Andretti Autosport’s Louis Foster heads to Nashville this weekend for his first visit to the Tennessee track, in fine form on street circuits this season.
Foster, who turned 20 on July 27, was on pole position for all three of the Indy NXT Series’ street events this season so far, giving the #26 Copart/USF Pro Championship driver lots of confidence.
After coming to the United States to race for the first time last season, Foster had never raced on a dedicated street course but won two of the races and finished on the podium in the other two on his way to the Indy Pro 2000 title.
“Nashville is one of those cities that has such a big reputation, I can’t wait to get there and enjoy the race weekend,” says Foster, who is backed by Copart, a global leader in online auto auctions.
“We’ve had really good speed on street circuits with the three poles so far this season. Obviously, the focus now is doing that again and converting it into another victory.
“Being taken out at Detroit in the first race cost us dearly at the last street track, and we know Nashville can throw up races filled with adversity.
“So I have to respect this track, deliver in the key moments and focus on coming away with good points for the championship.”
Foster is fifth in the championship in a tightly congested title fight and is the second highest-placed rookie in the series as things stand.
“We’ve got a big six races ahead now, starting with Nashville,” adds Foster.
“The whole Andretti Autosport team is pushing really, really hard to give us that edge and to help us execute over a race weekend.
“It was nice to have a short break to train and focus on some details, but now it’s back to it and the focus is maximising the last six races to put ourselves in the best possible position at the end of the year.”
Nashville is the last street track on the schedule, before trips to the Indianapolis road course, Gateway oval and Portland and Laguna Seca circuits to finish the season. Laguna Seca hosts a double-header.
Nashville schedule – Times shown are Eastern Time (BST -5) Friday, August 4 Practice 1 1455-1540 (1955-2040)
Saturday, August 5 Practice 2 1035-1120 (1535-1620)
1405-1425 (1905-1925) Sunday, August 6 Race 1005-1115 (1505-1615) Indy NXT is available to watch on Peacock TV in the USA and on Sky Sports for certain sessions. The race on Sunday will be shown on Sky Sports Sports F1 channel at 1505. In countries where Indy NXT is not scheduled to be broadcast, it is available through the IndyCar Live streaming service.