Mechanical issue ends Magnussen’s early IndyCar debut
The good news is that Kevin Magnussen has led a great single-seater race for the first time in ages. The bad news is that the Dane’s NTT IndyCar Series debut was cut short when his No.7 Chevrolet McLaren SP appeared stopped on lap 35 of the 55-lap contest.
“I just lost power, pulled the clutch and the engine died,” he said over the radio.
Starting from 21st place, Magnussen soared into his teens and twenties at the start of the Road America race, was running 18th place when the second warning came out, moved up to first place as race strategist Billy Vincent chose to leave him out as the majority of the peloton trapped under the yellow, led to the pit stop on lap 31, fell to P22, then stopped a few laps later to register an unsatisfactory P24 replacing Felix Rosenqvist.
“Overall, this weekend has been a fun experience,” Magnussen said. “I am very grateful to Arrow McLaren SP for this opportunity. I wish Felix a speedy recovery and that he is back where he should be in the car. I will leave here with a big smile although we did not finish the race due to a mechanical problem. I had a very fun experience and I want to thank everyone involved.
AMSP president Taylor Kiel had hoped for more with Magnussen, but saw the No.7 fail to complete his third straight event with various forms of mechanical, motor or electrical issues.
“Yeah, it was tough,” Kiel said. “That’s a good word for that. It was another disappointing result for the # 7 Chevrolet Vuse Arrow McLaren SP, so we need to understand what’s going on there and make some changes to put ourselves in a good position for the second half of the season to try and win. points.
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Magnussen won’t have to wait long for a more representative finish as his Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing team, winner of the final round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, will compete in the six-hour endurance race at Watkins Glen next weekend. .