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Indy Lights: Aaron Telitz wins Toronto race 1

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Aaron Telitz became the fifth different driver to win an Indy Lights race in 2019, leading all 35 laps from the pole position to take his first series victory since Watkins Glen in 2017.

The win came in just Telitz’s fourth start in a partial season run for Belardi Auto Racing. Telitz has also been competing in select IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races for AIM Vasser Sullivan this season.

“It was awesome,” Telitz told NBC Sports following his victory. “We had just a great start. The car was awesome. I was just on cruise control out there. I was just hearing my engineer Tim telling me what was happening and we just managed the gap to Oliver [Askew]. He was a little quick there at the end, but we were just trying to get around lapped traffic without any problems.”

Askew finished the race in the second position, adding three more points to his lead over Rinus Veekay in the points standings. Veekay would finish third in the race after starting second.

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Indy Lights cars take to the streets of Toronto again on Sunday morning, with Race #2 beginning at 11 a.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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