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Kevin Magnussen to Make INDYCAR Debut at Road America

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

Ex-Formula One driver Kevin Magnussen will make his NTT IndyCar Series debut at Road America this weekend. He’ll fill in for Felix Rosenqvist in the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet after the Swede wasn’t cleared to drive.

Rosenqvist is still recovering from his horrific Turn 6 crash from last Saturday’s Detroit Grand Prix. While he did leave the hospital the following morning, INDYCAR Medical Team wouldn’t clear him to compete. As a result, Oliver Askew took over and ended up 25th due to power train issues.

Two days later, Ed Carpenter Racing confirmed that Askew will be filling in for the injured Rinus VeeKay. Therefore, Arrow McLaren SP had to find another competitor to sub in for Rosenqvist.

With approval from Chip Ganassi Racing (Magnussen’s IMSA team), K-Mag will be back in an open wheel machine. Magnussen has spent this season driving in IMSA, recently winning with Renger van der Zande at Belle Isle hours after Rosenqvist’s crash.

Beforehand, Magnussen competed in Formula One from 2014-2020, driving for McLaren and Haas. His result came in his F1 debut with McLaren where he finished runner-up to Nico Rosberg at Melbourne.

It won’t be the first time a Magnussen competing in the states. Kevin’s father Jan Magnussen made 11 CART starts in 1996 and 1999. Out of those races, Jan scored two top-10s with a seventh at Vancouver ’99 being his best outing.

Coverage of the REV Group Grand Prix begins at Noon ET Sunday on NBCSN. The most recent 55-lap contest was won by Rosenqvist, who beat Magnussen’s teammate Pato O’Ward in the closing laps.

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. Over the years, Luis has focused on writing, video and photography ranging from Idaho athletics to auto racing with ambitions of having his work recognized.