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GALLAGHER GRAND PRIX AT IMS

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingGallagher Grand Prix – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – July 30, 2022

LUNDGAARD EARNED HIS FIRST INDYCAR PODIUM WITH SECOND PLACE IN THE GALLAGHER GRAND PRIX AT IMS; RAHAL FINISHED SEVENTH AND HARVEY 20TH

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 One Cure Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I would say it was a solid day. It was nothing overly special today as far as the car. It was a bit of a handful but we were able to put it together and go from 17th to seventh. I don’t know that we had much more pace than that to be honest. Our straight-line deficit that we had all in qualifying and all of practice continues. And on the straightaways I was just getting killed today. It took everything we had to hold our own but we’re going to look into it and try to understand what’s wrong and why we don’t have the straight-line speed our teammates do and I think we’ll come back in Nashville stronger. We’re looking forward to it. We have a couple of days of rest here and off we go.”

  • FAST FACTS: He started 17th and gained three spots on the start for P14 and by Lap 2 he was 11th.  He held the position through a FCC for Kellett. He was 11th when he made his first of three stops, ninth when he made his second and seventh when he made his final stop, which he held until the checkered flag. He utilized the same black/red/red tire strategy the majority of the field ran… The Gallagher Grand Prix was Rahal’s 12th Indy car race on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He finished second on the road course at IMS in 2015 and 2020. In 2021 he finished fifth and seventh in May and August. Earlier this year at the Indy GP, he started 12th, ran as high as sixth and finished 16th after slick racing conditions and zero visibility led to him hitting Kirkwood and drawing a penalty… 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 moved up from 13th to 12th in NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings with 274.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Shield Cleansers Dallara/Honda /Firestone: “What a day. I didn’t think my first podium with INDYCAR would come this early with the performance we started the season with but it proves how much we’ve improved and what steps we are making as a team to get the car up here. Man, I’m exhausted now. It’s a huge relief. The team gave me the opportunity last year at this specific event and I didn’t perform well enough on race day so to back them up and show it was possible is absolutely amazing as a team result. I told them we were on a streak and we took the step we needed today. Obviously, I’m happy but I’m even happier for the team. They deserve this second place. I can for sure get used to this so I’ll go again next week in Nashville.”

  • FAST FACTS: He earned his best start of the season of sixth, and second best in his career after starting fourth in his debut at IMS in 2021. In the race, he moved into fourth on the opening lap ahead of Power and O’Ward, who had an issue.  He was passed by Herta before Kellett brought out a caution and passed Newgarden on the restart to regain fourth. He passed Rosenqvist for third on Lap 9 before his first stop on Lap 14. He held third through the majority of the race and claimed second place on Lap 42/85 when previous leader Herta slowed on course.  In the late stages of the race, he pressured eventual winner Rossi but took the checkered flag 3.5 seconds behind him for his first series podium and a career-best finish of second place… The 2022 July race was his third on the IMS road course and 14th INDYCAR race overall. While an FIA Formula 2 driver, Lundgaard made his INDYCAR debut with the team at the August 14, 2021 Grand Prix at IMS. He earned a career best 4th place start and finished 12th. At the GMR Grand Prix in May, he started eighth and finished ninth. Intermittent rain and low visibility limited the possible performance… He moved up one spot in the standings to 15th place with 248 and holds a 27-point advantage over Malukas (221) in the Rookie of the Year standings.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was not a good race for us. On to Nashville.”

  • FAST FACTS: He was 0.0653 from progressing to Round 2 in qualifying and was seventh in his group to earn a 13th place start.  In the race, he gained three spots to run 10th on the start and cycled up to seventh before his first pit stop on Lap 13 and cycled into 9th by his second stop on Lap 35/85 before a caution for Pagenaud, who appeared to run out of fuel. On the next stint he ran in 14th place and choose the more durable primary tires for his final stint from Laps 60-85 when the majority of the field opted for the faster, but less durable alternates. He ultimately finished 20th. The race marked the eighth INDYCAR Series event on the road course for Harvey and 12th overall including four Indy Lights races from 2014-2015. His highest series start is second place and he has accomplished the feat three times, including here (2020 – IMS road course, Road America Race 2; 2021 – St. Pete). The IMS road course is also the site of his highest series finish of third place in 2019. He has three top-three series starts on the IMS road course, which is a personal best of any track on the schedule. Earlier this year at the GMR Grand Prix at IMS, Harvey ran as high as third place in one of the craziest races in recent INDYCAR history but a penalty for making contact with Ericsson after leaving his pit box relegated him to the back of the field. He had been running seventh prior to his stop but some ahead were expected to pit soon for rain tires, so a podium was still in his sights. Once he went to the back of the field in 20th place, he climbed up to 13th before the race ended after 75 of the 85 laps due to a time limit after starting ninth. In Indy Lights, he competed in four races on the IMS road course and has two poles and two wins, three top-three starts, and three top-two finishes. Last year in the two IMS road course races, he started third and finished 23rd in May and started seventh and finished sixth in August… He is ranked 22nd with 158 points. 

RLL AT THE IMS ROAD COURSE…. The Gallagher Grand Prix marked the 13th NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on the 2.439-mile road course. The team’s best finish here is second in 2015 and July 4, 2020 by Rahal and by Lundgaard today. RLL’s best start is fourth in 2020 by Rahal and 2021 Race 2 by Lundgaard.

NEXT UP:  The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix will take place next Sunday, August 7 in Nashville.

Lundgaard Earned His Best Start of the Season of Sixth Place for the Gallagher GP; Harvey and Rahal Will Start 13th and 17th Respectively

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingGallagher Grand Prix – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – July 29, 2022

LUNDGAARD EARNED HIS TOP START OF THE SEASON OF SIXTH FOR THE GALLAGHER GRAND PRIX; HARVEY AND RAHAL WILL START 13TH AND 17TH

1)         Felix Rosenqvist          1:10.2265 / 125.030 mph          (Group 2, Round 3)
6)         Christian Lundgaard    1:10.7280 / 124.143 mph          (Group 1, Round 3)
13)       Jack Harvey                 1:10.8564 / 123.918 mph          (Group 1, Round 1)
17)       Graham Rahal              1:10.9093 / 123.826 mph          (Group 1, Round 1)          

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 One Cure Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I just never had it (in qualifying). Even on the blacks. On the blacks this morning, we were P3 and on the blacks (in qualifying) I was 10th or something. The rear of the car was not good. I will say we are fighting a major straight line deficit compared to my teammates. I think it was 3/10ths of a second compared to Christian in practice. It’s hard to make up, we ended up about a tenth down on him and we need to figure out why that is. But from practice, the car was completely different. We used an experimental setup that we will continue on with for tomorrow. Hopefully it races better than that tomorrow. The heat of the day like this, the track is throwing everybody a bit of a loop. I’m mightily disappointed for One Cure and for our whole team. All of us expected to be way faster than that. Christian advanced but we all felt our speed would be better.”

