Linus Lundqvist is finally getting that IndyCar ride he, and many others, felt that he so richly deserved after dominating his way to the 2022 Indy Lights (now Indy NXT) championship.
On Thursday, Chip Ganassi Racing announced that it has signed Lundqvist for the full 2024 season.
Lundqvist failed to get a full-season IndyCar seat for 2023, but he has raced three times for Meyer Shank Racing, finishing a season-best 12th at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. He showed promise in his brief audition, posting the fastest lap time in races at Nashville and the Indy road course.
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“Joining Chip Ganassi Racing is an absolute dream come true for me,” said Lundqvist. “Stepping up to race full-time in the NTT IndyCar Series, and to do so with one of the most successful teams in the history of the championship, is the moment I’ve been working for throughout my career. It is hard to explain how much this means to me. I am incredibly grateful to Chip, Mike and to everyone who has backed me on this journey, including of course my family.”
Lundqvist made a name for himself in Indy NXT, winning five times and reaching the podium nine times in 14 races in 2022.
“It’s terrific that the opportunity to hire Linus, a proven winner, plus the reigning 2022 Indy NXT Champion is now a reality at Chip Ganassi Racing,” said Chip Ganassi Racing managing director Mike Hull. “He has shown that his on-track performance creates the racecraft separation that’s required in IndyCar today. Growing together with Linus is what comes next.”
“I have dipped my toes into IndyCar racing in recent weeks, which will give me a little bit of a head start going into 2024,” said Lundqvist. “Coming up through Indy NXT has provided me with some important experience that will help me get up to speed. Having said that, this is an entirely new challenge as I prepare to join an established top team at the highest level of the sport. I know there is a lot of hard work ahead, but having a team like Chip Ganassi Racing put their trust in me is the greatest motivator I could ever have. I intend to do everything in my power to grab this opportunity and I look forward to all the moments ahead, next year and beyond.”