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Rahal, Lundgaard and Harvey Look Forward to INDYCAR’s Return to Canada for the Honda Indy Toronto

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda Indy Toronto – Streets Around Exhibition Place
Pre-Race Notes
Round 10 of 17 in the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES

DATE:     July 15-17, 2022

PRACTICE BROADCAST:     Live on Peacock Premium on Friday from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. ET, on Saturday from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and Sunday from 10:55 – 11:25 a.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 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. ET Saturday.

RACE BROADCAST:     Live on Peacock on Sunday, July 17 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET. And also, on Peacock Premium, IRN, Sirius 211 and XM 205

TRACK LAYOUT:     1.786-mile, 11-turn temporary street course
RACE LENGTH:     85 laps / 151.81 miles

2019 WINNER:     Simon Pagenaud
2019 POLESITTER:     Simon Pagenaud (110.041 mph)

RAHAL’S BEST TORONTO START / FINISH:     2nd in 2017 / 5th in 2010; will be his 15th Indy car race here and 16th overall
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 TORONTO:     First race here
LUNDGAARD’S BEST SERIES START / FINISH:     4th – ’21 Indy GP, Race 2 / 9th – ’22 Indy GP

HARVEY’S BEST START / FINISH AT TORONTO:     First INDYCAR SERIES race here; competed in three Indy Lights races in 2014-2015
HARVEY’S HIGHEST SERIES START / FINISH:     2nd – Indy GP & Road America (2020), St. Pete 2021 / 3rd at the Indy GP (2019)

RLL’S BEST START / FINISH AT TORONTO:     Pole 1992 (B. Rahal) / 2nd (B. Rahal 1992, 1994, 1995; Jourdain Jr. 2003)


NEWS & NOTES:

FIVE PODIUMS AND ONE POLE IN TORONTO FOR RLL
The 2022 Honda Indy Toronto will mark the 21st year of Indy car racing for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) here and first since 2019 due to the pandemic. 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.  Prior to the 2022 event, the team prepared a total of 35 Indy car entries for drivers Bobby Rahal (1992-98), Mike Groff (1994), Raul Boesel (1995), Bryan Herta (1996-99), Max Papis (1999-2001), Jimmy Vasser (2002), Michel Jourdain Jr. (2002-03), Takuma Sato (2012, 2018-19), Graham Rahal (2013 x 2; 2014 x2; 2015-2019), James Jakes (2013 x 2) and Luca Filippi (2014 x2). RLL also prepared three Toyota Atlantic entries (Danica Patrick 2003-2004; Chris Festa 2004).  In total, 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 and No. 45 Hy-Vee entry for Jack Harvey will bring the Indy car total to 38 in 2022.

GRAHAM RAHAL AT TORONTO
The 2022 Honda Indy Toronto will be Graham Rahal’s 15th Indy car race here and 16th overall (Atlantic 2006).  In 14 Indy car races, his best start of second came in 2017 with RLL and best finish of fifth came in 2010 with Newman/Haas Racing. He has three, top-five starts and five, top-10 finishes. He is looking forward to getting on track around Toronto’s Exhibition Place again.
            “I’m very excited to go back to Toronto; it’s a great track, a great city that a lot of us have missed over the last couple of years. I know it’s going to be a challenging track this year, just because of the lack of knowledge of what’s changed since 2019. It’s going to be critical for us to get an understanding about the track and what has changed once we arrive, see how it may have degraded, seeing if new patches are on the surface or other changes that will impact our car setup. After testing at Sebring, I feel like we’ve got some new things to try with the setup. I’m eager to get out there, I’m eager to get on track and try to get some positive results as we go into the second half of the season. Fingers crossed for a great one.
            “I feel like after our Sebring test, that we’ve gotten a lot of good stuff to try so I’m eager to get out there and put on as good of a show as we can. A lot of our partners like United Rentals, HUB, Rousseau and more are there. United Rentals has been such a legendary partner of our team for so many years and it would be nice to get them a good result in Toronto and it would be great to get a Rahal back on the stop step in Toronto, with my dad winning the first in 1986. It would be good to make it happen again. It’s great to see HUB as the primary sponsor of Christian’s car. That relationship started through clients of my performance facility and it has grown into a great one. Our families are close friends and now seeing them on the side of Christian’s car will be cool.”

CHRISTIAN AND TORONTO
Lundgaard will make his debut on the streets of Toronto in the HUB International Honda. After recently testing on the bumpy road course in Sebring, the team hopes to turn knowledge gained there into performance gains in Toronto.  
            “I’m looking forward to the race in Toronto. It’s the only event outside the United States so its special. I’ve never been to Toronto so I’m going there early and staying for a couple of days after to have a look at the city. I’m looking forward to the weekend itself. Our test at Sebring went quite well and I think we learned a lot and confirmed a lot of our theories and etc. I’m looking forward to seeing if we can extract anything from that on track, to see if we can get a benefit from it and confirm one of our theories from Detroit and the other street circuits we’ve driven at this year. I think it’s a great opportunity for HUB and I to come together in Toronto. It’s a good place for both parties as its one of the events I have looked forward to and they have a big presence in Canada. We’re going to make the most of it in Toronto.”

JACK WILL MAKE HIS INDYCAR DEBUT AT TORONTO AFTER 3 FOR 3 LIGHTS PODIUMS
The 2022 Honda Indy Toronto will mark Jack Harvey’s first time to compete in the INDYCAR SERIES race here. 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 looking forward to his return.
“I’m really excited to go back to Toronto. It’s a track that I always really enjoyed driving and I just really love the city. There are so many positive feelings about heading back to Toronto. It’s been a few years since the series has been there. The track itself is slightly different from when I last raced there in 2015 but actually up until this point, I’ve never finished off the podium so I’m hopeful that we can have a really good weekend. As a team, we had a test in Sebring recently which we’re hoping directly translates to Toronto. That very much was a street circuit test for us. I feel like we left there optimistic with some of the things that we found and our understanding of the car.
            “At this point I don’t see any reason why we can’t have a good weekend. I think that we as a team need to remember is to have fun and for me to go out there and drive to the limit of the car, don’t drive over the limit of the car and just chip away at it. It’s important to try and not be frustrated. At the end of the day, we‘re going to pull ourselves up and everyone has to play their part to do that. I think the weekend off was well-deserved. It seems to have been productive and the atmosphere at the team is already very good. I’m hopeful that with everything we have been learning, and have learned, coupled with having had a nice weekend off to reset and recharge, we go to Toronto and have a really good weekend.”

