Linus Lundqvist, the top returning driver from the 2021 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship, will drive for HMD Motorsports for a second season in the developmental series in 2022.
Lundqvist, from Sweden, won three races and scored 11 podium finishes last season. He finished third in the standings behind champion Kyle Kirkwood and runner-up David Malukas, both of whom have climbed to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2022.
“I'm super happy and very excited to be back for another year in Indy Lights together with HMD,” Lundqvist said. “First off, I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone involved who's made this possible, to my sponsors and partners and everyone who's been who's been supporting me. It feels good to be back.
“Obviously, we had a strong year last year, but we want more. We're here to win, and I think that's the target both but for myself and the team. I feel like we have a good relationship, and it feels good to start off the testing that we've been doing a little bit this year with the people that I know and obviously a car that that I know compared to last year when everything was new. Very excited to get the season going and looking forward to winning some more races and fight for the championship.”
With their relationship beginning in 2020 as competitors in the Formula Regional Americas Championship powered by Honda, Lundqvist and Global Racing Group claimed the team and driver championship over the HMD Motorsports squad. Teaming up for Indy Lights in 2021, HMD Motorsports and Lundqvist built a strong relationship while competing for the championship.
“Linus brings a great deal of experience and speed to HMD Motorsports in 2022 and should challenge for the top step of the podium,” HMD General Manager Mike Maurini said. “Last year he competed at tracks that he had never seen and while there were some hiccups along the way, it always seemed that he would find himself close to the front of the field. His rookie season was awarded with three victories, and that is pretty impressive in a season that was one of the most competitive in a while, and only saw three different race winners.”
The 2022 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season starts Feb. 25-27 in St. Petersburg, Florida.