HMD Motorsports Heads to St. Petersburg as the Largest Team in the INDY NXT by Firestone Series

The much-anticipated INDY NXT by Firestone season opener has arrived. This year, the series begins its 2024 campaign in a familiar location, the temporary circuit on the streets of Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. The 1.8-mile, 14-turn circuit is a fan and competitor favorite and incorporates streets of downtown St. Petersburg and a section of the Albert Whitted Airport runway.

HMD Motorsports, the reigning two-time series champions, will debut a record-setting ten-car lineup in the season opener comprised of four veterans: 2023 INDY NXT Rookie of the Year Nolan Siegel, 2023 race winner Reece Gold, Christian Bogle, Josh Pierson, and six rookies including the 2023 USF Pro 2000 series champion Myles Rowe, Niels Koolen, Jonathan Browne, Nolan Allaer, 2023 FR Americas Champion Callum Hedge, and multi-time FIA F3 race winner Caio Collet.

“It has been a busy off-season, but we are anxious to get going,” explained HMD Motorsports President Mike Maurini. “Everyone at the shop from the mechanics, to engineering, to management has worked very hard through the winter to ensure that we are ready to start the season. The excitement for the first race of the season is here, but also for when the team comes home as we will return to our new 80,000 square foot race shop.”

The series opener with feature two practice sessions followed by a single, new format for qualifying that will see the cars split into two groups on Saturday before taking to the track for the first wheel-to-wheel action in 2024 on Sunday, just before the NTT INDYCAR SERIIES opening round. You can find the full weekend schedule below. You can live stream the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg INDY NXT by Firestone race via Peacock TV or INDYCAR LIVE.  Audio commentary is also available via the INDYCAR Radio Network.

Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (all times Eastern)
Friday, March 8th
1:35 PM – 2:20 PM // Practice One

Saturday, March 9th
8:25 AM – 9:10 AM // Practice Two
1:05 PM – 1:35 PM // Qualifying

Sunday, March 10th
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM // Race

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