Chip Ganassi Racing has hired the Formula 2 veteran Marcus Armstrong to drive in a newly-branded #11 entry for the road and street courses next season.
Armstrong will be driving a bulk of the races for the team’s fourth entry, which was vacated when Jimmie Johnson decided to end his full time racing career at the end of last season.
“I’m ecstatic to be a part of the IndyCar Series, but especially with Chip Ganassi Racing because it is such an iconic and successful team,” said Armstrong. “I have an extraordinary opportunity in front of me to learn from people that have been performing at the absolute highest level in this sport.
“As a Kiwi, I’ve always watched Scott Dixon succeed in the championship with this team, so on a personal level this is quite special for me. I am a hard worker that looks to improve every single day.
“With the knowledge and personnel that this team has, I’m very excited to take on this new challenge.”
Armstrong has run the past three seasons in Formula 2, driving for a few different teams and maintaining his Ferrari Development Driver status as he searched for a way to progress his young career even further.
The New Zealander won three races in 2022 driving for Hitech, but failed to consistently fight at the front of the field and finished the championship in the middle of the pack.
The 22-year-old will be driving alongside the talented veterans of Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson, and Alex Palou, and has plans to visit Indianapolis and meet his talented team-mates next week.
A driver for the #11 for the remaining five oval races has not yet been announced.
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