Kevin Magnussen will make his IndyCar debut at Road America in place of Felix Rosenqvist

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Kevin Magnussen will make his IndyCar debut this weekend at Road America, replacing Felix Rosenqvist in Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevrolet.

In a statement Wednesday morning, Arrow McLaren SP said Rosenqvist hadn’t been cleared to race since his violent crash last Saturday in the Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Racewaay. Rosenqivst was hospitalized overnight for evaluation after nosing his car head-first into the Turn 6 wall at full speed.

“Felix will continue to be supported by the team as he progresses in his recovery from an accident last weekend in Race One of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix,” the team said. “Felix will be replaced for the REV Group Grand Prix by Kevin Magnussen, who will be making his IndyCar debut. Magnussen has been released on a temporary basis by Chip Ganassi Racing to drive for Arrow McLaren SP.”

Magnussen scored his first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory last week at Detroit for Ganassi with co-driver Renger van der Zande in the No. 01 Cadillac DPi. Magnussen also qualified on an IMSA pole position for the first time.

The son of sports car ace Jan Magnussen made 19 starts for the McLaren Formula One team in 2014 with a career-best finish of second at the Australian Grand Prix. Kevin Magnussen raced F1 for the Haas F1 team from 2017-20 before moving to Ganassi’s new IMSA team in DPi this season and made his debut with the Rolex 24 in January.

At Haas F1, Magnussen was teamed with Romain Grosjean, who also will be racing IndyCar at Road America with Dale Coyne Racing.

Former F1 teammates Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean chatted at Detroit Belle Isle last week (IMSA).

Arrow McLaren SP said “further updates about Felix’s status will be shared in due course.”

In the second race of the Detroit Grand Prix, Oliver Askew replaced Rosenqvist in the No. 7 for McLaren SP. Askew was announced last night as the driver of the No. 21 Dallara-Chevy at Road America for Ed Carpenter Racing, replacing Rinus VeeKay (who underwent clavicle surgery after a biking accident).

Road America practice will begin Friday at 5:15 p.m. ET at Road America with a second practice and qualifying Saturday at the road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin (coverage of practice and qualifying will be on Peacock).

The 55-lap REV Group Grand Prix will be held Sunday at noon ET on NBCSN.

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.