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Lundgaard, Rahal and Harvey Qualifying: Grand Prix of Portland

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingGrand Prix of Portland
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – September 3, 2022

LUNDGAARD, RAHAL AND HARVEY QUALIFIED FOURTH, 11TH AND 17TH FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND

1)    Scott McLaughlin           58.2349 / 121.412 mph       (Group 2, Round 3)
4)    Christian Lundgaard      58.4482 / 120.969 mph       (Group 2, Round 3)    *will start 3rd
11)   Graham Rahal                58.4475 / 120.970 mph       (Group 1, Round 2)
17)   Jack Harvey                   58.5332 / 120.793 mph       (Group 1, Round 1)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Quartz Engine Oil Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We were P11 in qualifying and its pretty frustrating to be honest. We’ve been fighting a little bit of imbalance and it just kind of showed its head there. In Turn 7, I was terrible all qualifying.  I could not get the car to turn. I don’t think I hit an apex once in Turn 7 the whole time. On the last run, I was up a little bit, which would have been enough to make the top-six and just got into Turn 7 and the car went dead straight. Unfortunately, I think the changes we made for qualifying just tipped it over. We were able to squeak through in Round 1 but in Round 2, it all kind of caught up with us. I’m frustrated for sure. I expect a lot better around here than what we just had but we’ll go back to our conventional car that we ran here last year and just go race from here and try to get the Quartz Motor Oil car up front.”

  • FAST FACTS: It will be the seventh overall race for Graham at PIR and fifth in the headline event. In 2021, he earned his best start of the season at Portland with fifth place. He led two times for a total of 36 laps, which was the most for all drivers but the timing of a caution negated his pit strategy and he finished 10th.  After starting fifth, he moved to second place on the opening lap and avoided damage from contact that involved multiple cars. He took over the lead on Lap 29 when leader O’Ward pit for fuel and tires and held it until his first stop on Lap 35/110. He came back on track ahead of O’Ward by staying out longer and undercutting him. He reclaimed the lead on Lap 44 and was 2.6-second ahead of O’Ward. A caution on Lap 51 for Kellett, who stopped in Turn 1 and Ilott, who stopped in Turn 7, came out. This forced the team to adopt the same two-stop strategy that those who were involved in the opening lap contact and topped off were on, so he had to save fuel and ultimately finished 10th. In 2019, he started 15th and misjudged the braking point into the first turn on the opening lap which resulted in a multi-car crash. His race car was placed outside the track and the team could not attempt to repair it and he retired in 23rd place. In 2018, he started 10th and had gotten through Turns 1 and 2, which was expected to be action-packed at the start, and after getting through Turn 2, Veach squeezed Hinchcliffe and the two made contact which set off a multi-car crash that collected Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti, Rahal, points-leader Dixon and his then teammate Ed Jones. Rahal’s car was too damaged to continue so it was towed back to the paddock and after more than one hour he returned to the track to complete a handful of laps to collect two championship points, which was the maximum possible. This move helped him at season’s end. Prior to that, he competed in the 2007 Champ Car World Series race where he started eighth and finished ninth in his rookie season for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing.  He started from pole in the Atlantic’s race here in 2006 but was hit by Simon Pagenaud on Lap 1 and finished 27th.  In 2005, he earned his first professional win at PIR in the Star Mazda race after starting fourth and winning by a margin of 0.0317 seconds over James Hinchcliffe… Has SIX IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas Super Speedway; 2017 Detroit Race 1, Detroit Race 2) and THREE poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street)… Rahal is 12th in series point standings with a total of 302, -23 from ninth place Rossi, 325.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We qualified fourth but will start third since Josef (Newgarden) got a grid penalty. We‘re in a pretty good place. It’s good to be the best of the rest, I would say. The Penske cars have been strong all weekend; they’ve been setting the pace for sure. Being up there in the mix is good. I was looking at a 58.2 at the end there but ran wide at the exit of Turn 7 onto the back straight and kind of dipped the left side tires into the dirt and bottomed out so I lost some time there. I think the pace is the car but I didn’t quite execute. But still P3 on the grid is not a bad thing at all. We’ll go for it tomorrow.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will make his first start in Portland from third place. Newgarden, who set the second fastest time will serve a six-spot grid penalty and Lundgaard will move up a position.… After earning his first podium of second place at the previous road course race – the Gallagher Grand Prix at IMS on July 30 – Lundgaard is optimistic that the final two races of the season being on road courses will enable him to finish his rookie campaign on a high. He started sixth in that race and then went on to finish second before earning his top career qualifying effort of third on the streets of Nashville… He is the highest ranked rookie in 15th place in the point standings with 283, +11 points on David Malukas.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was close to transferring (to Round 2) and I’ve said it all weekend. All the little things add up in Portland and I think we just missed transferring by about a tenth but it was also three positions in between us there so that was disappointing. We just didn’t quite have the speed I guess. One thing we’re ooking at now is going to Christian and the 30 car’s setup because clearly that was competitive.  We’re going to try to have a good warmup and have a good race.”

  • FAST FACTS: This will be Harvey’s fourth INDYCAR race at PIR. In his three previous events, his best start is fourth place in 2019 and best finish is fourth last year after he led two times for a total of five laps. It’s a track he feels he has unfinished business at… He is ranked 22nd with 184 points.  

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT PORTLAND … Sato brought the team its second win here in 2018 in Indy car racing’s returning to PIR for the first time since the 24th consecutive race was held in 2007.  The 2022 race will mark the 16th time for RLL to compete in an Indy car race here. The team competed in CART and Champ Car-sanctioned races at PIR from 1992-2003 with a best starting position of pole by Bryan Herta in 1998 and Max Papis in 2001 and best finish of first place by Max Papis in 2001 and Sato in 2018. RLL has earned a total of four podium finishes (3rd – B. Rahal 1995, Herta 1998) and has led a total of 150 laps here (1998: Herta, 20; 2001: Papis, 69; 2018: Sato: 25; 2021: G. Rahal 36). In addition, the team competed in the Toyota Atlantic races here in 2003 (Danica Patrick, Jon Fogerty) and 2004 (Patrick and Chris Festa). 

