Ed Carpenter Racing‘s Rinus Veekay and Arrow McLaren SP‘s Felix Rosenqvist have not been cleared to compete at the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America this weekend, with Oliver Askew set to replace Veekay and Formula 1 veteran Kevin Magnussen set to make his NTT IndyCar Series debut in place of Rosenqvist.
Veekay suffered a fractured left clavicle on Monday during a training biking trip and underwent successful outpatient surgery on Wednesday to repair it. The Dutch wonderkid is no stranger to working through injury, racing with a broken finger following a scary crash at Indy 500 testing in April, but IndyCar’s medical team could not clear him to compete at Road America.
“What happened was very unfortunate and definitely not the greatest timing! The surgery went well, I am not in any pain,” Veekay said, already in high spirits.
“I definitely wanted to be out there fighting for my place in the championship and driving the Direct Supply car. I will give it all I have and be ready for Mid-Ohio! I am very thankful for everyone at ECR that helped me and stayed up very late to get everything for the surgery arranged. I would also like to say a big thank you to everyone at OrthoIndy who got me all fixed up!”
Askew, who just replaced Rosenqvist for the second race of the Chevrolet Grand Prix of Detroit, brings a full season of IndyCar experience racing for AMSP as well as Indy Lights experience at the 6.515 km course.
“First off, I hope Rinus is doing well and that he has a quick recovery!” Askew said.
“I’m thankful that Ed and his ECR team trust me to take over the No. 21 Chevrolet this weekend. They have a strong program and I look forward to helping them in every way possible at Road America.”
Askew’s substitution in the Motor City came after a terrifying crash for Rosenqvist, who luckily walked away without any injury, but he too was not medically cleared to compete at the track where he won his first IndyCar Series race last year. Stepping up to the plate in his stead is Magnussen, the seven-year Formula 1 veteran currently competing with Chip Ganassi Racing in the DPi class of the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship.
The twenty-eight-year-old Dane has a history with McLaren, as his F1 career began with the team in 2014. His career best finish of second was with the team in that year’s Australian Grand Prix, his first ever race in the premier open-wheel racing discipline.
“It really sucks to miss out at Road America, but I have to focus getting back to 100%. Meanwhile it’s great to see Kevin Magnussen getting a shot in IndyCar!” Rosenqvist said on Twitter.
He followed the message with “held og lykke,” a wish of good luck in Magnussen’s native tongue.
Magnussen has previously expressed interest in IndyCar and the Indy 500, and becomes yet another ex-Formula 1 driver to join the grid. Alexander Rossi, Takuma Sato, Marcus Ericsson, Sebastien Bourdais, Max Chilton and Magnussen’s former teammate at Haas F1 Team Romain Grosjean are all drivers with a full time or majority schedule in IndyCar this season that have raced in F1.
Magnussen will also be joining NASCAR Cup Series regular Cody Ware in making his debut this weekend.
The REV Group Grand Prix will take place on Sunday 20 June at 1200 EST / 1700 BST.