Ganassi rookie Felix Rosenqvist OK after enduring heavy impacts

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Chip Ganassi Racing rookie Felix Rosenqvist endured a hard crash with an hour remaining in Indianapolis 500 practice Wednesday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Rosenqvist had the wheels of his Dallara-Honda below the white line on the exit of Turn 2 when his No. 10 car snapped loose at 5:02 p.m., completing a full spin before making a right-rear impact with the SAFER barrier. The car then went across the track and made a heavy nose-first collision into the inside tire barrier.

Rosenqvist climbed out of his cockpit after the crash, which happened directly in front of a small pack of cars. Defending Indy 500 winner Will Power dove low and narrowly missed Rosenqvist’s car, which slid across the track in front of Jack Harvey without making contact (you can watch the video by clicking here or above).

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“I’m good,” Rosenqvist told Dillon Welch on NBC Sports Gold after exiting the IMS care center. “I was behind Colton (Herta), just trying to run the car in traffic and just felt a very sudden change, and it went very lose very fast, and I couldn’t react to it.”

After watching a replay, Rosenqvist said he might have been too low on the track.

“My team built a really good car, a really safe car,” he said. “I have to analyze what happened there. I’m not sure if I was down on the curb.”

Power said he was lucky to avoid an impact because he couldn’t see through the smoke left by Rosenqvist’s spin.

“Oh my God,” Power told Welch while watching the replay on the NBC Sports Gold broadcast. “That’s not good to see. Glad that we got through that OK and didn’t hit him and glad he’s OK and got out.”

It was the second accident Wednesday at the Brickyard. A few hours earlier, Fernando Alonso became the first IndyCar driver to smack the wall while running the oval this month.

Rosenqvist started on pole position for last Saturday’s Indy Car Grand Prix and finished eighth. The Swede has yet to race on an oval in the IndyCar Series.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).