Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires 2014 Schedule of Events
- 14 races
- Three street circuits, four road courses, three ovals
- Doubleheader rounds at all road courses
|1||March 30||Streets of St. Petersburg||1.8-mile street circuit|
|2||April 13||Streets of Long Beach||1.968-mile street circuit|
|3/4||April 26/27||Barber Motorsports Park||2.38-mile road course|
|5/6||May 9/10||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||2.434-mile road course|
|7||May 23||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||2.5-mile oval|
|8||July 6||Pocono Raceway||2.5-mile oval|
|9||July 20||Streets of Toronto||1.75-mile street circuit|
|10/11||August 2/3||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||2.258-mile road course|
|12||August 17||The Milwaukee Mile||1-mile oval|
|13/14||August 23/24||Sonoma Raceway||2.385-mile road course|
PITTSBORO, Indiana (November 4, 2013) - Team Moore Racing announced today that it has signed 21 year-old Toronto native Zack Meyer to drive its #2 car for the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires 2014 season. Zack is a graduate of Pro Mazda in the Mazda Road to Indy. With the support of his sponsors DAMIS PARTNERS III and Innisfil Indy Karting, he is ready to climb up onto the last rung of the ladder series before entering IndyCar. Zack lists among his accomplishments in his young career: 6th place in the 2013 Pro Mazda Series, 4th place in 2011 Star Mazda Winter Series, the KZ2 Champion in both 2011 and 2012 Florida Winter Tour, as well as, the Champion in both 2009 and 2010 Brian Stewart BSRKC-F125/ICC Shifter.
"I am more than excited to be racing and be a part of Team Moore Racing for the 2014 season of Indy Lights. The atmosphere at the shop and around the team is exactly what a racecar driver needs to be focused and on point at all times. Communication is key and understanding one another: itŐs all there. I really look forward to an amazing season with TMR and increasing my experience level of racing. One day, hopefully sooner rather than later, I can be at the top in IndyCar," said Meyer. "I want to thank my mom for all her support and Joe Launi for making me the driver I am today," he continued.
"Everyone here is excited to have Zack come and compete with us in the 2014 Championship. Zack brings a youthful exuberance to our whole program. It is such a pleasure to watch a young man who truly loves to drive a racecar; there are no words to describe it. We had a very successful two day test at Putnam Road Course Park in September and I really didnŐt believe my stop watch. We have a complete testing program and will be building towards the first event. I believe this to be another very good example of how well prepared the young drivers coming out of ProMazda are. They are certainly ready to take on Indy Lights," commented Team Owner, Mark Moore.
The season kicks off March 30th on the Streets of St. Petersburg.
PITTSBORO, Indiana (October 1, 2013) - When one door closes, another opens, and that is certainly the case for Firestone Indy Lights driver Peter Dempsey. Following the news that Belardi Auto Racing would not run him at the final two races, Team Moore Racing opened the door for Dempsey to compete at the Grand Prix of Houston this weekend.
Dempsey will pilot the No. 2 TMR / Global Tubing / ALS Association car alongside longtime competitor and friend, Conor Daly. This weekend’s street course will be the first time the Irishman and his Irish-American colleague will debut as teammates.
“I could not be happier to be joining Team Moore Racing for the Houston race,“ said Dempsey. “TMR, Mark Moore, and Tom Wood are proven multiple race winners in the Firestone Indy Lights series, and I am heading to Houston with great confidence that I am surrounded by the right people. I’m also really looking forward to having Conor Daly as my teammate for the weekend. We are friends off the track and competitors on the track, so I think we will work really well together and hopefully be in the position to reward TMR with the results they deserve.“
“Team Moore Racing is giving me the opportunity to keep my title fight alive, and for that, I will always be thankful. I’d really like to thank all of my team sponsors along with my personal sponsors for making this all come together.“ Team Moore Racing will welcome three new sponsors for this weekend’s event, Global Tubing, RUS Industrial, and the ALS Association.
