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HMD MOTORSPORTS WINS AT MID-OHIO BUT NOW SHIFTS FOCUS TO IOWA SPEEDWAY

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It has been a busy stretch in the INDY NXT by Firestone schedule, and with one more weekend before a big break, teams, and competitors will head to Iowa Speedway this weekend. Fresh off the heels of a win by series rookie Caio Collet and putting seven drivers in the top-ten at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, HMD Motorsports will take on the 7/8th of a mile Iowa Speedway in the first of four oval races with a minor driver lineup change.

“It is good to be back on the top step of the podium,” explained Team President Mike Maurini. “Mid-Ohio typically has not been one of our best tracks in the past, but we turned it around this season, putting eight drivers in the top-ten in qualifying and seven in the top-ten at the checkered flag on Sunday. Now the focus shifts to the oval portion of our schedule.”

In a perfect weekend where Collet topped both practice sessions, earned the pole position, race win, and fastest race lap, the rookie driver earned his first INDY NXT win and currently leads Rookie of the Year honors. Sitting third in the series championship, the Brazilian is looking to pressure his rivals in the final five races to close out the season. Behind Collet, Callum Hedge had another strong showing for HMD as the Detroit podium winner earned another top-five result, crossing the line in fourth. At the same time, Christian Brooks continues to impress, finishing fifth. Both rookies in 2024, Hedge has quietly been improving and now sits fourth in the championship battle, while Brooks, in only his third race, second event weekend with HMD, earned his first top-five finish and third top-ten since making the jump from USF Pro 2000.

HMD Motorsports occupied positions six through nine on the track as Reece Gold rebounded from disappointing results in Laguna Seca to come home sixth. Jonathan Browne had a good weekend with a solid drive to seventh, while Nolan Allaer had his best career INDY NXT by Firestone finish in P8 and battled inside the top-ten. It was Josh Pierson next in line and P9, as he had one of his strongest season showings, as positions fourth through ninth finished within nine seconds of one another. Christian Bogle ran inside the top-ten until a late race downshift issue caused a loss of pace as he fell to 11th, while Jagger Jones, in his first NXT event in 2024, finished 13th after gaining six positions from his qualifying effort. Myles Rowe had an electronic issue that forced his car to pit lane and eventually retire from the race.

This weekend, HMD Motorsports will downsize to nine drivers at the Iowa Speedway. Nolan Allaer will vacate the #11 entry, while Niels Koolen will return to the #33.

Maurini continued, “Unfortunately, Nolan, who had his best performance last weekend, will not be on track this weekend, but he will be trackside learning everything he can for the future. We are continuously working hard to see what we can do for the remainder of 2024 and onwards into 2025 with him. On the other hand, we welcome Niels Koolen back to the squad as he aims to complete the remainder of the 2024 schedule.”

HMD Motorsports and their nine-driver armada will be on track Friday for the one and only 75-minute practice before qualifying later that afternoon. The 75-lap race will take place Saturday at 1:15pm CDT. Keep up to date on all the weekend news, photos, results, and information by following HMD Motorsports on social media.

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