Ericsson wins at Nashville and Palou is seventh and continues to lead

The Swedish driver of the Chip Ganassi team achieved his second win of the season ahead of Dixon and Hinchcliffe.


Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson starred in an unthinkable comeback this Sunday and won the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, which was held on the Nashville (Tennessee) street circuit in its first edition of the NTT Indycar Series season. after completing 80 laps.

Ericsson, who with just four laps already had to pit with a broken front wing, seventy-six later crossed the finish line in triumph for his second win so far this season in 2021.

The Swedish driver of the Chip Ganassi Rancing team, partner of the Spaniard Alex Palou, with his No.8 became the king of the streets of Nashville, with one of the most unlikely triumphs recently remembered in the IndyCar competition.

"It just shows that anything can happen at IndyCar," Ericsson declared through his social network Twitter. "It was a special and worthwhile triumph for the entire team who did an exceptional job of repairing the car in record time."

Ericsson defeated his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate New Zealander Scott Dixon by 1.5596 seconds in a thrilling two-lap clash after a red flag.

Ericsson's incredible advance to the front came after he struck the rear of Frenchman's Sebastien Bourdais car on a restart on lap 4, damaging his car's front wing and was forced to serve a stop-start penalty for an unavoidable contact.

The red flag came when NTT P1 award winner, pole, American Colton Herta crashed hard at Turn 9 with five laps to go as he stalked Ericsson for the lead.

Canadian James Hinchcliffe finished third with the No. 29 #ShiftToGreen Honda for his best result of the season.

While Palou, leader of the classification, had to settle for seventh place, although he improved two places in relation to the starting position, which was ninth.

Despite not being able to be in the top three, Palou is still the outstanding leader in the general classification with 410 points, followed by his teammate Dixon who put 42 behind (368) and O'Ward is third with 362.

While veteran Brazilian driver Helio Castroneves, returning to regular IndyCar competition, once again showed his great class and finished in ninth place after starting the race in fifteenth.

The big loser of the day was the Mexican driver Pato O'Ward who started the race in eighth place, but had to settle for thirteenth when the race concluded after seeing that throughout the test his Arrow McLaren car No.5 SP was never competitive.

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