Marcus Ericsson will complete Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ 2019 driver lineup and become the second consecutive rookie to pair with James Hinchcliffe at the team.
The Kumla, Sweden native and current Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team pilot will make the move to the IndyCar Series following the season-ending Formula 1 event in Abu Dhabi to drive a Honda bearing the number seven full-time in 2019.
Ericsson won the Formula BMW UK title in 2007 and, two years later, became the Japanese Formula 3 champion. Previous to his 95 starts in F1, Ericsson gained experience in British Formula 3, GP2 Asia and GP2.
Having most recently finished ninth with the team in the Mexican Grand Prix, Ericsson will remain with the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team as a reserve driver though his primary focus will be the No. 7 Honda.
“It feels like a perfect step for me and my career after five years in F1,” Ericsson said. “I can’t wait to start work with SPM and all the people in the team which I’ve heard a lot of good things about. They’ve had some great success over the years and I’m looking forward to work hard to continue and improve on that path.”
Beyond Hinchcliffe in the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda, Jack Harvey will spend several rounds as Ericsson’s teammate in partnership with Meyer Shank Racing. The team will leave the No. 6 Honda open for Robert Wickens, the 2018 IndyCar and Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, when he wants and is able to return.