This week’s The Race IndyCar Podcast introduces some of the stars of tomorrow, featuring interviews with the drivers who will benefit from around $1.5million in scholarship money in 2023.
With three tiers that award money to step up to the next series, there’s a lot on the line for these drivers and regular host Jack Benyon is joined by US junior single-seater writer Tony DiZinno of Trackside Online to discuss each champion.
Indy Lights champion Linus Lundqvist joins the show and offers to swap Colton Herta his Andretti IndyCar seat for Lundqvist’s superlicence, which he has amassed on his unusual route to the top.
His lack of funding, becoming more consistent, and his future opportunities are discussed, while Benyon and DiZinno discuss the shock revelation that Lundqvist’s scholarship funding has been slashed at what appears to be the last minute.
Aiming to win next year’s Indy Lights championship is Louis Foster, who joins the podcast to talk about his Indy Pro 2000 title win – which came in the Brit’s first season of racing in the US. He won on both an oval and a street circuit, having never raced on those styles of track, and joins Andretti for 2023.
Finally, USF2000 champion Michael d’Orlando discusses his wild comeback from 22 points back before the season-ending round to win the championship at Portland.