Foster beats Indy NXT title challengers to pole in Portland
The battle for the Indy NXT championship comes down to Christian Rasmussen and Hunter McElrea, but they were both outpaced by Louis Foster at Portland on Saturday. A six-way battle for pole position ensued in a frenetic 20-minute session at the 1.964-mile Portland International Raceway. Seconds before the end, it seemed that McElrea and Rasmussen would secure the front row, with McElrea posting a 62.7924s lap, slightly ahead of Rasmussen. However, Foster, McElrea’s teammate, managed to squeeze in a lap time of 62.6302s on his final lap to claim pole by a margin of 0.1622s, resulting in Andretti Autosport locking out the front row. The next four slots on the grid are filled by HMD Motorsports cars, with Kyffin Simpson joining Rasmussen on the second row, and Reece Gold and Nolan Siegel in fifth and sixth. Victor Franzoni, returning to the series, secured eighth place for Juncos Hollinger Racing, while Matt Brabham spun and had to start from the back after causing a yellow flag. Danial Frost starts in eighth for HMD, and the all Abel Motorsports fifth row will be filled by Jacob Abel and Yuven Sundaramoorthy. The Indy NXT race will begin at 10:20 a.m. PT time (1:20 p.m. ET) on Sunday.