Chip Ganassi Racing announced Dec. 2 that Marcus Armstrong will drive its No. 11 Honda in road and street course races across the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.
New Zealand native Armstrong, 22, is set to make his North American professional debut after competing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship from 2020 to 2022, when he earned four victories and eight podium finishes. Armstrong scored his first victory in the series in 2021 at Jeddah Corniche Circuit in Saudi Arabia, and recorded three wins in 2022, in Italy, Austria and the Netherlands. Armstrong also served as a development driver for the Scuderia Ferrari F1 team in 2021.
“I’m ecstatic to be a part of the INDYCAR SERIES but especially with Chip Ganassi Racing because it is such an iconic and successful team,” Armstrong said. “I have an extraordinary opportunity in front of me to learn from people that have been performing at the absolute highest level in this sport.
“As a Kiwi, I’ve always watched Scott Dixon succeed in the championship with this team, so on a personal level this is quite special for me. I am a hard worker that looks to improve every single day. With the knowledge and personnel that this team has, I’m very excited to take on this new challenge.”
Armstrong started his racing career in karting at age 10. He won five karting national championships in New Zealand before moving to Europe in 2015.
In 2017, Armstrong climbed to Formula 4. where he won the Italian Formula 4 championship in his first season. Armstrong competed in Formula 3 across the 2018 and 2019 seasons, where he earned four wins, four pole positions and 16 podiums.
Armstrong is set to meet his Chip Ganassi Racing teammates next week in Indianapolis next week. He will become the first driver in Chip Ganassi Racing history to compete in a No. 11 entry when he races the Streets of St. Petersburg on March 5 alongside fellow Ganassi drivers Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson and Alex Palou.
“Marcus driving the No. 11 car for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2023 is exciting,” said Mike Hull, CGR managing director. “As a 22-year-old, what is in common to others who have climbed into INDYCAR with CGR is that at that age he already knows how to win. That's been repeatedly proven at the highest global level. Besides talent, the intangible that he brings creates measurement through opportunity. Bring on 2023.”
CGR will share an update on the driver of the No. 11 Honda for oval races at a later date.