POINTS BATTLE AFTER 9 OF 17 RACES
Heading into Round 10 of 17 at the Honda Indy Toronto, Rahal has a total of 177 points and is ranked 15th overall. Lundgaard is ranked 17th with 159 and is the highest-ranked rookie and Harvey is 20th with 115.

HUB INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES ITS PRIMARY SPONSORSHIP OF RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING NO. 30 CAR

HUB to Debut No. 30 Livery with Driver Christian Lundgaard at Honda Indy Toronto

CHICAGO, July 6, 2022 – Hub International Limited (HUB), a leading global insurance brokerage and financial services firm, announced today a new sponsorship agreement with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) to become the primary sponsor of the No. 30 livery. RLL driver Christian Lundgaard will debut the car at the 2022 Honda Indy Toronto event scheduled to take place July 15-17 at Exhibition Place along the shores of Lake Ontario.

“The orchestrated intensity of how a pit-stop comes together is the perfect metaphor for how HUB supports its customers throughout North America, and in Canada where we are the largest brokerage in the country. Much like our insurance and risk advisors, the drivers are essential – however, there are dozens of people behind the scenes acting as unsung heroes working together to make the driver’s results and our customers outcomes a success,” said Larry Lineker, HUB Executive Vice President and a member of HUB’s Executive Management Team. “HUB has a strong affinity for RLL and their ‘team-first’ mantra, as well as the unwavering commitment to success that Bobby Rahal and his drivers exemplify. We are thrilled to be involved with RLL and Christian, a driver full of potential who we are all excited to work with and continue watching as his career takes off.”

HUB has deep ties to both the racing and auto industry, supporting the risk management needs of nearly 40% of auto dealerships in Canada.  HUB also insures 13 of the full-time IndyCar drivers, which accounts for half of the field. HUB has insured RLL for more than 5 years and has been a partner of RLL as an associate sponsor of Graham Rahal’s No. 15 car for two years.

“Our team takes great pride in our relationship with HUB, and we could not be more excited to see this partnership continue to grow,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. “Outside of our shared love for racing, the HUB team has played a crucial role in the auto industry, supporting the evolving risks of dealers. This is protection that people and organizations like us cannot function without, and we are grateful for their efforts both on and off the track.” 

The Honda Indy Toronto, one of the marquee races on the IndyCar circuit, is expected to be the largest sporting event in Toronto since the pandemic. A Danish rookie, Lundgaard made an impressive debut in the IndyCar Series at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in August 2021. He turned heads when he qualified on the second row in fourth place and went on to finish 12th despite a condensed event schedule. He is making his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut this year.

“I never would have guessed there would be so many parallels between an insurance brokerage and racing,” said Lundgaard. “After getting to know the HUB team and learning more about their values and how they operate their business through teamwork and educated risk taking (with protection as the priority), it’s not too far off from how I prepare and work with my team each time I get behind the wheel. I feel very proud to drive the No. 30 HUB car in Toronto in such a monumental race.”

HUB is hopeful this first year in Toronto marks an annual event with Christian and the No. 30 car, as the firm continues to connect the parallels between the passions of its leaders, employees and customers, and the direct correlation to racing and the auto industry in Canada and beyond.

For more information about RLL Racing, visit www.rahal.com. To learn more about HUB, visit hubinternational.com.

Lundgaard, Rahal and Harvey: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingNTT INDYCAR SERIES
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – July 3, 2022

LUNDGAARD, RAHAL AND HARVEY FINISHED 11TH, 12TH AND 20TH IN THE HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Fifth Third Bank Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Unfortunately, I think that ruins a streak of like 8-10 in a row in the Top-10 here, 6 Top-5’s in the last 8, so I’m disappointed. This isn’t the place we expect to finish 12th. We just didn’t have it today, I think we salvaged a decent result, but of course 12th isn’t what we are out here to do. It felt like we really struggled with the rear of the car which was an issue our entire weekend. Today was one of the harder races I’ve driven in the last 8-10 years. It just felt like I was on my back foot at all times and felt like I couldn’t attack in any regard. Turn the page, Toronto is coming up – I’ve started on the front row in Toronto before and finished well there. We did a lot of work in Sebring focused on Toronto and hope it can play out there and give this team a little shot in the arm.”

  • FAST FACTS: Started 18th and finished 12th in his 16th Indy car race here. His best start is fourth in 2009 and 2017 and his best finish is his win here in 2015. Prior to today’s race, he had finished in the top-five, six times in his past eight races here. In total, he has one win (2015), two podiums (2017), six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in his 15 races here including a pair of fourth place finishes in the doubleheader in 2020. In 2021, he started eighth and finished sixth. Year-by-year recaps are available upon request. He has also competed in many other series at his “home track.” In addition to Indy car races here, at the age of 16 in 2005, Rahal became the youngest to claim the SCCA National Formula Atlantic championship at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs here by a dominant 43-seconds.  He also competed in the Star Mazda race here in 2005 (S/F 4/9) and tested a Grand Am car here in 2007… 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 15th in series point standings with a total of 177.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Hendrickson Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The whole weekend, I think it’s been pretty clear we’ve had our ups and downs from session to session. But I think with the car we had this weekend I think coming home where we did based on where we started is good. We went forward and that’s the most important thing. We showed some pace as well, but we have some work to do.”

  • FAST FACTS: Lundgaard started 16th and finished 11th in his first race here. He has competed in nine INDYCAR SERIES races with a best start of 4th place (IMS road course 2021) and best finish of 9th (IMS road course, 2022)… He dropped one spot in the standings to 17th and is the highest ranked rookie with 159.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “I think that’s the most pit stops I’ve ever done on a road course before. We lack pace and I was struggling with grip. (On contact with Kellett:) I went into the corner and I was quite a bit behind him and honestly just slid too far and I caught the end of his car. That was unfortunate. I think that also just shows the problems we have right now of getting the tire going early. I was bad in Turn 1 on that restart and literally as he was slowing down I slid up into him and couldn’t do anything about it. Unfortunate day to take him out that way, because while we are having a bad race ourselves, we don’t need to make other people’s day worse, unfortunately we made his day worse.” 

