Lundqvist’s IndyCar path boosted by new FRA prize
Linus Lundqvist’s American open-wheel journey acquired an unbelievable enhance on Wednesday as the brand new SCCA Professional Racing Method Regional Americas champion was confirmed for a free Indy Lights experience in 2021.
Having gained 12 of 14 rounds within the Honda turbo-powered Method 3 sequence, together with the primary eight in a row, the Swede claimed the title with ease and, because of a brand new incentive provided by Honda Efficiency Improvement, a ticket to race with a Honda-affiliated Indy Lights staff to maneuver one step nearer to the NTT IndyCar Collection. With the 2018 British F3 championship already bearing Lundqvist’s title, plus the brand new FRA title, the promising 21-year-old is able to pursue one other crown when the Lights sequence returns subsequent season.
“It’s nice to learn the information in regards to the Indy Lights program, and it’s a journey for me that’s been shifting fairly shortly, as a result of even when I look again, seven or eight months in the past, I wasn’t even one hundred percent certain what or the place I’d be racing this 12 months,” Lundqvist instructed RACER. “After which clearly we had the chance to go signal with the World Racing Group within the Method Regional Americas championship, and I’ve obtained to say, the most important purpose for that was due to the Honda scholarship; it’s in all probability the most important prize in any junior motorsport this 12 months. Any driver can be tremendous fortunate to have that chance to go along with Honda, to push them to the following step. I’m grateful, and clearly, the season’s been going very well to win the championship. So what extra are you able to ask for?”
At GRG, Lundqvist constructed a fast bond with race engineer Mark Weida, whose Main Edge Motorsports staff was among the many early entrants when the Indy Lights sequence sparked to life within the Eighties. On high of the Indy 500 and sports activities automobile engineering alternatives offered to Weida, a long time of experience in shaping younger open-wheel expertise helped produce Lundqvist’s dominant 12 months in FRA.
“I’ve been working with Mark all year long after which I obtained to say even from, from day one, we hit it off excellent,” he stated. “And I believe we work extraordinarily properly collectively as a result of neither of us is that difficult. It’s extra about figuring out the most important problem with the automobile, or the place we will enhance probably the most, and that’s the place we go. It doesn’t need to be that difficult, and clearly it’s been working very well. And coming right here, not realizing anybody, it was not only a large step for me, profession clever and driving clever, but additionally personally coming right here, residing within the US, so Mark and the staff have been actually good and actually accepted me, so it’s been a cheerful expertise.”
In comparison with the schedule of street racing provided in FRA, Lundqvist says he can’t wait to affix the Street To Indy the place multi-discipline expertise are required.
“I’m tremendous excited for the problem, and truthfully, one of many issues that I’m trying ahead to probably the most in Indy Lights is the ovals,” he stated. “Attending to attempt the ovals is large, as a result of that’s nonetheless one thing that I haven’t accomplished but. So I do know it’s going to be tremendous powerful, actually troublesome, however I’m actually excited for that problem. Simply trying on the monitor report and the historical past, the champions that Indy Lights has produced, it’s nice to see that the championship goes once more, and truthfully, it’s trying fairly sturdy.
“With Kyle Kirkwood, and you then’ve obtained the following champion of the Indy Professional 2000 sequence who will get a scholarship, after which clearly me with the scholarship, after which clearly everybody else getting in too, I believe it’s going to be actually aggressive correctly. I can’t wait to start out testing!”
With countrymen Felix Rosenqvist and Marcus Ericsson in IndyCar, and Rasmus Lindh anticipated to be on the 2021 Indy Lights grid, Lundqvist is yet one more high-caliber Swedish export who might be representing the nation within the large sequence throughout the coming years.
“Simply fascinated by how many people are right here now, it’s nice,” he stated. “And clearly, the important thing factor is me being one of many Swedes to make it to IndyCar! I believe it simply reveals as properly the potential with coming right here to America to race and the chance that should you do properly, you may truly go locations and that it’s not nearly funds aspect of it. It actually reveals that should you’re a younger expertise and also you need to progress, then America is a good place to be.”