Felix Rosenqvist was taken to a hospital after a violent crash during Saturday's IndyCar Series at the Raceway at Belle Isle in Detroit.
Rosenqvist's car went head-on into a tire barrier after the throttle appeared to have stuck on his car. The impact launched tires over the chainlink fence behind the wall of tires and Rosenqvist's car was lodged pointing skyward.
IndyCar safety workers delicately removed Rosenqvist from the car and he was placed on a stretcher after he was extricated. He was then loaded into a waiting ambulance while wearing a neck brace and his Arrow McLaren team said Saturday night that Rosenqvist would be hospitalized overnight. The good news is that he suffered no "life-threatening" or "limb-threatening" injuries.
“Following his crash during the race, Felix Rosenqvist received an initial evaluation at the infield care center at Chevrolet Dertroit Grand Prix. He was then transferred to Detroit Receiving Hospital for advanced imaging and evaluation by the trauma and neurological services. Evaluation revealed no life or limb threatening injuries, he remains awake and alert, he will be observed overnight prior to discharge from the hospital.”
Rosenqvist was conscious after the crash. A brief shot of his in-car camera by NBC showed him in visible pain as he was grabbing his helmet and another replay showed him taking off his helmet as safety workers were at the car. He tweeted after his team's statement that
Below is a replay of the accident. You can hear Rosenqvist's car accelerate into the wall. The impact moved the concrete wall behind the tire barriers and the race was red-flagged so that the wall could be repaired and put back together.
Rosenqvist, 29, is currently in his third year in the IndyCar Series. He finished sixth in the points in 2019 before finishing 10th in 2020. He moved from Chip Ganassi Racing to Arrow McLaren ahead of the 2021 season and was 20th in the standings through six races. His best finish so far in 2021 is 12th.
Marcus Ericsson won the race for his first career IndyCar victory. Ericsson is the seventh different winner in seven IndyCar races this season. The IndyCar Series races again on Sunday at Detroit. Arrow McLaren said later Saturday night that Oliver Askew would drive Rosenqvist's car on Sunday.
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