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May 30, 2022 — SPEEDWAY, Ind.
It was Marcus Ericsson's day today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with the 'Sneaky Swede' storming to victory and scoring Honda's 15th Indy 500 win.
Starting from the middle of row two, Ericsson would lead 13 laps in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda en route to victory. It wasn't without drama for the driver of the #8 machine, however. Despite pulling a three-second gap on the field with just 10 laps to go, a late-race red flag—the result of a crash by Ericsson’s teammate Jimmie Johnson—would allow the field to catch up and challenge Ericsson for the win a two-lap shootout.
In addition to Ericsson, the day was largely dominated by the Honda-powered Chip Ganassi Racing organization. He and his CGR teammates would lead a combined 163 of 200 laps, with Scott Dixon leading the pack with 95 laps led and becoming the all-time lap leader in the Indy 500.
Dixon would unfortunately fall victim to a late-race pit lane speeding violation, while 2021 Champion Alex Palou (47 laps led) would be caught out by an ill-timed yellow on pit strategy. Dixon would ultimately finish 21st and Palou would recover to a ninth-place finish.
Tony Kanaan would finish third on the day. While 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi would storm from 20th to fifth and four-time '500' champ Helio Castroneves from 27th to seventh.
Castroneves' Meyer Shank Racing teammate and 2019 race winner Simon Pagenaud would finish just behind in eighth.
Honda also took top honors in the highest-finishing rookie category, with David Malukas crossing the line for Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports in 16th place.
In addition to forever being an Indianapolis 500 champion, Marcus Ericsson also takes the lead in the 2022 INDYCAR championship points after six of 17 races.
Honda Results from the 2022 Indianapolis 500
1st Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
3rd Tony Kanaan-W Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
5th Alexander Rossi-W Andretti Autosport Honda
7th Helio Castroneves-W Meyer Shank Racing Honda
8th Simon Pagenaud-W Meyer Shank Racing Honda
9th Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
14th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
16th David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
18th Christian Lundegaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
20th Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda
21st Scott Dixon-W Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
22nd Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda
24th Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
25th Takuma Sato-W Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
28th Jimmie Johnson-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda – Did Not Finish – contact
30th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda – Did Not Finish – mechanical
31st Romain Grosjean-R Andretti Autosport Honda – Did Not Finish – contact
W - Indianapolis 500 race winner
R - Indianapolis 500 rookie
Marcus Ericsson (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Indianapolis 500 race winner, Honda’s third consecutive win at Indy; moves to the top of the championship points lead after six of 17 races: “You know, it’s the biggest race in the world and to win is just an incredible feeling. The way we had to it – with the pressure [of the late-race restart] at the end – it was a very tough finish. I needed all that Honda power to be able to pull it off! So we’re very, very thankful for that. It’s just an incredible feeling. We’ve been strong all month, both our Ganassi cars and all the Honda cars. We’ve been the ones to beat, to be honest. To end up in Victory Lane, it’s just a dream come true.”
Tony Kanaan (Chip Ganassi Honda) Finished third: “A great win for Honda, a great win for the team. I mean, [team owner] Chip [Ganassi] only asked us to do one thing: ‘don’t hit your teammate’. I was thinking about that when we restarted after the last yellow [caution flag].
Marcus [Ericsson, teammate and race winner] did an awesome job and deserved to win. I’m already looking forward to coming back next year.”
David Malukas (Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda) finished 16th, highest-finishing rookie: “It feels really good. I mean, that was such a long race. This track, it chooses its winners for sure. We were in the top 10 the whole way, then a yellow [caution flag] comes out that’s simply bad timing for us, and drops us down to about P20. But then we worked our way back up to 16th so, overall, we finished the race and I’m real happy.”
David Salters (President, Honda Performance Development) on Honda’s 15th Indianapolis 500 win and third consecutive victory: “Racing comes down to a team effort, United groups of talented people pushing themselves, working smart and hard. That’s three [Indianapolis 500 victories] in a row for the amazingly talented group at HPD - bravo boys and girls!! The amazing team at Chip Ganassi Racing produced rocket ship race cars - again what a team of talented boys and girls. We are extremely proud to race for Honda and the culture of racing and success in Honda continues to show itself, with Monaco [Formula One] and Indy 500 victories today - nice work everyone!! Cheers!!”
This is Honda’s third consecutive Indianapolis 500 victory; with Takuma Sato scoring his second “500” triumph in 2020 and Helio Castroneves claiming his record-tying fourth win last year.
Honda has won more Indianapolis 500 races than any major automaker: 15 victories from 22 races – a win ratio of 66% – since the company entered the INDYCAR competition in 1994.
Honda first won the ‘500’ in the manufacturer’s fourth attempt, when Buddy Rice piloted his Rahal Letterman Racing Honda to victory in 2004.
Other Honda-powered Indy winners include Dan Wheldon in 2005 and 2011, Sam Hornish Jr. (2006), Dario Franchitti (2007, 2010 and 2012), Scott Dixon (2008), Helio Castroneves (2009 and 2021), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014), Alexander Rossi (2016), and Takmua Sato in 2017 and 2020.
Honda has had more race starts at the Indianapolis 500 than any other auto manufacturer: 422 starts. Honda drivers also have completed more race laps at the Indianapolis 500 than any other carmaker: 74,160 laps.
After an incredible “Month of May” at Indianapolis, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES continues next weekend with the June 3-5 Detroit Grand Prix race weekend, on the Belle Isle street circuit in Detroit, Michigan.
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