The 2023 INDY NXT by Firestone season starts March 5 in St. Petersburg, Florida, but the nine drivers competing in the series this season for HMD Motorsports are wasting little time staying sharp during the countdown to the first green flag.
Fitness and seat time are the focus of the HMD driver roster.
As part of their participation with HMD, all nine drivers have memberships and are receiving customized training from PitFit, a pioneer in the human performance side of the motorsports industry, supporting some of the most well-known drivers and teams worldwide.
With their physical training consistently improving, drivers are taking to the track in additional series to improve their on-track performance – with encouragement from HMD officials.
Seven HMD drivers are set to enter additional series before the start of the INDY NXT season – with five drivers scheduled to compete in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January and three drivers in the Asian Le Mans Series in February.
Josh Pierson, Christian Rasmussen, Kyffin Simpson, Danial Frost (pictured above) and Rasmus Lindh will race in the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 26-29.
In the LMP3 class, Lindh will race with Andretti Autosport in the No. 36 entry while Frost will drive a Ligier JSP320 for MRS GT-Racing. Pierson, Rasmussen and Simpson will competing in LMP2 - each with a different team. Pierson will be in the No. 35 TDS Racing entry while Rasmussen will be with Era Motorsports in its No. 18 entry. Simpson is racing the No. 8 for Tower Motorsports alongside NTT INDYCAR SERIES Team Penske teammates Josef Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin.
In February, Christian Bogle, Nolan Siegel and Simpson will head to the United Arab Emirates to compete in the four-event Asian Le Mans Series in the LMP2 class. Taking place from Feb. 11-19, drivers will compete in two four-hour races at both Dubai Autodrome and Yas Marina Circuit.
Simpson will drive for Algarve Pro Racing while Bogle and Siegel team up with HMD Motorsports driver coach, Charles “CR” Crews of Inter Europol Competition.
Despite the moonlighting in other series, all HMD drivers’ “day jobs” will come into focus during test days Jan. 23 and Feb. 27 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.