  • FAST FACTS: The Gallagher Grand Prix will be Rahal’s 12th Indy car race on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He finished second on the road course at IMS in 2015 and 2020. In 2021 he finished fifth and seventh in May and August. Earlier this year at the Indy GP, he started 12th, ran as high as sixth and finished 16th after slick racing conditions and zero visibility led to him hitting Kirkwood and drawing a penalty… 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 currently ranked 13th in NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings with 248.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Shield Cleansers Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was our best qualifying of the year here. The Indy road course has been good to me so far with qualifying fourth for this race last year. We didn’t quite make the fast six in May even though we should have. We were screwed a bit with a car going off the track ahead of us in May. We executed today and we got through to Round 3. I think we might have had a tenth more which would have put us up towards third or fourth instead of P6 but we executed the best we could for now so. The points are scored tomorrow so we’ll keep digging.”

  • FAST FACTS: The 2022 July race will be his third on the IMS road course and 14th INDYCAR race overall. While an FIA Formula 2 driver, Lundgaard made his INDYCAR debut with the team at the August 14, 2021 Grand Prix at IMS. He earned a career best 4th place start and finished 12th. At the GMR Grand Prix in May, he started eighth and finished ninth. Intermittent rain and low visibility limited the possible performance… He is the highest ranked rookie in 16th place in the point standings with 208.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We just missed it a little bit today. We warmed up okay but I think things obviously changed a bit from when we were here in May. I don’t know if it’s just the temperature, but our No. 45 Hy-Vee Honda just wasn’t quite as good and we missed it by a little bit. I’m sure everyone has been talking about already but this track is separated not by tenths but by hundredths of seconds. It’s so close, so tight, there are so many great teams and drivers. Today unfortunately we just missed it but I think we’ve got a great race car. The car is really good on blacks. We’ll use the warmup wisely and just go forward in the race.”

  • FAST FACTS: The race will mark the eighth INDYCAR Series event on the road course for Harvey and 12th overall including four Indy Lights races from 2014-2015. His highest series start is second place and he has accomplished the feat three times, including here (2020 – IMS road course, Road America Race 2; 2021 – St. Pete). The IMS road course is also the site of his highest series finish of third place in 2019. He has three top-three series starts on the IMS road course, which is a personal best of any track on the schedule. Earlier this year at the GMR Grand Prix at IMS, Harvey ran as high as third place in one of the craziest races in recent INDYCAR history but a penalty for making contact with Ericsson after leaving his pit box relegated him to the back of the field. He had been running seventh prior to his stop but some ahead were expected to pit soon for rain tires, so a podium was still in his sights. Once he went to the back of the field in 20th place, he climbed up to 13th before the race ended after 75 of the 85 laps due to a time limit after starting ninth. In Indy Lights, he competed in four races on the IMS road course and has two poles and two wins, three top-three starts, and three top-two finishes. Last year in the two IMS road course races, he started third and finished 23rd in May and started seventh and finished sixth in August… He is ranked 22nd with 148 points. 

RLL AT THE IMS ROAD COURSE…. The Gallagher Grand Prix will mark the 13th NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on the 2.439-mile road course. The team’s best finish here is second in 2015 and July 4, 2020 by Rahal and the best start is fourth in 2020 by Rahal and 2021 Race 2 by Lundgaard.

NEXT UP:  Warmup for the Gallagher Grand Prix will take place from 8:15-8:45 AM and NBC will begin coverage of the 85-lap race at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday.

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Gallagher Grand Prix at IMS is Up Next for Rahal, Lundgaard and Harvey

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingPre-Race Notes
Gallagher Grand Prix – Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course
Round 13 of 17 in the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES

DATE:     Friday – Saturday, July 29-30, 2022

PRACTICE BROADCAST:     Live on Peacock Premium on Friday from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. and Saturday from 8:15 –8:45 a.m.  Also live on the INDYCAR Radio Network (IRN) and www.indycar.com (timing & scoring + live analysis). All times Eastern.

QUALIFYING BROADCAST:     Live on Peacock Premium, the IRN and www.indycar.com (timing & scoring + live analysis) from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. ET Friday.

RACE BROADCAST:     Live on NBC on Saturday, July 30 from 12 – 3 p.m. ET. And also on Peacock Premium, IRN and Sirius XM 160.

TRACK LAYOUT:     2.439-mile, 14-turn road course
RACE LENGTH:     85 laps / 207.35 miles
2022 MAY WINNER:     Colton Herta (May 14)
2022 MAY POLESITTER:     Will Power (1:09.7664 / 125.854 mph; May 13)

RLL TOP START / FINISH AT IMS (ROAD):     4th by Rahal in 2020 / 2nd by Rahal in 2015 and 2020; 12 events

RAHAL’S BEST START / FINISH AT IMS (ROAD):     4th in 2020 / 2nd in 2015 and 2020; 12 events
RAHAL’S HIGHEST SERIES START / FINISH:     3 poles – Pole at St. Pete (street) 2009, Kansas (oval) 2009, Detroit Race 1 (street) 2017 / 6 wins – 1st in St. Pete in 2008, Fontana & Mid-Ohio 2015, Texas 2016, Detroit Race 1 & Race 2 2017

LUNDGAARD’S BEST START / FINISH AT IMS (ROAD):     4th in Aug. 2021 / 9th in 2022; 2 events
LUNDGAARD’S BEST SERIES START / FINISH:     4th at his debut at IMS road course / 8th at Toronto 2022

HARVEY’S BEST START / FINISH AT IMS (ROAD):     2nd in July 2020 / 3rd in 2019; 7 events
HARVEY’S HIGHEST SERIES START / FINISH:     2nd – Indy GP & Road America (2020), St. Pete 2021 / 3rd at the Indy GP (2019)


NEWS & NOTES:

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING & THE IMS ROAD COURSE
The Gallagher Grand Prix will mark the team’s 13th NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on the 2.439-mile road course. The team’s highest finish is second by Graham Rahal in 2015 and 2020 and he also brought RLL their highest start of fourth in July 2020. In addition to Rahal (2014-2021), other drivers that have competed for the team here include Takuma Sato (2018-2021), Spencer Pigot (2016, 2020), Oriol Servia (2014), Jack Harvey (2022 May) and Christian Lundgaard (2021, 2022).  RLL has entered the No. 15 One Cure Honda for Graham Rahal, the No. 30 Shield Cleansers Honda for Christian Lundgaard and the No. 45 Hy-Vee Honda for Jack Harvey.

