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Rosenqvist focused on recovery after ‘most violent’ crash of career

Arrow McLaren SP’s Felix Rosenqvist described his Detroit accident as the “most violent” of his career and is hopeful of returning to IndyCar competition as soon as possible.

Rosenqvist crashed heavily at Turn 6 during the first race at Belle Isle on Saturday after a suspected electrical glitch caused a stuck throttle.

Rosenqvist was taken to the DMC Detroit Receiving hospital for further checks but sustained no serious injuries and was released on Sunday.

Former AMSP driver Oliver Askew was drafted into the No.7 car for Sunday’s race.

IndyCar’s next round of the season will take place at Road America this weekend.

“[Saturday] was by far the most violent crash I’ve had,” said Rosenqvist. “I’m just so thankful I didn’t have any serious injuries. I’m fine but very sore, so driving would not have been realistic.

“We had a great race to that point, which makes it even worse to take, but Oliver [Askew] did a great job in the car. My focus is on getting rested up and fully recovered.

“I want to extend my gratitude for all the care and consideration I have received after the accident. To the AMR IndyCar Safety Team, to everyone at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, to my team-mates at Arrow McLaren SP, and to all my fans – thank you.”

On the other side of the garage, team-mate Pato O’Ward charged to his second victory of the season, and dedicated the win to Rosenqvist and late McLaren shareholder Mansour Ojjeh.

“What an incredible drive by Pato,” added Rosenqvist. “He was amazing on the restart and it was really special watching him work his way through the field.

“I obviously don’t want to be watching races on TV, but it’s pretty special when your team-mate wins and dedicates the race to you.”

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