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Marcus Ericsson wins Indianapolis 500

<p>Chip Ganassi Racing driver Marcus Ericsson won the 106th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. Ericsson started in fifth position.</p><p><br/><br/></p>

Chip Ganassi Racing driver Marcus Ericsson won the 106th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. Ericsson started in fifth position.



Chip Ganassi Racing driver Marcus Ericsson won the 106th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. 

Ericsson, who started in fifth position, was leading the pack when a caution came out on lap 194 — which turned into a red flag, meaning the cars had to stop — due to fellow Chip Ganassi Racing driver Jimmie Johnson wrecking in Turn 2. 

Once the race was green again, Ericsson held off Arrow McLaren SP driver Pato O’Ward. The race saw a sixth and final caution, though, when Sage Karam wrecked. Ericsson won under caution.

Ericsson, 31, hails from Kumla, Sweden. Before he came to the NTT IndyCar Series, he competed in Formula 1 from 2014 to 2018. This is his first Indianapolis 500 win, but he had two IndyCar wins under his belt — at Detroit and Nashville, both in 2021 — before his Indianapolis 500 victory on Sunday.

This is Chip Ganassi Racing’s fifth Indianapolis 500 win and first since Dario Franchitti in 2012.

Fellow Chip Ganassi Racing driver Scott Dixon, a popular pick to win Sunday’s race, did not enjoy the same success as his teammate. Though Dixon led at the 200, 300 and 400-mile marks, he received a penalty for speeding in the pits late in the race. Dixon now, however, holds the record for total laps led at the Indianapolis 500 with 665.

Alex Palou, another pre-race favorite and teammate of Ericsson, also received a penalty for a pit violation. Palou received his for going into the pits while they were closed to drivers.

The next NTT IndyCar Series race is on June 5 in Detroit. Heading into the Detroit Grand Prix, Ericsson now leads the championship in points with 226.

106th Indianapolis 500 Top Ten

1. Marcus Ericsson

2. Pato O’Ward

3. Tony Kanaan

4. Felix Rosenqvist

5. Alexander Rossi

6. Conor Daly

7. Helio Castroneves

8. Simon Pagenaud

9. Alex Palou

10. Santino Ferrucci


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