Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson says that continuity is key for him as he enters his second season with Chip Ganassi Racing in the NTT IndyCar Series in 2021.
Speaking to Paddock Eye during media day on Friday, Ericsson said that they were a new team last year and he has all of the team and crew again this season.
Ericsson said that he has learnt a lot from six time and defending series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda and he hopes to use this to his advantage in 2021. The Swede said:
Yeah, I tried to learn as much as possible last year, being teammates with Scott. Obviously it’s been very good for me and the way he works, the way he wants to set up the car, the way he thinks through a race weekend, not only about being fast in practice per se because he’s thinking about the race all the time.
Also for me, second year with the same people, with my race engineer, Brad Goldberg, to work together for another year when we already know each other, he knows what I want from the car, that’s going to be huge for us.
It’s a lot of things that it’s good when you go into a second year together with a team and with a core group of people. That’s what I’m really excited about, to see what we can do when we start with that experience.
Also we have to remember last year, even though I came to a top team in Chip Ganassi Racing, we also were a new team in the team. The 8 car didn’t run the year before. So it was a learning curve for all of us on the 8 car during last year and it took a bit of time to get everything going. That’s why it’s really exciting for me to go into this year knowing that we have that experience with us.
I’m really excited to see what we can do together.