IndyCar’s new Swedes begin quick in St. Pete
As first days on the job go, Friday was a powerful success for the 2 Swedish rookies within the NTT IndyCar collection. Felix Rosenqvist set fast time within the morning session and Marcus Ericsson was third quickest on the difficult St. Petersburg avenue circuit.
“It was an excellent begin — my automotive was quick proper off the beginning and I realized lots at the moment,” mentioned Rosenqvist, who principally gained the trip with Chip Ganassi based mostly on his two checks and resume in Europe. “I gained an Indy Lights race right here just a few years in the past, so I knew the monitor and that helped. However having an incredible group and an excellent automotive is de facto what helps.”
Ericsson (pictured, high) was again being a aggressive racer for the primary time in six years. After 5 years of Components 1 racing, driving an inferior automotive and principally racing in opposition to his teammate, Ericsson regained that racy feeling.
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