2022 – Former F1 driver Marcus Ericsson wins the Indianapolis 500 after the race was suspended | Indycar

Marcus Ericsson had to leave Formula 1 to make a name for himself – a goal achieved on Sunday when the Swede won the Indianapolis 500.

Ericsson dominated the famous race of late and was in control at Chip Ganassi Racing until teammate Jimmie Johnson’s four-lap crash caused a rare red flag stop at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

IndyCar is among the purest forms of motorsport, and you will rarely ignore the artificial alerts or stops that can alter the outcome. But a crowd of more than 300,000 people — fewer than a few thousand sellouts and the largest sports crowd in the US since the pandemic began — became runaway as IndyCar called the cars on the right track.

The pause gave Patou Award and the rest of the opponents nearly 12 minutes to strategize for victory for Ericsson. The race resumed with two laps remaining and Ericsson put O’Ward easily ahead, but the Mexican got one last look at the lead, which Ericsson defended.

A traffic collision alerted caution and Ericsson rolled onto the winner’s podium under yellow.

It’s the fifth Indy 500 win for team owner Chip Ganassi, who took to the podium alongside Ericsson’s car. Ericsson is the second Swede to win the Indy 500 in 106 qualifying, along with 1999 winner Kenny Brack. Ganassi hadn’t won a 500 in 10 years and sent five legitimate contenders to Indy to end the drought.

Ward, who signed a contract extension with Arrow McLaren SP on Friday, finished second. The Mexican tried to give his country a big anniversary on a big day in motorsports: compatriot Sergio Perez won the Monaco Grand Prix just hours ago.

Tony Kanaan finished third in the Ganassi car, followed by Felix Rosenqvist, another Swede who finished fourth with McLaren. American drivers Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly finished fifth and sixth, and Rossi for Andretti Autosport and Daly for Ed Carpenter Racing.

Last year’s winner, Helio Castroneves, finished seventh, ahead of his Mayer Shank Racing teammate Simon Pagenaud. IndyCar champ, Alex Palou, finished 10th in another Ganassi entry. Honda riders ranked six of the top nine along with the win.