Christian Lundgaard surprised everyone on Monday by announcing that he will make his IndyCar debut at the end of the week. The Danish Alpine Academy member joins Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) for a one off at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But while he crosses the pond to race, he will finish the season in Formula 2.
While the timing of Lundgaard’s IndyCar move was highly surprising, the move itself is not. The Dane already tested with his new team RLL at the end of July at Barber so speculation was high. The happy 20-year-old will drive the number 45 car, the one Santino Ferrucci occupied for parts of this season.
“I’m super excited to try Indy Car next week”, the Alpine Academy member said. “I’ve been very fortunate so far in my career to drive some incredible race cars and I’m looking forward to officially adding IndyCar to that list. In preparation for this race, I tested the car and it felt pretty awesome and I’m sure it will feel even better at a race weekend in race conditions alongside all the hugely talented drivers in the field.
“There’s been a lot of work to make this happen and prepare as best as possible and I’m feeling ready for the challenge. I’ve actually watched all IndyCar races this year, so to be given the chance to line up on the grid is amazing. There will be a lot to learn in a short space of time but trying something new excites me.”
His new team boss Bobby Rahal is pleased to see Lundgaard debut for his team, but says he doesn’t have high expectations for the Dane.
“We were very pleased with the job Christian did at our recent test at Barber Motorsports Park and we look forward to seeing him race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This will be a new racing experience for Christian and obviously a great challenge due to the lack of practice time compared to other races. The layout of the track is very similar to the European tracks as it was designed for Formula 1 among other things, so I don’t think it will be as difficult as our more traditional Indycar race tracks. Considering the lack of time for testing and practice, we have no higher expectations for Christian than that he goes out and delivers a solid job and we take it from there.”
A representative of Christian Lundgaard confirmed to F1 Feeder Series that Lundgaard is finishing the Formula 2 season with ART GP despite his one off in the States.
Davide Brivio, Alpine F1 Team Racing Director, added that his place in the Alpine Academy is safe. “Indycar is a strong competitive series with very strong drivers and we are excited to see how Christian handles this challenge. Christian remains an important part of the Alpine Academy as he has shown great talent throughout his junior career. After two seasons in Formula 2 we are evaluating different options for the next step, but for now we are just focusing on the present. Christian will enjoy the experience of driving a completely different type of car in a different racing environment. I am sure he will enjoy it, work hard and deliver on track and I can’t wait to see the race.”
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