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HMD MOTORSPORTS NABS TWO PODIUM RESULTS TO KEEP THE TITLE FIGHT ALIVE

This past Fourth of July weekend, HMD Motorsports and drivers David Malukas and Nikita Lastochkin took on Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the first two rounds of the second half of the 2021 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season. Heading into the weekend, HMD Motorsports was comfortably leading the Team Championship and David Malukas was narrowly leading the incredibly close Driver Championship.

After completing two of the three test sessions and an official practice, both HMD Motorsports drivers were confident heading into Qualifying 1 on Friday afternoon. David Malukas, who did not show his true pace in the practice session and finished fourth, was able to recover for a second-place qualifying position while Nikita Lastochkin finished eleventh. The next morning in Qualifying 2, Malukas scored the fourth fastest lap of the session with Lastochkin turning a lap time good enough for the outside of row six.

In the opening lap of the race one on Saturday afternoon, Malukas was able to battle for the lead and closely hang on to the second position. As the drivers settled in for the remainder of the race, the leading three drivers were able to distance themselves from the rest of the pack. On lap five, Lastockin was battling with Sting Ray Robb for the eleventh position when he made slight contact and damaged his front wing. He was able to stay out for the remainder of the race but was unable to advance up the running order suffering from a slight loss of front grip. About one-third of the way through the race on lap eleven, Malukas went off track in turn nine, driving through the grass and narrowly missing the tire barrier. He was able to make his way back to the racing surface, losing only one position as he settled into the third position in front of his Global Racing Group teammate Linus Lundqvist. After his offtrack excursion, Malukas put his head down as he began to chase down the two lead drivers but would run out of time as the checkered flag flew, leaving him on the third and final step of the podium.

In the second and final race, Malukas had a battle ahead of him to make up valuable championship points after falling two points out of the championship lead. Starting in fourth and next to teammate Linus Lundqvist, Malukas quickly found himself engaged in a battle that featured four of the series top drivers. On lap thirteen and after a full course caution, Malukas took advantage of the restart as he again tried to chase down Lundqvist. Nearing the halfway mark, Lundqvist went wide in turn two and Malukas was able to drive into the third position. With his sights now set on the second-place competitor, Malukas began his charge forward. With two laps to go, Malukas closed the gap from four seconds down to just over half a second but was unable to get by and finished in third for the second time of the weekend. Nikita Lastochkin soldiered on with his damaged front wing to finish in eleventh all while turning respectable lap times despite. A different approach into the weekend allowed Nikita to close the gap to his rivals as he left the weekend happy and motivated.

While the weekend did not go as hoped for the HMD Motorsports crew, it was a weekend of learning and staying in the championship fight. With Malukas now second, eleven points behind in the Drivers’ Championship, HMD Motorsports and Global Racing Group remain atop the Team Championship with eight races remaining.

After the cancellation of the Streets of Toronto event weekend, Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will now enter a six-week summer break before heading to World Wide Technology Raceway for the one and only oval event of the season later in August.

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 [email protected] 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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HMD MOTORSPORTS ENTERS THE SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON WITH TEAM AND DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP POINT LEAD

Currently leading both the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Team and Driver Championship standings, HMD Motorsports drivers David Malukas and Nikita Lastochkin are eager to get the second half of the season underway this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. With ten rounds remaining both championship titles are still up for grabs, but Malukas and HMD Motorsports have placed themselves in a strong position as the battle continues.

In the past, Malukas finished in second behind Linus Lundqvist in both Mid-Ohio races in the 2020 FR Americas Championship. In 2019, when Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires visited the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lastochkin finished just shy of the podium in fourth and had his season-best finish.

With both drivers having strong past results at the track, and the team recently completing a private test day, HMD Motorsports is excited for a potentially strong weekend to come.

At Road America, Malukas finished on the top step of the podium in race two (round ten) and was “officially” the “Fastest Turtle on Track.” This weekend, Turtle Plastics is returning as a Primary Partner, and he will be aiming to retain his winning streak.

Lastochkin, who had some minor issues at Road America, is anxious to get the Mid-Ohio event underway. Having skipped the entire 2020 season when many of his competitors were racing in other disciplines, Lastochkin is now on par with his rivals to date in 2021 and a new approach to the second half of the season could reap benefits.

The weekend will commence with three series test sessions and one official practice over the course of Thursday and Friday. After over five hours of on-track preparation, Indy Lights will head straight into Qualifying 1 on Friday afternoon. Saturday will host the final qualifying session in the morning and Race 1 later in the day. One final race will take place on Sunday morning prior to the NTT INDYCAR Series main event.

