In-demand Kiwi signs 2024 Indy NXT deal

Callum Hedge. Pic: Supplied

HOT property Callum Hedge has sorted his 2024 racing plans.

The 20-year-old Kiwi had earned himself options in the international Porsche pipeline as well as Super Formula in Japan, but has instead looked to Indy NXT, which is the official feeder category into IndyCar.

Hedge last month completed an Indy NXT test with Cape Motorsports at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and has signed a race deal with HMD Motorsports.

“I have had a taste of the Indy NXT machinery and am ready for the challenge that 2024 will bring,” said Hedge.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to join a championship-winning program in HMD Motorsports and for my partners who continue to make my motorsports dream a reality.

“I am anxious to get situated with the team and get going.

“The first test is two months away, but you can trust I will be taking in everything I can between now and January to ensure I am up to speed and ready to go.”

HMD has won the past two titles, with Linus Lundqvist last year and Christian Rasmussen in 2023.

“We have a lot of time for Callum and are confident that he will have success in Indy NXT,” said HMD general manager Mike Maurini.

“He is stepping into a program that has ascended rapidly and has been winning along the way.

“He is another piece to the growing puzzle and will be a threat for the top step of the podium all season.

“While the North American ovals and temporary courses will be new to him, he has a strong support system of drivers and engineers around him that will assist in making the transition seamless.”

Hedge has clinched the 2023 Formula Regional Americas Championship and will vie for the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia title at this weekend’s Adelaide decider.

Connor O’Brien joined V8 Sleuth in 2022 as website Editor. He won the Supercars Media Award in 2017 while working as a sports reporter at the Gold Coast Bulletin, before stints at Supercars and Speedcafe. During his time at V8 Sleuth he's twice (2022, 2023) been named Journalist of the Year at the Supercars Media Awards.