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HMD MOTORSPORTS AND LINUS LUNDQVIST WIN INAUGURAL INDY LIGHTS MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX

With six entries this past weekend, HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing brought half of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires field to the Streets of Nashville for the inaugural Indy Lights Music City Grand Prix. Returning with the team were full-time drivers Linus Lundqvist, Benjamin Pedersen, Danial Frost and Christian Bogle who were joined by Kyffin Simpson in his second weekend with the team and James Roe in his team debut. On a new course to the series, HMD Motorsports and all six drivers experienced highs and lows over the three-day festival weekend.

Off to a dominant start, Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports driver Benjamin Pedersen led the field in both practice sessions on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Joining Pedersen in the top-five of both sessions were Danial Frost and Linus Lundqvist. After a late switch to HMD, James Roe finished eighth in his first on-track session with the team – his best practice result in the Indy Lights series.

On Saturday, with storms in the distance, the Indy Lights field of twelve drivers were preparing for qualifying. However, as lightning in the area lingered, qualifying for the series was eventually canceled and the grid for Sunday’s race was set by car entrant points. While the decision gave Championship leader Linus Lundqvist the pole position, Benjamin Pedersen and Danial Frost were set to start sixth and seventh – an unfortunate starting position after being fast all weekend. Driving the #11 HMD w/ DCR entry, James Roe was lined up in ninth followed by Christian Bogle in eleventh and Kyffin Simpson in twelfth.

With five of the HMD Motorsports drivers starting in the back half of the field, the team was faced with the challenge of fighting their way forward in Sunday morning’s race. As the field took the green flag, Linus Lundqvist held his lead while Pedersen moved up to fifth. Two laps later, after closely trailing Jacob Able, Frost made his move around the Abel Motorsports driver and took over the seventh position and set his sight on the next driver ahead. Meanwhile, Linus Lundqvist was repeatedly chased down, but he kept his focus ahead to maintain the lead. With the first ten laps complete, Lundqvist continued to set the fastest laps in the field.

Over the next ten laps, the positions remained unchanged for HMD Motorsports while the drivers continued to look for openings to move up through the field. On lap 19, Roe was running in tenth when he suffered a mechanical failure and lost power – forcing him to retire in the pits. With eleven laps remaining in the 35-lap race, while Lundqvist continued to extend his lead to over 6.5-seconds, Pedersen and Frost were engaged in a four-way battle for fifth as the drivers closely trailed each other ready to make a pass.

The final ten laps on the Indy Lights race quickly switched up the positions throughout the field. As Benjamin Pedersen attempted to hold off a pass from Christian Rasmussen, he locked up his rear wheels and was unable to complete the turn and ended up in the tire barriers. Pedersen was able to continue but lost three positions and moved into eighth while Danial Frost moved up into sixth. With two laps remaining, Frost was looking to the inside of Abel to make a pass, but the two drivers made contact. With right-front suspension damage, Frost was able to limp his was around the course but finished the race in tenth.

Both Christian Bogle and Kyffin Simpson – who started the race in eleventh and twelfth – stayed out of trouble in the chaotic race, quietly moving forward. Both drivers were the most improved in the race each gaining four positions to finish in seventh and eighth.

With Linus Lundqvist’s dominating win, he now is up to a 95-point lead in the championship after claiming five wins and two additional podiums.

Indy Lights and HMD Motorsports will next hit the track this Friday at World Wide Technology Raceway for a series test in preparation for the oval event in two weeks, August 19-20.

Please be sure to follow HMD Motorsports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching @HMDMotorsports. For more information on HMD Motorsports visit HMDMotorsports.com or email [email protected] To stay up to date with Global Racing Group, follow @GlobalRacingGroup on Instagram and @GRGInfo on Twitter and Facebook or visit GlobalRacingGroup.com.

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HMD MOTORSPORTS SET FOR INAUGURAL INDY LIGHTS MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX

Bringing their NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires programs together again, HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing is heading south to the Music City this weekend to race through the Streets of Nashville, Tennessee, and Nissan Stadium. After a successful inaugural event for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2021, Indy Lights has now been added to the schedule for the Music City Grand Prix.

As a brand-new addition to the Indy Lights schedule, drivers will utilize every minute of track time to learn the curves and bumps of the 11-turn street circuit that winds its way through parking lots, the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge and into the streets of downtown Nashville. Utilizing the relationship between HMD Motorsports and Dale Coyne Racing, drivers have been able to prepare for the event with the 2021 footage and data from Dale Coyne Racing.

Yesterday, the team announced the addition of James Roes to the HMD Motorsports crew in the #11 entry alongside Linus Lundqvist, Danial Frost, Christian Bogle, Benjamin Pedersen (Global Racing Group with HMD) and Kyffin Simpson.

While street races can pose a challenging task for many drivers, the HMD Motorsports team of drivers have all found success in street races this season with five of the six drivers earning or matching their career-best Indy Lights results on one of the three previous street races this season.

In the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, David Malukas and Dale Coyne Racing struggled in the first two street races in St. Petersburg and Long Beach. As the season has progressed however, Malukas has been able to put his rookie mistakes behind him and finished eleventh at the Detroit Grand Prix street circuit. Now with a continually developing confidence, Malukas is ready to become a challenging contender in the Streets of Nashville this weekend.

In a city known for music, food and good times, the Music City Grand Prix will set the scene for a weekend-long festival with HMD Motorsports hitting the track nine times over the tree-day event.

