Ericsson to Drive Third Ganassi Car

IndyCar's two Swedish pilots plus Scott Dixon will work together at Chip Ganassi Racing in 2020.

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Marcus Ericsson will race the No. 8 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda alongside Scott Dixon and Felix Rosenqvist during his sophomore NTT IndyCar Series season in 2020.

The Kumla, Sweden native led six laps during his rookie campaign with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports this past season and completed 88.5% of the year’s total race laps on his way to placing 17th in the season-long standings in the No. 7 Honda while missing the penultimate race in Portland due to Formula One commitments with Alfa Romeo Racing.

Before heading to North America’s premier open-wheel championship, Ericsson amassed 97 F1 starts across five seasons. He won the Formula BMW UK championship in 2007, followed it up with the Japanese Formula Three title in 2009 and was named the Swedish Junior Race of the Year both years. Ericsson also has British Formula Three, GP2 Asia and GP2 experience.

After a single season as James Hinchcliffe’s teammate at Arrow SPM before the team’s tie-up with McLaren Racing for 2020, Ericsson will work with five-time IndyCar champion and 46-time race winner Dixon as well as reigning NTT Rookie of the Year Rosenqvist during his second full season Stateside.

“First of all, I’m extremely happy and proud to get the opportunity to join Chip Ganassi Racing,” Ericsson said. “It’s a team of winners and their history speaks for itself. I’m very thankful that they believe in me and I will do everything I can to make 2020 another successful year for the team.

“I’m also very excited to work with two of the best drivers in the series in Scott and Felix. I’m looking forward to putting what I’ve learned this year to use in my second year in the NTT IndyCar Series.”

For the second consecutive season, Ganassi will welcome a new driver with a vast international background after naming Rosenqvist to the No. 10 NTT Data Honda for a winless yet impressive 2019 campaign. Rosenqvist’s foray into IndyCar coincided with Ericsson’s and was promoted as a “Swedish invasion,” which has now landed entirely at Ganassi.

“I think Marcus brings a lot of unique experience with him, having competed in several championships around the world,” team owner Chip Ganassi said. “When you have someone with that type of background, it gives him other points of reference that helps his ability to develop and add to the overall racing program. We’re looking forward to seeing what Marcus can do alongside Scott and Felix.”

Ericsson’s first race weekend in a Ganassi-prepared Indy car will come March 13–15 at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Aaron Durant
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