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Blomqvist to make IndyCar debut as substitute for Pagenaud · RaceFans

Blomqvist to make IndyCar debut as substitute for Pagenaud · RaceFans


Tom Blomqvist will make his IndyCar debut in Toronto this weekend as an alternative choice to Simon Pagenaud at Meyer Shank Racing.

Pagenaud will miss his second race in a row following the massive crash he suffered throughout observe for the earlier spherical at Mid-Ohio two weeks in the past. His automotive was launched right into a collection of terrifying barrel rolls after he suffered a brake failure approaching the nook.

The driving force confirmed in a press release he will be unable to take part on this weekend’s Indy Toronto.

“After present process additional medical analysis this week underneath the care of the IndyCar medical group, I’ve not been cleared to race,” mentioned Pagenaud. “Whereas I really feel good, I’m nonetheless recovering.”

The Toronto spherical is the primary of two occasions on consecutive weekends for IndyCar. The collection will head to the Iowa Speedway for 2 races the next weekend.

“With back-to-back races, there simply wasn’t sufficient time to permit my physique to completely recuperate in time to compete this weekend,” Pagenaud continued. “I’ll proceed to observe the medical group’s suggestions so I could be again racing quickly. Thanks everybody to your help.”

Meyer Shank co-owner Mike Shank mentioned the group is “clearly nonetheless working to get Simon as wholesome as attainable; he’s feeling [fine] and is able to get again within the automotive as soon as he’s cleared”.

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“The choice to place Tom within the automotive was a straightforward one,” mentioned Shank. “He’s coming off of an IMSA win at [Mosport] final weekend and I’ve all the boldness on the planet placing him in our Indy automotive.”

Blomqvist is in his second 12 months driving for Meyer Shank within the IMSA sports activities automotive collection and have become champion with group mate Oliver Jarvis final 12 months. This January, Blomqvist was a part of the successful crew within the Daytona 24 Hours, although a number of weeks later the group was fined and the drivers penalised 200 factors every after it emerged that they had violated the minimal tyre strain guidelines in the course of the race.

He made his IndyCar check debut with the group final 12 months, however appreciates he’ll face a stern check by making his debut on the tough and demanding Toronto road circuit.

“At the beginning, I’m considering of Simon and hoping that he recovers as shortly as attainable in order that he can get again behind the wheel,” mentioned Blomqvist. “I’ve to thank Mike and Jim [Meyer] for contemplating me to fill on this weekend.

“I’m undoubtedly wanting ahead to seeing what IndyCar has to supply. Diving straight into the deep finish is an understatement after solely having one check within the MSR Indy automotive final 12 months.

“I’m excited however conscious of the challenges getting up to the mark throughout a race weekend, so I’m not placing any strain on myself. Simply going to go on the market soak all of it in and provides all of it I’ve received.”

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