NEXT UP: The Grand Prix of Portland will be televised live on NBC beginning at 3 PM ET Sunday, September 4. All times are eastern with live coverage also on Peacock Premium.

Rahal, Harvey and Lundgaard Set the 8th, 12th and 19th Fastest Times in Practice 1 for the Grand Prix of Portland

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingGrand Prix of Portland
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – September 2, 2022

RAHAL, HARVEY AND LUNDGAARD FINISHED 8TH, 12TH AND 19TH IN PRACTICE 1 FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND

1)         Josef Newgarden                  58.5769 / 120.703 mph         
8)         Graham Rahal                       58.9896 / 119.858 mph         
12)       Jack Harvey                           59.0656 / 119.704 mph         
19)       Christian Lundgaard             59.3561 / 119.118 mph         

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Quartz Motor Oil Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a solid day for us. I think the Total Quartz Motor Oil car is strong. We started with a similar setup to what we ran last year. We’ve got to tie the little bits together to go quicker now. And around here, a lot of those are going to make a big difference because of how interconnected Turns 1-2-3 are and how Turns 9-10-11 to finish the lap are all interconnected. We need to be a little better there, have a little better rotation but generally I thought our pace was decent so we’ll go to work tonight and hope to find some more.”

  • FAST FACTS: It will be the seventh overall race for Graham at PIR and fifth in the headline event. In 2021, he earned his best start of the season at Portland with fifth place. He led two times for a total of 36 laps, which was the most for all drivers but the timing of a caution negated his pit strategy and he finished 10th.  After starting fifth, he moved to second place on the opening lap and avoided damage from contact that involved multiple cars. He took over the lead on Lap 29 when leader O’Ward pit for fuel and tires and held it until his first stop on Lap 35/110. He came back on track ahead of O’Ward by staying out longer and undercutting him. He reclaimed the lead on Lap 44 and was 2.6-second ahead of O’Ward. A caution on Lap 51 for Kellett, who stopped in Turn 1 and Ilott, who stopped in Turn 7, came out. This forced the team to adopt the same two-stop strategy that those who were involved in the opening lap contact and topped off were on, so he had to save fuel and ultimately finished 10th. In 2019, he started 15th and misjudged the braking point into the first turn on the opening lap which resulted in a multi-car crash. His race car was placed outside the track and the team could not attempt to repair it and he retired in 23rd place. In 2018, he started 10th and had gotten through Turns 1 and 2, which was expected to be action-packed at the start, and after getting through Turn 2, Veach squeezed Hinchcliffe and the two made contact which set off a multi-car crash that collected Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti, Rahal, points-leader Dixon and his then teammate Ed Jones. Rahal’s car was too damaged to continue so it was towed back to the paddock and after more than one hour he returned to the track to complete a handful of laps to collect two championship points, which was the maximum possible. This move helped him at season’s end. Prior to that, he competed in the 2007 Champ Car World Series race where he started eighth and finished ninth in his rookie season for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing.  He started from pole in the Atlantic’s race here in 2006 but was hit by Simon Pagenaud on Lap 1 and finished 27th.  In 2005, he earned his first professional win at PIR in the Star Mazda race after starting fourth and winning by a margin of 0.0317 seconds over James Hinchcliffe… Has SIX IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas Super Speedway; 2017 Detroit Race 1, Detroit Race 2) and THREE poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street)… Rahal is 12th in series point standings with a total of 302, -23 from ninth place Rossi, 325.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It wasn’t the best of sessions for us. We seemed to struggle a bunch with the balance on the blacks (Firestone primary tires) and didn’t manage to compensate enough on the alternates, I think we over did it on the blacks and we just suffered too much on the alternates. It is what it is; that’s what practice is for. I think we learned a bit there so we’ll crack on for practice two on Saturday.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will make his first start in Portland… After earning his first podium of second place at the previous road course race – the Gallagher Grand Prix at IMS on July 30 – Lundgaard is optimistic that the final two races of the season being on road courses will enable him to finish his rookie campaign on a high. He started sixth in that race and then went on to finish second before earning his top career qualifying effort of third on the streets of Nashville… He is the highest ranked rookie in 15th place in the point standings with 283, +11 points on David Malukas.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Practice started out fine but it was a pretty disruptive session with the TV, of all things, losing the hydraulics or something. We lost a bunch of time in that and it was just a scruffy session for everybody. I think we unloaded with a decent car, it’s not far away. There are just a few imbalances we’ve got to fix and at this track, every tenth (of a second), every half of a tenth is going to be super important. It was a good start nonetheless – one of the better starts we’ve had for a while. There is momentum there, we’ve just got to keep rolling with it and get the Hy-Vee Honda up front.”

  • FAST FACTS: This will be Harvey’s fourth INDYCAR race at PIR. In three events, his best start is fourth place in 2019 and best finish is fourth last year after he led two times for a total of five laps. It’s a track he feels he has unfinished business at… He is ranked 22nd with 184 points.  

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT PORTLAND … Sato brought the team its second win here in 2018 in Indy car racing’s returning to PIR for the first time since the 24th consecutive race was held in 2007.  The 2022 race will mark the 16th time for RLL to compete in an Indy car race here. The team competed in CART and Champ Car-sanctioned races at PIR from 1992-2003 with a best starting position of pole by Bryan Herta in 1998 and Max Papis in 2001 and best finish of first place by Max Papis in 2001 and Sato in 2018. RLL has earned a total of four podium finishes (3rd – B. Rahal 1995, Herta 1998) and has led a total of 150 laps here (1998: Herta, 20; 2001: Papis, 69; 2018: Sato: 25; 2021: G. Rahal 36). In addition, the team competed in the Toyota Atlantic races here in 2003 (Danica Patrick, Jon Fogerty) and 2004 (Patrick and Chris Festa). 