Nashville’s Music City Grand Prix Weekend Schedule *all times ET
Friday, August 5
3:00pm – 3:50pm          Practice 1         Indy Lights
4:15pm – 5:30pm          Practice 1          INDYCAR

Saturday, August 6
11:15am – 11:55am      Practice 2         Indy Lights
12:15pm – 1:15pm        Practice 2         INDYCAR
3:40pm – 4:00pm          Qualifying         Indy Lights
4:30pm – 5:45pm          Qualifying         INDYCAR

Sunday, August 7
10:15am – 10:45am      Warmup           INDYCAR
1:00pm – 2:05 pm         Race                 Indy Lights
3:00pm – 6:00pm          Race                 INDYCAR

How To Watch – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
All 2022 Indy Lights races will be available on Peacock Premium in the United States, REV TV in Canada and ESPN – Star+ in Latin America and Brazil. For fans outside of those areas, Indy Lights races will be available through the new INDYCAR Live! streaming platform.  INDYCAR Live! will also feature every practice and qualifying session worldwide. The award-winning INDYCAR Radio Network also will provide coverage of all Indy Lights sessions alongside the INDYCAR App Powered by NTT DATA.

INDYCAR Live! – Indy Lights https://www.indycar.com/IndyLights/OTT/IL-stream

How To Watch – NTT INDYCAR SERIES
All practice and qualifying sessions for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are available for streaming on Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Live! Watch the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix live on Peacock Premium and NBC. For all sessions, tune in to the INDYCAR Radio Network. For more information on international broadcasts, visit https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international.

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JAMES ROE JOINS HMD MOTORSPORTS FOR THE MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX

Only two weeks after expanding to six entries in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship, HMD Motorsports has added James Roe to the HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing family for the upcoming Indy Lights Music City Grand Prix this weekend, August 5-7. Piloting the #11 entry, Roe will take on the temporary street circuit in downtown Nashville.

After the departure of another driver from the team, Roe will be slotting into the #11 Topcon Positioning Systems, CES Power, and Trintech branded HMD Motorsports entry. Roe has competed in the nine previous Indy Lights races this season and has earned a pair of seventh-place finishes at both the Detroit Grand Prix and Road America.

“I am extremely excited to be joining HMD this coming weekend. It is a great opportunity for me to immerse myself in their championship caliber Indy Lights program,” explained James Roe. “I’d like to thank Henry Malukas and Global Racing Group for their assistance throughout the past week along with my partners and supporters.”

Set to hit the track on Friday afternoon, Roe will look to get up to speed quickly as he joins a six-driver program and has a lot of experience around him. Roe looks forward to taking advantage of every opportunity to better himself, gain experience and knowledge and reset his best results in the ongoing 2022 season.

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HMD MOTORSPORTS PUTS IOWA BEHIND THEM AND FOCUSES FORWARD TO NASHVILLE

While the NTT INDYCAR SERIES team of Dale Coyne Racing with HDM Motorsports flourished with rookie driver David Malukas, HMD Motorsport’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires team struggled this past weekend at Iowa Speedway. In a rare event, after leading the Driver Championship with Linus Lundqvist and claiming five wins and ten podiums so far this season, HMD Motorsports walked away from Iowa Speedway without placing a driver on the podium,

Iowa Speedway was added back to the Indy Lights schedule this season after a three-year hiatus, making the track not only new to the current Indy Lights drivers, but also to HMD Motorsports as a team and with only one practice session on the schedule for the weekend, drivers were expected to quickly acclimate to the track. While Lundqvist topped the charts in practice, the remaining HMD drivers finished in the back half of the field.

When qualifying came around on Saturday morning, HMD Motorsports showed improvement through their lineup with Lundqvist qualifying on the front row, Danial Frost on the second and Christian Bogle earning his best qualifying position of seventh. After determining that Benjamin Pedersen’s engine was down on power – and without enough time for an engine change – Pedersen qualified in ninth. In his first weekend with HMD Motorsports and his first ever oval, Kyffin Simpson qualified eleventh just ahead of his HMD teammate Antonio Serravalle.

In the race, HMD Motorsports faced multiple highs and lows throughout their six-car lineup. After starting from second, Linus Lundqvist put up a strong fight, eventually passing polesitter Hunter McElrea for the lead with twenty-six laps remaining. After leading the remainder of the race and being the first to cross the finish line, Lundqvist was handed a three-position post-race penalty for avoidable contact on the final lap, moving him to fourth in the official results. Frost, Pedersen, Bogle and Simpson all finished on the lead-lap of the 0.875-mile track in seventh, ninth, tenth and eleventh respectively. Antonio Serravalle finished two laps down in twelfth.

While the Indy Lights weekend did not go as planned, David Malukas in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES with Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports continued to impress after qualifying sixth and fourteenth for the double-header weekend. In the first race of the weekend on Saturday, Malukas and the team struggled to get the setup and strategy to work together, ultimately finishing in fourteenth. On Sunday however, after falling to sixteenth after a pit stop cycle, Malukas carved his way back to the front, setting up impressive passes over veteran drivers and series standouts. In the final five laps, Malukas made up three positions to finish in eighth – his best finish yet in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. After a strong weekend, Malukas also closed the points gap in the Rookie Championship to only four points behind the current leader, Christian Lundgaard.

HMD Motorsports will next be on track this weekend with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend, July 29-30, for the Gallagher Grand Prix. With one weekend off, the Indy Lights Championship will return to competition in two weeks alongside INDYCAR for the Music City Grand Prix in the Streets of Nashville.

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HMD MOTORSPORTS WITH DALE COYNE RACING BRINGS SIX DRIVERS TO IOWA SPEEDWAY

HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing is headed to Iowa Speedway this weekend, July 22-24. With both the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES competing back-to-back once again, HMD Motorsports will enter three races between the two series with Indy Lights racing on Saturday and INDYCAR completing their only double-header weekend of the year with races on both Saturday and Sunday.

Announced earlier this week, HMD Motorsports will be entering six Indy Lights drivers for the first time with the addition of Kyffin Simpson, who will be joining Linus Lundqvist, Danial Frost, Benjamin Pedersen (Global Racing Group with HMD), Christian Bogle, and Antonio Serravalle.

