Marcus Ericsson IndyCar landing spots: No. 4 – Team Penske
It’s all fun and games with stalled contract talks until Roger Penske puts Marcus Ericsson in a fourth car and the (no longer) Sneaky Swede is drinking the milk for the second time, this time with the Captain congratulating him on delivering the team their 20th Baby Borg.
Team Penske quietly entered this year’s silly season looking like the only team that won’t make any waves, which is just the way they like it. Josef Newgarden, Scott McLaughlin, and Will Power are all under contract through at least 2024, and none of them are at risk of being released early like some others might be.
Of course, they also entered this year’s Indy 500 looking like a midfield team, and we saw how that played out.
Team Penske have run four cars full-time before, most recently in 2021 before they dropped the No. 22 Chevrolet that had been driven by Simon Pagenaud.
While going back to four cars might not be the most desirable option, Power is now 42 years old and won’t be around forever. Adding a fourth car under the assumption that they can again downsize to three when Power retires might be the way to go.
They took a similar approach in 2021 when they added a fourth car for McLaughlin. When Newgarden joined the team in 2017, he too was one of four full-time drivers.
With Ericsson available, this is an option they need to consider. All of a sudden, the team that entered this year’s Indy 500 wondering why they haven’t had any success at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in recent years could enter next May with the two most recent winners of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”.