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Foster fastest again in Indy Nxt’s second St. Pete practice session

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Chris Owens

Louis Foster set the pace again in Indy Nxt’s second practice session in St. Petersburg. 

The Andretti Global driver’s benchmark laptime was a 1m04.7916s, which put him 0.1272 seconds ahead of Caio Collet in second place.

It was a busy track, with much of the running looking more like a race than practice. Despite the traffic, most of the field managed to avoid any incidents. However, there were two crashes that brought out red flags late in the session. 

The first came when Christian Bogle ran into the barriers at turn four after going side-by-side with Jack William Miller. Bogle damaged his front-left wheel, and FP2 was red flagged with seven-and-a-half minutes left on the clock. 

The track went green again with three minute to go. There was little drama until seconds before the session clock hit zero as Nolan Allaer hit the wall after turn nine, causing damage to the front and rear of his car and ending FP2 slightly early as red flags were required.

Before these two incidents, Foster and James Roe Jr had swapped places at the top of the order. Foster was comfortably fastest when he set his 1m04.7916s, with Foster unable to match his rate of improvement. 

Collet also briefly spent time at the top, then dropped down the order before jumping back up to second place shortly before the session-ending red flags.

Jacob Abel was third fastest, ahead of Josh Pierson and Jamie Chadwick. Nolan Siegel occupied sixth place, while Roe ha dropped to seventh by the end. Jonathan Browne, Miller, and Myles Rowe completed the top 10. 

A few other drivers also had problems. Yuven Sundaramoorthy came to a stop on the main straight just before the end, though he was able to get going again. Michael d’Orlando only managed eight laps before an issue with his engine brought an early end to his morning. Neither incident disrupted the session. 

Free practice 2 results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Louis Foster Andretti Global 1m04.7916s 23
2 Caio Collet HMD motorsport 1m04.9188s +0.1272s 29
3 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1m04.9898s +0.1982s 27
4 Josh Pierson HMD Motorsports 1m05.3076s +0.5160s 30
5 Jamie Chadwick Andretti Global 1m05.4205s +0.6289s 26
6 Nolan Sigel HMD Motorsports 1m05.4366s +0.6450s 28
7 James Roe Jr Andretti Global 1m05.4633s +0.6717s 24
8 Jonathan Browne HMD Motorsport 1m05.5288s +0.7372s 30
9 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Racing 1m05.6542s +0.8626s 27
10 Myles Rowe HMD Motorsports 1m05.7125s +0.9209s 26
11 Bryce Aron Andretti Global 1m05.7185s +0.9289s 31
12 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Abel Motorsports 1m05.7587s +0.9671s 28
13 Callum Hedge HMD Motorsports 1m05.8300s +1.0384s 27
14 Salvador De Alba Andretti Cape 1m05.8670s +1.0754s 26
15 Reece Gold HMD Motorsports 1m05.923s +1.1320s 29
16 Michael d’Orlando Andretti Cape 1m06.4088s +1.6172s 8
17 Christian Bogle HMD Motorsports 1m06.5842s +1.7926s 24
18 Nolan Allaer HMD Motorsports 1m06.6365s +1.8449s 23
19 Josh Mason Abel Motorsports 1m07.0619s +2.2703s 22
20 Niels Koolen HMD Motorsports 1m07.1510s +2.3594s 27
21 Lindsay Brewer Juncos Hollinger Racing 1m08.8179s +4.0263s 27