As this first of two oval events this season, HMD Motorsports has a leg up over the competition as five of the seven drivers to ever race on an oval in Indy Lights are with HMD Motorsports. Last season, HMD had a clean sweep as David Malukas won both oval events of the season. Benjamin Pedersen also finished on the podium in both oval races. Prior to this weekend, HMD Motorsports also took part in the series test at Iowa Speedway four weeks ago.

As the Indy Lights season carries on, HMD Motorsports and Linus Lundqvist maintain a substantial 87-point lead in the Drivers’ Championship.

Part of a full festival weekend, Indy Lights will take to the track between the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and concerts by Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line on Saturday. With only three on-track sessions, the Indy Lights drivers will have to get up-to-speed quickly with only one 50-minute practice session on Friday prior to qualifying on Saturday morning and the 75-lap race Saturday afternoon.

David Malukas will also be running his #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES double-header weekend. As the third oval event weekend, Malukas has proven to be a strong oval racer with finishes of eleventh and sixteenth at the two previous events and was fast in nearly every Indianapolis 500 on track session.

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES will complete one practice session on Friday with qualifying on Saturday morning. The HyVeeDeals.com 250 will take place on Saturday afternoon with the Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 on Sunday.

Iowa Speedway Weekend Schedule *all times ET
Friday, July 22
3:15pm – 4:05pm          Practice            Indy Lights
4:30pm – 6:00pm          Practice            INDYCAR

Saturday, July 23
9:30am – 10:00am        Qualifying         Indy Lights
10:30am – 11:45am      Qualifying         INDYCAR
12:10pm – 1:30pm        Race – 75 laps   Indy Lights
4:00pm – 6:00pm          Race – 250 laps INDYCAR

Sunday, July 24
3:00pm – 6:00pm          Race – 300 laps INDYCAR

How To Watch – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
All 2022 Indy Lights races will be available on Peacock Premium in the United States, REV TV in Canada and ESPN – Star+ in Latin America and Brazil. For fans outside of those areas, Indy Lights races will be available through the new INDYCAR Live! streaming platform.  INDYCAR Live! will also feature every practice and qualifying session worldwide. The award-winning INDYCAR Radio Network also will provide coverage of all Indy Lights sessions alongside the INDYCAR App Powered by NTT DATA.

INDYCAR Live! – Indy Lights https://www.indycar.com/IndyLights/OTT/IL-stream

How To Watch – NTT INDYCAR SERIES
All practice and qualifying sessions for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are available for streaming on Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Live! Watch the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix live on Peacock Premium and NBC. For all sessions, tune in to the INDYCAR Radio Network. For more information on international broadcasts, visit https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international.

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KYFFIN SIMPSON JOINS CHAMPIONSHIP LEADING HMD MOTORSPORTS PROGRAM

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.

Please be sure to follow HMD Motorsports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching @HMDMotorsports. For more information on HMD Motorsports visit HMDMotorsports.com or email [email protected]

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HMD MOTORSPORTS EXTENDS CHAMPIONSHIP POINT LEAD WITH LINUS LUNDQVIST

This past weekend was one of the events of the year HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing was not looking forward to in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship. In the past, the sophomore team has struggled at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and this year proved to be difficult, but a step in the right direction. However, while the early sessions of the weekend did not go as planned, the team is still able to look back at the positives of the event.

In the two practice sessions that started the weekend, HMD never placed a driver higher than fourth. In qualifying, however, the team was able to find some speed as Linus Lundqvist qualified on the front row in second, closely followed by his teammate, Benjamin Pedersen in third.  The remaining HMD drivers qualified eighth, ninth and tenth with Antonio Serravalle, Danial Frost and Christian Bogle.

After improving their speed in qualifying, HMD Motorsports was ready to take on the Sunday morning race, just prior to the NTT INDYCAR Series event. However, the day immediately began to crumble as the team was hit with an engine failure that was out of their control – for the second event in a row – as Danial Frost lost power on the second lap and was forced to retire from the race. As the front of the field began to space out, Lundqvist kept his head down as he continually tried to chase down the leaders from third. After a hard-fought weekend, Lundqvist managed to fight his way to a podium, finishing in third but extending his overall championship point lead.

Benjamin Pedersen found himself in multiple battles for fourth but was able to defend in the opening half of the race. Towards the end, with less than ten laps remaining, Pedersen was shuffled back into fifth, but ultimately finished the race in sixth after getting caught up in an incident and loss of momentum in the final corner.

Antonio Serravalle and Christian Bogle both ran clean races, and, after being involved in multiple battles with each other and other drivers on track, they were both able to defend their positions to finish with Christian Bogle in seventh and Antonio Serravalle in eighth as both drivers continue to show improvement with each passing weekend.

Leaving Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Linus Lundqvist maintains his Championship lead by 87 points as the series will return to the Indy Lights Championship in two weeks for the first oval event of the season at the Iowa Speedway, July 22-23.

Please be sure to follow HMD Motorsports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching @HMDMotorsports. For more information on HMD Motorsports visit HMDMotorsports.com or email [email protected] To stay up to date with Global Racing Group, follow @GlobalRacingGroup on Instagram and @GRGInfo on Twitter and Facebook or visit GlobalRacingGroup.com.

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HMD MOTORSPORTS SET TO TACKLE THE MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE

With seven rounds complete, the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship has reached the halfway point of the 2022 season. So far this year, HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing and Global Racing Group has racked up five wins, nine podiums and five pole positions in a dominating streak. Heading into the second half of the season, HMD currently leads both the Team Championship and Driver Championship with Linus Lundqvist easily in the lead. HMD also has three drivers in the top-four positions with Benjamin Pedersen in third and Danial Frost in fourth.

With six weekends and seven races remaining in the championship, HMD is focused on racking up more wins, podiums and best result finishes between their five-drive lineup of Lundqvist, Pedersen, Frost, Antonio Serravalle and Christian Bogle.