RAHAL AND THE INDY ROAD COURSE
Rahal will make his 13th INDYCAR start on the road course at IMS. After a second-place finish in 2015 and 2020, Graham hopes to get back in podium contention here. He finished fifth and seventh on the road course in May and August 2021 and battled ever-changing weather conditions here earlier this year after starting 12th and running as high as sixth. Slick racing conditions and zero visibility led to him hitting Kirkwood and drawing a penalty before he ultimately finished 16th in the timed race. He is planning to get back to podium contention this weekend.
            “I felt that at the GMR Grand Prix in May, that we had found some gains. Obviously in the race, it was a total nightmare because we suffered from major visibility issues. That put us behind the eight ball. But this time around I feel like we’ve got even more to learn from, some ideas and concepts that have come from testing, have come from Toronto as well as things that we noticed a Mid-Ohio. So, on the 15 One Cure car, we are going to start with a completely separate setup, completely new from what we’ve done before and from our teammates. And ultimately if it doesn’t work in that first practice, we’ll just jump back for qualifying to where everybody else is at and go from there. We’re trying to learn as best we can.
           “Expectations are always high. We believe as a team, and I believe as a driver, that we should be up front. We have always had pretty good success at the Indy Grand Prix so hopefully we can carry that forward. We could definitely use a good shot in the arm, particularly after falling short in that second race in Iowa.”

LUNDGAARD – ONE YEAR AFTER HIS INDYCAR SERIES DEBUT
Christian Lundgaard made his INDYCAR debut with the team at last year’s Big Machine Records Spiked Coolers GP at IMS and earned a career best 4th place start and finished 12th. At the GMR Grand Prix in May, he started eighth and finished ninth. Intermittent rain and low visibility limited the possible performance and led to contact with fellow rookie Illot after the checkered flag but fortunately both drivers were okay. He is looking forward to more performance gains at IMS this weekend.
            “I’ve got memories from this one. As many people know, this is the race that I did last year for my series debut. We qualified well but didn’t race as well as we probably should have. I didn’t have any experience at that point but now I know how much I’ve got to work with. Obviously coming into this event, the first time this year, we performed relatively well. I think it was one of our strongest events, especially at that point. Which obviously leaves us with a good baseline for this race. We’ve had some good outings since. I think the team has moved in the right directions throughout the year. But coming home to the GP, I’m very familiar with the event so, expectation wise, I think we can expect a good result as a team. I think all three drivers will be strong here this weekend. What’s most important is that we leave the pressure behind and focus and deal with our own challenges and move on and work around our issues. I’m absolutely excited for this one. It’s good to be home for a race during this stretch. Let’s see what we’ve got!”

JACK HARVEY RETURNS TO THE SITE OF HIS HIGHEST SERIES START AND FINISH
The Gallagher Grand Prix will mark his eighth INDYCAR Series race on the road course and 12th overall including four Indy Lights races from 2014-2015.  His highest series start is second place, and he has accomplished the feat three times, including here (2020 – IMS road course, Road America Race 2; 2021 – St. Pete). The IMS road course is also the site of his highest series finish of third place in 2019. He has three top-three series starts on the IMS road course, which is a personal best of any track on the schedule. In Indy Lights, he competed in four races on the IMS road course and has two poles and two wins, three top-three starts, and three top-two finishes. Last year in the two IMS road races, he started third and finished 23rd in May and started seventh and finished sixth in August. Earlier this year at the GMR Grand Prix at IMS, Harvey ran as high as third place in one of the craziest races in recent INDYCAR history but a penalty for making contact with Ericsson after leaving his pit box relegated him to the back of the field. He had been running seventh prior to his stop but some ahead were expected to pit soon for rain tires, so a podium was still in his sights. Once he went to the back of the field in 20th place, he climbed up to 13th before the race ended after 75 of the 85 laps due to a time limit after starting ninth. He is looking forward to getting another opportunity to get his second podium at IMS after being in podium contention in the wet race in May.
            “I’m looking forward to being back at the Grand Prix. It’s a track I’ve always gone well at. Obviously, that’s never a guarantee things are going to go well but I’m optimistic. I said it last week, and I still feel it now. We are starting to show some promise as the season goes on. The Indy GP from a speed perspective, is a highlight of the season. I think we were pushing to have a podium in the (May) race. Things obviously didn’t work out that day but I’m excited for what we can achieve this weekend and ultimately you just want to start getting some good results, frankly and this is a nice weekend for that to happen. The next best time to have a great race is the one coming up. Our qualifying experience was decent in May and the car was a bit better in the warmup and that’s the car we’re going to take with us this weekend. We’re going to go out and give it 110 percent and see if can get a good result.”

POINTS BATTLE AFTER 12 OF 17 RACES
Heading into Round 13 of 17, Rahal has a total of 248 points and is ranked 13th overall. Lundgaard is 16th with 208 and is the highest-ranked rookie and Harvey is 22nd with 148.

Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 Presented by Google – Iowa Speedway

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 Presented by Google – Iowa Speedway
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
RACE 2 NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, July 24, 2022

RAHAL AND HARVEY FINISHED 14TH AND 20TH, RESPECTIVELY, IN THE HY-VEE SALUTE TO FARMERS 300 AT IOWA SPEEDWAY; LUNDGAARD RETIRED IN 26TH PLACE AFTER BRAKE FAILURE

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 High Rock Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We finished 14th in the High Rock Vodka machine. Unfortunately, on that first stint, we stayed out too long and that cost us two laps and we ended up one lap down so we got one of those two back in the remainder of the race unfortunately we couldn’t get all the way. If you look, we passed Power on track, I passed Grosjean three times. I passed a lot of people that finished up front so we kind of put ourselves in a bind there on that first stint. We’ve got to learn from it. I’m pretty frustrated but overall I thought we brought a better car today than yesterday actually. We were much more competitive at the end there. Hats off to the boys for keeping their heads down and working hard. We had good pit stops today. We’re off to Indy from here.” 

