Macau Grand Prix Welcomes IndyCar Racer Marcus Armstrong for Surprise F3 Return
In a surprising turn of events, IndyCar driver Marcus Armstrong is set to make a return to the Macau Grand Prix, competing in the F3 category. With a desire to settle unfinished business, Armstrong is eager to showcase his skills at the iconic event. Despite already being established in North America’s premier open-wheel championship, Armstrong’s decision to return to a junior category race speaks volumes about the reverence he holds for the Macau Grand Prix.
Armstrong, driving for MP Motorsport, is no stranger to the Macau Grand Prix. In his two previous appearances, he finished eighth on both occasions, including his debut in 2018. However, he believes he could have competed for the win in his second year if not for a crash and an accident on Lap 1 that hampered his starting position.
Interestingly, the Macau Grand Prix has seen other drivers who have gone on to achieve great success in the IndyCar series, such as Felix Rosenqvist and Takuma Sato. The event holds a special place in the hearts of many drivers, as Armstrong discovered during a dinner with fellow IndyCar drivers Kyle Kirkwood, Colton Herta, Marcus Ericsson, and Will Power. Their praise for the Macau Grand Prix prompted Armstrong to respond to offers he had received, ultimately leading to his decision to participate.
Armstrong’s decision was endorsed by his team, Chip Ganassi Racing, due to the race’s similarities to IndyCar street racing. With his team’s support and the reputation of the Macau Grand Prix in the United States, Armstrong eagerly awaits the opportunity to compete.
Reuniting with Paolo Angilella, who previously served as his engineer in Prema in 2019, Armstrong feels confident and comfortable with his familiar face in the MP Motorsport team. Angilella brings a wealth of knowledge and success to the team, having won the Formula 2 championship with Felipe Drugovich.
Having last competed in the Macau Grand Prix four years ago, Armstrong has undoubtedly grown and developed as a driver. Furthermore, his team, MP Motorsport, is defending race champions from their victory in the 2019 visit to the Guia circuit. These factors, combined with Armstrong’s enhanced skill set and the team’s success, make him a formidable contender for the upcoming race on November 18-19.
The Macau Grand Prix, which was cancelled for F3 cars in the past three seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, holds a special place in Armstrong’s memories. Reflecting on his previous experience in 2019, where he entered the race as the favorite but was unable to secure victory, Armstrong acknowledges the pressure he placed on himself. This time, he aims to enjoy the weekend as well, recognizing the fantastic track and vibrant atmosphere of the event.
Having gained experience from competing in street races in both F2 and IndyCar, Armstrong believes he will approach this year’s Macau Grand Prix with more composure. He is excited for the challenge that lies ahead and hopes to emerge victorious while savoring the entire experience.
In a time when fans crave live motorsport action, Motorsport.tv will be airing the full 2023 Macau weekend, including the prestigious F3 Macau Grand Prix. This presents an excellent opportunity for fans to witness Armstrong’s return and experience the thrill of the Macau Grand Prix once again.
As the Macau Grand Prix draws near, Marcus Armstrong continues to prepare physically and mentally for what promises to be an exhilarating race. With the support of his team and the experience he has gained since his last appearance, Armstrong is ready to rewrite his Macau Grand Prix story and leave a lasting impact on the iconic event.