Rasmus Lindh, who finished second in Indy Pro 2000 in 2019 and was set to race in Indy Lights this year, will return to IP2000 for this weekend’s St. Petersburg season finale.
The 19-year-old Swede had signed with Belardi Auto Racing in Indy Lights at the start of 2020, but the season’s cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic led to him delaying his debut to 2021.
He has instead spent his third year in car racing driving an LMP3 sportscar in IMSA Prototype Challenge. In 2018, Lindh finished second in USF2000, then did the same in IP2000 a year later with Juncos Racing. His series return comes with Turn 3 Motorsport.
“I’m really looking forward to joining Turn 3 Motorsport for this event,” said Lindh.
“I have been on the podium at St. Petersburg before, and I’m going to try to repeat that this year. I’m going to give it my all on track and do my best to help the team get some results. Thank you to Turn 3 Motorsport for giving me the opportunity to race with them this weekend.”
Lindh takes the place of Antoine Comeau in Turn 3’s line-up due to the Canadian having clashing work commitments, and will be team-mate to Danial Frost.
Abel Motorsports and Jacob Abel will be absent from the St. Pete grid too, while Exclusive Autosport returns with one-time Super Formula starter Tristan Charpentier. The Frenchman takes the car of the injured Braden Eves.
Charpentier is a race-winner in French Formula 4 and has made the podium in BRDC British Formula 3, and signed with Andretti Autosport for a part-time Indy Lights campaign on the eve of the yet-to-be cancelled season.
As with Lindh, his deal is understood to have rolled over into next year – with his IP2000 debut acting as warm-up for what will likely be the venue of the 2021 Indy Lights season opener.
In USF2000, NACAM F4 race-winner Gil Molina takes the place of Nico Christodoulou at DEForce Racing in St. Pete due to the latter racing in United States F4, and Legacy Autosport’s Ayrton Ori returns after missing four rounds.