Following Jimmie Johnson’s departure, the automobile will likely be run as #11, and Armstrong will staff up with New Zealand compatriot and six-time champion Scott Dixon, 2021 champion Alex Palou and 2022 Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson for the 12 non-ovals on the 2022 calendar.
The 22-year-old had been in negotiations with Dale Coyne Racing earlier than and after testing for the staff impressively at Sebring in October, and was believed to be nearing a cope with Coyne to companion David Malukas full-time in 2023, with Takuma Sato turning into an oval-only third driver.
Nonetheless, as an alternative Armstrong will tackle current F2 rivals Callum Ilott (Juncos) and 2022 IndyCar Rookie of the 12 months Christian Lundgaard (Rahal Letterman Lanigan) from the seat of the legendary Ganassi operation, which has taken its drivers to 14 championships since 1996.
“I’m ecstatic to be part of the IndyCar Sequence, however particularly with Chip Ganassi Racing as a result of it’s such an iconic and profitable staff,” mentioned Armstrong, who scored 4 wins in three seasons of F2.
“I’ve a rare alternative in entrance of me to study from folks which were performing on the absolute highest stage on this sport.
“As a Kiwi, I’ve at all times watched Scott Dixon succeed within the championship with this staff, so on a private stage that is fairly particular for me.
Marcus Armstrong, Hitech Grand Prix
Photograph by: Method Motorsport Ltd
“I’m a tough employee that appears to enhance each single day. With the data and personnel that this staff has, I’m very excited to tackle this new problem.”
Mike Hull, Ganassi’s managing director, mentioned: “Marcus driving the #11 automobile for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2023 is thrilling.
“As a 22-year-old, what’s in widespread to others who’ve climbed into IndyCar with CGR is that at that age he already is aware of the right way to win. That is been repeatedly confirmed on the highest international stage.”
Who will get to race the #11 within the 5 oval races together with the Indianapolis 500 is now open to conjecture.
Whereas Ryan Hunter-Reay has a improvement position at Ganassi, to this point the position has been confined to sportscars, and he ran two IMSA endurance races with the staff this yr.
The 2012 IndyCar champion and 2014 Indy 500 winner is likely to be thought-about a lock for the experience given his prowess on ovals, however two-time Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato can be understood to be in negotiations for the seat.
This seems to go in opposition to the understanding that the Japanese veteran can be operating an oval-only programme for Dale Coyne Racing, and couldn’t race for anybody apart from DCR ought to he select to proceed in IndyCar in 2023.