News just broke that Marcus Ericsson will drive the number 8 car for Chip Ganassi racing in 2020. No sponsor was announced. Ericsson drove for Arrow Schmidt Peterson (now Arrow McLaren SP) this year. He finished 17th in the points standings with a best finish of second in Detroit Race 2. Ericsson had an up and down season with two top 10s. He missed the Portland race as he was on standby with Alfa Romeo in F1.
The announcement likely eliminates the possibility of Meyer shank racing with driver Jack Harvey forming an alliance with Ganassi. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing now appears to be where they will end up.
It was long suspected Ericsson would not return to AMSP. The question is will James Hinchcliffe return as announced earlier. This might be a spot for Indy Lights champion Oliver Askew.
I see the following seats open or unconfirmed:
Foyt (1) if Kanaan returns
Carpenter (road course in the 20). Pigot has not been confirmed for the 21.
Arrow McLaren SP (1) for now. Conor Dqaly was informed last week that the team is going “in another direction.”
Coyne (1). Ferrucci is scheduled to return but no formal confirmation yet.
Per Marshall Pruett, Ganassi is continuing to explore ways to add a fourth car for Askew. I applaud the team’s efforts to keep their Ford GT teams employed after that program ends this weekend.