Chip Ganassi Racing announced on Thursday that defending INDY NXT presented by Firestone champion Linus Lundqvist, who made his NTT INDYCAR SERIES race debut earlier this season has signed a multi-year contract to race for the 15 time series champions from 2024.
The Swede has effectively replaced his countryman, Marcus Ericsson who, it was confirmed last week will compete for Andretti Autosport in 2024.
Speaking following the announcement, Lindqvist said:
Joining Chip Ganassi Racing is an absolute dream come true for me. “Stepping up to race full-time in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, and to do so with one of the most successful teams in the history of the championship, is the moment I’ve been working for throughout my career. It is hard to explain how much this means to me. I am incredibly grateful to Chip, Mike and to everyone who has backed me on this journey, including of course my family.”
Speaking about the news, Chip Ganassi Racing Managing Director Mike Hull said:
“It’s terrific that the opportunity to hire Linus, a proven winner, plus the reigning 2022 INDY NXT Champion is now a reality at Chip Ganassi Racing. “He has shown that his on-track performance creates the racecraft separation that’s required in INDYCAR today. Growing together with Linus is what comes next.”
Lindqvist who will work with the team at Portland this weekend and Laguna Seca next week concluded saying:
“I have dipped my toes into INDYCAR racing in recent weeks, which will give me a little bit of a head start going into 2024. “Coming up through INDY NXT has provided me with some important experience that will help me get up to speed. Having said that, this is an entirely new challenge as I prepare to join an established top team at the highest level of the sport. I know there is a lot of hard work ahead, but having a team like Chip Ganassi Racing put their trust in me is the greatest motivator I could ever have. I intend to do everything in my power to grab this opportunity and I look forward to all the moments ahead, next year and beyond.”