Indy NXT Champion Christian Rasmussen Gets IndyCar Seat With ECR

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Indy NXT Champion Gets IndyCar Seat for 2024Penske Entertainment/Chris Jones

Christian Rasmussen, who won the 2023 Indy NXT championship, is moving to the NTT IndyCar Series to run a part-time schedule with Ed Carpenter Racing in 2024.

Rasmussen, who dominated the Indy NXT development series with five wins and eight podium finishes in 15 races, will compete in all road and street circuits for ECR. He will also be the team's third entry, joining veterans Rinus Veekay and Ed Carpenter, for the 108th Indianapolis 500 in May.

“I am very excited to join Ed Carpenter Racing for the 2024 NTT IndyCar Series season,” Rasmussen, 23, said in a press release. “It is a dream come true and something I’ve been working towards for a long time now. I want to thank Ed Carpenter and Tim Broyles for the opportunity and I’m ready to get to work and show everyone what we can do.”

Rasmussen's run up the Road to Indy ladder includes championships at each level—USF2000 (2020), USF Pro 2000 (2021) and INDY NXT (2023). He finished his 2023 championship season with an exclamation points, leading every lap and earning his fifth victory of the year in the season finale at Laguna Seca Raceway.

Rasmussen is a native of Copenhagen, Denmark.

"Christian is a driver that has really stood out during his climb through the Road to Indy program and he showed his ability to be a real closer in the second half of his INDY NXT championship run," team owner Carpenter said. “He did an excellent job when we tested him at Barber Motorsports Park last month and showed that he is fully ready to take the next step into the NTT IndyCar Series. We are excited to add him to our lineup and we are anticipating a successful 2024 season."

Carpenter and Rasmussen will share the No. 20 car in IndyCar this year, with Carpenter driving the six oval races and Rasmussen the 12 road and street-course races.