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Lundgaard: First IndyCar podium feels “superb”, RLL deserves it

Lundgaard: First IndyCar podium feels “superb”, RLL deserves it

The previous Components 2 race-winner made his debut on this observe final summer time as a one-off for the staff 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 staff’s first podium end in 2022, simply a few weeks after Graham Rahal’s stirring drive from 14th to fourth in Toronto.

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

“I feel coming to Toronto was when issues began to vary. We noticed type of a streak the place we began to carry out higher. Even Street America, Mid-Ohio was there. We have been on the sting of high 10. To return right here and end second, I feel the staff deserves each little bit of it. I am only a man doing my job actually. I wish to win, so I attempt as finest I can each occasion…”

“I feel Rossi and [Colton] Herta did appear to have some extra energy down [traction] than we did immediately, and I feel that is what killed our rear tires 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 immediately however I ended up ending P2, so I am clearly tremendous comfortable for the staff.”

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 might present comparable type once more.

“We knew coming into this weekend that this was the observe we have been going to be not less than probably the most aggressive, along with maybe Toronto the place we ended up being very aggressive. We got here into this occasion and understanding we have been going to have a automobile that was capable of end within the good finish of the highest 10.

“I imply, I would not say we overachieved, however we for certain received all the pieces 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 certain they’d a automobile that was capable of go additional, as effectively.

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“For me to get it completed simply proves that the automobile was there, which is why I actually really feel just like the staff deserves this podium, and I hope there’s extra to return.”

Lundgaard mentioned the RLL staff was now getting 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 aggravated about is that each time race day comes, Graham at all times appears to discover a approach to end forward! Did not occur immediately, fortunately.

“However no, actually, Graham has helped me massively, understanding how a lot you’ll be able to push the tires. He is extraordinarily good on the long term, making the tires final, making the gasoline final, and simply being aggressive. Even in a automobile that may not be aggressive sufficient to be there, we have had some good outcomes.

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

The outcome sees Lundgaard considerably improve his lead over David Malukas within the battle for Rookie of the 12 months honors from 4 factors going into the race, to 27 factors with 4 rounds to go.

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