You wouldn’t have to ask American Le Mans Series star Lucas Luhr twice about taking a chance to race full-time in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
In advance of his IndyCar debut on Aug. 25 at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Luhr will strap into a Dallara DW12 for the first time next Tuesday during a test session for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing at the Northern California road course.
For now, Luhr’s program for Sonoma is a one-off. But should the 34-year-old German get a call about a full-season drive in IndyCar…
“For me, it’s very clear – if I had the opportunity to do a full season in IndyCar, I’d say, ‘Oh yeah, I’m in.'” There’s no question about it,” he told IndyCar.com. “Even if you do a full season in IndyCar racing, you have opportunities to do the long races in sports car racing.
“If that was the case, it would be a dream come true, even in my old age.”
Luhr will get additional prep time in the No. 97 SFHR Honda during an IndyCar Open Test at Sonoma on Aug. 21. That, and having his ALMS engineer Brandon Fry on hand, should prove even more helpful as he prepares to attack Sonoma for the first time in an open-wheel machine.
“I’ve raced there in the past but nothing like this,” said Luhr. “I’ve raced GT cars and with a prototype, which was more like a roll-out and not really pushing it. Brandon has been involved in Champ Car and INDYCAR; he’s there to give me a familiar voice on the radio.
“At least that is a known factor in so many unknowns and new things for me. I have to learn a lot in a very short amount of time. I understand it technically and from the driving point of view, and now I have to get to know how the car reacts.”
Next Tuesday’s test at Sonoma is open to the public.