The strange motorsports silly season has knocked IndyCar driver Felix Rosenqvist into limbo, with the Swede now desperately trying to hold onto his current seat and avoid being shipped to McLaren Racing’s new Formula E team. McLaren and Rosenqvist said in June they’d agreed to a deal in which Rosenqvist would either return in 2023 to IndyCar or be the key piece when it launches its FE team next season. But as Rosenqvist’s performance has improved, his desire to remain in IndyCar has clouded his future. He’s now snagged in the fight between Chip Ganassi Racing and IndyCar champion Alex Palou, who wants to leave Ganassi to move to the McLaren family next season. Ganassi is suing to stop the move. Should Palou become available, Rosenqvist would be squeezed out of Arrow McLaren SP’s three-car IndyCar lineup. Palou would join Pato O’Ward and Alexander Rossi in IndyCar, and likely be a reserve driver for the Formula One team.
Tonight on Trackside, Kevin Lee and Curt Cavin discuss a wild and chaotic Big Machine Music City GP in Nashville. Is the course in Nashville too much, or just the right amount of chaos? Kevin and Curt discuss a number of collisions and the conversation around the road circuit, then they discuss the idea of different start times to maximize viewership and get out of the heat. To round out the Music City conversation Kevin and Curt offer stats to show just how special Scott Dixon’s career is.
NASHVILLE – Felix Rosenqvist’s motorsports future is suddenly far more unclear. On June 23, a McLaren Racing press release and subsequent quotes from the Swedish driver and McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown unequivocally stated there were only two options – IndyCar or Formula E. But, as nearly every major motorsports story nowadays does, it involves tales of contracts signed and unsigned, the McLaren Racing chess pieces Brown so delicately holds and whether a driver’s own wishes for his career will ultimately come to fruition.