Young Kiwi Callum Hedge is set for a double header event at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Round 3 and 4 of the Indy NXT by Firestone championship this weekend.

The INDYCAR feeder series will hold the first of three double header weekends, with a four session schedule to be held around the Road Course in Indianapolis.

Unlike Round 1 and 2, hosted at St Petersburg Street Course and Barber Motorsport Park respectively, drivers will contest two races across the weekend, with only one practice session before heading straight into qualifying. A two-part qualifying will set the grid for both races, with drivers split into Group A and Group B.

The return to the track comes quickly for Callum, after a six-week break between Round 1 and 2, and the New Zealander is looking forward to continuing the momentum.

“Our lead into this event has been good. I’m definitely feeling more confident in the car and with the team, compared to the first two rounds,” said Hedge.

“We had a test day at Mid-Ohio last week, which was my first full day of testing, after early season dramas having my appendix removed. It’s nice to feel like I’m almost up to speed, and getting some consistent seat time has also helped my confidence.”

This weekend marks the first event that Hedge has logged laps at the track, prior to practice.

“Actually having a few laps under my belt at this track prior to the single practice session will be an added boost,” he said.

“However, I know that the rest of the field has done a lot of laps around here as well.”

Hedge believes that the double-header format will suit his style, given his previous racing experience in Oceania has always been a multi-race weekend format.

“I’m looking forward to the extra racing laps this weekend,” he said.

“It’s an added challenge, these cars are tough to drive around here, but up until this point in my career, I’ve always raced more than once on a weekend, I’m hoping those skills, and the my extra knowledge of the car and tyre we unlocked at the test day to move forward this weekend.

“My main focus this weekend is to maximize the tyre in qualifying. The field is so close, that if you get buried in quali, it’s tricky to move forward. I know I have to pace to run with the top guys, so if I can dial in in qualifying, we’ll be on for a good weekend.”

The 20-year old Kiwi sits 11th in the Indy NXT standings, after an 11th and a ninth place at the opening two rounds.

The INDY NXT sessions will be broadcast in Australia and New Zealand via the Indycar Live website.