  • FAST FACTS: He started 23rd, fell to the back in 26th and then worked his way back up to 13th in the closing stage of the race but was passed by Palou with six laps to go and took the checkered flag in 14th…  The Hy-Vee doubleheader will mark his 15th and 16th races here. He has earned 11 top-10 finishes in 16 starts with his best being fourth in 2015…  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 has a total of 248 points and is ranked 13th overall.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Shield Cleansers Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We didn’t make it very far in the race due to a brake issue. Obviously, that’s quite unfortunate but it happens. I’m happier that it happened here than at Toronto. We’ve got to keep digging. Luckily, we did find an issue so that makes me a lot happier. Now we have full focus on the Indy road course.”

  • FAST FACTS: He qualified 17th and was running 15th when he pit due to brake issues after completing 112 of 300 laps. The team was unable to repair the car in time to return to the race and he retired in 26th place… He has competed in 11 INDYCAR SERIES races with a best start of 4th place (IMS road course 2021) and best finish of 9th (IMS road course, 2022)… He is 16th place in series standings and is the highest ranked rookie with 208 points to fellow rookie David Malukas’s 204.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I had a decent start, I thought. But our lack of speed is apparent as soon as you get going and I started to fall back. We went long, which I didn’t think was the right thing to do. And then there was something kind of weird like we didn’t get one of our laps back on that first wave around but we were just going to funnel to the back anyway. It’s disappointing that we didn’t do better for Hy-Vee this weekend after what I felt was a good qualifying. I felt like the momentum was with us in practice and then qualifying but that was not the case in the races.”

  • FAST FACTS: He qualified seventh for Race 2 but Herta served a nine position grid penalty and he started sixth. He held a position in the top-10 for the first 26 laps but ultimately finished in 20th place… Today was his fourth INDYCAR SERIES start here… He competed in the doubleheader at Iowa Speedway in 2020 and earned seventh place finishes in both races with a best start of sixth place in Race 2 and ninth in Race 1. He also competed at Iowa Speedway in the 2015 Indy Lights race where he started third and finished fifth. He is 22nd in series standings with 148 points.  

NEXT UP: The Gallagher Grand Prix is next Saturday, July 30 at the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Rahal, Lundgaard, and Harvey in the Hy-VeeDeals.com 250 at Iowa Speedway; Race 2 of the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Weekend is Up Sunday

#15: Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHy-VeeDeals.com 250 Presented by Door Dash – Iowa Speedway
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
RACE 1 NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, July 23, 2022

RAHAL 9TH, LUNDGAARD 10TH AND HARVEY 18TH IN THE HY-VEEDEALS.COM 250 AT IOWA SPEEDWAY

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 High Rock Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a really tough start to the race for the High Rock Vodka machine. The first 100 laps were hell. The car that we had yesterday didn’t show up today for some reason and we didn’t even change anything so why that happened, who knows? We’ve got tonight to improve a little bit. But still to get a top nine feels good but of course we thought and felt like we would be a competitor for the podium today. Considering how difficult it was to finish ninth actually I’m not too unhappy with. I know it was a struggle for everybody but we found ourselves at the very back of the pack and worked our way all the way back up through on merit so we’ll take it and focus on tomorrow and getting the High Rock Vodka machine further forward.”

  • FAST FACTS: He started 16th, fell to the back of the field early on and worked his way back up to a ninth place finish… The Hy-Vee doubleheader will mark his 15th and 16th races here. He has earned 11 top-10 finishes in 15 starts with his best being fourth in 2015… 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 has a total of 232 points and is ranked 13th overall.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Shield Cleansers Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Iowa 1 done, my birthday race. It was a damn hot one, I am finished, destroyed. I don’t have any energy left. I left everything out there so im looking forward to getting a nice sleep tonight. It was a good result for the team. We came from 20th up to 10th and got Jimmie (Johnson) over the line so it was a good team result with Graham in ninth. We’ve got to keep digging.”

  • FAST FACTS: He qualified 20th and drove to his highest career oval finish of 10th place. He also competed in oval race in Texas and the Indy 500… He has competed in 11 INDYCAR SERIES races with a best start of 4th place (IMS road course 2021) and best finish of 9th (IMS road course, 2022)… He is 16th place in series standings and is the highest ranked rookie with 203.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I thought we had a really good car in qualifying obviously because we started seventh but finished the race 18th so it’s a pretty disappointing day. We’ve got a lot of work to do overnight.”

  • FAST FACTS: He qualified seventh for Race 1 of the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Weekend at Iowa Speedway and finished 18th… Today was his third INDYCAR SERIES start here… He competed in the doubleheader at Iowa Speedway in 2020 and earned seventh place finishes in both races with a best start of sixth place in Race 2 and ninth in Race 1. He also competed at Iowa Speedway in the 2015 Indy Lights race where he started third and finished fifth. He is 20th in series standings with 138 points.  

RLL AT IOWA: The Hy-Vee INDYCAR Weekend will mark the 13th and 14th events for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) at Iowa Speedway.  The best finish for the team is third in 2020 Race 2 by Graham Rahal, 2018 by Takuma Sato and 2007 by Scott Sharp who also earned the top start for the team of fourth the same year.  The team has earned three podiums (3rd – Rahal 2020 Race 2, Sharp 2007, Sato 2018) and 13, top-10 finishes at the track.   

NEXT UP: The Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 Presented by Google will be televised on NBC beginning at 2 pm ET on Sunday, July 24.  Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes commentary by the INDYCAR Radio Network.

