Reece Gold will remain at HMD Motorsports for his second year in Indy Nxt, after joining the team partway through his rookie season.
The 19-year-old American stepped up to the series with Juncos Hollinger Racing, who he had raced for in USF Pro 2000 the previous two years. In 2021 he won once en route to fifth in the standings as a rookie, then was championship runner-up last year with four victories.
But his relationship with the team ended after just two race weekends in Indy Nxt. He finished eighth on his debut in St. Petersburg, retired from the race at Barber Motorsports Park and then left Juncos to join HMD.
Following the move it took just two races to pick up his first win, on the streets of Detroit, and three other top-five finishes including a podium on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course helped him finish the year eighth in the standings.
“HMD Motorsports is an incredible programme, and I feel very at home with the team,” said Gold, who will juggle next season with his first year at university.
“I have a great support team around me, and they have helped me elevate my game to the next level. I look forward to the 2024 season and to being able to challenge for more podiums, race wins and the Indy Nxt championship.”
HMD’s general manager Mike Maurini said: “Reece really came into his own as the season went on. I have known him from the early years of karting, and he is a young talent capable of winning at every level. We look forward to sharing success with Reece again in 2024.”
Gold is the team’s second signing for next season, alongside new USFP2000 champion Myles Rowe.
This week Roger Penske, chairman of the Indy Nxt-owning Penske Entertainment firm, announced that IndyCar’s primary feeder series will be racing at the Milwaukee Mile in 2024. The oval last featured on the calendar in 2015.