INDY NXT Road America Practice #2 – Saturday Morning Notes and Results

By Patrick Stephan

The 19 INDY NXT Dallara’s took to the track at 8:50am with the air at 67F and the track at 85F.

About 15 minutes in to the session we got a red flag for Jagger Jones stopped off the track at Turn 3. Just before that we had a “hey, it’s practice” moment when Rasmus Lindh and Christian Rasmussen nearly had a big one at Turn 12.

Side by side through the braking zone, Rasmussen wound up trying to do his braking in the grass. They survived the corner and returned to the pit area.

Cars off track was the main theme for much of the session, with at least Jones, Chadwick, Rasmussen (other corners), and several of their competitors.

The fastest driver in Detroit (and picking up the race #2 win), was P1 with a lap of 1:49.9430 heading to the final 7 minutes of the session, but was displaced as driver’s starting putting on tires and turning quick laps late to prepare for today’s 12:15pm qualifying session.

Rasmussen would have the top spot briefly but was displaced by Hunter McElrea with just over 5 minutes to go. Louis Foster then took the P1 spot at 1:49.0220, with Siegel himself moving back up to P2.

Foster, Siegel, McElrea, Abel, Rasmussen and Green were the Top 6 at this point.

Jamie Chadwick (like Siegel) wasn’t able to post a fast lap in yesterday’s session, and may not get to today. She had told TSO yesterday that she was really starting feel more comfortable in the car at Detroit where she was certainly on pace. Also helping at Detroit was no one else had been there – so they were all starting at the same point.

But, as I was tying that note with 3 minutes remaining the 75 of Matteo Nannini, winner at the Indy GP, went through the gravel trap and nosed in to the tires at Turn 14. The AMR INDYCAR Safety Team was able to pull his car from the tires and back on the track, but they determined the car would need to lifted by the wrecker, so that would pretty much end the session – and yep, checkered flag.

One thing we are sure about is Colton Herta’s 1:52.0034, 129.018 mph track record set on June 24, 2017 will not stand after qualifying. Who will hold the track record, that’s undecided, and with ill-timed red flags to end both INDY NXT practice sessions, I don’t think we got good read on who is really quick so far this weekend.

Rasmus Lindh’s running was limited in the session due to a reported fuel pressure issue.

INDY NXT Grand Prix at Road America Practice #2 Results

PosCar #DriverBest TimeDiffGapTotal LapsBest LapTeam
127Hunter McElrea1:48.8556–.—-1615Andretti Autosport
226Louis Foster1:49.02200.16640.16641413Andretti Autosport
368Danial Frost1:49.05230.19670.03031413HMD Motorsports
475Matteo Nannini1:49.11840.26280.06611313Juncos Hollinger Racing
539Nolan Siegel1:49.13100.27540.01261615HMD Motorsports
651Jacob Abel1:49.24600.39040.1151514Abel Motorsports
76Christian Rasmussen1:49.26810.41250.02211514HMD Motorsports
83Josh Green1:49.30660.4510.03851615HMD Motorsports
957Colin Kaminsky1:49.40250.54690.09591615Abel Motorsports
1099Ernie Francis Jr.1:49.64950.79390.2471616HMD Motorsports
1110Reece Gold1:49.69890.84330.04941211HMD Motorsports
1214Josh Pierson1:49.74590.89030.0471716HMD Motorsports
1321Kyffin Simpson1:49.78790.93230.0421211HMD Motorsports
1428Jamie Chadwick1:49.79350.93790.00561615Andretti Autosport
157Christian Bogle1:49.80410.94850.01061615HMD Motorsports
1629James Roe1:49.89391.03830.08981413Andretti Autosport
1747Enaam Ahmed1:50.00291.14730.1091513Cape Motorsports
1898Jagger Jones1:51.14532.28971.14241211Cape Motorsports
1976Rasmus Lindh1:59.667210.81168.521911Juncos Hollinger Racing