  • FAST FACTS: Harvey started 24th and finished 20th in his sixth INDYCAR race here. He made six stops to the winner’s two due to having a cut tire and other things. He was also penalized for avoidable contact with Kellett.  In his five previous races, his best start of fifth and best finish of seventh both came in Race 1 in 2020. In the Indy Lights series, he won from pole at Mid-Ohio in Race 1 and 2 in 2014 and started second and finished 11th in Race 1 of 2015 and started from pole and finished 10th in Race 2 that same year. The team made good progress at the previous race at Road America and Jack hopes to carry the momentum over to Mid-Ohio. He is 20th in series standings with 115 points.  

NEXT UP:  The series will take the next weekend off before returning to Canada for the first time since 2019 for the Honda Indy Toronto on July 15-17.

PRACTICE REPORT: Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – July 1, 2022

PRACTICE 1 IS IN THE BOOKS FOR THE HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO

1) Josef Newgarden 1:07.0549 / 121.226 mph
20) Graham Rahal 1:08.2083 / 119.176 mph
22) Jack Harvey 1:08.4985 / 118.671 mph
24) Christian Lundgaard 1:08.7706 / 118.202 mph

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Fifth Third Bank Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Day 1 and Practice 1 is in the books at Mid-Ohio. What we ran here today was stuff that we found in the simulator so we need to go back and try to figure out why it’s not relaying to the track. Ultimately, we will go back to last year’s car (setup) tonight likely. It seems the tires have changed a lot, and changed a lot for everybody. It seems the rear of the car is very, very weak, so just pretty disconnected. It’ll be an exciting in-car camera to watch. Our red run was not very clean, but we didn’t quite have the pace. Only 1-1.2-seconds is separating P1 to 20 which is pretty close. We’ve just gotta put our heads down and find a bit more.”
FAST FACTS: The Honda Indy 200 will mark Rahal’s 16th Indy car race here. His best start is fourth in 2009 and 2017 and his best finish is his win here in 2015. He has finished in the top-five, six times in his past eight races here. In total, he has one win (2015), two podiums (2017), six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in his 15 races here including a pair of fourth place finishes in the doubleheader in 2020. In 2021, he started eighth and finished sixth. In addition to Indy car races here, at the age of 16 in 2005, Rahal became the youngest to claim the SCCA National Formula Atlantic championship at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs here by a dominant 43-seconds. He also competed in the Star Mazda race here in 2005 (S/F 4/9) and tested a Grand Am car here in 2007…In addition to Indy car races here, at the age of 16 in 2005, Rahal became the youngest to claim the SCCA National Formula Atlantic championship at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs here by a dominant 43-seconds. He also competed in the Star Mazda race here in 2005 (S/F 4/9) and tested a Grand Am car here in 2007… 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 15th in series point standings with a total of 159.
CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Hendrickson Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The track is slippery! I think obviously it’s a green track. We aren’t where we want to be, at this point. We’ve got the best guys, we will figure it out and make sure we are on top for tomorrow. It was a long session today but we only ran our rookie set of tires which is good, so we are tire-rich for tomorrow so we need to use that to our advantage.”
FAST FACTS: This is Lundgaard’s first race here. He has competed in nine 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 ranked 16th in the point standings and is the highest ranked rookie with 140.
JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Mid-Ohio is just an awesome track. If we can just fix our balance just a little bit, it’s going to be worth so much time here because so much of the track really flows together. There’s some work to do overnight obviously, I think our black (tire) balance was much better than our reds. Work to do, just want to see our #45 Hy-Vee Honda as far forward as possible.”
FAST FACTS: The Honda Indy 200 will mark Jack’s sixth race here. In his five previous races, his best start of fifth and best finish of seventh both came in Race 1 in 2020. In the Indy Lights series, he won from pole at Mid-Ohio in Race 1 and 2 in 2014 and started second and finished 11th in Race 1 of 2015 and started from pole and finished 10th in Race 2 that same year. The team made good progress at the previous race at Road America and Jack hopes to carry the momentum over to Mid-Ohio. He is 20th in series standings with 105 points.
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT MID-OHIO … The 2022 Honda Indy 200 will mark the 26th Indy car event for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) at Mid-Ohio Sports Car course, near the team’s original base of Hilliard, Ohio. The team also competed in the Atlantic Series race in 2003 with Danica Patrick and has competed in ALMS races here in 2007 and from 2009-2012 and IMSA races since 2018. The team has earned four podiums (1st – G. Rahal 2015; 3rd – B. Rahal 1997, 1998, G. Rahal 2017), 15 top-five’s and 24 top-10 finishes at the track and the highest start is pole (Herta 1997). Another front row start came in 1999 (Herta; 2nd).

NEXT UP: Practice 2 will take place tomorrow from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. ET and qualifying will be 2:45 – 4:00. Both will air on Peacock. Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes commentary by the INDYCAR Radio Network.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
PRACTICE NOTES/QUOTES – July 1, 2022

PRACTICE 1 IS IN THE BOOKS FOR THE HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO

1) Josef Newgarden 1:07.0549 / 121.226 mph
20) Graham Rahal 1:08.2083 / 119.176 mph
22) Jack Harvey 1:08.4985 / 118.671 mph
24) Christian Lundgaard 1:08.7706 / 118.202 mph

