Silly season is at its peak again with another week and another new Indy Lights dealing. This time, it’s Christian Bogle who will shift from Carlin to HMD Motorsports for the 2022 season. That move was unveiled on Thursday.
Bogle, 20, produced 11 top 10 finishes in his 20 starts a year ago. What’s wild is, this will mark just his fourth year of racing all together with him being very raw in terms of his motorsports experience.
“I am still fairly new to motorsports compared to my competitors but feel the home I have found at HMD Motorsports will help accelerate my progress with the help of some very fast teammates,” Bogle said via a team release. “We have had several test days together already and have been able to get to know one another. The way they have fit me to the car is the most comfortable I have ever been, and that is showing in the on-track progress. They have welcomed me with open arms and surrounded me with the people that I need to improve as a driver.”
The Covington, Louisiana native will join Danial Frost and Benjamin Pedersen in the Indy Lights lineup for defending team champions HMD. All are second year drivers with Pedersen racing for them last year and Frost for Andretti Autosport a year ago as well.
David Malukas finished second in the final standings for this team last year but he and HMD also will move up to the NTT IndyCar Series and partner with Dale Coyne Racing on the No. 18 Honda. That move was announced on Wednesday.
Kicking off their relationship at the Chris Griffis Memorial Open Test in late October at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Bogle also has tested with HMD on multiple days at Sebring International Raceway and Barber Motorsports Park. Additional tests are planned for Sebring, Homestead-Miami Speedway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
“We have set realistic goals for preseason testing and then for the start of the 2022 race season,” Bogle said. “We plan to evaluate those goals midseason and see where we stand, what is needed to improve and hopefully set new ones. The first test that we had together was a learning experience for both the team and I, but now that we have found our footing, I am becoming more comfortable with the car, and it is noted by the decrease in the gap to the quickest drivers in the series.”
The release also stated that there still will be more drivers named to this group as well. As of now, we have nine drivers named to the 2022 driver lineup with Jacob Abel racing for his family team which will move up for the first time ever to Indy Lights next season. Andretti Autosport will have Sting Ray Robb, Matthew Brabham, Hunter McElrea and Christian Rasmussen with them. TJ Speed has Kyffin Simpson racing for them as well.
Exclusive Autosport has at least two drivers still left to be named. Global Racing Group with HMD has one more driver. Is Juncos back with 1-2 cars? What about Carlin? Rumor is they sold off their equipment but no word yet on to whom.
Still, that’s nine drivers already announced with a potential of 5-7 more still coming.