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Ericsson needs to be “handled as a prime driver” in contract talks

Ericsson, who won the 2022 Indy 500 and has finished sixth in the IndyCar standings with Ganassi for the past two seasons, has no deal in place for next season but can’t formally negotiate with other teams until August. After remarking recently that his phone has been “quite busy” with interest from elsewhere, Ericsson has

Ericsson needs to be “handled as a prime driver” in contract talks

Ericsson, who received the 2022 Indy 500 and has completed sixth within the IndyCar standings with Ganassi for the previous two seasons, has no deal in place for subsequent season however can’t formally negotiate with different groups till August.

After remarking just lately that his telephone has been “fairly busy” with curiosity from elsewhere, Ericsson has gone on report that he needs to stay at Ganassi for 2024 – however his drive there has to date been bankrolled by assist from Swedish billionaire Finn Rausing.

Ericsson needs higher phrases going ahead, and when workforce proprietor Chip Ganassi was query by media at Indianapolis, he stated that “Marcus has an enormous future within the sport and I would like it to be on this workforce” however that “we simply must finalize some sponsorship.”

When requested by what Ganassi meant by that latter comment, Ericsson replied: “Yeah, it’s a great query. However I don’t suppose it’s a query for me, actually.

“I’ve stated a number of instances now that I need to be handled as a prime driver, as a result of that’s what I’m on this collection. It’s the place I wanna be and hopefully we’ll get to that time with Ganassi. I really feel like I deserve that.”

Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Photograph by: Geoffrey M. Miller / Motorsport Images

Ericsson stated he’s been hardened by his earlier profession, which included 5 years racing in Formulation 1 with Caterham and Sauber/Alfa Romeo, earlier than he switched to IndyCar in 2019.

“It might’ve been good to have all the pieces sorted already for the longer term, however I believe – at the least in my profession – I’m used to working many of the season and never realizing what I’m doing the following season,” he added.

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“Would I prefer to have it completely different? Yeah. But it surely’s not the case, so I can’t actually focus an excessive amount of on it. For me, I must deal with delivering on observe, I really feel I’ve executed that this 12 months, I’ve been robust this season with main the factors till the final race and we’re in fine condition and looking out good for the five hundred once more this 12 months.

“I must hold my head on that, and deal with that, and I believe if it was 10 years in the past, I’d have been extra affected by the scenario, however now I really feel prefer it doesn’t actually have an effect on me. I’m targeted on what I must do.”

Ericsson is in his fourth season with CGR, with whom he has scored 4 wins.

“I’ve cherished my time to date with Ganassi, it’s been nice,” he stated. “I’ve been constructing yearly and getting stronger yearly with the #8 workforce. It’s been working very properly.”

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