BELLE ISLE, Mich – After a rough go of it on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, rookie Felix Rosenqvist got back on track this weekend on the streets of Belle Isle. The Sweden native qualified his No. 10 Honda in fourth for Saturday’s opening race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix and hung up front all day, despite the race being run with two totally different conditions.
See, a storm went through the Detroit area shortly before the scheduled 3:50 p.m. ET Green Flag, which delayed the start by over an hour. When we did get going, the 2.35-mile street circuit was completely wet.
But, by 10 laps in, the track was drying rapidly. The end of the race had a wide dry lane which allowed drivers to end the race on slicks. Rosenqvist, braved the elements and brought his car home a career-tying fourth place in Saturday’s 75 minute timed event.
Despite his second career top five, Rosenqvist wasn’t too happy with a late race battle that he had with Takuma Sato for a podium.
“We had a big battle going on with (Takuma) Sato,” said Rosenqvist. “I got him and he got me back. I respect him, but there were some questionable moves for sure. I really wanted a podium out of it today, but that’s the way it goes. We are moving in the right direction in the NTT DATA Honda and hope to continue to show that tomorrow.”
Last month, Rosenqvist crashed his car on the second day of Indy 500 practice. He never really got comfortable from there. He qualified just 29th and while he did charge through the field and even led six laps, he was collected in a late race crash and finished 28th.
This weekend, he found the speed and comfort again. Rosenqvist, now has five top 10 finishes in seven tries this season.