HMD Motorsports Ready to Kick Off Indy Lights Season
 April 14, 2021| 
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Malukas and Lastochkin to pilot HMD Motorsports entries

Nearly 400 days since the COVID-19 shutdown of the 2020 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season, HMD Motorsports is returning to the Road to Indy and is set to pick up where it left off. After setting the fastest time in the one and only official practice session of 2020 at the Streets of St. Petersburg, David Malukas is returning to the field in the #79 Dallara IL-15. Nikita Lastochkin will also be taking part in his first Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires race in the #59.

This season, HMD Motorsports has teamed up with newcomers Global Racing Group to complete a two-team, four-car effort. Working in conjunction with each other, the partner teams are entering the season with a highly successful team of engineers, mechanics and drivers. Completing the driver lineup as part of Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports are 2020 FR Americas Champion Linus Lundqvist in the #26 and Benjamin Pedersen, who has racked up 11 wins and 28 podiums across five championships in the past three seasons in the #24.

As part of a jam-packed April schedule, the Indy Lights field will open the season this weekend, April 15-18 at Barber Motorsports Park alongside the entire Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

Entering this weekend, the HMD Motorsports crew is confident in both their car setups and driver performance. While neither of the HMD Motorsports drivers have competed at Barber Motorsports Park in the Indy Lights Dallara IL-15, they have had plenty of prep time leading up to this weekend.

HMD Motorsports, alongside Global Racing Group, has completed multiple private test days at Sebring International Raceway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Barber Motorsports Park and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Most recently, the team participated in Spring Training at the season-opening Barber Motorsports Park where Malukas unofficially broke the qualifying record and finished at the top of the time charts with a time of 1:12.3418. Behind Malukas were Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports drivers Linus Lundqvist and Benjamin Pedersen, who finished the day second and third. Additionally, Malukas competed at Barber Motorsports Park during the 2020 Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda, where he finished on the podium in all three races.

“We had a great test with a team,” said Lastochkin. “We were able to try out different things on the car and overall, I was happy with the progress. I’m very excited for the first race of the year to finally take place next week. It feels like it’s been way too long of an off season for me!”

With only one practice session on Thursday afternoon, the team will quickly move onto two qualifying sessions on Friday before individual races on Saturday and Sunday.

Live coverage of practice and qualifying, produced by Road to Indy TV will be available throughout the weekend. They will also be live streamed on the Road to Indy TV App, on RoadToIndy.TV and its social media platforms and on IndyLights.com. Coverage of the races will be available live through Peacock Premium inside the United States, REV TV in Canada and through Road to Indy TV in all other countries.

Weekend Schedule
Thursday, April 15

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM - Practice

Friday, April 16
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM - Qualifying 1
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM - Qualifying 2

Saturday, April 17
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM - Race 1

Sunday, April 18
12:20 PM – 1:20 PM - Race 2

Please be sure to follow HMD Motorsports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching @HMDMotorsports. For more information on HMD Motorsports visit HMDMotorsports.com or email info@hmdmotorsports.com. To stay up to date with Global Racing Group, follow @GlobalRacingGroup on Instagram and @GRGInfo on Twitter and Facebook or visit GlobalRacingGroup.com.
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