CGR takes one more Swedish guy, hires Ericsson for 2020 IndyCar season
Chip Ganassi Racing will expand its IndyCar Series operations to the third car in 2020, adding the #8 Honda for the 29-year-old Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson to the team’s garage.
After five years in Formula One, Marcus Ericsson made an IndyCar debut last year with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, driving the #7 Honda and finishing 17th in the overall classification, fourth among rookies.
His Swedish colleague Felix Rosenqvist competed in the #10 CGR Honda and took the Rookie of the Year award. Now, they will be teammates in their sophomore seasons in the North American premiere open-wheel racing competition. The third driver would be IndyCar veteran and five-time champion Scott Dixon, who made an IndyCar debut in 2003 with Chip Ganassi Racing and spent his entire career with one team.
“I think Marcus brings a lot of unique experience with him having competed in several championships around the world. 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,” said team owner Chip Ganassi.
“First of all, I’m extremely happy and proud to get the opportunity to join Chip Ganassi Racing. 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,” said Ericsson.
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