Linus Lundqvist to race for Meyer Shank Racing at Indy in place of Simon Pagenaud

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For a second straight weekend, Sweden’s Linus Lundqvist will drive the #60 at Meyer Shank Racing.

Lundqvist was massively impressive on debut last weekend. The Swede made the fast 12, outqualifying four-time Indy 500 winner and teammate Helio Castroneves. He also set the fastest lap during the race.

The 24-year-old was on course for a top-15 finish until he got on the marbles and crashed at turn 11 in the closing stages.

Linus Lundqvist:

“First I want to say a massive thank you to Mike and Jim for their trust to put me back in the car again. The Nashville weekend was great in so many ways. Obviously, a lot of impressions and a lot of new stuff for me going on that weekend and I was pretty disappointed with the way that it ended. It was my mistake and I enjoyed it up until that point.

“I think it also left me and the team wanting more, which I am grateful for another opportunity at Indy. I know it is going to be tough again, but now I have a whole race weekend under my belt. Hopefully we can string some good results together and find some good speed, but I feel like it is going to be a super weekend.”

Photo credit: Penske Entertainment | Chris Jones

Following his horrific crash at Mid-Ohio last month, Simon Pagenaud has still not be cleared to race. It means the former IndyCar and Indy 500 champion misses a sixth consecutive race.

The French driver posted a video update on social media today, giving an update on his condition and how much he misses racing.

Simon Pagenaud:

“Hello everyone. I wanted to give you a little message from the house. Unfortunately watching the races from the couch is not much fun but you know I’m recovering.

“It’s taking longer than I expected but I have an extremely good medical team behind me. The IndyCar medical team has been tremendous, and we’re going to do this the right way. So I’m being patient, but it’s certainly certainly taking some time.

“It’s great to see Linus doing so well for his first time at Nashville. Meyer Shank Racing, I look forward to seeing you guys together at the Indianapolis Grand Prix which is one of my favorites. I wish I was there. I can tell you I’ll do everything I can to be back a hundred percent very soon. I look forward to seeing you back at the track.”