MADISON, Ill – Marcus Ericsson came to the United States last winter entering uncharted territory for him. See, the Sweden native came up the ranks wanting to race in Formula One. It worked too. The Swede made 97 starts in F1 during the course of his career.
But, without a big time ride, his results varied. He wanted to show the world what he could do and staying in F1 with the way things were heading wasn’t going to keep him employed very long. So, Ericsson left Europe and came to America searching for a ride. He landed one via a one-year deal with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season.
The relationship started off slow as he finished 20th in St. Pete and 15th in COTA. But, the COTA result was due to a late race penalty. If that doesn’t happen, he likely lands a top 10. The next race though, he’d earn that top 10 with a seventh place result in Barber. That would be the first of three this season.
Following a runner-up in Belle Isle back in June, Ericsson told me that he hoped that this showed his abilities on what he can do if given a second look at a race track here. In COTA, he’s raced there before and should have had a top 10. In Belle Isle, he raced on the same track a day earlier and 24 hours later he earned his best career finish. A week after that he finished seventh at Texas, a track he tested on.
Ericsson, has proven that he’s owed a second year. His results should vastly improve. But, the question now is, where will he land in year No. 2?
SPM merged with McLaren Racing as they basically rebranded. It will remain a two car team but Ericsson’s name hasn’t been mentioned as one of the two drivers. That has his status up in the air for 2020.
Due to that, Ericsson is using these next three races as an open tryout for future employers to see how good he can be.
“I don’t know, to be honest,” Ericsson said of his future plans. “I think these final races are very important for me. As far as I know the team has not made any decisions on the driver lineup. It’s all very important now for me to really show what I can do on the track. Every chance I get to go out there on the track, it’s an opportunity for me to show what I can do.”
Ericsson, says that he doesn’t want to go anywhere else but here. He’s not interested in F1 or any other series. He wants to be an Indy Car driver.
“My goal and my desire is to be in IndyCar next year 100%,” Ericsson continued. “I love the series. I love the racing. I want to be here for a long time. That’s my goal.
“For sure, these last three races are going to be very, very important for me.”