Felix Rosenqvist was transported to a Detroit area hospital after a violent accident in race one of the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix, and will be held there overnight for continued observation.
Rosenqvist was involved in a heavy single-car incident in the first half of Saturday’s race, with the throttle of his Arrow McLaren SP Chevy appearing to get stuck open.
His car careened into the tire barriers at turn 6, pushing many of them out of the way and toppling one of the concrete barriers before coming to rest.
Medical crews were on-scene quickly and were able to safely remove Rosenqvist from his car, where he was observed to be conscious and alert.
After a trip to the infield medical center, he was transported to a Detroit hospital for further imaging.
Later in the evening, Dr. Geoffery Billows, IndyCar Medical Director, gave an update on Rosenqvist’s condition.
“Following his crash during the race Felix Rosenqvist received an initial evaluation at the infield care center at Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.
“He was then transferred to Detroit Receiving Hospital for advanced imaging and evaluation by the trauma and neurological services.
“Evaluation revealed no life or limb threatening injuries, he remains awake and alert, he will be observed overnight prior to discharge from the hospital.”
There were reports that Rosenqvist was joking with the medical staff while in the infield care center, lending hope that his injuries are not serious.
Rosenqvist took to twitter shortly after the announcement to say that he feels ok except for a lot of soreness, and to congratulate Marcus Ericsson on his win.
Arrow McLaren SP released a statement stating that Oliver Askew will fill in for the 29-year-old Swede for the second race of the double-header on Sunday.
Askew raced for the team for most of the 2020 season, but lost his seat to Rosenqvist for 2021 and has not raced in IndyCar this year, instead competing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Riley Motorsports.