PLYMOUTH, Wis – Felix Rosenqvist didn’t hide his emotions for ovals. He just flat isn’t comfortable on them. That’s why it’s not surprising that two of his worst finishes in his 2019 NTT IndyCar Series rookie season has been on ovals.
Rosenqvist, only qualified 29th for the May 26 Indianapolis 500 but he ended up charging up and leading six laps. Unfortunately, he was involved in his second crash in the month and left with a 28th place finish.
Then, two weeks ago in Texas, he only qualified 16th and would finish 12th, two laps down.
Other than that, Rosenqvist has been impressive. He showed how good he is on Sunday afternoon at Road America. The Swedish driver started just 18th but quickly went forward. By Lap 10, Rosenqvist gained eight positions and was up to 10th.
He did so naturally too. He didn’t get there by mistakes from other drivers. He didn’t get there by the aid of caution or pit strategy either. He got there by making superb passes around the 4.014-mile Wisconsin road course.
In fact, he’d finish an impressive sixth in his No. 10 Honda for his sixth top 10 finish in 10 tries this season. It was just his second top 10 though in the last five races where he scored four top 10’s in his first five starts of the season.
“It was a really well-executed race from the team, especially from the strategy side,” said Rosenqvist. “I think we nailed it. There wasn’t any safety car this time, so considering that, we went from P18 to P6, it was a really good run. Basically, all overtaking was done on track. There was a lot of tire management in the race and I think that was the main key, especially on the reds (Firestone alternate tires). We managed to get out in clear air on the reds and then I could manage the tires, and I think that was crucial for the race. Fantastic job by the team and we finally had some good momentum in that race.”
But, with just three more ovals left in 2019 and four road courses, look for Rosenqvist to show his abilities even more.