In less than two weeks, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s up and down 2023 IndyCar season will come to an end. With Jack Harvey out, who will be their third driver in 2024?
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing had had a lackluster 2023 IndyCar season going into the month of May. The GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course breathed life into the team. All three cars qualified in the top eight and Christian Lundgaard took the pole position before finishing in fourth place on race day.
Things took a steep turn for the worst just a week later during qualifying for the Indy 500. All three full-time drivers found themselves at risk of being bumped in the Last Row Shootout. Graham Rahal ended up being the odd man out and did not successfully qualify for the 107th running.
But things turned around for the team once more, as Lundgaard picked up his second pole position of the year and his first career win in Toronto. Rahal later took the pole position for the Gallagher Grand Prix at the Indianapolis road course and finished in second place.
Jack Harvey, however, hadn’t found the same flashes of success as his teammates. With just one top 10 finish since the start of last year and none in 2023, he was released after his 14th place finish in the Gallagher Grand Prix. His struggles were puzzling, as the Brit had previously found success with Meyer Shank Racing.
While no one necessarily expected Harvey to be back with the team in 2024, his release with only three races left on the 2023 schedule was a bit of a surprise. The change is likely to try to ensure that the No. 30 Honda ends up in the top 22 in the entrant standings so that the entry is part of the Leaders Circle payout.
Who will replace Harvey full-time in 2024?
Possible RLL drivers for 2024 IndyCar season: No. 1 – Conor Daly
Conor Daly is a natural fit for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Driving the No. 30 Honda this past weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, he seemed to get comfortable quickly with the team. He started in 11th place and finished the race in 16th, both tops on the team.
Daly’s relationship with the Rahal family could go a long way in determining if he gets the seat or not in 2024. More so than the relationship, his recent performance at Gateway and the fact that he immediately delivered for the team could give him a leg up.