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Rahal, Harvey and Lundgaard Set the Eighth, 13th and 16th Fastest Times in Practice for the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Weekend Doubleheader

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHy-VeeDeals.com 250 Presented by Door Dash – Iowa Speedway
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, July 22, 2022

RAHAL, HARVEY AND LUNDGAARD SET THE EIGHTH, 13TH AND 16TH FASTEST TIME IN THE LONE PRACTICE FOR THE HY-VEE INDYCAR WEEKEND AT IOWA SPEEDWAY

1st:                  Will Power                  00:18.5729 / 173.285 mph
8th:                  Graham Rahal            00:18.8242 / 170.971 mph     
13th:                Jack Harvey                00:18.8918 / 170.360 mph     
16th:                Christian Lundgaard   00:18.9276 / 170.037 mph

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 High Rock Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We were P8 in the High Rock Vodka machine in practice. Honestly, it was a pretty good session. We didn’t get a good qual run there at the end. I don’t know that we’ve got enough pace, qualifying wise to be in the front couple of rows but I think P5-on-back is all to play for. Our car is pretty good. Our race car is very solid, I think so I’m excited for our pace and happy for the guys. I think we’ve unloaded pretty competitive again. With two big races, man it is going to be physical again. Its super-hot here. Hopefully we have a good qualifying run tomorrow morning and a good race in the afternoon.”

  • FAST FACTS: The Hy-Vee doubleheader will mark his 15th and 16th races here. He has earned 10 top-10 finishes in 14 starts with his best being fourth in 2015… 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 has a total of 210 points and is ranked 13th overall.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Shield Cleansers Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Practice is done in Iowa. I wouldn’t say it was as good as I expected it to be. I think obviously after the test our expectations might have been a little higher because we rolled off the truck pretty competitive. The car seems to struggle a little over the bumps. I’m struggling a little with trusting the car and having confidence in it so that something that needs to be improved but it’s in the making already. I think we did find some improvements so it’s about putting the best package together for tomorrow and obviously not having the luxury to change anything between qualifying and the race. It’s about having a car in qualifying that you want to race.”

  • FAST FACTS: He is making his first start at Iowa Speedway and third and fourth on an oval after races in Texas and the Indy 500… He has competed in 10 INDYCAR SERIES races with a best start of 4th place (IMS road course 2021) and best finish of 9th (IMS road course, 2022)… He is 16th place in series standings and is the highest ranked rookie with 183.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “That’s the only practice session, done here in the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Weekend and I think we’ve unloaded with a pretty-decent car actually. I was pretty happy with the balance. Obviously it’s hard to get a clear track here for qualifying runs but I think we can definitely put our 45 Hy-Vee Honda in the top-10 so I’m optimistic we can have a good race in front for Hy-Vee home race and home crowd.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will make his third INDYCAR SERIES start here. He competed in the doubleheader at Iowa Speedway in 2020 and earned seventh place finishes in both races with a best start of sixth place in Race 2 and ninth in Race 1. He also competed at Iowa Speedway in the 2015 Indy Lights race where he started third and finished fifth. He is 20th in series standings with 126 points.  

RLL AT IOWA: The Hy-Vee INDYCAR Weekend will mark the 13th and 14th events for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) at Iowa Speedway.  The best finish for the team is third in 2020 Race 2 by Graham Rahal, 2018 by Takuma Sato and 2007 by Scott Sharp who also earned the top start for the team of fourth the same year.  The team has earned three podiums (3rd – Rahal 2020 Race 2, Sharp 2007, Sato 2018) and 11, top-10 finishes at the track.   

NEXT UP: The Hy-VeeDeals.com 250 Presented by Door Dash will be televised on NBC beginning at 3 pm ET on Saturday, July 23.   Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes commentary by the INDYCAR Radio Network.

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Rahal, Lundgaard and Harvey Looking Forward to Hy-Vee INDYCAR Weekend Doubleheader at Iowa Speedway

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHy-Vee INDYCAR Weekend – Iowa Speedway
Hy-VeeDeals.com 250 – Saturday, July 23
Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 – Sunday, July 24
Pre-Race Notes
Rounds 11 & 12 of 17 in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES
DATE:     July 22-24, 2022

PRACTICE BROADCAST:     Live on Peacock Premium on Friday from 4:30 – 6:00 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 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. ET Saturday.

RACE BROADCAST(S):     Live on NBC on Saturday, July 23 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET and live on NBC on Sunday, July 24 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET. And also, on Peacock Premium, IRN, Sirius 211 and XM 205

TRACK LAYOUT:     0.875-mile tri oval
RACE LENGTH:     250 laps / 218.75 miles (Race 1), 300 laps / 262.5 miles (Race 2)

2020 WINNER:     Simon Pagenaud (Race 1), Josef Newgarden (Race 2)
2020 POLESITTER:     Conor Daly (175.188, Race 1), Josef Newgarden (175.333, Race 2)

RAHAL’S BEST IOWA START / FINISH:     6th in 2013 / 3rd in 2020 (Race 2); will be his 15th & 16th races 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 IOWA:     First race here
LUNDGAARD’S BEST SERIES START / FINISH:     4th – ’21 Indy GP, Race 2 / 8th – ’22 Toronto

HARVEY’S BEST START / FINISH AT IOWA:     6th in 2020, Race 2 / 7th in 2020 Race 1 & 2; competed in the 2015 Indy Lights race
HARVEY’S HIGHEST SERIES START / FINISH:     2nd – Indy GP & Road America (2020), St. Pete 2021 / 3rd at the Indy GP (2019)

RLL’S TOP START / FINISH AT IOWA:     4th by Sharp in 2007 / 3rd – 2020 Race 2 by G. Rahal, 2018 by Takuma Sato and 2007 by Scott Sharp


NEWS & NOTES:

RLL AT IOWA SPEEDWAY
The 2022 Hy-Vee INDYCAR Weekend will mark the 13th and 14th events for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) at Iowa Speedway. The best finish for the team is third place (2020 Race 2 by G. Rahal, 2018 by Sato and 2007 by Scott Sharp). Sharp also earned the top start for the team of fourth in 2007.  Prior to the 2022 events, the team prepared a total of 18 entries for drivers Scott Sharp (2007), Jeff Simmons (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2008), Takuma Sato (2012, 2018-2020 x 2) Graham Rahal (2013-2020 x 2) and James Jakes (2013). The team has earned three podiums (3rd – Sharp 2007, Sato 2018, Rahal 2020) and nine, top-10 finishes at the track. The team will prepare the No. 15 High Rock Vodka entry for Graham Rahal, the No. 30 Shield Cleansers entry for Christian Lundgaard and the No. 45 Hy-Vee entry for Jack Harvey for both races.

