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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.

For questions relative to this press release, please contact [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. 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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GLOBAL RACING GROUP WITH HMD MOTORSPORTS INKS BENJAMIN PEDERSEN TO 2021 INDY LIGHTS CAMPAIGN

After announcing their newly formed partnership a few weeks ago, Global Racing Group is excited to announce their first driver for the upcoming 2021 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship season. Racing under the Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports banner, Benjamin Pedersen will enter the 2021 season in North America by making his Road to Indy debut on the Streets of St. Petersburg.

“I am looking forward to a new season and the new challenge that lies ahead,” expressed the 21-year-old Danish/American driver who is eager to get the season started. “I completed my first two-day test at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in November and am now testing at Sebring International Raceway as well to become comfortable with the car, new surroundings, new team members and everything that comes with entering a new series. We have several more tests planned within the coming months and I will be working hard to ensure that I am 100% ready to go for the start of the season.”

While Pedersen has not yet competed in the Road to Indy ladder program, he has been very active in the open wheel scene for the past five seasons. This past season, Pedersen took part in the first five rounds of the Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda with Global Racing Group, where he earned a best finish of fourth before heading to the United Kingdom to compete in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship season, claiming a win at the famous Silverstone circuit and three podiums during the season. In 2019, Pedersen finished second in the F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda (now Formula Regional Americas) with seven wins in only ten races, after finishing third in the Championship the year prior in 2018.

“Benjamin has come up to speed pretty quickly in an Indy Lights car and I think time between now and season start will only see continued steps forward” added Team Manager AJ Smith. “He is definitely talented and while almost every track on the calendar will be new to him, I am confident in the team that we have built around him to ensure success.”

Pedersen added, “2020 was a different year for most and after transitioning to Europe, I am happy to be back home with the chance to race on American soil and progress to the upper echelons of North American motorsports.”

Pedersen brings a great deal of knowledge to the team and both HMD Motorsports and Global Racing Group are eager to see him excel in the upcoming season.

Global Racing Group and HMD Motorsports are eager to announce the remainder of their 2021 season lineup in the near future. Pedersen and the entire HMD/GRG team will make their Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway, February 24, 2021, for the first official Series Test before the first event of the season in St. Petersburg, Florida, March 5-7.

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

To stay up to date with Global Racing Group, follow @GlobalRacingGroup on Instagram and @GRGInfo on Twitter and Facebook or visit GlobalRacingGroup.com. You can email [email protected] for more information.

You can follow HMD Motorsports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching @HMDMotorsports. For more information on HMD Motorsports visit HMDMotorsports.com or email [email protected]

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GLOBAL RACING GROUP ENTERS INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES IN A BREAKTHROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH HMD MOTORSPORTS

With the 2021 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship beginning to take shape, Global Racing Group (GRG) is excited to announce that they will be entering the Road to Indy in a breakthrough partnership with HMD Motorsports for the upcoming Indy Lights season. Expanding both the HMD Motorsports fleet and the Indy Lights grid, the new partnership will be fielding a total of four full-time entries in the upcoming season.

“Working together will bring an unparallel operation to the Road to Indy program in 2021 and beyond,” expressed Henry Malukas, Owner of HMD Motorsports. “I met with Christian on several occasions through the season and our programs are very well aligned with one another. We have similar goals and interests and with our new relationship, have a direct line from FR Americas to Indy Lights.”

Christian Pedersen of Global Racing Group added, “Expanding our program into Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires has been on the drawing board for a while, and via discussions with Henry throughout 2020 it has been clear that the synergies we can unleash together will bring benefits to both teams, our drivers, the Indy Lights series and to motorsport in the U.S. in general. We both set the bar high in terms of expectations for performance, results, appearance and continued development of opportunities for drivers. That’s what the partnership is based on.”

“We are very excited to welcome Global Racing Group to the Indy Lights paddock in 2021,” explained Dan Andersen of Andersen Promotions. “Their partnership with HMD Motorsports brings two of the most professional and powerful teams together in one program with a reach for driver potential throughout North America and in Europe. HMD Motorsports has been a consistent front-runner in the Road to Indy, especially at the Indy Lights level, while Global Racing Group has been the dominant program in other open wheel series. While both entities have been successful on the track, their knack for business off the track will elevate them to the forefront of the Road to Indy for a very long time.”