NEXT UP: On Saturday, Practice 2 will take place from 12-1 p.m., qualifying will take place from 3:05-4:20 p.m. and the warm-up will be 7:15-7:45 p.m. All times are eastern with live coverage on Peacock Premium. The Grand Prix of Portland will be televised live on NBC beginning at 3 PM ET Sunday, September 4.

Bommarito 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway – RACE NOTES/QUOTES – August 20, 2022

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Bommarito 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – August 20, 2022


RAHAL FINISHED 10TH IN THE BOMMARITO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 500 AFTER LEADING TWO LAPS; LUNDGAARD FINISHED 19TH AND HARVEY 24TH AFTER RUNNING IN THE TOP-10

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 iPacket Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a top-10 finish for us in the iPacket car. I was expecting a lot more there after the red. I thought we’d have a lot more pace than that. We got boxed in on the restart and that was pretty much it for us. We struggled more with the rear of the car, struggled to keep up with Helio ahead, which was difficult. I’m frustrated because I thought we would have more coming to the close there but I’m proud of the guys for keeping their heads down. A top-10 if okay but obviously not what we’re going for. We’re going for top-five’s and wins but it is what it is. We’ll take the points and move on.” 

  • FAST FACTS: Rahal started 17th and worked his way into the lead for two laps (211-212) before his fourth and final pit stop on Lap 212 in the 260 laps race but right after he stopped, a caution came out for weather conditions on Lap 214 and the race was red flagged at 6:55 p.m. CT with Rahal in ninth. After a two-hour delay for lightning and to dry the track from a shower, the field restarted their engines at 9:05. Ericsson and Dixon, who were ahead of Rahal, pit for fresh tires and fuel as did Palou, when the pits opened. Rahal took the green flag from seventh place but was passed by Dixon and Ericsson on the restart and Palou a few laps later. He held his position and took the checkered flag in 10th place…  It was Rahal’s seventh race at the track. His highest start is seventh and highest finish is 10th – both in 2018. The 2022 race will be Rahal’s seventh race at the track. His highest start is seventh place and highest finish is 10th – both in 2018. In 2021, he was looking forward to the race after the having a strong performance on long runs in the practice session where he ended fourth fastest. He qualified ninth and made a conservative start and dropped back to 12th. Ed Jones appeared to lose traction in the rear of his car and slid up into Rahal in Turn 1 and the two collided. Jones stopped on track and Rahal was able to continue to the pits but had substantial damage. The team tried to repair the car, first behind pit lane and then later in the garage area but had to retire from the event. In 2021, he struggled in qualifying which led to 22nd and 23rd-place starting spots for Race 1 and 2, respectively. A napkin hindered his performance in Race 1 and he soldiered on in Race 2 but neither race was indicative of his usual performance that saw him finish third in the previous short oval race in 2020 at Iowa Speedway (Race 2). Has SIX INDYCAR SERIES wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas Super Speedway; 2017 Detroit Race 1, Detroit Race 2) and THREE poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015… Rahal moved up one position into 12th in series point standings with a total of 302.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a tough race. The whole race I was boxed in with a lot of different balances in the car and then changing the tools in the car, which makes one of them worse but doesn’t help the others. It was just super tough to work around and I was at the point where I just wanted to get the car home in one piece. We were the first car to be two laps down so there wasn’t much to play for.”

  • FAST FACTS: Lundgaard qualified and finished 19th in the race… He participated in a rookie test at WWTR last Thursday, August 11 and was thankful for the additional track time to work on areas that can help the team in the future. His best oval finish is 10th place in Race 1 of the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Weekend. Will make his first start at WWTR and fifth oval race of his career… He is the highest ranked rookie in 15th place in the point standings with 283 but David Malukas, who finished second and has 272, closed the gap to 11 points.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Our car was actually really solid. We had a really good first couple of pit sequences and we managed to get ourselves in the top-10. I got stuck behind Carpenter at the end of one of my stints and was quicker than him, but he just wasn’t giving anything up. He pit, I got in clean air, got going again and found him again in that stint. And he checked up a bunch in Turn 4, kind of on the bottom, and I was that much quicker than him, I just tried to roll the middle, not super-high, just the middle and I just washed up and caught the wall. I guess at the part of the race, the high line wasn’t working and I guess there were some marbles. We did the high line practice yesterday and that’s where I ran from. Honestly, when I went to that part of the track, I was confident it was going to stick and I didn’t stick so I was really disappointed.”

  • FAST FACTS: Started 15th and was the first to make a pit stop, which helped him move into the top-10 later in the race. He was in ninth place on Lap 142 and made contact with the wall in Turn 4 and slowed on course. He was able to continue into the pits and the team repaired damage to the right rear of his race car.  He was more than 10 laps down when he returned to the track in 24th place. He continued on through the yellow for weather conditions, the red flag and race restart. No other cars had issues and he finished in 24th place…  This was his fourth INDYCAR SERIES start at WWTR. He has one top-5 start of fifth in Race 2 in 2020 and two top-10 starts with a seventh place in Race 1 in 2020. His best finish to date is 10th place in 2021 and he also has an 11th (2020 Race 1) and 13th place (2020 Race 2) finish. He is ranked 21st with 184 points.  

NEXT UP:  The series will take next weekend off before returning to action for the Grand Prix of Portland on Sunday, September 4.

