Lundgaard Scores First Career IndyCar Win From The Pole

TORONTO – Christian Lundgaard can finally shave off the mustache after the 21-year-old from Denmark claimed his first career NTT IndyCar Series victory in Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto. Lundgaard started on the pole and proved he had the best car on the 11-turn, 1.786-mile temporary street course at Exhibition Place to give Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing its first win of the season. On the cooldown lap, Lundgaard radioed back, “Thank you Bobby (Rahal). “I’m pretty drained from energy right now,” Lundgaard said after leading 54 laps in the 85-lap contest. When the pits opened on lap 45, Palou, Felix Rosenqvist and Colton Herta all made pit stops to scramble the strategy further. When the pits opened on lap 50, Lundgaard, the leader, pitted to create a new strategy. Lundgaard could make it the distance on fuel for the rest of the 85-laps race, so the big question was if the drivers that pitted during the previous yellow could make the distance. Racing resumed on lap 52 with McLaughlin leading Dixon, Rinus VeeKay, Kirkwood, Herta, Palou and Lundgaard. Lundgaard closed in on the rear of Palou’s injured car. VeeKay pitted on Lap 60 after running second as the lead two drivers were McLaughlin and Dixon. Lundgaard strong-armed his car pas Palou to take over second place and when Dixon pitted, Lundgaard was back in the lead on Lap 63.

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