“We are really looking forward to the Houston race,“ stated Co-Owner Mark Moore. “We have wanted to put Peter [Dempsey] in one of cars for a long time now. This is going to be a very exciting race with Peter and Conor [Daly] as teammates. It just doesn’t get any better than that!“
“Mark [Moore] and I are really happy we were able to get Peter into the No. 2 TMR / Global Tubing / ALS Association car for Houston,“ added Co-owner Tom Wood. “Peter has proven how fast he is throughout the season. We’re looking forward to a great show.“
Dempsey currently lies fifth in the championship and is one of five drivers vying for the championship title and coveted $1 million scholarship towards an IndyCar drive in 2014. His new partnership with TMR, who concluded last season with one pole position, two wins, four podiums, and third in the championship, could very well be a winning combination to boost his chances at the title.
This will be IndyCar’s first return to the 1.7-mile street circuit of Houston since 2007. The 10-turn course incorporates Houston landmarks Reliant Stadium, the Reliant Astrodome, and Reliant Arena. The first practice of the weekend will take place at 10:25am EST on Friday, October 4 followed by a second practice session at 3:00pm EST. Qualifying will commence at 9:35am EST on Saturday, October 5 with the race to follow at 1:30pm EST. Coverage of the race will be shown at 4:00pm on Sunday, October 6 EST on NBC Sports Network.
To follow Peter’s progress, please go to www.peterdempsey.com and www.indycar.com. For media inquiries and high resolution photos, please contact Mandy Skinner at email@example.com.
PITTSBORO, Indiana (September 27, 2013) - Team Moore Racing is thrilled to announce that Conor Daly will be driving the #22 TMR-RUS INDUSTRIAL-ALS ASSOCIATION car in the Grand Prix of Houston on October 5,2013. The 21 year-old American driver is a former Indy Lights driver (winner of Long Beach in 2011) and current GP3 driver who also made his debut at the Indy 500 this year. Conor is a second generation racecar driver, son of Formula One and INYDYCAR veteran Derek Daly.
"I’m very excited to get in a lights car with Team Moore Racing. They’re prepared at a high level and I can’t wait to get on the street course in Houston. It’s been a while since I’ve been in the car but I am confident we can get up to speed quickly. I’ve known Mark for a long time and I’m glad we could put something together," said Conor Daly.
Team Co-Owner Mark Moore added: "Tom Wood and I are very excited to have Conor Daly compete for us in the upcoming Houston Grand Prix. Conor has been racing at a very high level in GP3 the past two seasons with multiple wins. Houston being a first time event for our series, should level the playing field for all the drivers and teams. Conor will be driving the #22 Car which is the same number he ran when he won the ProMazda Championship in 2010. I believe our team is ready to match the talents of this young American star, and TMR can’t wait to get started in Houston."
Sponsors joining TMR for the Houston even include RUS Industrial ad the ALS Association.
RUS Industrial, LCLC ("RUS") is based in Channelview, Texas just east of Houston. Formerly known as Rig-Ug Services, RUS is a turn-key provider of electrical, fabrication and coatings products and services for industrial, oilfield and energy customers worldwide.
The ALS Association is the only national non-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. The ALS Association covers all the bases to help people living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and to leave no stone unturned in search for the cure.
PITTSBORO, Indiana (August 21, 2013) - With only three events left this year in the Firestone Indy Lights Series, Juan Pablo Garcia driver of the #2 TMR-International-Euclid Chemical machine is poised to make a breakthrough as he has steadily improved while driving for Team Moore Racing in the 2013 season. The last three events are two street circuits and one super speedway. Looking at the three remaining events on the schedule, TMR and Juan Pablo Garcia have a lot to look forward. On two of the circuits the team has had top results last season and with a new event for everyone in Houston, it will certainly level the playing field.
Juan Pablo Garcia is developing into a the kind of driver who will certainly fit the mold of what is required to race in Indy Car. A driver must be strong on all three of the different types of circuits (street, road and oval) that are necessary to be successful at the next level. Juan is becoming very good at all of them. He and the team have been right there at Toronto and Mid-Ohio. When a driver is in a three or four car battle and he can see the podium in front of him, he is very close. At each of these events, Juan has also beaten drivers who have already won races this season. Peter Dempsey won a fantastic event at the Freedom 100 in Indy, but at the same time Juan Pablo Garcia has beaten him on two out of the last three events on ovals. Firestone Indy Lights is extremely competitive and continues to build drivers for a future in Indy Car.
