- NTT INDYCAR SERIES races on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course
- Final race before kicking off preparations for the Indianapolis 500
- DeFrancesco returns to the venue where he raced in Indy Pro 2000 and Indy Lights
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Thursday, May 12, 2022) – The venue is the same as the fabled Indianapolis 500, but Devlin DeFrancesco and the Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport squad are set to race in the opposite direction this week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
While oval racing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES has cars taking traditional left turns, the “Brickyard” at Indianapolis also features a road course that shares the same front straight as the Indianapolis 500.
The road course was first used for the US Formula 1 Grand Prix from 2000 to 2007 with INDYCAR using a 2.439-mile, 14-turn version of the original circuit each year from 2014.
DeFrancesco is no stranger to the Indy road course, having competed in both the Indy Pro 2000 and Indy Lights races on the “Road to Indy” over the past two years.
This will be the first of two road course races contested at Indianapolis this year. The series will return on July 30 for another 85-lap battle as the series shares the venue that weekend with the NASCAR Cup Series.
For this weekend’s fifth round of the 2022 championship, two one-hour practice sessions will be held on Friday, May 13 before an afternoon qualifying session at 4:00 PM (US Eastern). Race day May 14) features a 30-minute warm-up at 10:30 AM before kicking off the 85-lap GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis from 3:45 PM.
FRIDAY, MAY 13 (All times are local)
9:30 AM-10:30 AM: Practice 1
12:45 PM-1:45 PM: Practice 2
4 PM: Qualifying
SATURDAY, MAY 14
10:30 AM – 11 AM: Warm-up
3:45 AM: GMR Grand Prix (85 laps/207.3 miles)
HOW TO WATCH
USA: NBC and Peacock TV
Peacock also will stream all races airing on NBC 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
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course (clockwise)
200 seconds of total time, with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.
FIRESTONE TIRE ALLOTMENT
Six sets primary, four sets alternate (Note: A seventh set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie driver.)
“I’m super excited for the Andretti Steinbrenner No. 29 PowerTap Honda to take to the track for the GMR GP, it’s on a track I know from Indy Lights, and I think I was quite fast there. So, I’m looking forward to going back with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. I’m looking forward to going out and hopefully getting a good result before the Indy 500.”
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.