Arrow McLaren SP has confirmed that Felix Rosenqvist will compete for the team in the 2021 IndyCar Series.
Rosenqvist has spent the last two seasons with Chip Ganassi Racing, taking a maiden victory at Road America, but will now move across to McLaren.
Rosenqvist will be taking the place of Oliver Askew, who was dropped following a year that saw the young rookie miss a couple races due to concussion symptoms following a hard crash at the Indy 500.
“I can’t wait to take the next step in my career and join Arrow McLaren SP,” said Rosenqvist in a statement.
“The team has shown itself to be a consistent challenger this year and I’m looking forward to working with Pato [O’Ward] to help take it forward.
“I want to thank the entire team for giving me this opportunity and I’m already working to be as prepared as possible for next season. It’s going to be fun.”
Rosenqvist had a season of mixed results with CGR as while he took a first victory he managed only a further four top-10 finishes in the 14-race campaign, taking 11th in the standings, five spots lower than in his rookie campaign.
His seat at the team is effectively being filled by NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson, who is making the switch to IndyCar next season and will be running the season’s road courses.
Rosenqvist will join Pato O’Ward at McLaren, with the Mexican one of the standout stars of the delayed 2020 campaign, scoring three runner-up positions and fourth in the standings.
“It’s not very often that you get the opportunity to combine two young, established talents like Pato and Felix,” said McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown.
“I think this pairing gives us a strong driver lineup and I’m excited to see what they can do together on and off the track.”
With the 2020 IndyCar season complete, Rosenqvist’s switch is in immediate effect and he will run a test session with his new team next week.