INDIANAPOLIS – Chip Ganassi Racing has announced that 26-year-old Swede Felix Rosenqvist will join the team’s IndyCar Series program starting in 2019.
Rosenqvist will pilot the No. 10 Honda as a teammate to Scott Dixon, the five-time and defending IndyCar Series champion and a 44-time race winner.
“Felix has become familiar with our team and has worked in our system a little bit after coming over to test with us on a few occasions. Our management and engineering groups, along with the entire team, were impressed by his ability,” said team owner Chip Ganassi. “The time was right to get him in the No. 10 car and I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that we are confident about what he can do behind the wheel next season.”
NTT DATA has renewed with CGR as part of a new multi-year deal that will see the company carry on as primary partner of the No. 10 Honda.
“Together, NTT DATA and Chip Ganassi Racing have proven to be a championship team, and we are proud to continue our longstanding partnership,” noted John McCain, Chairman, NTT DATA Services. “IndyCar is the pinnacle of racing, and with Felix and Scott behind the wheel, the Ganassi team will continue to the set the standard for peak performance.”
Rosenqvist moves over to Ganassi’s Indy car team from the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. During the 2017-2018 season, Rosenqvist scored two wins and three pole positions and finished sixth in points.
The 2016 season was Rosenqvist’s first in Formula E, where he secured Mahindra Racing’s first win in the series and ended the season as the highest-placing rookie, with a third-place finish in the championship. He also contested a partial Indy Lights season that year, earning three wins in just 10 races.
Prior to that, Rosenqvist won the 2015 FIA Formula 3 European championship, the 2009 Formula Renault 2.0 NEZ and Formula Renault 2.0 Sweden titles, and the 2008 Formula Renault 2.0 Asia championship. He has also competed in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in DTM for Mercedes-Benz.
Rosenqvist has actually driven a Chip Ganassi Racing-prepared Indy car on two previous occasions. He tested for the team alongside Scott Dixon at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in both 2016 and 2017.
“To say I’m thrilled or excited to be making this step in my career would be an understatement. Coming to IndyCar and driving for Chip is just a dream come true,” said Rosenqvist. “I’ve followed the team for as long as I can remember, and it’s the kind of team and owner any driver would want to race for.
“Scott has had another tremendous season with three wins and a fifth title, so you absolutely couldn’t ask for anything more in a teammate. I can’t wait to start contributing to the team and getting to spend more time with everyone at NTT DATA.”