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 Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

  • Firestone Indy Lights Grand Prix of St. Petersburg - Streets of St. Petersburg
  • Firestone Indy Lights Grand Prix of Alabama - Barber Motorsports Park
  • Long Beach 100 - Long Beach Street Circuit
  • Firestone Freedom 100 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • David Hobbs 100 Milwaukee Mile
  • SUKUP 100 - Iowa Speedway
  • Toronto 100 - Exhibition Place, Toronto
  • Edmonton Twin 100s #1 - Edmonton City Centre Airport
  • Edmonton Twin 100s #2 - Edmonton City Centre Airport
  • Grand Prix du Trois-Rivieres Circuit de Trois-Rivieres
  • New Hampshire 100 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • Baltimore 100 Streets of Baltimore
  • Kentucky 100 - Kentucky Speedway
  • Las Vegas 100 Las Vegas Motor 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).

Round one of the 2011 Firestone Indy Lights Series was held at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Competitors would race around the fourteen-turn 1.800-mile temporary street course for forty-five laps.

The season opener welcomed a new crop of drivers, with only six of the sixteen competitors having previous Firestone Indy Lights Series experience.

After a successful North American open-wheel racing career, Josef Newgarden traveled to Europe to compete in Formula Ford and Formula Palmer Audi. In 2010, Newgarden participated in the GP3 series and finished a disappointing eighteenth. He returned to the States for Firestone Indy Lights with Sam Schmidt Motorsports. In his first race, Newgarden qualified third and led thirty-four laps on the way to a victory.
Conor Daly, the son of former Formula One and IndyCar driver Derek Daly, won last season's Formula Mazda Championship. The prize was a scholarship to compete in the Firestone Indy Lights Series. Daly joined the Sam Schmidt / Curb-Agajanian team in the No. 77 Mazda Road to Indy Dallara IPS. At Saint Petersburg, he was gridded on the outside of the front row and finished in the runner-up position.
After a successful Formula Ford campaign in his native Ireland, Peter Dempsey moved to the United States and competed in the Star Mazda Championship. In 2008, Dempsey finished third in the championship and was the runner-up the following year. In 2011, he joined the Firestone Indy Lights Series with O2 Racing Tachnology in the No. 36 Dallara IPS. Dempsey led the first eleven laps at St. Pete before finishing third.
Like Conor Daly and Peter Dempsey, Canadian David Ostella competed in last season's Star Mazda Championship, where he collected two top-five finishes and was twelfth in the final standings. Ostella entered the Firestone Indy Lights Series with Jensen Motorsports and backing from Global Precast. He was the eleventh fastest in the qualifying session, driving the No. 16 Dallara IPS and finished in the fourth position.
Former Star Mazda Championship competitor Anders Krohn participated in round six of the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights Series at Watkins Glen. Krohn drove for Anderson Racing and finished tenth after starting seventh. This year he was driving the No. 9 Liberty Engineering-sponsored Dallara IPS. At Saint Petersburg, Krohn was eighth at the start of the race and crossed the finish line in the fifth position.

FINISHSTARTDRIVERCARLAPSRETIREMENTS
13Josef NewgardenDallara IPS / Infiniti45-
22Conor DalyDallara IPS / Infiniti45-
35Peter DempseyDallara IPS / Infiniti45-
411David OstellaDallara IPS / Infiniti45-
58Anders KrohnDallara IPS / Infiniti45-
61Esteban GuerrieriDallara IPS / Infiniti45-
716Mikael GrenierDallara IPS / Infiniti45-
814Duarte FerreiraDallara IPS / Infiniti45-
912Victor CarboneDallara IPS / Infiniti45-
1010James WinslowDallara IPS / Infiniti44-
1115Jorge GoncalvezDallara IPS / Infiniti44-
1213Juan Pablo GarciaDallara IPS / Infiniti44-
139Joel MillerDallara IPS / Infiniti40Accident
146Gustavo YacamanDallara IPS / Infiniti37Accident
157Victor GarciaDallara IPS / Infiniti37-
1611Victor GarciaDallara IPS / Infiniti4-

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