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Fifth Third Bank Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Day 1 and Practice 1 is in the books at Mid-Ohio. What we ran here today was stuff that we found in the simulator so we need to go back and try to figure out why it’s not relaying to the track. Ultimately, we will go back to last year’s car (setup) tonight likely. It seems the tires have changed a lot, and changed a lot for everybody. It seems the rear of the car is very, very weak, so just pretty disconnected. It’ll be an exciting in-car camera to watch. Our red run was not very clean, but we didn’t quite have the pace. Only 1-1.2-seconds is separating P1 to 20 which is pretty close. We’ve just gotta put our heads down and find a bit more.”
FAST FACTS: The Honda Indy 200 will mark Rahal’s 16th Indy car race here. His best start is fourth in 2009 and 2017 and his best finish is his win here in 2015. He has finished in the top-five, six times in his past eight races here. In total, he has one win (2015), two podiums (2017), six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in his 15 races here including a pair of fourth place finishes in the doubleheader in 2020. In 2021, he started eighth and finished sixth. In addition to Indy car races here, at the age of 16 in 2005, Rahal became the youngest to claim the SCCA National Formula Atlantic championship at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs here by a dominant 43-seconds. He also competed in the Star Mazda race here in 2005 (S/F 4/9) and tested a Grand Am car here in 2007…In addition to Indy car races here, at the age of 16 in 2005, Rahal became the youngest to claim the SCCA National Formula Atlantic championship at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs here by a dominant 43-seconds. He also competed in the Star Mazda race here in 2005 (S/F 4/9) and tested a Grand Am car here in 2007… 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 15th in series point standings with a total of 159.
CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Hendrickson Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The track is slippery! I think obviously it’s a green track. We aren’t where we want to be, at this point. We’ve got the best guys, we will figure it out and make sure we are on top for tomorrow. It was a long session today but we only ran our rookie set of tires which is good, so we are tire-rich for tomorrow so we need to use that to our advantage.”
FAST FACTS: This is Lundgaard’s first race here. He has competed in nine 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 ranked 16th in the point standings and is the highest ranked rookie with 140.
JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Mid-Ohio is just an awesome track. If we can just fix our balance just a little bit, it’s going to be worth so much time here because so much of the track really flows together. There’s some work to do overnight obviously, I think our black (tire) balance was much better than our reds. Work to do, just want to see our #45 Hy-Vee Honda as far forward as possible.”
FAST FACTS: The Honda Indy 200 will mark Jack’s sixth race here. In his five previous races, his best start of fifth and best finish of seventh both came in Race 1 in 2020. In the Indy Lights series, he won from pole at Mid-Ohio in Race 1 and 2 in 2014 and started second and finished 11th in Race 1 of 2015 and started from pole and finished 10th in Race 2 that same year. The team made good progress at the previous race at Road America and Jack hopes to carry the momentum over to Mid-Ohio. He is 20th in series standings with 105 points.
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT MID-OHIO … The 2022 Honda Indy 200 will mark the 26th Indy car event for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) at Mid-Ohio Sports Car course, near the team’s original base of Hilliard, Ohio. The team also competed in the Atlantic Series race in 2003 with Danica Patrick and has competed in ALMS races here in 2007 and from 2009-2012 and IMSA races since 2018. The team has earned four podiums (1st – G. Rahal 2015; 3rd – B. Rahal 1997, 1998, G. Rahal 2017), 15 top-five’s and 24 top-10 finishes at the track and the highest start is pole (Herta 1997). Another front row start came in 1999 (Herta; 2nd).

NEXT UP: Practice 2 will take place tomorrow from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. ET and qualifying will be 2:45 – 4:00. Both will air on Peacock. Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes commentary by the INDYCAR Radio Network.

Rahal, Lundgaard and Harvey Head to the Team’s Longtime Home Race — The Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Pre-Race Notes
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Round 9 of 17 in the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES

DATE: July 1-3, 2022

PRACTICE BROADCAST: Live on Peacock Premium on Friday from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. ET, on Saturday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and Sunday from 9:45 – 10:15 a.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 2:45 – 4:00 p.m. ET Saturday.

RACE BROADCAST: Live on NBC Sunday, July 3 from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET. And also, on Peacock Premium, IRN, Sirius 211 and XM 205

TRACK LAYOUT: 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course
RACE LENGTH: 80 laps / 180.64 miles

2021 WINNER: Josef Newgarden
2021 POLESITTER: Simon Pagenaud (1:03.8700, 127.271 mph

RAHAL’S BEST MID-OHIO START / FINISH: 4th in 2009 (NHLR) and 2017 (RLL) / 1st in 2015 with RLL; will be his 16th Indy car race here and 250th series start
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 MID-OHIO: First race here
LUNDGAARD’S BEST SERIES START / FINISH: 4th – ’21 Indy GP, Race 2 / 9th – ’22 Indy GP

HARVEY’S BEST START / FINISH AT MID-OHIO: 5th / 7th – both in 2020 in Race 1; will be his 6th race here
HARVEY’S HIGHEST SERIES START / FINISH: 2nd – Indy GP & Road America (2020), St. Pete 2021 / 3rd at the Indy GP (2019)

RLL’S BEST START / FINISH AT MID-OHIO: Pole 1997 (Herta) / 1st 2015 (G. Rahal)

NEWS & NOTES:

BACK TO THE BEGINNING FOR RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING
The 2022 Honda Indy 200 will mark the 26th Indy car event for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) at Mid-Ohio Sports Car course, near the team’s original base of Hilliard, Ohio. The team also competed in the Atlantic Series race in 2003 with Danica Patrick and has competed in ALMS races here in 2007 and from 2009-2012 and IMSA races since 2018. The team has earned four podiums (1st – G. Rahal 2015; 3rd – B. Rahal 1997, 1998, G. Rahal 2017), 15 top-five’s and 24 top-10 finishes at the track and the highest start is pole (Herta 1997). Another front row start came in 1999 (Herta; 2nd). Prior to the 2022 event, the team prepared a total of 41 Indy car entries for drivers Bobby Rahal (1992-98), Mike Groff (1994), Raul Boesel (1995), Bryan Herta (1996-99), Max Papis (1999-2001), Jimmy Vasser (2002), Michel Jourdain Jr. (2002-03) Ryan Hunter-Reay (2007-2008), Takuma Sato (2012, 2018-20, two races in ’20, 121), James Jakes (2013), Graham Rahal (2013-2020, 2 races in ’20, ‘21) and Santino Ferrucci (’21). The team will enter the No. 15 Fifth Third Bank entry for Graham Rahal, the No. 30 Hendrickson entry for Christian Lundgaard and the No. 45 Hy-Vee entry for Jack Harvey and will bring that total to 44 in 2022.

