Transaction Analysis: Rosenqvist Takes Askew’s Seat at AMSP

Felix Rosenqvist is taking over Oliver Askew’s seat at Arrow McLaren SP for the 2021 season. The 29 year-old Rosenqvist is moving from the team that helped Scott Dixon win another IndyCar title, Chip Ganassi Racing, to a team that has done some restructuring in the past year as the combination of McLaren and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and hired two young drivers. Rosenqvist finished eleventh in the championship in 2020, just ahead of his teammate Marcus Ericsson by fifteen points. In a year where Dixon won the championship, both of his teammates would have liked to put up better performances for themselves too.

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Do Cautions Really Breed More Cautions?

Anyone who has watched a bit of IndyCar racing on TV has probably heard an announcer say something to this effect after a caution period at one time or another: “You know what they say, cautions breed cautions.” It’s unclear who “they” are in this sentence, but we can take it to be the conventional wisdom in racing. The announcers are saying that after a caution flag has been thrown, it’s more likely there will be another caution during the ensuing restart from the caution period. Some explanations for this are that the cars are all bunched up together, some cars will have come to pit while others didn’t, and it’s a prime overtaking opportunity. c

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Analyzing Chip Ganassi Racing’s Dominance at Texas and the Battle for Second Best Team

There is no denying that Scott Dixon and Felix Rosenqvist were the two fastest drivers at last weekend’s Genesys 300 at Texas. Dixon won the race by 4.4 seconds and Rosenqvist had a second place finish practically guaranteed before he crashed while attempting to pass lapped traffic and charge after Dixon with nine laps to go. Given that the high line had already caught several people out throughout the day, it probably wasn’t the best place to attempt that pass when you could have been pretty sure of a second place finish and it’s the first race of the season. He would have made himself much better off in the championship by taking the second place finish and securing the 1-2 for Chip Ganassi Racing. As always though, hindsight is 20/20, and if he had made the pass stick and passed Dixon for the win we would be telling a different story about that move. Even with an unfortunate ending, Rosenqvist gained a ton of experience at Texas that he can take with him to the four remaining oval races this season.

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