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Andersen Promotions releases 2020 Road to Indy schedule

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Andersen Promotions revealed the 2020 schedules for each of the Road to Indy developmental series Thursday, with all three levels of the ladder system (Indy Lights, Indy Pro 200 and USF2000) once again returning as support races during several prominent NTT IndyCar Series race weekends next year.

The three series combined will offer over $2.7 million in scholarships and awards to IndyCar hopefuls competing in the various stages of the Road to Indy system.

The Road to Indy program has been influential in helping several of IndyCar’s current stars reach the highest level of American open-wheel racing. 23 of the 33 starters in this year’s Indianapolis 500 were Road to Indy graduates, and a total of 26 graduates have competed in NTT IndyCar Series events this season.

In addition to the release of the 2020 series schedules, Anderson Promotions also confirmed Thursday that they will host the 9th annual Chris Griffis Memorial Test on October 19 and 20 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Competitors from all three developmental series will participate in the two-day session.

Here are the 2020 Road to Indy schedules:

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires 

The 2020 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires schedule features 18 races at 10 venues, including the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, May 22. All races will air live exclusively on NBC Sports Gold.

March 14/15      Streets of St. Petersburg  1.8-mile street course* 
April 4/5  Barber Motorsports Park                        2.3-mile road course* 
May 8/9  Indianapolis Motor Speedway  2.439-mile road course* 
May 22  Indianapolis Motor Speedway  2.5-mile oval 
June 20/21  Road America  4.014-mile road course*        
July 11/12  Streets of Toronto  1.786-mile street course*  
August 15/16  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course  2.258-mile road course* 
August 22  World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway  1.25-mile oval 
September 5/6   Portland International Raceway 1.967-mile road course* 
September 19/20     WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca  2.238-mile road course* 

*Doubleheader weekend

In addition, the series will conduct five open test days: March 9 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (road course), May 7 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (road course), May 18 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (oval), August 12 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and August 20 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires 

The 2020 Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires schedule will feature 18 races at 10 venues, including a doubleheader weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on May 8 and 9.

March 14/15             Streets of St. Petersburg                                  1.8-mile street course*           
April 25/26  Circuit of The Americas  3.41-mile road course* 
May 8/9  Indianapolis Motor Speedway  2.439-mile road course* 
May 22  Lucas Oil Raceway  .686-mile oval 
June 20/21  Road America  4.014-mile road course* 
July 11/12  Streets of Toronto  1.786-mile street course* 
August 15/16  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course  2.258-mile road course* 
August 22  World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway  1.25-mile oval 
September 5/6  Portland International Raceway  1.967-mile road course* 
September 19/20  WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca  2.238-mile road course* 

*Doubleheader weekend

The series will also conduct eight test days: March 7/8 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (road course), April 23 at Circuit of the Americas, May 7 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (road course), May 11 at Lucas Oil Raceway, August 13 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, August 20 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, and September 3 at Portland International Raceway.

Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship 

The 2020 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship schedule includes 18 races at nine venues, including a tripleheader weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 8 and 9.

March 14/15             Streets of St. Petersburg                                  1.8-mile street course*          
April 25/26  Circuit of The Americas  3.41-mile road course* 
May 8/9  Indianapolis Motor Speedway  2.439-mile road course** 
May 22  Lucas Oil Raceway  .686-mile oval 
June 20/21  Road America  4.014-mile road course* 
July 11/12  Streets of Toronto  1.786-mile street course* 
August 15/16  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course  2.258-mile road course* 
September 5/6  Portland International Raceway  1.967-mile road course* 
September 19/20  WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca  2.238-mile road course* 

*Doubleheader weekend

**Tripleheader weekend

The series will conduct seven test days: March 7/8 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (road course), April 23 at Circuit of the Americas, May 7 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (road course), May 11 at Lucas Oil Raceway, August 13 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and September 3 at Portland International Raceway.

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Alex Palou fastest as several go off course during IndyCar practice at IMS

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Alex Palou paced the opening practice Thursday for the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The Dale Coyne Racing rookie turned a 1-minute, 10.177-second lap around the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in his No. 55 Dallara-Honda.

Jack Harvey was second, followed by Colton Herta, points leader Scott Dixon and Max Chilton.

PRACTICE CHART: Click here to see the speed rundown from Thursday’s session

FRIDAY AT IMS: Details for watching Race 1 of the Harvest GP

Qualifying for Friday’s race will be at 6:20 p.m. ET Thursday on NBC Sports Gold.

Will Power, who won the pole position for the July 4 race at the track, spun off course with just more than a minute left in the session after the left rear of his No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet made slight contact with the right front of Alexander Rossi’s No. 28 Dallara-Honda.

Power was among several drivers who went off track, but there were no damaged cars during the session. Marcus Ericsson missed the final 5 minutes of the practice after being penalized for causing a red flag with a Turn 8 spin.

Arrow McLaren SP drivers Pato O’Ward and Helio Castroneves, who is driving for Oliver Askew (who is recovering from concussion-like symptoms), also veered off course as did rookie Rinus VeeKay and Santino Ferrucci.

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson was in attendance at the session before racing Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Johnson will be driving a partial schedule of road and street courses in IndyCar next season for Chip Ganassi Racing.

“Literally, the smallest of details, I can pick up on,” Johnson told NBC Sports pit reporter Kevin Lee. “It’s been really nice today just to see how a session starts and obviously to jump on the radio and listen to how the systems work and then obviously you get into the car and the setup and such. I’m at ground zero right now, a 45-year-old rookie trying to learn my way into a new sport essentially.”

Johnson told Lee his sponsorship hunt to run a Ganassi car “has gone really well. The fact that I’m here today and ingrained so deeply in the team is a great sign of where things are going. Looking forward to getting behind the wheel of a car soon and hopefully having some announcements for the world to see soon, too.”

Fans were in attendance Thursday for the first time this season at IMS, which is allowed a limited crowd of 10,000 for its races this weekend.