Harvey, Rahal and Lundgaard: Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Qualifying

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingBommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – August 19, 2022


HARVEY, RAHAL AND LUNDGAARD QUALIFIED 15TH, 17TH AND 19TH, RESPECTIVELY, IN THE BOMMARITO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 500

POLE: Will Power                     2-lap avg. speed of 182.727 mph         (L1: 24.6757, L2: 24.5782 mph)
15th:     Jack Harvey                 2-lap avg. speed of 178.775 mph         (L1: 25.1626, L2: 25.1800 mph) 
17th:     Graham Rahal             2-lap avg. speed of 178.657 mph         (L1: 25.2192, L2: 25.1568 mph)
19th:     Christian Lundgaard    2-lap avg. speed of 178.165 mph         (L1: 25.3216, L2: 25.1935 mph)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 iPacket Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I’m pretty surprised about qualifying to be frank. I expected a lot more than that. This morning it was relatively easy to do that 25.0 pace but obviously I couldn’t replicate it at all in qualifying; I wasn’t even close. It’s disappointing. In Turns 3 and 4, it felt like I had about 60 percent of the grip that I did earlier. We made no changes, just a different set of tires. I don’t know why that is. We need to find a little bit more. Our race pace looked good.” 

  • FAST FACTS: The 2022 race will be Rahal’s seventh at the track. His highest start is seventh and highest finish is 10th – both in 2018. The 2022 race will be Rahal’s seventh race at the track. His highest start is seventh place and highest finish is 10th – both in 2018. In 2021, he was looking forward to the race after the having a strong performance on long runs in the practice session where he ended fourth fastest. He qualified ninth and made a conservative start and dropped back to 12th. Ed Jones appeared to lose traction in the rear of his car and slid up into Rahal in Turn 1 and the two collided. Jones stopped on track and Rahal was able to continue to the pits but had substantial damage. The team tried to repair the car, first behind pit lane and then later in the garage area but had to retire from the event. In 2021, he struggled in qualifying which led to 22nd and 23rd-place starting spots for Race 1 and 2, respectively. A napkin hindered his performance in Race 1 and he soldiered on in Race 2 but neither race was indicative of his usual performance that saw him finish third in the previous short oval race in 2020 at Iowa Speedway (Race 2). Has SIX INDYCAR SERIES wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas Super Speedway; 2017 Detroit Race 1, Detroit Race 2) and THREE poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015… Rahal is ranked 13th in series point standings with a total of 281.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I think our qual run was quite decent. I wasn’t quite happy with the car this morning after practice so we went closer to what Graham had, and he was quick in practice. I underestimated the grip, I think, in the quali run but the points are tomorrow.”

  • FAST FACTS: Lundgaard participated in a rookie test at WWTR last Thursday, August 11 and was thankful for the additional track time to work on areas that can help the team in the future. His best oval finish is 10th place in Race 1 of the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Weekend. Will make his first start at WWTR and fifth oval race of his career… He is the highest ranked rookie in 15th place in the point standings with 272.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a decent run. The laps were pretty consistent. I needed a little more rotation just to try to get through Turns 1 and 2 a little better but that was probably my only limiting factor really. At this track, hundredths-of-a-second really make such a huge different. If we left a little bit on the table in balance obviously that’s going to hurt us a little bit. I think the cars unloaded pretty decent. I didn’t quite have Graham’s pace in practice but I think we made a good step and improved since the practice session. I think we’ve got some momentum right now. We’ve just got to keep chugging away.”

  • FAST FACTS:  This will be his fourth INDYCAR SERIES start at WWTR. He has one top-5 start of fifth in Race 2 in 2020 and two top-10 starts with a seventh place in Race 1 in 2020. His best finish to date is 10th place in 2021 and he also has an 11th (2020 Race 1) and 13th place (2020 Race 2) finish. He is ranked 21st with 178 points.  

NEXT UP:  Final practice will take place tonight from 7:45 – 8:45 p.m. ET. USA Network will begin live coverage of the 260-lap Bommarito Automotive Group 500 on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET and the field will take the Green Flag at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Rahal, Lundgaard and Harvey Head to the Final Oval Race of the Season — the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Bommarito Automotive Group 500 – World Wide Technology Raceway, Madison, Illinois
Pre-Race Notes
Round 15 of 17 in the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIESDATE:     
August 19-20, 2022

PRACTICE BROADCAST:     Live on Peacock Premium on Friday from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET and 7:00 – 8:45 p.m. ET. Also live on the INDYCAR Radio Network (IRN) and www.indycar.com (timing & scoring + live analysis).

QUALIFYING BROADCAST:     Live on Peacock Premium, the IRN and www.indycar.com from 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. ET Friday.

RACE BROADCAST:     Live on USA Network on Saturday, August 20 from 6 – 9 p.m. ET. And on Peacock
Premium, IRN, Sirius 211 and XM 205

TRACK LAYOUT:     1.25-mile oval
RACE LENGTH:     260 laps / 325 miles

2021 WINNER:     Josef Newgarden
2021 POLESITTER:     Will Power (180.618 mph)

RAHAL’S BEST WWTR START / FINISH:     7th / 10th – both in 2018; will be his 7th race here
RAHAL’S HIGHEST SERIES START / FINISH:     3 Poles – St. Pete (street) 2009, Kansas (oval) 2009, Detroit (street) 2017 / 6 Wins – St. Pete 2008, Fontana (oval; 500 miles) 2015, Mid-Ohio (road) 2015, Texas (oval) 2016; Detroit Race 1 2017, Detroit Race 2 2017

LUNDGAARD’S BEST START / FINISH AT WWTR:     First event                                          
LUNDGAARD’S BEST SERIES START / FINISH:     3rd – Nashville 2022 / 2nd at the July Indy GP 2022

HARVEY’S BEST START / FINISH AT WWTR:     5th in 2020 (Race 2); 4th event
HARVEY’S BEST SERIES START / FINISH:     2nd – Indy GP & Road America (2020), St. Pete 2021 / 3rd at the Indy GP (2019)

RLL’S BEST START / FINISH AT WWTR:     1st in 2020 (Race 2) by Takuma Sato / 1st in 2019 by Takuma Sato – 11 races (1997- 2000, 2003, 2017-2019, 2 in 2020, 2021)

NOTES & QUOTES:

