Meyer Shank Racing announced on Tuesday that they have mutually made the difficult decision to replace Tom Blomqvist with team co-owner Helio Castroneves for the two NTT INDYCAR SERIES races in Detroit this weekend and the race at Road America.

In announcing the news, team co-owner Mike Shank said:

Making this decision was by far the hardest one we have had to make. “Tom is 100% still a part of the MSR family and will remain a part of the team for the rest of the season. The decision was not made lightly and after much discussion with Tom, and with back-to-back races coming up, we have decided to have Helio drive in Detroit and at Road America.”

Blomqvist who crashed out of the 109th running of the Indianapolis 500 last weekend on the opening lap of the race said:

“It is fair to say that the last couple of days have been some of the hardest in my career. “Everyone who knows me knows how much I love being a part of the MSR family and together we have enjoyed some amazing successes and victories. I am looking forward to remaining part of the MSR family and contributing to the MSR vision as we chase down further successes in the future.”

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