Reigning Indy Nxt champion Linus Lundqvist has been called up by IndyCar team Meyer Shank Racing for a second successive week to stand in for the injured Simon Pagenaud.
“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.”
Since his crash in practice at Mid-Ohio over a month ago, Pagenaud has been nursing concussion-like symptoms and has not been medically cleared by IndyCar’s medical team to return to the cockpit. The IMS race will be the sixth in a row he has missed, and the 2016 champion now sits a lowly 27th in the championship standings.
However his team mate Helio Castroneves, who has contested every race so far, is not doing much better as he is 20th in the standings with a best finish of tenth.
During his absence Pagenaud’s place was previously taken by Conor Daly in Mid-Ohio and the Iowa double-header, and by Tom Blomqvist in Toronto.
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