BELLE ISLE, Mich — Felix Rosenqvist remains hospitalized overnight in a Detroit-area hospital following a frightening crash on Lap 25 of Saturday’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. Rosenqvist, 29, appeared to have a stuck throttle in his No. 7 Chevrolet and went hard into the tire barriers in Turn 6 as a result of that. The contact was so hard, that his car went airborne and sent tires over the fence and also broke the concrete barrier in some areas behind it.
Luckily, the Arrow McLaren SP driver never lost consciousness but Dr. Geoffrey Billows told the broadcast that he was sore and would be transported to a local downtown Detroit hospital for further imaging on his lower body and for further evaluation.
Rosenqvist’s possible injuries weren’t life threatening but there’s only so much you can do at the infield care center on the island of Belle Isle. So, he went to a local hospital where Dr. Billows gave an update at just past 8 p.m. ET.
“Following the crash during the race, Felix Rosenqvist received an initial evaluation at the infield care center at Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix,” said Billows in a statement on Saturday night. “He was then transferred to Detroit Receiving Hospital for advanced imaging and evaluation by the trauma and neurological services. Evaluation revealed no life or limb threatening injuries, he remains awake and alert, he will be observed overnight prior to discharge from the hospital.”
With Rosenqvist in the hospital, the team has chosen Oliver Askew to replace the Swedish driver for Sunday’s second portion of the doubleheader weekend. Askew, competed in 12 races in this very car last year before not being retained this past offseason. Rosenqvist, left Chip Ganassi Racing to replace Askew in 2021.
Askew, is at a huge disadvantage in the sense that he’s never raced in Belle Isle before and that he gets no practice now either. He will qualify on Sunday morning before racing a few hours later.
It was another scare for Schmidt’s team again as they’ve had their fair share of scary incidents over the years. From Davey Hamilton’s at Texas to the tragic crash from Dan Wheldon, to James Hinchcliffe’s Indy 500 practice crash to Robert Wickens’ scary accident in Pocono, when we see what happened to Rosenqvist and his car having a stuck throttle and the way that he got into the barriers, our minds and hearts just drop.
You never want to see a driver get hospitalized, but the news sounds promising to say the least in the fact that Rosenqvist removed his head sock and ear plugs on his own inside of the car before he was extracted from it and was awake and alert the whole time.