Sweden’s Linus Lundqvist is a triple single-seater champion, clinching the 2020 Formula Regional Americas title, the 2018 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship and the 2016 Formula STCC Nordic crown. He finished third overall as a rookie in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship in 2021 and returns to the INDYCAR support series again in 2022, racing for HMD Motorsports.
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Detroit – Race 1: Linus clinches podium, sets new track record
Linus chased home Kyle Kirkwood in a battle for victory in the opening Indy Lights race of the weekend in Detroit, erasing the longest-standing track record in the championship on his way to P2…
Linus chased home Kyle Kirkwood in a battle for victory in the opening Indy Lights race of the weekend in Detroit, erasing the longest-standing track record in the championship on his way to P2.
From second on the grid, Linus maintained his position throughout the 25-lap encounter, eventually finishing just half a second behind pole-starter Kirkwood after increasing the pressure on the multiple American title-winner in the closing laps.
Underscoring his pace, which came on used tyres, Linus recorded a 1m22.453s to set the fastest lap of the race – finally erasing a lap record that has stood since the year 2000.
With P2, Linus also narrows the gap to championship leader David Malukas, who finished fifth.
“It was a good race, definitely happy with that, and I tried to pile the pressure on Kyle in the final laps. We were very evenly matched, however, so I couldn’t find a way past. Still, very good points and a great feeling in the car, so thanks to the entire team for all their hard work. We’re on pole tomorrow, so we’ll go for the win!”
The Detroit weekend concludes on Sunday with Linus on pole position for Race 2.
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