22 / 23 May
Three graduates from the BRDC British F3 Championship will race in the Indy Lights season opener at the Barber Motorsports Park this weekend (17-18 April).
2018 British F3 champion Linus Lundqvist will team up with Benjamin Pedersen at the Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports team, while seven-time race winner Toby Sowery is preparing for his second Indy Lights campaign, this time with Juncos Racing.
Indy Lights is the final step on the “Road to Indy” ladder, and the 2021 champion will secure a scholarship that guarantees at least three Indycar races in 2022, including the Indy 500, while Indycar tests are on offer to the top-three in the championship standings.
All three drivers are looking to follow in the footsteps of 2016 British F3 champion Matheus Leist, who used Indy Lights as a springboard to Indycar after a successful year in 2017.
Swedish driver Lundqvist followed up his British F3 success by claiming the Formula Regional Americas crown in 2020, a season where he decimated the opposition by winning 15 of the 17 races.
That has now propelled him to the USA’s second tier championship, and Lundqvist was a pacesetter in an official series test at the same circuit last week, topping the times in the opening session, and a close second in the second session, just behind David Malukas.
“I’m extremely motivated to get this season going,” Lundqvist commented. “I’ve been given a rare opportunity, I know that, and I intend to make the most of it. As the final step before Indycar, everybody in Indy Lights is competing for the same thing. It’s going to be a big fight, but I’m here to face it.
“We had a positive test last week, and all the indications are pointing in the right direction. Having said that, I’ve been around enough to know that testing is always just testing. This is when it actually counts and I can’t wait to see where we’re truly at. Overtaking is quite difficult at Barber, especially in these cars I think, so qualifying will be important for a start. Let’s see what happens, but obviously I’m not here just to make up the numbers. Winning is what drives me.”
Pedersen, a double British F3 race-winner, was another to show very strong pace in official testing, going third fastest in the opening session, and claiming a top-10 result in the second. The Danish-American commented: “The recent Indy Lights open test at Barber Motorsports Park felt very strong, finishing in the top-three overall times. We tried a lot of things with the car as a final checklist before the race weekend, and we continued to learn in every session, making improvements. I’m feeling confident for the start of the season beginning this week!”
Another British F3 graduate, seven-time race winner Toby Sowery, will also be racing this weekend. The British driver finished third overall in the series in 2019, and has joined Juncos Racing for this season’s championship challenge. Sowery was eighth and seventh respectively in the two official tests.
The trio will start their campaigns with free practice today (Thursday), with two qualifying sessions on Friday followed by races on Saturday and Sunday. Fans can follow the action with live timing and streaming here.
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