2022 IndyCar at Indianapolis: Alexander Rossi ends winless run with regular, clean drive in Gallagher GP

Alexander Rossi saved driving and saved ready. Ready for the luck to alter, for every part to click on once more. Sunday, on the Gallagher Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s highway course, the ready was over.

It had been 49 races — just a little over three years — because the Andretti Autosport driver was final within the Winner’s Circle, and his celebration mirrored that. It did not make up for him lacking out the opposite 49 instances, but it surely was nonetheless fairly candy.

And fairly a aid.

“It has been so many issues, for therefore lengthy,” stated Rossi, who might be shifting to Arrow McLaren SP subsequent season. “I really feel for Colton [Herta, who had a late mechanical issue when leading]. … He was otherwise robust. Nevertheless it was the 27 automotive’s flip.”

Behind him, Christian Lundgaard drove his finest race of the 2022 IndyCar season, ending second for his first podium within the collection. The Dane, who has quietly produced constant finishes for Rahal Letterman Lanigan, put in one other high quality run the place he was capable of keep out of bother your complete afternoon.

“It does really feel like a win,” Lundgaard stated. “It appears like a birthday current. My birthday was this previous Sunday at Iowa. Coming in, we knew we had a powerful automotive. I wasn’t joyful in follow, however we discovered one thing after.”

Working 3-4-5 had been the Crew Penske chargers of Will Energy, Scott McLaughlin and Josef Newgarden, who definitely regarded like that they had automobiles that would win however one way or the other the race by no means appeared to come back to them.

“It was a tough begin, acquired pushed round in Flip 1,” Energy stated. “It was a fantastic restoration. Everybody was very aggressive. We might prefer to preserve it clear, but it surely’s superb to go all they again to sixteenth and end third.

“I do know this sport so nicely. However you have to take what you may each race day.”

It was a busy day on the workplace for Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Scott Dixon and Marcus Ericsson. Beginning deep within the subject after points in qualifying, Dixon completed eighth and championship chief Ericsson eleventh through the use of pit cease technique and a few gutsy driving to salvage what they may. Nonetheless, Ericsson dropped into second within the driver’s championship, 9 factors behind Energy.

Ending order

  1. Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport
  2. Christian Lundgaard, Rahal Letterman Lanigan
  3. Will Energy, Crew Penske
  4. Scott McLaughlin, Crew Penske
  5. Josef Newgarden, Crew Penske
  6. Rinus VeeKay, Ed Carpenter Racing
  7. Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan
  8. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing
  9. Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren SP
  10. Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing
  11. Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing
  12. Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP
  13. David Malukas, Dale Coyne Racing
  14. Callum Ilott, Juncos Hollinger Racing
  15. Takuma Sato, Dale Coyne Racing
  16. Romain Grosjean, Andretti Autosport
  17. Conor Daly, Ed Carpenter Racing
  18. Devlin DeFrancesco, Andretti Autosport
  19. Helio Castroneves, Meyer Shank Racing
  20. Jack Harvey, Rahal Letterman Lanigan
  21. Dalton Kellett, A.J. Foyt Enterprises
  22. Jimmie Johnson, Chip Ganassi Racing
  23. Kyle Kirkwood, A.J. Foyt Enterprises
  24. Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport
  25. Simon Pagenaud, Meyer Shank Racing

What we discovered

The highway to the IndyCar Collection drivers’ championship appears to be like to be going to undergo Crew Penske. With 4 occasions remaining on the calendar, maybe present championship chief Energy won’t be in that blend, as in 2021 he completed 14th (Nashville), third (Madison, In poor health.), thirteenth (Portland) and twenty fifth (Laguna Seca). Newgarden fared higher at these occasions, with a Tenth-place end at Nashville his worst outing. He additionally had a win on the WWT Raceway, in Madison, In poor health., a fifth at Portland and a seventh on the season finale in Laguna Seca.

Ericsson figures to be proper there with Newgarden as he gained at Nashville’s inaugural occasion and completed ninth (Madison, In poor health.), seventh (Portland) and sixth (Laguna Seca). The Swede is 11 factors behind Energy, with Newgarden one other 23 again. Scott Dixon should still have a say within the matter as nicely, as he sits 38 off Energy, adopted by Pato O’Ward in fifth and 46 factors again.

Herta confirmed plenty of class in congratulating Rossi earlier than the latter was even out of the automotive within the winner’s circle. As dissatisfied in his DNF as he should be, Herta should even be anxious to get to Nashville to get some payback. The younger Andretti Autosport driver was handily main the race final yr when a lapse of focus prompted him to diamond a flip, bouncing the suitable facet off the limitations and ending his race. It is going to be attention-grabbing to see how he approaches the slim streets of Nashville for the Large Machine Music Metropolis Grand Prix. 

As for Rahal Letterman Lanigan, Lundgaard stated at Sunday’s post-race media convention that the IMS highway course was the one the group had circled as a result of “this was the monitor we had been going to be essentially the most aggressive at” for the second half of the season. Rahal completed a quiet fifth whereas Santino Ferrucci completed eleventh and Takuma Sato twenty fifth on the 2021 occasion. 

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