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2021 Road to Indy Silly Season Synopsis Part 2

By: Ashley McCubbin

With many young drivers hopeful of competing in the NTT IndyCar Series one day, it’s no secret the Road to Indy Silly Season can sometimes be full of surprises and new faces. As a result, the past couple of weeks have seen a series of driver announcements as more competitors lock in their rides for 2021.

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires

As expected, Sting Ray Robb was confirmed for Juncos Racing’s Indy Lights line-up after winning the Indy Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires. He will be joined by Toby Sowery, whom placed third in the series standings in 2019 with a win and seven podiums.

HMD Motorsports with Global Racing Group confirmed Pedersen’s teammate, as Linus Lundqvist makes his first appearance on the Road to Indy. The Swede won 15 of the 17 races en route to winning the Formula Regional Americas Powered by Honda championship in 2020. The success allowed him to become the first recipient of the Honda Performance Development (HPD) Indy Lights Scholarship to partly finance his rise to the next level.

Confirmed Grid:

  • Juncos Racing – Sting Ray Robb, Toby Sowery
  • HMD Motorsports – David Malukas, TBA
  • HMD Motorsports with Global Racing Group – Benjamin Pedersen, Linus Lundqvist
  • Andretti Autosport – Braden Eves, Danial Frost, Kyle Kirkwood, Robert Megennis
  • Andretti Autosport with Steinbrenner Racing – Devlin DeFrancesco
  • Carlin Racing and Jay Howard Driving Development – Alex Peroni

Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires

After previously confirmed they would enter a car in the series, Velocity Racing Development announced Hunter Yeany will make his debut on the Road to Indy program. The 15-year-old won the F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda, and will be battling for both Indy Pro 2000 and F4 Americas glory in 2021.

Confirmed Grid

  • Velocity Racing Development – Hunter Yeany
  • Miller Vinatieri Motorsports – Jack William Miller
  • Turn 3 Motorsports – TBA

Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship

Pabst Racing confirmed their second driver as Yuven Sundaramoorthy will return to USF2000 alongside Pierson. It will mark his third season of competition following 10 top-10’s in 12 events last year, with a career-best fifth at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Confirmed Grid

  • Velocity Racing Development – Erik Evans, TBA
  • Miller Vinatieri Motorsports – Kent Vaccaro
  • Turn 3 Motorsports – Dylan Christie, Josh Green
  • Pabst Racing – Josh Pierson, Yuven Sundaramoorthy
  • Cape Motorsports – Thomas Nepveu
  • Force Indy – TBA

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