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Former F1 driver Marcus Ericsson wins Indianapolis 500 after race halt | Indycar

Marcus Ericsson had to leave Formula One to make his name – a goal achieved on Sunday as the Swede won the Indianapolis 500.

Ericsson took control of the notoriously late race and controlled it for Chip Ganassi Racing until a crash by teammate Jimmie Johnson with four laps remaining led to a rare red flag stop at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

IndyCar is one of the purest forms of motorsports and rarely gives artificial warnings or issues stoppages that might change the outcome. But a crowd of more than 300,000 – just a few thousand before the sale and the largest sports crowd in the US since the pandemic began – roared as IndyCar called the cars to the pit road.

The stoppage gave Pato O’Ward and the rest of the challengers almost 12 minutes to strategize how to catch Ericsson to win. The race continued with two laps remaining and Ericsson easily jumped to O’Ward, but the Mexican got one last chance to hold on to the lead Ericsson.

Traffic jams carried the warning and Ericsson slid to the victory podium in yellow.

It was the fifth Indy 500 win for team owner Chip Ganassi, who climbed to the winning podium on the Ericsson car side. Ericsson is the second Swede to win the Indy 500 in 106 consecutive years, joining 1999 winner Kenny Brack. Ganassi had not won the 500 in 10 years and sent five legitimate contenders to Indy to end the drought.

O’Ward, who signed a contract extension with Arrow McLaren SP on Friday, finished second. The Mexican was trying to give his country a banner celebration on the big day in motorsports: compatriot Sergio Perez had won the Monaco Grand Prix hours earlier.

Tony Canaan was third in the Ganassi car and was followed by Felix Rosenqvist, another Swede, who was fourth for McLaren. Americans Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly finished fifth and sixth, Rossi for Andretti Autosport and Daly for Ed Carpenter Racing.

Helio Castroneves, last year’s winner, finished seventh and a place ahead of his Meyer Shank Racing team-mate Simon Pagenaud. Defending IndyCar champion Alex Palou finished 10th in another Ganassi entry. The Honda rider took six of the top nine spots, along with wins.

Former F1 driver Marcus Ericsson wins Indianapolis 500 after race halt | Indycar

Source link Former F1 driver Marcus Ericsson wins Indianapolis 500 after race halt | Indycar

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