Felix Rosenqvist’s first race in the 2021 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix came to an end above the turn 6 tire barrier.
Rosenqvist was downshifting his No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet but as the car approached turn 6 on lap 25, the Swede’s throttle stuck open on the rev limiter, forcing the car into the wall.
The race was red flagged after two more laps of caution.
The car somewhat climbed the tire barrier and one concrete section of the wall was toppled over where Rosenqvist hit the barrier.
Rosenqvist was extracted from the car by the AMR Safety Team and placed in an ambulance. He was awake and responding to medical personnel while in the car.
“Felix is doing fine, as you know he crashed in turn 6,” said INDYCAR Director of Medical Services Dr. Geoffrey Billows. “[Rosenqvist] was conscious and alert the entire time, never lost consciousness, he was talking the entire time, was having some soreness but had no loss of sensation anywhere, no loss of function. We were able to get him out of the car and bring him to the infield care center just for a preliminary evaluation. We’re sending him downtown to the hospital for some advanced imaging and a more definitive evaluation.
“He’s been totally stable the entire time and if we felt that he had anything life threatening we would’ve transported him straight to hospital.”
Further updates will be added as more information becomes available.
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Had this happen in F1, they may have parked the team car for fear of another stuck throttle incident.