Live coverage of practice and qualifying, produced by Road to Indy TV, will be available throughout the weekend. Sessions 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.

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Weekend Schedule

Thursday, July 1st
10:00am-11:30am – Test 1
2:00pm-3:30pm – Test 2

Friday, July 2nd
8:10am-9:40am – Test 3
11:25am-12:10pm – Practice
3:35pm-4:05pm – Qualifying 1

Saturday, July 3rd
10:05am-10:35am – Qualifying 2
4:30pm-5:20pm – Race 1 (35 laps)

Sunday, July 4th
10:00am-10:50am – Race 2 (35 laps)

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 [email protected] 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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HMD MOTORSPORTS WINS AT ROAD AMERICA

After taking one prep day at the shop to turn the cars around after the Detroit Grand Prix, HMD Motorsports loaded into Road America this past Wednesday to get the second leg of their back-to-back weekends underway. Competing at one of North America’s best motorsports facilities, the team left with a win on behalf of David Malukas as well as a second-place podium result with Benjamin Pedersen under the Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports program.

With an additional series test day on Thursday, before the official weekend began, the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires drivers were given plenty of prep time on the 4.014-mile, 14-turn road course of Road America. With two hour-long sessions, HMD Motorsports driver David Malukas finished second in both sessions, while Nikita Lastochkin paced inside the top-ten as he prepared for the weekend.

In the opening official practice session, the HMD Motorsports duo struggled, with both drivers finishing in the back half of the field as they worked on long run setups with older Cooper Tires. Staying mid to back of the pack in the first half of the first qualifying session, Malukas and Lastochkin went out for a second time with a fresh set of tires and moved forward. Giving it everything he had, Malukas put down a second-position qualifying time and Lastochkin finished eleventh. In a repeat of Qualifying 1, Malukas and Lastochkin finished in the same positions for Qualifying 2 and Sunday’s race.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Malukas was going head-to-head with the polesitter for the lead when they made contact in the first turn and were sent off the racing circuit. Able to restart, Malukas quickly worked his way around the track and began to catch the rear of the field. Once he was back with the group, Malukas’ pace was nearly a full second faster than the rest of the Indy Lights drivers on track. Malukas was able to start progressing forward and began to work his way towards the front. Unfortunately, the damage he sustained at the start of the race began to catch up with him and he started to lose momentum. After a rocky start, Malukas was still able to remain in the race for a seventh-place finish – earning him valuable championship points. About mid-way through the race, Lastockin went slightly off the racing line and his tires picked up a lot of debris causing him to lose pace. Concerned of a potential puncture and after coming in for a fresh set of tires, Lastochkin went back out, but with cold tires, he slid off the track and made contact with the wall. Lastochkin finished the race in twelfth. Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports driver Benjamin Pedersen had a solid first race of the weekend and found himself on the second step of the podium while Linus Lundqvist crossed the line in fourth gaining valuable team and championship points for both drivers.

Again, going head-to-head, Malukas and Daniel Frost lined up on the front row for the start of Race 2, but this time Malukas was able to get around Frost heading into turn one and took the lead. Throughout the remainder of the race, while the rest of the field battled for position, Malukas continued to extend his lead. After leading all twenty laps of the race, and finishing over 4.5-seconds ahead of second, Malukas claimed his fourth victory of the season and regained the Championship points lead. Nikita Lastochkin, who made contact late in Race 1 and retired early, came back in Race 2 to finish on the lead lap in eleventh while he decreased his lap time to the leaders. Linus Lundqvist added a solid fifth place result putting two HMD Motorsports drivers in the top-five with Benjamin Pedersen crossing the stripe in seventh.

Leaving Road America, the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship has officially concluded the first half of the 2021 season. With ten races remaining across five event weekends, HMD Motorsports is entering the second half of the season as both the Driver Championship and Team Championship leaders.

Now the crew will head back to the Brownsburg, Indiana shop where they will spend the next week recharging and prepping the cars for the next event – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

HMD Motorsports & David Malukas would also like to extend a special thank you to Turtle Plastics, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Leahy-Wolf Company for their additional support at this past weekend’s event.

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 [email protected] 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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HMD MOTORSPORTS INCREASES TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP POINT LEAD IN DETROIT

The Detroit Grand Prix was a weekend of highs and lows for HMD Motorsports in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship. Coming into the weekend, HMD Motorsports was leading the Team Championship with David Malukas leading the Driver’s Championship and Linus Lundqvist (Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports) was sitting closely in second.

