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Rosenkvist Joins Meyer Shank Racing In 2024 IndyCar Season, Pulls Out Of Pageno
Pageno has been pushed aside ever since a severe crash in mid-round Ohio practice in July, when an apparent brake failure caused concussion and the campaign to shrink.
Many drivers were filled for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner, with Ed Carpenter Racing Driver Conor Daly, MSR IMSA Champion Tom Blomqvist and Indy NXT Champion Linus Lundqvist taking turns at the wheel.
Lundqvist has since signed with chip ganashi racing, while Blomqvist will take over sister MSR vehicles full time as Helio Castroneves moves to an indie-only program with a third entry.
MSR turned to Rosenkvist, who has signed a multi-year contract, as the future of the paizino becomes a problem.
Rosenqvist said, "I'm excited to start the next chapter of my IndyCar career with MSR." "This would be a great opportunity for myself and MSR to take the next step together.
"I'm also very excited to work with my old friend Tom again. I'm ready to start working together and start next season."
The Swedish, the 2020 Road America winner in Ghana City, is currently 12th in points after reaching his second podium of the season in Portland over the weekend.
Mike Shank, president of the MSR team, said, "We're very happy to welcome Felix to the team after the IndyCar plan for 2024 has been finalized.
"Felix has been on our radar for quite some time and this year everything is in place to work something out with him.
"It's no secret that we've had a tough season with things we can't control and things we can't control. I think we're all looking forward to resetting and restarting and getting to work.
"I think Tom and Felix will get along well and really feed each other.
"We will also be with us in every race to provide feedback and advice from Helio, which will be an additional bonus. So I think we'll have a solid year ahead."
Pageno issued a statement on social media, reflecting on his departure from the squad.
"I wish MSR good luck and thank Mike Shank, Jim Meyer, and the whole team for the valuable experiences I've gathered over the past two years," the Frenchman said.
"I wish we had achieved more together in the last two seasons and won the race, but we didn't achieve it.
"My goal at the moment is to fully focus on myself and recover. It's a slow process and I keep working with doctors and do everything I need to get my health back 100 percent."
Rosenkvist's seat in Arrow McLaren is expected to be filled by David Malucas. The Dale Coin Racing driver entered the frame when it was clear that two-time gold medalist Alex Palu had decided to stay at Chip Ganashi Racing.
Wednesday, September 6, 2023