Marcus Thorbjörn Ericsson is a professional car racer born in Kumla Municipality, Örebro County, Sweden, on September 2, 1990. He’s a well-known Swedish car racer competing with Chip Ganassi Racing in this year’s NTT Indy Car Series. Ericsson’s first time driving was when he was nine years old, karting off the street and almost breaking the lap record. He stayed in karting for four years until he got a taste of his first car race in 1989 at the British Formula Three Championship.

The Swedish driver also competed in the Formula One competition between the years 2014 and 2018. He’s presently driving No. 8 Honda in NTT IndyCar Series for Chip Ganassi Racing. After Erickson’s successful car racing debut in 2007, he decided to move to the British Formula Three Championship group of the British team. He finished as one of the leading rookies in this category. After this, he diverted his attention to the All-Japan Formula Three Championship and became the champion.

Born Sep 2, 1990
Nationality Sweden Sweden
Nickname Marcus

In 2010, he leveled up to the popular GP2 Series and secured a victory in his Super Nova racing campaign. In 2011 and the following year, Ericsson drove for iSport. He completed the GP2 season in 2013 with DAMS, followed by debuting in Formula One with Caterham F1 in 2014. In 2015, he was reunited with Felipe Nasr, a former GP2 competitor, at Sauber. Both drivers achieved excellent results in the season’s first race. In the end, Marcus Ericsson ranked eighth, three spots behind his fellow race car driver. Ericsson shifted into IndyCar racing in 2019, driving for the Schmidt Peterson team. This was before joining the leading Ganassi team as a 3rd driver with Felix Rosenqvist and Scott Dixon for 2020.

Many people were curious about Ericsson’s driving style, which led to a driving analysis where different Formula One drivers were observed during the pre-season testing in February 2015. Drivers were scrutinized as they entered and exited the technical corners of Circuit de Catalunya. The analysis later found that Ericsson leans on the left rear more often. Some believed that this style might be compromised more in the lap. Many would agree that the Swedish car racer is fun to watch but displays different approaches from other race car drivers.

Career Summary:

  • Races entered: 295
  • Race win percentage: 6.1%
  • Wins: 18
  • Podiums: 51
  • Podium percentage: 17.3 %
  • Pole Positions: 23
  • Fastest laps: 23

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