IndyCar legends Chip Ganassi Racing have confirmed a third car for former F1 driver Marcus Ericsson next season.
Ericsson, 29, has enjoyed a solid debut season in the NTT IndyCar series for his current team Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, scoring a fortuitous podium position early in the year as he generally matched his highly rated teammate James Hinchliffe in the black and gold liveried Dallara machine.
Despite a very solid debut year in the American series, it will come as something of a surprise to hear that the former Sauber F1 man has secured a third seat at the illustrious Chip Ganassi Racing team, partnering up with multiple series champion Scott Dixon, and fellow Swede and rookie sensation Felix Rosenqvist for the 2020 racing season.
"First of all I’m extremely happy and proud to get the opportunity to join Chip Ganassi Racing" said Ericsson of the announcement today.
"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.”Ganassi are coming off the back of a slightly disappointing season in 2019, with five-time champion Dixon trailing home fourth in the overall points at season end, securing two race victories as he finished 63 points adrift of 2019 Champion Josef Newgarden.
For the record, new team mate and fellow 2019 rookie Rosenqvist finished sixth in the final standings, 135 points and 11 places ahead of Ericsson at the conclusion of the 17 race season.
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