The series will kick off the second half of the season this weekend, July 1-3, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in a single-event weekend alongside the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and the entire Road to Indy. As part of HMD’s in-season testing schedule, all five drivers participated in a team test at the track back in May and are confident heading into the weekend. Taking place on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn course, HMD has had numerous podium results at the track in the past few years and is coming in to the weekend strong and more prepared than ever before.

Alongside the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Indy Lights will take to the circuit four times this weekend with one practice session on Friday, followed by practice two and qualifying on Saturday in preparation for the 35-lap race on Sunday.

Mid-Ohio Weekend Schedule *all times EDT
Friday, July 1
2:30pm – 3:10pm          Practice 1         Indy Lights
3:30pm – 4:45pm          Practice 1         INDYCAR

Saturday, July 2
8:35am – 9:15am          Practice 2         Indy Lights
9:30am – 10:30am        Practice 2         INDYCAR
1:45pm – 2:05pm          Qualifying         Indy Lights
2:45pm – 4:00pm          Qualifying         INDYCAR

Sunday, July 3
9:45am – 10:15am        Warm Up          INDYCAR
10:35am – 11:35am      Race – 35 laps   Indy Lights
12:30pm – 2:30pm        Race – 80 laps   INDYCAR

How To Watch – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
All 2022 Indy Lights races will be available on Peacock Premium in the United States, REV TV in Canada and ESPN – Star+ in Latin America and Brazil. For fans outside of those areas, Indy Lights races will be available through the new INDYCAR Live! streaming platform.  INDYCAR Live! will also feature every practice and qualifying session worldwide. The award-winning INDYCAR Radio Network also will provide coverage of all Indy Lights sessions alongside the INDYCAR App Powered by NTT DATA.

INDYCAR Live! – Indy Lights https://www.indycar.com/IndyLights/OTT/IL-stream

 How To Watch – NTT INDYCAR SERIES
All practice and qualifying sessions for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are available for streaming on Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Live! Watch the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix live on Peacock Premium and NBC. For all sessions, tune in to the INDYCAR Radio Network. For more information on international broadcasts, visit https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international.

INDCYAR Live! – NTT INDYCAR SERIES https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/stream

 Please be sure to follow HMD Motorsports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching @HMDMotorsports. For more information on HMD Motorsports visit HMDMotorsports.com or email [email protected] To stay up to date with Global Racing Group, follow @GlobalRacingGroup on Instagram and @GRGInfo on Twitter and Facebook or visit GlobalRacingGroup.com.

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DISAPPOINTING WEEKEND FOR HMD MOTORSPORTS AT ROAD AMERICA

HMD Motorsports had a weekend to forget at Road America. After finishing with Linus Lundqvist, Danial Frost and Benjamin Pedersen in the top-three in the opening practice session and Christian Bogle and Antonio Serravalle topping the charts in practice two, HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing looked to be unbeatable on the four-mile natural terrain road course. In qualifying however, results proved hard to come by as fifth, sixth, seventh, eleventh and twelfth would be the starting positions for drivers during the single race weekend.

In the opening lap of the Indy Lights Grand Prix at Road America, drivers throughout the field scrambled to make up positions. Christian Bogle had a strong start, moving up two positions into ninth while Danial Frost battled up into seventh. After another driver went off course and a caution was brought out during the first lap, two laps later the race restarted as Benjamin Pedersen moved up into fourth. Another two laps later, Antonio Serravalle suffered from a sudden mechanical engine failure at no fault of the team or driver. As the car became engulfed in smoke, Serravalle was able to pull his car off the track and safely get out of the car, bringing out the second caution of the race. As the race went green again, tragedy struck the HMD team for the second time as Christian Bogle drove over the curbing in turn five and his car was launched into the catch fence and a red flag was brought out.

While Bogle was able to exit the car on his own and was checked, cleared, and released from the medical center, the fencing received heavy damage and the remaining ten laps of the Indy Lights race were postponed until later in the day after the conclusion of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race.

A few hours later, the Indy Lights field took the green flag for the second time of the day with ten laps remaining. With two drivers already out of the race, HMD Motorsports turned all their attention to the remaining three drivers. At the restart, Frost was positioned in fifth, followed by Pedersen in seventh and Lundqvist in eighth. In the first half of the race, Pedersen sustained damage to his car and red flag rules dictated that the crew was unable to work on the repairs during the break. Pedersen started his race from pit lane as the crew scrambled to repair the car after the green flag, despite other teams being granted permission to make changes to their cars prior to the end of the red flag period. On track, Danial Frost worked his way up to fourth before driving off course and falling back to eighth. At the same time, Lundqvist was able to get around Jacob Abel and quickly took over the fourth-place position.

For the remainder of the race, Benjamin Pedersen and Danial Frost held their eleventh and eighth place positions. Linus Lundqvist spent the remaining eight laps working hard to get around Hunter McElrea for the final podium position, and after multiple side-by-side attempts, Lundqvist was unable to complete the pass and had to settle for a fourth-place finish.

With a podium position out of the picture for HMD Motorsports, attention was focused on earning as many points as possible for the three drivers who are still in championship contention. Leaving Road America, Linus Lundqvist was able to maintain a strong lead with Benjamin Pedersen in third followed closely by Danial Frost in fourth.

“It was not the weekend we wanted,” explained General Manager Mike Maurini. “It is our first real tough weekend of the year and that will always happen in motorsports. We will shift our focus to the next one and look to rebound at Mid-Ohio.”

Road America marked the halfway point of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship. The series will return in three weeks at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course during the Fourth of July weekend, July 1-3.

Please be sure to follow HMD Motorsports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching @HMDMotorsports. For more information on HMD Motorsports visit HMDMotorsports.com or email [email protected] To stay up to date with Global Racing Group, follow @GlobalRacingGroup on Instagram and @GRGInfo on Twitter and Facebook or visit GlobalRacingGroup.com.