GRAHAM AT HOME AT MID-OHIO
The 2022 Honda Indy 200 will mark Rahal’s 16th Indy car race here. His best start is fourth in 2009 and 2017 and his best finish is his win here in 2015. He has finished in the top-five, six times in his past eight races here. In total, he has one win (2015), two podiums (2017), six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in his 15 races here including a pair of fourth place finishes in the doubleheader in 2020. In 2021, he started eighth and finished sixth. Year-by-year recaps are available upon request. He has also competed in many other series at his “home track.” In addition to Indy car races here, at the age of 16 in 2005, Rahal became the youngest to claim the SCCA National Formula Atlantic championship at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs here by a dominant 43-seconds. He also competed in the Star Mazda race here in 2005 (S/F 4/9) and tested a Grand Am car here in 2007. He’s looking forward to carrying some momentum from the previous road course race at Road America here and returning home.
“It’s always great to be home in Central Ohio. I think it’s been a great place for us over the years. If we look at our record, we have 10 top-10’s, six top-five’s, six of the last eight in the top-five, and of course a win there in 2015 and podium in ’17. We have very high hopes and expectations as we always do when we go back to Mid-Ohio. There are some things from Road America that I think will carry over, however we had a big test at Sebring before the race where we worked on developing a lot of the damper stuff and figure out where our weaknesses are and try to improve in that regard. Obviously at Road America we did not qualify well so we need to improve as best as we can and get the Fifth Third Bank car up front. I’d love to get a podium or a win there at home. Fourth of July weekend is a big weekend for everybody. We can’t wait to be back in Central Ohio.”

CHRISTIAN LOOKS FORWARD TO ANOTHER ROAD COURSE
Lundgaard had a competitive weekend at the last round at Road America and stands a good chance of having another one this weekend in Ohio. His best start and finish in the series has come on a road course (IMS road course 4th in 2021 / 9th in 2022) and he looks forward to another opportunity to test his ability.
“I’ve done some simulation work at Honda and at home in my own sim as well. The Mid-Ohio track itself is pretty cool. It’s a challenging road course and I know a lot of drivers like the track. It’s tough to overtake on and I’ve heard it’s my style so let’s crack on and get a good result there. We learned a lot of stuff in Road America and also learned a lot at our tests in Sebring and Iowa, so it was a productive break. I feel like we’re starting to solve a lot of our challenges or at least get a better understanding of them so we’re in a better position now going into Mid-Ohio and that’s positive. I’m looking forward to getting out on the road course. I’ve heard it’s pretty slippery in the wet and it looks like it’s going to rain for some of the weekend so it’s going to be a fun first time for me.”

JACK AND THE SITE OF HIS FIRST WIN IN NORTH AMERICA
The Honda Indy 200 will mark Jack’s sixth race here. In his five previous races, his best start of fifth and best finish of seventh both came in Race 1 in 2020. In the Indy Lights series, he won from pole at Mid-Ohio in Race 1 and 2 in 2014 and started second and finished 11th in Race 1 of 2015 and started from pole and finished 10th in Race 2 that same year. The team made good progress at the previous race at Road America and Jack hopes to carry the momentum over to Mid-Ohio.
“I’m looking forward to Mid-Ohio. There is good energy heading there. I’ve got a lot of good memories at Mid-Ohio. I’ve always felt like I’ve had some good speed there but maybe not gotten the end result we want yet in INDYCAR. I got my first win in Indy Lights there so my first win in North America came at Mid-Ohio. Its always a track I personally enjoy driving at. Obviously, with it being Bobby and Graham’s home race, and one of the home races for the team, we’re all really hopeful we can have a great weekend. There is some good optimism heading into the weekend and hopefully we can get it done.”

POINT STANDINGS AFTER 8 OF 17 RACES
Heading into Round 9 at the Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio, Rahal has a total of 159 points and is ranked 15th overall. Lundgaard is the highest ranked rookie in 16th with 140 points and Harvey is 20th with 105.

Rahal, Lundgaard and Harvey: Sonsio GP of Road America

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingSonsio Group Grand Prix at Road America
NTT INDYCAR SERIES – Round 8 of 17
RACE NOTES / QUOTES – Sunday, June 12, 2022

RAHAL, LUNDGAARD AND HARVEY FINISHED EiGHTH, 10TH AND 13TH IN THE SONSIO GRAND PRIX AT ROAD AMERICA

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Fifth Third Bank Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We were P8 (position eight) on the day here with really good strategy, good pitstops, and the Fifth Third Bank guys kept their heads down. We spent most of the day fuel saving but we were able to get some really good lap times considering and I think that’s what really made the difference in the race for us today. We don’t want to be P8 but we will take this. As I just said to the boys it’s great to get a decent result today, not only for me but Christian at 10th and Jack just behind him. Overall, it was just positive momentum for us. We’ve got two test days before we race next. One in Iowa and one in Sebring, Florida. In the heat of the summer in Sebring, we will try to work on our dampers a little bit, try to find some more. We want to win, but this is refreshing to at least have a decent result.” 

  • FAST FACTS: Rahal started 22nd and utilized the third caution to pit early while later helped him run as high as second and gain valuable track position. He was running seventh in the final restart with three laps to go and lost a spot to McLaughlin and took the checkered flag in either place… The Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America was Graham Rahal’s ninth Champ or Indy car race here and 13th overall. In his eight previous Indy car races here, he has two third place finishes (2007, 2016), a fourth place (2019), sixth (2018) and eighth (2017). Last year he ran at the front in each session, with the exception of qualifying and the race. After starting 14th, he cycled as high as fourth before his first stop but struggled with the handling of his race car at various times throughout the race and finished 11th. A full list of results is available upon request… 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 15th place in series point standings with a total of 159.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Fleet Cost & Care Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We got to lead a lap at Road America which is obviously nice. It was a long race with a lot of yellows. It’s a tough one honestly, I think we had more – I thought we had more than what we ended up having so I’m a little disappointed in that. You know it’s racing. Graham did a good job making the strategy work.  He was lucky with the yellow at the end of the race. But we got a solid top 10 with two two cars in the top-10 so that’s definitely very important for the team as well. The Fleet Cost and Care car looked amazing out there. I love the blue color. Even though red is my favorite color I love the blue, it’s fantastic.”

