Could Felix Rosenqvist be on his way to replace Ed Jones in the #10 car for the 2019 season?
On Marshall Pruett’s This Week In IndyCar Podcast Pruett, it let it be known that both he and Robin Miller have 3 and 4 sources telling them that this is a done deal. That Rosenqvist will be in the #10 in 2019 and Ed Jones is free to seek a ride elsewhere.
Pruett said when he reached out to Chip Ganassi and explained he had multiple sources firmly saying this was a done deal the team owner had this to say. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Aka this is a done deal and Ed Jones is out of a ride.
When Felix tested for Ganassi a year ago he immediately impressed the brass at CGR. He was immediately quick upon getting in the car at Mid-Ohio and his feedback was very consistent with that of a driver that came up through the Euro ranks.
Rosenqvist currently races for Mahindra in the Formula E series where he was 3 wins in the last two seasons. He is also the winner of 3 Indy Lights races in 2016. Rosenqvist is no stranger to various open-wheel ranks, he also has a Formula 3 title under his belt as well.
What Rosenqvist brings is experience, even though he is young he doesn’t tear up equipment. He brings the car home in one piece and his feedback on the car is exceptional. Essentially he’s a Mike Hull wet dream and the team wants to sign him up before someone else catches on to what they’re doing.
Rosenqvist was rumored at Ganassi last season but was denied by his FE contract. The team ultimately signed Brendon Hartley who Red Bull bought out from them so the team turned to Ed Jones.
Where It Went Wrong With Ed Jones
After an exception run at the Indianapolis 500 in his rookie season. Ed Jones managed to turn that 3rd place finish into a full-time ride at Ganassi.
Unfortunately for Jones, the switch to Ganassi was a steeper learning curve than he expected. In 14 races he has just two podium finishes and just 5 Top-10’s. Meanwhile, teammate Scott Dixon has 3 wins and 7 podiums not to mention he is also leading the points. You simply can not struggle that massively at Ganassi while your teammate is performing at the top of his game.
On Pruett’s podcast IndyCar commentator Leigh Diffey said he thinks everything went south for Jones at Phoenix. The Dubai born Englishman was en route to a second place finish and walled it all by himself. From that moment on the whole dynamic of the team seemed to change.
If/when Felix Rosenqvist joins Ganassi and IndyCar expect him to have a Robert Wickens like rookie season. He’ll be in the fight, the kid simply has too much talent not to be. As for Ed Jones, he’s immensely talented as well but maybe Ganassi just isn’t the spot for him.
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