23 years later, Sweden’s 500th Indianapolis winner Marcus Ericsson won the 106th edition of this Sunday’s race. The Ganassi driver took the lead after the final pit stop window, overtaking Pato O’Ward on the track, and survived a red flag restart on the final laps to win.
Brazilian Tony Kanaan was in third place. The Ganassi rider competed for victory and led some of the final laps, but his fight with Felix Rosenqvist eventually lost contact with Ericsson and O’Ward, who were ahead. The McLaren Swede was fourth and was completed by Alexander Rossi in the top five, making a great return from the start of the 20th.
Helio Castroneves was one of the highlights of the race. After starting in 27th place, he managed to finish seventh in rowing, behind Conor Daly, but ahead of teammate Simon Pagenaud, he was close behind. Álex Palou and Santino Ferrucci completed the top-10.
Pole position, Scott Dixon faced a traumatic failure. Even though he was the driver who took the most laps, he finished 21st after paying a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pits.
In the first appearance of the Indianapolis 500, the Frenchman Romain Grosjean ended up on the wall. Driver Andretti was in the top 15 of the race on lap 107 when he lost control on lap 2, falling alone and in the same way as Rinus VeeKay and Callum Ilott.
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The green flag was given at 1:46 p.m. (Brasilia time). Dixon got off to a good start and tried to defend against Palou, but ended up losing the lead in the first straight of the back. VeeKay also removed New Zealand from the path. Canaan was ranked sixth and Castroneves was 27th. Scott regained second place on the fifth lap while lagging behind Tony Ed Carpenter.
At the start of the eighth lap, pole Dixon regained Palou’s lead and lasted only one lap, with the Spaniard once again in first place. Meanwhile, Castroneves overtook Colton Herta and Callum Ilott, jumping to 25th. Leader Scott jumped on lap 13, but was only five laps ahead, seeing teammate Álex overtake him.
With 20 laps, the top 10 was completed by Palou, Dixon, VeeKay, Ericsson, Carpenter, Kanaan, O’Ward, Rosenqvist, Ferrucci and Grosjean. Scott regained the lead on lap 23, where he held on until the 30th lap of the race, when he opened the leaders ’pit-stop round. Palou came in 31st, Veekay 32nd and 33rd in the pits with Ericsson, Carpenter and Kanaan in the pits.
As all riders officially stopped for the first time, Palou appeared at the top, followed by VeeKay, Dixon, Ericsson, Carpenter, O’Ward, Rosenqvist, Ferrucci, Canaan and Sator.
On lap 39, the first yellow flag came after a hard blow from Carpenter’s Rinus VeeKay. The Dutchman was runner-up in the race and pulled back at the exit of the 2nd bend, striking the wall violently, but leaving the car alone and apparently uninjured. Christian Lundgaard, Kyle Kirkwood, Will Power, Dalton Kellett and Stefan Wilson chose to stay yellow again.
The restart was done on lap 47. Tony Kanaan entered at a brisk pace, beating Takuma Sato and Felix Rosenqist from the front. Dixon overtook Palou to take the lead, and O’Ward jumped to third after beating Marcus Ericsson. Castroneves came in 19th.
Scott Dixon and Álex Palou continued to exchange leadership on the next laps. Colton Herta almost fell and fell to the bottom of the standings and complained of car problems. Castroneves won more places by jumping to 17th.
Second, Dixon opened the leaders ’pit-stop round on lap 69. Palou came next, and the yellow flag was raised again, this time with Callum Ilott. Only the Englishman from Juncos toured, like VeeKay, and hit the wall hard. Álex had to leave the pits uninterrupted due to the entry of the rhythm car, but on the next lap he came back approaching the dry foul, suffered a penalty and had to restart the last one.
Open the pits and the rest of the pitches for the second round of pit stops. The new order of cars was Dixon at the top, Conor Daly second, O’Ward third, Ericsson fourth and Canaan fifth. Ferrucci, Carpenter, Rosenqvist, Newgarden and Sato completed the top ten. Castroneves was 16th.
The restart was on lap 78 of the race. Although Dixon held the lead under pressure from Daly, O’Ward and Ericsson reversed positions twice in the third fight. Conor also jumped to the first position, but in a single lap, falling to the second position, the feat was repeated a few moments later. Helio Castroneves overtook Alexander Rossi and finished 14th.
Halfway through the race, Dixon took the lead, with Daly finishing second, behind O’Ward, Ericsson, Kanaan, Ferrucci, Carpenter, Newgarden, Rosenqvist and Sator. And at the start of the pit-stop cycle, Romain Grosjean crashed, causing a yellow on lap 107. Frenchman Andretti hit the wall at turn 2, at the same stretch as VeeKay and Ilott.
