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 series is the third and final step on the Mazda Road to Indy.
The Mazda Road to Indy is the only driver development program in the world to feature a championís scholarship at every level to advance to the next step on the ladder. The Indy Lights champion is awarded a scholarship package of nearly $1 million to assist in the ascent to the IndyCar Series. In addition, to the healthy prize fund, competitors also benefit from television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.
In 2014, there were some changes to the series:
The fourteen-race schedule kicked off at Saint Petersburg and concluded in August at Sonoma Raceway.
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.
COOPER/INDY LIGHTS 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, producing approximately 420 horsepower at 8,200 rpm and can reach speeds of 190 horsepower on superspeedways. The power is transferred to a Ricardo six-forward gear transmission with a sequential shifter.
Three drivers entered the final race weekend with a mathematical chance of winning the 2014 Indy Lights title. Zack Veach was in the running, but it was more likely that the championship would go to Gabby Chaves or Jack Harvey. Harvey, who has been unbeatable lately, swept rounds thirteen and fourteen leaving him tied with Chaves. The first tie-breaker was wins, they both had four and the second was runner-up finishes. Chaves had five second-place finishes, whereas Harvey had one giving this year's crown to Chaves.
The final two rounds of the 2014 Indy Light series were held at Sonoma Raceway. Drivers would compete in races thirteen and fourteen of the championship around the twelve-turn 2.385-mile road course.
|Jack Harvey did what he had to do in the final two races to secure this year's Indy Lights title. Harvey put the No. 42 Dallara IPS on the pole for rounds thirteen and fourteen and led each race flag-to-flag. He finished 6.513-seconds ahead of his main rival, Gabby Chaves, on Saturday and by 18.702-seconds in the finale. In the end, the two drivers collected the same number of points with a tie-breaker, leaving Harvey second.|
|Gabby Chaves was the championship leader heading into Sonoma Raceway. At this point, it was his title to lose. In both the weekend's contests, Chaves qualified second to his main rival Jack Harvey. During the races, he chased Harvey to a runner-up result, which left the pair with an equal number of points in the final standings. As they both had the same number of wins, a tie-breaker determined the title in Chaves' favour.|
|Luis Razia had a season of mixed results. Early in the year, it appeared that he may be a title contender, mainly after winning at the Indianapolis Grand Prix. However, the situation 'went downhill' after he retired from Pocono and Toronto due to accidents. At Sonoma, the Brazilian qualified and finished third in race one. The next day, Razia started third but lost a position to Zach Veach and finished fourth.|
|Zach Veach entered the doubleheader at Sonoma Raceway second in the points and had a chance at claiming the title. However, with Jack Harvey's late-season charge, it appeared that Veach would need a miracle to win the championship. In the weekend's first race, he qualified and finished seventh, removing any hope for the crown. Veach was third in the finale, leaving him third in the final standings.|
|The podium at Sonoma Raceway for the penultimate round of the 2014 Indy Light series presented by Cooper Tires. Jack Harvey is in the center from Schmidt Peterson / Curb Agajanian and winning for the third time this season. The result moved Harvey to second in the points with one race remaining. On the left is the current points leader and runner-up, Gabby Chaves. Completing the rostrum is Luiz Razia.|
|1||1||Jack Harvey||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||25||-|
|2||2||Gabby Chaves||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||25||-|
|3||3||Luiz Razia||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||25||-|
|4||6||Juan Pablo Garcia||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||25||-|
|5||4||Juan Piedrahita||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||25||-|
|6||5||Matthew Brabham||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||25||-|
|7||7||Zach Veach||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||25||-|
|8||9||Scott Anderson||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||25||-|
|9||10||Zack Meyer||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||25||-|
|10||8||Ryan Phinny||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||24||-|
|1||1||Jack Harvey||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||38||-|
|2||2||Gabby Chaves||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||38||-|
|3||8||Zach Veach||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||38||-|
|4||3||Luiz Razia||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||38||-|
|5||5||Matthew Brabham||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||38||-|
|6||7||Ryan Phinny||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||38||-|
|7||4||Juan Piedrahita||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||38||-|
|8||10||Zack Meyer||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||38||-|
|9||6||Juan Pablo Garcia||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||37||-|
|10||9||Scott Anderson||Dallara IPS / Infiniti||29||Mechanical|
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