Louis Foster and Andretti Global quickest in second INDY NXT by Firestone practice

Louis Foster (Andretti Global) during practice on the 1.645-mile, 9-turn, downtown Detroit street circuit ((Photo Courtesy of Penske Entertainment- Joe Skibinski)

By Steve Wittich

The AER-prepared 2.0L turbo-charged four-cylinder engines powering the 21 INDY NXT by Firestone series were fired at 8 a.m. for their last practice before qualifying.

Drivers quickly got to work, getting their used Firestone Racing INDY NXT tires up to temperature.

With the track temperature cooler than yesterday and the concrete walls close, Jacob Abel tapped the wall with the right rear early in the session. The Abel Motorsports crew quickly replaced the part, and the championshiip leader completed 25 laps, ending up with the sixth-best time.

After 15 of the 45 minutes, Louis Foster (Andretti Global), Michael d’Orlando (Andretti Cape), Caio Collet (HMD Motorsports), Jamie Chadwick (Andretti Global) and Salvador de Alba (Andretti Cape) were the five quickest drivers.

With 16 minutes gone in practice, the first red flag came out when the No. 2 of de Alba locked up in the Turn 1 braking zone, coming to a stop deep in the runoff. When the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team arrived, the Mexican driver climbed from the car and it was put behind the wall, ending his session early.

Similar to the Friday afternoon NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the various runoffs were busy, with the following drivers visiting the runoffs in:

Turn 1: de Alba, Gold, and Hedge
Turn 3 – d’Orlando
Turn 8 – Siegel (three times), Chadwick (two times), Aron, Bogle, Escotto, Gold, Koolen and Pierson.

Unfortunately, James Roe passed another driver under one of the local yellows and was given a stop-and-hold for five minutes penalty for his transgression.

With 15 minutes remaining, Reece Gold (HMD Motorsports) was out of the car, with Ryan Myrehn on the INDYCAR Radio Network reporting that water was leaking from under the No. 10.

With 13 minutes remaining in practice, Collet turned a lap at 66.3749 seconds, the quickest of the session at that point.

With nine minutes remaining, the red flag came out when the left rear of the No. 99 was against the concrete barrier with a crumpled left rear. Myles Rowe, the reigning USF Pro 2000 weekend, was 19th on the timing screens and trying to find speed. He was following a pair of cars through the left-hand Turn 2 when he lost the rear of the car, spinning into the barrier.

Just before the red flag came out, Siegel was the first driver to turn a lap under 76 seconds.

The AMR INDYCAR Safety Team quickly got the No. 99 ‘on the hook’ and behind the wall, with the field taking advantage of the time to improve their cars.

Drivers had the time to turn two or three hot laps, with eight going quickest on their final lap. That included Andretti Global/Andretti Cape drivers Foster, Roe and d’Orlando, who joined Siegel in the sub-76-second club.

Timesheet from INDY NXT by Firestone practice #2

126Louis FosterAndretti Global1:05.7200——22
229James RoeAndretti Global1:05.91930.199326
339Nolan SiegelHMD Motorsports1:05.96590.245929
43Michael d’OrlandoAndretti Cape INDY NXT1:05.99570.275727
518Caio ColletHMD Motorsports1:06.00890.288930
651Jacob AbelAbel Motorsports1:06.07360.353625
717Callum HedgeHMD Motorsports1:06.61070.890727
828Jamie ChadwickAndretti Global1:06.74571.025726
923Jonathan BrowneHMD Motorsports1:06.93941.219428
1075Ricardo EscottoJuncos Hollinger Racing1:07.16421.444226
1127Bryce AronAndretti Global1:07.20421.484230
1214Josh PiersonHMD Motorsports1:07.34431.624329
1311Nolan AllaerHMD Motorsports1:07.39711.677129
147Christian BogleHMD Motorsports1:07.45121.731228
1533Niels KoolenHMD Motorsports1:07.53711.817129
1640Jack William MillerMiller Vinatieri Motorsports1:07.65901.939027
1722Yuven SundaramoorthyAbel Motorsports1:07.73942.019429
1810Reece GoldHMD Motorsports1:07.97572.255712
1999Myles RoweHMD Motorsports with Force Indy1:07.99042.270418
202Salvador de Alba JrAndretti Cape INDY NXT1:08.08362.363612
2176Lindsay BrewerJuncos Hollinger Racing1:13.17377.453720