Driver Marcus Ericsson, originally from Sweden, overcame a late race restart to win the 106th Indianapolis 500. Ericsson was driving the number 8 car for Chip Ganassi Racing. Ericsson led only 13 laps in the race, but he led the ones that counted at the end. It is Honda’s third consecutive win at Indy.
“You know, it’s the biggest race in the world and to win is just an incredible feeling. The way we had to it – with the pressure (of the late-race restart) at the end – it was a very tough finish. I needed all that Honda power to be able to pull it off! So, we’re very, very thankful for that. It’s just an incredible feeling. We’ve been strong all month, both our Ganassi cars and all the Honda cars. We’ve been the ones to beat, to be honest. To end up in Victory Lane, it’s just a dream come true.”
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Crowd favorite, Helio Castroneves, finished seventh. Last year, Castoneves won his record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500. Ericsson’s teammate, Scott Dixon, led for 95 laps but was unable to hang on for the win after a pit lane speeding violation. Tony Kanaan finished third. Former NASCAR superstar Jimmie Johnson placed 28th. The INDYCAR rookie was sidelined by a crash with just ten laps left in the race.
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In addition to being an Indianapolis 500 champion, Marcus Ericsson also takes the lead in the 2022 INDYCAR championship points after six of 17 races.
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES continues next weekend with the action moving to Detroit. The Detroit Grand Prix race weekend, runs June 3-5, on the Belle Isle street circuit in Detroit, Michigan.
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