Present ART Method 2 driver Lundgaard will be part of Graham Rahal and Jack Harvey because the third full-timer within the Honda-powered RLL workforce in a multi-year settlement.
The Alpine Academy driver made an enormous impression on his IndyCar debut on the IMS street course in August by qualifying fourth.
With Method 1 not an choice for 2022, and Alpine saying will probably be becoming a member of WEC with an LMDh Prototype however not till 2024, Lundgaard’s choices in Europe for subsequent season appeared restricted.
Nonetheless, Lundgaard says his selection of transferring to IndyCar was a choice motivated by his enjoyment of the collection.
“For me it is all the time what’s probably the most thrilling for me,” mentioned the 20-year-old from Hedenstead, Denmark. “The place do I really feel probably the most snug? The place will I take pleasure in no matter I am doing probably the most?
“Ultimately it truly got here all the way down to what do I personally need and what is going to I take pleasure in, and for me once I did the race over right here, that is what I loved probably the most.
“I have never loved a race weekend as a lot as that one for years – besides clearly when you might have an excellent weekend in no matter you are doing and you might be successful and dominating!
“However to come back in for one race weekend and revel in it that a lot stunned me. So from there on, that is what I personally needed to go to, and ultimately we made that work, so I am comfortable that we’re right here now.
With regards to whether or not he noticed IndyCar as an finish in itself or a stepping-stone to Method 1, Lundgaard replied: “I feel Pato [O’Ward] has confirmed this 12 months that there’s all the time an opportunity for F1.
Christian Lundgaard, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
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“My dream as a European has all the time been to go to F1, however we additionally know that there are 20 vehicles, and there is 20 drivers. In the event that they carry out to the extent that the workforce desires, they’ve nonetheless bought the seat and so forth.
“So it is very troublesome for the youthful drivers to come back in with out the correct funding, with out the correct outcomes. It is all about timing. You have a look at this 12 months, for instance, I am nonetheless part of the Alpine Academy for the remaining of 2021.
“And we have a look at Oscar [Piastri], he is main the championship, and what’s he going to do for subsequent 12 months? The seats are taken.
“For me to come back over right here and to show what I can do, and proceed, you already know, it isn’t only for one single 12 months.
“We will carry on constructing, after which possibly in 4 or 5 years if the time is true and the house is there, if that is what it is going to be, then that is what it is going to be.
“For me it is all the time about successful what I am doing after which we take it from there.”
Lundgaard added that the number of tracks on the IndyCar schedule is one among its most interesting elements, but additionally the truth that the vehicles are much like what he at the moment experiences in F2.
The Dane additionally cited Romain Grosjean as a primary instance of a European driver as discovering a brand new lease of life in American open-wheel racing, after seasons spent close to the again of the F1 grid wrestling with the recalcitrant Haas vehicles.
“I by no means doubted that he was a superb driver even in F1 as a result of I do know Kevin [Magnussen] as nicely and he was his teammate and so they had been preventing one another as a result of that is the one factor they may do,” mentioned Lundgaard.
“Over right here everybody fights everybody. Everybody has a possibility to win. That is what racing stands for.
“So for me to come back over right here, I do know as soon as I leap within the automotive I’ve bought a possibility to win regardless of which observe I am at, and that is what racing is, and that is why I am right here.”