RLL AT WORLD WIDE TECHNOLOGY RACEWAY
The team returns to the 2022 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 in search of another pole and win in their 12th event at World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR). In Race 1 in 2020, Sato was 0.14-seconds from becoming the first driver in almost two decades to earn back-to-back wins after winning the Indy 500 and finished second. The 1.25-mile oval hosted CART-sanctioned races from 1997-2000 and IRL races from 2001-2003 before the IndyCar Series returned in 2017. The team competed in all four CART races from 1997-2000 and one of the three IRL races (2003).  The best starting position for the team came last year in Race 2 when Takuma Sato started from pole and the best finish came in 2019 when Takuma Sato won.  Prior to 2022, the team prepared a total of 20 Indy car entries for drivers such as Bobby Rahal (1997-1998), Bryan Herta (1997-1999), Max Papis (1999-2000), Kenny Brack (2000, 2003), Graham Rahal (2017-2020, x2, 2021) and Takuma Sato (2018-2020, x2).  The No. 15 iPacket entry for Graham Rahal, the No. 30 Mi-Jack entry for Christian Lundgaard and the No. 45 Hy-Vee entry for Jack Harvey will bring that total to 23 in 2022.  

RAHAL AT WWTR
The 2022 race will be Rahal’s seventh race at the track. His highest start is seventh place and highest finish is 10th – both in 2018. In 2022, he was looking forward to the race after the having a strong performance on long runs in the practice session where he ended fourth fastest. He qualified ninth and made a conservative start and dropped back to 12th. Ed Jones appeared to lose traction in the rear of his car and slid up into Rahal in Turn 1 and the two collided. Jones stopped on track and Rahal was able to continue to the pits but had substantial damage. The team tried to repair the car, first behind pit lane and then later in the garage area but had to retire from the event. The field will take the Green Flag at 5:30 p.m. CT this year vs. 7:45 p.m. CT last year.
            “Obviously last year was really disappointing with what happened but we did start well and I hope that that package can carry over. We shouldn’t have too many issues from the get go. The green flag being earlier I think will make the race slightly more challenging just simply because it’s always a little hotter at the time of day. At the end of the day though, I also feel like it’s a great thing for the race and for the fans to be able to have an earlier race to be able to get back home. All in all, I think it’s a pretty smart move on INDYCAR’s behalf. The Bommarito 500 is always tight racing, always a really hard race and always very intense for the drivers. To follow closely is edge-of-your-seat type of stuff there with no margin for error. It’s a very intense place to go and race but somewhere I love and a challenge for all of us. I think they do such a great job promoting it and its pretty awesome. I feel that we should be very strong there. I feel like we’ve got a car that is very similar to what we ran last year and we will start (the event) basically the same. We were competitive and started in the top-10 last year and I hope that can carry over to this year.”

LUNDGAARD AT WWT RACEWAY
Christian participated in a rookie test at WWTR last Thursday, August 11 and was thankful for the additional track time to work on areas that can help the team in the future. His best oval finish is 10th place in Race 1 of the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Weekend doubleheader and he’s looking forward to building on the knowledge gained in his first season of oval racing.
            “I’m looking forward to the last oval of the year. The test went well. I don’t think we were the most competitive car of those there, but I do think that the test was good for us in terms of identifying small bits and pieces that will be useful for us in the future so I’m excited about that. I’m looking forward to seeing if we can get a good result at Gateway. I think we have been competitive at street circuits by the end of the season, we have been competitive at road course by the end of the season. Now we’re at the last oval and let’s see if we can finish it off well. We were quite competitive in Iowa so I don’t see a reason why we shouldn’t have a good package this weekend.”

RACE 4 FOR JACK HARVEY AT WWT RACEWAY
Jack will make his fourth INDYCAR SERIES start at WWTR. He has one top-5 start of fifth in Race 2 in 2020 and two top-10 starts with a seventh place in Race 1 in 2020. His best finish to date is 10th place in 2021 and he also has an 11th (2020 Race 1) and 13th place (2020 Race 2) finish. He is looking forward to the final oval race of the season.
            “I like going to World Wide Technology Raceway. It’s always a really fun track. It’s probably the most ‘road course/oval’ that we go to with there being a little bit of a break in Turn 1 and a few downshifts. I think Christian’s test was pretty productive last week so hopefully we learned some things from that, that we can take forward into the race weekend. As for my personal performances, qualifying hasn’t been too bad in Gateway. Results wise, it has always been pretty decent but I’m obviously looking to try to build on some of the momentum that we created in Nashville and try and improve our best result of the year, which was obviously at the last race in Nashville. We’ll try to have another good one at Gateway and finish the season in as strong of a way as we can. I think this weekend is a good opportunity to keep the momentum going and just build on that.”

POINTS BATTLE AFTER 14 OF 17 RACES
Heading into Round 15 of 17, Rahal has a total of 281 points and is ranked 13th overall. Lundgaard is 15th with 272 and is the highest-ranked rookie and Harvey is 21st with 178.

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Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Enters Into New Multi-Year Agreement with Christian Lundgaard

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (August 16, 2022) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced today that the team has restructured a new, long-term agreement with NTT INDYCAR SERIES rookie-of-the-year contender Christian Lundgaard that will see the Danish driver continue to compete for the team in 2023 and beyond. Lundgaard has momentum on his side heading into the final three races…

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Music City Grand Prix of Nashville

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingBig Machine Music City Grand Prix
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – August 7, 2022

LUNDGAARD RAN SECOND IN THE CLOSING STAGE OF THE BIG MACHINE MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX OF NASHVILLE AND FINISHED EIGHTH; HARVEY WAS 10TH AND RAHAL RETIRED IN 23RD

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I couldn’t see anything. The most frustrating part for me is trying to understand why the check-up happened. It seemed like somebody ahead had a problem but obviously I hit Pato exceptionally hard. At that part of the track, to be frank, I’m so far up under the gearbox anyway. I’m sorry to Pato. For us it broke the rear tow-link amongst other things so I’m disappointed. The yellow before that hurt our strategy quite a lot but we were able to have a good restart. It’s just disappointing for the United Rentals team.” 