“The season has been difficult and very competitive. I’m glad we’ve shown we have the speed to run in the front. With everything so close, it makes it difficult but I know we are working in the right direction and will have a strong finish to accomplish our goals. The team has been doing a great job supporting me and they are making a very big effort closing the gap with the front. It’s harder for us with only one car, but we already proven that we have the speed“ said Juan Pablo Garcia.
“Over the past two years, I’ve had the opportunity to observe Juan Pablo Garcia both on and off the track. In competition during the 2012 season, Juan showed that he was a competent and steady driver capable of participating in the Firestone Indy Lights Series“ commented Vince Kremer, Technical/Race Director for the Firestone Indy Lights Series.
Vince continued: “This season Juan has shown steady improvement, regularly qualifying and racing at the front of the grid. Opportunities to finish on the podium have been in his reach this year and except for a couple of bad breaks, he could have stood on the podium more than once this season.“
“I anticipate watching JPG’s continuing development and promise going forward into next season and would not be the least surprised to see Juan competing for race wins and championships,“ Vince Kremer concluded.
Team Moore Racing is gearing up for a strong finish to the 2013 season. As winners of the inaugural race in Baltimore in 2011 and runner up in 2012, the team is looking forward to the street circuit on Sept 1st. That race is followed by another street circuit in October, for a first time event in Houston, Texas. Then the season finale on the super speedway at Fontana, CA, where TMR finished a very close 2nd place in 2012. All races will air on NBCSports.
PITTSBORO, Indiana (May 21, 2013) - Team Moore Racing announced today that Jimmy Simpson will drive the #22 TMR/ReedSmith/XtremeDrilling&Coil car in the Freedom 100 on May 24th at IMS. The 20-year-old Simpson is a veteran of USAC national midgets, sprint cars, karts, and Formula Atlantic cars; this will be his first Firestone Indy Lights race. Simpson is also a full-time student at Purdue University, where he recently became the first driver ever to win the Purdue Grand Prix, Purdue Electric Vehicle Grand Prix, and the Intercollegiate EV Grand Prix which was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Simpson’s sponsors include Reed Smith, Follicles Hair Clinic, HMR Indy, Polen Designs, the Ned and Andy Clark family, and The Joseph Maley Foundation. The Joseph Maley Foundation is a charity for disabled children which provides support to children through various events and programs it sponsors annually (josephmaley.org).
“Racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is such an awesome opportunity, and I can’t thank Mark Moore and Tom Wood and their great team of guys enough for providing it. I am extremely excited to drive in the Firestone Indy Lights Freedom 100 with Team Moore. I dreamed of racing at Indy my entire life. It’s the coolest track in the world, and the only thing that could top this is to drive in the Indianapolis 500, which I hope to do some day!“ said Simpson.
Co-owner Mark Moore added: “Everyone here at Team Moore Racing is excited to have Jimmy compete for us at the Freedom 100. Jimmy is rather unique among most twenty year old drivers in my opinion. He grew up road racing go karts with many of today’s top talents, Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden just to name a couple. Then Jimmy went Midget and Sprint Car racing the last five years, as well. Somewhere in his busy schedule he has also been running a Formula Atlantic car. I can’t think of another young driver who is able to compete in such a diverse category of cars and racing, it makes me think of the Foyts and Tony Stewarts of the world. We were all very impressed with him at the recent Open Test at Indy. Jimmy did an excellent job for us and as his race engineer Don Bricker said he asks all the right questions! There is a lot to look forward to and hopefully the Freedom 100 is just the beginning of what we can do together.“
The race airs LIVE at 11:00 am ET on NBCSports
PITTSBORO, Indiana (April 17, 2013) - Team Moore Racing announced today that due to unforeseen circumstances Victor Carbone will be unable to continue with the team at this time. In his place, Mikael Grenier will return to the #22 TMR-Xtreme Drilling-Napa entry for Long Beach along with Juan Pablo Garcia in the #2 car.
“Mikael Grenier has done the bulk work (along with Juan Pablo) of all the winter testing with the team. Starting at the Open Test at Indy in October, Mikael posted the second top time of the test. He continued to post top times at the Homestead Open Test and Sebring Open Test. He is the best person to put us in a position for an excellent result in Long Beach. He has worked with his engineer and crew and is ready to go. So, at this time, we would like to give Mikael the opportunity to get back out there. He is a very deserving young man,“ said team owner, Mark Moore.
