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Foster tops Indy Nxt FP1 at Road America as Siegel gets IndyCar call-up

by Ida Wood

Photo: Chris Owens

Louis Foster was fastest by 0.2031 seconds in Indy Nxt’s opening practice session at Road America on Friday, as rival Nolan Siegel got called up to race in IndyCar.

There were four Andretti Global drivers in the top six, with HMD Motorsports’ Caio Collet and Abel Motorsports’ Jacob Abel being the exceptions in second and third. Championship leader Abel was over half a second slower than title rival Foster.

“The car was good,” said Foster afterwards. “We struggled here a bit last year, especially with front [tyre] degradation. So, it’s nice to start on the right foot. Made some good changes during that session. We’ve still got to do it tomorrow, haven’t we? It’s only practice, so let’s not get too excited.”

James Roe Jr was 0.6418s behind in fourth, and had an off during FP1, with Bryce Aron and Jamie Chadwick the only other two drivers within a second of the pace.

In 10th place and 1.3332s off the top was HMD’s title contender Siegel, who while out on track was announced as replacing Augustin Canapino at Juncos Hollinger Racing for IndyCar’s Grand Prix of Road America this weekend.

Siegel will replace full-time driver Agustin Canapino in the No. 78 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet in the aftermath of online abuse directed toward Theo Pourchaire of Arrow McLaren after he made contact with Canapino’s car Sunday, June 7 during the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear.

The Canapino-driven car had been run in a commercial alliance with McLaren, which ended this week following death threats made to McLaren driver Theo Pourchaire online by a section of Canapino’s fanbase. The subsequent fallout of that has been Canapino stepping back from IndyCar, for at least one event, and Siegel being called up for a weekend of double duty.

Siegel is currently third in the Indy Nxt standings with one win, and the 19-year-old American is signed to Dale Coyne Racing on a four-event IndyCar deal which does not clash with his commitments in its support series.

He started off with the non-championship $1 Million Challenge at The Thermal Club, was a lapped 20th in the Long Beach Grand Prix then failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. His next and final outing with DCR will be in Toronto next month.

Propping up Indy Nxt’s FP1 timesheet was Yuven Sundaramoothy (Abel Motorsports), who managed to go into the tyre barriers at turn 12 a quarter of the way into the 45-minute session. He had only completed three laps before his day ended.

Free practice 1 results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Louis Foster Andretti Global 1m51.9070s 15
2 Caio Collet HMD Motorsports 1m52.1101s +0.2031s 14
3 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1m52.4096s +0.5026s 13
4 James Roe Jr Andretti Global 1m52.5488s +0.6418s 14
5 Bryce Aron Andretti Global 1m52.8317s +0.9247s 13
6 Jamie Chadwick Andretti Global 1m52.8924s +0.9854s 11
7 Callum Hedge HMD Motorsports 1m53.0615s +1.1545s 17
8 Jonathan Browne HMD Motorsports 1m53.0740s +1.1670s 18
9 Michael d’Orlando Andretti Cape 1m53.1744s +1.2674s 16
10 Nolan Siegel HMD Motorsports 1m53.2402s +1.3332s 7
11 Salvador de Alba Andretti Cape 1m53.2419s +1.3349s 9
12 Josh Pierson HMD Motorsports 1m53.2810s +1.3740s 16
13 Reece Gold HMD Motorsports 1m53.5265s +1.6195s 13
14 Myles Rowe HMD Motorsports 1m53.5944s +1.6874s 16
15 Jordan Missig Abel Motorsports 1m53.6079s +1.7009s 17
16 Nolan Allaer HMD Motorsports 1m53.7515s +1.8445s 16
17 Christian Bogle HMD Motorsports 1m53.8211s +1.9141s 13
18 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Racing 1m53.8797s +1.9727s 15
19 Niels Koolen HMD Motorsports 1m54.1659s +2.2589s 16
20 Lindsay Brewer Juncos Hollinger Racing 1m55.6965s +2.7895s 19
21 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Abel Motorsports 1m55.9743s +4.0673s 3