Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda says that he knew coming into this weekend’s NTT IndyCar Series doubleheader in Detroit that the team had a good chance to claim a victory and that is exactly what the Swede did in race one on Belle Isle as he took his first every IndyCar Series victory.
Speaking to Paddock Eye following the race, Ericsson, who started the event from 15th on the grid commented saying:
It’s a good question. I don’t know.
I just felt like the first time I came here in 2019, I really enjoyed the track. It has a lot of character. Bumpy and different surfaces that makes it pretty tricky to drive. But it’s a big driver’s track, I would say. All my life, Suzuka, Spa, Silverstone, where the driver can make a big difference, it’s tracks that I’ve really enjoyed.
I feel like Detroit is also a track like that, where is really tough. You have to have a good car, but the last part is about the driver getting the most out of it, the last couple 10ths out of it in the driving.
I felt, like I said, from the get-go here in 2019 that I really enjoyed this track. I knew coming into this weekend we were going to be strong and have a good chance.
Ericsson went on to say:
“For once, things fell my way. “It feels really good. For Will, I feel really bad for him with the way it ended for him. He did a tremendous job today. But it was my day today, and it was about time.”