The other IndyCar drivers who came of age at Road America
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The other IndyCar drivers who came of age at Road America

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Felix Rosenqvist broke his IndyCar duck with victory at Road America last weekend, but his breakthrough meant the performances of two drivers he eclipsed for rookie of the year honours in 2019 didn't get the credit they deserved

This writer still remembers how Trevor Carlin's eyes lit up when talking about Patricio O'Ward last spring. Carlin's speech pattern will easily flit between reflective and sardonic on all sorts of subjects, but get him talking about any of the truly ace drivers he's run over the past 25 years, and he can become garrulous.

He'd been just that way when discussing Lando Norris and Colton Herta, so when Carlin started describing O'Ward in similar terms, it was clear that he thought the 2018 Indy Lights champion was the real deal. O'Ward's startling IndyCar debut with Harding Racing at Sonoma that year - qualifying fifth and finishing ninth - hadn't been a one-off.

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