With the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires now past the halfway mark, Nikita Lastochkin will kick off the second half of the season with rounds eleven and twelve this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. As part of the Team Championship leading HMD Motorsports squad, Lastochkin is coming off a good test at the 2.4-mile, 15-turn natural terrain facility.
“Definitely putting the Road America weekend behind me and fully ready to attack Mid-Ohio,” explained the driver of the #59 entry. “We are making some changes this weekend that should allow me to have a better feel for the car and hopefully that will result in some results that are further up the grid. I think we have performed well at some events and not so well at others, but the midway point of the season will also be a fresh start for me.”
Competing with the HMD Motorsports program, Nikita is part of the Team Championship leading program and the four-car effort that has taken the Road to Indy and Indy Lights program by storm. With three Promoters Day Test Sessions on the weekend schedule, Lastochkin will have an extra 4.5 hours of track time to fine tune his HMD Motorsports prepared Dallara IL-15.
Lastochkin added, “A huge thank you to all of my partners and supporters. With Covid in 2020 thus shutting down my race program, I was out of the seat for more than one year while a lot of the drivers I am competing against ran different series. I finally feel like I am getting my groove back and am targeting a better second half of the season.”
Nikita Lastochkin and HMD Motorsports will hit the track on Thursday for a pair of test sessions before another test session, official practice, and qualifying takes place on Friday. Qualifying two and the first wheel-to-wheel action in round eleven will happen Saturday with the second race of the weekend on Sunday prior to the start of the NTT IndyCar Series race.
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