- Road America will host round eight of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES
- DeFrancesco took his first steps on the “Road to Indy” here in 2020
- The 14 turn, 4.048-mile circuit is the favorite track for the Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport rookie
ELKHART LAKE, WI (Friday, June 10, 2022) – DeFrancesco is set to race an INDYCAR for the first time on the circuit where he made his “Road to Indy” debut in 2020 – Elkhart Lake’s Road America.
In his first race in Indy Pro 2000, DeFrancesco qualified on pole for Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport and led the entire race until being pipped on the line in a classic Road America draft duel.
The Road America event is the longest NTT INDYCAR SERIES road or street course race of the year at 220.55 miles – 55 laps of the 4.048 circuit – the longest track on the 2022 calendar.
INDYCAR racing returned to Road America in 2016 after an eight-year hiatus. DeFrancesco’s Andretti teammate Alexander Rossi won here in 2019, while team boss Michael Andretti and his legendary father Mario each have three INDYCAR wins here.
In fact, Mario Andretti won the first two major open-wheel races staged here – taking victory in Formula 3000 events in 1974 and 75.
This weekend will be the final weekend of a five-week stretch of INDYCAR competition. The GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis road course was followed by Indianapolis 500 qualifying, the Indianapolis 500, last weekend at Detroit’s Belle Isle, and this weekend at Road America.
DeFrancesco heads to Wisconsin after a strong but unlucky run in last week’s Detroit event. Starting on the black primary Firestone tires, the 22-year-old rookie ran a long first stint and eventually pitted from fourth place at the first stop. The lack of the usual Detroit full course yellows periods unwound the team’s strategy – leaving the No.29 Honda-powered machine in 18th at the flag.
Track action kicks off today at 3:25 pm for the first practice session. Saturday’s will feature practice at 9:45 am, followed by qualifying at 12:45 pm. A final practice session is scheduled on Saturday at 4:20 pm.
Sunday’s Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America presented by AMR goes green at 11:55 am on Sunday and will be shown live in the US on NBC.
“It’s one of my favorite tracks on the calendar. It’s a very fast road course and one I’ve always been a fan of. I did my very first race with Andretti Autosport at Road America back in 2020 with Indy Pro. I debuted on pole and led every lap until the end. Hopefully, we can find success this weekend.”
SCHEDULE (all times Central)
Friday, June 10
3:25 PM – 4:40 PM: Practice 1
Saturday, June 11
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM: Practice 2
12:45 PM – 2:00 PM: Qualifying
4:20 PM – 4:50 PM: Practice 3
Sunday, June 12
11:55 PM: Race: Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America presented by AMR – 55 laps
HOW TO WATCH
USA: NBC and Peacock TV
Peacock also will stream all races airing on NBC’s networks and will be the exclusive home of INDYCAR practice and qualifying sessions, as well as a new post-race show.
Canada: SportsNet World
International TV: https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international
HOW TO LISTEN
INDYCAR Radio and Sirius XM – https://www.indycar.com/radio/broadcast-schedule
Road America, a 4.048-mile, 14-turn permanent road course (clockwise), in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation
Seven sets primary, four sets alternate for use during the race weekend. One additional set of primary tires may be used by teams fielding a rookie driver. Teams must use one set of primary and one set of new (sticker) alternate tires for at least two laps in the race.
ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT PARTNERS
In 2022, Italian-Canadian racer DeFrancesco will drive the No.29 Honda-powered machine – resplendent in his signature bright fluorescent and red livery backed by long-time Road to Indy partner, Powertap Hydrogen.
The Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport entry is supported in 2022 by a trio of green technology brands. Joining PowerTap Hydrogen is long-time Andretti Steinbrenner partner, microturbine energy solutions provider Capstone Green Energy and clean technology company, Atmofizer.
Additional brands that will feature on the car in 2022 include new partner – ransomware security experts Halcyon; electric motorcycle pioneers Damon Motorcycles; electric and hydrogen truck pioneer Tevva; software and services company Fyllo; Miami-based Sol Yoga; Clarus Securities, life sciences health and wellness company, Wesana Health along with green technologies investment company, The House of Lithium.
Major retail brands will also be showcased on the car, including Kimoa – the fashion, clothing, and accessories brand founded by Fernando Alonso; Seattle, WA-based Jones Soda Co. and returning Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport partner – small-batch and Austrian-distilled ultra-premium brand, NEFT Vodka.