Starting out with practice on Friday morning, David Malukas hit the wall while trying to find the track limits during his fourth lap and was unable to finish the session. Teammate Nikita Lastochkin finished the session in ninth. With a nearly destroyed car, the HMD Motorsports team, with the help of crew members from all four HMD Motorsports/Global Racing Group cars, were up against the clock as they had less than four hours to get the car ready for Qualifying 1 later that afternoon. With only minutes to spare, the HMD Motorsports crew was able to get Malukas’ car on grid for qualifying – a massive achievement for the team. While there was not enough time to perfectly set up the car, Malukas went out and was able to qualify for Race 1 in the fifth position. Lastochkin was able to close his gap to the rest of the field by nearly 0.4 seconds and qualified in tenth. In Qualifying 2 on Saturday morning, Malukas was able to rebound from his misfortune the previous day and qualified on the front row behind his GRG with HMD teammate, Linus Lundqvist and Lastochkin again qualified in tenth.

By Race 1 on Saturday afternoon, Malukas’ car was back in racing condition. Starting from fifth, the top-five drivers pulled away from the remainder of the field, but it was a relatively uneventful race for the HMD Motorsports drivers. David Malukas finished in fifth while Nikita Lastochkin gained a position to finish ninth

In the final race, after starting from the outside of row one, Malukas was unable to hold off the advances of one of his rivals and fell back into third on the opening lap. While Lundqvist and Kyle Kirkwood battled for the lead, Malukas was able to stick up front with the leaders throughout the race but was not able to advance back forward. By lap sixteen, Malukas was closing in on Lundqvist and setting up for a battle for second. With the top-three pulling away from the rest of the field, Malukas had to settle for the third step on the podium. Nikita Lastochkin had a solid weekend in Detroit and in race two, grabbled another ninth-place result leaving the most challenging street circuit on the calendar with a pair of top-ten results.

After the first eight rounds of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship, HMD Motorsports maintains their lead in the Team Championship. David Malukas, who was leading the Driver’s Championship coming into the weekend, currently sits in second only one point behind his GRG teammate Linus Lundqvist.

Next weekend, HMD Motorsports will head to Road America for the next two rounds of the 2021 season. After a successful test at Road America only a few weeks ago, HMD Motorsports is expecting to come out of the gate strong. In the past, Malukas has been very successful at Road America, sweeping the weekend in Indy Pro 2000 in 2018 and winning one of the two rounds in USF2000 in 2017.

Prior to the official race weekend, drivers will have plenty of preparation with two one-hour test sessions on Thursday before official practice on Friday. Qualifying 1 will begin on Friday afternoon followed by Qualifying 2 on Saturday morning. The green flag for the first race of the weekend will drop at 3:05pm Saturday afternoon and the weekend will come to a close early Sunday morning after Race 2.

Live coverage of practice and qualifying, produced by Road to Indy TV, will be available throughout the weekend. Sessions 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.

Road America Weekend Schedule

Thursday, June 17
12:00-1:00pm – Test 1
4:20-5:20pm – Test 2

Friday, June 18
10:30-11:15am – Practice
2:30-3:00pm – Qualifying 1

Saturday, June 19
9:20-9:50am – Qualifying 2
3:05-4:05pm – Race 1

Sunday, June 20
8:50-9:40am – 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 [email protected] 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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HMD MOTORSPORTS BRINGS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD TO DETROIT

Since the Indianapolis Grand Prix last month, and while the NTT INDYCAR Series focused on the Indianapolis 500, HMD Motorsports has remained busy over the past four weeks. While not officially competing since the Grand Prix weekend, promotional events and test days filled the calendar as the Team and Driver Championship leading program prepared for their first trip to the Detroit Grand Prix this weekend.

HMD Motorsports driver David Malukas and his #79 HMD Trucking machine had their car on display at a Westfield, Indiana Kroger promoting the Month of May while Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports drivers Linus Lundqvist and Benjamin Pedersen were able to make appearances on behalf of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires at both Indy 500 practices at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Freedom 75/Freedom 90 at Lucas Oil Raceway. Additionally, tests at Road America and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course kept the team busy as they prepared for the remainder of the race season.

