NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Marcus Ericsson worn the slowed vehicle in entrance of him as a launching ramp and shot up and over — with a dangling wing — Sebastien Bourdais’ Chevrolet.
“I believed my poke was over there,” Ericsson said.
Now not in this wreckfest. Call the newest IndyCar poke winner Marcus Air-icsson.
Ericsson caught the landing on his early poke flight and refrained from further catastrophe on the uncertain metropolis streets of Nashville on Sunday to win the inaugural Tune Metropolis Mountainous Prix.
“I’m elegant trying to determine how I stopped up winning the poke after flying and seeing the sky,” he said.
Ericsson conserved gasoline and survived laborious-charging runs from Colton Herta and Scott Dixon and won his 2d poke of the season. He moved to fifth in the IndyCar points poke with 5 poke left — 79 points inspire of leader Alex Palou.
Ericsson doesn’t gain a address Chip Ganassi Racing for 2022 and said “I hope Chip was watching today.”
“My finest favor is continue right here in the 8 vehicle,” Ericsson said.
He made the IndyCar highlight reel prolonged sooner than the checkered flag when he jumped the bottom of Bourdais’ Chevy and knocked the Frenchman out of the poke. Ericsson’s airborne Honda wished a original entrance wing handiest 5 laps into the poke and said he opinion the vehicle was going to snap in half.
The 30-year-old Swede won as darkness fell in Nashville with Dixon, the six-time IndyCar champion, making a leisurely flee.
Ericsson caught a ruin when Herta clobbered his vehicle into the tire barriers with 5 laps left, ending his dominant weekend for Andretti Autosport. Herta topped the principle two practice classes, won the pole and his crew was in “a league of our gain.” He was gaining on Ericsson and had a doable scramble-forward pass on the horizon when he crushed his vehicle. Herta buried his head in his hands in tremulous disbelief.
“We had the vehicle all weekend to win,” Herta said. “I elegant threw it away.”
Dixon was 2d to give Chip Ganassi Racing a 1-2 finish. James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal rounded out the top 5.
The Mountainous Prix was the principle original facet street direction poke added to the agenda in 10 years and ample fans to absorb Nissan Stadium packed grandstands, partied conclude to live music stages, and lined fences 10 rows deep with cameras raised to snap a image of the fastest newbies in town.
“If there’s ample alcohol accessible, it’s going to be an staunch explain it would now not topic what,” Dixon said.
The explicit seat in the dwelling would maybe per chance gain attain with out one, when fans stood high on the stadium concourse for a bird’s-explore peek of 1 in all the 11 activates the music.
The 2.17-mile direction weaved thru the stadium parking lot and over a 3,500-foot straightway that spanned over the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge and suspended 80 ft over the Cumberland River.
“The music going downtown was so cool to poke on,” Ericsson said.
Better sincere than sorry, dive groups and boats were on standby in case of emergency.
The chaos was contained to the asphalt streets.
Team Penske drivers introduced the poke to a finish handiest a pair of laps later from Ericsson when Will Vitality dipped inside Simon Pagenaud and drove his teammate into the wall. That led to a huge 10-poke pileup and the red flag was out for roughly 20 minutes.
There had been nine cautions and two red flags in the poke.
“There was no scramble together with the slither to the poke. It was devour we had six races,” Dixon said.
Palou holds a 42-point lead in the standings over Dixon.
Jimmie Johnson continues to hit bumps in the road — or in his case, on a bridge — in his rookie season in IndyCar. Johnson destroyed his vehicle in the morning rehearsal for his 2d ruin of the weekend and was forced to utilize a backup vehicle. He worn a backup vehicle shared by teammate Palou. He was collected in the Penske shatter and was disqualified when the No. 48 crew worked on his Honda — Johnson even helped carry spare substances — under the red flag. Johnson was 26th.
“I’m having a blast, I’m learning a ton and a week I’m getting better and better,” Johnson said.
McLaren Racing will make a choice a majority stake of the Arrow McLaren SP poke crew by the finish of 2021 and plans to add a third vehicle to its IndyCar lineup.
The crew fields autos this season for Pato O’Ward, who was 2d in the points standings headed into Sunday’s Tune Metropolis Mountainous Prix, and Felix Rosenqvist. Zak Brown, the CEO of McLaren Racing, said Sunday he would devour to add any other stout-time vehicle in 2023 — per chance as early as next season “if we can find the sincere combination.”
“We’ve got the property, so the economics are no longer a topic, however we favor to flee three autos that win races and compete for the championship,” he said.
IndyCar returns Saturday to Indianapolis Motor Speedway and hits the road direction.
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