Why Ganassi's newest winner is still on an upward curve
Chip Ganassi likes winners, and Felix Rosenqvist held up his end of the bargain by scoring his maiden IndyCar victory at Road America last month. Now he's aiming for a breakthrough oval result in the biggest oval race of them all - the Indianapolis 500
"G'day," says Felix Rosenqvist in a passable Swede-attempting-a-Down-Under accent as he picks up the phone to Autosport. For a man who's spent his IndyCar Series career to date absorbing all he can from his illustrious Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate Scott Dixon, it seems that it's not just in the areas of driving, set-up or racecraft that he's been influenced by the Aussie-born Kiwi.
Aside from picking up random speech mannerisms, for Rosenqvist it's been the trials and tribulations of working an IndyCar race that have meant a very steep learning curve.
Since winning the 2015 Formula 3 European Championship, his career had moved in maverick directions, quick in a variety of machinery in Europe, North America and Japan.
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