2015 Indy Lights Silly Season (Update 5)

UPDATE #5 With a few recent announcements for the 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, we have updated our Silly Season thread. See below

Confirmed entries:

# Driver Hometown DOB Sponsor Team
4 Felix Serralles Ponce, P.R. 6/24/1992 DonQ Rum Belardi Auto Racing
5 Juan Piedrahita Bogota, Colombia 7/27/1992 Belardi Auto Racing
7 R.C. Enerson New Port Richey, FL 3/6/1997 Pro Racing Group Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
11 Ed Jones Dubai, UAE 2/12/1995 ??? Carlin
12 Spencer Pigot Orlando, FL 9/29/1993 Vitamin-D Pro, Mockett Juncos Racing
18 Kyle Kaiser Santa Clara, CA 3/5/1996 Intervision/NetApp Juncos Racing
42 Jack Harvey Bassingham, UK 4/15/1993 Racing Steps Foundation Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
51 Shelby Blackstock Nashville, TN 2/23/1990 Starstruck Andretti Autosport
71 Ethan Ringel Windermere, FL 8/12/1994 ??? Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
77 Scott Anderson Fort Collins, CO 2/18/1990 Anderson Podiatry Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Rumored Entries:

#

Driver Hometown DOB Sponsor Team
2 ??? ??? ??? ??? Team Moore
8 Scott Hargrove Surrey, BC 2/1/1995 Analytic Systems 8Star Motorsports
14 Max Chilton Reigate, UK 4/21/1991 Belstaff/CarCliq Carlin
22 ??? ??? ??? ??? Team Moore
83 Matthew Brabham Boca Raton, FL 2/25/1994 ??? Andretti Autosport

AR1 Staff Report

01/23/15 With a series of recent announcements and reports, AutoRacing1 has updated our list of confirmed entries for the 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship. As you will see, there are currently nine confirmed driver/team combinations with, notably, 6 confirmed American drivers.

Below the table of confirmed entries, you will find a table of team/driver entries AR1 rates as 'strong,' or likely possibilities.

Confirmed entries:

# Driver Hometown DOB Sponsor Team
4 Felix Serralles Ponce, P.R. 6/24/1992 DonQ Rum Belardi Auto Racing
7 R.C. Enerson New Port Richey, FL 3/6/1997 Pro Racing Group Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
12 Spencer Pigot Orlando, FL 9/29/1993 Vitamin-D Pro, Mockett Juncos Racing
18 Kyle Kaiser Santa Clara, CA 3/5/1996 Intervision/NetApp Juncos Racing
42 Jack Harvey Bassingham, UK 4/15/1993 Racing Steps Foundation Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
51 Shelby Blackstock Nashville, TN 2/23/1990 Starstruck Andretti Autosport
71 Ethan Ringel Windermere, FL 8/12/1994 ??? Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
77 Scott Anderson Fort Collins, CO 2/18/1990 Anderson Podiatry Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
?? Ed Jones Dubai, UAE 2/12/1995 ??? Carlin

Rumored driver entries:

# Driver Hometown DOB Sponsor Team
2 ??? ??? ??? ??? Team Moore
5 Juan Piedrahita Bogota, Colombia 7/27/1992 ??? Belardi Auto Racing
8 Scott Hargrove Surrey, BC 2/1/1995 Analytic Systems 8Star Motorsports
22 ??? ??? ??? ??? Team Moore
83 Matthew Brabham Boca Raton, FL 2/25/1994 ??? Andretti Autosport
?? Max Chilton Reigate, UK 4/21/1991 Belstaff/CarCliq Carlin

Other teams and drivers of course have been rumored to be participating in this season's Indy Lights series. Stay tuned to AutoRacing1 for updates as the season approaches.

01/16/15 With today's announcement that Scott Anderson has signed with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to drive the #77 Anderson Podiatry Centers entry, we count nine confirmed driver/team entries for the 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series. See below:

Andretti Autosport

Shelby Blackstock

Belardi Auto Racing

Felix Serralles

Carlin

Ed Jones

Juncos

Kyle Kaiser
Spencer Pigot

SPM

Scott Anderson
R.C. Enerson
Jack Harvey
Ethan Ringel

For more rumored driver/team pairings see thread below.

01/12/15 With today's announcement that Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has confirmed 2014 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires runner-up Jack Harvey, AutoRacing1 is now counting 8 confirmed driver/team combinations for the 2015 Lights season:

Andretti Autosport

Shelby Blackstock

Belardi Auto Racing

Felix Serralles

Carlin

Ed Jones

Juncos

Kyle Kaiser
Spencer Pigot

SPM

R.C. Enerson
Jack Harvey
Ethan Ringel

For more rumored driver/team pairings see thread below.

12/19/14 With today's news that R.C. Enerson has signed with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, we have updated our 2015 Indy Lights Silly Season page. See below.

