Linus Lundqvist

After making an impressive NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut with Meyer Shank Racing in last weekend’s Big Machine Music City Grand Prix in Nashville, 2022 INDY NXT by Firestone champion Linus Lundqvist will return to the No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda for Saturday’s Gallagher Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

While Simon Pagenaud continues to make gains in his recovery following an accident last month at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the Frenchman has not been cleared by the INDYCAR Medical Team to participate this weekend.

Lundqvist will make his second INDYCAR SERIES start and will again be paired with veteran driver Helio Castroneves in the Brickyard weekend that includes NASCAR. Saturday's 85-lap INDYCAR SERIES race is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. (USA Network, Peacock, INDYCAR Radio Network).

Lundqvist is coming off his series debut, which saw him reach the second round of qualifying and turn the fastest lap in the race. However, he finished 25th as a result of late-race wall contact with 10 laps to go.

"First, I want to say a massive thank you to (team co-owners) Mike (Shank) and Jim (Meyer) for their trust to put me back in the car again," Lundqvist said. "The Nashville weekend was great in so many ways.

“Obviously, a lot of (first) impressions and a lot of new stuff for me going on that weekend, and I was pretty disappointed with the way (the weekend) ended. It was my mistake, and I enjoyed (the experience) up to 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, and I feel like it is going to be a super weekend."

The Swedish driver made four starts on the IMS road course in INDY NXT competition, starting on the pole in three of the four races. He twice won the race.

The Gallagher Grand Prix begins with practice Friday at 9 a.m. ET. NTT P1 Award qualifying will be at 12:30 p.m. ET followed by the weekend’s final practice at 4 p.m. ET. Coverage of Friday’s action will be on Peacock and the INDYCAR Radio Network.