By Josh Farmer, Contributing Journalist
Felix Rosenqvist will replace Ed Jones as the driver of the No. 10 NTT Data Honda alongside series champ Scott Dixon for the 2019 IndyCar Series season.
The 26-year-old from Värnamo, Sweden, tested for CGR in 2016 and 2017 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and turned some impressive times. Team owner Chip Ganassi said that his performance at the test made him an easy choice for the team.
“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,” said Ganassi. “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.”
Rosenqvist is coming off a stint in the ABB Formula E championship driving for Mahindra Racing from 2016-2018. He claimed four wins and best championship finish of third as a rookie in 2016/17. He also competed in a partial campaign in Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tire in 2016 alongside Zach Veach at Belardi Auto Racing, winning three out of 10 races.
“To say I’m thrilled or excited to be making this step in my career would be an understatement,” said Rosenqvist.
“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. 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. I can’t wait to start contributing to the team and getting to spend more time with everyone at NTT DATA.”
He claimed championships in the 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship, the 2009 Formula Renault 2.0 NEZ and Formula Renault 2.0 Sweden titles, and the 2008 Formula Renault 2.0 Asia Championship. He also has two wins in the prestigious Macau Grand Prix (2014-15) and competed in DTM for Mercedes in a partial season in 2016.
NTT Data has also renewed their sponsorship deal as part of a multi-year deal.