Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Christian Lundgaard in the No.45 Hy-Vee Honda and Jack Harvey in the No.30 PeopleReady Honda had an event 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday.
Making his seventh start in the Greatest Spectacle In Racing, Harvey came home in 19th and speaking following the action he said:
I think some really weird things happened in the race with tire blistering and we really haven’t suffered from that. I don’t know where that came from frankly because I thought our first stint was actually playing out quite well. We were plus five, had just gotten ahead of Christian and it was going well, and as soon as I started pushing after that, the tires just couldn’t hold it. So, it was an unusual day. Doing the 500 is a privilege so I’m not going to forget it but it’s a race weekend that I’m ready to move on from. I’m ready to go to Detroit and try to have a great result for myself, the team, PeopleReady, and Kustom Entertainment. We just want to get good results.”
Christian Lundgaard in the No.45 Hy-Vee had an eventful day coming home in 18th place and speaking following the action he commented saying:
It was a long race, it reminded me a bit of last year’s. I started and finished around the same area. I think we were a little unlucky on the first yellow and think we should’ve pitted on that lap that Callum pitted. He circled to the front and we tried that later in the race and that didn’t work out. We had a broken front wing and it actually didn’t make a difference when we changed it. We just lost a lap for no reason at that point.”
For Katherine Legge, making her Indianapolis 500 come back for the first time in ten years, in the No.44 Hendrickson Honda she started the race as the highest placed RLL car in 30th.
The Brit, spun on pit-road during the first round of stops and was forced to retire from the race and speaking following the action she said:
The first stint, I was just riding around basically trying to figure out how to get a run because it was the first proper time I’ve ridden around in traffic. So, I was just getting comfortable, and I was feeling like we were okay. I was trying to chase under steer and ended up going too far and then the tires went away so I ended up in over steer. I was just figuring all of the things out. I came in for the stop, which is the part I was worried about because I hadn’t practiced stops at any time because we had other things to deal with. So, I was concerned about coming into pit lane and stopping in the box. I wasn’t really concerned about the launch, and I ended up just overcooking the launch and barely touched the wall but it did race-ending damage, unfortunately. I feel horrible for the guys. I feel massively grateful to the Hendrickson Honda crew for the opportunity and to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. They worked so hard, and I just feel horrible. It’s been a hell of a month.”