NTT INDYCAR SERIES
ROUND 9 – TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY (USA)
Felix Rosenqvist continued to build his oval-track proficiency by completing Saturday night’s IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway.
The Swedish rookie drove his #10 NTT DATA Ganassi car to 12th place in what marked only the second oval race of his IndyCar career, cashing in some highly valuable experience throughout 1 hour and 55 minutes of high-speed racing at the 1.44-mile super speedway.
Rosenqvist completed the near-600 km race at an average speed of 184.4 mph (296 km/h), which compared to winner Josef Newgarden’s 186.0 mph (299 km/h).
“The goal today was to run all the laps, complete all the laps, and gain experience,” says Felix Rosenqvist. ”We tested here before but this was my first race at Texas Motor Speedway, which is very different to Indianapolis where we raced a few weeks ago. We had a game plan, and we accomplished what we set out to do tonight in the NTT DATA Honda. This is something we can build on and improve upon for future ovals.”
Rosenqvist’s night under the Texas floodlights was damaged by a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pitlane, putting him out of contention for a stronger result.
With four races – the Indy 500, the Detroit double-header and the Texas oval – having taken place within the scope of the last two weeks, the IndyCar fraternity will now take a short but well-needed break until racing resumes at Road America on June 21-23.
RESULTS (TOP FIVE)
NTT IndyCar Series | Texas Motor Speedway
1: Josef Newgarden (USA), 248 laps
2: Alexander Rossi (USA), +0.816s
3: Graham Rahal (USA), +1.492s
4: Santino Ferrucci (USA), +1.726s
5: Ryan Hunter-Reay (USA), +2.201s
12: Felix Rosenqvist (SWE), +2 laps
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STANDINGS (TOP FIVE)
NTT IndyCar Series | After 9/17 races
1: Josef Newgarden (USA), 367 p.
2: Alexander Rossi (USA), 342 p.
3: Simon Pagenaud (FRA), 319 p.
4: Scott Dixon (NZL), 278 p.
5: Takuma Sato (JPN), 272 p.
12: Felix Rosenqvist (SWE), 181 p.
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