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Rosenqvist stars in stark contrast to Blomqvist’s troubled Friday

Talk about a great first day on the job. Felix Rosenqvist was signed by the Meyer Shank Racing team many months ago, but the part that matters most—the on-track performance side—is where the real work starts.

And in that capacity, MSR’s new leader sprung a welcome surprise to start the new season by running towards the front of the 75-minute opening practice session at St. Petersburg and sealing his debut with a lap that was massively faster than anyone else in the 27-car field. For a team that suffered through a rough 2023 season, it was a long overdue shot of adrenaline for the Honda-powered squad.

“I’m really happy about that,” Rosenqvist said. “The team has just been super, super nice. And you know, it’s obviously a smaller group, which is good, I think, because it’s just so much easier to get to know everyone and get up to speed quickly. A super good start.”

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The 32-year-old from Sweden spent the last three years with the high-profile Arrow McLaren team, and while he had some success there, expectations from both sides weren’t met as the team’s direction on chassis setup did not match Rosenqvist’s needs until the latter stages of their relationship.

With MSR tied to Andretti Technologies for race engineering, chassis setup info, and dampers for both cars, Rosenqvist has found himself quite pleased with the MSR-Andretti IndyCar package.