Get to know: Marcus Ericsson #8 – Chip Ganassi Racing, Indy 500
Demon (Jake Query) IMS Radio perched atop Northeast Vista, I saw you. I saw you pull names out of a hat and the name of the driver you pulled ends up being your favorite for the next 500 miles.
So for the 33 days leading up to the race, I thought I’d tell you more about the PEOPLE in the cockpit or the people you might end up rooting for when you pull a name out of a hat. A few things you might want to know about these drivers are…
Hang on. Ride for 33 days of “Getting to Know Yourself”.
It goes without saying that Marcus Ericsson enjoys a cup of Huski chocolate while he watches his cooking shows.
Sure, he should ask his sponsor to send him a few cases (the hot chocolate mix isn’t available in the US yet), but the company painted next to Ericsson’s car has something in common. with the 31-year-old, 4th IndyCar driver of the year.
Both were born in Sweden.
Huski’s marketing campaign touts him as “born in the arctic mountains of Sweden”.
For Ericsson, his birthplace is described as a little simpler.
Marcus Ericsson was born on September 2, 1990 in Kumla, Sweden, a small, flat town of 21,000 people on the Narke plain. It’s a city known for three things: its history of shoemaking and, more recently, a maximum-security prison and the invention of Bluetooth technology at the city’s largest employer, Ericsson Industry.
Young Marcus started racing karts at a young age, and at the age of 9 Marcus’ talent was discovered by Swedish touring car champion Fredrik Ekblom.
Ericsson’s name may be shared by Kumla’s biggest company, but if he was to embark on a racing career where he could leave his mark, he knew it wouldn’t be with the money of the family.
He stuck to karting, rather than the more expensive formula cars. After numerous karting titles in Sweden, Ericsson finally caught the eye of fellow Swede and 1999 Indy 500 champion Kenny Brack, who helped Marcus land a race in Formula 3.
He won several races in various series across Japan and Europe, before landing an opportunity in 2014 in Formula 1. He jumped into IndyCar in 2019.
He might not watch puppets, but he probably sees a lot of Swedish chefs on his favorite cooking shows. He is also an avid spectator of the NHL, where he keeps an eye out for Swedish hockey players.
Marcus Ericsson resides in Indianapolis.