Henry Malukas has made his Midwest business a success by embracing expansion where the Henry Malukas Drivers trucking company has grown to 800 employees.
The Lithuanian native, whose son David has become a major rookie talent in the NTT IndyCar Series, will apply the same expansion formula to Indy Lights, where the six-car HMD Motorsports with the Dale Coyne Racing team will return next season with eight cars. five carriers.
The HMD team has received a lot of interest after establishing itself as the dominant force in Indy Lights this year with Sweden’s Linus Lundqvist aiming to clinch the title during this weekend’s two-day season finale. With his teammates Danial Frost and Benjamin Pedersen, the team has won seven of the 12 races held so far.
With the change to eight Dallara IL15-AERs, it is believed to be the largest single-team entry gathering in Road to Indy history.
“We like to break records,” Malukas told RACER.
HMD Motorsports general Mike Maurini pointed to the upcoming switch from Cooper Tires to Firestone at Indy Lights as another reason to get more cars.
“I think eight drivers on Firestone tires and the limited testing that we’re going to have, it will probably be an advantage to have more drivers, more engineers, more data,” he added.
Working in a collaborative approach with his racing employees, Malukas pitched his team the idea of running eight cars during last weekend’s race in Portland. The response was favourable.
“Like all decisions, we meet and explain our plan,” he said. “Is everyone in or not in? Because we could drive two cars, four cars, six cars. We had this conversation in Portland, that conversation about eight cars, and everyone is involved.”
To complement the team’s growth, a new 67,000-square-foot shop is being built in Brownsburg, Indiana, as HMD brings in more crew members to adequately staff the company.
“We literally hired two engineers this morning and I know we’re on the way with several mechanics as well,” Maurini said. “I know people were talking about having trouble finding people, but I think we’re having good luck with that based on the success and the way they treat you. Henry’s philosophy is completely different from the way you are treated in other places.”