Andersen Taking Over Firestone Indy Lights

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This year's Freedom 100 marks the 12th running of the Indy Lights race. (Al Steinberg Photo)
The Firestone Indy Lights field rolls through turn four prior to the start of the 2013 Firestone Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Al Steinberg Photo)

TORONTO – IndyCar, the sanctioning body of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system, announced today that it has entered into an agreement for Andersen Promotions to license and operate the Firestone Indy Lights Series beginning in 2014.

The multi-year agreement provides strategic and operational synergies for Firestone Indy Lights, an essential training ground for drivers and teams that seek to compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500.

Andersen Promotions, based in Florida, currently owns and operates the first two rungs of the Mazda Road to Indy – the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.

“This is a positive move for our sport,” said Derrick Walker, president of competition and operations, IndyCar. “A strong and relevant training system is important to develop the next generation of IndyCar drivers.

“Firestone Indy Lights will be more closely aligned with its developmental series already operated by Andersen Promotions and will be positioned for growth to continue to meet the goal of preparing up-and-coming race drivers for the rigors of the IZOD IndyCar Series. Today’s announcement will create more consistency as drivers and teams advance up from USF2000 to Pro Mazda and Firestone Indy Lights, all under the leadership of Andersen Promotions,” added Walker.