Q. Derrick, is there something you can do to help current IndyCar owners to get more involved with Indy Lights?
DERRICK WALKER: The short answer is yes. There is a lot of interest in what Dan is doing with Indy Lights right now. I think a lot of team owners are looking at it to see the viability of them entering into Lights.
But as was the example back in the Atlantic days, one of the biggest things that happened to Atlantics that really turned the switch on from when it was falling off to suddenly having a full field and a lot of good competition was the championship meant something. When a driver won that championship, he actually could go up to IndyCar, or in those days Champ Car.
I think we as a series have got to get back around the table. I'm sure Dan has a lot of ideas. Some of the teams have got some ideas. We're going to try to see if we can incentivize them. It's in their best interest in the long run to have a program in Indy Lights. There is some interest right now on what little has come to the surface.
Q. IndyCar is starting standing starts at some events. Would that be considered for Indy Lights in the future?
DAN ANDERSEN: I would say yes. We haven't discussed that right now. There's no reason not to consider it. I'm not technically enough into it to see with the current car if that's doable or not.
We do standing starts with Pro Mazda occasionally. We'll be doing one here this weekend. We're going to follow IndyCar's lead on that. As they do that type of thing, we want to be training our people to do the same things.
Q. NASCAR props up their ladder series with Cup drivers coming down and doing some races. Would there ever be any consideration of getting IndyCar drivers running a few Lights races?
DAN ANDERSEN: Actually we've been talking about that in the last few days. I like that idea a whole lot. I'd like to see a team involved in both levels. I'd like to see them putting their IndyCar driver in alongside their rookie Indy Lights drivers and teaming up with them. That will certainly be something we'll explore.
I'd like to see some unemployed IndyCar drivers jumping into Indy Lights and doing one-offs. How we can incentivize those teams and drivers to do that, we're looking at that.
Q. Dan, are we looking to bringing a testing requirement back that we had a few years ago? An IndyCar team could get test days by running a Lights driver. Is that something on the table?
DAN ANDERSEN: Yes, it's on the table. It's likely. We have to work with IndyCar on their whole testing program because it's a little different back when that testing bonus was available. But IndyCar has indicated that they're certainly willing to participate in whatever helps Indy Lights. We appreciate that.
Q. From a scheduling standpoint, anyplace you want to make sure you're paired up or new places you might want to take the ladder? What about potential standalone events?
DAN ANDERSEN: Dream list or reality?
Q. Either one.
DAN ANDERSEN: We want to race with IndyCar with their weekends, almost exclusively. There may be one-off events. IndyCar is where we think our drivers need to be exposed to. We need to be part of those weekends. Our arrangement with IndyCar is just that, to have us continue to operate on IndyCar weekends.
Q. Derrick, there was a very healthy financial award to win Atlantics. There's been an element of that recently within IndyCar, which hasn't been very well-publicized. Is that something you foresee continuing from the series side or would that burden be put upon Dan and his organization?
DERRICK WALKER: I think it will be a joint effort. IndyCar will continue to support Indy Lights. We're not standing by and letting Dan go at it himself. We're going to do it together because it's in our best interest to continue to work together.
Q. Dan, with the ladder, with the three rungs, do you see the opportunity to add new owners or do you think you might be in a situation where you're essentially trying to take a few from other series and shuffling the deck?
DAN ANDERSEN: I think we're looking at both. There are already a number of teams in my other two series who are expressing interest in purchasing cars and jumping in. We're also talking to quite a number of IndyCar teams about starting junior teams within their organization.
If I can take one minute and just explain that the benefit to IndyCar teams -- and I did explain this to them yesterday -- this isn't just a driver development series. Our series has produced most of the people, three series, who are participating as mechanics, engineers, what have you in IndyCar. We train all types of people to move up.
Sponsors also can jump into a junior program and grow with the sport and then become involved in IndyCar racing. It's kind of a training program that is just broader than drivers. We are definitely talking to IndyCar teams as well as the other junior teams and some former Atlantic teams, as well.