Swedish F1 racer Eric­s­son jumps to IndyCar for 2019

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Swedish For­mula One driver Mar­cus Eric­s­son, never bet­ter than an eighth-place fin­isher over five F1 sea­sons, will jump to IndyCar next year, Sch­midt Peter­son Mo­tor­sports (SPM) an­nounced Tues­day.

The 28-year-old racer, who made his F1 de­but with Cater­ham in 2014, will drive a Honda-pow­ered IndyCar en­try af­ter rac­ing four Sauber the past four sea­sons, this year for Fer­rari-pow­ered Alfa Romeo.

“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,” SPM co-owner Sam Sch­midt said.

Eric­s­son has made 95 F1 starts with races yet to come this sea­son in Brazil and Abu Dhabi. His top fin­ish was eighth in the 2015 sea­son opener in Aus­tralia. He had five top-10 ef­forts that year but topped it with six top-10s this year, in­clud­ing 10th in the US and ninth at Sun­day’s Mex­i­can Grand Prix.

“It’s a great honor to be picked as one of the driv­ers at Sch­midt Peter­son,” Eric­s­son said. “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.”

Eric­s­son will re­main a re­serve driver for Alfa Romeo Sauber next year but is ex­cited to race in IndyCar.

“The rac­ing in IndyCar looks great and I feel re­ally ex­cited to be part of it in the fu­ture,” he said. “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.”

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