Arrow McLaren announced on Tuesday that Christian Lundgaard will join the team from Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in 2025 and replace Alexander Rossi in the No.7 VELO Chevrolet.

In a surprising move, the team decided to replace Rossi, who has been with the team since 2023, having moved over from Andretti Global. The 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner is conducting a hybrid test for the team at Gateway Motorsports Park today.

Arrow McLaren IndyCar Team announced today that its 2025 driver lineup is confirmed with the addition of Christian Lundgaard who will join Pato O’Ward and Nolan Siegel in the team’s three-car lineup following the close of this season.

Christian, who is currently 11th in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship standings, will pilot the No. 7 VELO Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, as the team mutually parts ways with Alexander Rossi, who is in his second season with the team and finished ninth in the championship in 2023.

Christian, 22, has had a strong start to his campaign in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES earning a win, two poles and three podiums throughout his early tenure. He made an immediate splash as the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Rookie of the Year with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, which he’s raced with through his three seasons in INDYCAR.

A native of Hedensted, Denmark, Christian remains the only Danish driver in INDYCAR SERIES history to boast a race win after a dominant performance on the streets of Toronto in 2023.

Before launching a professional career in North America, Christian was an Alpine development racer competing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship where he earned two wins and nine podiums across the 2020-21 seasons. He also raced with Alpine in the 2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship and produced a win, two podiums and two poles.

The trio of Pato, Nolan and Christian will make up one of the youngest teams in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Each driver has proven success on his resume that warrants a promising outlook for the Arrow McLaren team in the seasons to come.

In response to the Arrow McLaren announcement, Lundgaard’s current team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing issued the following statement.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing is looking forward to closing out our working relationship with Christian Lundgaard as successfully as possible and thank him for his past efforts on behalf of the team.

We are proud to have brought him into the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and wish him well in the future.

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES heads to the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course this weekend where the new hybrid system will make its eagerly anticipated debut.

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