Marcus Ericsson IndyCar landing spots: No. 2 – Arrow McLaren
It was undoubtedly a bit ironic to hear Zak Brown question Chip Ganassi Racing’s commitment to Marcus Ericsson, given how Ericsson competed for what is now known as Arrow McLaren before Brown and the McLaren team effectively took over the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team in 2020.
Nevertheless, three and a half years later, things have certainly changed, and Ericsson has gone from somewhat of an also-ran to a perennial championship contender who is capable of winning races at a variety of tracks.
Ericsson’s desire to be treated by a top driver is justified. He has won races in each of the last three seasons, he is an Indy 500 champion, and he came closer than anybody in the last two decades to winning the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in back-to-back years this past May.
The big question surrounding Arrow McLaren has to do with whether or not they will expand to four cars in 2024. It seems unlikely, given that they aren’t set to take over Andretti Autosport’s shop until 2025.
So if they sign Alex Palou, it would likely result in them cutting ties with Felix Rosenqvist for their third car. But even if signing Palou isn’t a sure thing, they could still move on from Rosenqvist, in which case they could slot Ericsson in alongside Pato O’Ward and Alexander Rossi.