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Malukas insists Ericsson’s Andretti IndyCar move ‘doesn’t affect me’

IndyCar racer David Malukas – who has been tipped for a move to one of the series’ powerhouse teams next year – has said Marcus Ericsson’s switch to Andretti Autosport won’t affect him.

David Malukas, Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda

Speaking in the immediate aftermath of the announcement that Andretti had signed 2022 Indianapolis 500 winner Ericsson, who moves from Chip Ganassi Racing, Malukas was insistent that it doesn’t change anything for his future plans.

When asked by Autosport if it narrowed his options in any way, Malukas replied: “His move doesn't really affect anything from my side but obviously it's good for him. From my end, it doesn't really affect anything.”

Malukas, 21, has already confirmed that he won’t stay at Dale Coyne Racing for 2024 as he reaches the end of a two-year deal between the veteran team and his father, trucking magnate Henry Malukas.

In the meantime, his family’s HMD squad has become one of the biggest teams in the Indy NXT series, and it has hinted at moving up into IndyCar in the future.

Malukas Jr is confident he’ll be on the grid next year regardless, and said he has no concerns about his future in the series.

“From my side, I’m 100% confident,” he said. “I don't have any anxiety or any of that stuff. I think our next year is looking very strong, and yeah, it looks very good.

“I don't know much about what I can say here or there, but all I can say is it looks very good.”

David Malukas, Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda

David Malukas, Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda

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He added that his 2024 deal is “most likely” to be announced after the season finale at Laguna Seca next month, and that his direction isn’t at all dependent on his results in the final three races of the season.

“There’s no more waiting, nothing more to be done,” Malukas added. “From my side, it's just focusing on trying to finish this season strong and looking forward to next season.”

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His strongest options are to join Ericsson at Andretti in its fourth entry, where he would also be team-mate to his 2021 Indy Lights nemesis Kyle Kirkwood, or take Ericsson’s former ride at Ganassi.

A more left-field possibility would be joining Arrow McLaren, a route that was only recently opened up by the Alex Palou's decision to stay at Ganassi.

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