Indycar: Markus Erickson Wins First Victory

IndyCar: Markus Erickson wins first victory

The Detroit Grand Prix was the 37th IndyCar race in the career of Marcus Erickson, who also has almost a hundred races in Formula 1, but only now 30- the summer Swede managed to get a taste of victory - for the first time in a long time. The last time he had the opportunity to douse himself with prize champagne was in already rather distant 2021, when Marcus was still playing in the GP2 series.

We can say that in the first race of the double Detroit weekend he was lucky. He started 15th, but events on the track developed according to a very bizarre scenario, and after numerous pit stops and restarts - and the race was stopped twice with red flags - shortly after the finish, Erickson was in first position.

Partly due to the fact that before the final restart, when there were only five laps left until the end of the race, Will Power, who had been in the lead up to that point, dropped out of the fight - Team Penske mechanics were never able to start the Chevrolet engine in his car.

By the way, the red flags appeared due to the accident of Roman Grosjean.

In general, Marcus inherited the leadership by force of circumstances, but was able to keep it, despite the fact that immediately behind him were very formidable and thirsty rivals - Rinus Vickey and starting from pole Pato O'Ward. Erickson played into the hands of the fact that they, of course, started a fight with each other on a narrow city track, but the Mexican driver Arrow McLaren SP, despite all efforts, did not manage to get ahead of the Dutchman. Although he crossed the white line literally a few hundredths of a second after the Vikey.

Since they had no time for Erickson, he was even able to create a small, but quite comfortable gap, and was the first to see the checkered flag.

"This is my third year at IndyCar and to this day, I was often unlucky, although I can't blame everything on bad luck. Let's just say, luck didn't spoil me!" Commented a satisfied Markus after the finish. my day. Of course, I feel sorry for Will Power, he did a great job and deserved to win, and I wanted to fight with him.

But I accept this success, because today we won the race with the team, so I'm very happy In Formula 1, if you are not in the top team, you have almost no chance of winning.

There I was in this situation for five years and when I moved to IndyCar, I worked hard to get back to the top of the podium.

I was supported not only by the team, but also by many Swedish fans at home who believed in me, and the fact that I won today means a lot to me. "



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