Lundqvist leads Indy Lights points heading to Iowa this weekend, a race preview

After a couple of weeks off, the Indy Lights drivers will return to action this weekend at the Iowa Speedway. While most of these drivers have never raced on the .894-mile oval before, most of them took part in an open test here during the break. Now, they return to practice on Friday and qualify/race on Saturday.

Does this being such a wide open event fare well for points leader Linus Lundqvist or work against him. In favor for him, it’s all new to everybody, right? Wouldn’t the top team adapt the quickest?

On the flipside, it could create chaos and mayhem which maybe someone else lands the setup right. Carlin has won 3 of the last 4 at Iowa but they’re no longer on the grid.

Lundqvist went through a stretch to where he won 4 races in a 5 race span including leading every lap in all 4. He’s 0-for-3 since with no laps led.

However, he’s scored a top 5 finish in all 8 races run this season which is the main reason he leads Sting Ray Robb by 87 points heading to the 9th of 14 races this season.

Robb is winless in 28 Indy Lights starts but does have 5 podiums in his last 7 tries and a top 5 in 7 of the 8 races run in 2022. The difference is he’s not winning and that 1 race outside the top 5.

Matthew Brabham (-96) finished runner-up in Mid-Ohio which catapulted him to third in points. He has 3 top 4 finishes in his last 4 starts on the season. Their teammate Hunter McElrea (-98) won at Mid-Ohio to earn his third straight podium. Both McElrea and Christian Rasmussen (4 top 4 finishes in the last 6 races) are arguably the hottest driver in the series right now with Robb a close 3rd to them.

Who’s not hot is Lundqvist’s teammate Benjamin Pedersen who fell from 2nd in points to 5th after having no top 5 finishes in his last 3 efforts and only 1 podium in the last 6 overall. He started 2022 off with a pair of runner-up finishes. Danial Frost also isn’t either. He won the 3rd race of the season on the Indy road course and had 3 straight top 5’s to begin 2022 off with. Following his Indy win, he was 2nd in points. He has 1 top 5 in the 5 races since without a podium in that span to which he’s fallen to a season low in a tie for 6th (-118).

Top Stat:

10 of the 11 race winners came from the top 6 Rows with 4 out of the last 5 starting either on the pole or 5th.

This weekend’s schedule (all times ET)

Friday:

3:15-4:05 p.m. Practice

Saturday:

9:30 am: Qualifying

12:15 pm: Race (75 Laps)

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