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Alexander Rossi, left, talks with Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, and his wife Lauren Bohlander during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saturday, May 20, 2023, in Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — It is hard to be an introvert among the bodacious characters of Arrow McLaren Racing.

But Felix Rosenqvist, who readily admits he “was closed as a shell” when he joined McLaren for the start of the 2021 season, is having a blast with firecracker teammate Pato O’Ward and wild-card boss Zak Brown as they rebuild the team's brand in IndyCar after an absence of nearly four decades.

“He’s really blossomed,” O’Ward said. “By default, the environment will force you to get along and work together.”

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