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Formula 2 race-winner IndyCar Marcus Armstrong will step up into IndyCar next yr with pinnacle team Chip Ganassi Racing on a part-time foundation.
The 22-yr-old will contest IndyCar the 12 races at the IndyCar 2023 calendar that take location on IndyCar street circuits IndyCar and on permanent avenue publications in the group’s #eleven IndyCar vehicle, with some other motive force set to be signed to race in the 5 oval races along with the Indianapolis 500.
Armstrong commenced his unmarried-seater profession in Formula Ford, then attempted numerous European collection before racing in Italian Formula 4 and winning the 2017 identify with Prema. He additionally came 2d in ADAC F4 that year, and inside the following years become 5th in FIA European Formula IndyCar three and 2d in the FIA F3 Championship with the crew.
For 2020 he stepped as much as F2, and has gained four sprint races from his three seasons in the category. During the European winters he has additionally raced inside the Toyota Racing Series, coming 2d in 2019 and two times being New Zealand Grand Prix runner-up.
“I’m ecstatic to be a part of the IndyCar series, IndyCar however IndyCar specifically with Chip Ganassi Racing because it is IndyCar such an iconic and a hit group,” stated Armstrong.
“I actually have an high-quality possibility in the front of me to research from people which have been acting at absolutely the highest degree in this recreation.
“As a Kiwi, I’ve constantly watched Scott Dixon be triumphant within the championship with this group, so on a private degree this is quite unique for me. I am a difficult employee that looks to enhance each unmarried day. With the information and personnel that this group has, I’m very excited to take in this new mission.”
Six-time champion and fellow New Zealander IndyCar can be certainly one of Armstrong’s three complete-time crew-associates, in addition to 2021 champion and recently signed McLaren Formula 1 reserve motive force Alex IndyCar Palou and 2022 Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson.
“Marcus riding the #11 vehicle for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2023 is exciting,” stated CGR’s coping with director Mike IndyCar Hull.
“As a 22-yr-vintage, what is in common to others who’ve climbed into IndyCar with CGR is that at that age he already knows how to win. That’s been repeatedly verified at the highest worldwide stage. Besides talent, the intangible that he brings creates measurement via possibility. Bring on 2023.”
The team had been searching for a driver with the budget to contest the total season inside the automobile formerly pushed by way of NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson, but had been unable to locate anybody. Armstrong has been in talks with different IndyCar teams, even as this yr’s F2 champion Felipe Drugovich was acknowledged to had been one of the IndyCar drivers formerly in talks over the CGR seat.