Chip Ganassi Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda scored his first NTT IndyCar Series race win on Sunday in race two of the REV Group Grand Prix of Road America doubleheader weekend. The Swede who started the race from seventh place had a wild battle in the closing stages of the race with polesitter Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren SP taking the lead for the final time on lap 54.
The victory gives Chip Ganassi Racing a clean sweep of four wins from four rqces as the series heads to Iowa next weekend for a doubleheader.
Speaking following the race Rosenqvist said:
It feels so good “It’s been a long time. We’ve been close so many times. This race was for my 10 car crew, the NTT DATA crew. Also Honda. I’m really proud to be powered by NTT and Honda this year. It’s been really good. Every race just hasn’t had a lock, just hasn’t come together until now. Today we went all for it. Super pace, the car was fantastic. It’s four out of four for Ganassi, which is huge.”
The Swede went on to say:
It was a lot of hard-earned seconds there that we lost in the pit a couple of times. “But we had so much pace. We kept closing in half a second every lap. And then when they said Pato was on the used reds, you obviously get a lot of faith that he might drop off in the end, and that’s what happened.
“Just stay cool, and then we went for it, really. Used all my push-to-pass on one lap and got him. So, it was a really good fight with him there. Got a little squirrelly coming out of Turn 5 there, but good show and good fun.”
Rosenqvist concluded by saying:
We had so much pace. We kept closing in half a second every lap. And then when they said Pato (O’Ward) was on the used reds (Firestone alternate tires), you obviously get a lot of faith that he might drop off in the end, and that’s what happened. I just wanted to stay cool, and then we went for it, really. I used all my push-to-pass on one lap and got him. So, it was a really good fight with him there. I got a little squirrelly coming out of Turn 5 there, but a good show and good fun. We came out of our pit (stops) in clear air. Whenever this guy (strategist Barry Wanser) gave us clear air, we were really fast. We showed that before. What amazing feeling. I’m so glad we had the John McCain tribute on the car, and to be able to do this for NTT DATA and the family really means a lot to us at the team.”
It was a great race for Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda who started the event from 16th place and came through the field avoiding the first corner incident to finish the race in fourth place just shy of the podium.
Speaking following the race Ericsson said:
It was a great race, and I feel we got a great result for the guys and Huski Chocolate. We had a ton of pace and a lot of great overtakes. Honda and HPD power was fantastic, and we really had a great car. It was a tough race. I’m energized for the rest of the season, and it felt good. I can’t wait to get to Iowa for two more.”
Five time series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda had a few issues onpit road and finished the race in 12th place but heads to the doubleheader in Iowa next week leading the championship by 54 points from Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport’s Colton Herta and speaking following the race the Iceman said:
“I guess you can’t win them all, but we sure tried to with the start to the season we’ve had. First off, huge congrats to Felix (Rosenqvist) for that drive. I’m so happy for him and NTT DATA. It’s another win for them at Road America. We all knew this moment was coming for Felix, and it was just a matter of time. What a start for CGR and Honda, though. Four-for-four on the season. Not the day we wanted with the PNC Bank car, but we fought balance and the rear tires just kept going away. I can’t wait until Iowa. Racing every week and staying in a groove is what everyone wants to do.”