GRAHAM AT IOWA SPEEDWAY
The 2022 Hy-Vee INDYCAR Weekend doubleheader will mark Graham Rahal’s 15th and 16th races here. He has earned 10 top-10 finishes in 14 starts with his best begin fourth in 2015. In 2020, he started his 13th race here from 21st place and stayed on the lead lap until Lap 23 of 250. The team was on a four-stop strategy and the handling appeared to improve mid-to-late race but he reported a vibration and struggled with the handling of the car so he made another stop from 10th place on Lap 227 and ultimately finished 12th. In Race 2, in the Hy-Vee Honda, he set the eighth fastest time in the pre-race practice and started from 19th place. He extended his stint the longest and made his first stop from the lead on Lap 63. Due to track position, he went a lap down but was able to get it back by Lap 84 before he made his second stop from the lead on Lap 119 under caution for Carpenter once the pits opened. He returned to the track in fourth place and closed on third place Power before passing him on Lap 129 for third. He cycled back into the lead on Laps 171-174 before his third stop on Lap 175 and had moved into sixth a few laps later when Hunter-Reay brought out a caution. After the pits opened, a few drivers made stops and he restarted in fourth place. Once third place Daly made his stop, Rahal moved into third on Lap 216 and held it until the checkered flag. After a fourth-place finish last Sunday in Toronto, Rahal is looking forward to carrying over the momentum and getting back to the place where RLL’s relationship with Hy-Vee started.
            “I don’t know that anybody – promoter or sponsor – that has put as much into this as Hy-Vee has. As far as this event, the concerts speak for themselves. And the fact that the campers can get their groceries delivered to their campsite, all of these little things really change the model and mold in which we should promote and look at the activation surrounding INDYCAR races. I think it’s an amazing thing and hopefully it’s a wonderful crowd and that everyone comes out and can enjoy it with us. Hy-Vee has changed the game and we’re proud to be part of that. 
            “I’ve always loved Iowa. It’s an ultra-challenging short oval. Its massively demanding and a really tricky place to race but it rewards a smart thinker. There are teams in the past that have dominated, whether it was Penske or Andretti, who for years won almost every single one. Our test went well, I felt like we learned some good things and got some good direction and hopefully that will help us this time around.
            “It is massively important to unload from the transporter competitive. For us, it’s going to be extremely important that we come out of the box good and qualify well. It’s a long race — both of them — but still qualifying well makes your day that much easier. I think the heat is going to play a role. It’s so hot there, and the heat can wear you down. Clearly the airflow isn’t great no matter what in an Indy car so it’s hot. I think the heat will mentally wear you out there combined with the (G-Force) loading and the short straights and everything else. The mental aspect will be really critical.”

CHRISTIAN’S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND AND NEXT ADVENTURE – THE SHORTEST OVAL OF THE SEASON
It will be Lundgaard’s first race at Iowa Speedway but he tested at Iowa Speedway on June 20. After approaching the learning curve of oval racing methodically at Texas Motor Speedway in March and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May, he will take on the shortest oval on the INDYCAR schedule two times this weekend. He earned a career-best INDYCAR finish of eighth place last Sunday in Toronto and is looking to build on that in Iowa.
            “We’re all excited to go to Iowa and representing Hy-Vee as a team – especially the 45 car. We had a good test there so rolling off the trucks, we should have a good starting point. There is only one practice session before we go out and hopefully have great performances. Its going to be a tough weekend. It’s my birthday weekend and its two long races with a doubleheader Saturday and Sunday so keeping the car in one piece on Saturday is absolutely crucial for Sunday and making sure we’re all in a good spot. Rolling off after Toronto I think the whole team is in a good place. Everyone is quite satisfied in one way so we need to keep that going and have a good weekend in Iowa.”

JACK HARVEY AND THE HOME RACE
It will be pretty difficult to be at Iowa Speedway, and also in the greater Des Moines area, and not see Jack Harvey or his race car everywhere during the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Weekend. Jack competed in the doubleheader at Iowa Speedway in 2020 and earned seventh place finishes in both races with a best start of sixth place in Race 2 and ninth in Race 1. He also competed at Iowa Speedway in the 2015 Indy Lights race where he started third and finished fifth. He is looking forward to witnessing first hand how Hy-Vee is “resetting the bar” in race promotion.
            “This event is great for so many reasons. I think that when you go spend any time in Iowa or Des Moines you see what Hy-Vee means to the community and to that state. And obviously as a race fan having been to the race track at Iowa Speedway what it means to the racing community. So for Hy-Vee to pull both of those two groups back together frankly is massive. Their commitment to the series, to the track and also to us as a team is just great. I haven’t been a part of anything like this before. I think it nice that you’re going to go to a track and have a proper home race for a sponsor because frankly we wouldn’t be racing there without Hy-Vee. It’s incredible that they brought it back. All the drivers love racing there, all the teams like going there and the fans love it and we all have Hy-Vee to thank.
            “They are also creating an event that is beyond just a race and I think that is what is so cool as well with all the concerts — and they aren’t just local talent, they are A-List musicians around the world. And even the other things like the camping options and the grocery store on site. They are resetting the bar frankly in terms of how a sponsor can activate and be a part of the series.
            “My experience at the track has always been a positive one. I really enjoyed when we raced there in 2020. We had a pretty strong weekend with two top-10’s and qualifying in the top-10 for both. I’m hoping we can replicate a similar performance to that. I think our test mostly went pretty well. I felt like there was a little bit to be had, a little bit of speed to find compared to Josef (Newgarden) who was fastest on the day. I think it was a good starting point and hope we can just progress our way through. The weekend itself in terms of importance is massive really and it can’t be understated. It doesn’t matter which way you look at it. In terms of our performance on track, we want to get a better performance there but also to Hy-Vee putting a good show is massive as well.
            “The races are quite challenging on short ovals – physically and mentally. It’s a different level of concentration. I like the doubleheaders; I think they’re fun. It definitely puts a lot of pressure on the teams though. But in terms of getting this event up and running again, having a doubleheader to really be able to make Saturday an event ad make Sunday an event, for this year is really awesome. You go and prepare as well as you can for Saturday and carry that into Sunday.”

