Chip Ganassi Racing has got all their plans for the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season settled.
The newly crowned 6-times NTT IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon will of course continue in car #9, while Marcus Ericsson got his contract extended in car #8. The team has just announced today, that Alex Palou will replace Felix Rosenqvist in car #10, while Jimmie Johnson will race a fourth car for the team – excluding the ovals for now, but since there only are three ovals on the schedule – Texas, Indy and World Wide Technology Raceway (Gateway), he might take up that challenge.
Palou make his Indycar debut this year, driving for Dale Coyne Racing, in a collaboration with Team Goh, and did all right, compared to teammate Santino Ferrucci, in some of the worst equipments in the field. He missed out on the Rookie title, but did impress a few times – especially during the qualifying for the Indy 500, where he was amongst the fast nine.
Ericsson will start his third Indycar season, which is the second for the CGR team, and has signed a multi-year deal with the team. The results have been lacking a bit, with a fourth place at Road America being the highlight of th year. He do however bring a very good sponsor in Huski Chocolate, who will once again be title sponsor on the car. But to defend the Swede, the team around him was brand new for this season, with CGR hadn’t run car #8 until the 2020 season. So the mechanics and engineers had to get up to speed too.
The NTT IndyCar Series will start once again in march 2021 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.