HMD Motorsports Continues Podium Streak at the Brickyard

It was a doubleheader weekend for the INDY NXT by Firestone competitors at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway to kick off the action at the track for the Month of May. Ten HMD drivers took to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course circuit for two rounds, races three and four of the INDY NXT season, where there were many firsts, including a first podium appearance for HMD Motorsports rookie Caio Collet. HMD Motorsports managed to claim another podium in race one by veteran Nolan Siegel, with a total of 12 top-ten finishes over both races.

Nolan Siegel took the second step on the podium in race one, with Callum Hedge, Myles Rowe, Reece Gold, and Jonathan Browne taking up four out of the top eight spots. Hedge, who earned his best INDY NXT by Firestone result of the season with a fourth-place result after virtually no testing, has been trending in the right direction over the first three event weekends. Neils Koolen took home the Josten’s Biggest Mover award moving from 19th to tenth, also securing his first top-ten finish of 2024 in race one. Christian Bogle scored his best finish of the season yet, taking home ninth in race one, and Nolan Allaer, who crossed the yard of bricks in 13th.

Despite encountering setbacks in race one, including a contact incident while battling for second place, Caio Collet demonstrated remarkable resilience. He bounced back to seize the lead in turn one on the opening lap of race two, ultimately securing his first INDY NXT career podium in third place after leading more than half of the race. Nolan Siegel also showed his resilience and kept his place near the top of the championship standings, rounding out the top-five. Myles Rowe, Jonathan Browne, and Callum Hedge all finished amongst the top-ten, earning points toward their season log total. Reece Gold finished 11th, just ahead of Josh Pierson, who had an issue in race one but had a strong comeback in race two to finish 12th. Koolen earned the Josten’s Biggest Mover award for the second race in a row finishing 14th, while Allaer closed his weekend in 17th.

“I guess it is a good thing when you are upset with a pair of podium results by two different drivers,” expressed Team President Mike Maurini. “Great for Nolan (Siegel) to keep the pressure on the championship with a second and shout out to Caio (Collet) for his first career INDY NXT podium. Historically, Indy has not been one of our strongest tracks, but we will look to rebound in Detroit, where we had great success in 2023.”

The team will prepare for their next race on the Streets of Detroit May 31st through June 2nd, followed by a trip to Road America, then they will pick up another double header at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca at the end of June.

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