12/18/14

2015 looks to be the start of a new era for Indy Lights

It's been quite an offseason for the top rung of the Mazda Road to Indy. With a new car, new entrants, and a new vibe, the 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship promises to be one of the more anticipated in recent memory. Below, AutoRacing1 takes a look at the Indy Lights teams and driver lineups for Indy Lights with Pro Mazda and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda threads to follow. And we’ll continue to update this thread as we receive more news.

8Star Motorsports:

The established sports car team will be racing both with and without fenders in 2015, as the team placed two orders for the new car. Sean Rayhall has long been rumored to have one of the spots with the team and 2013 U.S.F2000 champ and 2014 Pro Mazda runner-up Scott Hargrove tested with the team Wednesday.

Scott Hargrove-Strong
Sean Rayhall-Strong

Shelby Blackstock will run with Andretti Autosport in 2015

Andretti Autosport:

After indicating he would be not be running Indy Lights in 2015, Michael Andretti appears set to return with two cars. Shelby Blackstock is signed, and we expect Matthew Brabham to return in a second car.

#51 Shelby Blackstock-Fact
#83 Matthew Brabham-Strong

Belardi Auto Racing

The 2014 championship team will be back in 2015 with a two car effort. Puerto Rican Felix Serralles brings his DonQ Rum backing. 2014 driver Alexandre Baron is rumored for the second car.

#4-Alexandre Baron-Strong
#5-Felix Serralles-Fact

Carlin:

The famous English-based junior formula team made a shock announcement earlier this month confirming that they would be fielding a team across the Atlantic in 2015. British/Dubai dual citizen Ed Jones will pilot the first car. No word yet on the second Carlin entry.

Ed Jones-Fact
TBA

Dragon Racing: Not to be mistaken with former IndyCar and current Formula E team Dragon Racing, this Australian-based outfit has reportedly ordered two Dallara IL-15 chassis. However, no further word on drivers or the extent of the team's participation.

TBA
TBA

Juncos Racing:

The new car and Spencer Pigot capturing the Pro Mazda Championship in 2014, allowed Florida-based Juncos Racing was able to expand their racing operations and make the jump to Indy Lights in 2015. Orlando native Pigot will be joined by 2014 teammate Kyle Kaiser.

#12-Spencer Pigot-Fact
#18-Kyle Kaiser-Fact

Peter Dempsey winning the 2013 Freedom 100 in a 4-wide finish

McCormack Racing

The team has reportedly ordered at least one of the new chassis and has 28-year-old Lights veteran Peter Dempsey on the books as a "consultant and test driver." It seems Dempsey may run at least a partial schedule.

Peter Dempsey-Strong

Jack Harvey was the revelation of 2014 in Indy Lights. Will he return to make another run at the title?

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Indy Lights most successful team will try to recapture its championship form in 2015. The team will have at least two entries, possibly more. Ethan Ringel is signed to pilot one of the cars. Ditto for 2014 U.S. F2000 runner-up R.C. Enerson. 2014 Indy Lights runner-up Jack Harvey could also be a possibility. Ditto for Luiz Razia.

Luiz Razia-Speculation
Jack Harvey-Speculation
Ethan Ringel-Fact
R.C. Enerson-Fact

There are reports the Pittsboro-based stalwart Lights team has ordered the new chassis, but confirmation from team or series.

#2 TBA-Speculation
#22 TBA-Speculation

Others:

Scott Anderson
– The 25-year-old Colorado native finished fifth in the 2013 Pro Mazda standings. He ran a full Lights season in 2014 with Fan Force United. No word yet on team or driver status for 2015.

Matthew di Leo – The 19-year-old owner/driver from Ontario made five starts during the 2013 season. However, in 2014, the only race for Di Leo and MDL Racing would be the hometown race in Toronto. Di Leo recently told AutoRacing1 he had nothing currently in the works for 2015.

Juan Pablo Garcia – The 27-year-old Mexican ran a full season in 2014 with SPM and could potentially find a ride in 2015. Garcia has driven for seven different teams in a 45-race Lights career, in which he yet to record a podium finish.

Axcil Jefferies – The 20-year-old Zimbabwean contested the Mid-Ohio round last season for Belardi. However, no word currently on Jefferies' plans for 2015.

Zack Meyer – The 22-year-old Toronto native ran all the non-oval races for Team Moore last season. No word on his plans for 2015.

Ryan Phinny – The Hollywood based racer with support from George Clooney's Casamigos Tequila brand contested five Lights races in 2014 with Bryan Herta Autosport. The team also announced that they planned to continue with Phinny in some capacity in 2015. However, in the interim there has been no further confirmation from either team or driver.

Juan Piedrahita — During a full season 2014 effort with SPM, the 22-year-old Colombian scored a best finish of 5th at Mid-Ohio and Sonoma 1, and finished 7th in the championship.

Jimmy Simpson – The 22-year-old Indianapolis native won two races finished second in the 2014 Formula Atlantic Championship despite missing the last two races. He ran the doubleheader at Mid-Ohio for Team Moore.

AR1 Staff Report

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