Ericsson Re-Takes Points Lead with P2 Finish at Road AmericaINDYCAR
Marcus Ericsson and the No. 8 team finished P2 after overtaking the No. 27 on the final lap in Elkhart Lake on Sunday. The second-place finish pushed the Indianapolis 500 winner to the top of the points leaderboard again, with a 27-point advantage (293 total points) as the series advanced toward the second half of the season.
This is Ericsson’s sixth career podium finish with Chip Ganassi Racing and his second on a road course (Mid-Ohio, 2021). It is also the 317th all-time podium for Chip Ganassi Racing in the INDYCAR SERIES.
After an exciting and unpredictable day at the track, Scott Dixon finished P9, Jimmie Johnson in P24 and Alex Palou taking P27. NTT INDYCAR SERIES champions Palou (5th with 246 points) and Dixon (6th with 224 points) remain in contention for the 2022 title with their sights set on a triumphant return to Mid-Ohio.
The CGR teams will have the next two weeks to prepare for the Honda Indy 200. The race will take place Sunday, July 3rd at 12 ET on NBC.
1st place, Marcus Ericsson - 293 points
5th place, Alex Palou - 246 points
6th place, Scott Dixon - 224 points
24th place, Jimmie Johnson - 85 points
Marcus Ericsson - No. 8 Huski Chocolate Honda “P2 finish and a really good day for us in the No. 8 Huski Chocolate Chip Ganassi Honda. The car was really fast all day and the team had good strategy and pit stops. I’m very thankful, as it was an important day for the team getting back in the lead. I’m really pleased with that.”
Scott Dixon - No. 9 PNC Bank Honda “Pretty average day; just really went nowhere. Couple times we were really fast down the straight, but then the problem was getting through the corners and braking. Unfortunately, started ninth and finished ninth. Lost a few points today, but kudos to Marcus and the 8 car. It was a good points day for them.”
Jimmie Johnson - No. 48 Carvana Honda “We had some bright spots throughout the weekend. Qualifying I really expected to be better. With the start today, everybody was jockeying for position and a car in front of me defended the inside. I tried to take the open lane on the outside, but they came back, and we had some contact, putting me into the gravel. At that point, we just had to go off-strategy and try to spend some time on the lead lap. It meant stretching out fuel numbers and not going as fast as we could. It was good to get more laps around this track, though, and I learned plenty.”
Next Race: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course The 2.258-mile, 13-turn natural-terrain road course offers a little of everything -- elevation changes, high-speed corners, flowing corners, tight corners, a narrow (40 feet) racing ribbon and a challenging entry to pit lane.
Source: Chip Ganassi Racing