Currently eighth in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship standings, rookie pilot Kyffin Simpson is set to join the championship leading HMD Motorsports outfit. Joining the team effective immediately, Simpson will pilot the #21 Ridgeline branded HMD Motorsports entry at the ultra-fast Iowa Speedway this weekend and onwards for the rest of the 2022 racing season.
“I’m excited to join HMD Motorsports at Iowa and for the remainder of the season,” explained Kyffin Simpson. “They have a proven package with Linus Lundqvist leading the championship, as well as three different drivers on the podium this season, and I’ve been impressed with their ability to field five competitive cars. In our discussions it’s become clear they can field a sixth car at the same level – an opportunity I believe is too good to pass up at this stage in my development.”
With best results of two fifth place finishes at Detroit and Road America, Simpson is looking for a fresh start at HMD Motorsports, a place that he once called home back in 2020.
Simpson added, “I made my FR Americas debut in late 2020 with HMD and have a good relationship with the crew, so we have a solid foundation to build on. Of course, having a great group of drivers as a direct reference point ultimately pushes me to raise my game even more. I’m ready for the challenge, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together in the remaining races this year.”
The 17-year-old Simpson continued, “I’d like to thank Tim Neff and the whole TJ Speed Motorsports crew for everything they’ve helped me achieve in the last 18 months. We had an incredible run in FR Americas – an experience I’ll never forget. We both agree however that our performance this season hasn’t met expectations. I wish Tim and the team all the best for the future.”
Kyffin Simpson will begin his HMD Motorsports tenure this coming weekend as the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship heads for the first oval event of the season at the Iowa Speedway over the July 22-23 weekend.
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