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Firestone Freedom 100

Firestone Freedom 100

The Firestone Freedom 100 is a Firestone Indy Lights Series auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is currently held the Friday before the Indianapolis 500. It is the biggest race for the Indy Lights Series and has much higher participation than many of the series' other races.

The race also holds a similar time trial to that of the Indy 500 in which qualifying times are determined by an average of two laps.

For the first two years, the race was held during the second weekend of Indianapolis 500 Time Trials, scheduled for Saturday, which was, at the time, used only for Indy 500 practice. The date proved to be unpopular and saw small crowds. In 2005, Carb Day, the final day of practice for the Indy 500, was moved from Thursday before the Indy 500 to Friday. Series officials moved the Freedom 100 to Carb Day, immediately following the Indy 500 practice session. The move proved popular with fans and competitors.

In 2008, in the wake of the merger between IRL and Champ Car, the series was renamed from Indy Pro Series to the Firestone Indy Lights Series. The new sponsorship extended to this race, renaming it the Firestone Freedom 100.

Race History

Year Day Date Pole Sitter Winning Driver
2003 Sat.-Sun. May 17-181 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter
2004 Saturday May 22 Thiago Medeiros Thiago Medeiros
2005 Friday May 27 Jaime Camara Jaime Camara
2006 Friday May 26 Wade Cunningham Wade Cunningham
2007 Friday May 25 Ken Losch Alex Lloyd
2008 Saturday May 242 Dillon Battistini Dillon Battistini

1In 2003 the race started on Saturday May 17, but was halted by rain. It was completed the following day.
2The 2008 race was scheduled for Friday May 23 but postponed one day due to rain.

Event Records

Fastest Date Driver Time Speed (mph) Laps/Miles
Race May 26, 2006 Wade Cunningham 32:29.3233 184.679 40/100
Qualifying Lap May 21, 2004 Thiago Medeiros 47.4913 189.508 1/2.5
Race Lap May 24, 2008 Bobby Wilson 47.0189 191.412 1/2.5

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