IndyCar may quickly have one other flying Kiwi if rumours come to fruition.
Former Ferrari junior driver Marcus Armstrong has been tipped to depart the FIA System 2 Championship after three seasons.
A transfer to the USA is alleged to be on the playing cards, with AJ Foyt Racing considered the most definitely vacation spot.
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There are already two New Zealanders flying the flag, led by six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing and Crew Penske upstart Scott McLaughlin.
Lately, a handful of System 2 drivers have curbed their System 1 ambitions and made the swap to IndyCar.
Santino Ferrucci, Callum Ilott and Christian Lundgaard have all come from System 2 and had various ranges of IndyCar success.
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Armstrong is not the one System 2 driver considered within the combine to make a transfer.
Present factors chief Felipe Drugovich has additionally stated to be sniffing round for a seat.
Lundgaard, who’s in his maiden IndyCar marketing campaign with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, believes Armstrong and Drugovich would go properly in the USA.
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Nonetheless, it would not be with out its challenges, the Dane defined.
“I feel Felipe, he is accomplished a particularly good job this 12 months, had a really, superb begin to the season, which has put him on this place to have the ability to get factors and nonetheless maintain the lead within the championship,” stated Lundgaard.
“I used to be teammates with Marcus in 2020 in F2. I do know he had a really robust 12 months that 12 months, however I do know Marcus is an efficient driver. I do know he can hustle a automotive as properly.
“I do not know that a lot about Felipe general, however I feel Marcus for certain would be capable of be quick. The factor about IndyCar is you could be quick each single time, and that is robust. I feel the transition into ovals is hard.”
This week, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing introduced a multi-year contract extension with Lundgaard.
It comes with three races to go in what has been a stable debut season for the 21-year-old that has up to now included one podium end.
Requested why the transition to IndyCar had been so easy for he and Ilott, Lundgaard attributed the lion’s share to their understanding of tyre conservation.
“I feel coming from Pirelli tyres into Firestone tyres was an enormous profit for each Callum and I as a result of I feel we now have the expertise of correct saving tyres and taking care of tyres as a result of the Pirelli tyres are robust,” Lundgaard defined.
“They’re very obscure, and from monitor to trace, it is also totally different. Right here, I really feel the Firestones can take much more, so you’ll be able to truly push the tyres.
“On the similar time, we all know methods to be quick, however now we additionally know methods to save the tyres. I feel for us as a racing driver, we have proven ourselves to have the ability to do a great job, be quick, however now I feel it is helped our race craft much more. Whenever you see it, I feel we have additionally certified fairly properly.
“I feel the automobiles do not drive dramatically totally different. I feel the IndyCar is ready to hustle extra. It is bought a mild slide to it. The largest distinction for me, I feel can be from the tires, however the automotive handles just about the identical. It is a little bit totally different, nevertheless it’s not dramatically totally different.”
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Crew Penske’s Will Energy leads the standings by simply six factors over Dixon.
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