POINTS BATTLE AFTER 10 OF 17 RACES
Heading into Round 11 and 12 of 17 at the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Weekend, Rahal has a total of 210 points and is ranked 13th overall. Lundgaard is 16th with 183 and is the highest-ranked rookie and Harvey is 20th with 125.

RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, July 17, 2022

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

NTT INDYCAR SERIES
Honda Indy Toronto – Streets around Exhibition Place
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, July 17, 2022

RAHAL EARNED HIS TOP HONDA INDY TORONTO FINISH OF FOURTH PLACE, LUNDGAARD EARNED HIS TOP SERIES FINISH OF EIGHTH AND HARVEY WAS 19TH AFTER PIT STOP ISSUES

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Fourth place for us in Toronto and let me tell you, for the United Rentals team, P4 feels like a W. We’ll take that. I’m very proud of our guys. They put their heads down and kept working hard. We earned this result; it certainly wasn’t given to us. That first stint was really good. Our pace was unbelievable out front leading and ultimately that put us in the position that even the yellow kind of hurt our strategy to be frank but the yellow also put us in a position that the guys just knocked it out of the park with that pit stop. Plus four in one pit stop; amazing job by them! We had a fill in fueler – Jacob – who did an amazing job. And “Cuz” was here filling in for us this weekend. I’m just super proud of the United Rentals team. It was a great comeback for us. We’ve been down in the dumps but to come back and get a fourth place here feels really good. Iowa here we come!”

  • FAST FACTS: He started 14th and was the top driver who elected to start on the more durable primary tires. He held his position until the pit cycle started for those who wanted to replace their alternate tires due to their performance drop. He was able to stay out until he cycled into the lead for Laps 19-24 before making his first of two stops on Lap 25. Fast pace, track position and excellent stops prevailed through various pit cycles and four cautions for a total of 15 laps resulted in a fifth-place rank heading into a restart on Lap 66/85 where he passed McLaughlin for fourth place. He held the position until the checkered flag for his best finish of the season and best career finish at Toronto of fourth place… Was his 15th Indy car race here and 16th overall including his 2006 Atlantic race… In 15 Indy car races, his best Toronto start is second in 2017 and his best finish is fourth in 2022 with RLL. He has three, top-five starts and six, top-10 finishes here… Rahal moved from 15th to 13th in series point standings with a total of 210.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 HUB International Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a tough, long race that didn’t pan out in anyone’s favor except the early stoppers and the guys that did a middle stint on reds. We went long on the first stint on reds and came out behind the guys that pitted early that undercut us. And then a yellow came out and the guys ahead could have a free stop and etc. so I think we were unlucky with most of it. It was a long race for sure. I think we struggled a bit with degradation. We didn’t have the power down we needed to get further forward so it’s something we need to look at but it’s a good starting point for Nashville.”

  • FAST FACTS: He started 10th and climbed as high as fifth before his first of two stops on Lap 17. He made his second stop with the majority of the field during the second of four caution periods on Lap 47 and returned to the track 12th. He gained more positions when a few drivers made their final stop and others made contact. He took the checkered flag in eighth place for his highest career INDYCAR finish to date… He has competed in 10 INDYCAR SERIES races with a best start of 4th place (IMS road course 2021) and best finish of 9th (IMS road course, 2022)… He is 16th place in series standings and is the highest ranked rookie with 183.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We arrived to Toronto more competitive in general which is a good omen for the team. Obviously, everyone has been working really hard but we’ve got to get our pit stops better and we’ve got to do better race strategies than that because we took a car that was easily capable of being in the top-10 and took it to P19, so we’ve got some work to do.”

  • FAST FACTS: Made his first INDYCAR SERIES start in Toronto from a 13th place start. He lost two positions on the start but settled into a fast pace. Problems on both of his pit stops limited his finishing position to 19th… He competed here in 2014 in Indy Lights where he started fourth and finished third. And also competed in the doubleheader here in 2015 where he started fourth in Race 1 and fifth in Race 2 and finished second in both. He is 20th in series standings with 126 points.  

NEXT UP: The much-anticipate Hy-Vee INDYCAR Weekend will take place next weekend at Iowa Speedway. The Hy-VeeDeals.com 250 will air on NBC on Saturday, July 23 at 4:00 p.m. ET and the Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 will air on NBC on Sunday, July 24 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Lundgaard, Harvey and Rahal: Honda Indy Toronto Qualifying

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda Indy Toronto – Streets around Exhibition Place
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, July 16, 2022

LUNDGAARD, HARVEY AND RAHAL TO START 10TH, 13TH AND 14TH IN THE HONDA INDY TORONTO

1)         Colton Herta                      59.2698 / 108.480 mph          (Group 2, Round 3)
10)       Christian Lundgaard        59.9151 / 107.312 mph          (Group 2, Round 2)
13)       Jack Harvey                      1:00.0212 / 107.122 mph       (Group 1, Round 1)
14)       Graham Rahal                   1:00.6805 / 105.958 mph       (Group 2, Round 1)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We’ve had a solid weekend; I’ve been very proud of the guys. This qualifying session was not indicative of our pace. We had plenty. Even when Kirkwood spun, I was up on my form from earlier today so it was plenty good. The guy spins, you can’t complete your lap. Unfortunately, where we were in pit lane really hosed us today. Because both of those sequences, the guys that were at the front (of pit lane) were able to complete their laps. It is what it is but its mightily frustrating. On the one lap that we did get, I went into Turn 6, and the car bottomed on the entry which I’ve not had all weekend and it cost me about two-tenths and that was it. I’m super disappointed. Even on the red (tire) lap, we didn’t even get tire temp in and it was plenty to advance. Kirkwood spins and it’s over. On a weekend like this, all I could hope for was a little help from Lady Luck too in qualifying and it becomes amateur hour once qualifying comes. And the officiating on the 29 car was frustrating. To start 13th and 14th for Jack and I is not acceptable given the pace we’ve had this weekend so I’m pretty disappointed. I do think we had a car to win, I think we had a car to qualifying up front. I could feel it, even on that red (tire) lap. I didn’t even get tire temp in and I was shocked at how competitive it was for the first flyer. Maybe today wasn’t our lucky day but maybe tomorrow is.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his 15th Indy car race here and 16th overall including his 2006 Atlantic race… In 14 Indy car races, his best Toronto start is second in 2017 and his best finish is fifth in 2010 with Newman/Haas Racing. He has three, top-five starts and five, top-10 finishes… 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 15th in series point standings with a total of 177.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 HUB International Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a tough qualifying session. I think we could have been there. I think we were super lucky to get through in Q1. I think the red flag should have caused interference in the session because they were red flagging it and they didn’t get their lap time taken away. We didn’t have what it took to get through to the Fast 6. We were close, but tomorrow is pay day. We are racing hard tomorrow.”

