He's an IndyCar Series rookie with a dream drive at Chip Ganassi Racing in 2019, but Felix Rosenqvist could have taken the same opportunity last year. So when the offer came up again this time around, he wasn't going to turn it down. "I realised that I've been lucky enough to get this chance two years in a row now, and I really wanted to take it because I might not get it again," he reflects. "Going with Chip is just something I had to do."
The reason why he couldn't go IndyCar for 2018 was that, by the time it became apparent that there was a potential berth alongside the great Scott Dixon, Rosenqvist was already committed to Formula E: "I had a contract with Mahindra. I was happy in Formula E. It was not an easy decision. Obviously I'd always wanted to do IndyCar, but at the time I was doing well in Formula E, and why would I leave this? The decision at that point was to stay put - 'There's no reason to do anything stupid now, let's just stay in Formula E and see what happens'."
The whole Ganassi gig is something in which Rosenqvist's manager Stefan Johansson has been instrumental. The older Swede has looked after Dixon since the Kiwi burst onto the Indy Lights scene with his Johansson Motorsports team in 1999. He started giving Rosenqvist friendly advice after his rookie European Formula 3 season in 2011, and the relationship became formal around the time of his maiden Macau Grand Prix victory in 2014. With strong links to Japan and the US from his own racing career, Johansson initially tried to steer Rosenqvist to the East, but his new protege was in debt after ekeing out four years in Euro F3.