Rosenqvist wins for the first-time in IndyCar at Road America

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Felix Rosenqvist won his first IndyCar race in his career on Sunday. He won the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America Race No. 2 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

It took Rosenqvist 21 races to win his first career win. During the 2019 season, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver finished second twice.

Chip Ganassi Racing driver Felix Rosenqvist celebrates after winning the REV Group Grand Prix Race 2
Felix Rosenqvist celebrates after winning the REV Group Grand Prix Race 2 (Photo by Joe Skibinsky/IndyCar)

“It feels so good,” Rosenqvist said. “It’s been a long time. We’ve been close so many times. This race was for my 10 car crew, the NTT DATA crew. Also Honda. I’m really proud to be powered by NTT and Honda this year. It’s been really good. Every race just hasn’t had a lock, just hasn’t come together until now. Today we went all for it. Super pace, the car was fantastic. It’s four out of four for Ganassi, which is huge.”

With Rosenqvist’s team, he snapped Scott Dixon’s three race win streak. Chip Ganassi Racing has won the first four races of the season, as Rosenqvist and Dixon are teammates.

Patricio O’Ward was the runner-up for the Arrow McLaren team. Alexander Rossi rounded out the Top 3, as the Andretti Autosport driver finished third.

“I gave it everything, every little bit I had,” O’Ward said. “I was pushing, pushing, pushing, but I just couldn’t keep Felix behind me. I really want to thank Arrow McLaren SP, Team Chevy. The car was really, really good. We just missed that little extra in keeping the rear tires under us. But we’re here.

“We got some good points this weekend, and we’re looking forward to Iowa. We like running up front. I think we showed that we have everything to do it. I’m excited for the rest of the season.”

O’Ward led a race-high 43 laps. Rosenqvist also led eight laps, while Will Power led four laps.

Three drivers did not finish the race. These drivers were Oliver Askew, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Graham Rahal.

Despite a 12th-place finish, Dixon leads the points standings with 173 points. Colton Herta is second with 119 points, which is 54 points behind Dixon. The 2016 IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud and O’Ward are tied for third with 110 points — trailing Dixon by 63 points.

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