RLL “deserves” first podium of IndyCar 2022

The Formulation 2 race winner made his debut on this observe final summer time as a one-off for the workforce co-owned by Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Mike Lanigan, and shocked everybody by qualifying fourth.

This weekend he certified sixth, and completed second – the three-car RLL workforce’s first podium end in 2022, simply a few weeks after Graham Rahal’s stirring drive from 14th to fourth in Toronto.

“It feels wonderful,” mentioned Lundgaard after ending inside 4 seconds of winner Alexander Rossi. “I feel one of the best feeling proper now could be that the workforce actually deserves it. They’ve labored tremendous laborious, and we have had such a struggling starting to the season.

“I feel coming to Toronto was when issues began to alter. We noticed a streak the place we began to carry out higher. Even Highway America, Mid-Ohio was there. We have been on the sting of prime 10.

“To return right here and end second, I feel the workforce deserves each little bit of it. I wish to win, so I strive as greatest I can each occasion…

“I feel Rossi and [Colton] Herta did appear to have some extra energy down [traction] than we did right this moment, and I feel that is what killed our rear tyres and so they have been simply capable of take off.

“As quickly as they’d taken off, we have been simply managing the hole. I feel it was trying like a P3 right this moment however I ended up ending P2, so I am clearly tremendous blissful for the workforce.”

Lundgaard revealed that he was driving the very same chassis with which he made his startling debut in August 2021, and mentioned he and the RLL squad had approached this race with the expectation that they may present comparable type once more.

Christian Lundgaard, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Christian Lundgaard, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Photograph by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Pictures

“We knew coming into this weekend that this was the observe we have been going to be at the very least essentially the most aggressive, along with maybe Toronto, the place we ended up being very aggressive,” he mentioned.

“We got here into this occasion and figuring out we have been going to have a automotive that was capable of end within the good finish of the highest 10.

“I would not say we overachieved, however we for positive bought all the things out of the package deal we had. It’s kind of unlucky that Jack [Harvey – qualified 13th, finished 20th] and Graham [qualified 17th, finished seventh] have been unable to get additional in qualifying as a result of I feel for positive they’d a automotive that was capable of go additional, as effectively.

“For me to get it achieved simply proves that the automotive was there, which is why I actually really feel just like the workforce deserves this podium, and I hope there’s extra to come back.”

Lundgaard mentioned the RLL workforce was now moving into the correct route, and mentioned that watching Graham Rahal at work had helped him develop as an IndyCar driver.

He joked: “One factor that I am a bit of irritated about is that each time race day comes, Graham all the time appears to discover a technique to end forward! Did not occur right this moment, fortunately.

“However no, truthfully, Graham has helped me massively, understanding how a lot you’ll be able to push the tyres.

“He is extraordinarily good on the long term, making the tyres final, making the gas final, and simply being aggressive. Even in a automotive which may not be aggressive sufficient to be there, we have had some good outcomes.

“As a workforce, the drivers work very effectively collectively. I am more than happy to have Jack and Graham by my aspect and serving to me.”

The outcome means Lundgaard has considerably elevated his lead over David Malukas within the battle for Rookie of the Yr honours from 4 factors going into the race, to 27 factors with 4 rounds to go.

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