Marcus Ericsson remains without a contract to compete for Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2024 IndyCar season. Where will he end up next year?
While his contract situation has flown a bit under the radar due to the speculation surrounding the future Chip Ganassi Racing teammate and IndyCar championship leader Alex Palou, Marcus Ericsson remains without a deal to compete in 2024.
Details of his situation have emerged in recent months, with Ericsson making clear that he wants to be treated — and paid — like a top driver, while Chip Ganassi Racing would like him to continue to bring funding.
Where will the 2022 Indy 500 winner end up in 2024? Here are five possibilities.
Marcus Ericsson IndyCar landing spots: No. 1 – Chip Ganassi Racing
Marcus Ericsson is having an underrated season that has been overshadowed by the dominance of Alex Palou. Through 12 races, he sits in fourth place in the championship standings, and he has just two finishes outside of the top 10.
In addition to his season-opening win on the streets of St. Petersburg, he also came closer than anybody to winning back-to-back Indy 500s since Helio Castroneves pulled it off in 2001 and 2002.
Chip Ganassi Racing know Scott Dixon won’t be around forever. Even if they are able to retain Palou, whom many believe is off to McLaren following last year’s contract dispute, they would be smart to keep Ericsson, not just for the sake of keeping last year’s Indy 500 winner but for the sake of keeping him away from a rival team.
But if Ericsson can’t bring sponsorship amid rumors that longtime backer Finn Rausing will no longer be funding his entry and Chip Ganassi Racing aren’t able to give him what he wants, he could very well end up elsewhere.