Indy 500 Results 2022: Marcus Ericsson Holds On to Win Ahead of Pato O'Ward

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVMay 29, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 22: Marcus Ericsson (8) Chip Ganassi Racing Honda drives through turn one during the qualifications for the NTT IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 22, 2022, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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It all came down to the final two laps.

Jimmie Johnson's crash with just four laps to go forced a red flag, essentially setting up a two-lap sprint to the finish. That left Marcus Ericsson, who had a solid lead before the crash, to defend his advantage in far more hectic circumstances.

But defend it he did, holding off Pato O'Ward's attempts to pass him to win the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500. 

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This moment right here. 🤯<br><br>What an ending to the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Indy500?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Indy500</a>. <a href="https://t.co/mUzDpgYhoH">pic.twitter.com/mUzDpgYhoH</a>

"I couldn't believe it," Ericsson said on the NBC broadcast about the red flag after his win. "You can never take anything for granted, and obviously there were still laps to go, and I was praying so hard it was not going to be another yellow. But I knew it was probably going to be one. It was hard to sort of refocus, but I knew the car was amazing. ... It was still hard, I had to do everything in the end to keep them behind."


"I can't believe it. I'm so happy."<br><br>A jubilant <a href="https://twitter.com/Ericsson_Marcus?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Ericsson_Marcus</a> basks in his <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Indy500?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Indy500</a> victory.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/INDYCAR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#INDYCAR</a> // <a href="https://twitter.com/CGRTeams?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CGRTeams</a> <a href="https://t.co/Eo3u2S6YJ6">pic.twitter.com/Eo3u2S6YJ6</a>

It was Ericsson's first Indianapolis 500 victory, his first win on the season and the third of his career.

O'Ward finished second, with Tony Kanaan, Felix Rosenqvist and Alexander Rossi rounding out the top five.

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Marcus Ericsson has become the 2nd Indianapolis 500 winner from Sweden, joining Kenny Bräck who won in 1999.<br><br>It's the first Indy 500 win for Chip Ganassi Racing since 2012. <a href="https://t.co/Nmpn1Io5Cn">pic.twitter.com/Nmpn1Io5Cn</a>

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I could NOT be happier for Marcus. The loveliest man. Congratulations my friend. So richly deserved. <a href="https://twitter.com/Ericsson_Marcus?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Ericsson_Marcus</a> <a href="https://t.co/NdTwdRShat">https://t.co/NdTwdRShat</a>

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Ericsson was the least spoken-of Chip Ganassi Racing driver entering the 500.<br><br>— Scott Dixon eyeing an elusive second 500 win.<br>— Tony Kanaan’s eternal speed at Indy.<br>— Alex Palou the series’ defending champion.<br>— Jimmie Johnson making his race debut.<br><br>Marcus Ericsson wins it all.

Phillip Horton @PHortonF1

Well, that was not the 2018 Sauber driver I'd have expected to take a massive win today. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/F1?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#F1</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ericsson?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ericsson</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Indy500?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Indy500</a>

It was a tough day for the front row of Scott Dixon, Alex Palou and Rinus VeeKay. Dixon, the pole-sitter, led for 95 of the 200 laps but was penalized for a speeding violation on a pit stop near the end of the race, eliminating him from contention.

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Palou, meanwhile, had to go to the back of the field after getting nicked for an unlucky illegal pit stop following a crash involving Callum Ilott. Because he had run out of fuel and wasn't going to be able to continue pace lapping, he was forced to pit while they were closed.

And VeeKay had a nasty crash against the wall in the 39th lap, ending his day prematurely.

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Front row starter <a href="https://twitter.com/rinusveekay?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RinusVeekay</a> is out of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Indy500?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Indy500</a> following a collision with the wall in turn 2.<br><br>(via <a href="https://twitter.com/IndyCar?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@IndyCar</a>)<br><br>📺 <a href="https://twitter.com/nbc?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@nbc</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/peacockTV?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@peacockTV</a> <a href="https://t.co/EDPWiQausT">pic.twitter.com/EDPWiQausT</a>

"We put the car on the front row. We were in P2, but it was tough out there. The car was a little bit free all race," VeeKay said after the crash. "Yeah, I just turned into Turn 2, the car gets loose. Once that happens, you're a passenger and couldn't do anything. Yeah, just a bummer, really. I think we had a good shot at a good finish or maybe a win. But yeah, just caught me off guard."

Turn 2 also claimed Johnson, Ilott and Romain Grosjean, proving to be the track's trickiest conundrum on an exciting day of racing.

A day that ultimately belonged to Ericsson, an unexpected but deserving winner.