Former Haas driver Kevin Magnussen will make his IndyCar debut at Road America this weekend for McLaren SP, in place of Felix Rosenqvist.replaced by former McLaren SP driver Oliver Askew during the second race.
Askew is racing again this weekend, in place of Rinus Veekay – injured in a cycling accident – for Ed Carpenter Racing. Magnussen will, consequently, step in at McLaren SP.
McLaren SP today released an announcement saying “Following an evaluation by the Indycar Medical Team, Felix Rosenqvist has not been cleared to race at this weekend’s REV Group Grand Prix at Road America.
“Felix will be replaced for the REV Group Grand Prix by Kevin Magnussen, who will be making his Indycar debut,” the statement reads.
After being released from Haas during the 2020 F1 season, Magnussen spoke to several IndyCar teams. At the time, McLaren CEO Zak Brown said there was “no room” for him at McLaren’s team as they had already signed Pato O’Ward and Rosenqvist. However, he did say he believed “Kevin is a very fast driver, very aggressive, which I think fits IndyCar driving style.”
Magnussen drove for McLaren’s F1 team during the 2014 season, achieving his only F1 podium on his debut at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix. He found himself in a reserve role at the team for 2015, following the return of Fernando Alonso and moved to Renault in 2016.
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