The Infiniti / Indy Pro Series made its debut in mid-2002 with an inaugural season of seven races run in
conjunction with the Indy Car Racing Series. In 2008 the championship was renamed the Firestone
Indy Lights Series when Firestone tires became the primary sponsor.
The thirteen-race schedule kicked off at Saint Petersburg and concluded in early October at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Drivers compete in the Dallara IPS, designed and manufactured for the Infiniti Pro Series. The open-wheel, single-seat racer is equipped with a ground-effect underbody and outboard wings front and rear. The monocoque chassis is constructed using carbon fiber and composites. The Dallara has a minimum weight of 1,430 pounds, which includes all lubricants and coolants used during the event, but does not include fuel or the driver.
Firestone Firehawk racing tires are mounted on 15-inch diameter x 10 front and 15-inch diameter x 14 rear wheels.
The car is powered by a 3.5-liter Infiniti Q45 engine which produces approximately 450 horsepower and is fitted to a Ricardo six-forward gear transmission with a sequential shifter.
Infiniti Pro Series costs are tightly controlled by the Indy Racing League, with the Dallara IPS costing $137,900 (including the data acquisition system).
Race six of thirteen for the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights Series was held at Watkins Glen International. Drivers competed in a thirty-lap contest around the eleven-turn 3.377-mile road course in an event called the Corning 100.
|Franceís J.K. Vernay collected wins at St. Pete. and Barber Motorsports Park and led the championship entering round six. The rookie qualified third fastest at Watkins Glen International, driving the No. 7 Lucas Oil / C.J. Dallara IPS. A poor start by front-row qualifier Stefan Wilson allowed Vernay to move into second on the opening lap. On the nineteenth circuit, he passed the leader James Hinchcliffe for the victory.|
|Canadian James Hinchcliffe grabbed his first series win at Long Beach. His hopes for a second victory looked promising when he qualified on the pole at Watkins Glen. Hinchcliffe jumped into the lead at the start of the race and pulled away from the field. However, by the mid-point of the contest, J.K. Vernay had closed the gap and passed Hinchcliffe on lap-19. Hinchcliffe finished second by a margin of 0.214-seconds.|
|As a rookie last season, Santiago Saavedra collected seven podium finishes, of which two were victories; he finished third in the final standings. He moved to William Rast / Bryan Herta Autosport in 2010, driving the No. 27 Dallara IPS. Saavedra won the previous round at Iowa Speedway and was third in the title chase. At Watkins Glen International, he qualified fourth fastest and captured the final position on the podium.|
|Finishing in the fourth position at the Corning 100 was Martin Plowman. His best Indy Lights result to date came at Iowa Speedway, where he crossed the finish line in the runner-up position. Plowman was gridded sixth in the No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers Dallara IPS in round sixth. During the race, he came under pressure from Stefan Wilson; however, when Wilsonís engine expired, Plowman had a trouble-free run to fourth.|
|James Winslow and Wade Cunningham shared the No. 77 Dallara IPS of Sam Schmidt Motorsports. The rookie Winslow began his campaign with a seventh-place finish at St. Pete. But the veteran Cunningham grabbed a victory in the Freedom 100. At Watkins Glen International, Winslow damaged the sump in practice and started last. He charged through the field with repairs made for a fifth-place result.|
|1||3||J.K. Vernay||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||30||-|
|2||1||James Hinchcliffe||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||30||-|
|3||4||Sebastian Saavedra||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||30||-|
|4||6||Martin Plowman||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||30||-|
|5||14||James Winslow||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||30||-|
|6||7||Philip Major||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||30||-|
|7||5||Adrian Campos, Jr.||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||30||-|
|8||10||Rodrigo Barbosa||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||30||-|
|9||12||Gustavo Yacaman||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||30||-|
|10||9||Anders Krohn||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||30||-|
|11||11||Charlie Kimball||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||26||-|
|12||2||Stefan Wilson||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||16||Engine|
|13||13||Dan Clarke||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||1||Accident|
|14||8||Pippa Mann||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||1||Accident|
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