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Rasmussen leads Indy Nxt’s first oval running of 2023 in Iowa practice

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Travis Hinkle

HMD Motorsports’ Christian Rasmussen dominated Indy Nxt’s first oval running of the year in free practice at Iowa Speedway. 

Rasmussen comes into second half of the season second in the standings, 16 points behind rookie team-mate Nolan Siegel. 

It was Rasmussen who topped the order early in practice with an average speed of 160.287mph. He improved his fastest time twice over the course of the session. His fastest speed of 161.352mph was set on his 22nd lap, and did 62 laps in total. 

Jacob Abel was second quickest, 0.0172mph slower. Abel, who is running in a one-car team this weekend, had to end the session five minutes early with a fuel pressure issue, and only managed to complete 33 laps. 

Matthew Brabham also had limited running. The series returnee joins Juncos Hollinger Racing this weekend, replacing Matteo Nannini. Brabham, who was on the Iowa podium last year, completed 24 laps and was 15th quickest, 1mph off the pace. 

Hunter McElrea was third fastest, ahead of Ernie Francis Jr and Louis Foster, who with 73 laps did more running than anyone.

Rasmus Lindh was sixth on the timesheet, followed by Siegel, Josh Pierson and Christian Bogle. Danial Frost completed the top 10.

Free practice results

Pos Driver Team Speed Time Gap
1 Christian Rasmussen HMD Motorsports 161.532mph 19.9464s
2 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 161.213mph 19.9636s +0.0172s
3 Hunter McElrea Andretti Autosport 160.641mph 20.0347s +0.0883s
4 Ernie Francis Jr HMD Motorsports 160.356mph 20.0704s +0.1240s
5 Louis Foster Andretti Autosport 160.138mph 20.0977s +0.1513s
6 Rasmus Lindh Juncos Hollinger Racing 160.085mph 20.1043s +0.1579s
7 Nolan Siegel HMD Motorsports 159.710mph 20.1515s +0.2051s
8 Josh Pierson HMD Motorsports 159.575mph 20.1686s +0.2222s
9 Christian Bogle HMD Motorsports 159.216mph 20.2140s +0.2676s
10 Danial Frost HMD Motorsports 158.867mph 20.2585s +0.3121s
11 Kyffin Simpson HMD Motorsports 158.568mph 20.2966s +0.3502s
12 Jamie Chadwick Andretti Autosport 158.216mph 20.3418s +0.3954s
13 James Roe Jr Andretti Autosport 157.804mph 20.3949s +0.4485s
14 Jagger Jones Cape Motorsports 156.910mph 20.5111s +0.5647s
15 Matthew Brabham Juncos Hollinger Racing 153.950mph 20.9545s +1.0081s
16 Reece Gold Juncos Hollinger Racing 153.411mph 20.9789s +1.0325s