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.
|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|
|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|