By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
Chip Ganassi Racing announced Tuesday that their INDYCAR program will return as a three-car stable in 2020 with Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson joining alongside Scott Dixon and Felix Rosenqvist.
The former Formula 1 driver will pilot the No. 8 Honda as it’ll be the first time since 2017 that Ganassi will run three cars as they’ve spent the past two seasons with just the No. 9 (Dixon) and No. 10 (Ed Jones in 2018 and Rosenqvist in 2019) teams.
Ericsson said he’s extremely happy to join CGR and have an opportunity to continue his INDYCAR career and becoming teammates with the five-time champion Dixon and fellow Swede Rosenqvist, who won Rookie of the Year honors.
“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.”
Ganassi said Ericsson’s experience in racing around the world will further develop his team and help get back on top of the INDYCAR world for the 13th time next season.
“I think Marcus brings a lot of unique experience with him having competed in several championships around the world,” 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 made the jump to INDYCAR this past season, driving for ARROW Schmidt Peterson Motorsports where he finished 17th in points.
His biggest highlight to date was scoring podium at the second Belle Isle race which was won by his now teammate Dixon. The 29-year-old also scored additional top-10s at Barber Motorsports Park and Texas Motor Speedway, finishing seventh in both races.