Rasmussen closes Indy Lights season at Laguna Seca with second victory – EAST AUTO NEWS

Rasmussen closes Indy Lights season at Laguna Seca with second victory

Christian Rasmussen completed his rookie season with a flag-to-flag victory within the Indy Lights Grand Prix of Monterey race 2 on Sunday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Rasmussen, from Denmark, earned his second victory of the Indy Lights Offered by Cooper Tires season within the No. 28 Street to Indy/Stellrecht entry fielded by Andretti Autosport. He began from the pole and led all 35 laps after ending second within the first race of the weekend doubleheader Saturday.

“It was superior to finish the season like this,” Rasmussen stated. “It’s been a troublesome one for us. We began out at St. Pete operating out of gas from a win. It’s been a troublesome season. To finish it like this on a excessive word, with second place in race 1 and first place in race 2, is superior.”

Rasmussen entered the 2022 Indy Lights season after profitable the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship in 2020 and the Indy Professional 2000 Offered by Cooper Tires title in 2021. His different victory this season got here in June at Street America.

“We’re seeking to come again subsequent yr,” Rasmussen stated. “Hopefully we will proceed on what we ended on right here and hopefully compete for a championship subsequent yr.”

Sting Ray Robb completed second at this time, 0.8893s behind teammate Rasmussen, within the No. 2 Sekady automotive to finish a robust closing weekend of the season. Robb earned his first profession victory Saturday.

Matthew Brabham accomplished a podium sweep for Andretti Autosport within the staff’s No. 83 automotive, passing 2022 season champion Linus Lundqvist for that spot with a courageous, side-by-side transfer within the well-known Corkscrew activate lap 4.

Lundqvist celebrated his first full day as an Indy Lights champion by ending fourth within the No. 26 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing automotive. Swedish driver Lundqvist clinched the title by ending sixth Saturday and ended up with a 575-483 edge over runner-up Robb within the closing standings.

Jacob Abel completed fifth within the No. 51 Abel Speedwagon automotive, backing up the fourth-place end Saturday that tied his profession greatest within the sequence.

Hunter McElrea completed seventh to clinch the sequence’ Rookie of the 12 months title regardless of issues with the push-to-pass system in his No. 27 Andretti Autosport entry. McElrea ended up fourth within the standings with 460 factors, 20 forward of rookie runner-up Rasmussen.

Rasmussen squirted forward of the sector initially and managed the hole to Robb, who began third, for your complete race. The margin between the 2 drivers diversified from 0.6s to about 1.2s all through the race, normally hovering across the one-second mark.

Robb tried to make a closing cost on the final lap across the 11-turn, 2.238-mile street course, however Rasmussen stored his nerve and his velocity for victory.


Rasmussen closes Indy Lights season at Laguna Seca with second victory – EAST AUTO NEWS


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