LONG POND, PA – Felix Rosenqvist told us back in the Month of May that he wasn’t too fond of ovals. See, the Swedish rookie had never driven on them before 2019. He had an Indy 500 practice crash in Turn 2 which got his attention pretty quickly.
You can tell he was shook by it. The rest of the month was just him trying to get by. Then, in the Indy 500, he was involved in a crash again. At Texas, he just wanted to get through a clean and safe race.
Heading into Pocono, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver wanted to have a safe weekend and move onto Gateway. It was like he had a premonition for what he said the week leading into the race.
“When you go to Pocono, I think it doesn’t matter if it’s Pocono or Indy or Texas – I just have a huge respect and you take more time,” Rosenqvist said ahead of this weekend’s race. “You allow yourself to just go up to speed more slow because, we all know what happens when you crash at 220, 230 mph. Physically and car-wise, it’s never a good thing.
“So I believe that everyone has to respect and give each other room.”
Rosenqvist, tried just that at the start of Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 but another driver not giving up room sparked a frightening five car melee in Turn 2. Takuma Sato tried to come down on Alexander Rossi heading into the second corner of the opening lap and that created mayhem.
Sato, got into Rossi which knocked the steering out of Rossi’s car and pushed him into his teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay. Sato and Hunter-Reay shot into the inside wall and back up the track while Rossi went straight into the Turn 2 SAFER barrier. Rosenqivst, slowing up and trying to skate his way through was collected and got airborne. The crash started off like the way that Robert Wickens’ did last year for Rosenqvist as he went tub first towards the catch fencing but luckily he didn’t go fully into it.
Rosenqvist, sat in his car awhile and was able to walk way but was later transported via ground to a local hospital for non life threatening injuries. He had a short stay there luckily as the rookie driver was released not long after arriving.