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Collet tops FP1 as Missig returns to Indy Nxt grid at Mid-Ohio

by Ida Wood

Photo: Chris Jones

HMD Motorsports’ Caio Collet topped Indy Nxt’s opening practice session at Mid-Ohio on Friday.

The 19-car field featured three Abel Motorsports-run cars, as Jordan Missig returned to the team’s line-up.

He debuted at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May, finishing 18th and 13th in the two races on the track’s road course, then retired in his next outing at Road America to currently sit 22nd in the standings.

Missig was 16th fastest on his series return, 1.0678 seconds off the pace of Collet who set a 1m11.439s to be fastest by 0.2474s over HMD’s Christian Brooks with his final lap of the session.

“This is the first weekend that we started quite well like that,” said Collet. “I think we always have been starting a little bit on the back foot comparing to Louis, and then we just play a little bit of catch-up during the weekend.

“I think we put in the work after Laguna. This is a track that we tested. I knew a little bit where to turn. So, that was quite nice. The car felt really, really good throughout the whole session, and hopefully we can keep going like this tomorrow.”

Andretti Global’s Louis Foster was just 0.0056s further back, and like the top two set his personal best time on his last lap.

HMD’s Reece Gold and Abel Motorsports’ Jacob Abel completed a top five covered by 0.4428s, and there were 13 drivers within a second of Collet.

Debuting this weekend is Jagger Jones, and the HMD driver was slowest of all as he lapped two seconds off the pace.

Free practice 1 results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Caio Collet HMD Motorsports 1m11.4390s 28
2 Christian Brooks HMD Motorsports 1m11.6864s +0.2474s 28
3 Louis Foster Andretti Global 1m11.6920s +0.2530s 25
4 Reece Gold HMD Motorsports 1m11.8076s +0.3686s 28
5 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1m11.8818s +0.4428s 25
6 Jamie Chadwick Andretti Global 1m11.9522s +0.5132s 28
7 Bryce Aron Andretti Global 1m11.9838s +0.5448s 27
8 Myles Rowe HMD Motorsports 1m11.9993s +0.5603s 29
9 Salvador de Alba Andretti Cape 1m12.1537s +0.7147s 27
10 Jonathan Browne HMD Motorsports 1m12.2719s +0.8329s 26
11 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Abel Motorsports 1m12.3203s +0.8813s 27
12 Josh Pierson HMD Motorsports 1m12.3335s +0.8945s 27
13 James Roe Jr Andretti Global 1m12.3615s +0.9225s 22
14 Christian Bogle HMD Motorsports 1m12.3831s +0.9441s 25
15 Callum Hedge HMD Motorsports 1m12.4835s +1.0445s 26
16 Jordan Missig Abel Motorsports 1m12.5068s +1.0678s 27
17 Nolan Allaer HMD Motorsports 1m12.6248s +1.1858s 27
18 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Racing 1m12.7945s +1.3555s 26
19 Jagger Jones HMD Motorsports 1m13.4537s +2.0147s 20