INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Chip Ganassi Racing is adding another car to their IndyCar program in 2020. Marcus Ericsson is joining the team and will pilot the No. 8 Honda and the team took to Twitter to let everyone know. Sponsorship will be announced at a later date.
— Chip Ganassi Racing (@CGRTeams) October 8, 2019
Ericsson joins five-time IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon, driver of the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda, and 2019 NTT Indycar Series Rookie-of-the-year Felix Rosenqvist, driver of the No. 10 NTT Data Honda, as the team expands to three cars.
“First of all I’m extremely happy and proud to get the opportunity to join Chip Ganassi Racing,” said the 29-year-old Ericsson. “It’s a team of winners and their history speaks for itself.”
Ericsson spent the 2019 season as rookie in the IndyCar series driving for Arrow Schmidt Petersen Motorsports, scoring a career best-finish of second in Detroit.
Prior to joining the NTT IndyCar Series, Ericsson spent five-years in Formula 1 driving for the Caterham and Sauber teams. The Kumla, Sweden native is a two-time champion (Formula BMW UK, 2007; Japanese Formula Three, 2009), and has twice claimed the Swedish Junior Racer of the Year award (2007, 2009). Prior to that he competed in British Formula Three, GP2 Asia and GP2.
“I think Marcus brings a lot of unique experience with him having competed in several championships around the world,” said Team Owner Chip Ganassi. “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.”
“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,” said Ericsson. “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.”
The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series kicks off with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Sunday March 15th.