  • FAST FACTS: He has competed in 10 INDYCAR SERIES races with a best start of 4th place (IMS road course 2021) and best finish of 9th (IMS road course, 2022)… He is 17th place in series standings and is the highest ranked rookie with 159.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We were super close to the transfer to Round 2. We just missed the balance a little bit. I think the track evolution maybe have caught us out just a tiny bit. In the whole, it was not a bad qualifying for the No. 45 Hy-Vee Honda. It’s certainly still not where we want to be, but I think this has been a much more productive weekend for us to be able to work through some of our issues. We will try to keep the momentum going. We have two sets of reds for the race. I’m not sure how that will help us right now but hopefully we are able to use them and try to have a good race day.”

  • FAST FACTS: Is making his first INDYCAR SERIES start in Toronto. He competed here in 2014 in Indy Lights where he started fourth and finished third. And also competed in the doubleheader here in 2015 where he started fourth in Race 1 and fifth in Race 2 and finished second in both. He is 20th in series standings with 115 points.  

RLL AT TORONTO: The Honda Indy Toronto will mark the 21st year of Indy car racing for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) here. The team also competed in the Atlantic Series races here in 2003 and 2004.  The team earned a total of four second place finishes (Rahal 1992, 1994, 1995; Michel Jourdain Jr. 2003) and best start was pole in 1992 by Bobby Rahal. The team has earned FIVE podiums (3rd – Rahal 1996), 9 top-five’s and 20 top-10 finishes at the track.  The No. 15 United Rentals entry for Graham Rahal, the No. 30 HUB International entry for Christian Lundgaard and the No. 45 Hy-Vee entry for Jack Harvey will bring the Indy car total to 38 entries in 2022.

NEXT UP: Warm-up will take place tomorrow from 10:55-11:25 a.m. ET. Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes commentary by the INDYCAR Radio Network. The 85-lap Honda Indy Toronto will be streamed live on Peacock beginning at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 17

Rahal, Lundgaard and Harvey Third, 11th and 18th in Practice for INDYCAR’s Return to the Honda Indy Toronto for the First Time Since 2019

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda Indy Toronto – Streets around Exhibition Place
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, July 15, 2022

RAHAL, LUNDGAARD AND HARVEY THIRD, 11TH AND 18TH IN PRACTICE FOR INDYCAR’S RETURN TO THE HONDA INDY TORONTO FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2019

1st:                  Alexander Rossi         1:00.6090 / 106.083 mph                   
3rd:                  Graham Rahal            1:00.7031 / 105.919 mph       
11th:                Christian Lundgaard   1:01.1749 / 105.102 mph
18th:                Jack Harvey                1:01.6580 / 104.278 mph       

GRAHAM RAHAL, No 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “After the Sebring test, I thought what we learned would translate to here and the setup that we came out of there with is what we started with here . The car was quite good from the get-go and the United Rentals boys will keep working hard to continue to progress. We would have liked to see more pace on the Firestone reds than what we got out of it but ultimately being in the top three is very rewarding. To see these guys smiling after working hard to get here is nice.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his 15th Indy car race here and 16th overall including his 2006 Atlantic race… In 14 Indy car races, his best Toronto start is second in 2017 and his best finish is fifth in 2010 with Newman/Haas Racing. He has three, top-five starts and five, top-10 finishes… 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 15th in series point standings with a total of 177.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 HUB International Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Overall I was pretty comfortable. It was a good session for the team with Graham up in third on the reds and he was quite competitive on the blacks. As a rookie I have an extra set of tires but we didn’t manage to make it work because we went out quite late on the new blacks with one of the red flags there at the end and had a big rear locking in Turn 3 on that lap. I thought it was better to abort that set of tires and go out on the reds because we had to give them back after Practice 1 but I think overall as a team we progressed so what tomorrow brings will be exciting.”

  • FAST FACTS: He has competed in 10 INDYCAR SERIES races with a best start of 4th place (IMS road course 2021) and best finish of 9th (IMS road course, 2022)… He is 17th place in series standings and is the highest ranked rookie with 159.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I thought it was a pretty decent day. Right at the end of the session we had so much traffic and whatnot, we didn’t really get to show exactly what I thought we could do but I thought through most of it, globally as a team we looked a lot more competitive and happier. I think we’ve got a car that’s going to challenge this weekend. Ultimately you don’t want to get carried away, we’ve got work to do. We tried something in the session that didn’t work, that’s good because Graham tried something that seemed like it did. It seems like its going to be a more positive weekend for us.” 

  • FAST FACTS: Is making his first INDYCAR SERIES start in Toronto. He competed here in 2014 in Indy Lights where he started fourth and finished third. And also competed in the doubleheader here in 2015 where he started fourth in Race 1 and fifth in Race 2 and finished second in both. He is 20th in series standings with 115 points.  

RLL AT TORONTO: The Honda Indy Toronto will mark the 21st year of Indy car racing for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) here. The team also competed in the Atlantic Series races here in 2003 and 2004.  The team earned a total of four second place finishes (Rahal 1992, 1994, 1995; Michel Jourdain Jr. 2003) and best start was pole in 1992 by Bobby Rahal. The team has earned FIVE podiums (3rd – Rahal 1996), 9 top-five’s and 20 top-10 finishes at the track.  The No. 15 United Rentals entry for Graham Rahal, the No. 30 HUB International entry for Christian Lundgaard and the No. 45 Hy-Vee entry for Jack Harvey will bring the Indy car total to 38 entries in 2022.

NEXT UP: Practice 2 will take place tomorrow from 10-11 p.m. ET and qualifying will be 2:00-3:15 p.m. ET. Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes commentary by the INDYCAR Radio Network. The 85-lap Honda Indy Toronto will be streamed live on Peacock beginning at 3 p.m. ET Sunday, July 17.

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