HMD Motorsports will field two entries while the other two car/driver combinations will be entered as Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports. All four entries will be run out of the HMD Motorsports shop in Brownsburg, Indiana and will work together to create one dynamic and powerhouse operation. In the coming weeks, HMD Motorsports and Global Racing Group will begin to release additional plans and announcements – including which drivers will be entering the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship in 2021.

At the start of the 2020 season, HMD Motorsports had plans of running two full-time Indy Lights entrants. However, due to the COVID-19 shutdown, HMD Motorsports made the decision to compete in the Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda for the 2020 season. Starting the season with both Indy Lights entrants, the team continued to find success and growth. Halfway through the season, the team grew to three entries and added a fourth for the final weekend of the championship. Throughout the season, HMD Motorsports claimed two wins and 17 podium results

Global Racing Group entered the FR Americas Championship at the start of the 2018 season, where they have remained dominant from the start – finishing second in the Team Points Championship in their debut season and claimed their first Team Championship in 2019. During the 2020 season, Global Racing Group again dominated the season. With four full-time entrants, GRG claimed 15 wins, 18 podiums and 31 top-five finishes.

Both HMD Motorsports and Global Racing Group dominated the entirety of the 2020 FR Americas Championship, claiming every win between the two teams. Ultimately Global Racing Group came out on top of both the Team Points Championship and Driver Championship while HMD Motorsports finished second in both championships. Now, the two teams are joining forces to be a powerhouse team in the 2021 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship.

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

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HMD MOTORSPORTS ENDS FIRST FR AMERICAS SEASON AS VICE CHAMPIONS

This past weekend, HMD Motorsports wrapped up their 2020 season at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Brining their largest squad to date, the team entered four drivers in the series – Marco Kacic, Kyffin Simpson, David Malukas and Logan Cusson. Competing in rounds 15, 16 and 17, the drivers battled the 3.426-mile technical circuit.

After two practice sessions on Friday, David Malukas lead the HMD Motorsports lineup finishing the two sessions in fifth and fourth respectively. Newcomer Marco Kacic had a strong start to the weekend finishing the first practice session in sixth. Cusson, who had begun to show massive improvement in the previous few rounds, completed only one lap in the first practice, before being forced to retire from the session.

With only two days remining in the season, qualifying took place early Saturday morning. Again led by Malukas, who qualified third, Simpson, Cusson and Kacic followed in nineth, twelfth and thirteenth respectively.

In the first race of the weekend, Malukas went on to earn yet another podium finish, coming in third.

Starting the second race from the outside of row two, David Malukas quickly found himself in a tight battle for third with Jacob Abel. After getting around and taking over the third position, Malukas quickly began to pull away from the rest of the field, where he continued for the remainder of the race.

For the final race of the 2020 Championship Season, Malukas again started from third, followed by Kyffin Simpson in eighth, Logan Cusson in twelfth and Marco Kacic in thirteenth. Early on in the race, Kacic suffered from a damaged front wing, and struggled to maintain pace, however he was able to fight and finish the race and finished in eleventh. Cusson worked his way up from eleventh to finish seventh. To finish out the season, Malukas finished second, and finished on the podium for the third time that weekend and for the fifteenth time in 2020.

On Sunday evening, at the Championship Banquet, David Malukas was officially awarded the Vice Champion title for the 2020 Formula Regional Americas Championship. HMD Motorsports was also awarded second place in the Team Championship.

The 2020 year has been a season of growth and change for the HMD Motorsports crew. Starting the season competing in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the series was ultimately canceled due to COVID-19. After regrouping, the team made the decision to enter the Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda for the 2020 season. Throughout the season, HMD Motorsports proved to be a competitive force in the series.

With plans for 2021 already in the works, HMD Motorsports will now shift their focus to the 2021 season and a return to Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. As the team begins to fill out their team roster, HMD Motorsports is still looking for drivers. For information on joining the team in 2021, please email [email protected]

Stay tuned for more announcements from HMD Motorsports in the coming weeks.

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A QUARTET OF DRIVERS FOR HMD MOTORSPORTS IN SEASON FINALE

After an unprecedented 2020 season, full of series, schedule and driver changes, the 2020 Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda will officially come to a close this weekend at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas. With three of the seventeen rounds remaining, HMD Motorsports will take on the 3.427-mile, 17-turn course for the sixth and final event weekend.

The ever changing and rising team will enter this weekend with four drivers. David Malukas, Logan Cusson and Kyffin Simpson will be returning with the team alongside HMD Motorsports newcomer, Marco Kacic.

