Lundgaard expecting to fight for win in Portland
Christian Lundgaard, the newest winner in IndyCar, believes that Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda has a strong chance to compete for pole position and victory at Portland International Raceway this weekend. He was a serious threat to Team Penske’s dominance last year at the same circuit but was unable to capitalize due to a pitstop error and a late-race mistake. Lundgaard has enjoyed success this year, with his first IndyCar victory in Toronto and a couple of pole positions. He has also witnessed his team’s improvement on road and street courses throughout the year. Lundgaard expects to challenge Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske at Portland, just like at the Indianapolis road course. He is confident in RLL’s progress since earlier this year, particularly at Road America and Mid-Ohio. He predicts competitiveness in the last two races as well, including Laguna Seca, where he achieved a remarkable result as a rookie last year. While some may view him as overachieving, Lundgaard emphasizes that a fast car should not be easy to handle, and extracting performance from the car is the key.