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Felix Rosenqvist (IndyCar photo)

Rosenqvist Released From Hospital

DETROIT — Felix Rosenqvist has been cleared and released from a Detroit hospital after he was held overnight for observation.

This came after a violent crash in turn six of the 14-turn, 2.35-mile street course at Belle Isle in Saturday’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

Oliver Askew, who drove for Arrow McLaren SP Racing in 2020, will take over Rosenqvist’s ride on that team in Sunday’s second race of the Detroit doubleheader.

Askew will drive the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. Rosenqvist was held overnight for advanced imaging and evaluation by the trauma and neurological teams at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital. He was released Sunday morning.

The team conducted a thorough investigation into the cause of the crash and has eliminated driver error or any issues with the Chevrolet system and software involving the throttle system.

The sequence of events has been clearly established and the root cause identified as a singular, non-recurrent mechanical fault. The remedy has already been implemented and the team is confident the issue is fully resolved, according to an Arrow McLaren SP statement.

Medical evaluation at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital revealed no life or limb threatening injuries to the 29-year-old driver from Sweden.

Askew made 12 starts for Arrow McLaren SP as an NTT IndyCar Series rookie in 2020, including a career-high finish of third at Race One of the Iowa 300. He will join Pato O’Ward, who finished third in Race One in Detroit.

The AMR Safety Team was diligent and methodical when they extracted the conscious 29-year-old driver from Sweden from the cockpit. Rosenqvist was put in a neck brace to stabilize his neck and placed in the ambulance on a backboard.

“Following his crash during the race Felix Rosenqvist received an initial evaluation at the infield care center at Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix,” said IndyCar Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows Saturday night. “He was then transferred to Detroit Receiving Hospital for advanced imaging and evaluation by the trauma and neurological services. Evaluation revealed no life or limb threatening injuries, he remains awake and alert, he will be observed overnight prior to discharge from the hospital.” 

Rosenqvist was running in the top 10 at the time of the crash. 

 

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