By: Tanner Watkins
January 24, 2020 | 1:00 PM
There is a new sheriff in town, and he is driving for Andretti Autosport. Kyle Kirkwood, the reigning Indy Pro 2000 title winner, is joining the powerful team’s Indy Lights program for the 2020 season – becoming an instant favorite.
“I am ecstatic that I can now say I am competing in Indy Lights with Andretti Autosport this season,” said Kirkwood, a native of Jupiter, Florida.
“They have established a winning program in Indy Lights and we plan on carrying that reputation throughout 2020. We are a fantastic match for each other and our Sebring test in December proved that.”
Kirkwood, 21, has torched the Road to Indy since making his debut in 2018. That year he won 12 of 14 races while driving for Cape Motorsports en route to a championship. For last year’s title-winning run in Indy Pro 2000, Kirkwood won 9 of his 16 starts as a pilot for RP Motorsport Racing.
Kirkwood is a former Team USA Scholarship driver, and has taken home additional championships in the F3 Americas Championship (2018 with Abel Motorsports) and the F4 United States Championship (2017 with Cape Motorsports).
As driver of the No. 28 car, Kirkwood has been placed in the seat of last year’s Indy Lights championship-winning team – a move that team owner Michael Andretti hopes will result in more September champagne.
“We are very excited about the addition of Kyle to our Indy Lights program,” said Andretti. “We’ve followed Kyle’s career from when he started in 2018 with the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and have been impressed with his success in every race that led to his Indy Pro 2000 Championship last year.
“As a championship-caliber team, Kyle displays the desire and talent that we look for in our drivers and are excited to see him hit the track for the 2020 Indy Lights season.”
Kirkwood already had a taste of Andretti’s resources in the aforementioned Sebring test last month, and the outfit will formally begin their relationship in March with the season-opening doubleheader at St. Petersburg.
Header image by Road to Indy.