Tom Blomqvist will rejoin Meyer Shank Racing for the final two races of the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES at Portland and Laguna Seca as he looks to collect more mileage ahead of his full-season campaign in 2024.
Blomqvist - who was recently announced as the first full-season MSR INDYCAR driver on a multi-year agreement with the team - made his INDYCAR debut earlier this year in Toronto. The 2022 MSR IMSA DPi Champion, as well as the 2022 and 2023 Rolex 24 At Daytona winner with Meyer Shank Racing, is hoping to get a full race distance under his belt this time around after a first-lap incident in Toronto took him out of the race.
The inaugural outing in Toronto was a challenging one for Blomqvist, taking on one of the most difficult street courses on the INDYCAR calendar and with no prior practice or simulator work to prepare for his debut. This time around Blomqvist will have the opportunity to clock in some time on the sim as the Brit aims to come into the weekend with a new set of eyes and confidence behind the wheel.
Tom Blomqvist will be rejoining the MSR INDYCAR squad for the final two races of the season, this week's Bitnile.com Grand Prix of Portland on September 3rd; then the season finale, at the legendary Laguna Seca, the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey on September 10th.
Blomqvist will fill in for Simon Pagenaud who continues to recover from an accident at Mid-Ohio earlier this year. Pagenaud has not been medically cleared by the INDYCAR medical team to run the final two races at Portland and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
“Obviously the circumstances are quite tricky with Simon’s recovery and the whole situation surrounding the 60 car - I know the whole team and myself included are thinking about him as he recovers. I’ve got to thank Jim (Meyer) and Mike (Shank) for getting me in the car and looking ahead now to next season having been confirmed to drive with MSR next year. It’s a good thing to be getting these races under my belt before the season and working in preparation for my full program in 2024. I got a brief test in Toronto under very challenging circumstances - without any real preparation whatsoever.
Now I’ve got a little bit more understanding and knowledge and I’m hoping it’s going to be easier this time. I’m going to have the opportunity to get into the simulator and I know a little bit more of what to expect in terms of the way the weekend runs. I don’t know Portland at all and I know everyone has been racing flat-out in the summer. It’s still going to be an absolutely huge challenge. The series is so, so competitive and I am still new to these cars. I'm not putting any pressure on myself and I’m just going to go out there and do my best. Hopefully I can do Mike and Jim proud and make progress with every session. Hopefully after these next two events I can be happy and put in some strong performances and go into winter break with more knowledge on the series and be able to build on this.”
- Tom Blomqvist
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