  • FAST FACTS: He started 13th, conserved his fuel while maintaining a strong pace and cycled into the lead for his second of three stops on Lap 30 of 55. He went on to take the checkered flag in 10th place. On Saturday, he was a mere 0.01 from progressing to Group 2 and ended up seventh in his qualifying round… This is Lundgaard’s first race here. He has competed in eight INDYCAR SERIES races with a best start of 4th place (IMS road course 2021) and best finish of 9th (IMS road course, 2022)… He moved up one spot to 16th place in the point standings and is the highest ranked rookie with 140.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We started 20th and finished 13th so we obviously made some progress during the race here at Road America. I think we went a good step with the car and direction. I think there’s maybe one or two small bits in strategy that I would tweak for next time, but it was a day of progress anyways so let’s carry that on to Mid-Ohio.”

  • FAST FACTS: He started 20th, utilized good pace while stretching his fuel and had quick stops to take the checkered flag in 13th for his fifth race here… In the previous three of Jack’s four races at Road America, he has started 3rd (2021), 2nd (2020 Race 1) and 9th (2020 Race 2). A variety of factors, most out of his control, limited his best finish to 15th (2019). His highest series finish is third place at the IMS road course in 2019. He moved up two spots in the standings to 20th with a total of 105 points. 

NEXT UP: The series will take its first weekend off since May 7-8 next weekend and will return to action for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, July 1-3. The team will test at Iowa Speedway on Monday, June 20 and at Sebring International Raceway on Monday, June 27.

Lundgaard, Harvey and Rahal Qualified 13th, 20th and 22nd for the Sonsio Grand Prix of Road America

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Sonsio Group Grand Prix at Road America
NTT INDYCAR SERIES – Round 8 of 17
QUALIFYING NOTES / QUOTES – Saturday, June 11, 2022

LUNDGAARD, HARVEY AND RAHAL QUALIFIED 13TH, 20TH AND 22ND FOR THE SONSIO GRAND PRIX AT ROAD AMERICA

1)      Alexander Rossi             1:44.8656 / 137.799 mph      (Group 1, Round 3)
13)    Christian Lundgaard      1:45.4024 / 137.097 mph      (Group 1, Round 1)

20)    Jack Harvey                    1:45.9420 / 136.399 mph      (Group 2, Round 1)
22)    Graham Rahal                 1:45.9951 / 136.331 mph      (Group 2, Round 1)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Fifth Third Bank Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a tough end to qualifying being 11th in our group which is obviously not what we were hoping for in the #15 Fifth third Bank car. Christian’s done a great job this weekend. It’s interesting because he is more tolerant of a very loose rear on the car. On the overlays of now versus our run last year, there is some improvement there so we’re going to keep on down this path and we’re going to let Christian go on down the path that he’s been doing. We’re going to keep trying to see if we can figure out how to make the No.15 Fifth Third Bank car a little better for the race.” 

  • FAST FACTS: The Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America will be Graham Rahal’s ninth Champ or Indy car race here and 13th overall. In eight Indy car races here, he has two third place finishes (2007, 2016), a fourth place (2019), sixth (2018) and eighth (2017). Last year he ran at the front in each session, with the exception of qualifying and the race. After starting 14th, he cycled as high as fourth before his first stop but struggled with the handling of his race car at various times throughout the race and finished 11th. A full list of results is available upon request… 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 15th place in series point standings with a total of 135.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Fleet Cost & Care Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was tough luck; I think we could have been through (to Round 2). We are looking at the lap times from the other session and we would have been through with our lap time. Obviously, I’m sure there’s a little more in it for everyone, but I think we had what it took. Once we would have gone through that would have been it as well. I don’t think we would have had much to play with after that. We are working hard, we’ve made progress throughout the week so we are cracking on and we are going to keep on going.”

  • FAST FACTS: He was a mere 0.01 from progressing to Group 2 and ended up seventh in his qualifying round… This is Lundgaard’s first race here. He has competed in eight 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 the highest ranked rookie in 17th place in the point standings with 119.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “P10 in our group put us 20 on the grid which is disappointing. Last year I qualified third and was second the year before that so I know I can drive this track well. We’re struggling to extract the lap time out of the car right now. There is a lot of work to do but we will stay optimistic and see what the race brings us.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will mark his fifth race here. In the past three of Jack’s four races at Road America, he has started 3rd (2021), 2nd (2020 Race 1) and 9th (2020 Race 2). A variety of factors, most out of his control, limited his best finish to 15th (2019). His highest series finish is third place at the IMS road course in 2019. He is ranked 22nd with 73 points.  

NEXT UP: Sunday’s Sonsio Grand Prix of Road America will take the Green Flag at 11:55 a.m. CT and coverage will begin on NBC at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Lundgaard, Harvey and Rahal 13th, 16th and 18th in Practice 1 at the Sonsio GP of Road America

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Sonsio Group Grand Prix at Road America
NTT INDYCAR SERIES – Round 8 of 17
PRACTICE NOTES / QUOTES – Friday, June 10, 2022

LUNDGAARD, HARVEY AND RAHAL RUN 13TH, 16TH AND 18TH IN PRACTICE 1 FOR THE SONSIO GRAND PRIX AT ROAD AMERICA

1)         Alexander Rossi                    1:45.6027 / 136.837 mph
13)       Christian Lundgaard             1:46.5510 / 135.620 mph
16)       Jack Harvey                           1:46.9495 / 135.114 mph
18)       Graham Rahal                       1:46.9721 / 135.086 mph

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Fifth Third Bank Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We just can’t figure out how to get this car to work together; it’s just two completely different ends all the time. Its super unbalanced. We will continue working on improving the setup.”

  • FAST FACTS: The Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America will be Graham Rahal’s ninth Champ or Indy car race here and 13th overall. In eight Indy car races here, he has two third place finishes (2007, 2016), a fourth place (2019), sixth (2018) and eighth (2017). Last year he ran at the front in each session, with the exception of qualifying and the race. After starting 14th, he cycled as high as fourth before his first stop but struggled with the handling of his race car at various times throughout the race and finished 11th. A full list of results is available upon request… 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 15th place in series point standings with a total of 135.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Fleet Cost & Care Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “Road America has been fun so far. We’ve got some work to do but we will get there. We seem to be having some issues that we definitely will solve because that’s what we all want. It’s a long and busy day tomorrow, it will all be very compact. It’s about getting on with it. So far I’m sort of happy, sort of unhappy but we will get there.”

