Luhr to make IndyCar debut at Sonoma

Veteran sports car driver Lucas Luhr will make his debut in the IZOD IndyCar Series at the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 25.

Luhr’s entry will be in a second car for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, who currently fields a car for Josef Newgarden full-time. The team last expanded to a two car effort at the 2012 Indianapolis 500 when the fielded a car for USAC champion Bryan Clauson.

“I am very excited about driving for RW/SFHR in Sonoma,” Luhr said. “I have wanted to drive an IndyCar for quite some time and when this opportunity came up I was very happy to say yes straight away. I would like to thank Steve Weirich, RW, Sarah and Mr. Hartman, as well as Honda HPD for introducing us.

According to AUTOSPORT, the ride came about due to his connections with Honda, which powers the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing machine Luhr drives for in the American Le Mans Series and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing’s IndyCar entry.

“This is not something I was pushing for, but I did let people at Honda Performance Development know that I would be interested. Then, this opportunity came out of the blue.”

Luhr sports an impressive resume in sports cars. He currently leads the LMP1 points standings driving for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing in the American Le Mans Series with 2 wins this year and has more wins than anybody in the series (42) and is the only driver to win in 3 different classes (GT2, LMP2, LMP1). In 88 starts, he has 70 podiums and 18 fastest laps. He has won championships in LMP1 (2008, 2012), LMP2 (2006) and GT (2000, 2002, 2003).

In addition to his ALMS accomplishments, he has championships in FIA GT1 World Championship (2011), FIA GT N-GT (2004) and Porsche Supercup (1999).

His wins include class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (2000, 2002-03 all GT), the 12 Hours of Sebring (2000-03, 2005 GT/GT2), the Spa 24 Hours (2005 GT), the Petit le Mans (2002 GT), the 24 Hours of Daytona (2001 GT) and an overall win 24 Hours of Nurburgring (2006, 2011).

He drove for Penske Racing’s LMP2 entry in 2006 in a  Porsche RS Spyder LMP 2 002, which he helped develop.

He has also driven as a factory driver for Audi as well driving in LMP1 as well as the DTM series.

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