  • FAST FACTS: Rahal started ninth and ran 10th until the pit cycle started. After his first stop on Lap 23/80 during a FCC for Castroneves, who spun, he was running 10th when the field checked up ahead of him and Pato ran into Power and Rahal ran into O’Ward. He damaged his front wing and was dragging it under the front of this car until he made it back to the pits. The team replaced the wing and he returned to the track but hit the wall at the end of pit out. The crew took the car behind the pits and repaired the front and rear suspension on the right side due to the high number of incidents and potential to gain valuable points. Once he was back on track, the car was bottoming and he hit the wall on the bridge. He was checked and release by the media team… In the inaugural race here last year, Rahal drove to a fifth place finish after qualifying 13th… Has SIX IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas Super Speedway; 2017 Detroit Race 1, Detroit Race 2) and THREE poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015… He is in 13th place in series point standings with a total of 281.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Shield Cleansers Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “This was probably the most ups and downs we’ve had in one race for sure. We lost a position at the start. We struggled all weekend with braking stability, and balance.  It was very, very difficult to find out why. I had a big lock up on the restart on the primary tires. I had to do a full stint on a big flat spot that was basically undriveable. I couldn’t brake anywhere; it was quite tough. There was a yellow, which we caught, which was very, very lucky, and we moved up the whole field into third and sort of regained our race. We are struggling to get the tires working under cautions and honestly, it’s like driving on ice. It’s so difficult to have a balance and know where you’re at, you’re just driving around on ice cubes and we lost a lot of position at the end because of that and our braking balance. We sort of backed up our Indy result throughout the whole weekend and in qualifying. The race might not look like it but we were down in 10th before that caution anyways so we were lucky and unlucky.”

  • FAST FACTS: Started third and was passed by Palou on the start to run fourth. He made his first stop from second place on Lap 23 under caution and ran in the top-10 for the next stint as there were some drivers on a different pit stop strategy. When Rahal and Veekay brought out the caution from Laps 52-55, many jumped in the pits and Lundgaard cycled into third place. He ran his best lap of the race on Lap 60-80 from third place and took over second when Newgarden had to pit for fuel on Lap 66. He held second through one restart but dropped to third place on Lap 76/80 when McLaughlin passed him. A red flag came out for nearly 12 minutes when Grosjean crashed and on the restart on Lap 78/80, Lundgaard dropped from third to eighth place… Finished P1 for the first time in a practice session in Practice 1 on Friday and earned his best INDYCAR starting position of third. The Shield Cleansers livery features a design inspired by the band O.A.R., who is in concert Saturday night at Ascend Amphitheatre and has a partnership with team partner Sugarlands Distilling… Arrived to Nashville fresh off a career best second place finish at the Gallagher GP and IMS… Will be his first race here and 15th in the INDYCAR SERIES… He is the highest ranked rookie in 15th place in the point standings with 272.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a pretty eventful race. I’ll have to dissect that one because I feel like we had two front wing changes and a bunch of pit stops, a bunch of yellows and a red flag and to come out in the top-10 it was a pretty good race in the end. It’s kind of fair for where I feel our speed has been for the weekend. It was a good result for the No. 45 Hy-Vee Honda. All you need sometimes is a bit of momentum. I don’t care how you get it as long as you get it and I think we’re starting to build it.”

  • FAST FACTS: He started 11th and took the checkered flag in ninth place but was given a post-race penalty for avoidable contact with Pagenaud and dropped one position to 10th… Qualified sixth and finished 15th in the inaugural race here in 2021… He is ranked 22nd with 178 points.  

NEXT UP:  The series will take next weekend off after holding fife races in the past four weeks. The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at WWT Raceway will take place on Saturday, August 20.  

Big Machine Music City Grand Prix – QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – August 6, 2022

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Big Machine Music City Grand Prix
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – August 6, 2022

LUNDGAARD EARNED HIS BEST INDYCAR START OF THIRD PLACE FOR THE BIG MACHINE MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX OF NASHVILLE; RAHAL AND HARVEY QUALIFIED 9TH AND 11TH

1)         Scott McLaughlin        1:14.5555 / 101.401 mph          (Group 2, Round 3)
3)         Christian Lundgaard    1:14.7149 / 101.185 mph          (Group 2, Round 3)
9)         Graham Rahal              1:15.3112 / 100.383 mph          (Group 2, Round 2)         
11)       Jack Harvey                 1:15.9758 / 99.505 mph             (Group 1, Round 2)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We definitely had a lot more than that. I made a big mistake which I think cost me advancing and maybe more which is frustrating. But I thought we did a good job today generally closing the gap to Christian. He’s done a great job all weekend and on that qualifying run, I was just trying hard and trying to make a difference personally and locked the inside front (tire) in Turn 6 and cost the United Rentals team from advancing. We’ll take it. Everyone has worked hard to have three RLL cars in the top-12 is a good improvement. We’ve just got to keep going.”

  • FAST FACTS: In the inaugural race here last year, Rahal drove to a fifth place finish after qualifying 13th… Has SIX IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas Super Speedway; 2017 Detroit Race 1, Detroit Race 2) and THREE poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015… He is in 12th place in series point standings with a total of 274.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Shield Cleansers Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I’m super happy at this point to put the Shield Cleansers car third. It was a rough qualifying session. I think we were very competitive in Q1, we were there in Q2. I made a mistake early in the session on my first lap and locked up. I was very close to hitting the barriers. I just missed it and spun around, and they gave me a drive through penalty. So not getting a banker lap in on the blacks was kind tough mentally to deal with knowing now you definitely need to go out and perform. And we did so, we got through Round 2 in fourth place. And honestly the first lap in the Fast Six, with that big lock up, it kind of just locked up instantly. We’ve struggled a bit with the brake stability this weekend and that just proves it. And pushing to the limits, it’s going to go wrong sometimes. We got there on the second set. Obviously, it didn’t help for confidence so it was a slightly less aggressive entry approach to the corner but I’m super happy being where we are. The whole team deserves it.”

