Lundgaard, who scored his first podium end within the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s second race on the street course final month, went on to attain his highest grid slot in Nashville, and solely slipped out of podium competition within the closing laps.
He presently leads David Malukas of Dale Coyne Racing by 41 factors within the Rookie of the Yr battle.
Lundgaard made his debut with the Honda-powered crew co-owned by Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Mike Lanigan as a one-off final summer time, qualifying fourth on the IMS street course.
The 20-year-old Dane said: “I’ve to say an enormous because of Bobby, David and Mike for giving me this chance to increase my time with the crew. We’ve had some good outcomes recently and I’m positive this has additionally helped their resolution.
“To start with, I’m simply glad and tremendous excited that they gave me this chance.
“A 12 months in the past on the Grand Prix, we certified properly they usually determined that they wished me for a full season and we made the a lot of the alternative thus far. I’m positive there are occasions after we may have carried out higher however now we’ve the chance to proceed this progress.
Christian Lundgaard, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
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“We’ve been to numerous tracks thus far and have come again to some and completed on the rostrum, which I hope to proceed.
“Qualifying third in Nashville was an enormous milestone for me. Making the Quick Six – and never being on the finish of the Quick Six however truly having a shot at competing for the pole – was an amazing expertise for me.
“We didn’t fairly end the place we wished but it surely was good to have that have and now everyone seems to be taking advantage of it.
“I’m glad for everybody on the crew, my household and the sponsors and buyers, everybody that has made this doable. I’m wanting ahead to persevering with to construct momentum.”
Three-time Indy automotive champion and 1986 Indy 500 winner Rahal mentioned: “I’m so happy with Christian’s progress with the crew and throughout the collection. He has proven that he could be a power to be reckoned with in these races.
“He works properly throughout the crew, and we’re happy that we’re persevering with for the following a number of years as a result of I imagine he’ll proceed to enhance and be a possible winner within the very close to future.”
Lanigan concurred, including: “Christian has finished an amazing job acclimatising to the number of challenges and new experiences this season.
“His method and professionalism continues to impress us and his efficiency, particularly within the second half of the season, speaks volumes about his potential.
“We’re very glad to have him as a part of the crew for the years forward.”