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Kiwi IndyCar hopeful’s dash to New Zealand Grand Prix

KIWI rising star Callum Hedge is racing the clock to be a last-minute addition to this weekend’s New Zealand Grand Prix field.

The 2023 champion in Porsche Carrera Cup Australia and Formula Regional Americas, Hedge is preparing for his rookie season in Indy NXT – the feeder category to the top-flight IndyCar Series.

After taking part in a Porsche Ice Experience in Finland earlier this week, Hedge headed back to his homeland for a NZGP tilt with Bruin Beasley’s MTEC Motorsport.

He’s still in transit, with time ticking until opening practice at Highlands Motorsport Park.

“I land in Queenstown at 8:40 (this morning), which gives me about an hour to get to the track before first practice,” Hedge said.

“If the flight has no delays and I can make it to the track in time, I’ll jump in for a skid.

 “I’ll have a nap in the middle of Friday, cut some laps, and go from there.”

Callum Hedge. Pic: Supplied

The prestigious NZGP will be held in the third and final race of the Castrol Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship decider this weekend.

Hedge placed third in the 2023 NZGP at Hampton Downs, and was a CTFROC race winner at Highlands last year.

The 20-year-old joins an 18-strong field this weekend which includes Indy NXT peers Jacob Abel and Bryce Aron.

The outing will be doubly valuable for Hedge, whose pre-season was interrupted by appendicitis.

“I tested the other day at Laguna Seca and did about 20 laps and was a little sore,” he admitted.

“That cleared up about an hour or two afterwards, which was good. I went to the doctors the day following, and they gave me the all-clear.

“I’ve done a lot of travelling since and haven’t had any issues. I’ve been to the gym and feel like I’ve recovered. The body feels good.”

The 2024 Indy NXT season opens on March 10 at St. Petersburg, Florida.

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