Ericsson flies Formula 1 flag at Indy 500

Marcus Ericsson and his Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team beat Scott Dixon and Chip Ganassi Racing in the best-of-three final to win the annual pit stop challenge on Carb Day at Indianapolis.

It’s the first time in 15 years that anybody but Ganassi or Team Penske won the event.

Ericsson dumped both powerhouse teams from the competition, beating Penske drivers Josef Newgarden in the quarterfinals and Will Power in the final. He beat Dixon in the first race of the finals, lost the second but had the preferred lane choice for the decider by having the best single run.

Ericsson chose the left lane Friday and easily beat Dixon to win the $50,000 prize.

Ericsson and his Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team beat Scott Dixon and Chip Ganassi Racing in the best-of-three final to win the annual pit stop challenge.

The Swede departed F1 last year after an underwhelming career in the top flight and has emerged in Indycar where he is contesting his first Indy 500.

Totally overshadowed by Fernando Alonso’s high-profile failure to qualify with McLaren, Indy rookie Ericsson has gone about his business quietly and effectively. He will start the race from the inside of row five.

Other drivers with grand prix experience in this year’s field include Sebastien Bourdais, Takuma Sato and Alexander Rossi

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