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Nolan Siegel joins Indy Lights finale, Lundqvist tops practice

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography

Indy Pro 2000 race-winner Nolan Siegel has joined HMD Motorsports for this weekend’s Indy Lights finale at Laguna Seca.

The 17-year-old came fourth in his rookie IP2000 season this year, winning two races and briefly leading the points, and before that claimed one win across three campaigns in USF2000.

He takes over the car previously driven by James Roe Jr, and brings HMD’s combined line-up back up to six cars.

“I am extremely excited to announce that I will be joining HMD Motorsports in Indy Lights this weekend at my home race, the IndyCar Grand Prix of Monterey,” said Siegel. “Huge thank you to everyone involved for this incredible opportunity.”

Siegel’s first outing in the car came in Friday’s sole free practice session, which was topped by points leader Linus Lundqvist.

Two red flag periods disrupted running, including one brought out by Sting Ray Robb in the final five minutes. The session turned green again with less than a minute on the clock, but nobody was able to set a lap before the chequered flag.

Lundqvist had jumped to the top of the times not long before the incident for Robb, who became stuck in first gear after leaving the pits.

The Swede put in a time of 1m16.2159s, beating Seigel by 0.7587 seconds. Seigel had only just gone to the top of the times himself, knocking Matthew Brabham off the top spot, and ended his debut session in second place.

Brabham had been top of the order when the first red flag came with just under 30 minutes remaining. A number of drivers had run through the gravel at turn six early in the session and were able to continue. Christian Bogle pushed a little too far, though, and put his car into the barriers.

Brabham ended practice in third, 1.3804s off the pace set by Ludnqvist. Danial Frost was fourth fastest ahead of Benjamin Pedersen and Hunter McElrea.

Christian Rasmussen had an electrical issue which kept him in the pits longer than anybody else after the first red flag, but the issue was resolved and he was able to get out. He placed eighth, ahead of Jacob Abel and Ernie Francis Jr.

Kyffin Simpson, Bogle and Flinn Lazier completed the order.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Linus Lundqvist HMD Motorsports 1m16.2159s 21
2 Nolan Siegel HMD Motorsports 1m16.9746s +0.7587s 23
3 Matthew Brabham Andretti Autosport 1m17.5963s +1.3804s 24
4 Danial Frost HMD Motorsports 1m17.6377s +1.4218s 18
5 Benjamin Pedersen Global Racing Group with HMD 1m17.6575s +1.4416s 20
6 Hunter McElrea Andretti Autosport 1m17.6766s +1.4607s 23
7 Sting Ray Robb Andretti Autosport 1m17.8489s +1.6330s 20
8 Christian Rasmussen Andretti Autosport 1m18.0961s +1.8802s 19
9 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1m18.3493s +2.1334s 20
10 Ernie Francis Jr Force Indy 1m18.4121s +2.1962s 24
11 Kyffin Simpson HMD Motorsports 1m18.4466s +2.2307s 21
12 Christian Bogle HMD Motorsports 1m18.4940s +2.2781s 10
13 Flinn Lazier Abel Motorsports 1m18.9610s +2.7451s 22