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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Linus Lundqvist homing in on biggest moment of career
Linus Lundqvist is on the cusp of a potentially career-defining title as the 2022 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires campaign draws to a close this weekend at California’s Laguna Seca road course…
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Swede carries substantial championship lead into Indy Lights finale
HMD Motorsports racer on course for the title: “completely relaxed”
Linus Lundqvist is on the cusp of a potentially career-defining title as the 2022 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires campaign draws to a close this weekend at California’s Laguna Seca road course.
The HMD Motorsports driver takes a commanding championship lead into the double-header finale, sitting 103 points clear of sole remaining title rival Matthew Brabham (Australia). A maximum total of 108 points are up for grabs in the two races set to be staged this weekend in the Monterey peninsula.
Consequently, Lundqvist is well aware he’s in the golden seat, on course to become the first Swedish driver in history to win INDYCAR’s premier feeder series.
“Here we are, at the finale, and a weekend I’ve been waiting for since a long time,” says Linus Lundqvist. “This is what it comes down to and I know that we’ve got essentially an insurmountable lead. I feel completely relaxed, just happy to be in this position, and can drive without any pressure. It’s a nice mental spot to be in, and I’m really, really looking forward to the coming few days.”
The Indy Lights fraternity heads straight to Laguna Seca from last weekend’s race in Portland, where Lundqvist added yet another podium finish to his records. Ahead of the finale, the 23-year-old stands on five wins and nine podiums from the 12 races staged so far in 2022.
“I want to win again before the season ends,” Lundqvist concludes. “That’s my mindset. Portland was OK but not fantastic, and I want to go out on a high, so we’ll keep working hard for it. The Andretti cars were quick at Laguna last year, so it won’t be easy, but I’ll give it my all for the team and I’m in this business to win.”
Indy Lights action in California begins with practice on Friday. The first race of the weekend takes place on Saturday, and the season-concluding Race 2 on Sunday.
Streaming is available through the INDYCAR Live! online platform.
Event Title Sponsor for Linus Lundqvist during the Saturday race will be ProClip USA, who produces exact-fit phone mounts for cars and purpose-built mounts and cradles for mobile devices for many business industries.
For Sunday, the Event Title Sponsor position will be held by Swedish DIY chain Jula.
TIME TABLE All times local (U.S. Pacific)
Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Rd. 13-14 | Laguna Seca
Friday 9 September Practice: 1:15-2:05 pm
Saturday 10 September Qualifying: 9:30-10:00 am Race 1: 12:25 pm