Daly managed to stop before the yellow. The pits were opened for the rest of the peloton. The new car order was led by Daly, Dixon, O’Ward, Ferrucci, Rosenqvist, Carpenter, Canaan, Ericsson, Sato and Pagenaud. Castroneves was 12th.
The restart was on the 113th lap. He came out in O’Ward style and jumped from third to first. Dixon held on to the second, and Ferrucci tried to jump to the third, but he couldn’t hold on. In the next round, Scott regained Pato’s lead, and Rosenqvist surprised him by finishing fourth.
With 130 laps, Dixon managed to open up a 0s4 advantage for Pato, which led to another 0s6 for Daly. With mechanical problems, Colton Herta ended his retirement on lap 136. Scott entered the pits for the fourth pit stop of the race on lap 142, Daly entered on 143, and O’Ward only entered on 146, but came out well ahead of his opponents.
Pato entered the final 50 laps as the leader, followed by Dixon, Rosenqvist, Daly, Ferrucci, Ericsson, Canaan, Pagenaud, Castroneves and Rossi. In 11th place, Scott McLaughlin was shown a yellow card when he fell on lap 3 of lap 152. Penske New Zealand was 11th at the time of the horrific accident.
The restart was on the 159th lap. Dixon charged O’Ward and took the lead. The one who shone was Alexander Rossi, who jumped to sixth place. Pato regained the lead in the face of New Zealand as he began to face pressure from Rosenqvist. However, Scott picked up the pace again and took first place again.
Among the leaders, the first to reach the final pit stop was Rosenqvist on lap 172. Dixon entered the 175th, taking a penalty for speeding in the pits, filling a drive-through. O’Ward reached the final stop on lap 177. Canaan took the lead at one point, and was left missing at 17.
Álex Palou took the lead before the pit-rooms. Canaan came back strong from the stop and overtook Rosenqvist and Harvey. Marco Andretti was in the lead, followed by Jimmie Johnson. Both reached the pits and gave the lead to Marcus Ericsson, who had a big advantage over O’Ward. Tony was third.
Jimmie Johnson was 23rd when he fell on lap 194 and created a new yellow flag. When the cars entered the 197th lap, the race was interrupted by a red flag.
The restart was done with two laps to go. Ericsson got off to a good start and maintained its leadership. Tony didn’t come out well and Rosenqvist eventually overtook him. The Brazilian regained third place. Pato tried to overtake on lap 1 on the final lap, but to no avail. A final blow, this time with Sage Karam, sealed the victory for Marcus Ericsson.
Indy 2022, Indianapolis 500, Race:
|1||M ERICSSON||Ganassi Honda||200 returns|
|bi||P O’WARD||McLaren Chevrolet||+1,792|
|3||T KANAAN||Ganassi Honda||+3.517|
|4||F ROSENQVIST||McLaren Chevrolet||+4,126|
|6||C DALY||Chevrolet carpentry||+5,079|
|7||H CASTRONEVES||Meyer Shank Honda||+6,561|
|8||S PAGENAUD||Meyer Shank Honda||+7,093|
|10||S FERRUCI||DRR Chevrolet||+9,832|
|11||J PABLO MONTOYA||McLaren Chevrolet||+10,764|
|12||JR HILDEBRAND||Foyt Chevrolet||+11,655|
|13||J NEWGARDEN||Penske Chevrolet||+11.827|
|15||W POWER||Penske Chevrolet||+13.303|
|16||D MALUKAS||Dale Coyne Honda||+13.628|
|17||K KIRKWOOD||Foyt Chevrolet||+14,586|
|18||AND CARPENTER||Chevrolet carpentry||+15.560|
|19||D DEFRANCESCO||Andretti Honda||+15,821|
|20||C LUNDGAARD||Honda RLL||+16,330|
|21||S DIXON||Ganassi Honda||+18.123|
|22||M ANDRETTI||Andretti Honda||+25,200|
|23||S KARAM||DRR Chevrolet||+1 translated||NC|
|24||J HARVEY||Honda RLL||+1 translated|
|25||T SATO||Dale Coyne Honda||+1 translated|
|26||D KELLET||Foyt Chevrolet||+2 return|
|27||S WILSON||Chevrolet DragonSpeed||+2 return|
|28||JOHNSON||Ganassi Honda||+7 return||NC|
|29||S MCLAUGHLIN||Penske Chevrolet||+50 return||NC|
|30||HERTA||Andretti Honda||+71 back||NC|
|31||R GROSJEAN||Andretti Honda||+95 return||NC|
|32||C ILOTT||Chevrolet Juncos||+132 back||NC|
|33||R VEEKAY||Chevrolet carpentry||+162 return||NC|
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