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Race winner Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda celebrates by kissing the yard of bricks
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How Ericsson achieved Indy immortality as Ganassi's main man stumbled

Chip Ganassi Racing team was strong again in the Indianapolis 500, with poleman Scott Dixon and reigning champion Alex Palou leading almost three quarters of the race between them. But when dominator Dixon was penalised for pitlane speeding, ex-Formula 1 driver Marcus Ericsson stepped up to score the biggest win of his career and seize the IndyCar points lead

Marcus Ericsson’s topline career has been pock-marked by little bobbles at high-pressure moments but lately he’s been showing iron resolve in IndyCar races.

Last year in Detroit, he held off Rinus VeeKay and Pato O’Ward to score his first IndyCar win. Later that summer, Ericsson delivered an unlikely triumph at Nashville with a damaged car after taking off from the back of a rival in the early laps. If it took some good fortune and great tactics to get him to the front of the pack that day, he was unshakeable once there and it was Colton Herta who crashed in pursuit.

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