Ryan Phinny

Ryan Phinny has joined forces with Abel Motorsports to contest the Indy Lights Grand Prix of Indianapolis doubleheader this Friday and Saturday on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Phinny will drive the team’s second car, No. 61.

“I’d really like to thank John Brunner, Bill Abel, and the entire Abel Motorsports team for the call to drive and for the all the partners that came on board to make this happen,” Phinny said. “This car is sponsored entirely by Tennessee-based businesses, and I feel so fortunate to represent them and the state I now call home.”

Phinny is making his return to Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires after an eight-year hiatus from the series. The 32-year-old Nashville, Tennessee-based driver last raced in the Indy Lights series with Belardi Auto Racing in 2014. Phinny and the team hope this weekend’s doubleheader on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course are building blocks to more events in 2022.

“Right now, my focus is going to be getting back up to speed and learning these new Indy Lights cars,” Phinny said. “It’s already been a great transition to Abel Motorsports, including working again with a few familiar faces from my previous time in Indy Lights. Ultimately the goal is to add more events to my calendar, and a good result this weekend would go a long way into building this program up.”

Race one of the Indy Lights Grand Prix of Indianapolis is scheduled for 5:35 p.m. (ET) Friday, with race two at 1:20 p.m. Saturday. Both races will be televised live on Peacock Premium.