By Steve Wittich
Similar to the first INDY NXT by Firestone test on Firestone rubber, the second test at the same 2.21-Mile, 14-Turn Homestead-Miami Speedway road course saw a mix of expected and unexpected names at the top of the timing screens at the end of the day.
The one constant, though, was the pace shown by the pair of Juncos Hollinger Racing rookies. Matteo Nannini, who ended the late January test with the fourth-quickest time, was the only driver to turn a lap below 76 seconds to end the off-season on a high note. His teammate Reece Gold ended the day with the fourth quickest lap.
Returnee and championship favorite Hunter McElrea set the second quickest time, followed by his rookie Andretti Autosport teammate James Roe, Jr. as the third best.
Enaam Ahmed, announced as the second Cape Motorsports driver this morning, rounded out the top five after leading the test in January.
Nannini and McElrea had a sizeable time advantage over the remaining 17 drivers, who were covered by less than a second, however we suggest you don’t read too much into this. Drivers and teams were given the opportunity to utilize push-to-pass, and that can create lap time discrepancies depending on when and how the extra horsepower is applied.
The 19 drivers completed 1213 laps (2680.73 miles) of testing.
The same pilots will move to the opposite coast of the Sunshine State to start their season with practice on the Streets Of St. Petersburg on Friday.
Very unofficial testing results from Homestead-Miami Speedway
|RANK||DRIVER||TEAM||BEST LAP||DIFF.||TOTAL LAPS|
|1||Matteo Nannini||Juncos Hollinger Racing||75.935||63|
|2||Hunter McElrea||Andretti Autosport||76.203||-0.268||75|
|3||James Roe, Jr.||Andretti Autosport||76.582||-0.647||75|
|4||Reece Gold||Juncos Hollinger Racing||76.646||-0.711||60|
|5||Enaam Ahmed||Cape Motorsports||76.662||-0.727||38|
|6||Louis Foster||Andretti Autosport||76.796||-0.861||106|
|7||Kyffin Simpson||HMD Motorsports||76.816||-0.881||67|
|8||Rasmus Lindh||HMD Motorsports||76.828||-0.893||68|
|9||Jagger Jones||Cape Motorsports||76.880||-0.945||54|
|10||Jacob Abel||Abel Motorsports||76.895||-0.96||61|
|11||Christian Rasmussen||HMD Motorsports w/Dale Coyne Racing||76.979||-1.044||37|
|12||Danial Frost||HMD Motorsports w/Dale Coyne Racing||77.037||-1.102||63|
|13||Jamie Chadwick||Andretti Autosport||77.039||-1.104||74|
|14||Colin Kaminsky||Abel Motorsports||77.120||-1.185||39|
|15||Christian Bogle||HMD Motorsports w/Dale Coyne Racing||77.353||-1.418||68|
|16||Josh Pierson||HMD Motorsports||77.427||-1.492||77|
|17||Ernie Francis, Jr.||Force Indy w/HMD Motorsports||77.465||-1.53||69|
|18||Nolan Siegel||HMD Motorsports w/Dale Coyne Racing||77.507||-1.572||56|
|19||Josh Green||HMD Motorsports w/Dale Coyne Racing||77.517||-1.582||63|