Possible Conor Daly replacements: No. 2 – Felix Rosenqvist
Another potential option for Ed Carpenter Racing is Felix Rosenqvist. Rosenqvist currently drives the No. 6 Chevrolet for Arrow McLaren. However, there is a strong possibility that Rosenqvist will not be with Arrow McLaren come 2024, as there is a very good chance that 2021 champion and current points leader Alex Palou will join the team in his place.
And unless the team decide to add a fourth entry for Palou, Rosenqvist will almost certainly be the odd man out, with Pato O’Ward and Alexander Rossi both under contract.
The Swedish driver is currently in his fifth full season in the series and his third year with Arrow McLaren. Before joining the team, he drove for Chip Ganassi Racing for two years.
Rosenqvist does have a victory to his name, having won at Road America in 2020, along with several podium finishes, including one in the most recent race on the streets of Detroit. However, he has yet to record a better points finish than he recorded in his rookie year, when he placed sixth.
But after a 2021 season which saw him miss two races due to injury resulting from a crash, Rosenqvist has seen improved results, ending the 2022 season with five top 10 finishes in the final six races and an eighth place finish in the standings, his best since 2019.
Over the past few races, Rosenqvist has looked the strongest he has looked in a long time. He has two top five finishes in the last three races and four top 10 finishes in the last five. The only race he did not finish in the top 10 during that stretch was the Indy 500, which saw him lead 33 laps and contend for the win before crashing with 17 laps to go while running in the top five.
Rosenqvist has proven many times that he is a solid driver who can deliver good finishes for teams, and perhaps even bring home a win. And should he become a free agent this offseason, he will likely have several teams interested in his services. A deal with Ed Carpenter Racing would almost certainly be a great match for both sides.
For Rosenqvist, he’d find himself on a smaller team for the first time in his career, and he would have a much easier time getting the resources he needs to be a priority. And for Ed Carpenter Racing, they’d land themselves a driver who can bring home strong finishes on a rather consistent basis and also contend for wins a couple times each year.