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Foster fastest in Indy Nxt’s Laguna Seca practice

by Formula Scout

Photo: Chris Jones

Andretti Global’s Louis Foster set the pace in both Indy Nxt practice sessions at Laguna Seca.

Foster was the only driver to lap sub-1m13s in FP1, setting a 1m12.9592s to lead title rival Jacob Abel by 0.3577 seconds.

HMD Motorsports’ Reece Gold and Andretti’s Jamie Chadwick were third and fourth fastest, the only other two drivers within a second of Foster, while the same gap covered fifth to 16th place.

By FP2 the track had gripped up, and four drivers set laps in the 1m12s as everyone improved their pace. Foster posted a 1m12.4174s to be fastest by 0.1537s over Caio Collet, whose HMD Motorsports team-mate Reece Gold was a further 0.4095s behind in third after he made a late improvement.

Abel just broke the 1m13s barrier in fourth, setting a 1m12.9993s, and had briefly been top of the times early in FP2 before Foster moved ahead.

It was a relatively trouble-free session, although a few drivers did make their way into the gravel at various points. Salvador de Alba and Josh Pierson were among those, but both managed to get back on track without assistance or causing any yellow flags.

Andretti’s James Roe Jr ended practice in fifth place overall, just ahead of HMD’s Callum Hedge and Jonathan Browne. Their debuting team-mate Christian Brooks was ninth fastest, 1.052s off the pace on his first day of competitive Indy Nxt action, while Juncos Hollinger Racing’s returnee Ricardo Escotto started his second weekend in the championship by being 18th fastest out of 20.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Louis Foster Andretti Global 1m12.4174s 33
2 Caio Collet HMD Motorsports 1m12.5711s +0.1537s 36
3 Reece Gold HMD Motorsports 1m12.9806s +0.5632s 35
4 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1m12.9993s +0.5819s 30
5 James Roe Jr Andretti Global 1m13.2113s +0.7939s 34
6 Callum Hedge HMD Motorsports 1m13.2689s +0.8515s 35
7 Jonathan Browne HMD Motorsports 1m13.3173s +0.8999s 37
8 Myles Rowe HMD Motorsports 1m13.4647s +1.0473s 33
9 Christian Brooks HMD Motorsports 1m13.4694s +1.0520s 34
10 Jamie Chadwick Andretti Global 1m13.6239s +1.2065s 33
11 Christian Bogle HMD Motorsports 1m13.7447s +1.3273s 33
12 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Abel Motorsports 1m13.7595s +1.3421s 34
13 Salvador de Alba Andretti Cape 1m13.8053s +1.3879s 35
14 Nolan Allaer HMD Motorsports 1m13.8162s +1.3988s 37
15 Josh Pierson HMD Motorsports 1m13.9307s +1.5133s 37
16 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Racing 1m14.1114s +1.6940s 31
17 Bryce Aron Andretti Global 1m14.1354s +1.7180s 28
18 Ricardo Escotto Juncos Hollinger Racing 1m14.7165s +2.2991s 30
19 Niels Koolen HMD Motorsports 1m15.0892s +2.6718s 27
20 Lindsay Brewer Juncos Hollinger Racing 1m16.8974s +4.4800s 25