Southsider Voice correspondent
Beech Grove’s Kyle O’Gara will race in his second Indy Lights Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 23.
The development driver for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing will drive for Fan Force United through a partnership with SFHR and sponsorship from Indy Trading Post and RW Motorsports.
O’Gara is a 2013 graduate of Roncalli and the son of Sarah Fisher Racing co-founder John and Jeannie O’Gara.
The United States Auto Club open-wheel competitor is making his third Indy Lights start after driving in last year’s Freedom 100 and finishing eighth at Fontana, Calif.
"The Freedom 100 is a race that means very much to me, and I am grateful for getting another opportunity to race in it,” O’Gara said in a statement. “I have to thank everyone at SFHR for putting this program together.”
Indy Trading Post also sponsor’s O’Gara’s full-time USAC efforts, including the Silver Crown race May 17 and midget car race May 24 at Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Brownsburg.
O’Gara will be teamed with FFU driver Scott Anderson.
SFHR’s new sponsor
Klipsch Audio will back SFHR and IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden in Saturday’s inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the reconfigured IMS road course.
Newgarden drives the No. 67 Dallara/Honda and has two top-10 finishes this season and ranks 10th in points.
Klipsch will use his image on a full-size poster at Indianapolis International Airport.
Race activities begin Thursday with practice for IndyCars, USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights drivers on the 2.44-mile, 14-turn course. Practice with separate sessions for each series is from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Admission is free.
IndyCar drivers will qualify from 2-3:10 p.m. Friday; qualifying for the support series begins at 11 a.m., with racing at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $20; children ages 12 and under will be admitted free. The grand prix starts at 3:50 p.m. Saturday, with races for the support series getting under way at 11 a.m. Tickets start at $25; ages 12 and under will be admitted free.
In tests last week, Scott Dixon had the fastest lap – 126.161 mph (1 minute, 9.597 seconds) – as 25 drivers took part in the five-hour session. Less than one second separated the fastest 19 cars. Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan fittingly turned the ceremonial first lap.
The road course was utilized for Formula One events from 2000-07 but underwent a $5 million reconfiguration and infrastructure upgrade for the first IndyCar road race.
Mark Tunny of Fairland captured the first figure-8 of the season, the 75-lap Ed Bishop Memorial race, Saturday at the Indianapolis Speedrome.
Southsider Victor Rybolt took the 25-lap stock oval feature, and Greenwood’s Quentin White won the Junior Hornets oval race.
Racing resumes Saturday with figure-8s for stocks and Late Models. Racing begins at 7 p.m. The Speedrome located at Brookville Road and Kitley Avenue and is under new ownership.