Lucas Luhr is, statistically, the most successful driver in American Le Mans Series history with 46 career wins. The German is an exciting and welcome addition to the IZOD IndyCar Series for next week’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, and he already has outlined his respect for IndyCar after his first test at the track earlier this week in the No. 97 RW/SFHR Honda.
“It’s not going to be easy, especially because all the other drivers have been driving these cars for the entire season,” Luhr said in a Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team Q&A. “Coming in as the new guy is not going to be easy, but that’s why I’m doing it. If it was easy everyone would do it.”
Luhr has a versatile sports car background, having driven Audis, Porsches, Aston Martins and now the current Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c in the ALMS P1 and P2 categories. So he’s got experience with high-downforce, high-powered prototypes, and now will work to get used to the Dallara DW12 IndyCar with Honda power.
“To get used to the car will be the most challenging part,” Luhr said. “The way it responds to my action and learning to understand the car, technically and also from a driving point of view. Learning what I need to do to make the car work and to make the tires work.”
He’s had interest in IndyCar dating to when he drove with Roger Penske’s factory-supported Porsche RS Spyder P2 team in the ALMS.
“It’s very simple. When I drove for Roger Penske with the Prototype sports car program he invited me one year to see the Indy 500 and that really made me interested in the series,” Luhr said. “There’s been a few times where ALMS and IndyCar race during the same weekend, so I followed it and would stay an extra day to watch the race. I just like the way American racing has been done. I was always interested in it and followed it, but on the other hand I never really pushed to get in it or have a chance at trying it. Now that this opportunity is here, it’s even better! I’m very excited and am looking forward to it like a little child at Christmas Eve.”
We can’t wait to see him open his presents on an actual race weekend this time next weekend.