Kevin Magnussen to make IndyCar debut for McLaren at Road America

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Kevin Magnussen will make his IndyCar debut this weekend, replacing Felix Rosenqvist who his still recovering from his huge shunt in Detroit

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Kevin Magnussen will replace Felix Rosenqvist at Arrow McLaren SP for this weekend's IndyCar race at Road America

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Kevin Magnussen is set to make his IndyCar debut for the Arrow McLaren SP team this weekend at Road America.

Fresh off the back of his debut IMSA win last Saturday with Chip Ganassi Racing at Detroit, Magnussen will replace the recovering Felix Rosenqvist for what is currently a one-off appearance. Earlier in the day, at the same circuit Magnussen took his first endurance win, Rosenqvist suffered a huge crash after his throttle stuck open going into a corner.

Though the Swede suffered no serious injuries in the shunt, after a medical evaluation he was withdrawn from the second Detroit race and was replaced by former McLaren Indy man Oliver Askew. Another examination has determined that he should miss this weekend’s round in Wisconsin also.

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Magnussen will be joining a grid that features his former Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean, ex-Sauber man Marcus Ericsson and two-time Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato.

The Dane, who will race at Le Mans in a Peugeot HyperCar next year, told Motor Sport last February of his burning ambition to compete in IndyCar series, with a particular eye on the Brickyard.

“Ovals are something I’ve always wanted to try, just going 230 miles an hour – I feel like it’s exciting. The Indy 500 is a race that I just need to be doing one day.”

Magnussen is subbing for an IndyCar team on the up. The squad has won two races with Pato O’Ward this season, most recently the second Detroit round the day after Rosenqvist’s crash.