After a brief break in the schedule, the series is set continue forward with the remainder of the season, with three event weekends over the next four weeks. First up is the Detroit Grand Prix on the streets of Belle Isle Circuit taking place this weekend, June 11-13. Returning to the schedule, Indy Lights has not visited Belle Isle since 2012, giving the current Indy Lights field an even playing field with all thirteen entrants having never competed at the event. The second and final street course of the season, drivers will take to the 2.35-mile, 13-turn circuit alongside the NTT INDYCAR Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Heading into Detroit, HMD Motorsports currently leads the Team Championship as well as the top two positions in the Drivers Championship – with David Malukas leading and Linus Lundqvist in second. Benjamin Pedersen has earned one podium result in the short 2021 season to date as he looks forward to the Detroit Grand Prix. The #59 HMD Motorsports entry of Nikita Lastochkin had his best result of the year back on the Streets of St. Petersburg and will look to reset that best result on the bumpy Belle Isle Circuit.

Leading up to the doubleheader weekend, drivers will complete one forty-minute practice session on Friday morning before the first qualifying session later in the afternoon. Saturday will see a second morning qualifying session and the first race of the weekend. Capping off the weekend, Indy Lights will take to the track one final time on Sunday for Race 2.

Live coverage of practice and qualifying, produced by Road to Indy TV, will be available throughout the weekend. Coverage 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
Friday, June 11
9:50-10:30am – Practice
2:30-3:00pm – Qualifying 1

Saturday, June 12
9:30-9:50am – Qualifying 2
12:10-1:00pm – Race 1 (25 laps / 50 minutes)

Sunday, June 13
10:35-11:25am – Race 2 (30 laps / 50 minutes)

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 [email protected] 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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HMD MOTORSPORTS ADDS LEAHY-WOLF LUBRICANTS AS ASSOCIATE PARTNER FOR ROAD AMERICA

Always looking to expand their partnership base, HMD Motorsports has added Leahy-Wolf Lubricants as an associate partner for the upcoming Road America event weekend. Taking place June 17-20 at the picturesque Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin facility, the Illinois based lubricant company will have associate branding on the HMD Motorsports entries during rounds nine and ten of the twenty race Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires program.

“Leahy-Wolf is a third-generation family-owned lubricant blender and distributor based just outside of Chicago and we service large multi-location organizations around the United States through our national distributor network,” explained Cathy Schutzenhofer. “We provide inventory management solutions, state of the art Laboratory analysis, the highest quality lubricant products and greases.”

“We have been in contact for more than a year with Leahy-Wolf and were set to do something in 2020,” explained Henry Malukas. “Unfortunately, our world was turned upside down due to Covid and everything was put on hold. With Leahy-Wolf located in the Chicago area and Road America only a few hours north, it was ideal for our partnership to begin at their ‘home’ event as we look to expand our working relationship in the future.”

Leahy-Wolf Lubricants’ Cathy Schutzenhofer added, “Though we were not able to begin our partnership last season, we are excited to get started in 2021 beginning at Road America. The HMD program has been on a tear this season leading both the team and driver championship. We can only hope that our partnership helps add to their success and we can see the Leahy-Wolf logo in victory lane.”

Providing oil and lubricants for a variety of different industries including fleet transportation, industrial, and food processing, Leahy-Wolf has been in existence since 1946 and has become a leader in the North American lubricant industry.

Malukas added, “We look forward to welcoming some members of Leahy-Wolf trackside at Road America and showing them what our motorsports program is all about.”

With the Detroit Grand Prix taking place June 11-13, HMD Motorsports and Leahy-Wolf Lubricants will begin their partnership at Road America June 18-20.

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HMD MOTORSPORTS WINS AGAIN IN INDY LIGHTS

As the first quarter of the 2021 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season comes to a close, HMD Motorsports has continued to reign supreme through the first three event weekends. This past weekend, the four-car lineup tackled Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a doubleheader event weekend at the Indianapolis Grand Prix and added two more race wins, bringing the victory total to five wins in the first six races

With three practice sessions (two series tests and one official practice) to start off the weekend, the team was prepared to have over two hours to run different race setups and familiarize themselves with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. However, David Malukas quickly ran into electrical issues in all three sessions, virtually eliminating his practice time and a fourth-place finish as his highest result.

Heading into the first qualifying session on Friday morning, the #79 crew was able to find a solution to Malukas’ electrical issues and he qualified in the third position – a strong result after the disappointing practice sessions. Nikita Lastochkin qualified in the eleventh position as he took on the Indy GP circuit for the first time behind the wheel of a Lights car. When the green flag dropped for race one later that afternoon, Malukas quickly began to hunt down the second-place runner of Toby Sowery and after four laps overtook his close friend and moved up into the second position. Matching lap times with his Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports teammate, Linus Lundqvist, Malukas was unable to gain on Lundqvist and finished the first race of the weekend on the podium in second. With Lundqvist taking the win, Malukas fell to second in the points championship, four points behind his teammate Lundqvist. Benjamin Pedersen secured a tenth-place result for the GRG with HMD Motorsports outfit while Lastochkin had a late race spin and would eventually be classified in the 13th position after showing leaps and bounds of forward progress and closing the gap to the leaders.

