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).
Round seven of the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights Series was held at Toronto’s Exhibition Place. Drivers would compete in a fifty-lap contest around the eleven-turn 1.755-mile temporary street circuit.
|Fifteen competitors are gridded on the front straight at Toronto’s Exhibition Place for round seven of the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights Series in an event titled the Toronto 100. On the pole, in the No. 7 Lucas Oil / CJ Dallara IPS, is the points leader J.K. Vernay. Sharing the front row with Vernay is local favourite James Hinchcliffe in the No. 2 Xtreme Coil Drilling Dallara IPS. Behind the fastest qualifiers are Dan Clarke and Gustavo Yacaman.|
|J.K. Vernay made a clean sweep of the weekend at Toronto. Vernay entered round seven with the championship lead after scoring five podium finishes, of which three were victories. The rookie put the No. 7 Lucas Oil / CJ Dallara on the pole by a margin of just 0.049-seconds. Early in the race, he had to contend with James Hinchcliffe. However, Hinchcliffe’s car fell off the pace and Vernay collected his fourth win of 2010.|
|Dan Clarke’s race ended early in the previous round at Watkins Glen. On lap-1, there was contact between Clarke and Pipa Mann, which caused both drivers to retire. Clarke’s luck changed in Toronto. He qualified third fastest driving the No. 40 Wasteco / Deans Knight Special Dallara IPS. Clarke chased the leaders, Vernay and Hinchcliffe until Hinchcliffe crashed on the final lap. At that point, he inherited a runner-up result.|
|Columbian Gustavo Yacaman joined the Firestone Indy Lights Series last season and had his best result was at the Milwaukee Mile, where he finished fourth with Sam Schmidt Motorsports. When the series stopped in Toronto, Yacaman was still looking for that first podium result. He qualified fourth fastest in the No. 10 Cape Motorsports Dallara IPS. Yacaman was a beneficiary of Hinchcliffe’s misfortune and finished third.|
|Early in the 2010 season, it appeared that the two main combatants for this year’s Firestone Indy Lights title would be J.K. Vernay and Charlie Kimball. However, the driver of the No. 26 Levemir FlexPen had issues in the previous two rounds and fell from second in the standings to fifth. Toronto provided Kimball with an opportunity to redeem himself. Kimball would finish fourth and move to third in the championship chase.|
|James Hinchcliffe captured his first series victory at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. He was second in the championship when the series stopped at Toronto. Hinchcliffe was gridded on the outside of the front row for the Toronto 100. He chased the polesitter, J.K. Vernay, for forty-nine laps before an error entering turn three cost him two positions. Contact with Charlie Kimball in corner five led to his retirement.|
|1||1||J.K. Vernay||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||50||-|
|2||3||Dan Clarke||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||50||-|
|3||4||Gustavo Yacaman||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||50||-|
|4||7||Charlie Kimball||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||50||-|
|5||10||Stefan Wilson||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||50||-|
|6||9||Tonis Kasemets||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||50||-|
|7||8||Martin Plowman||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||50||-|
|8||13||Pippa Mann||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||50||-|
|9||14||Rodrigo Barbosa||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||50||-|
|10||2||James Hinchcliffe||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||49||Accident|
|11||11||James Winslow||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||49||-|
|12||12||Philip Major||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||46||-|
|13||5||Adrian Campos, Jr.||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||43||-|
|14||6||Sebastian Saavedra||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||33||Transmission|
|15||15||Carmen Jorda||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||22||Accident|
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