As the Team Championship leader in the FR Americas Championship Powered by Honda, Brownsburg, Indiana based TJ Speed is set for their Road to Indy debut in 2022. Set to contest a two-car effort in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, TJ Speed will begin testing in September as they work towards a full-season program beginning at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix in March of next year.
Acquiring the assets from Belardi Racing earlier this year, TJ Speed has gone through the paces to fully prep and prepare a pair of Dallara IL-15s. Looking to enter the championship at the beginning of 2021 season, the timing was not right as Tim Neff used experiences from the past to make the decision.
“The Indy Lights program is growing, and it is the strongest it has been in a while,” explained Neff. “We were committed to running a four-car effort in FR, and we did not have the resources or time to enter the Road to Indy properly. Now, a few months later and with a lot of items checked off the list, we can confirm that TJ Speed will be on the grid in 2022.”
After obtaining the Belardi Racing equipment, Tim and his staff went through the task to inventory and go through each component. Completely disassembling the cars to add the halo, a complete transformation has taken place to get them ready for the upcoming season.
Neff continued, “The process has been a little slower than I would have liked but we are also fully engaged in the FR Americas Team and Driver Championship battle and that is something that is high on the list to achieve this year but in motorsports, we always have to look towards the future.”
With test days set, Neff confirmed he has drivers that will test his Indy Lights machines, but no deals are in place as of yet.
“The goal is to test and get up to the speed of the series’ top contenders,” added Neff. “This is not a series that you can just enter and expect to win. It will take a big effort and we are up for the task.”