This weekend’s NTT IndyCar Series race needs no introduction. If you’re a racing fan, then you know all about the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/IndyCar Radio Network).
Long Beach has long been a staple on the IndyCar schedule as it’s now the second longest tenured track on the circuit. All of the drivers rank the race at Long Beach as the second most prestigious race trailing only the Indy 500.
So, for a rookie driver like Felix Rosenqvist, it shouldn’t come to any surprise that this was one of the races that he had circled on his calendar.
“I’m a big fan of street-course racing and I’d be lying if I told you that Long Beach wasn’t one of the races I was most looking forward to after stepping up to INDYCAR this year,” said the Swedish driver. “I really enjoyed Toronto and St. Petersburg in Indy Lights, and then St. Petersburg in an Indy car this year in the first race of the year. I think our NTT DATA Honda is good on these types of circuits and I think the layout will be really fun to drive. I learned a lot the past two races in Austin and Birmingham, and we’re hoping we can apply those lessons to Long Beach this weekend.”
Rosenqvist, has been fast this season but it was at St. Pete to where he turned a lot of heads. He outqualified his veteran teammate of Scott Dixon and started his No. 10 Honda in Row 2. He even led a handful of laps, 31 to be exact, in a fourth place finish.
Now, he’s looking to build as much momentum as he can as we head to Indy after.
A solid top 10 finish again on Sunday would definitely do that. Rosenqvist though, has his sights set on something different – a win.
The car he’s driving, well it finished third last year with Ed Jones behind the wheel. This could be a career achieving weekend for him.