Rosenqvist says Ganassi IndyCar test is a memory for life

Felix Rosenqvist, who raced part-time in Indy Lights this season and tested Scott Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing IndyCar, says he would still consider a return to the U.S. open-wheel scene.

Rosenqvist says Ganassi IndyCar test is a memory for life
Felix Rosenqvist, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Zach Veach, Belardi Auto Racing, Felix Rosenqvist, Belardi Auto Racing
Felix Rosenqvist, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Felix Rosenqvist, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Felix Rosenqvist, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
#88 AKKA ASP Mercedes AMG GT3: Tristan Vautier, Felix Rosenqvist
Felix Rosenqvist, Belardi Auto Racing
Felix Rosenqvist, Belardi Auto Racing with Stefan Johansson
Podium: race winner Felix Rosenqvist, Belardi Auto Racing, second place André Negrao, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, third place Kyle Kaiser, Juncos Racing

The 2015 Formula 3 Euroseries champion entered 10 of the 18 Indy Lights races this year, competing for Belardi Auto Racing, and won three times – one race at St Petersburg plus the double-header at Toronto.

However, Rosenqvist’s Lights schedule was interrupted by his relationship with Mercedes-Benz, which saw him share a Mercedes-AMG GT3 with 2012 Lights champion Tristan Vautier in the Blancpain Sprint series in Europe.

Reflecting on his Lights campaign for Autosport’s Top 50 Drivers of the Year selection, the 25-year-old Swede commented: “I had some really tough weekends and some really good weekends. The ovals seemed quite tough for me.

“[But] overall it was really cool to spend time with Belardi. I had a nice time with my teammate Zach Veach as well."

Rosenqvist, who like Scott Dixon is managed by ex-Formula 1/IndyCar racer Stefan Johansson, admitted that a test in the then-defending IndyCar champion’s #9 Chip Ganassi Racing car at Mid-Ohio was a particular highlight of his times in North America this year.

"That was definitely a memory for life,” he said. “It’s the quickest car I’ve driven and also something really special to drive – Scott Dixon’s car with the same configuration as he was driving it, and also quite successfully.

“I’m still in contact with some teams over there. Maybe we’ll do something in the future."

Chris Simmons, race engineer for Dixon, told Motorsport.com he was deeply impressed with Rosenqvist’s performance that day.

He said: “He’d never driven an IndyCar or driven at Mid-Ohio before, and obviously it’s a very physical track and an extremely physical car. But he took to it like a duck to water – amazing.

“It wasn’t too long into the day when we were able to give him items on our test plan – aero pieces that we wanted to confirm were what we wanted for Mid-Ohio. And his feedback was spot on to what we would have expected.

“To be honest, he was pretty happy with the car the way it was, so it wasn’t like we tuned it a lot for him specifically, but adding or taking away pieces was immediately reflected in his laptimes. He could tell us what the pieces did to the handling and it all made sense.

“And when Scott took over, he confirmed the feedback Felix had given us.

“Overall, I’d say it was just a really professional, top-class performance from a rookie. Very impressive.”

 

shares
comments
Schmidt to compete in iRacing Pro Race of Champions

Previous article

Schmidt to compete in iRacing Pro Race of Champions

Next article

Motorsport.com’s Top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2016

Motorsport.com’s Top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2016
Load comments
Colton Herta – America's next racing hero Prime

Colton Herta – America's next racing hero

Last Sunday, Colton Herta demolished his IndyCar opposition in the second round of the season. David Malsher-Lopez explains why Andretti Autosport’s youngest ace bears all the hallmarks of becoming the country’s next homegrown motorsport hero.

IndyCar
Apr 29, 2021
How good is Palou and is he Dixon’s strongest title rival? Prime

How good is Palou and is he Dixon’s strongest title rival?

Last Sunday, Alex Palou delivered his first IndyCar victory on his Chip Ganassi Racing debut. Is the young Spaniard going to become his legendary teammate Scott Dixon’s biggest title threat? David Malsher-Lopez reports.

IndyCar
Apr 21, 2021
Preview: Why IndyCar in 2021 is too close to call Prime

Preview: Why IndyCar in 2021 is too close to call

The fight for supremacy in the NTT IndyCar Series will be as intense as ever. David Malsher-Lopez is your guide to the main contenders and six intriguing sub-plots.

IndyCar
Apr 15, 2021
Is Arrow McLaren SP ready for IndyCar’s title fight? Prime

Is Arrow McLaren SP ready for IndyCar’s title fight?

With Patricio O'Ward and Felix Rosenqvist leading its line-up, 2021 could be the year Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet joins the IndyCar elite, writes David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Feb 21, 2021
Dale Coyne picks the Top 10 drivers in his giant-slaying team Prime

Dale Coyne picks the Top 10 drivers in his giant-slaying team

Over 37 seasons, Dale Coyne has run no fewer than 80 Indy car drivers – including himself! Ahead of his first season running Romain Grosjean, we asked Coyne to pick the best 10 drivers ever to compete for him. By David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Feb 10, 2021
Why enigmatic Marco Andretti will be missed Prime

Why enigmatic Marco Andretti will be missed

Last Friday, Marco Andretti announced he is withdrawing from fulltime IndyCar racing. David Malsher-Lopez explains how this third-gen racer was a puzzle in the car, but a straight shooter off-track.

IndyCar
Jan 19, 2021
Why Roger Penske is an American motorsport icon Prime

Why Roger Penske is an American motorsport icon

In this exclusive one-on-one interview, Roger Penske reveals the inner drive that has made him not only a hugely successful team owner and businessman but also the owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar. He spoke to David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Dec 28, 2020
Is the mighty McLaren M16 the greatest ever Indy car? Prime

Is the mighty McLaren M16 the greatest ever Indy car?

When founder Bruce McLaren died in June 1970, his team could have folded. Instead, his loyal band rallied to produce a string of winners - including an Indy car game-changer that won three Indy 500s in six years.

IndyCar
Dec 23, 2020