Ericsson seals first Indy 500 win

Ericsson seals first Indy 500 win

Ericsson seals first Indy 500 win

Marcus Ericsson endure a two-lap shootout with Pato O’Ward to win an emotional Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

The previous Caterham and Sauber Formula 1 driver assumed command over Sunday’s race late and had it taken care of for Chip Ganassi Racing until an accident by partner Jimmie Johnson with four laps remaining drew out an uncommon warning stoppage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The stoppage gave O’Ward and the other challengers just about 12 minutes on pit street to plan how to get Ericsson for the success.

The race continued with two laps remaining and Ericsson handily got the leap on O’Ward, yet the Mexican got one last search for the lead which the Swedish racer protected.

Then, at that point, an accident back in rush hour gridlock drew out the mindfulness and Ericsson drifted to the triumph platform under yellow.


“I needed to do everything there toward the finish to keep them behind,” Ericsson said. “I can barely handle it, I’m so cheerful.”

It is the fifth triumph at the Brickyard for group proprietor Chip Ganassi, who got a ride to the triumph platform on Ericsson’s vehicle.

Ericsson is the second Swede to win the Indy 500 of every 106 versions, joining 1999 victor Kenny Brack.

As directed by Indy 500 practice, he poured his post-race container of milk all around his face, then, at that point, gave the jug to Ganassi so the manager could take his own drink.

Ganassi had not won the 500 out of 10 years and sent five real competitors to Indianapolis to end the dry spell.

O’Ward, who marked an expansion with Arrow McLaren SP on Friday, completed second.


The Mexican was attempting to give his country a pennant festivity after comrade Sergio Perez opened Sunday with a success in the Monaco Grand Prix.

Tony Kanaan was third in a Ganassi vehicle and followed by Felix Rosenqvist, another Swede, who was fourth for McLaren.

American drivers Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly completed fifth and 6th, Rossi for Andretti Autosport and Daly for Ed Carpenter Racing.

Helio Castroneves, last year’s victor, completed seventh and one spot in front of Meyer Shank Racing partner Simon Pagenaud.

Reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou completed tenth in another Ganassi section.

Honda drivers took six of the main nine spots, alongside the success.

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