Marcus Ericsson wins Indy 500

5/29/2022 11:28:00 PM

This is Ericsson's first Indy 500 win.

This is Ericsson's first Indy 500 win.

This is Ericsson's first Indy 500 win.

Updated on: May 29, 2022 / 5:28 PM / AP Marcus Ericsson had to leave Formula One to become a global superstar, a goal achieved Sunday when the Swedish driver won the Indianapolis 500."Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!" Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson is set to make his Indianapolis 500 debut on Sunday.Email article Marcus Ericsson of Sweden celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the 106th Running of The Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana.WRTV is working to bring you a full taste of the day and the racing season as we gear up for the most exciting day of the year with WRTV's Breakfast at the Brickyard coverage.

Ericsson took control of the race late — largely because of teammate Scott Dixon's speeding penalty — and had the win in reach for Chip Ganassi Racing until a crash by teammate Jimmie Johnson with four laps remaining brought out a rare red-flag stoppage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.IndyCar is among the purest forms of motorsports and rarely throws artificial cautions or issues stoppages that might change the outcome."Then I had a chance to drive one of these Indy cars, and I thought, 'OK, I'll just try a limited schedule in '21.But the crowd of more than 300,000 — only a few thousand shy of a sellout and the largest sporting event since the start of the pandemic — roared when IndyCar called the cars to pit road.IndyCar is among the purest forms of motorsports and rarely throws artificial cautions or issues stoppages that might change the outcome.The stoppage gave Pato O'Ward and the rest of the challengers almost 12 minutes on pit road to strategize how to catch Ericsson for the win." Johnson, 46, is no stranger to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.The race resumed with two laps remaining and Ericsson easily got the jump on O'Ward.

The Mexican got one final look for the lead that Ericsson defended and O'Ward knew not to force the issue.However, Johnson explained why Sunday's race is going to be a different drive than the others.The race resumed with two laps remaining and Ericsson easily got the jump on O'Ward."Nah, he was going to put me in the wall if I had gone for it," O'Ward said.A crash by Sage Karam back in traffic brought out the caution on the final lap and Ericsson coasted to the victory podium under yellow."It's like Star Wars when you hit the gas in the Millennium Falcon.Karam was transported to a hospital for evaluation of muscular soreness.RELATED: Indy 500 balloon release not part of 2022 schedule amid environmental concerns A crash by Sage Karam back in traffic brought out the caution on the final lap and Ericsson coasted to the victory podium under yellow.Marcus Ericsson of Sweden, driver of the #5 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, kisses the bricks after winning the 106th Running of The Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana." Johnson drove over 240 mph when he qualified for the race, he said.

Getty Images For Ericsson, it was his third career IndyCar victory in 52 career starts.All three have been strange wins in that Ericsson sealed the victories after red-flag stoppages, but he never assumed he had the Indy 500 won as he sat inside his cockpit waiting to get back to racing.398 MPH.All three have been strange wins in that Ericsson sealed the victories after red-flag stoppages, but he never assumed he had the Indy 500 won as he sat inside his cockpit waiting to get back to racing."I felt you can never take anything for granted, and obviously there was two laps to go.I was praying so hard there was not going to be another yellow, but I knew there was probably going to be one," Ericsson said.Watch live on @peacockTV: https://t."It was hard to re-focus but I knew the car was amazing." But he did, and he held on for the biggest victory of his career.

But it was still hard, you know? I had to do everything there and then to keep them behind — I can't believe it.twitter.I'm so happy." It's the biggest victory of the 31-year-old's career."It's so gnarly.Ericsson is the second Swede to win the Indy 500 in 106 runnings, joining 1999 winner Kenny Brack.Ericsson was winless in five seasons in F1 before he packed up for the United States and a move to North American open-wheel racing.He joined the Ganassi organization in his second IndyCar season and has been steadily adapting to the formula and understanding ovals; Ericsson finished a career-best third on the Texas Motor Speedway oval that was the warmup for the Indy 500..

