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Indy Lights: Robert Megennis wins GP of Indianapolis race 1

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Robert Megennis couldn’t have picked a more iconic track to score his first Indy Lights victory.

Starting on the pole and leading 28 of 30 laps, Megennis took the checkered flag in Race #1 of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

“This is insane,” the Andretti Autosport driver told NBCSN following his victory. “I can’t believe we just won that. It’s out of control. This is super special. It’s [my] first Lights win, first win in a couple of years. I couldn’t be happier.”

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Andretti Autosport teammate Oliver Askew, the only other driver to lead a lap in the race, finished second. Askew briefly took the lead away from Megennis on lap 3 before being overtaken by Megennis in Turn 1 on Lap 5. Megennis would lead the rest of the race.

Rinus VeeKay finished third, with Ryan Norman and Zachary Claman completing the top five. All nine starters finished on the lead lap.

Indy Lights cars take to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway again on Saturday afternoon, with Race #2 beginning at 1:10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold.

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Indy Lights: Kyle Kirkwood joins Andretti Autosport

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One of the Road to Indy’s most talented young drivers will climb another step up the development system ladder this season.

Kyle Kirkwood, the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 champion, has signed a contract to race for Andretti Autosport in the 2020 Indy Lights season. Kirkwood will drive the No. 28 car for the reigning championship team.

A native of Jupiter, Florida, 21-year-old Kirkwood has been incredibly successful in junior formulas over the last few years. He won the F4 US Championship 2017 and won both the F3 Americas and USF2000 titles in 2018.

Driving for RP Motorsport Racing, Kirkwood won 9 of 16 races in his maiden Indy Pro 2000 season last year, allowing him to win his fourth championship in three years and earn the Road to Indy scholarship.

“We are very excited about the addition of Kyle to our Indy Lights program,” Andretti Autosport CEO and Chairman Michael Andretti said. “We’ve followed Kyle’s career from when he started in 2018 with the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and have been impressed with his success in every race that led to his Indy Pro 2000 Championship last year. As a championship-caliber team, Kyle displays the desire and talent that we look for in our drivers and are excited to see him hit the track for the 2020 Indy Lights season.”

Kirkwood previously drove for Andretti in a two-day test session at Sebring International Raceway in December. He will make his official debut for the team in the season-opening doubleheader at St. Petersburg on March 14-15.

“I am ecstatic that I can now say I am competing in Indy Lights with Andretti Autosport this season,” Kirkwood said. “They have established a winning program in Indy Lights and we plan on carrying that reputation throughout 2020.

“We are a fantastic match for each other and our Sebring test in December proved that.”

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