This weekend, Logan Cusson, who joined the team at Barber Motorsports Park, is looking to continue his improving streak. Throughout the season, Cusson has made massive improvements each and every weekend. Moving from deep in the field at Barber Motorsports Park, to a fourth-place finish at Sebring International Raceway and, most recently, a third-place podium result at Homestead-Miami Speedway two weeks ago, Cusson is hoping to continue his streak of development.

New to the team and FR Americas Championship, Marco Kacic will be making his debut appearance. While new to the series, Kacic has developed his craft in other open-wheel formula championships. In 2019, after winning seven of ten races and finishing on the podium in all but one race, Kacic claimed the F4 Formula Pro USA Championship. He has had the opportunity to work with HMD Motorsports a couple of times throughout the 2020 season testing at Autobahn in the Ligier JS F3 chassis and is well equipped to make a strong appearance this weekend.

David Malukas, who has remained strong through the entirety of the season, is looking to finish the season with additional wins. While the championship is now out of reach, Malukas has remained impressive throughout the year, claiming two wins and twelve podiums in the fourteen completed rounds. Sitting second in the championship, Malukas has claimed both of his wins in the second half of the season and is looking to claim a few more in Texas.

Returning for his third weekend in FR Americas with HMD Motorsports, Kyffin Simpson has remained a strong competitor after moving up from the F4 US Championship halfway through the season. Still improving and learning every weekend, Simpson will be looking to break into the top-five in the final event weekend of the season.

Due to COVID-19, the final weekend of the season will be closed to the public. However, live timing will again be available through Race-Monitor.com or the Race Monitor App all weekend long. All three races this weekend will be streamed live at FANRacing.Live.

Weekend Schedule – Circuit of the Americas
Friday, October 23rd
10:45-11:30am             Practice 1
4:15-5:00pm                 Practice 2

Saturday, October 24th
10:15-11:00am             Qualifying
3:15-4:05pm                 Race #1

Sunday, October 25th
10:50-11:40am             Race #2
2:35-3:25pm                 Race #3

HMD Motorsports is currently in the process of finalizing their 2021 team lineup. For more information on joining HMD Motorsports contact us at [email protected]

Stay tuned for more announcements from HMD Motorsports in the coming weeks.

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MARCO KACIC JOINS HMD MOTORSPORTS FOR FR AMERICAS SEASON FINALE

Heading into the final weekend of the 2020 Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda, HMD Motorsports has added Marco Kacic to their lineup. The 17-year-old Canadian will be joining the HMD Motorsports trio in a fourth entry for the final event at Circuit of the Americas over the October 23-25 weekend.

While the upcoming weekend will be Kacic’s debut FR Americas event, he is no stranger to the HMD Motorsports team or car. Earlier this year, Kacic completed a series of private tests with the team at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois in the Ligier JS F3 chassis. Over the course of multiple test days, Kacic settled into the car and was able to improve his comfort, speed and feedback to the engineering team.

“I am excited to join HMD Motorsports for the final event of 2020,” expressed Marco Kacic. “To watch their success this season with David Malukas, Logan Cusson and Kyffin Simpson, I am ecstatic to be part of HMD. A huge thank you to everyone who has helped me get here. Thank you, Jerry Kroll, Lordco Auto Parts, Meccanica, Live Life Full4ward, New Balance, Kartplex and of course HMD Motorsports for the opportunity.”

New to the series, he is certainly not new to open wheel formula racing. Just last year, Kacic was crowned Champion in the F4 Formula Pro USA Championship Presented by ExclusiveAuctions.com where he won seven of the ten races and earned nine podiums and five pole positions. Kacic has been successful in every series he has entered, winning multiple races and championships, and he is expecting nothing less in FR Americas.

While the event is closed to the public, fans of Marco Kacic and HMD Motorsports can still follow along all weekend. Live timing will be available on Race-Monitor.com or with the Race Monitor app. A live stream of all three races will also be available on FANRacing.live.

Weekend Schedule – Circuit of the Americas
Friday, October 23rd
10:45-11:30am             Practice 1
4:15-5:00pm                 Practice 2

Saturday, October 24th
10:15-11:00am             Qualifying
3:15-4:05pm                 Race 1

Sunday, October 25th
10:50-11:40am             Race 2
2:35-3:25pm                 Race 3

Stay tuned for more announcements from HMD Motorsports in the coming weeks.