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HMD MOTORSPORTS EARNS TWO POLE POSITIONS, TWO WINS, THREE PODIUMS AND MULTIPLE TOP-FIVE RESULTS IN DETROIT

In typical HMD Motorsports fashion, the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires team continued their dominating season this past weekend at the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle. Coming off back-to-back wins in Indianapolis, the team was ready for another winning sweep at the double-header weekend.

After one practice session, the team entered a new qualifying format with the session divided into two parts to set the grid for each race. In qualifying one, HMD Motorsports came in strong with Linus Lundqvist claiming pole, followed by Benjamin Pedersen in second and Danial Frost in fourth. Christian Bogle qualified the twelfth position while Antonio Serravalle claimed thirteenth. Five minutes later, the second qualifying stint was underway and the front of the field remained unchanged. While Lundqvist again claimed the pole position, the rest of the team qualified seventh, eighth and twelfth. Benjamin Pedersen was on track for a front-row qualifying finish, but suffering from a mechanical failure with a broken half shaft and causing a red flag, he was penalized his fastest two laps and was classified in P13.

On a track with a history of drivers making contact with the close cement walls, all five HMD Motorsports drivers ran steady in the first race of the weekend. While the rest of the field struggled around the 14-turn course, all five drivers held their line and worked their way to the front. After starting from first and second, Lundqvist and Pedersen continued to pull ahead through the 25-laps race to finish on the top two steps of the podium. With less than ten laps to go, Danial Frost moved into the third position. With two laps to go, and HMD Motorsports looking to claim their first podium sweep of the season, Frost suffered from a broken half shaft, the team’s second on the weekend.  Christian Bogle navigated his way through the carnage of the race and kept his focus on moving forward to claim a career-best fourth place finish while in a battle for the final podium position. Antonio Serravalle, in his second weekend with the team, matched his best finish of sixth.

After a strong race one, HMD Motorsports was eager to see what they could accomplish. Suffering from two sudden and identical mechanical failures over the weekend, HDM Motorsports proactively replaced the half shafts on all five entries prior to race two. With four of the five drivers starting further back in the field, they would have to focus forward and move their way up. Linus Lundqvist had yet another near-perfect race and went on to claim yet another win – his fourth of the season. After enduring a DNF the day before, Danial Frost turned his focus to gaining as many points toward the championship as he could. Gaining two positions, Frost finished in fifth. Benjamin Pedersen was the biggest mover of the race. After gaining an impressive seven positions, Pedersen finished in sixth behind his teammate. Antonio Serravalle drove another clean race for an eighth-place finish. Coming off a strong race one, Christian Bogle’s weekend came to an unfortunate end after making contact with the wall.

In the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports driver David Malukas had his strongest street course weekend of the season. Quick in practice, Malukas and the DCR w/ HMD crew were confident heading into qualifying. All season, Malukas has been unable to move out of the first qualifying round. This weekend, however, Malukas set the fastest time in round one, the second fastest time in round two and moved up into the Firestone Fast Six where he qualified sixth for the Detroit Grand Prix. Heading into the race, tire wear was known to be the biggest factor when it came to race strategy. With multiple strategies at play throughout the field, Malukas was fast, but unable to work his way up through the field. At the end of the 70-lap race, Malukas finished the race in eleventh, matching his best result and as the highest-finishing rookie. While strategy did not play out in his favor, Malukas put his speed on display as he set the fastest lap of the race.

After a strong weekend for HMD Motorsports in both the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, focus will now quickly shift to the next event. This weekend will host the next round of both series in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin at Road America. After a swift turnaround, HMD Motorsports will hope to carry their momentum into the next event. As both series begin to near the half-way point of the season, driver, team, and rookie championships are beginning to become the focus.

Returning to the single-race format this weekend, both series will see the green flag for the Grand Prix at Road America this Sunday, June 12 with the Indy Lights race beginning at 10:35 AM ET followed immediately by the NTT INDYCAR SERIES at 12:30 PM ET.

Detroit Grand Prix Weekend Schedule *all times EDT
Friday, June 10
3:15 PM – 4:10 PM        Practice 1         Indy Lights
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM        Practice 1         INDYCAR

Saturday, June 11
9:45 AM – 10:25 AM     Practice 2         Indy Lights
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM   Practice 2         INDYCAR
1:00 PM – 1:20 PM        Qualifying         Indy Lights
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM        Qualifying         INDYCAR
5:20 PM – 5:50 PM        Final Practice    INDYCAR 

Sunday, June 12
10:35 AM                     Race                 Indy Lights
12:30 PM                      Race                 INDYCAR

How To Watch – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
All 2022 Indy Lights races will be available on Peacock Premium in the United States, REV TV in Canada and ESPN – Star+ in Latin America and Brazil. For fans outside of those areas, Indy Lights races will be available through the new INDYCAR Live! streaming platform.  INDYCAR Live! will also feature every practice and qualifying session worldwide. The award-winning INDYCAR Radio Network also will provide coverage of all Indy Lights sessions alongside the INDYCAR App Powered by NTT DATA.

INDYCAR Live! – Indy Lights https://www.indycar.com/IndyLights/OTT/IL-stream 

How To Watch – NTT INDYCAR SERIES
All practice and qualifying sessions for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are available for streaming on Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Live! Watch the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix live on Peacock Premium and NBC. For all sessions, tune in to the INDYCAR Radio Network. For more information on international broadcasts, visit https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international.

INDCYAR Live! – NTT INDYCAR SERIES https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/stream

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HMD MOTORSPORTS BRINGS DRIVER AND TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP POINT LEAD TO DETROIT

While the attention of HMD Motorsports turned to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES over the past three weeks for the 106th Indianapolis 500, the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship is back in full swing this weekend on the streets of Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan. Returning with a five-car lineup, HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing will bring Christian Bogle, Danial Frost, Linus Lundqvist and Antonio Serravalle while Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports will enter Benjamin Pedersen.

Throughout the talented field, only six drivers competed on the Belle Isle circuit last season, including all five HMD Motorsports drivers, giving the team a head start to the weekend. In 2021, HMD Motorsports claimed three podiums over the course of the weekend.

