Armstrong retained by Chip Ganassi Racing on multi-year deal from 2024 IndyCar season onwards

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Marcus Armstrong has been retained by Chip Ganassi and has signed a multi-year contract extension.

The New Zealander will run the full 2024 IndyCar campaign, including his debut on ovals.

Despite not competing at the rounds on ovals this season, Armstrong leads the Rookie of the Year standings with 190 points.

Armstrong said: “I am very proud and excited to continue with Chip Ganassi Racing for next year and beyond. Together with this very talented and experienced team, I am confident we can compete at the highest level in this championship.

“I feel very grateful that Chip has given me the time to adapt to INDYCAR and has helped me every step of the way in what has been a good season,” said Armstrong. “I’ve spent the year learning from a great group of people, including my teammates and Dario.”

The Kiwi is looking to improve on his impressive first IndyCar campaign and is looking forward to the challenges ovals present.

“I’m very grateful for how much help I’ve received from each team member. With a season under my belt, I now want to turn these lessons into results. I will be racing on the ovals for the first time next year, and it’s an exciting challenge that I’m confident I can learn quickly.

“I spent the entire month of May either in the engineering office or in the pit stand this year, trying to familiarize myself with the details of oval racing. It’s a challenge that excites me a lot.”

The Chip Ganassi driver has scored four top 10 finishes so far this season, with a best result of P7 coming at the Honda Indy Toronto.

Chip Ganassi Racing Managing Director Mike Hull praised the 23-year-old for his impressive CV and adaptability.

“Marcus Armstrong has proven in 2023 his quick adaptation to INDYCAR road and street tracks.

“He’s ready to be a full-time Chip Ganassi Racing INDYCAR driver,” said Hull. “Winning is integrated into his racing resume.

“This includes his pursuit of the 2023 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year. He knows how to win as a teammate.

“Next comes ovals at the highest global level. We look forward to a long-term relationship driven by growth and opportunity in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES with Marcus.”

Armstrong’s inaugural IndyCar season comes to a close at Laguna Seca this weekend at the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.