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IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis Race 2

Lundqvist returns for Indianapolis IndyCar race, MSR plans Friday announcement

Reigning Indy NXT champion Linus Lundqvist will return to Meyer Shank Racing’s IndyCar squad this weekend at Indianapolis, in place of Simon Pagenaud, and plans a further announcement on Friday.

Linus Lundqvist, Meyer Shank Racing Honda

Pagenaud has missed every race since his horrendous Mid-Ohio crash in practice last month, which was caused by a brake failure, as IndyCar’s medical team has refused to clear him to race after he displayed concussion-style symptoms.

Lundqvist made a highly impressive IndyCar debut in Nashville last weekend, qualifying in 11th and running as high as third during the pitstop cycles. He was on for a strong finish when he crashed out with 10 laps to go but set the race’s fastest lap beforehand.

“First, I want to say a massive thank you to Mike [Shank] and Jim [Meyer] for their trust to put me back in the car again,” said Lundqvist. “The Nashville weekend was great in so many ways.

“Obviously, a lot of impressions and a lot of new stuff for me going on that weekend and I was pretty disappointed with the way that it ended. It was my mistake and I enjoyed it up until that point.

“I think it also left me and the team wanting more, which I am grateful for another opportunity at Indy. I know it is going to be tough again, but now I have a whole race weekend under my belt.

“Hopefully we can string some good results together and find some good speed, but I feel like it is going to be a super weekend.”

Linus Lundqvist, Meyer Shank Racing Honda, with Michael Shank

Linus Lundqvist, Meyer Shank Racing Honda, with Michael Shank

Photo by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images

Lundqvist will again partner full-season MSR driver Helio Castroneves at the Brickyard weekend, which will see the IndyCar Series run in conjunction with NASCAR. IndyCar runs its 85-lap race on Saturday, its second event of the year on the IMS road course.

The Swedish racer has four starts on the track in Indy NXT competition, starting from pole in three out of the four races. He has two wins on his resume, both of which were converted from pole.

Meyer Shank Racing has revealed there will be a further major announcement at Indianapolis on Friday at 11am, which is expected to center on four-time Indy 500 winner Castroneves’ future with the team.

Pagenaud posted this message on social media:

 

 

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