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DAVID MALUKAS AND LOGAN CUSSON PUT HMD MOTORSPORTS ON THE PODIUM IN HOMESTEAD

With back to back weekends in Florida, HMD Motorsports added to their collection of hardware in 2020. David Malukas secured three podium results including a victory in round fourteen while Logan Cusson earned his first career FR Americas Powered by Honda and a pair of top-five results over the weekend to claim his best results of the 2020 season while Kyffin Simpson continued to gain experience in only his second event.

With qualifying abandoned due to weather, the grid for round twelve on Saturday afternoon would be set by championship points as Malukas started on the outside of the front row and maintained his position throughout the race to stand on the second step of the podium. Logan Cusson finished in the sixth position but in doing so, scored the third fastest lap of the race and would line up inside row two for round thirteen on Sunday morning. Starting shotgun on the field, Simpson drove forward to an eighth place result, claiming the fifth fastest lap putting all three HMD Motorsports drivers inside the top-five on the time sheets.

Returning to the track again on Sunday for a pair of wheel-to-wheel events, Logan Cusson and David Malukas would both find themselves on the podium. Malukas maintained his string of podium results with another second-place effort while Cusson secured his first career FR Americas podium with a strong third-place effort. Showing constant and steady improvement with each passing session, Cusson was overjoyed with his podium result as he held off the advances of his fellow competitors. While some drivers elected to run new tires late in the race to better their starting position for the third race of the weekend, Cusson was still able to secure the fifth fastest lap of the race. Kyffin Simpson crossed the line in P7 and was the sixth fastest driver of round thirteen.

David Malukas added his second victory of the season in the third and final race of the weekend as he broke away from the field early and stretched the gap by more than three seconds. A minor mistake saw him overshoot corner seven as the second-place driver was able to close the gap, but Malukas maintained a steady pace to keep his competitor at bay and drive to the win. Cusson was able to secure his second top-five result of the weekend narrowly missing the third step of the podium while Simpson added another solid seventh place result as he continued to make successful strides forward with each passing session.

“It was a good weekend for the team,” explained Team Manager AJ Smith. “All three drivers showed speed and worked as a team to better themselves. It is great to see the progress made in such a short period of time and we are looking forward to COTA in a few weeks.”

With two weeks off, HMD Motorsports will return to Indianapolis to begin preparation for the final event of the 2020 FR Americas season. Set to take place at the end of the month at the Circuit of the Americas, Malukas, Cusson and Simpson will aim to close the season strong over the October 23-25 weekend in Austin, Texas.

Photo Credit: Gavin Baker Photography

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CANADIAN LOGAN CUSSON NABS FIRST CAREER FR AMERICAS PODIUM IN HOMESTEAD

In only his third event with HMD Motorsports, Canadian Logan Cusson has shown rapid improvement as he has ascended up the results sheet. Claiming his career best, and first, FR Americas Championship Powered by Honda podium this past weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Cusson has found a comfortable home within the Indianapolis based HMD Motorsports program as he looks to close the season strong at the famed Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in a few weeks’ time.

“Honestly, I was starting to doubt myself but the minute I made the switch to HMD Motorsports, the guys made me feel right at home,” explained Cusson. “It wasn’t the easiest of starts for me in the new program. A crash on the one and only day of testing limited time before my first event with the team, so I felt I was behind before even heading to Barber Motorsports Park. My first real laps with HMD were on the race weekend and the team has a different way of coaching and the car was way different than anything that I have ever driven. It took the weekend to get up to speed but by the end of Sunday, I was feeling confident and that was shown with my lap times.”

Heading to the Sebring International Raceway, Cusson continued that same upward trend. After qualifying seventh, the likeable Canadian added his first top-five of the season with a fourth-place effort in round ten and garnered the Omologato Perfectly Timed Move of the Race in round eleven to take home a unique Omologato Watch.

Continuing that momentum into the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Cusson had his career best weekend. Forced to start the first wheel-to-wheel action from outside row four after qualifying was abandoned and the field was set on the current championship points, Cusson drove to a sixth-place finish. Working with careful coaching from the team and being reminded that lap times from the first racing action of the weekend would set the grid for race two, the Echelon Wealth Partners #99 entry turned the third fastest lap of the race and secured the inside row two starting position for round thirteen on Sunday morning.

Maintaining his position when the start lights were extinguished and holding hard charging competitors at bay, Cusson controlled the third position for the full race distance and celebrated after the checkered flag had flown with his first career podium result.

