Ericsson completed 12th in IndyCar final yr however, though he confirmed vastly improved consistency in contrast along with his rookie season at Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, he couldn’t replicate the rostrum end he scored in Detroit in 2019.
The previous Components 1 driver says he should enhance his one-lap pace in qualifying with the intention to reveal how sturdy his race tempo has change into.
“Final yr I used to be fairly pleased with the consistency, to have the ability to run within the high 10 just about in all places,” stated Ericsson, who ended the yr with 9 High 10 finishes.
“The most important downside we had final yr, or I had final yr, was the qualifying on street and avenue programs the place we simply certified too far again. Within the races we got here sturdy, however it’s too robust in a collection like this to start out mid-pack and be capable to win.
“That is been the most important focus for us, for my workforce – and to be trustworthy, Chip Ganassi Racing as a complete. I feel we felt as a workforce that we had been struggling a bit with all our automobiles in qualifying on street and avenue programs.
“I have been myself to see what I can do to enhance it, to try to perceive the tyres extra.
“I feel that was one of many issues: to try to swap on the tyres higher for qualifying. I feel that was one of many massive areas that we as a workforce and me as a driver had been struggling a bit with.
“We do not get the pink tyres [softer-compound Firestones] in testing however we have nonetheless finished lots of work on the first tyres in testing, and it seems like we have made some progress there.
“It’ll be very attention-grabbing to see once we get to Barber for the primary race if we are able to begin qualifying a bit greater up as a result of I feel if we are able to do this, win some podiums, [the first win is] on its approach.
“I feel my race craft final yr was as sturdy as anybody’s, so I do not fear about that. I feel if I can qualify up entrance, I am certain I can rating podiums and win.”
That stated, Ericsson has tailored properly to all forms of oval on the IndyCar schedule, and has focused a “breakthrough consequence on an oval.”
The Swede’s greatest consequence on an oval course was his fifth-place end in final yr’s opening Gateway race, beating his seventh place on the Texas Motor Speedway in 2019.
He noticed: “I feel from the beginning after I received right here to IndyCar, I have been actually blissful on ovals, actually felt prefer it’s been suiting my driving fashion, and I actually loved it, however I have never actually had an enormous consequence but.
“I had the fifth place in Gateway Race 1, which was a great consequence, however I really feel like there’s much more there to return.
“Yeah, I am on the lookout for an enormous consequence on one of many ovals for certain. Possibly the large one. That might be good.”