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IndyCar: Felix Rosenqvist dedicated to the process of going fast

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Felix Rosenqvist and Scott Dixon climbed behind the wheel of a pair of Chip Ganassi Racing Hondas last Monday. It was the first official test for the 24-year-old Swedish racer since being named to drive the No. 10 car for the organization.

While it was the first time testing as a member of the organization, Rosenqvist made two previous tests while racing in the Indy Lights Series.

“(Monday’s test) was great because we got to do a full day of testing with Felix,” Mike Hull, managing director of CGR said at IndyCar.com. “The other two tests were Indy Lights split days (with Rosenqvist in the car a half-day each time). The test was good. We had both Felix and Scott testing because it is one of our three offseason team test days.”

Rosenqvist raced in Indy Lights in 2016, wining three times in 10 races (St Petersburg and both Toronto races). His best finish at Barber that year was eighth.

That same season, Rosenqvist also competed in the ABB Formula E Series, winning in Berlin. He won twice more the following year at Hong Kong and Marrakesh.

“The pathway each of them was on was slightly different,” Hull said. “Felix is learning about Indy car racing and Scott is learning about how far we have come in the last year at Barber. They tested a lot of the same things. They were able to compare a lot of setup things during the day. I think it was a worthwhile test. The weather didn’t get in our way, which was nice. We got a lot accomplished.

Hull credited Rosenqvist for his feedback to engineering director Julian Robertson. Describing the process as one in which driver and team work toward finding a direction as much as raw speed, it is often as much about finding things that slows the car. Rosenqvist’s dedication to the process is what will make him successful, according to Hull.

“He knows what he would like the car to do and Julian gave him what he wanted, and he worked to get the most out of it and that is what you want,” Hull said.

In addition to the 17-race IndyCar schedule, Rosenqvist will also compete in Formula E, Super GT and Porsche Supercup.

IMSA’s Bill Auberlen joins NASCAR America to discuss this weekend’s race at Lime Rock

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Turner Motorsport GTD driver Bill Auberlen joined NBC Sports’ Marty Snyder on NASCAR America Presents the Motorsports Hour Thursday to discuss a variety of topics, including Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship race at Lime Rock Park.

Auberlen, alongside co-driver Robby Foley, enters Lime Rock with a great amount of momentum after finishing on the GTD podium at Watkins Glen and taking the GTD class honors in the most recent IMSA race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

There’s also an extra incentive for the duo to win this weekend as well, as Auberlen is one win away from tying Scott Pruett for the most IMSA victories all-time.

Both drivers will have to be on their A-game this weekend, however, as Auberlen stated that Lime Rock is one of the tougher circuits on the IMSA calendar and compared the 1.5-mile Connecticut road course to a short track.

“It’s what we call the bullring of our season,” Auberlen said. “It is a 54-second lap and we’re going to go around it a million times before the end of the day. It’s going to be a hot one, and I think whoever survives this is going to be on the podium.”

Luckily for the GTD and GTLM teams, with no Protoype and LMP2 entries competing at Lime Rock this weekend, the worry of having to yield to entries from the faster classes is gone.

“These Protoypes are so fast now, that interacting with them, you can’t imagine,” Auberlen said. “We have radars in our car that can alert us when they are coming.

“They get on you so fast that if you’re not always looking or something is not telling you they’re coming, you could have a problem and catch into them. That’s gone. Now it’s going to be focus-forward. You’re going to be focused on everything ahead of you. You got GLTM in there at the same time, but they’re virtually the same speed as us – just a little bit faster.

“It’s going to be nice. When you stand on that podium you might be able to go for an overall victory.”

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