By: Spencer Neff
February 17, 2023
During the 30th anniversary of their first season, Rahal Letterman Lanigan had a new look. For the first time, the organization expanded to a third full-time car.
After turning in an impress start of fourth and finish of 12th in his debut at the IMS Road Course in July, Christian Lundgaard joined the team.
Moving over from Meyer Shank Racing, Jack Harvey was named as driver of the No. 45 Dallara-Honda. Lundgaard and Harvey join Graham Rahal, who would begin his 10th season with father Bobby’s outfit.
After more offseason changes, RLLR will also run a fourth car at this year’s 107th Indianapolis 500 presented By Gainbridge.
The second-generation driver was tops among the RLLR full-time drivers for the third consecutive season. His best performance results-wise would be the Honda Indy Toronto July.
On the temporary street circuit of Exhibition Place, he moved from 14th to finish a season-best fourth. During the 85-lap event, Rahal led six laps, more than half of his season total. By year’s end, he’d led a total of 10 laps, adding a fifth-place effort at Portland in September.
Racecraft has long been a hallmark of the No. 15’s success. For Rahal and his team in general, qualifying improvements will be critical for their success.
Joining the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in his first full-time ride, Heddenstead, Denmark’s Christian Lundgaard would pilot the No. 30 entry in his rookie season. During the June 12 Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America, the Dane led his first lap in the series.
The stretch run from mid-summer on helped Lundgaard earn Rookie of the Year honors. Highlighting the second half of the season was a second-place finish at the second Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. Lundgaard earned RLLR’s lone podium finish of 2022 a year after his debut.
For 2023, he moves over to the No. 45 entry. Lundgaard enters his sophomore campaign motivated to earn his first victory. Among drivers to continue a streak of improved second years, Lundgaard is among the favorites.
In his sixth season and third full-time of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Bassingham, England’s Jack Harvey would join a new team. With RLLR expanding with a third full-time entry, Harvey made the jump to a new team.
After finishing 12th during season opener, Harvey would be sidelined following a practice crash at Texas Motor Speedway. Fortunately, he did not miss additional time in the wake of his concussion.
Like his teammates, Harvey began to show improvements during the latter half of the season. At Iowa, he qualified seventh for both events of the Iowa Speedway doubleheader (started sixth in Race 2).
On the temporary street circuit in Nashville, Harvey notched his first Top 10 finish with RLLR (10th). This year, he will pilot the No. 30 car. Harvey’s shown promise in his career and with a year under his belt at RLLR, will look to fulfill that in 2023 and beyond.
Last Thursday, Katherine Legge was announced as the driver of the No. 44 for the May 28 Indianapolis 500.
Legge, who has made two starts at IMS in her career, has not driven an IndyCar since 2013. The Guildford, United Kingdom native previously spent time with RLLR’s Formula E program.
“I am thrilled to be back at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for the biggest race in the world, the Indy 500,”” she exclaimed in the announcement.
“Racing at Indy with an Indy 500-winning team and with Honda is an amazing opportunity, and one I am very grateful for and intend to make the most of. I’m hoping I can learn from my teammates and team members, and transition smoothly back to open wheel racing for May. I can’t wait to get to work!”
“After more than a few attempts, I’m happy to announce that Katherine will join us in our Hendrickson Honda for the 107th running of the Indy 500,” Team Co-Owner Bobby Rahal added.
“I’ve been a fan of Katherine’s for many years and know that, in the right situation, she can be competitive and figure into the outcome at the end of the race. She has driven for us before in the Jaguar electric program and won from pole in Mexico City and finished on the podium several times, so it is nice to have her back with us to work together at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time. I know she looks at this as a chance to show everybody what she really can do.”
Legge has made two starts in the “500”. Her first appearance in 2012 was her best performance to date, starting 30th and finishing 22nd.
Header Image (from left to right): Rahal, Lundgaard and Harvey during the April 20 Open Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Image By Chris Jones/INDYCAR)