Felix Rosenqvist suffered a stuck throttle where he then drove through a concrete block
This weekend, the NTT Indycar Series is in Detroit, Michigan. The cars are racing in the streets of Belle Isle Park for the first time since 2019.
Watch the Indycar crash video from Detroit below.
On Saturday afternoon, the open wheel race cars took the green flag. It’s the first of two-races in the double-header race weekend for the Detroit Grand Prix.
On lap 25, Felix Resenqvist entered the high speed turn six. He downshifted at corner entry and as soon as he did, the car throttled up through the corner.
It appears the driver did not use the throttle on car himself, instead the throttle stuck open. Rosenqvist drove into a tire barrier and broke the concrete wall behind it.
The car climbed to a rest on top of the tire wall which adds protection from the temporary concrete wall. The medical team surrounded the car and took their time to extract the driver from the car.
As the medical team went to work, the driver was moving around inside the cockpit. The medics later stated the driver was alert the entire time.
Rosenqvist was placed on a stretcher and moved to the medical center at the track itself. He was then transported to a local hospital.
The race remains under a red flag as track officials work to repair the concrete barrier, fencing and tire wall.
Dr. Geoffrey Billows comments on the Felix Rosenqvist crash
“Felix is doing fine,” Dr. Geoffrey Billow, the Indycar Medical Director told NBC.
“He was conscious and alert the entire time. He was talking the entire time, he was having some soreness but no loss of sensation or function anywhere”
“We were able to get him out of the car and bring him into the infield care center just for a preliminary evaluation. Again, he’s been stable the entire time.”
“We’re sending him downtown to the hospital for some imaging and more definitive evaluation.”
It should be taken as a good sign that he was taken to the infield care center and not directly to a local hospital.
“Absolutely, if we thought he had anything life or limb threatening we would have transported him right to the hospital.”
Drivers comment on the crash
“I think Rosenqvist was going to end up being the leader,” Power says of the mix of strategies playing out in the race. “So, it’s really bad for him.
“That sucks that happened to him. I’m sure it’s a stuck throttle, that’s what it looks like.”
Power added, “I’ve been though that. When you go straight in [to the wall], you hurt your back pretty badly. So, I’m hoping he hasn’t broken his back.”