For the second qualifying session of the weekend, Malukas continued to improve to claim the pole position only 0.0955 seconds over Lundqvist. From start to finish of the second and final race of the weekend, Malukas lead from green flag to checkered flag to take his third win of the season. In the final lap of the race, Malukas battled closely with Sowery, but was ultimately able to claim his third win of the season in a photo-finish across the Yard of Bricks, with a lead of 0.0283 seconds. Lundqvist crossed the line in the fifth position while Pedersen improved one position from Saturday’s result to finish ninth and Lastochkin was once again in the 13th position

As the weekend drew to a close, Malukas reclaimed the lead in the Driver’s Championship and HMD Motorsports continued to extend their lead in the Team Championship – claiming five wins in the first six races.

With a few weeks off unit the Detroit Grand Prix, taking place June 11-13th, HMD Motorsports will complete two additional private tests at Road America and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in preparation for the remainder of the season.

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 [email protected] 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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HMD MOTORSPORTS ENTERS MONTH OF MAY WITH POINT LEAD

After a short break, HMD Motorsports is gearing up for the next two rounds of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship. Taking place this coming weekend, May 13th-15th, at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, the Brownsburg, Indiana based team is eager to challenge at their home event, only ten miles from their headquarters.

David Malukas, driver of the #79 HMD Trucking supported Dallara IL-15, has won two of the four races so far this season and will be looking to add to his win total and extend his championship points lead. With past Indy Lights experience at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and improved confidence heading into the weekend, Malukas is currently one of the drivers to beat in the 2021 season.

In the #59 entry, Nikita Lastochkin is hoping to continue improving and gaining confidence in the car. Over the past two event weekends, Lastochkin has moved up the results sheet in both speed and results, with a career-best finish of eighth at the last event weekend in St. Petersburg. In his debut Indy Lights season, Lastochkin has dramatically improved over the last five weeks since preseason testing and is hoping to break through this weekend to battle for positions at a track that he enters experience with.

Heading into the weekend, HMD Motorsports, along with Global Racing Group, are currently leading both the Team Championship, twenty points ahead of their closest competition, and the Drivers’ Championship with David Malukas three points ahead of his GRG teammate Linus Lundqvist.

Taking place over the course of just three days, and with the addition of two series test sessions, the Indy Lights field has a jampacked schedule. The first on-track activity will begin on Thursday morning with one test session followed by a second test and official practice later in the afternoon. Traditionally, both qualifying sessions would take place prior to the first race however, this weekend will see one qualifying session on Friday morning followed by race one in the afternoon. An additional qualifying session on Saturday morning will lead up to the second and final race of the weekend later in the day on Saturday, just before the start of the NTT IndyCar Series event.

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, May 13
10:10-11:00am – Test 1
1:25-2:15pm – Test 2
4:00-4:45pm – Practice

Friday, May 14
8:35-9:05am – Qualifying 1
2:10-3:10pm – Race 1 (30 laps / 60 minutes)

Saturday, May 15
8:55-9:25am – Qualifying 2
12:45-1:45pm – Race 2 (35 laps / 60 minutes)

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 [email protected] 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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HMD MOTORSPORTS AND DAVID MALUKAS WIN IN ST. PETERSBURG

HMD Motorsports left the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on top after this past weekend’s doubleheader event. In the third and fourth rounds of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship, the HMD Motorsports team gained valuable points towards the individual drivers’ championships as well as the team championship as they currently lead both heading into their home event, the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Taking place over three days through the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, David Malukas and Nikita Lastochkin took part in one practice session before back-to-back qualifying runs on Friday. As the weekend arrived, all focus shifted to wheel-to-wheel action taking place on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

While Nikita Lastochkin is still working through his rookie season, he was able to make huge strides over the weekend to close the gap to the leaders and earn his career best finish in the Indy Lights program. In qualifying, Lastochkin scored the tenth fastest lap to start on the outside of row five for race one and twelfth for race two, but was able to improve in both when the green flag flew. On Saturday, Lastochkin kept his nose clean and finished with an Indy Lights career-best finish of eighth. Struggling a bit in race two, a mid-race spin due to an inconsistent brake bias setting moved him down the order where he eventually finished in the eleventh position.

