Ericsson Inks Multi-Year Extension With CGR

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Marcus Ericsson will return to Chip Ganassi Racing in 2021. (IndyCar photo)

INDIANAPOLIS – Chip Ganassi Racing announced Wednesday that 30-year-old Swede Marcus Ericsson has signed a multi-year deal to continue driving the No. 8 Honda in the NTT IndyCar Series.

Partnership details will be announced in the off-season in preparation for the 2021 IndyCar season and beyond.

Ericsson is coming off his first year with Chip Ganassi Racing, finishing 12th in the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series standings. He started 2020 with an entry that didn’t exist the year before, and piloted the No. 8 Honda to a season-best fourth-place finish at Road America.

His season-best qualifying result came in the first half of the Gateway doubleheader where he started fourth, and overall he scored nine top-10 finishes in the 14 races in his first year with the organization.

Prior to his rookie season in IndyCar in 2019, the Kumla, Sweden native most recently completed his fifth year in Formula 1 in 2018 with a total of 97 starts.

Ericsson 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). Ericsson also previously competed in British Formula Three, GP2 Asia and GP2.

“I’m very happy to continue my relationship with Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda and HPD into 2021 and beyond,” said Ericsson. “I want to thank Chip and the whole CGR organization for their trust in me. Chip Ganassi Racing is one of the best teams in motorsports and I’m proud to be part of the team. The season we’ve just finished has been full of potential and I feel confident that with what we’ve learned together this year will help us succeed in 2021. I’m looking forward to getting back in the No. 8 Honda!”

“Marcus proved that he belongs here, and this season he contributed to the success of our team greatly. That includes being unselfish to his teammates, especially with Scott Dixon who won the IndyCar championship,” added Mike Hull, Managing Director, Chip Ganassi Racing. “He’s a great foundational piece of our overall program and he fits well within our group. That translates into success on the track, and we’re glad to have him continue to grow and move the team toward into the future.”