Ericsson Makes Switch to IndyCar with SPM
After success in Formula 1, Marcus Ericsson will make the switch to the Verizon IndyCar Series, piloting the No. 7 Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in 2019.
“It’s a great honour to be picked as one of the drivers at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and IndyCar for the 2019 season,” the Swedish racing driver commented. “It feels like a perfect step for me and my career after five years in F1. I can’t wait to start work with SPM and all the people in the team which I’ve heard a lot of good things about. They’ve had some great success over the years, and I’m looking forward to work hard to continue and improve on that path.
“The racing in IndyCar looks great and I feel really excited to be part of it in the future. It will be a lot to learn including new tracks, oval racing, etc. I know it won’t be easy, but it’s a challenge I’m very much looking forward to and I can’t wait to get started.”
The current Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team driver 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). On top of 95 career starts in Formula One, he has also competed in British Formula Three, GP2 Asia, and GP2.
“Ric (Peterson) and I are excited to welcome Marcus to the team,” said SPM co-owner Sam Schmidt. “He has a ton of experience racing in the top levels of motorsports, so we believe that he will be able to contribute to our development program that began in earnest in 2018. While the circuits on the IndyCar schedule will be brand new to him, particularly the ovals, we have a lot of confidence and trust in his eagerness to learn along with his work ethic. We think he and James (Hinchcliffe) will be a good fit to push one another and fight for those wins.”
Despite making the switch over to IndyCar, the 28-year-old will remain part of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team as a reserve driver.
The announcement completes the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports line-up as Ericsson joins James Hinchcliffe, and part-time competitor Jack Harvey, as part of the Meyer Shank Racing. SPM added that “the No. 6 Honda remains open for 2018 IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Robert Wickens when he wants to and is able to return.”
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