Linus Lundqvist. (IndyCar Photo)

Lundqvist To Wheel No. 8 American Legion Honda For CGR

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Rookie driver Linus Lundqvist will be reporting to duty for The American Legion next season in the No. 8 Honda at Chip Ganassi Racing.

The team made the sponsorship and car assignment announcement on November 28.

The 24-year-old Lundqvist signed a multi-year deal with Chip Ganassi Racing on August 31 after setting the fastest lap in two of his first three NTT IndyCar Series races. 

Next season, Lundqvist will drive The American Legion’s red, white and blue ‘Be The One’ livery, including at the historic 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500.  

“We are thrilled to build off the championship season with Chip Ganassi Racing and form this new relationship with a talented young driver in Linus Lundqvist,” said Dean Kessel, the Chief Marketing Officer of The American Legion. “Linus’ enthusiasm and personality stood out to our team since day one, and I am confident that he will be a quality ambassador for our organization and the Be The One platform. 

“Our collective focus continues to extend beyond the racetrack, and we will continue to lead the charge to end veteran suicide.”

Alex Palou at World Wide Technology Raceway, wheeling the American Legion Honda. (Penske Entertainment/James Black)

Lundqvist won the Indy NXT by Firestone championship in 2022. He did not get a full-time IndyCar ride in 2023, but remained patient until his deal was completed with Chip Ganassi Racing in August.

“I’m incredibly excited to be partnering with The American Legion for the 2024 IndyCar season,” Lundqvist said. “To move on to the next chapter and to be connected to the veteran community makes it even more special. 

“A major thank you to Dean and The American Legion for this opportunity. I am privileged to be able to represent such an impactful organization and I am looking forward to our work together with Be The One.”

The American Legion and Chip Ganassi Racing have maintained a partnership since 2021. 

The team has presented The American Legion primary livery for 28 races in that span accounting for 12 podiums and four wins. 

“I am very much looking forward to Linus getting on the track to show the kind of driver that we all believe he will be,” team owner Chip Ganassi said. “In addition, I believe Linus’ off-track presence will match well with the strong partnership we have with The American Legion. 

“Over the last three seasons it has been a tremendous honor to work alongside The American Legion in our shared mission to save veteran lives. So, stepping into 2024 with Linus piloting the 8 car our expectations are rather high and I am very much looking forward to our first official race together in March.”

Lundqvist will join defending rookie of the year Marcus Armstrong, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan and two-time IndyCar champion Alex Palou as drivers who have represented The American Legion in IndyCar.