Possible Felix Rosenqvist landing spots: No. 3 – Meyer Shank Racing
The other feasible option for Felix Rosenqvist next year is Meyer Shank Racing. It has already been announced that Tom Blomqvist is set to replace Helio Castroneves as the full-time driver of the No. 06 Honda, with Castroneves only set to compete for the team in a third entry in May as he aims to become the first five-time Indy 500 winner.
Perhaps after a lackluster season in which the 2021 Indy 500-winning team’s best finish has only been 10th place, a full driver lineup overhaul is in store.
Simon Pagenaud’s future remains uncertain, especially as he continues to recover from his horrifying crash at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in early July. But even if he gets back to full health and is willing to come back next year, would Meyer Shank Racing bring him back after a season in which his best finish was only 13th place?
You certainly want to do right by a 2016 series champion and 2019 Indy 500 winner, but sometimes change is needed. Castroneves’ revised role — and willingness to embrace such a role — proves that.
Linus Lundqvist, who recently replaced Pagenaud at Nashville Street Circuit, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, had been talked about as a potential full-time replacement for Pagenaud behind the wheel of the No. 60 Honda next year, but with him moving to Chip Ganassi Racing instead, the future of the No. 60 car remains up in the air.
Should Arrow McLaren opt to replace Rosenqvist (perhaps with David Malukas?) and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing look in another direction (Juri Vips?), a deal with Meyer Shank Racing makes sense for all involved. Putting a fast driver and a fast team together to spearhead a rebuilding project from both the team standpoint and the driver career standpoint could produce some big results.