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Gold quickest in Indy Nxt FP2 at Road America as Porto replaces Siegel

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Justin Walsh

Reece Gold set the pace in Indy Nxt’s second practice session at Road America, as Kiko Porto replaced Nolan Siegel in HMD Motorsports’ line-up.

Rain midway through the session sent the field into the pits, but most were able to get back out and improve their pace after despite the wet track.

Gold’s 1m50.5846s benchmark was over a second quicker than Louis Foster’s FP1-topping laptime and 0.0858s faster than what the Andretti Global driver achieved in FP2.

Foster set the pace early on before being knocked off top spot by Caio Collet. When the rain arrived it was still Collet on top, as drivers started to spin on a slippy track. Miller Vinatieri Racing’s Jack William Miller and HMD’s Myles Rowe were among those to lose grip, but all managed to make it back to the pits without issue.

After a brief stay in the pits, most of the field headed back out with 18 minutes left on the clock. Laptimes were soon tumbling again. Gold jumped up to first and stayed there, while second place changed hands multiple times. 

At the chequered flag it was Foster who held the position, ahead of team-mate James Roe Jr and Abel Motorsports’ Jacob Abel.

Red flags waved early in FP2 following an incident for Callum Hedge. The HMD driver had been second fastest before he ran wide and hit the wall at the final corner. The incident damaged the rear of his car and he did not rejoin the session once his car was retrieved from the gravel. However he avoided dropping to last place despite his inactivity, as Miller was unable to improve after his own gravel excursion.

Collet was able to improve his pace after the mid-session pause, but was only seventh quickest behind Andretti Cape’s Michael d’Orlando.

In 18th place was Porto, who got called up at the last minute to replace Siegel due to the latter’s own call-up to race for Juncos Hollinger Racing in IndyCar this weekend.

Porto did three Indy Nxt races last year, with a best finish of ninth. The 20-year-old Brazilian is the 2021 USF2000 champion and the 2023 USF Pro 2000 runner-up.

Free practice 2 results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Reece Gold HMD Motorsports 1m50.5846s 16
2 Louis Foster Andretti Global 1m50.6704s +0.0858s 14
3 James Roe Jr Andretti Global 1m50.8303s +0.2457s 14
4 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1m50.9059s +0.3213s 15
5 Michael d’Orlando Andretti Cape 1m51.1468s +0.5622s 12
6 Caio Collet HMD Motorsports 1m51.3396s +0.7550s 13
7 Jamie Chadwick Andretti Global 1m51.4234s +0.8388s 11
8 Salvador de Alba Andretti Cape 1m51.5125s +0.9279s 16
9 Josh Pierson HMD Motorsports 1m51.8300s +1.2454s 15
10 Jonathan Browne HMD Motorsports 1m51.9401s +1.3555s 13
11 Bryce Aron Andretti Global 1m52.0238s +1.4392s 11
12 Myles Rowe HMD Motorsports 1m52.1260s +1.5414s 14
13 Nolan Allaer HMD Motorsports 1m52.1841s +1.5995s 14
14 Christian Bogle HMD Motorsports 1m52.2096s +1.6250s 15
15 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Abel Motorsports 1m52.2942s +1.7096s 16
16 Niels Koolen HMD Motorsports 1m52.4829s +1.8983s 17
17 Jordan Missig Abel Motorsports 1m52.5487s +1.9641s 14
18 Kiko Porto HMD Motorsports 1m53.1453s +2.5607s 16
19 Lindsay Brewer Juncos Hollinger Racing 1m53.4515s +2.8669s 16
20 Callum Hedge HMD Motorsports 1m53.9984s +3.4138s 3
21 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Racing 1m54.2163s +3.6317s 10