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Ganassi adds Ericsson to IndyCar line-up

Daniel Herrero

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Wednesday 9th October, 2019 - 8:46am

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Marcus Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson will drive for an expanded Chip Ganassi Racing team in next year’s IndyCar Series.

The Swede joins five-time champion Scott Dixon and 2019 rookie of the year Felix Rosenqvist at the Honda-powered outfit.

Ericsson made his IndyCar debut this year at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and finished 17th in the standings, having missed a race due to being on standby for Alfa Romeo Racing at the Belgian Grand Prix.

“First of all I’m extremely happy and proud to get the opportunity to join Chip Ganassi Racing,” said Ericsson, who had a best finish of second in his rookie campaign.

“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 himself said, “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.”

The expansion back beyond two cars comes amid the imminent ending of factory support for its Ford Chip Ganassi Racing IMSA program.

Andretti Autosport confirmed last month that it will run a fifth car next year for Colton Herta, a rookie race winner in 2019, while Takuma Sato will remain at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

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