Possible Marcus Ericsson replacements for 2024: No. 3 – Marcus Armstrong
Adding Marcus Armstrong to their full-time driver lineup would still require Chip Ganassi Racing to find at least one new driver for the 2024 IndyCar season, provided they continue to run four cars. Armstrong currently drives the team’s No. 11 Honda in the road and street course races.
Despite only being a part-time driver, the 23-year-old New Zealander has emerged as the favorite to win the Rookie of the Year Award over the three full-time rookies.
Considering how many drivers were candidates to run the No. 11 Honda part-time in 2023, it’s hard to imagine Chip Ganassi Racing bringing in somebody without the intention of potentially making him a full-time driver for 2024, and Armstrong has certainly shown that he is capable of being a regular contender.
Armstrong is set to enter the offseason without any oval starts, even though the team had reportedly considered having him run the doubleheader at Iowa Speedway and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway instead of Takuma Sato.
But back in 2021, Jimmie Johnson ran only the road and street course races for Chip Ganassi Racing. Although his results weren’t great, he still ran the full schedule the following year. Could Armstrong, who has had a much more impressive start to his IndyCar career, do the same?