After a one-year hiatus from the INDY NXT by Firestone grid, Toby Sowery will return to the series and to HMD Motorsports this year for a limited season.
Sowery will compete at Barber Motorsports Park and both double-header weekends on the Streets of Detroit and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
English driver Sowery, 26, scored HMD Motorsports’ first victory, in 2019 at the Portland Grand Prix and finished third in the season standings that year. He recently was crowned the 2022 Radical World Finals champion.
Sowery has competed in two INDY NXT by Firestone seasons, in 2019 and 2021. In his rookie season, driving for HMD Motorsports, Sowery collected one win and six additional podium finishes. Two years later, Sowery returned to the series and added three additional podiums to his resumé.
“I am incredibly excited to return to INDY NXT with HMD Motorsports,” Sowery said. “It’s been fantastic to watch them grow and develop over the last three years, and I am honored to be back representing them on track.
Leading up to his first race of the season Sunday, April 30 at Barber Motorsports Park, Sowery spent the weekend with HMD Motorsports at the opening event of the season last month in St. Petersburg, where he familiarized himself with the crew and the improved program.
“I was really impressed with the setup at St. Petersburg, and I am eager to get to work with the entire team for these five races,” Sowery said. “I am confident we can return to our winning ways.”
Most recently, Sowery competed in the inaugural Radical World Finals where Radical Motorsports competitors from across the globe gathered in a global Radical family shootout. Racing in the Pro 1500 class, Sowery was fastest in the only practice and went on to win two of the three heat races before being named the Radical World Champion.
“Toby is a proven winner in both open-wheel and sports car racing,” HMD Motorsports General Manager Mike Maurini said. “It is great to see the support that he has from partners and his commitment to return to the top tiers of open-wheel racing in North America. We look forward to integrating him into our efforts and to seeing what he can do in the short term.”