Marcus Thorbjörn Ericsson (Swedish pronunciation: ; born September 2, 1990) is a Swedish racing driver who currently drives the No. 8 Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing in the NTT IndyCar Series. Between 2014 and 2018, Ericsson was a Formula One competitor. He won the Indianapolis 500 in 2022.
He moved up to the British team’s British Formula Three Championship squad after a successful start in car racing in 2007, when he won the British Formula BMW title with Fortec Motorsport. After finishing as one of the top rookies in the category, Ericsson moved on to the All-Japan Formula Three Championship, which he won in his first season.
In 2010, he advanced to the GP2 Series, where he won one race in his first season with Super Nova Racing. Ericsson was an iSport driver between 2011 and 2012. Ericsson finished the GP2 season with DAMS in 2013 and made his Formula One debut with Caterham F1 in 2014.
Marcus Ericsson’s estimated net worth in 2022 is between $3 million and $4 million, incorporating all of his career earnings and assets.
Despite the fact that the amount indicated above is the total, it is apparent that Marcus has put in a lot of effort to amass such a large sum. He, too, had been on the verge of triumph from the start, and it had never left his side as he clung to it with tenacity.
Early career– Karting
Ericsson, who was born in Kumla, rebro County, got his first taste of motorsport when he was nine years old, racing karts. “Fredrik Ekblom, with whom I raced in British Formula 3000 and Indy Lights, called.
He now owns and operates a kart track, and he told me about a nine-year-old kid who strolled in off the street and came close to breaking the lap record “Richard Dutton, the CEO of Fortec Motorsport, recalled this.
Ericsson’s father, Tomas, was persuaded by Ekblom to buy his son a kart, and the young Swede remained in karting for the following four years “I’d never considered racing as a career before. My family couldn’t afford for me to race formula cars, so we never considered it “Ericsson recalled anything.
Former Champ Car driver and 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner Kenny Bräck backed Ericsson’s career in 2006. “”I saw Marcus in a race in Gothenburg,” Bräck explained, “and although he didn’t win the race because his engine blew up with two laps to go, he was clearly the best out there.”
When passing, he didn’t get involved in any fights; instead, he’d wait for the appropriate moment to strike, then pounce and flee. He is patient, but when he does go for it, everything comes together wonderfully. I was reminded of Alain Prost when I saw him “Bräck went on to say.
Ericsson was announced as a full-time driver for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the 2019 IndyCar Series on October 30, 2018.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports is a company that specializes in racing (2019)
Ericsson finished third in his debut season at the Detroit Grand Prix. He missed the Grand Prix of Portland in September because he was on standby at the Belgian Grand Prix for an injured Kimi Räikkönen; Räikkönen would eventually win the race. Ericsson finished the 2019 season with a 17th-place point total.
Chip Ganassi (from 2020 to the present)
For the 2020 IndyCar Series season, Ericsson has joined Chip Ganassi Racing. He finished in the top ten in nearly half of his races during the pandemic-shortened season, with his best result being a fourth-place finish at the second race, Road America.
In October 2020, Ericsson was re-upped for at least another two seasons with Chip Ganassi, extending his contract. Ericsson’s breakthrough year in IndyCar would be 2021. Before the 2021 Indianapolis 500, Ericsson had mediocre results compared to colleagues Scott Dixon and Alex Palou, but after the race, he would outscore both his teammates and the whole IndyCar field.
Ericsson won the first race of the doubleheader in Detroit, his first win in IndyCar and his first win in any category since 2013 in GP2. Ericsson benefited from the misfortune of race leader Will Power, whose car refused to restart during a formation lap following a red flag incident at the end of the race.
Ericsson finished second to Josef Newgarden at Mid Ohio and then won the first round of the series in Nashville, putting him in contention for the championship. Despite finishing in the top ten for the rest of the season, Ericsson was mathematically eliminated from the championship after finishing sixth at Laguna Seca.
With 435 points, Ericsson finished the season in sixth place in the driver’s championship.
In his third season with Chip Ganassi Racing, Ericsson continued to set the pace. With a third-place finish in the XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway, he earned his first podium finish on an oval.
After holding off Pato O’Ward on a late restart, Ericsson won the 2022 Indy 500 under caution. After Kenny Bräck in 1999, Ericsson became the second Swedish-born driver to win the Indianapolis 500. Ericsson’s triumph in the 500, combined with strong early season results, propelled him to the top of the IndyCar Series points standings for the first time in his career.