Jacob Abel went fastest in Indy Nxt’s Friday practice session on the drying streets of Nashville.
The field started practice on intermediate tyres, with laptimes in the mid-1m33s range. After roughly 20 minutes of running, the track was dry enough to switch to slick tyres and laptimes rapidly tumbled.
Abel jumped to the top of the order late on. He had set the pace in the first 15 minutes on the intermediates, but wasn’t immediately quickest on slicks. Late on, he set 1m22.659s to go 0.3285 seconds quicker than James Roe Jr in second place.
Any last-minute improvements were stopped by an incident for Roe, who hit the wall on his final lap after the chequered flag. The incident brought out red flags for the second time during practice.
Running had already been briefly paused when Nolan Siegel hit the wall with less than 10 minutes remaining. The incident was quickly cleared, leaving four final minutes of green flag action.
Ernie Francis Jr had been top of the order when red flags were first brought out, but he wouldn’t improve in the final minutes and dropped back to third, ahead of Hunter McElrea and Kyffin Simpson.
While most of the field lost roughly four minutes of the 45 minute session, Matthew Brabham’s running was more significantly impacted by the stoppage. A mechanical issue had kept him in the pits for the majority of the session. He was only able to get on track for the final 12 minutes of practice, and completed a total of five laps compared to the more typical 18 of Abel. He placed 14th overall.
Christian Rasmussen had been the first driver to set a time on slick tyres and was second quickest when the red flags appeared. Like Francis, he would not improve and dropped down to sixth ahead of Louis Foster, who had been second when the session stopped, but had his fastest lap removed.
Siegel did enough to place eighth ahead of Christian Bogle and Jamie Chadwick.
Free practice results
|1||Jacob Abel||Abel Motorsports||1m22.6592s||18|
|2||James Roe Jr||Andretti Autosport||1m22.9877s||+0.3285s||18|
|3||Ernie Francis Jr||HMD Motorsports||1m23.0896s||+0.4304s||16|
|4||Hunter McElrea||Andretti Autosport||1m23.1181s||+0.4589s||20|
|5||Kyffin Simpson||HMD Motorsports||1m23.1214s||+0.4622s||20|
|6||Christian Rasmussen||HMD Motorsports||1m23.2336s||+0.5744s||19|
|7||Louis Foster||Andretti Autosport||1m23.4692s||+0.8100s||20|
|8||Nolan Siegel||HMD Motorsports||1m23.5357s||+0.8765s||18|
|9||Christian Bogle||HMD Motorsports||1m23.8976s||+1.2384s||20|
|10||Jamie Chadwick||Andretti Autosport||1m24.2560s||+1.5968s||18|
|11||Reece Gold||HMD Motorsports||1m25.2863s||+2.6271s||20|
|12||Matthew Brabham||Cape Motorsports||1m25.2973s||+2.6381s||5|
|13||Rasmus Lindh||Juncos Hollinger Racing||1m25.3244s||+2.6652s||15|
|14||Josh Pierson||HMD Motorsports||1m25.6601s||+3.0009s||20|
|15||Jagger Jones||Cape Motorsports||1m25.9718s||+3.3126s||18|
|16||Yuven Sundaramoorthu||Abel Motorsports||1m26.6868s||+4.0276s||20|
|17||Danial Frost||HMD Motorsports||1m27.3403s||+4.6811s||12|
|18||Victor Franzoni||Juncos Hollinger Racing||1m29.3327s||+6.6735s||16|
|19||Francesco Pizzi||Abel Motorsports||1m35.0711s||+12.4119s||10|