Nolan Siegel

After concluding his Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires campaign last weekend at Portland International Raceway, Nolan Siegel has joined HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing to make his Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires debut this weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Siegel, from Palo Alto, California, will drive the No. 11 Menlo Ventures / GridRivals / Racing for RP entry fielded by HMD.

After a successful new driver evaluation a few weeks ago at the Autobahn Country Club, Siegel is eager to make his Indy Lights debut.

“We sat down as a family and evaluated the future,” Siegel said. “The team was very pleased with my speed at the test, and I felt comfortable in the car. While we have not made any plans for 2023 yet, this is the perfect opportunity with a top-level team to evaluate my speed, experience, and knowledge in a race environment.”

Siegel, 17, finished fourth this season in his rookie campaign in Indy Pro 2000 with DEForce Racing. He won two races – both from pole – earlier this season, at St. Petersburg and Barber Motorsports Park.

“Nolan performed exceptionally well at our one and only test, and he is ready to make the move to Indy Lights,” HMD Motorsports General Manager Mike Maurini said. “Competing this weekend gives him a chance to gain qualifying experience, two race starts since it is a doubleheader race weekend and interact with drivers that have been with HMD all season long. Additionally, he will learn where he needs to work harder to improve if he is to make the jump next season.”

HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing is on the verge of capturing both the Driver and Team Championship this weekend in the Indy Lights Grand Prix of Monterey. HMD driver Linus Lundqvist only needs to score points in the first race of the doubleheader Saturday to clinch the title.

“What better opportunity could I ask for?” Siegel said. “To race alongside the names I have looked up to since I started my Indy Pro 2000 campaign and work alongside several of them in the HMD Motorsports engineering room, I know Indy Lights is the direction I want to move in the future as I look toward the NTT INDYCAR SERIES as my long-term goal.”