  • FAST FACTS: Finished P1 for the first time in a practice session in Practice 1 on Friday and earned his best INDYCAR starting position of third. The Shield Cleansers livery features a design inspired by the band O.A.R., who is in concert Saturday night at Ascend Amphitheatre and has a partnership with team partner Sugarlands Distilling… Arrived to Nashville fresh off a career best second place finish at the Gallagher GP and IMS… Will be his first race here and 15th in the INDYCAR SERIES… He is the highest ranked rookie in 15th place in the point standings with 248.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I think that was a decent run for our No. 45 Hy-Vee Honda here. It was nice to transfer to the next round. It wasn’t a very good lap on my part in Q2 didn’t get a good lap in Q2. Honestly, I was trying so hard to try and find a little bit that I thought we were missing and three corners made three pretty big mistakes but I think the car is not too bad. We will try to figure out how to have a really strong day tomorrow and make it our best race of the year yet.”

  • FAST FACTS: Qualified sixth and finished 15th in the inaugural race here in 2021… He is ranked 22nd with 148 points.  

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING IN NASHVILLE… The Music City Grand Prix will mark the second event for the team here. The team’s highest finish here is fifth place by Rahal and highest start is 13th, also by Rahal. The series previously conducted eight races on the 1.33-mile Nashville Super Speedway oval from 2001-2008.The team’s highest start there was pole in 2004 by Buddy Rice and highest finish was fourth with Danica Patrick.

NEXT UP:  The pre-race warm-up will take place tomorrow from 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. ET and the 80-lap Big Machine Music City Grand Prix will take the Green Flag at 3:30 p.m. ET. All sessions will air on Peacock Premium and Sunday’s race will also air on NBC beginning at 3 PM ET.  Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes commentary by the INDYCAR Radio Network.

Lundgaard Paced Practice 1 for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix of Nashville; Harvey and Rahal were 19th and 20th

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingBig Machine Music City Grand Prix
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – August 5, 2022


LUNDGAARD PACED PRACTICE 1 FOR THE BIG MACHINE MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX OF NASHVILLE; RAHAL AND HARVEY WERE 19TH AND 20TH

1)         Christian Lundgaard             1:15.9659 / 99.518 mph        
19)       Jack Harvey                           1:17.6736 / 97.330 mph        
20)       Graham Rahal                       1:17.7000 / 97.297 mph

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a tough session for us. We got up there on the black tires – P7 or P8 –but really never had any pace that was worthwhile. The car was a real handful today. It was very low so there was a lot of bottoming, a lot of hitting. I just never felt like I had much. We tried to go to the green tires and I was just in a heap of traffic and those tires seemed to go off in about half of a lap. We’ll focus on tomorrow and see what we can do. Christian is on a completely different setup so we’ll have to study that and figure out how they make it work and go from there.”

  • FAST FACTS: In the inaugural race here last year, Rahal drove to a fifth place finish after qualifying 13th… Has SIX IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas Super Speedway; 2017 Detroit Race 1, Detroit Race 2) and THREE poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval; 2017 – Detroit Race 1 street) and his highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015… He is in 12th place in series point standings with a total of 274.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Shield Cleansers Dallara/Honda/Firestone: (On how much being P1 in practice after finishing second in Indy last week boosts his and the team:) “Quite dramatically, honestly. I must say I wasn’t really expecting to be this far up here (on the time sheets) today never having been here before. We showed up and the pace was there. You see that Malukas was there in P3 as well. The rookie field this year is quite strong. In Toronto the car was good, which was the last street circuit before coming here. We were expecting to have a better (racing) package and it seems like the package is there.”

  • FAST FACTS: Finished P1 for the first time in a practice session. The Shield Cleansers livery features a design inspired by the band O.A.R., who is in concert Saturday night at Ascend Amphitheatre and has a partnership with team partner Sugarlands Distilling… Arrived to Nashville fresh off a career best second place finish at the Gallagher GP and IMS… Will be his first race here and 15th in the INDYCAR SERIES… He is the highest ranked rookie in 15th place in the point standings with 248.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was an okay start for us herein the Music City Grand Prix. The No. 45 Hy-Vee Honda isn’t too bad. It was a kind of scruffy final part of the run but I think the car should have some good pace. We have a few clear areas to work on but we’ll do that overnight and be ready for tomorrow.”

  • FAST FACTS: Qualified sixth and finished 15th in the inaugural race here in 2021… He is ranked 22nd with 148 points.  

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING IN NASHVILLE… The Music City Grand Prix will mark the second event for the team here.  The team’s highest finish here is fifth place by Rahal and highest start is 13th, also by Rahal. The series previously conducted eight races on the 1.33-mile Nashville Super Speedway oval from 2001-2008.The team’s highest start there was pole in 2004 by Buddy Rice and highest finish was fourth with Danica Patrick.

NEXT UP:  Practice 2 will take place tomorrow from 11:15 – 12:15 p.m. ET and qualifying will be 3:30 – 4:45. All sessions will air on Peacock Premium and Sunday’s race will also air on NBC at 3 PM ET. The race warm-up will take place from 9:15 – 9:45 p.m. ET.   Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes commentary by the INDYCAR Radio Network.

Rahal, Lundgaard & Harvey Look Forward to the Second Big Machine Music City GP of Nashville

Source: Team PR

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingBig Machine Music City Grand Prix – Streets of Nashville
Pre-Race Notes
Round 14 of 17 in the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES



DATE:     August 5-7, 2022

PRACTICE BROADCAST:     Live on Peacock Premium on Friday from 4:15 – 5:30 p.m. ET and on Saturday from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. and Sunday from 10:15 – 10:45 p.m. ET.  Also live on the INDYCAR Radio Network (IRN) and www.indycar.com (timing & scoring + live analysis).

QUALIFYING BROADCAST:     Live on Peacock Premium, the IRN and www.indycar.com (timing & scoring + live analysis) from 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. ET Saturday.