Linus Lundqvist walked away last year with double-podiums after finishing second in both races. This season, Lundqvist has claimed two wins and currently leads the championship ahead of teammate Danial Frost. Coming off his first Indy Lights win in the last race, Frost is hoping to carry that momentum into the double header weekend.

Heading in to his second event weekend with the team, Antonio Serravalle will look to continue his improvement after a career-best sixth place finish three weeks ago. Also looking to continue improving will be series sophomore Christian Bogle. After successfully working with a new engineer at the Indy Grand Prix, Christian Bogle is on track to continue improving throughout the weekend.

Benjamin Pedersen, with two second-place finishes so far this season, is focused on claiming his first win in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship.

Coming off a fast Month of May at the Indianapolis 500, NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver David Malukas is ready to take on the weekend in his #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports entry.

Alongside the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Indy Lights will take to the 13-turn circuit four times this weekend with one practice session on Friday, followed by Qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday and Race 2 on Sunday.

Detroit Grand Prix Weekend Schedule *all times EDT
Friday, June 3
2:25 PM – 3:15 PM        Practice            Indy Lights
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM        Practice 1         INDYCAR

Saturday, June 4
7:45 AM – 8:15 PM       Qualifying         Indy Lights
8:30 PM = 9:30 PM        Practice 2         INDYCAR
11:25 AM – 12:25 PM    Race 1              Indy Lights        25 laps
12:35 PM – 1:50 PM      Qualifying         INDYCAR

Sunday, June 5
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM   Warmup           INDYCAR
12:05 PM – 1:20 PM      Race 2              Indy Lights        30 laps
3:45 PM                        Race                 INDYCAR           70 laps

How To Watch – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
All 2022 Indy Lights races will be available on Peacock Premium in the United States, REV TV in Canada and ESPN – Star+ in Latin America and Brazil. For fans outside of those areas, Indy Lights races will be available through the new INDYCAR Live! streaming platform.  INDYCAR Live! will also feature every practice and qualifying session worldwide. The award-winning INDYCAR Radio Network also will provide coverage of all Indy Lights sessions alongside the INDYCAR App Powered by NTT DATA.

INDYCAR Live! – Indy Lights https://www.indycar.com/IndyLights/OTT/IL-stream

How To Watch – NTT INDYCAR SERIES
All practice and qualifying sessions for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are available for streaming on Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Live! Watch the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix live on Peacock Premium and NBC. For all sessions, tune in to the INDYCAR Radio Network. For more information on international broadcasts, visit https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international.

INDCYAR Live! – NTT INDYCAR SERIES https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/stream

Please be sure to follow HMD Motorsports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching @HMDMotorsports. For more information on HMD Motorsports visit HMDMotorsports.com or email [email protected] To stay up to date with Global Racing Group, follow @GlobalRacingGroup on Instagram and @GRGInfo on Twitter and Facebook or visit GlobalRacingGroup.com.

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HMD WINS TWICE AT THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing kicked off the Month of May this past weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indy Lights Grand Prix of Indianapolis doubleheader weekend in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and the GMR Grand Prix in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES with David Malukas. Last year, the HMD Indy Lights team swept the weekend in Indianapolis with a win from both returning Indy Lights driver Linus Lundqvist and now NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver David Malukas. And, after completing a test day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway one month ago, HMD was confident heading into the weekend.

In a short weekend, the Indy Lights field had four on-track sessions, including two races, over the course of two days. The weekend began on Friday with one practice leading up to the only qualifying session. With two races on the schedule, the grid for both races were set over the course of thirty minutes with drivers’ fastest lap determining the starting lineup for race one and their second fastest lap determining the starting lineup for race two.

HMD Motorsports drivers were consistent in their lap times and started both races in nearly identical positions. Linus Lundqvist topped the charts, claiming pole position for both races. Danial Frost earned a fourth place starting position for race one and sixth for race two. Behind Frost, Benjamin Pedersen and Antonio Serravalle started both races side-by-side in seventh and eighth. Christian Bogle began both races just outside the top-ten in eleventh.

The weekend continued with race one on Friday evening. Heading into turn one, HMD Motorsports drivers put their talent on display with strong starts from all five drivers. While Linus Lundqvist maintained his lead, Danial Frost put up a strong battle to maintain his fourth-place position while Benjamin Pedersen moved up two positions into fifth. A few laps later, in a battle for the lead, Lundqvist and a fellow competitor made contact and dropped to the rear of the field after both drivers entered the pits briefly. Frost and Pedersen moved up into second and third for the restart on lap eight.  One lap later, Frost was able to make a move while setting up for turn one and took the lead. After a battle to maintain, Frost was eventually able to pull away with the lead from the rest of the field. A few laps later, while in a battle for third, another incident from the round one winner collected an HMD driver as he locked up and made contact with Benjamin Pedersen – sending both drivers to the back of the pack allowing Antonio Serravalle and Christian Bogle to move up into fourth and fifth respectively.

In the second half of the race, Linus Lundqvist steadily worked his way back up through the field, eventually moving into the fifth position by the end of the race. While Lundqvist and Pedersen both experienced hardship during the race, Frost, Serravalle and Bogle excelled. After finishing on the podium multiple times in the past two seasons, Danial Frost claimed his first career Indy Lights win. In his first weekend with the team, Antonio Serravalle matched his career-best result of sixth and Christian Bogle matched his best result of seventh.

The next day, with weather looming in the forecast, the start of the second Indy Lights race was moved up thirty minutes in an effort to complete the race. Again starting from pole, Linus Lundqvist held his position at the start while the rest of the field scrambled behind him. Going four-wide into the first turn, Danial Frost was able to move up into fifth. Over the next twelve laps, the field remained relatively unchanged with a couple of positions gained and lost towards the back of the field. On lap thirteen, with clear skies ahead, the race was red flagged due to lightning quickly moving into the area. With more than twenty laps remaining, the Indy Lights race was set to resume after the NTT INDYCAR SERIES GMR Grand Prix.

