Lundgaard Heads Honda Qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park

  • Christian Lundgaard qualifies third for the Children's of Alabama Indy Grand Prix
  • Felix Rosenqvist to start fifth, Marcus Armstrong qualifies career-best sixth
  • Honda drivers claim six of the top-10 qualifying positions

Christian Lundgaard led the way for Honda today at Barber Motorsports Park in qualifying for Sunday's Children's of Alabama Indy Grand Prix, the third round in the 2024 NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

Seven Honda entries advanced out of the first round of knockout INDYCAR qualifying today at the scenic, 2.3-mile Barber road course. In addition to Lundgaard, Felix Rosenqvist continued his early-season run of top-six qualifying efforts and will start fifth tomorrow; with Marcus Armstrong making the Fast Six final qualifying round for the first time in his young career, and will start sixth.

Other Honda drivers starting tomorrow's 90-lap race near the front of the field include Graham Rahal, seventh, Kyle Kirkwood in ninth and Alex Palou rounding out the top 10.

Children's of Alabama Indy Grand Prix Honda Qualifying Results

  • 3rd Christian Lundgaard
  • 5th Felix Rosenqvist
  • 6th Marcus Armstrong
  • 7th Graham Rahal
  • 9th Kyle Kirkwood
  • 10th Alex Palou
  • 12th Tom Blomqvist-R
  • 13th Scott Dixon
  • 15th Colton Herta
  • 18th Marcus Ericsson
  • 19th Linus Lundqvist-R
  • 21st Luca Ghiotto-R
  • 22nd Jack Harvey
  • 23rd Kyffin Simpson-R
  • 26th Pietro Fittipaldi   

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
Meyer Shank Racing Honda
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
Andretti Global Honda
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Meyer Shank Racing Honda
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Andretti Global Honda
Andretti Global Honda
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
Dale Coyne Racing Honda
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda   

R – Rookie

Christian Lundgaard (#45 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) will start third: "With the last couple of races with these engines, Honda has done a great job maximizing what we've had. We've had a really strong car, but the Honda engine has really helped put us in that position. It's the last race before the month of May, so we really have to maximize what we have here and build the momentum. I'm happy for the support and to be the first Honda!"

Felix Rosenqvist (#60 Meyer Shank Racing Honda) qualified fifth: "The fast six streak continues! That was a helluva day for us. We had to do an engine change going into qualifying, so we had the whole car in pieces basically an hour ago. We were struggling a little bit in practice, so we went into qualifying with some new changes and they worked! This really feels like a pole for us. It was a really good turnaround from the guys at Meyer Shank Racing. And the new engine from Honda was really good out of the box. We just made the lap when we needed to!"

Marcus Armstrong (#11 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) qualified sixth: "It's great to see the progress we're making. It was cool! I wanted more, and we're capable of more, but I guess we're just saving our best for tomorrow. I'm really proud of the team because they gave me a really good car. We've just been making incremental gains throughout the year. Soon we're going to be right up there so I'm just really proud of everyone."

Fast Facts

  • Honda-powered NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers and teams have won five times at Barber Motorsports Park.
  • The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama opened the 2021 season at Barber Motorsports Park, with Chip Ganassi Racing's Alex Palou scoring his career-first Indy car win. Palou went on to win the 2021 INDYCAR Drivers' title as Honda recorded its fourth consecutive INDYCAR Manufacturers' Championship.
  • Other Honda-powered winners at Barber Motorsports Park include Helio Castroneves, who won the inaugural INDYCAR race here in 2010; Will Power in 2011; Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2014, and Takuma Sato in 2019.

Where to Watch
Television coverage of the Children's of Alabama Indy Grand Prix starts at 1 p.m. EDT Sunday on NBC.  Complete, flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on NBC Peacock, the INDYCAR Radio Network, and SiriusXM INDYCAR Nation (Channel 160).

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