BELLE ISLE, Mich — Felix Rosenqvist had a frightening crash on Lap 25 of Saturday’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix on the streets of Belle Isle. Rosenqvist, 29, appeared to have a stuck throttle in his No. 7 Chevrolet and went hard into the tire barriers in Turn 6. The contact was so hard, 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.
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.