Nearly six hours later, the Indy Lights field headed out to finish their second race of the weekend. On a wet track, chaos ensued. While Lundqvist maintained his lead, Danial Frost and a fellow competitor made contact going into turn one. While Frost damaged his front wing, he was able to continue for the remainder of the race. At the same time, Christian Bogle spun on the slick track and a full course yellow came out while Bogle’s car was pulled from the gravel and restarted. At the restart, Lundqvist continued to lead with Frost in third and Pedersen in fifth. A few laps later, another caution was called for two separate on-track incidents and Pedersen moved up to fourth. Back to green, Pedersen moved into podium contention and began to battle for second while Frost began to struggle due to his early race nose damage. At the end of the thirty-five lap race, Lundqvist walked away with his second win at Indianapolis and second win this season.

In the NTT INDCYAR SERIES, David Malukas in the Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports entry struggled to find pace through the weekend. After qualifying 24th, Malukas kept his head down and was able to avoid trouble in the caution-filled race. Continuing to work his way through the field, Malukas finished the race in twelfth – his best finish on a road and street course to date.

With yet another strong weekend in the books, HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing left Indianapolis Motor Speedway with two wins for the second year in a row.

The next Indy Lights race weekend will take place in Belle Isle, Detroit, Michigan in three weeks. In the meantime, David Malukas and Dale Coyne Racing will make their Indianapolis 500 debut over the course of the next two weeks.

HMD Motorsports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching @HMDMotorsports. For more information on HMD Motorsports visit HMDMotorsports.com or email [email protected] To stay up to date with Global Racing Group, follow @GlobalRacingGroup on Instagram and @GRGInfo on Twitter and Facebook or visit GlobalRacingGroup.com.

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HMD MOTORSPORTS LEADS TEAM AND DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIPS HEADING INTO INDY

HMD Motorsports is gearing up for the first double-header event of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship this weekend, May 13-14, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indy Lights Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Over the course of only two days, the Indy Lights drivers will take to the track four times in a jampacked weekend at the famed venue. Last season, HMD Motorsports swept the top step of the podium winning both races with Linus Lundqvist and David Malukas.

Continuing with five entries in the series, HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne racing has added Antonio Serravalle to the team in place of Manuel Sulaiman, who was with the team at the two previous rounds. No stranger to the series, Serravalle has competed in Indy Lights the past two seasons but will be making his race-weekend debut with the team this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the #11 entry. In preparation for the upcoming event, Serravalle tested with the team this past week at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Couse and quickly improved his pace, catching up with his new HMD Motorsports teammates.

After a strong start to the season, HMD Motorsports drivers are looking to make this a weekend of firsts. Danial Frost just missed out on a podium finish in Alabama and is hoping to get his first podium of the season. Benjamin Pedersen, who already has two podiums this season and six podiums last year, is still looking for his first Indy Lights win.

Linus Lundqvist is eager to return to the Speedway after claiming a win at the venue last year. Lundqvist is on a roll so far this season and is currently leading the championship after claiming a win at Barber Motorsports Park and a third-place finish at the season opener in St. Petersburg.

Since joining HMD Motorsports this season, Christian Bogle has continued to improve. Last month, HMD entered a series test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Bogle continued to close the gap to his teammates and is now in a place to battle for positions.

NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver David Malukas will be kicking off his first full Month of May as he gears up for his rookie Indianapolis 500 with Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports. Last year in Indy Lights, Malukas finished first and second in the pair of races held on the road course.

This weekend, Indy Lights will lead the NTT INDYCAR Series through the weekend, with both series completing practice and qualifying on Friday. Indy Lights will see their first race of the weekend on Friday evening. Saturday will see both series back on track for one race each.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix Weekend Schedule *all times EDT

Friday, May 13
9:30am – 10:30am Practice 1 INDYCAR
10:45am -11:30am Practice 1 Indy Lights
11:15am – 12:00pm Autographs INDYCAR Fan Village
12:30pm – 1:00pm Autographs Indy Lights Fan Village
12:45pm – 1:45pm Practice 2 INDYCAR
2:00pm – 2:30pm Qualifying Indy Lights
4:00pm – 5:15pm Qualifying INDYCAR
5:30pm Race 1 Indy Lights 35 laps or 55 minutes
Saturday, May 14
10:30am – 11:00am Warm-Up INDYCAR
1:25pm Race 2 Indy Lights 35 laps or 55 minutes
3:34pm Race INDYCAR 85 laps

How To Watch – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
All 2022 Indy Lights races will be available on Peacock Premium in the United States, REV TV in Canada and ESPN – Star+ in Latin America and Brazil. For fans outside of those areas, Indy Lights races will be available through the new INDYCAR Live! streaming platform.  INDYCAR Live! will also feature every practice and qualifying session worldwide. The award-winning INDYCAR Radio Network also will provide coverage of all Indy Lights sessions alongside the INDYCAR App Powered by NTT DATA.

INDYCAR Live! – Indy Lights https://www.indycar.com/IndyLights/OTT/IL-stream

How To Watch – NTT INDYCAR SERIES
All practice and qualifying sessions for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are available for streaming on Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Live! Watch the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama live on Peacock Premium and NBC. For all sessions, tune in to the INDYCAR Radio Network. For more information on international broadcasts, visit https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international.

INDCYAR Live! – NTT INDYCAR SERIES https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/stream

 Please be sure to follow HMD Motorsports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching @HMDMotorsports. For more information on HMD Motorsports visit HMDMotorsports.com or email [email protected] To stay up to date with Global Racing Group, follow @GlobalRacingGroup on Instagram and @GRGInfo on Twitter and Facebook or visit GlobalRacingGroup.com.

