After climbing the Road to Indy ranks, Nolan Siegel will advance to the Indy Lights Championship in 2023 driving for HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing. Winner of the 2000 Indy Pro race presented by Cooper Tires and with an Indy Lights race under his belt at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Siegel confirmed his intention to move up to the top tier of junior open-wheel racing in North America.
Last season, following the conclusion of the 2000 Indy Pro Championship presented by Cooper Tires, Siegel finished the 2022 Indy Lights season with HMD Motorsports in the final two races at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Without any prior testing in the Dallara IL-15, Siegel went out for his first Indy Lights practice and finished second against the seasoned Indy Lights champ. To launch his Indy Lights career, Siegel earned two top-ten finishes to cap off his season and introduction to Indy Lights.
“I was thrown into the deep end a bit at Laguna Seca, but I enjoyed the experience and learned a lot,” Siegel explained. “The Indy Lights car is a whole new beast. It’s heavier, faster, and has a slightly different style of driving. The tires had a different level of grip than I was used to, and the push- to-pass was also something new for me, once the weekend was over I looked back and it was definitely not the results I would have wanted, but I also wouldn’t want to participate in the first race of 2023 without having had the experience.
Previously in Road to Indy, Siegel completed three seasons of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship starting in 2019 at the age of fourteen. Over the next two seasons, Siegel continued to improve. In his final USF2000 season, Siegel had one win and four podium finishes. Last season, Siegel qualified for the 2000 Indy Pro Championship presented by Cooper Tires. In his rookie season, Siegel scored two wins, four additional podiums, two pole positions and finished fourth in the championship.
After a successful first run at Indy Lights with HMD Motorsports, Siegel is set for a series of off-season testing in preparation for his first full season at Indy Lights this coming season.
“Nolan performed well in Laguna and on our new Drivers’ Judging Day,” added HMD Motorsports General Manager Mike Maurini. “I expect great things from him in 2023 because he has surrounded himself with all the right people to succeed.”
This news follows a busy news week last week with an entry list of 20. Siegel joins Danial Frost, Christian Bogle and Josh Green with the team. This is 4 of their 8 announced pilots.
Andretti Autosport has already named Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster as drivers. Jagger Jones will be one of the Cape Motorsports drivers.
Number of cars
We know HMD has 8 cars, Andretti is expected to return with 4 and now JHR has 2. Legacy Autosport and Cape Motorsports will join the series as both will each have a pair of drivers themselves.
This already brings the number of cars to 18.
Then you can see a return of Force Indy and Abel Motorsports can stay as well. Whether it’s 1 or 2 cars for Abel remains to be seen but it’s at least 20 cars there. What about TJ’s speed? They had 2 cars in 2022?