  • FAST FACTS: This is Lundgaard’s first race here. He has competed in eight 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 the highest ranked rookie in 17th place in the point standings with 119.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We have some work to do here. I think we need to figure out how we stop the car under the brake a lot better, I’m struggling to drive up to the corner confidently. We had a new format where we ran (Firestone (alternate) reds today which was interesting. We will see what practice two brings here and try to get ready for qualifying.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will mark his fifth race here. In the past three of Jack’s four races at Road America, he has started 3rd (2021), 2nd (2020 Race 1) and 9th (2020 Race 2). A variety of factors, most out of his control, limited his best finish to 15th (2019). His highest series finish is third place at the IMS road course in 2019. He is ranked 22nd with 73 points.  

NEXT UP:  Practice 2 will take place from 9:45-10:45 a.m. CT tomorrow and qualifying will begin at 12:45. Final warm-up will conclude the day’s activities from 4:20-4:50. Sunday’s Sonsio Grand Prix of Road America will take the Green Flag at 11:55 a.m. CT and coverage will begin on NBC at 12:30 p.m. ET.

RLL Team Preview: Sonsio Grand Prix of Road America

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingPre-Race Notes
Sonsio Grand Prix of Road America
Round 7 of 17 in the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES

DATE:     June 10-12, 2022

PRACTICE BROADCAST:     Live on Peacock Premium on Friday from 4:25 – 5:40 p.m. ET and on Saturday from 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. and 5:20 – 5:50 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 1:45 – 3 p.m. ET Saturday.

RACE BROADCAST:     Live on NBC Sunday, June 12 from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET. And also on Peacock Premium, IRN, Sirius 211 and XM 205

TRACK LAYOUT:     4.048-mile, 14-turn permanent road course
RACE LENGTH:     55 laps / 222.6 miles
2021 WINNER:     Alex Palou
2021 POLESITTER:     Josef Newgarden (1:46.0186 / 136.301 mph)                

RAHAL’S BEST ROAD AMERICA START / FINISH:     4th in 2007 (NHLR) and 2020 (RLL; Race 1) / 3rd in 2007 & 2016; will be his 9th Indy car race here
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 ROAD AMERICA:     First race here
LUNDGAARD’S BEST SERIES START / FINISH:     4th – ’21 Indy GP, Race 2 / 9th – ’22 Indy GP

HARVEY’S BEST START / FINISH AT ROAD AMERICA:     2nd in 2021 – Race 1 / 15th in 2019; will be his 5th race here
HARVEY’S HIGHEST SERIES START / FINISH:     2nd – Indy GP & Road America (2020), St. Pete 2021 / 3rd at the Indy GP (2019)

RLL’S BEST START / FINISH AT ROAD AMERICA:     1st – Kenny Brack (2001) / 2nd – Bobby Rahal (1996); 20 races here


NEWS & NOTES:

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT ROAD AMERICA
The 2022 REV Group Grand Prix at Road America will mark the 20th time for Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing to compete in an Indy car race here.  The team competed in CART and Champ Car-sanctioned races here from 1992-2003 and again since 2016 with a best starting position of pole by Kenny Brack in 2001 and best finish of second place by Bobby Rahal in 1996. The team has earned a total of five podium finishes here (2nd – B. Rahal 1996; 3rd – B. Rahal 1992-1993, Kenny Brack 2000, Graham Rahal 2016).

Prior to 2022, the team prepared a total of 34 Indy car entries for drivers such as Bobby Rahal (1992-1998), Mike Groff (1993-94), Raul Boesel (1995), Bryan Herta (1996-99), Max Papis (1999-2001), Kenny Brack (2000-01), Jimmy Vasser (2002), Michel Jourdain (2002-2003), Graham Rahal (2016-2020; two races in ’20. ‘21) and Takuma Sato (2018-2020; two races in ’20, ‘21).  The team will enter the No. 15 Fifth Third Bank entry for Graham Rahal, the No. 30 Fleet Cost & Care entry for Christian Lundgaard and the No 45 Hy-Vee entry for Jack Harvey to bring that total to 37 in 2022.  

RAHAL RETURNS TO ROAD AMERICA — A SEASON HIGHLIGHT
The Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America will be Graham Rahal’s ninth Champ or Indy car race here and 13th overall. In eight Indy car races here, he has two third place finishes (2007, 2016), a fourth place (2019), sixth (2018) and eighth (2017). Last year he ran at the front in each session, with the exception of qualifying and the race. After starting 14th, he cycled as high as fourth before his first stop but struggled with the handling of his race car at various times throughout the race and finished 11th. In 2020, he matched his best start of fourth place for Race 1 and passed second place starter Harvey for third by Turn 1. He held the position and set his fastest lap of the race on Lap 8 when he passed Hunter-Reay for second. He started pursuit of leader Newgarden and closed the gap by 0.4 seconds as the pit window began to open between laps 12-14. He ran between 2.2-2.5-seconds behind Newgarden and took over the lead on Lap 13 when he pit. When he made his first of three stops on the following lap, he held a 4.3-second lead on Ferrucci. There was a problem with the fueling and the extended seconds in the pit dropped him to 11th place and 21-seconds behind the leader when he returned to the track. By the time the second pit stops started to take place, he cycled up to sixth before making his second stop on Lap 27 of 55. He settled into eighth place and moved into seventh when Harvey appeared to have a car issue that brought out the full course caution. The field made their third stops once the pits opened. Rahal held seventh through the restart and was unable to hold off a last lap charge by Ericsson, who had more Push-to-Pass, but then spun off course and Rahal took the checkered flag in seventh to keep his top-10 finish streak at the track alive. Rahal planned to realize the potential of a fast car on one of his favorite tracks in Race 2 but didn’t make it past the opening lap after qualifying fifth when he was hit by Will Power in Turn 3. The hard hit sent him off course and into two different concrete walls in Turn 3. Power had previously made contact with Hunter-Reay in Turn 1 and was penalized for “avoidable contact” and had to go to the back of the field for the restart. He is looking forward to getting back to Road America for a good weekend.
            “I think for my family, Road America is just a place we connect to. With my grandfather racing there for so many years, then my father, and now me, it’s a special place overall for us. It’s one of the main events that I highlight every year and look forward to. I can’t wait to go; it’s been a good place for us. Last year was a little bit of a struggle, but in years prior as a team we’ve always done a great job there. I believe that it’s a place that we can get our footing back underneath us. I do think our road course package is probably our highlight right now so we are going to try to work on that and do even better, try to go faster and try to go further forward. That’s of course always the objective, but I think right now we could use a good, solid weekend as a team and I think Road America is a place we can do that.”