RACE BROADCAST:     Live on NBC Sunday, August 7 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET. And also on Peacock Premium, IRN, Sirius 211 and XM 205

TRACK LAYOUT:     2.15-mile road course
RACE LENGTH:     80 laps / 205.62 miles

2021 WINNER:     Markus Ericsson
2021 POLESITTER:     Colton Herta

RAHAL’S BEST START / FINISH AT NASHVILLE:     13th / 5th – both in 2021; 1 event

RAHAL’S BEST SERIES START / FINISH:     3 Poles – St. Pete (street) 2009, Kansas (oval) 2009, Detroit (street) 2017 / 6 Wins – St.
Pete 2008, Fontana (oval; 500 miles) 2015, Mid-Ohio (road) 2015, Texas (oval) 2016; Detroit Race 1 2017, Detroit Race 2 2017

LUNDGAARD’S BEST START / FINISH AT NASHVILLE:     First event
LUNDGAARD’S BEST SERIES START / FINISH:     4th – debut at IMS road course 2021 / 2nd at the July Indy GP 2022

HARVEY’S BEST START / FINISH AT NASHVILLE:     6th / 15th – both in 2021; 1 event
HARVEY’S BEST SERIES START / FINISH:     2nd – Indy GP & Road America (2020), St. Pete 2021 / 3rd at the Indy GP (2019)


NEWS & NOTES:

MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX OF NASHVILLE AND RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING 
The 2022 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix will mark the second race for the series on the streets of downtown Nashville. The series previously conducted eight races on the 1.33-mile Nashville Super Speedway oval from 2001-2008.The team’s highest start there was pole in 2004 by Buddy Rice and highest finish was fourth with Danica Patrick. The team will enter the No. 15 United Rentals Honda for Graham Rahal, the No. 30 Shield Cleansers entry for Christian Lundgaard and the No. 45 Hy-Vee entry for Jack Harvey.

GRAHAM AT NASHVILLE
In the inaugural race in 2021, Rahal started 13th and finished fifth. He is excited to return for the second race on the streets of Nashville.
“Our competitiveness has continued to improve as of late. Toronto was a step forward for us on the street race side of things. And clearly, we expect to continue down that path in Nashville. We believe that the race car from Toronto will give us a lot to learn from and to improve with in Nashville so we’ll see what we come up with this coming weekend. Setup wise, I think we’ve got a really good idea of what we’ll need. We’ll try to make it as good as possible and see if we can qualifying and run up front.
“I thought the Nashville event was great last year; the off-track build up was amazing. Scott Borchetta and his team did one hell of a job and I expect the same for this year. I enjoyed the track. Sure, there were a couple of sections that were quite rough and tight and things like that, but it was the first year of a street race and those things are going to happen. I thought everybody put such a good foot forward that we should just applaud them for that. As far as track changes, I think Turn 8 is a little bit narrower this year and I think they narrowed the back straight up a little bit for fan viewing but I don’t think there were a lot of large changes. I think the Start/Finish line is on the back straightaway this year which will help as well.  I’m looking forward to getting back there and putting on a good show.”

CHRISTIAN PLANS TO CARRY HIS MOMENTUM TO NASHVILLE
Lundgaard is fresh off his first podium finish of the season with second place at the Gallagher Grand Prix at IMS last Saturday. Since the Nashville race is only in his second year, he feels that levels the playing field a bit to the veterans in the series and is excited to see if the team’s competitiveness on the streets of Toronto will carry over to Nashville.  “After a good performance gain in the Toronto street event, obviously I’m looking forward to Nashville. We seemed to have found something in the car that works better so for me its important that we do that again. That we keep continuing our performance increase. Our test at Sebring for sure increased it. We’ve just got to keep digging and keep doing what we’re doing.

“I watched part of the Nashville event last year, some of it anyway until I fell asleep. I had flown to the States for the Indy GP, which was the weekend after Nashville. I saw the incident between Markus and (Sebastien) Bourdais and fell asleep 20 minutes later and woke up to the news that Markus had won the race. It just proves that absolutely anything can happen in INDYCAR and it’s a series I love to be in. Coming there (Nashville) this year, it’s good that it’s only been a one race event so it kind of reduces the advantage that the experienced drivers have.”

JACK AND THE MUSIC CITY GP
In the inaugural race here in 2021, Harvey qualified sixth and finished 15th in an eventful race that saw an eight-car pileup and was later red-flagged and ultimately won by Ericsson, who brought out an early-race caution and had to go to the back of the field. After recent performance gains, Harvey is looking forward to the final street race of the season.
 “The general base of the cars have been getting better and better every weekend. We haven’t quite been on the same trajectory path as my two teammates and we’re spending time obviously trying to figure out exactly why. Nashville was a great inaugural race. Its an awesome city. It was my first time being there in the city and I absolutely loved it. I had a good time on the track; we qualified sixth so I’m just trying to take the confidence into the race knowing that I’ve been there before and been fast. Hopefully we can replicate those performances but even better this coming weekend and get Hy-Vee a good result.
           

“I think clearly the Sebring test was productive for us. We just need to keep shimmying it along here if we can and just try to get a good result. That’s the only thing we are lacking. There are a lot of pieces of the jigsaw puzzle floating around, not a million miles away, but the series is so competitive right now so anything less than being nearly perfect just isn’t good enough. There is work to do on our side, work to do on my side and together with the team, we will figure it out.”

POINTS BATTLE AFTER 13 OF 17 RACES
Heading into Round 14 of 17, Rahal has a total of 274 points and is ranked 12th overall. Lundgaard is 15th with 248 and is the highest-ranked rookie and Harvey is 22nd with 158.
“I still think that we can get into the top eight or nine in points,” said Rahal. “That’s what I’m focused on and hopefully I can make it happen.


“I’m still not looking to much at the rookie championship,” added Lundgaard about winning Rookie of the Year honors. “Obviously the Indy weekend was good and we extended the lead. We’ve still got four races to go so we’ve just got to do our best and then we’ll see who makes it out on top.”

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