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01/08/16
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2016 Indy Lights Silly Season (Update 4)
The 2016 Indy Lights field is beginning to take shape.
With yesterday's announcement of Felix Serralles to Carlin, we currently count 8 driver confirmations for the 2016 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season. Team Pelfrey, which took ownership of the Starworks Motorsports cars has also confirmed two cars although no drivers. And other teams such as Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Belardi, and others are expected to announce additional entries in the coming weeks.

All in all we're looking at around 15 (give or take) full-time entries for the top rung of the Mazda Road to Indy.

Below, is our updated 2016 Indy Lights Silly Season page followed by speculation surrounding unsigned drivers.

# Driver Hometown Sponsor Team
-- Zach Veach Stockdale, Ohio --- Belardi Auto Racing
7 R.C. Enerson New Port Richey, FL Lucas Oil/Curb Records Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
11 Ed Jones Dubai, UAE Toys for Boys Miami Carlin
-- Felix Serralles Ponce, Puerto Rico -- Carlin
18 Kyle Kaiser Santa Clara, CA Net App/Intervision/Juniper Juncos Racing
-- Zachary Claman DeMelo Montreal, Quebec -- Juncos Racing
28 Dalton Kellett Stoufville, Ontario K-Line Insulators USA Andretti Autosport
51 Shelby Blackstock Nashville, TN Starstruck Andretti Autosport
81 -- -- -- Team Pelfrey
82 -- -- -- Team Pelfrey

Rumors

Neil Alberico - The Californian is scheduled to test with Carlin in January.

Scott Andersen - the Colorado driver improved his form at the end of 2015 and could return for a third Indy Lights season, possibly with SPM.

Heamin Choi – The thirty-one year-old Korean ran with SPM at Laguna Seca and in the Chris Griffis Memorial Test.

James French – Wisconsin sports car driver ran for SPM at the recent Christ Griffis Memorial Test.

Jose Gutierrez – Mexican driver finished 9th in the 2015 Pro Mazda standings, and ran for Juncos at the recent Chris Griffis Memorial Test.

Davey Hamilton, Jr. - The son of the former IndyCar driver has tested with McCormack Motorsports.

Scott Hargrove – 2013 U.S. F2000 champ ran two races for 8Star in 2015. Will he be able to put the funding together for 2016?

Juan Piedrahita – Colombian finished 8th in the 2015 Indy Lights standings driving for Belardi. No word on 2016 plans.

Sean Rayhall – Georgia native won two Lights races in 2015 in limited action. With a full-season effort, Rayhall could be a title contender.

Ethan Ringel - We've gotten conflicting reports on the 2016 status of last year's Freedom 100 pole winner. He reportedly tested with SPM last month, but we are unsure if he is signed.

Felix Rosenqvist - The reigning Formula 3 champion tested with Team Pelfrey recently.

Weiron Tan – the quick Malaysian won 4 races and 4 poles driving for Pro Mazda for Andretti Autosport in 2015. Rumors have linked Tan to both a move to Indy Lights and return to Pro Mazda.

Santiago Urrutia – the Uruguayan won the Pro Mazda title with Team Pelfrey, but has been rumored at both Juncos and SPM. With the scholarship in hand, he’ll have a ride somewhere.

11/04/15 Below are confirmed driver and team lineups for the 2016 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season.

# Driver Hometown Sponsor Team
7 R.C. Enerson New Port Richey, FL Lucas Oil/Curb Records Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
11 Ed Jones Dubai, UAE Toys for Boys Miami Carlin
18 Kyle Kaiser Santa Clara, CA Net App/Intervision/Juniper Juncos Racing
28 Dalton Kellett Canada K-Line Insulators USA Andretti Autosport
51 Shelby Blackstock Nashville, TN Starstruck Andretti Autosport
71 Ethan Ringel Windermere, FL Family Art Printing.com Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
81 -- -- -- Team Pelfrey
82 -- -- -- Team Pelfrey

Rumors

Scott Andersen - the Colorado driver improved his form at the end of 2015 and could return for a third Indy Lights season, possibly with SPM.

Garett Grist – the Canadian has expressed a desire to move up to Lights in 2015, and could be a possibility for his Pro Mazda team, Juncos.

Felix Serralles - 2015 Milwaukee winner tested for Carlin at Road America on October 22nd.

Weiron Tan – the quick Malaysian won 4 races and 4 poles driving for Pro Mazda for Andretti Autosport in 2015. With Andretti rumored to be closing down their Pro Mazda team and expanding in Lights, Tan would be an obvious fit.

Santiago Urrutia – the Uruguayan won the Pro Mazda title with Team Pelfrey, but has been rumored at both Juncos and SPM. With the scholarship in hand, he’ll have a ride somewhere.

Zach Veach - the Stockdale, Ohio native won three Lights races for Andretti Autosport in 2014 and tested for Belardi Auto Racing at Sebring October 26 and 27



10/20/15 This is AR1's 2016 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Silly Season thread. Thus far, we count five confirmed drivers (see below). We will update this thread as more information becomes available.

# Driver Hometown Sponsor Team

7

R.C. Enerson New Port Richey, FL Lucas Oil/Curb Records Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
11 Ed Jones Dubai, UAE Toys for Boys Miami Carlin
28 Dalton Kellett Canada K-Line Insulators USA Andretti Autosport
51 Shelby Blackstock Nashville, TN Starstruck Andretti Autosport
71 Ethan Ringel Windermere, FL Family Art Printing.com Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
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