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ANTONIO SERRAVALLE JOINS HMD MOTORSPORTS IN INDIANAPOLIS

After completing the first two rounds of the 2022 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season with a different team, Antonio Serravalle is returning to the Indy Lights paddock this weekend with a new team – HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing. The Canadian driver will still carry the #11 on his HMD prepared entry as he joins Linus Lundqvist, Daniel Frost, Christian Bogle and Benjamin Pedersen (Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports) in the five car program.

“I would like to say a big thank you to Bill Abel, John Brunner, and everyone at Abel Motorsports for all the support and opportunities that they provided,” explained Antonio Serravalle. “For giving us a race-by-race program and not letting me miss any of the first two event weekends. I’m happy that there was an opportunity open where I can join HMD Motorsports, which is a highly successful and experienced team. I feel good after the test last week at Mid-Ohio and look forward to this weekend and the rest of the 2022 season.”

After claiming two top-ten finishes in the opening two rounds of the season, Serravalle is eager to work his way up through the field and in the standings. Last week, Serravalle joined HMD Motorsports at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for a team test, along with the four other HMD Motorsports entries, as well as five other Indy Lights drivers. In his first test with HMD, Serravalle finished the day in fifth after only a few hours of running.

While Serravalle did not start the season with HMD Motorsports, this is not the first time he has been linked with the team.  Serravalle was set to join HMD Motorsports for the 2020 Indy Lights season prior to the season being canceled. Leading up to the season, Serravalle and the team worked together at multiple test events.

With a new team behind him, Serravalle is getting a fresh start to the 2022 Indy Lights season and is anxious to hit the track this weekend for a doubleheader event weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The weekend will begin on Friday with practice, qualifying and race one. The second race of the weekend will take place on Saturday morning, before the NTT INDYCAR SERIES hits the track for the GRM Grand Prix.

Antonio Serravalle would like to give a huge thanks to HMD Motorsports, Dale Coyne Racing, LedgeMark Homes / livgreen, Tycoon Capital Limited, TriBrik, Camptech ll Circuits, Coshore, Ferrari & Associates, Scuderia Ferrari Club Canada, Med-Scan and Sabelt. Lookout for Serravalle on track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend, May 13-14.

For more information on Antonio Serravalle, please follow him on his social media pages by searching Antonio Serravalle or visit him online at www.AntonioSerravalle.com. For more information on Pserra Racing, please contact Peter Serravalle at 416.802.3033 or via email to [email protected]

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HMD MOTORSPORTS EARNS A ONE-TWO FINISH AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

This past weekend, HMD Motorsports took on the second round of the 2022 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship at Barber Motorsports Park. Returning to the sight of back-to-back wins in 2021, HMD Motorsports was eager to remain on top. Back with the team from the previous year, both Linus Lundqvist and Benjamin Pedersen visited the victory podium last season and were confident they could do it again.

The weekend began with the team of five drivers quickly showing their speed in the two practice sessions. Danial Frost topped the charts in both sessions while Lundqvist and Pedersen both finished second and third in each session.

In qualifying, the HMD lineup took their time to build speed, but at the end of the session, Lundqvist and Pedersen topped the charts to start the race from the front row with Lundqvist on pole. Frost, who had been fast all weekend, struggled in the thirty-minute session and qualified eighth behind his HMD teammate, Manuel Sulaiman. Christian Bogle was set to start from thirteenth.

As the weather began to change overnight, HMD Motorsports arrived at the track on Sunday morning with rain and lightning in the area. While the other series that morning were put on hold, the weather gave way just in time for the race to be only ten minutes behind schedule and was declared a wet race. HMD Motorsports was prepared, however, after previously testing in the rain at Barber Motorsports Park one week prior.

Leading the field, Lundqvist attacked in the rain and began to create a gap over Pedersen as the two HMD drivers pulled away from the rest of the field. Six laps into the race, Bogle had an off as he spun on the slick surface and into the gravel as the first caution of the race came out. Bogle was able to get going again and the race resumed two laps later.

Meanwhile, Manuel Sulaiman began working his way up, eventually moving into fifth. In a close battle with Christian Rasmussen, Sulaiman was hit from behind. While he was able to continue, he suffered from a bent suspension and began to fall back through the rest of the race to finish in tenth.

Danial Frost had speed all weekend but did not have a strong qualifying session. After staying out of trouble in the first half of the race, Frost got to work as the track began to dry and began to quickly work his way up from eighth to fourth. Entering the final laps, Frost was quickly gaining on his competitor for the final step of the podium but did not have enough time to make the pass for third before the checkered came out.

Still leading the field, Pedersen began to gain on Lundqvist in the late stages of the race. With two laps remaining, the two teammates continued to battle for the win, with the pair making slight contact coming out of the final corner on the last lap of the race. Crossing the checkers, Lundqvist led Pedersen by 0.1782-seconds and HMD Motorsports claimed the top two steps of the podium.

After a strong weekend, HMD Motorsports left Barber Motorsports Park leading the Team Championship and with Lundqvist and Pedersen leading the Driver’s Championship in first and second.

Over the next two weeks, HMD Motorsports will remain busy, heading straight into a test at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course later this week, followed by the next two rounds of the championship at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in two weeks.

Indy Lights Grand Prix of Alabama – Race Results

P1        Linus Lundqvist             HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing
P2        Benjamin Pedersen       Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports
P4        Danial Frost                  HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing
P10      Manuel Sulaiman         HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing
P14      Christian Bogle             HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing 

Indy Lights Presented By Cooper Tires – Driver Championship

 1          Linus Lundqvist
2          Benjamin Pedersen
5          Danial Frost
8          Manuel Sulaiman
12        Christian Bogle

Please be sure to follow HMD Motorsports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching @HMDMotorsports. For more information on HMD Motorsports visit HMDMotorsports.com or email [email protected] To stay up to date with Global Racing Group, follow @GlobalRacingGroup on Instagram and @GRGInfo on Twitter and Facebook or visit GlobalRacingGroup.com.

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