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Nolan Siegel fastest in second Indy Nxt practice

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: James Black

HMD Motorsports’ Nolan Siegel went fastest in the second Indy Nxt practice session in St. Petersberg. 

As in FP1, two red flag period disrupted running, though this time they came towards the end of the session. 

Siegel’s time of 1m04.8896s put him just 0.0818 seconds ahead of Juncos Hollinger Racing’s Reece Gold in second, with HMD’s Christian Rasmussen a further 0.0063s back. 

After limited running in the first practice session of the season, Rasmussen hit the top of the times early on in FP2. He wouldn’t stay there for long, as laptimes rapidly tumbled. Matteo Nannini and Louis Foster both took turns in first place, and it was Nannini who was ahead when the first red flag came out after Kyffin Simpson hit the tyre barriers at Turn 4 and damaged the front-left of his car.  

Running resumed with 16 minutes left on the clock and continued unimpeded for 12 of those. After that, Josh Green hit the wall at the exit of Turn 9, bringing out the red flags again and an early end to the session. 

Most of the field managed to find improvements between the two stoppages. Siegel jumped up to second with one improvement, then went faster again to claim top spot. 

Josh Pierson jumped to fourth late on, with FP1 pacesetter Jacob Abel slotting into fifth. Nannini dropped back to seventh by the chequered flag, with Foster just ahead in sixth. Danial Frost, Rasmus Lindh and Hunter McElrea completed the top 10. 

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Nolan Siegel HMD Motorsports 1m04.8996s 28
2 Reece Gold Juncos Racing 1m04.9714s +0.0818s 22
3 Christian Rasmussen HMD Motorsports 1m04.9777s +0.0881s 26
4 Josh Pierson HMD Motorsports 1m04.9870s +0.0974s 26
5 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1m05.0220s +0.1324s 22
6 Louis Foster Andretti Autosport 1m05.0378s +0.1482s 24
7 Matteo Nannini Juncos Racing 1m05.0727s +0.1831s 19
8 Danial Frost HMD Motorsports 1m05.0990s +0.2094s 24
9 Rasmus Lindh HMD Motorsports 1m05.2701s +0.3805s 22
10 Hunter McElrea Andretti Autosport 1m05.2948s +0.4052s 18
11 Enaam Ahmed Cape Motorsports 1m05.4597s +0.5701s 21
12 Ernie Francis Jr HMD Motorsports 1m05.5330s +0.6434s 25
13 Josh Green HMD Motorsports 1m05.6770s +0.7874s 23
14 Jamie Chadwick Andretti Autosport 1m05.7648s +0.8752s 24
15 Colin Kaminsky Abel Motorsports 1m05.7730s +0.8834s 23
16 James Roe Jr Andretti Autosport 1m05.7735s +0.8839s 23
17 Kyffin Simpson HMD Motorsports 1m05.8412s +0.9516s 13
18 Jagger Jones Cape Motorsports 1m06.1836s +1.2940s 26
19 Christian Bogle HMD Motorsports 1m06.4012s +1.5116s 20