It is the fifth Indy 500 win for team owner Chip Ganassi, who caught a ride to the victory podium on the side of Ericsson's car.The win seemed to belong to Dixon, the six-time IndyCar champion who went more than 234 mph in qualifying to win the pole.Ericsson is the second Swede to win the Indy 500 in 106 runnings, joining Kenny Brack in 1999.The kid in me, the racer in me, loves that experience, and it's just been so cool.Ericsson poured his jug of milk all over his face, then handed the bottle to Ganassi so the boss could take his own swig.Ganassi had not won the 500 in 10 years and sent five legitimate contenders to Indy to end the drought."Make sure your hands stay safe," Lydia said to her father on the track, referring to an injury.That left Ericsson and Tony Kanaan still in the fight for Ganassi.Marcus Ericsson of Sweden, driver of the #5 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, celebrates in Victory Lane by pouring milk on his head after winning the 106th Running of The Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Getty Images The win seemed to belong to Dixon, the six-time IndyCar champion who went more than 234 mph in qualifying to win the pole.You'll be fine.The New Zealander led 95 of the 200 laps on Sunday and his Honda was easily the fastest in the field — so fast that Dixon didn't slow down enough on his final pit stop.He signed a contract extension with Arrow McLaren SP on Friday and desperately wanted the win.The penalty took Dixon out of contention for the win."I'm a pro-athlete," he said.That left Ericsson and Tony Kanaan still in the fight for Ganassi.Kanaan, at 47 the oldest driver in the field, thought he was in perfect position for the win sitting in fourth on the restart." Johnson will also be rocking a special helmet for his rookie Indy 500, which he designed with country music legend Blake Shelton.Rosenqvist is in a contract year with McLaren and fighting for his job.

O'Ward wouldn't relent.He signed a contract extension with Arrow McLaren SP on Friday and desperately wanted the win to celebrate his status as McLaren's star.CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Johnson will start the race 12th on the grid in row four.But O'Ward finished second, falling just short as he tried to give Mexico a banner celebration on the biggest day in motorsports; Sergio Perez opened Sunday with a win in the Monaco Grand Prix.Reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou finished 10th in another Ganassi entry.Kanaan was third in a Ganassi car and followed by Felix Rosenqvist, another Swede, who was fourth for McLaren.m.Rosenqvist is in a contract year with McLaren and fighting for his job, but the McLaren group carried the Chevrolet banner at Indy as Juan Pablo Montoya finished 11th.

American drivers Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly finished fifth and sixth, Rossi for Andretti Autosport and Daly for Ed Carpenter Racing.."It's one team, everybody roots for everybody else, everybody works together and everybody is an open book," Ganassi said.Marcus Ericsson, driver of the #8 Huski Chocolate Chip Ganassi Racing Honda wins the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana.Getty Images Helio Castroneves, last year's winner, finished seventh and one spot ahead of Meyer Shank Racing teammate Simon Pagenaud.Reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou finished 10th in another Ganassi entry." Advertisement Honda drivers took six of the top nine spots, along with the win.Palou was an early contender until a caution closed the pits when he needed to stop for fuel.

He had to make the emergency fill-up and the penalty took him out of contention.Dixon faded to 21st after the penalty, and although he visited Ericsson on the victory podium, he was consoled by his wife on pit road after the race.Johnson finished 28th in his Indy 500 debut."It's one team, everybody roots for everybody else, everybody works together and everybody is an open book," Ganassi said."You're going to have things happen in these 500-mile races and they're not always going to fall your way.

So, you know, we were lucky to have five good cars and five good drivers." Honda drivers took six of the top nine spots, along with the win, and Kanaan had no problem with IndyCar's decision to throw the race-deciding red flag."I believe we're here for the fans.We hear the fans," Kanaan said."They came here to see a race.

That was the right call.That is the only reason race control called that, I think, it's because that's what people wanted to see.If I was in the stands, I want to see a race finish under the green." Trending News.

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