In a bumper interview edition of The Race IndyCar Podcast, the series’ most recent winner Marcus Ericsson and its latest breakout star Callum Ilott join to discuss their fast starts to the season.
Indianapolis 500 winner Ericsson, of Chip Ganassi Racing, gives insight into his St Petersburg victory, before delving into the details of his new mental coach for this year, how that’s helped improve his performance, and perhaps how speaking openly about it could break down the stigma associated with drivers getting help from professionals in this area.
Ericsson also discusses his post-race comments that he feels he hasn’t been in enough people’s minds for being a title contender this year.
F2 runner-up in 2020, Ilott went from 22nd to fifth in St Petersburg having scored an incredible front-row qualifying start in the final race of the previous season – so his forward momentum is continuing.
Ilott’s performance in a new, one-car team last year meant he was linked to bigger squads for the future. He discusses the upward trajectory of the Juncos Hollinger Racing squad he ended up staying with, how he’s been able to extract the most from the team, whether this race is a sign of things to come, and how to transition from European-based series to racing in the States.
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