Swedish driver Ericsson gives Ganassi another Indy 500 win

Marcus Ericsson had to leave Formula One to become a world star – a goal achieved on Sunday when the Swedish driver won the Indianapolis 500.

Ericsson took control of the race late on Sunday and controlled it for Chip Ganassi Racing until a collision between teammates Jimmie Johnson with four laps left led to a rare red flag stop at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

IndyCar is one of the purest types of motorsports and rarely takes artificial precautions or issues suspensions that could change the outcome. But more than 300,000 people – just a few thousand shy of sales and the biggest sporting event since the pandemic began – screamed when IndyCar called the cars on the street.

The suspension gave Pato O’Ward and the other contestants almost 12 minutes on the pit road to decide how they could reach Ericsson for the victory. The race resumed with two laps left and Ericsson easily got over to O’Ward, but the Mexican got one locale to the lead that Ericsson saved.

A crash back in the round led to caution and Ericsson ran onto the podium under yellow.

This is the fifth Indy 500 victory for team owner Chip Ganassi, who made it to the podium next to Ericsson’s car. Ericsson is the second Swede to win the Indy 500 in 106 races, joining 1999 winner Kenny Brack.

He poured the jug of milk over his face and handed the bottle to Ganassi so the boss could take his own sip. Ganassi had not won 500 in 10 years and sent five legitimate rivals to Indy to end the drought.

O’Ward, who signed an extension with Arrow McLaren SP on Friday, finished second. Mexico was trying to give its country a banner festival on the biggest day of motorsports; Sergio Perez opened Sunday with a victory in the Monaco Grand Prix.

Tony Kanaan finished third in Ganassi’s car, followed by Felix Rosenqvist, another Swede, who finished fourth at McLaren.

American drivers Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly finished fifth and sixth, Rossi for Andretti Autosport and Daly for Ed Carpenter Racing.

Last year’s winner Helio Castroneves finished seventh and one ahead of Simon Pagenaud’s Meyer Shank Racing team-mate. Reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou finished in 10th place in the second Ganassi entry.

Honda drivers took six of the top nine places along with the victory.

Swedish driver Ericsson gives Ganassi another Indy 500 win

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