“Every time on track we keep getting that much better,” explained an elated Cusson. “The team keeps pushing me and I keep pushing myself. I have learned that it is ok to make mistakes, as long as we learn from them and that has been a great feeling knowing that they all have my back.”

Returning to the track on Sunday afternoon for round fourteen, Cusson was again in the top-five on the results sheet as he netted another fourth-place result, his second of the season. Pushing his HMD Motorsports prepared car to the limit, Cusson narrowly missed his second podium result of the weekend finishing fourth by a scant seven tenths of a second.

With one more event remaining on the 2020 FR Americas calendar, Cusson will aim to carry his recent success into the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas over the October 23-25 weekend.

Please be sure to follow Logan Cusson Racing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching @LoganCussonRacing or visit him online at www.LoganCussonRacing.com. For more information on HMD Motorsports, please email [email protected]

Photo Credit: Gavin Baker Photography

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HMD MOTORSPORTS CLAIMS FIRST FR AMERICAS RACE WIN AT THE HANDS OF DAVID MALUKAS

After nearly two months away from the Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda, HMD Motorsports made the trip down to Central Florida. Competing in back-to-back weekends at Sebring International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway, HMD Motorsports is in the final push towards the end of the season.

This past weekend, the team took part in rounds nine, ten and eleven at Sebring International Raceway. Returning with David Malukas and Logan Cusson, HMD Motorsports also added a newcomer to the FR Americas Series, Kyffin Simpson – who is making the move up from the F4 United States Championship.

In the first race of the weekend, Malukas moved up from his starting position of second to claim his first victory in FR Americas. While he has finished on the podium in all but one race and has remained second in the points championship all season, this win was a longtime coming. Newcomer Kyffin Simpson finished both practice sessions mid-pack but was forced to start the first event of his FR Americas career from the tail of the grid. Simpson was able to battle with the seasoned drivers and moved up six positions to finish his first race in seventh.

Coming off of his first win, David Malukas also set the fastest lap of the race and earned his first pole position for race two. For the first fifteen minutes of the race, Malukas was able to hold his lead, but ultimately went off track with twenty minutes remaining and fell back through the pack to tenth. Malukas was able to work his way back up the field to finish in fifth. Logan Cusson made massive improvements from prior races and battled his way up towards the front of the field in one of his best races and earned a career-best finish of fourth. Kyffin Simpson began the race in fifth but was involved in a massive accident at no fault of his own as he was driven over by a fellow competitor during the first lap and was unable to finish the race.

With Simpson’s car receiving considerable damage in the race two incident, the HMD Motorsports crew worked tirelessly until the last minute when they were able to repair his car just in time for race three – Simpson was the only driver from the crash whose car was able to return for the final race of the weekend. Starting from eleventh, Simpson moved up into ninth by the end of the race and gained the experience needed to further his advancement. David Malukas started and finished in third and claimed his ninth podium in eleven races. Again, showing huge progress forward courtesy of the HMD Motorsports, Logan Cusson was awarded the Omologato Perfectly Timed Move of the Race.

Overall, it was a weekend of highs and lows for the HMD Motorsports crew, but they now will quickly shift their focus onto the next three rounds of the championship season. This week, the team will continue to head south to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the second to last race weekend of the year.

All three drivers will be returning with the team for rounds twelve through fourteen this weekend, October 1-4. Before the race weekend officially begins on Friday, drivers will have four test sessions on Thursday.

While the event will be closed to spectators, fans can follow along with updates on the HMD Motorsports social pages. Live timing will again be available on the FR Americas website, Race-Monitor.com and the Race Monitor App. FANRacing.live will also be offering a live stream of all three of the races.

Homestead-Miami Speedway Weekend Schedule * Schedule Subject to Change

Thursday, October 1
9:55-10:40am               Test 1
11:45-12:30pm             Test 2
2:20-3:00pm                 Test 3
3:50-4:20pm                 Test 4

Friday, October 2
10:40-11:10am             Practice 1
2:00-2:30pm                 Practice 2

Saturday, October 3
11:30-12:15pm             Qualifying
2:50-3:50pm                 Race 1 (35-minutes green flag racing)

Sunday, October 4
11:00-12:00pm             Race 2 (35-minutes green flag racing)
4:00-5:00pm                 Race 3 (35-minutes green flag racing)

Photo Credit: Gavin Baker Photography