Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Armstrong who steps up to a full-time seat in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for 2024 says that he feels that the transition to this role within the sport will open his mind up to a few new aspects of the series.

The New Zealander who made his debut in the series on road and street course events in 2023 will compete on the ovals this year and will make his Indianapolis 500 debut on May 26.

Chip Ganassi Racing expanded to five full-time cars over the off-season and as Armstrong enters his sophomore season he is no longer the new guy in the team with the addition of Linus Lindqvist and Kyffin Simpson for 2024.

Speaking to Paddock Eye during media content day in Indianapolis, Armstrong said:

I’d say two things spring to mind. I’ll be busier, which is good. I thought it was probably a bit of a disadvantage not being able to get into a rhythm every single weekend, and having a break, for lack of a better word. Then again, it was great to be able to be at the track and watch the experts, the oval experts and learn from them.

But it’s nice to know that I’ll be able to get into more of a rhythm throughout the year.

Then obviously ovals, I think certainly Chip has told me that ovals help your road and street course racing a lot more than you think, just with the basics of driving, the speed and where to put your eyes and everything.

It’s certainly going to open my mind up to a few new aspects of this category.

Marcus Armstrong confirmed on Thursday that Angela Ashmore will be his race engineer for the 2024 season, becoming only the third female engineer to lead a crew.

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