David Malukas had a successful weekend in St. Petersburg, taking home two more podium results bringing that total to three. Throughout the five on-track sessions, Malukas never finished outside of the top-three. After qualifying second for race on one on the weekend, Malukas struggled at the start and was aggressively pushed back to P7. After a hard battle and working his way forward, Malukas was able to take back what he had lost to finish on the podium in third. Starting from the pole position in Sunday’s event, the Turtle Plastics backed driver led the race from start to finish. After gaining a significant lead over his championship rivals, Malukas had to methodically keep his challengers at bay in the latter stages to earn the win. Giving it everything he had, Malukas fought to maintain his lead and after brushing the wall with three laps to go, the Chicago native held on to claim his second win the season. Leaving the streets of St. Petersburg, Malukas took over the drivers’ championship lead and helped gain points towards the team championship – which HMD Motorsports continues to lead.

On the Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports side of the program, Linus Lundqvist rebounded from a disappointing result on Saturday to finish third on Sunday putting a pair of HMD branded drivers on the podium. Benjamin Pedersen battled for a top-five result on Saturday and while making a bid for P4 in the late stages, took evasive action to avoid contact and fell down the running order. Pedersen returned on Sunday to finish sixth. Linus Lundqvist and Benjamin Pedersen now sit second and sixth in the drivers’ championship

Now, the team will regroup over the next couple of weeks before setting up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the next two rounds of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tire Championship, May 13-15.

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 [email protected] 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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HMD MOTORSPORTS WINS AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

One year after the elimination of the 2020 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship, HMD Motorsports began their championship campaign at Barber Motorsports Park, just outside of Birmingham, Alabama this past weekend. From the first practice session of the weekend, the HMD Motorsports and Global Racing Group crew took their place as the team to beat.

Leading the HMD Motorsports lineup, David Malukas battled it out with his GRG teammate, Linus Lundqvist for the fastest time in practice where the pair were separated by a scant 0.1942 seconds. An indication of the level of competition in this year’s field, ten of the thirteen drivers finished within one second of each other.

After a strong qualifying session and set to start from second for the first race of the season, Malukas was hit from behind on the first turn at the start of the race, was sent into the barrier and was unable to complete the race. The HMD Motorsports crew was able to repair Malukas’ car in time for the second race on Sunday, where he started from pole and drove to his first career win in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship. Malukas had a strong lead throughout the entirety of the race with Linus Lundqvist finishing in second, more than six seconds behind Malukas. While he and Lundqvist pulled away from the field, the remaining eleven cars battled it out over thirty seconds behind the leaders.

In his first official weekend in Indy Lights, Nikita Lastochkin, driver of the #59, continued to improve throughout the entirety of the race weekend. In practice, Lastochkin finished in twelfth but managed to qualify eleventh for both races. Lastochkin was able to begin closing the gap to the leader and improved to a 1.1807-second difference in qualifying one and 1.0326-second difference in qualifying two. Lastochkin again finished in eleventh for the first race of the season and in the second race, he broke into the top-ten for the first time in his rookie season with an impressive ninth place result

At the end of the double-header weekend, David Malukas is currently sitting third in the championship points standings and Nikita Lastochkin is in eleventh. Global Racing Group drivers Lundqvist and Benjamin Pedersen currently hold the first and fourth place positions in the championship courtesy of three podium results between the two

Now, the HMD Motorsports crew will quickly prepare the cars for the next race, and will head straight to St. Petersburg, Florida this upcoming weekend, April 23rd-25th, for the next two rounds

Last year, before the cancelation of the season, David Malukas topped the charts in the one-and-only practice session of the year at the Streets of St. Petersburg. Hoping to continue the momentum from the past weekend, HMD Motorsports will be looking to sit at the top of the charts once again

The Indy Lights field will take to the track three times on Friday, with a practice session in the morning followed by both qualifying sessions later that afternoon. Saturday and Sunday will each host one round of the championship.

St. Petersburg – Weekend Schedule

Friday, April 23rd
10:25am – 11:05am       Practice
1:25pm – 1:55pm          Qualifying 1
5:25pm – 5:55pm          Qualifying 2

Saturday, April 24th
3:20pm – 4:05pm          Race 1

Sunday, April 25th
10:00am – 10:50pm      Race 2

While the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is open to a limited number of attendees, fans who are unable to attend will be able to view live timing and video of both qualifying sessions and both races. Qualifying rounds will be available to watch on RoadToIndy.TV and on the Road to Indy TV App. For the races, fans within the United States will be able to watch live with a subscription to Peacock Premium and Canadian fans will be able to access a livestream via REV TV. Fans outside of North America can watch the live stream for free via The Race.

