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Lundgaard: First IndyCar podium feels amazing, RLL deserves it

The former Formula 2 race-winner made his debut with this track last summer as a one-off for the team co-owned by Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Mike Lanigan, and shocked everyone by qualifying fourth.

This weekend he qualified sixth, and finished second the three-car RLL teams first podium finish in 2022, just a few weeks after Graham Rahals stirring drive from 14th to fourth in Toronto.

It feels amazing, said Lundgaard after finishing within four seconds of winner Alexander Rossi. I believe the very best feeling at this time is that the team really deserves it. They’ve worked super hard, and we’ve had this type of struggling starting to the growing season.

I believe arriving at Toronto was when things began to change. We saw type of a streak where we began to perform better. Even Road America, Mid-Ohio was there. We were on the edge of top 10. Ahead here and finish second, I believe the team deserves just of it. I’m only a guy doing my job really. I wish to win, therefore i try as best I could every event

I believe Rossi and [Colton] Herta did appear to involve some more power down [traction] than we did today, and I believe that’s what killed our rear tires plus they were just in a position to take off. The moment they’d removed, we were just managing the gap. I believe it had been looking such as a P3 today but I finished up finishing P2, so I’m obviously super happy for the team.

Lundgaard revealed he was driving the same chassis with which he made his startling debut in August 2021, and said he and the RLL squad had approached this race with the expectation they could show similar form again.

We knew getting into this weekend that was the track we were likely to be at the very least probably the most competitive, as well as perhaps Toronto where we finished up being very competitive. We arrived to this event and knowing we were likely to have an automobile that was in a position to finish in the nice end of the very best 10.

After all, I wouldn’t say we overachieved, but we for certain got everything out from the package we’d. It is a bit unfortunate that Jack [Harvey qualified 13th, finished 20th] and Graham [qualified 17th, finished seventh] were not able to obtain further in qualifying because I believe for sure that they had a car that has been in a position to go further, aswell.

For me personally to obtain it done just proves that the automobile was there, which explains why I really feel just like the team deserves this podium, and I am hoping there’s more ahead.

Lundgaard said the RLL team was now moving in the proper direction, and said that watching Graham Rahal at the job had helped him develop being an IndyCar driver.

He joked: A very important factor that I’m just a little annoyed about is that each time race day comes, Graham always appears to discover a way to complete ahead! Didn’t happen today, luckily.

But no, honestly, Graham has helped me massively, focusing on how much it is possible to push the tires. He’s good on the long term, making the tires last, making the fuel last, and just being competitive. Even yet in a car that may not compete enough to be there, we’ve had the right results.

As a team, the drivers work nicely together. I’m happy to possess Jack and Graham by my side and helping me.

The effect sees Lundgaard substantially increase his lead over David Malukas in the battle for Rookie of the entire year honors from four points entering the race, to 27 points with four rounds to go.

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