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Rasmussen fastest in final Indy Nxt practice of 2023

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Travis Hinkle

Christian Rasmussen led the way in practice for the final round of the 2023 Indy Nxt season at Laguna Seca. 

The HMD Motorsports driver ended a disrupted session 0.0298 seconds ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Hunter McElrea, after the pair had swapped places at the top several times.

It was McElrea who was in first place when the first red flag period occurred 15 minutes into the 50-minute session as Nolan Siegel ran into the gravel at turn six.  

The fastest lap soon swapped hands after the track turned green, but it was McElrea who was fastest again when the session was stopped again. This time Ernie Francis Jr had spun out at the exit of turn three, a corner that had already almost caught out Reece Gold. 

By this point, the fastest lap had been lowered to 1m13.1849s but McElrea would dip below the 1m13s mark when action resumed.

The track gripped up and laptimes fell on the repaved track, with Rasmussen’s session-topping effort being a 1m12.3656s.

Victor Franzoni briefly went second quickest late in practice, but would be knocked back to fifth after a flurry of late flying laps. Kyffin Simpson slotted into third ahead of Gold. 

Matthew Brabham was sixth  fastestahead of Danial Frost, who span into the gravel shortly before the chequered flag but managed to get going again without assistance. 

Louis Foster, Jamie Chadwick and the returning Francesco Pizzi completed the top 10. 

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Christian Rasmussen HMD Motorsports 1m12.3656s 26
2 Hunter McElrea Andretti Autosport 1m12.3954s +0.0298s 27
3 Kyffin Simpson HMD Motorsports 1m12.7230s +0.3574s 25
4 Reece Gold HMD Motorsports 1m12.9178s +0.5522s 26
5 Victor Franzoni Juncos Racing 1m12.9346s +0.5690s 22
6 Matthew Brabham Juncos Racing 1m13.0133s +0.6477s 22
7 Danial Frost HMD Motorsports 1m13.0604s +0.6948s 23
8 Louis Foster Andretti Autosport 1m13.1092s +0.7436s 26
9 Jamie Chadwick Andretti Autosport 1m13.1331s +0.7675s 27
10 Francesco Pizzi Abel Motorsports 1m13.2471s +0.8815s 22
11 Christian Bogle HMD Motorsports 1m13.2910s +0.9254s 27
12 James Roe Jr Andretti Autosport 1m13.5113s +1.1457s 28
13 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Abel Motorports 1m13.7832s +1.4176s 26
14 Jagger Jones Cape Motorsports 1m14.0695s +1.7039s 28
15 Ernie Francis Jr HMD Motorsports 1m14.1917s +1.8261s 26
16 Nolan Siegel HMD Motorsports 1m14.3272s +1.9616s 8
17 Kiko Porto Cape Motorsports 1m14.3636s +1.9980s 25
18 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1m14.8399s +2.4743s 9