Rosenqvist on standby for Ford GT drive

NTT IndyCar Series rookie Felix Rosenqvist is on standby to race a Ford GT for Chip Ganassi Racing this season.

Rosenqvist on standby for Ford GT drive

Rosenqvist, who has joined Ganassi’s IndyCar team after a season competing in both Formula E and Japan’s Super GT series, took part in a test in the Ford at Daytona in December.

This appears to put the Swede in contention for a drive in either the FIA World Endurance Championship or IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, should any of the Blue Oval's regular pilots be unavailable.

Ford has yet to finalise its line-ups for either the Sebring 1000 Miles WEC round, which shares the bill with the IMSA Sebring 12 Hours, or its two cars that featured on the Le Mans 24 Hours entry list on Monday.

“I did a test in the Ford – I think it was more in case they have somebody injured so I could be there, so at least I’ve tried the car,” Rosenqvist told Motorsport.com.

He added that he will not be pursuing the same hectic continent-straddling race programmes that characterised his 2016-18 seasons, preferring to focus his energies on making a success of his IndyCar campaign.

“To be completely honest with you, I’ve always been of the philosophy to drive everything and keep busy all the time,” said Rosenqvist.

“This year I’ve really changed my approach, I think mainly because I’ve become fed up with travelling – it’s been a lot the last three years, and I feel like IndyCar is such a big commitment for me now I just try to keep focused on that.

“If something comes up in the GT programme, I will definitely not turn it down, but it’s not like I’m on the phone 24/7 to try to make something happen, because I feel like there’s a lot to learn still in IndyCar.”

Rosenqvist set the sixth-fastest time in Spring Training this week at the Circuit of the Americas, beating five-time champion teammate Scott Dixon by two places.

More on Rosenqvist in IndyCar:

#66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT, GTLM: Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, Sebastien Bourdais

#66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT, GTLM: Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, Sebastien Bourdais

Photo by: Jake Galstad / LAT Images

shares
comments
GreenGT aims to race hydrogen prototype in 2019

Previous article

GreenGT aims to race hydrogen prototype in 2019

Next article

ByKolles switches from Nissan to Gibson engines

ByKolles switches from Nissan to Gibson engines
Load comments
Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood Prime

Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood

Team WRT has been at the forefront of GT racing for years and made a successful move to prototypes for 2021, capped by an LMP2 win on its Le Mans debut. It could've been even better had the race been one lap shorter, when its cars ran 1-2, but the stranger-than-fiction reality has spurred the team to reach greater heights.

Le Mans
Oct 16, 2021
Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked Prime

Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked

Toyota scored its fourth Le Mans 24 Hours victory and a 1-2, with the #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez beating the #8. But although it looked straightforward from the outside, Toyota faced serious problem that had to be solved with some quick-thinking and ingenuity.

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
What we've learned from the Le Mans 24 Hours so far Prime

What we've learned from the Le Mans 24 Hours so far

The new dawn for the FIA World Endurance Championship has arrived at Le Mans, as Hypercars prepare to duel for victory in the world's oldest endurance race. Motorsport.com picks out the 10 things we have learned in the build up to the race.

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2021
Le Mans 2021: The team-by-team guide Prime

Le Mans 2021: The team-by-team guide

After a two-month delay due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours is set to get underway with the start of the Hypercar era at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2021
Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse? Prime

Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse?

One Toyota, normally with the number 7 on the side, always seems to attract the bad luck in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez are hoping for a change in fortune this time around, but face significantly more unknowns than in recent years

Le Mans
Aug 19, 2021
Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow Prime

Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow

Many were quick to dismiss Glickenhaus when the boutique American sportscar firm's entry into the top class of the Le Mans 24 Hours was announced. It's all-new LMH racer, powered by an engine built by a rally specialist, goes in as the underdog against Toyota but the mathematical odds suggest that it has more than just a faint hope of success.

Le Mans
Aug 18, 2021
How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car Prime

How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car

The JW Automotive Engineering team won twice at the Le Mans 24 Hours with ageing Fords and was considered the heavy favourite to add more victories to its tally after partnering with Porsche. But despite being armed with the all-conquering 917, this formidable combination was never as successful in real life as on the big screen.

Le Mans
Aug 15, 2021
Why Jose Maria Lopez isn’t motivated by emulating Fangio Prime

Why Jose Maria Lopez isn’t motivated by emulating Fangio

Having twice missed out on Formula 1 and reinvented himself as a touring car driver, Jose Maria Lopez has had a rocky ride to becoming a four-time world champion. One more would put him level with his nation's favourite son, but there's another prize he would value far more than the honour of matching Juan Manuel Fangio's tally.

WEC
Aug 14, 2021