While the 2024 grid begins to take shape, 2023 Rookie of the Year Nolan Siegel will return to HMD Motorsports for the upcoming INDY NXT by Firestone season. After finishing third in the 2023 Championship and claiming two victories, five podium results, six top-five finishes, leading 67 laps, and earning Rookie of the Year honors, Siegel will return to the series with a focus on adding to those results and fighting for the 2024 Championship.
Prior to his rookie season, Siegel competed in the final two races of the 2022 season with HMD Motorsports to begin preparing for the 2023 season. With a pair of top-ten finishes in 2022, Siegel knew he would be competitive the following year and able to compete for wins and podiums. Kickstarting the 2023 season, Siegel earned his first podium in the opening race of the season on the Streets of St. Petersburg and followed that up with a podium finish at Barber Motorsports Park. Leading the championship point standings early in the year, Siegel earned victories at Detroit and Road America before finding his way back to the podium as the season neared completion at the Portland International Raceway.
“I am anxious and excited to get back to work with HMD Motorsports,” explains Siegel. “My rookie year was a good one, and we set out to do what we wanted to do but now I am fully focused on the championship. I will have the same engineer and same crew this season providing consistency that will hopefully help in a championship run.”
“Nolan is a great talent and has a bright future in motorsports,” adds HMD Motorsports General Manager Mike Maurini. “He has proven this by not only winning in INDY NXT but topping the podium in different racing platforms around the world. We look forward to watching his continued growth and helping him reach his goals of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.”
With a year of experience under his belt, Siegel will now be looking to follow in the footsteps of HMD Motorsports alumni who are now full-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES competitors: David Malukas, Benjamin Pedersen, Linus Lundqvist, and Kyffin Simpson. At just 18 years of age (19 in November), Siegel will focus on gaining another year of experience and maturity before looking at his ultimate goal of advancing to the upper echelon of open-wheel racing in North America, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
Siegel continues, “There were a few shortfalls this past season, and I have learned from those mistakes and issues. I am laser focused on the future, and we will reset all the season goals prior to the first green flag of the 2024 season. Now it is time to focus on testing.”
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