Indy Lights at Iowa: Qualifying cancelled, race to start by points

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NEWTON, Iowa – Qualifying for the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires at Iowa Speedway has been cancelled due to rain from this morning and track drying, with the goal of trying to get the race started by 2:15 p.m. CT and local time.

The race will be 100 laps, not 115 as originally scheduled.

Due to the cancellation of the session, the grid will line up by points, which will see Ed Jones on pole ahead of Dean Stoneman and Santiago Urrutia – the top three in points, who were all placed on probation after Road America.

The rest of the order: Kyle Kaiser, Felix Serralles, Zach Veach, then Andre Negrao, Shelby Blackstock, Zachary Claman De Melo, Juan Piedrahita, Dalton Kellett, Neil Alberico and Heamin Choi.

Stoneman was fastest in combined practice on Saturday at 163.290 mph in his No. 27 Stellrecht Dallara IL-15 Mazda for Andretti Autosport, ahead of Piedrahita and Jones. Jones led second practice, Stoneman led first practice.

Ganassi announces multiyear sponsorship extension with American Legion for No. 10

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Chip Ganassi Racing announced a new primary sponsorship deal with The American Legion this week, shoring up the funding on its No. 10 Dallara-Honda of Alex Palou.

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series champion primarily had driven with NTT Data sponsorship the past two seasons. But NTT Data will move next season to McLaren Racing as a primary sponsor for Felix Rosenqvist in 10 races and on the Indy 500 car of Tony Kanaan (who drove an American Legion car for Ganassi at the Brickyard last year).

It was the latest twist in a McLaren-Ganassi saga that included a contract dispute for the services of Palou (who is expected to move to McLaren in 2024 after reaching an agreement to race with Ganassi next year).

Ganassi stayed within its own walls to help plug the sponsorship gap left by NTT Data, re-signing The American Legion to a multiyear extension. The Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, which has been sponsoring Ganassi cars for the past few seasons, also will be associated with other Ganassi drivers, including Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson and development driver Kyffin Simpson in Indy NXT.

The Ganassi organization will continue promoting The American Legion’s “Be The One” campaign aimed at reducing veteran suicides. The team launched an online auction for the initiative this week.

“Supporting our nation’s veterans is of immense importance to our organization and we are humbled to continue supporting The American Legion’s mission in ending veteran suicide,” team owner Chip Ganassi said in a release. “We will do absolutely everything we can to help veterans get the support they need while raising public awareness of the ‘Be The One’ platform.”

“We have received an overwhelming amount of support from fans, active-duty military members and veterans as a result of this partnership and we’re pleased to see it grow,” said Dean Kessel, chief marketing officer at The American Legion. “Thanks to the continuous collaboration with the team’s other partners, and the promotion of the ‘Be The One’ initiative, we are discovering more ways to engage with the military community than ever before. We want all veterans to know that it’s okay to ask for help.”