Moore continued: “Juan Pablo and Mikael have an excellent working relationship. I’m sure the two of them working together in Long Beach will make a more successful team effort as we go forward through the Long Beach race weekend.“
“I would like to thank TMR/Xtreme Coil Drilling and all of my personal sponsors for this opportunity. I have to say it was really hard to be home watching the first two races on my computer rather than being in the car! Especially after putting a lot of effort this winter in testing and developing the car together! Missing the first two races is not ideal, but I believe we are going to be very strong this weekend in Long Beach. I know the team and the people I will be working with very well and we just have to do our jobs like we always do and the result will come to us?“ said Grenier.
PITTSBORO, Indiana (March 23, 2013) - Team Moore Racing’s Juan Pablo Garcia finished a strong fourth place in the Firestone Indy Lights season opening race in St Petersburg, Florida today. After running most of the second practice session yesterday in P2, the qualifying session earlier today brought a disappointing 7th place starting position for Garcia. The teams second set of stickers produced too much under steer and Garcia could not take advantage in the closing minutes of qualifying. But after the green flag was given, Garcia quickly moved up to 5th position. By lap 36 of the 45 lap race, he had moved up to 4th where he maintained his position until the checkered flag.
“I am very happy to finish P4 in my first race with my new team. The car was very loose after the full course caution. It was hard to handle and keep the pace. I thought I would lose the car a few times. We will work to fix this before the next race in two weeks,“ said Garcia.
Team owner Mark Moore added: “Garcia did an excellent job for us all race weekend, we should have qualified better, but it was extremely tight at the front end of the grid. Garcia’s race pace was that of the leaders’ and we just have to start better to put him in a position to compete for the overall win.“
“Our 22 Car with rookie Ethan Ringel struggled through much of the event and it was very disheartening to see our car pull in prior to the drop of the green flag. Sometimes it is just not to be,“ he continued.
“Everyone at TMR is currently working hard in preparation for our next event at Barber. It should be very interesting since the previous Open Test at Barber was cancelled due to weather. TMR won that event in 2011 and we should be in a better position to capitalize on that, than most of our competition,“ concluded Moore.
Next up: Barber Motorsports Park, April 6, Birmingham, Alabama.
The race will air tomorrow at 11 a.m. (ET) on NBCSP, immediately preceding the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (January 10, 2013) – During a major press conference in Mexico City, Team Moore Racing announced their new driver Juan Pablo Garcia, who will race his second full-time season in the Firestone Indy Lights Series.
Mark Moore, Co-Owner of Team Moore Racing said: “My business partner Tom Wood and I are very happy to announce today that Juan Pablo Garcia of Mexico is going to drive our No. 2 International/Mapfre/Euclid Chemical/TVC Latino/AutoShow TV/ Team Moore Racing Car in the upcoming 2013 Indy Lights Series.”
“I have known Juan Pablo for several years and he has always impressed me on the track and off of it. You will not find a more genuine smile and character than the popular Mexican driver. Coming off of what I would consider Juan Pablo’s freshman year in the series, he had to learn many new race tracks. He also proved to get the most out of his car during the past season. In the coming year we will see a big step towards Juan Pablo’s goal of driving Indy Cars.”
“Indy Lights is the last stop on the way to IndyCar and I believe with our technical support and TMR prepared cars, Juan Pablo will be in position to showcase his talents. Juan Pablo will also start the season better prepared than ever before. We have a very dedicated test program for the preseason and during the season, where we will fine tune our race craft together. I believe Team Moore Racing and Juan Pablo Garcia have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming 2013 Indy Lights Series,” Moore added.
On the other hand, Mexican Juan Pablo Garcia who was delighted during the press conference with a nice attendance, said: “I’m looking forward to start working with Team Moore Racing. Last year I had the opportunity to race for the first time in a full-season basis in the Indy Lights Series and I believe that experience will help me to take advantage of the competitive Indy Lights Car that TMR is preparing for me.”
“This season, I’m in a position to race for podiums and certainly I have what it takes to do so. I only need a good car to be competitive and I think this year, we’ll put all the pieces together to achieve that goal”, the happy driver said.