Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced on Tuesday that current Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team driver Marcus Ericsson will make his IndyCar Series debut with the team in March next year as he moves to the US to partner James Hinchcliffe in the No.7 Honda.
Speaking about the news, Ericsson who will remain with Sauber as a team ambassador, said:
It’s a great honour to be picked as one of the drivers at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and IndyCar for the 2019 season,” the Swedish racing driver commented. “It feels like a perfect step for me and my career after five years in F1. I can’t wait to start work with SPM and all the people in the team which I’ve heard a lot of good things about. They’ve had some great success over the years, and I’m looking forward to work hard to continue and improve on that path. The racing in IndyCar looks great and I feel really excited to be part of it in the future. It will be a lot to learn including new tracks, oval racing, etc. I know it won’t be easy, but it’s a challenge I’m very much looking forward to and I can’t wait to get started.”
Team co-owner Sam Schmidt commented on the news saying:
Ric (Peterson) and I are excited to welcome Marcus to the team,” said SPM co-owner Sam Schmidt. “He has a ton of experience racing in the top levels of motorsports, so we believe that he will be able to contribute to our development program that began in earnest in 2018. While the circuits on the IndyCar schedule will be brand new to him, particularly the ovals, we have a lot of confidence and trust in his eagerness to learn along with his work ethic. We think he and James (Hinchcliffe) will be a good fit to push one another and fight for those wins.”
The team have also confirmed that Jack Harvey will return next season in partnership with Meyer Shank Racing while the No.6 Honda remains open and is available for Robert Wickens for if and when he is ready to return.