Mazda Road to Indy: Andretti down to one driver in Indy Lights

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During first three races of the Indy Lights’ season in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system, at St. Petersburg and Long Beach, Andretti Autosport had two drivers in its stable: Shelby Blackstock and former Pro Mazda champion Matthew Brabham.

However, Brabham doesn’t have a full season deal in place and after finishing seventh once and P11 in two races, it’s down to Blackstock.

Blackstock has fared slightly better through those three races, finishing 10th and 11th in the two St. Petersburg events and then climbing into the Top 10 at P9 last weekend at Long Beach.

“We’ve had a couple of really rough weekends so far,” Blackstock said in a release. “This is the first road course that the Indy Lights series has gone to this season, so we are hoping that our luck changes and we turn things around. I want to thank everyone for their support and hard work through this tough time but hopefully we can go to Barber Motorsports Park and get a solid result.”

Blackstock was promoted to Indy Lights this year after earning one win, three pole positions, 13 podiums and 18 top-five finishes in two seasons in the Pro Mazda level.

At the Pro Mazda level, Andretti Autosport could be in a good position to visit the winner’s circle at Barber. One of their drivers, Weiron Tan of Malaysia, nearly swept the two races Winterfest races at Barber, running P2 in race one and claiming the win in race 2.

Tan raced to P2 in one race at NOLA Motorsports Park two weeks ago.

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold