Alpine F1 Academy member, Christian Lundgaard has sealed a full-time permanent switch to IndyCar with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing from 2022 season onwards.
Lundgaard previously drove for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) in this summer’s Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix, where he finished 12th on his IndyCar debut after qualifying fourth.
The Danish driver has now signed a ‘multi-year agreement’ for a full-time seat with the team next season as he takes the number 30 car, partnering Jack Harvey and Graham Rahal who will drive the number 35 & 15 cars respectively.
Feeling “very excited about his decision to depart Formula 2 for IndyCar at end of this season after enjoying his debut in August, Lundgaard said: “They are a fantastic team who made me feel very welcome earlier this year when I made my debut in the series.
They are the perfect choice and I’m happy to join them on this next chapter in my career. I was very much open minded when I raced at Indianapolis in August and the experience then only grew my hunger to give it another go, so to have the opportunity as a full-time professional racing driver is a privilege.”
Lundgaard also thanked his investors and Alpine for their assistance in creating this deal and has iterated that he is “determined to repay that faith with on-track performances beginning when the season starts in February.”
This move will also see Lundgaard enter the world of oval racing at selected rounds next season, with the Dane looking forward to a fresh opportunity, as he said: “Of course, this will be a completely new challenge for me, especially with oval racing, which I’ve never done before. I’d like to think I’m a fast learner, so taking this on is going to be an awesome experience.”
Lundgaard though is focused on finishing off the current F2 campaign where he sits 11th in the standings after enduring a difficult second season.
RLL co-owner, Bobby Rahal is “very pleased” to secure Lundgaard on a permanent deal for next season and praised him for his rookie performance in Indianapolis in August, commenting: “His performance on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway certainly surprised everybody.
“For him to do the job he did was tremendous and certainly beyond our expectations. With a little more time under his belt, I think the performance would have been even stronger.”
Rahal also acknowledged how impressed how the rest of the team were impressed by Lundgaard’s performance, whilst revealing that the 20 year-old had suffered from food poisoning during his race debut for the team.
Looking ahead to working with Lundgaard next season, Rahal said: “I look forward to a long relationship with Christian. He’s a great young man who fit well with the team immediately and we are all excited about what we can do together.”