The Method 2 race winner made his debut on this monitor final summer season as a one-off for the crew co-owned by Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Mike Lanigan, and shocked everybody by qualifying fourth.
This weekend he certified sixth, and completed second – the three-car RLL crew’s first podium end in 2022, simply a few weeks after Graham Rahal’s stirring drive from 14th to fourth in Toronto.
“It feels superb,” stated Lundgaard after ending inside 4 seconds of winner Alexander Rossi. “I believe the very best feeling proper now’s that the crew actually deserves it. They’ve labored tremendous exhausting, and we have had such a struggling starting to the season.
“I believe coming to Toronto was when issues began to alter. We noticed a streak the place we began to carry out higher. Even Highway America, Mid-Ohio was there. We have been on the sting of high 10.
“To return right here and end second, I believe the crew deserves each little bit of it. I need to win, so I attempt as greatest I can each occasion…
“I believe Rossi and [Colton] Herta did appear to have some extra energy down [traction] than we did as we speak, and I believe that is what killed our rear tyres and so they have been simply in a position to take off.
“As quickly as they’d taken off, we have been simply managing the hole. I believe it was trying like a P3 as we speak however I ended up ending P2, so I am clearly tremendous joyful for the crew.”
Lundgaard revealed that he was driving the very same chassis with which he made his startling debut in August 2021, and stated he and the RLL squad had approached this race with the expectation that they may present related type once more.
Christian Lundgaard, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
Photograph by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images
“We knew coming into this weekend that this was the monitor we have been going to be at the least essentially the most aggressive, along with maybe Toronto, the place we ended up being very aggressive,” he stated.
“We got here into this occasion and figuring out we have been going to have a automobile that was in a position to end within the good finish of the highest 10.
“I would not say we overachieved, however we for positive obtained the whole lot out of the package deal we had. It is a bit unlucky that Jack [Harvey – qualified 13th, finished 20th] and Graham [qualified 17th, finished seventh] have been unable to get additional in qualifying as a result of I believe for positive they’d a automobile that was in a position to go additional, as properly.
“For me to get it executed simply proves that the automobile was there, which is why I actually really feel just like the crew deserves this podium, and I hope there’s extra to return.”
Lundgaard stated the RLL crew was now entering into the precise route, and stated that watching Graham Rahal at work had helped him develop as an IndyCar driver.
He joked: “One factor that I am a bit aggravated about is that each time race day comes, Graham all the time appears to discover a approach to end forward! Did not occur as we speak, fortunately.
“However no, truthfully, Graham has helped me massively, understanding how a lot you possibly can push the tyres.
“He is extraordinarily good on the long term, making the tyres final, making the gasoline final, and simply being aggressive. Even in a automobile that may not be aggressive sufficient to be there, we have had some good outcomes.
“As a crew, the drivers work very properly collectively. I am more than happy to have Jack and Graham by my aspect and serving to me.”
The end result means Lundgaard has considerably elevated his lead over David Malukas within the battle for Rookie of the 12 months honours from 4 factors going into the race, to 27 factors with 4 rounds to go.