This morning it has been confirmed that Felix Rosenqvist will replace Ed Jones as Chip Ganassi Racing’s pilot alongside champion Scott Dixon. In related news, the sponsor of Rosenqvist’s car – NTT DATA – will extend their partnership with the Honda race team.
At the ripe age of 26, Rosenqvist brings an already-decorated career to the IndyCar Series next season. The Swedish driver has spent time in two FIA branches of competition (Formula E and Formula 3) as well as the DTM European Touring Car Series. In 2015, Rosenqvist took the Formula 3 championship and dominated the series by winning 28 races over four seasons.
“To say I’m thrilled or excited to be making this step in my career would be an understatement,” Rosenqvist said in a morning press release. “Coming to INDYCAR and driving for Chip is just a dream come true. 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.
Rosenqvist won’t be short on resources to draw from as a CGR driver. The IndyCar rookie will get to team up with Scott Dixon, the most successful American open-wheel driver in the modern era, as well as a partner committed to success in NTT DATA.
“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,” Rosenqvist added. “I can’t wait to start contributing to the team, and getting to spend more time with everyone at NTT DATA.”
A two-time IndyCar tester with Chip Ganassi Racing, the European native is not unfamiliar with his new series and even participated in the 2016 Indy Lights championship with Belardi Auto Racing. Rosenqvist won three out of the 10 races he participated in that year.
“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,” respected IndyCar and NASCAR team owner Chip Ganassi stated.
“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.
“In addition, we are extremely proud to announce that NTT DATA has renewed with us as part of a multiyear deal. They have been a fantastic partner of the team and big advocates for the sport for a number of years, and we are pleased to see it move into the future.”
NTT Data will serve as the primary sponsor for Ganassi’s No. 10 Honda for at least the next two seasons, providing stability in a world of sponsorships that has been rather unstable in recent memory.
“Together, NTT DATA and Chip Ganassi Racing have proven to be a championship team, and we are proud to continue our longstanding partnership,” said John McCain, the chairman of NTT DATA Services said.
“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’s addition confirms the exit of Ed Jones from the No. 10 car after just one season. In 17 starts for Chip Ganassi Racing, Jones had an identical average start and finish position of 13th.
Jones notched podium finishes at Long Beach and Belle Isle, though he failed to finish four races and placed an unfortunate 31st at the Indianapolis 500 in May.
With this late-September announcement, Rosenqvist will get to jump straight into the CGR offseason testing plans without missing a beat. The 2019 IndyCar Series season kicks off on March 10 when teams return to the streets of St. Petersburg, live on NBC Sports.