Twenty-two-year-old Kyle Kirkwood from Jupiter, Florida became the first driver to win titles in Indy Lights, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Road to Indy program.
Along the way, he won thirty out of fifty races for an astounding 60% winning percentage. His ten wins in Indy Lights ties Greg Moore’s record.
A former Karting Champion, Kyle got his first car racing break with the RRDC-supported Team USA Scholarship program where he and compatriot Oliver Askew showed their stuff in in England’s top Formula Ford Championship races – finishing 2-3 in the Walter Hayes trophy
Both Kyle and Oliver have also been active participants in the RRDC’s Safe is Fast program, providing driving tips for even younger aspiring drivers.
As a result of winning the Indy Lights Championship, Kyle wii receive $1.3 million toward a three-race IndyCar ride in 2022 – including the Indy-500. However, several IndyCar Teams including Andretti Autosport are reported to be looking at young Kyle for a full-time ride next year.
Another former Team USA scholarship-winner to keep your eye on is Josh Green who scored his first Road to Indy win in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship finale at Mid-Ohio. – Tom Davey