Danish System 2 racer Lundgaard precipitated a serious stir on his IndyCar debut within the #45 RLL machine on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway street course three weeks in the past, when he certified fourth in a five-car cluster that was lined by a mere 0.05 seconds.
Regardless of slipping again to twelfth on the end, largely as a result of inexperience of how arduous the Firestone tyres might be pushed in contrast with the Pirellis he’s used to in F2, Lundgaard made an enormous impression.
Askew, the 2019 Indy Lights champion, would be the newest driver to take over the automotive at Portland, Laguna Seca and Lengthy Seaside as he seeks a comeback to a full-time IndyCar drive.
He was dropped from his Arrow McLaren SP drive after a season marred by late-diagnosed concussion following a heavy shunt within the Indianapolis 500, however returned to substitute for his alternative Felix Rosenqvist at this 12 months’s Detroit 2 race when the Swede was too bruised from a Race 1 shunt to participate within the following day’s race.
Askew additionally raced for Ed Carpenter Racing at Street America whereas subbing for the injured Rinus VeeKay, and beforehand examined for RLL at Barber Motorsports Park in late July alongside Lundgaard.
Talking forward of his workforce debut, Askew mentioned his predecessor’s velocity didn’t set unrealistic expectations for him however as a substitute supplied reassurance.
“I feel [RLL team-mates] Graham [Rahal] and Takuma [Sato] are within the prime 5 drivers when it comes to progress from beginning positions to ending positions within the races this 12 months,” he advised Autosport.
“So I do know the Rahal Letterman Lanigan workforce had a sense that their vehicles have been arrange higher for the races and that qualifying was extra of a wrestle.
Oliver Askew, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
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“I don’t know if that concept has been debunked by Lundgaard’s velocity there in quali, as a result of all of the tracks are very completely different, and I do suppose the Indy street course takes a really completely different method in the way you come off the brakes.
“However truly, coming into the workforce for these three races, I feel it’s very reassuring to know that the workforce’s vehicles have that one-lap velocity. And I feel the Indy street course and Portland are comparable sufficient – lengthy straights, clean floor – that there’s not a doubt in my thoughts that we’re going to be combating inside the highest 10 in qualifying and may have a very good exhibiting within the race.
“So long as all of us execute nicely, I imagine we’re going to have a powerful weekend.”
Requested if he felt these ultimate three rounds of 2021 felt like an audition for RLL – which workforce co-owner Bobby Rahal confirmed could be operating three full-time entries subsequent 12 months – Askew replied: “We haven’t spoken about that an excessive amount of.
“We’ve seen a few completely different drivers on this automotive, and I’m positive Bobby and the workforce are utilizing this time to see what course they need to go.
“However truthfully that’s not the place my head’s at proper now. I see this as a chance to get again on the market and revel in myself and placed on a very good present.”