Grosjean crash on debut
Grosjean wasn’t the only rider in the wall. NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson also got it, as did Rinus VeeKay, Callum Ilott and Scott McLaughlin.
38 lead changes between nine drivers
The accidents were decisive for the race. The yellow phases triggered by this repeatedly changed the strategies of the teams. Johnson’s accident seven laps before the end even brought the red flag – and the mega showdown between Ericsson and McLaren driver Pato O’Ward at the end.
Which Ericsson won. “I just gave everything to leave him behind. I can’t believe it,” says Ericsson. He drove 79 Formula 1 races between 2014 and 2018 for Caterham and Sauber.
The Indy 500 offered two hours and 51 minutes of the best motorsport action. The lead changed hands 38 times between nine drivers. Six-time champion and pole-sitter Scott Dixon looked like the big favorite for a long time, but then pitted too quickly.
Ericsson provides team boss Chip Ganassi with his fifth Indy 500 win, the first since Dario Franchitti in 2012. And he is the second Swede to win the prestigious race, after Kenny Bräck in 1999.
With the win, Ericsson also took the lead in the championship.
Result Indy 500 (Top 10)
2. Pato O’Ward (McLaren SP Chevrolet)
3. Tony Kanaan (Ganassi Honda)
4. Felix Rosenqvist (McLaren SP Chevrolet)
5. Alexander Rossi (Andretti-Honda)
6. Conor Daly (Carpenter Chevrolet)
7. Helio Castroneves (Meyer Shank Chevrolet)
8. Simon Pagenaud (Mayer Shank Chevrolet)
9. Alex Palou (Ganassi Honda)
10. Santino Ferrucci (Dreyer & Reinbold Chevrolet)