIDS/Starting Grid/BAR entry for Belardi and Emerson Newton-John (Team Moore Racing), from Los Angeles, Calif., who will carry the colors of the cancer awareness charity, Pink and Blue for Two.
Practice is 9 a.m.-noon (ET) May 22, followed by single-car qualifying at 1:15 p.m. The race, which will start at 12:30 p.m. (ET) May 23, will be telecast live on NBCSN.