Qualifying – Watch Live

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Races – Watch Live

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 [email protected] 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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HMD MOTORSPORTS READY TO KICK OFF 2021 INDY LIGHTS SEASON

Nearly four hundred days since the COVID-19 shutdown of the 2020 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship season, HMD Motorsports is returning to the Road to Indy and is set to pick up where they left off. After setting the fastest time in the one and only 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 Championship 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 eleven wins and twenty-eight podiums across five championships in the past three seasons in the #24.

As part of a jampacked April schedule, the Indy Lights field will open their season this weekend, April 15th-18th at Barber Motorsports Park alongside the entire Road to Indy program 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 season-opener, Barber Motorsports Park, where David Malukas broke the track’s 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 to long of an off season for me!”

With only one practice session on Thursday afternoon, the team will quickly move in to 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 15th
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM        Practice

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

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

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

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TURTLE PLASTICS JOINS HMD MOTORSPORTS FOR 2021 INDY LIGHTS SEASON

As a partner with a team or driver in the Road to Indy since 2019, Turtle Plastics has rejoined HMD Motorsports and the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires program in 2021. As the HMD Motorsports effort grows with the partnership with Global Racing Group, Turtle Plastics will look to take advantage of business-to-business programs put forth by the expanding Indy Lights program and will have a major presence at several events throughout the 2021 season.

“We welcome Turtle Plastics back to HMD Motorsports,” explained Henry Malukas. “We look forward to working with them in several different programs including the “Laps for Legacy” program to help raise awareness and funding for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, promoting their business and products as well as opening up new avenues of opportunities for them within the Road to Indy. Additionally, we open more possibilities with our connection with Christian Pedersen and Global Racing Group with the opportunities being endless for the years to come.”

Entering the 2019 Road to Indy as a partner with Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship driver Tim Pagliuso, the team will level up in 2021 to the Indy Lights program, reestablishing the partnership that was pushed to the wayside due to the cancelled 2020 season

“Tim Pagliuso has played a major role in serving as our safety products spokesman and creating business opportunities in the motor sport racing industry,” explained Turtle Plastics President Liz Demetriou. “He has been able to bring us into a world that we knew little about. Connecting us with RTD Media and Management’s Mike Maurini last year, as well as with HMD Motorsports, several plans were put forth including a flourishing partnership. It is a pleasure to work with HMD Motorsports and provide a trackside experience for our customers, VIP’s and potential clients that money could not buy, and we look forward to taking advantage of the program and cheering on the HMD Motorsports and Global Racing Group drivers.”

2021 is set to be an exciting season for HMD Motorsports and Global Racing Group with a four-car Indy Lights effort including Nikita Lastochkin and David Malukas in the HMD Motorsports entries and Benjamin Pedersen and Linus Lundqvist in the Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports cars.

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 [email protected] 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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NIKITA LASTOCHKIN JOINS HMD MOTORSPORTS

As the start of the season approaches, HMD Motorsports has nearly finalized their 2021 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires team roster with the addition of Nikita Lastochkin. After recently testing with the team at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Lastochkin has inked a deal that will see him pilot the #59 entry for the Indianapolis, Indiana based program.

A veteran in the Road to Indy, the Russian driver will be joining the team for an upcoming test at Barber Motorsports Park before the Series Test at the same location. Making his HMD Motorsports debut over the April 15-18 weekend, Lastochkin will join David Malukas, Linus Lundqvist and Benjamin Pedersen in a four-car effort with Global Racing Group.

Before the 2020 season was abandoned, Lastochkin was set to compete in his rookie Indy Lights season. Now, he will be making his first career Indy Lights start with HMD Motorsports but has already logged a pair of test days at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca back in January in preparation for the 2021 season. After starting his racing career back in 2013 and 2014 in the Skip Barber Winter Series, Lastockin has spent the past six years honing his skills in the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires ladder program. Starting in 2015, Lastockin entered USF2000 before moving up to Indy Pro 2000 in 2017.

While the four-car lineup is stacked with rookies, Malukas, Lundqvist and Pedersen have had multiple testing opportunities with the team at various tracks and will be able to greatly benefit Lastochkin and each other. With all four drivers coming from different racing backgrounds and competing in different series, they will be able to work together to become a strong four-car team.

Stay tuned for more announcements from HMD Motorsports and Global Racing Group in the coming weeks.

