It is with much regret that we have to confirm that Lucas will be unable to continue this current season of competition when the Indy Pro 2000 Championship resumes.
Due to the economic conditions caused by the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Lucas and his sponsors have been obliged to re-assess his racing programme for the year and the decision has unfortunately had to be taken to sit out the remainder of the 2020 campaign. We are very grateful to his team, RP Motorsport, for being so understanding about the situation.
After registering multiple victories, podiums and fastest laps on his way to fourth position in the FIA F4 UAE Championship in 2017/18 – his rookie season in car racing following eight years in karts – Lucas moved to the UK in 2019 to contest the highly-regarded BRDC British Formula 3 Championship with Carlin. Despite his complete lack of prior knowledge of the circuits, the teenager achieved no fewer than 11 top ten finishes including an impressive lights-to-flag triumph at Snetterton.
He built upon that with a very positive campaign in New Zealand’s Toyota Racing Series at the beginning of 2020, placing inside the top ten on six occasions and displaying consistent progress as he regularly mixed it amongst the front-runners and his more experienced rivals.
Having duly kept himself race-sharp over the winter, Lucas was set for an excellent year in Indy Pro 2000 to really maintain his upward career momentum. That much was confirmed when he lapped inside the top four in his first official practice session in the fiercely-contested US open-wheel series at St. Petersburg in Florida back in March, before the season was abruptly stopped in its tracks by COVID-19.
Following that bright start, Lucas and his sponsors will be making every effort to rejoin Indy Pro 2000 in 2021. In the meantime, he will be enrolling at the University of Miami in the near future as he pursues his studies in the US.
Lucas said: “It’s obviously a huge disappointment not to be able to continue racing this year, but COVID-19 has turned the world upside-down and caused widespread disruption across the motor racing sphere.
“Together with RP Motorsport, we were preparing for a new and exciting challenge in Indy Pro 2000 and I think our pace at St. Pete proved we were going to be right up there and in the mix. For now, that dream is unfortunately on hold, but we are already working flat-out to make sure we can return to the grid next year and pick up from where we left off.”