The Original Indy Lights Series was sanctioned by CART. It ran from 1986 until 1990 as the American Racing Series and then re-named the Dayton Indy Lights Series that ran from 1991 to 2001.
The early cars were modified F3000 cars, but Lola introduced the T97/20 specifically for the series in 1997. The engine used from the beginning to the end of the series was the 425hp, normally aspirated Buick V6.
After the series ended in 2001, most of these cars were sold to private owners who are now actively racing them on the vintage circuit.
This picture was taken at the Detroit Lights race in 2000 by Mark Windecker. Scott Dixon in the #17 Invensys car finished 4th and Townsend Bell in the #1 DirecPC car finished 7th.
We have completed our third race weekend at Indy. Please see the results in the Current Standing tab
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This race series is made possible by the owners and drivers and the race prep. shops that support these cars. Please do not hesitate to contact the Series Manager with any questions related to the Series or cars. Indy Lights cars are excellent value both to buy and run. At most vintage events only the occasional modern F1 or LMP car will turn quicker lap times. Engine rebuilds are on par with a Formula Ford and most parts for the cars are readily available. The partner race prep. shops (see link above right) are all familiar with the cars. We invite you to join us at the races!
2018 Race Schedule:
Races 1 and 2 April 26-29, 2018 Road Atlanta (Mitty) HSR
Races 3 and 4 May 17-20, 2018 Road America SVRA
Races 5 and 6 June 13-17, 2018 Indianapolis SVRA
Races 7 and 8 July 12-15, 2018 Mt Tremblant HSR
Races 9 and 10 September 6-9, 2018 Watkins Glen SVRA
Races 11 and 12 September 20-23, 2018 VIR SVRA
Races 13 and 14 November 1-4, 2018 COTA SVRA
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