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LINUS LUNDQVIST TO MAKE INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES DEBUT WITH GLOBAL RACING GROUP WITH HMD MOTORSPORTS

Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports are excited to announce the third driver who will be joining the newly-formed partnership for the 2021 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship. Linus Lundqvist – reigning Formula Regional Americas Powered by Honda Champion and recipient of the first Honda Performance Development Indy Lights Scholarship – is set to join the field in a Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports entry and make his debut in the Road to Indy.

“We are thrilled to have Linus join Indy Lights in 2021 and happy that we can continue our working relationship,” explained GRG’s Christian Pedersen. “Linus has one goal, and we look forward to helping him achieve that. The partnership between Global Racing Group and HMD Motorsports solidifies the defined commitment for success and Linus will be part of a very strong four car driver lineup in the partnership.”

“Linus’ performance in 2020 was incredible,” added HMD Motorsports Owner Henry Malukas. “We are happy that he is racing in our program, and not against it.”

The 21-year-old Swedish driver made a massive impact in his first season racing in the United States. After claiming the BRDC British F3 Championship in 2018 and finishing fifth in the Euroformula Open in 2019, Lundqvist made the move over to the Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda for the 2020 season – where he accomplished a nearly perfect season. Over the course of 17 races, Lundqvist and Global Racing Group earned 15 wins, 16 podiums, 16 pole positions, 14 fastest laps and set new track records at five of the six venues.

After claiming the FR Americas Championship, Lundqvist was presented with a scholarship from Honda Performance Development to help move him to the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires in Indy Lights. New to the Road to Indy program, Lundqvist will experience all new tracks [with the exception of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Barber Motorsports Park – which he competed on in FR Americas in 2020] in the 2021 season and will get his first taste of oval and street course action. This past season, Lundqvist conquered new and unfamiliar tracks each weekend and is looking to continue dominating new circuits in the upcoming season.

“Finally, able to announce my intentions for 2021 and shift my focus to race wins and the quest for the championship,” explained Lundqvist. “The partnership between Global Racing Group and HMD Motorsports has really formed a powerhouse program in the Road to Indy and their support together with Honda’s scholarship program has allowed me to put together what I believe to be the best possible foundation for a successful 2021”.

“HPD is pleased to support Linus in his next career move to Indy Lights with Global Racing Group,” added John Whiteman Commercial Motors Division Manager for HPD. “The intent of HPD and the F4 US and FR Americas series is to provide racers with an accessible platform to develop their skills and achieve their dreams. We look forward to watching Linus continue his success in the INDYCAR paddock.”

Lundqvist has already completed a two-day test at the Sebring International Raceway and will join Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports at a handful of private tests prior to making his Indy Lights debut in the 2021 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama over the April 9 – 11th weekend.

One additional driver announcement from HMD Motorsports will be communicated in the coming weeks.

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

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DAVID MALUKAS SET FOR RUN AT INDY LIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP WITH HMD MOTORSPORTS

HMD Motorsports is excited to officially announce that David Malukas will be making a return to the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires field for the upcoming 2021 season. With no surprise of his confirmation, Malukas will join the already confirmed Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports entry of Benjamin Pedersen.

“I am really excited for the 2021 season to be back in the Road to Indy,” expressed David Malukas. “2020 started off well with the quickest lap of the only practice session at St. Pete but COVID had different plans for our season. Definitely missed being at events with IndyCar, and we have our goals set high for 2021.”

No stranger to the Road to Indy, Malukas has quickly worked his way up the ladder program over the past four years. After making his debut in USF2000 in 2017 for a partial season, Malukas moved up to Indy Pro 2000 the following year, where he finished fourth in the championship and claimed three wins. For the 2019 season, Malukas moved up in the program again for his rookie Indy Lights season where he earned two podiums and six top-five finishes.

Malukas was set to return to Indy Lights for the 2020 season. However, after the forced cancellation of the 2020 season, the Chicago area resident and HMD Motorsports made the switch to Formula Regional Americas Powered by Honda – where he finished second in the championship with two wins and fifteen podium finishes

Coming in to the 2020 season strong, Malukas and HMD Motorsports topped the charts in the one and only practice session for Indy Lights in 2020 at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19, and they expected the momentum and success to continue through the season. While the cancellation of the 2020 Indy Lights season was not ideal, the off year gave Malukas and the newly revamped crew an opportunity to settle in together and form a strong team making them even more prepared for the upcoming Indy Lights season.

Malukas will return to his #79 HMD Motorsports entry for the 2021 season.

With two drivers confirmed, HMD Motorsports and Global Racing Group will make their two remaining driver announcements after the New Year.

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