THE ONE LUNDGAARD HAS BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO
Road America has long been a team and fan favorite. And although this will be Christian Lundgaard’s first time on the course, its one he has been excited about for a while. His best start (4th) and finish (9th) in the series has come on a road course (IMS road course 4th in 2021 / 9th in 2022) and he is hoping to continue the progress made at the previous road course event at IMS where he started eighth and finished ninth despite intermittent rain and lack of visibility
           “I’m very much looking forward to going to Road America and seeing where we stand. I do believe that Road America will be one of our better races. It will be nice to see the Fleet Cost & Care car in action again, for once on my car rather than Graham’s car and I do believe we can deliver a good result for them as well.
            “Road America is one of the ones I look forward to. I hear its very similar to the European tracks, it’s the one that the European drivers look the most forward to because they know their way around. I just want to have fun; I want to get a good result. We all want one, we are due for sure. We’ve just got to put everything together and we will be there for sure.”

HARVEY RETURNS TO A TRACK WHERE HE’S BEEN CONSISTENTLY UP FRONT IN RECENT YEARS
In the past three of his four races at Road America, Harvey has started 3rd (2021), 2nd (2020 Race 1) and 9th (2020 Race 2). A variety of factors, most out of his control, limited his best finish to 15th (2019). He is looking forward to his fifth INDYCAR start at the track and returning to a road course to continue the momentum the team has been building.
            “I’m really excited for Road America. It’s a track that recently we’ve been very strong at. I just love being there, it’s probably one of my favorite places to be in North America. I absolutely love everything about the track, love the area and am just really excited to be back. 
            “I feel like the team have traditionally been quite strong there and I’ve been quite strong there. So honestly, I’m  quite optimistic for what we can achieve together this weekend. Obviously, I would like to see the No. 45 Hy-Vee Honda be as far up the field as possible, but I really do believe that we can go there, have a successful weekend and start getting it in the direction we want, start getting the results that we all know and believe we can get together. I think the road course cars have a bunch of potential which we showed in Barber, and, showed the progression into the Indy road course. Obviously, we had a really fast car then so there is no reason why we can’t do that this coming weekend.”

POINT STANDINGS AFTER 7 OF 17 RACES
Heading into Round 8 at the Sonsio Grand Prix, Rahal has a total of 135 points and is ranked 15th overall. Lundgaard is the highest ranked rookie in 17th with 119 points and Harvey is 20th with 88.

Lundgaard, Harvey and Rahal in Detroit GP

Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingChevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – June 5, 2022

LUNDGAARD AND HARVEY FINISHED 14TH AND 15TH IN THE CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX; RAHAL RETIRED AFTER DAMAGE FROM CONTACT WITH THE WALL ON LAP 2

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was an uncharacteristic mistake. I bottomed hard in Turn 2 and got a big wiggle. It was a big moment, crashed the wall and broke the right rear. It’s a pretty frustrating time so for me to make mistakes like that is not helping. We’ve just got to hit the reset button I think overall. The biggest disappointment about not racing is getting these laps to try and develop the setup further to try and find something for Toronto, Nashville, and everywhere else. I’m sorry to United Rentals, and all our partners.”

  • FAST FACTS: Rahal started 23rd but broke his right rear toe link when he hit the Turn 2 wall on Lap 2 and retired in 26th place. It was Rahal’s 18th race here. In 2021, he finished fifth in both races here. In 2019, he earned two seventh place finishes. Rahal’s most successful race weekend came in Detroit in 2017 where he won Dual 1 from pole and won Dual 2 from a third place start. His other podiums in the race came in 2014 with second place in Dual 1 and third place in Dual 2 in 2015.  Overall, he has two wins, four podiums and one pole in 15 races here…  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 ranked 15th in series standings with 135 points.

CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD, No. 30 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was a tough day. We had the same problem as in St. Pete on our first stop which made us come in early. We had a piece of tape stuck in the ECU cooling so the thing was overheating and we had to come in to survive. In St. Pete it was a leaf. It obviously made life a lot tougher but the pace just wasn’t necessarily there, track position definitely wasn’t there. Being up front is where we want to be. Generally I’m quite disappointed at the moment but we’ve got to look at the positives. We learned some stuff so that’s positive. We just have to translate it to the next race.”

  • FAST FACTS: He started 19th and had worked his way up to 9th place when he had to pit a little earlier than planned to clear debris that was blocking airflow from his overheating car. The team hoped to stay on the more durable primary tires longer in order to gain more positions. He took on alternate tires for the next stint and then primary one for the final stint. He was running in 15th place on the final lap but took the checkered flag in 14th after Veekay crashed…  This was Lundgaard’s first race here. He has competed in seven 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 the highest ranked rookie in 17th place in the point standings with 119.

JACK HARVEY, 45 Hy-Vee Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “So that’s the final race at Belle Isle. We were lacking pace this weekend. I think the best car we had was the one from the race. It was quite a big balance shift over what we had. We have work to do on the street circuits as a team, but we are working at it. Thanks Belle Isle, we will see you in downtown Detroit next year.”

  • FAST FACTS: He started 20th and finished 15th This was Jack’s third race on Belle Isle. He competed in the 2021 INDYCAR doubleheader for Meyer Shank Racing where he started 19th, ran as high as ninth and finished 16th after five stops to the winner’s two due to a puncture and alternate strategy. He started 18th in Race 2 and finished 19th. His highest overall series start is second place and he has accomplished the feat three times (2020 – IMS road course, Road America Race 2; 2021 – St. Pete). His highest series finish is third place at the IMS road course in 2019. He moved up two places in the standings and is ranked 20th with 88 points.  

NEXT UP:  The Sonsio Grand Prix of Road America will take place next Sunday, June 12.

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