By: Spencer Neff
February 27, 2019 | 6:56 AM
Felix Rosenqvist boasts arguably the most diverse racing background of the first-year drivers. Hailing from Värnamo, Sweden, the 27-year-old has driven on some of the world’s most famous tracks.
As he prepares for his first season in the NTT IndyCar Series, he will look to use that experience to his advantage.
Like many current drivers, Rosenqvist’s career begins on the karting circuit. In 2007, he heads to Asia and begins his single-seater career in the Asian Formula Renault Challenge.
Rosenqvist earns his first victory at the season finale in Shanghai. The win propels him to fourth in points, highest of any series rookie.
In 2008, Rosenqvist remains with March3 in the series and dominates. He scores 10 victories and three additional podiums in 15 races. Following the championship season, he returns to compete in Sweden’s Formula Renault Series.
From his time in Asia, Rosenqvist picks up where he left off. In 14 races, he earns six poles, six victories and is on the podium in 13 races during the 2009 season.
He also earns the NEZ Series title with BS Motorsport (9 podiums, 3 wins and 2 poles in 10 starts).
Following Rosenqvist’s performances, 2010 sees him earn a spot in the German Formula 3 Championship with Performance Racing.
In 18 races with Mücke Motorsport, he earns one pole position, 2 wins and 8 podiums. This is enough to land him a fifth-place finish in the points standings.
For 2011, Rosenqvist makes the step up to the Formula 3 Euro Series. In 27 starts, he earns a win and 10 podium finishes, enough for fifth in points.
Later that year, he becomes the first Swede to win the Masters of F3, doing so at Zandvoort in the Netherlands.
As a result of his efforts, Rosenqvist draws the interest of his team’s engine supplier, Mercedes-Benz, who add him to their junior program. Rosenqvist stays with Mücke Motorsport for the 2012 and continues to improve.
He earns four wins, three pole positions and nine podiums in 24 Formula 3 Euro Series starts.
In the Formula 3 European Championship, Rosenqvist earns three pole positions and four wins, finishing third in the championship. At the season-ending Macau Grand Prix, the Swede earns a runner-up finish.
His 2013 season features a strong campaign. In his third season with Mücke Motorsport, he earns 10 wins, four pole positions and 18 podium finishes in 30 races.
Despite his performance, Rosenqvist falls short of the championship. However, he does equal Valterri Bottas’ mark of multiple Masters of F3 wins, doing so from the pole position.
Driving again for Mücke Motorsport, Rosenqvist does not see the same success as previous years.
He earns just one win, one pole position and two podium finishes, as he completes the year with an eighth-place points standings finish. Rosenqvist also dominates the Macau Grand Prix in 2014, winning from pole.
For 2015, Rosenqvist turns in a career year with Prema Powerteam. On the strength of 3 wins, 24 podiums, 17 pole positions and 13 fastest laps, he earns his long-awaited FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
He also becomes the only driver to earn multiple victories in the Macau Grand Prix.
Rosenqvist becomes the most successful driver in the championship’s history. Additionally, he is the only person ever to win the Macau GP, Grand Prix de Pau, Masters of F3 and the European title.
Rosenqvist branches out for several new challenges in 2016.
Highlights from his busy year include three Indy Lights victories (St. Petersburg 1 and both Toronto races). He also enters the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona with Starworks Motorsport.
The Swede teams with Mark Kvamme, Sean Johnston and Maro Engel. The quartet does not finish the race, completing just 179 in their Prototype Challenge entry.
Rosenqvist also scores victories in Biancpain and International GT, as well as appearances in DTM and endurance racing.
He caps off his year by finishing second in the Macau Grand Prix. Before the season ends, Rosenqvist also tests an IndyCar with Chip Ganassi Racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car COurse.
For 2017, Rosenqvist’s focus shifts to Formula E and Super Formula. He claims third-place finishes in both championships, earning a win with Mahindra Racing in the first race of the Formula E Berlin ePrix.
Rosenqvist also makes his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with DragonSpeed.
Joining Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley in their LMP2 entry, the team finishes 14th overall (12th in class). Rosenqvist earns another IndyCar test with Ganassi at Mid-Ohio in July.
As he did in 2016, Rosenqvist enters the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2018. This time, Rosenqvist joins Jackie Chan DCR JOTA with Lance Stroll, Robin Frijns and Daniel Juncadella.
The team earns an 11th-place finish in the Prototype class (15th overall). Rosenqvist also nabs one podium finish in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup – Pro-Am.
On September 28, Rosenqvist is named as the driver of the No. 10 Dallara-Honda entry at Chip Ganassi Racing. He is teaming with five-time NTT IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon.
“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,” Rosenqvist excalimed of the announcement.
“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. I can’t wait to start contributing to the team and getting to spend more time with everyone at NTT DATA.”
Rosenqvist’s Car Owner, Chip Ganassi, cited how he made an impression on the team during their previous tests together.
“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,” Ganassi expressed.
“Our management and engineering groups, along with the entire team, were impressed by his ability. 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.”
Rosenqvist’s primary sponsor, NTT Data, also is the new IndyCar Series title sponsor.
Two weeks ago, he turned in an impressive performance at Circuit of the Ameicas in Austin. During the two-day test, Rosenqvist posted times in the Top 12 in all four sessions.
He enters his IndyCar career driving for one of racing’s biggest teams and sporting the series’ new title sponsor.
Additionally, he has earned high praise through the paddock. These factors will bring extra attention to Felix Rosenqvist for 2019.
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