Oliver Askew will return to Arrow McLaren SP for Detroit Race 2 in place of Felix Rosenqvist

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Oliver Askew will return to the NTT IndyCar Series ride he lost after the 2020 season with Arrow McLaren SP, substituting Sunday for Felix Rosenqvist in Race 2 of the Chevrolet Grand Prix.

Rosenqvist was hospitalized at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital and held overnight for advanced imaging and evaluation by the trauma and neurological teams after a violent crash Saturday at the Belle Isle Raceway. The throttle apparently stuck on Rosenqvist’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevrolet entering Turn 6.

Askew made 12 starts last season for Arrow McLaren SP as an IndyCar rookie, finishing a career-best third at Iowa Speedway. He missed two races because of concussion-like symptoms after an Aug. 23 crash at the Indy 500.

The team announced his departure last October before the season finale. “We believe that Oliver has a great deal of talent and potential for the future. He has had an incredibly difficult rookie year, with a lack of overall track time and recent medical issues,” Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt said in a statement about Askew, who won the 2019 Indy Lights championship with seven victories and 15 podiums in 18 starts.

Qualifying for Race 2 of the Chevrolet Grand Prix will begin at 9 a.m. ET Sunday, and the green flag will be shortly after noon ET on NBC.

This will Askew’s first IndyCar start at Detroit, which was canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Askew tweeted Saturday night that he would be borrowing a pair of Alex Palou’s shoes to race Sunday.

The team said in a statement that it would share updates when available on Rosenqvist’s recovery and his status for the next race at Road America on June 20.

Saturday’s race was stopped for more than an hour after 28 of 70 laps because of the violent crash in Turn 6. Safety workers needed about 10 minutes to extricate Rosenqvist after his car impacted the wall at full speed, scattering tires and knocking over concrete barriers while collapsing the front end.

In an update shortly after 10 p.m., Arrow McLaren SP said the No. 7 underwent a detailed examination that ruled out driver error, software problems or a stuck throttle for the crash.

The team blamed a “single, non-recurrent mechanical fault” for the wreck and said a remedy had been implemented for Sunday’s race.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.