Chip Ganassi Racing announced today that 26-year-old Swede Felix Rosenqvist will join the team’s IndyCar Series program in the No. 10 NTT Data Honda beginning in 2019. He will team up with five-time and reigning IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon.
Longtime partner NTT Data has also renewed with CGR as part of a new multi-year deal to carry on as primary partner of the No. 10 Honda, the team said.
“To say I’m thrilled or excited to be making this step in my career would be an understatement. Coming to IndyCar and driving for Chip is just a dream come true,” said Rosenqvist, who replaces Briton Ed Jones in the No. 10 entry. “I’ve followed the team for as long as I can remember, and it’s the kind of team and owner any driver would want to race for. Scott has had another tremendous season with three wins and a fifth title, so you absolutely couldn’t ask for anything more in a teammate. I can’t wait to start contributing to the team and getting to spend more time with everyone at NTT Data.”
First tipped for the No. 10 next season by RACER’s Robin Miller last month, Rosenqvist has tested for the Ganassi IndyCar squad twice — alongside Dixon at Mid-Ohio in both 2016 and 2017. Rosenqvist joins IndyCar after a stint in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, where he scored two wins and three pole positions en route to a sixth-place finish in the 2017-18 season. It was his second season in the all-electric open-wheel series, having secured Mahindra Racing’s first win in the series in 2016-17. He also contested a partial Indy Lights season in 2016, scoring three wins in 10 starts. Prior to that, Rosenqvist won the 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship, the 2009 Formula Renault 2.0 NEZ and Formula Renault 2.0 Sweden titles, and the 2008 Formula Renault 2.0 Asia Championship. He has also competed in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in DTM for Mercedes-Benz.
“Felix has become familiar with our team and has worked in our system a little bit after coming over to test with us on a few occasions,” said team owner Chip Ganassi. “Our management and engineering groups, along with the entire team, were impressed by his ability. The time was right to get him in the No. 10 car and I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that we are confident about what he can do behind the wheel next season.
“In addition, we are extremely proud to announce that NTT Data has renewed with us as part of a multi-year deal. They have been a fantastic partner of the team and big advocates for the sport for a number of years and we are pleased to see it move into the future.”
NTT Data began its relationship with the team in 2013 at the Indianapolis 500. In addition to primary sponsorship of Rosenqvist’s No. 10, the company continues to be an associate sponsor on the No. 9 entry, driven by Scott Dixon, as it has since 2017.
“Together, NTT Data and Chip Ganassi Racing have proven to be a championship team, and we are proud to continue our longstanding partnership,” said company chairman John McCain. “IndyCar is the pinnacle of racing, and with Felix and Scott behind the wheel, the Ganassi team will continue to the set the standard for peak performance.”