Ericsson “still a bit p****d off about the ending” over 2022 IndyCar title defeat | RaceFans Round-up


In the round-up: Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson admits the circumstances of his IndyCar title defeat last year still rankle with him.

In brief

Indy 500 winner rues IndyCar title loss

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Ericsson says he is still “a bit pissed off” about how he missed out on the 2022 IndyCar title after winning last year’s double-points Indianapolis 500.

He spent more than a third of the season as championship leader, and went into the season finale at Laguna Seca as a contender, but dropped to sixth in the final standings after coming eighth in the deciding race.

“I’m still a bit pissed off about the ending of last year because I felt we were having a really strong year, then the last three races or so we just fell off a little bit. That was disappointing,” said Ericsson.

“But it’s given me a lot of motivation to work hard in the off-season to try and be better this year. It’s definitely our goal to try and get that championship this year.”

Ericsson also commented how his annoyance in part stemmed from the condition of the Laguna Seca track surface, which is being repaved for 2023.

“Last year when we were there, we were basically driving rain lines, going outside the normal racing line trying to find grip. I think it was entertaining to watch in some ways because it was very tricky to drive. But the driving experience was not the best I found because it was just so low grip.”

IndyCar reveals new Medical Unit

IndyCar will bring a new mobile medical facility to races this season, with it being used for the first time at this week’s pre-season test at The Thermal Club.

Previously, IndyCar had combined a mobile unit with track facilities, but now will rely more on its own travelling safety infrastructure.

The mobile unit will have “four functional areas, one with two hospital beds” and will contain “portable X-ray machine, a resuscitation cart and assorted orthopaedic care supplies”. From within the mobile unit, doctors and nurses will be able to watch the on-track action via video. IndyCar’s announcement of the new unit also mentioned that the unit will be able to care for all members of the paddock, not just the drivers.

Jenzer to run Barnard in Formula 3

ADAC Formula 4 runner-up Taylor Barnard will race for Jenzer Motorsport in his rookie FIA Formula 3 season this year.

The 18-year-old was announced last month by his F4 team PHM Racing that he would be stepping up to F3, but rather than racing for the German team as he moves up the single-seater ladder he will instead drive for its partner team Jenzer.

Barnard has started 2023 in impressive style with PHM, racing in the Formula Regional Middle East championship. He is currently second in the standings and has already won a race.

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