I Think Ericsson Hit Us! WATCH Ex-F1 Driver Go Airborne Before Taking an Astonishing IndyCar Win at Nashville

Published 08/09/2021, 3:44 AM EDT


Many drivers opt to compete in other racing series after their departure from F1, and Marcus Ericsson is no different. He recently won the won the Music City Grand Prix in the Indy500 series, which is his second victory of the season for the Chip Ganassi team. However, the Swede’s win came after a rather eventful race.

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Just five laps into the race, Ericsson crashed with Sébastien Bourdais. And even though the former was able to continue racing, the latter was forced to retire his car.

However, the Chip Ganassi driver was awarded a 10-second stop-and-go penalty for the incident.

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Marcus Ericsson wins the Music City GP despite crashing with Bourdais

As reported by Motorsport, the Swedish driver needed a new front wing after his crash with former Toro Rosso driver, Bourdais. Marcus was apologetic about the incident with the Chevrolet driver and served his penalty to get back into the race.

I feel sorry for Seb and just got caught out there [on the first restart], when I thought they were going. I thought my race was over then. But then I got to repair the car, I got a stop and go [penalty] and we were dead last. It was all about trying to recover,” said Ericsson.

I’m just trying to figure out how I ended up winning the race: Marcus

The unlikely win left the former Sauber driver speechless and elated as he won his second race in IndyCar in 2021. When asked about his feelings after the race win,

” I’m just trying to figure out how I ended up winning the race after being up, flying, and seeing the sky on Lap 5 and thinking my race was over,” laughed Ericsson. “I can’t believe it! Got good air-time,” Marcus mentioned.

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“In the end, when Colton was behind me, I had to do a really big fuel number to get us to the finish line and still keep him behind. That was one of the toughest challenges of my career and I’m very proud that I could keep him behind and keep the pace up. And that won me the race.”

Scott Dixon came home in second to secure a 1-2 for the Chip Ganassi Team. James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Graham Rahal came home to round out the top five.

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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