Rossi lastly ends IndyCar win drought

Alexander Rossi ended a 49-race IndyCar winless streak with victory on the Indianapolis street course, whereas a podium for Will Energy despatched him to the championship lead with 4 rounds remaining.

Felix Rosenqvist was the early pacesetter from pole however Colton Herta and Andretti team-mate Rossi scythed previous him within the early levels earlier than committing to a four-stop technique that mired them within the pack.

Energy, who had been hit by Herta on the within and despatched into Pato O’Ward, spinning O’Ward round at Flip 2 on the beginning – fell nicely exterior the highest 10, however not for the primary time this season he mounted an epic comeback.

Having stopped beneath a really early warning for a Dalton Kellett spin and stall, Energy then ran a monster stint and pitted simply earlier than a warning got here out, and when it did, he stayed out and leapt again up the order to fourth.

Quickly after that warning Herta monstered the Flip 8 kerb which appeared to wreck his automobile as he couldn’t choose a gear. That handed the result in Rossi forward of ace rookie Christian Lundgaard and Energy.

Rossi misplaced time with a problem on the proper rear however emerged from the final cease nonetheless two and a half seconds away from Lundgaard, and prolonged that hole via the ultimate stint to present Andretti a second win of the day after Jake Dennis’s London Method E victory.

It additionally means Rossi wins within the closing levels of his Andretti profession earlier than he joins McLaren for 2023, having been with Andretti since 2016 however final received again in June 2019 at Street America earlier than at this time’s success.

Lundgaard – who hasn’t been in a position to shine maybe as he ought to amid Rahal Letterman Lanigan struggles this yr – scored the group’s first podium of the season on the observe he certified fourth on for his sequence debut final yr.

It’s his finest sequence end (beating his eighth in Toronto two weeks in the past) and was achieved by matching Rossi’s technique.

Energy got here beneath stress from Penske team-mates Scott McLaughlin and Josef Newgarden within the closing levels however managed to drag a enough hole on the final lap.

Newgarden may be glad together with his high 5 after not even being certain he’d race after a paddock fall and minor head harm following a crash whereas main at Iowa final week as a consequence of a suspected damaged damper.

Ed Carpenter’s Rinus VeeKay took sixth on the observe he took a primary win at in Might final yr.

He headed Lundgaard’s team-mate Graham Rahal, who complained of struggling for high velocity in qualifying however felt extra assured after the morning warm-up.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon was livid after a 3rd qualifying of twentieth or worse on the Indy street course, however rose from twentieth to eighth with a traditional smart Dixon drive via the sphere.

Rosenqvist spent what felt like greater than half the race battling with reigning champion Alex Palou – who reckons he will probably be a part of the McLaren household subsequent yr however is being sued by his present group Chip Ganassi – and held Palou off as they completed ninth and tenth.

Ending eleventh, erstwhile championship chief Marcus Ericsson ran an excellent lengthy first stint just like Energy, however pitted beneath the second warning of the race after pitting solely 11 laps earlier, which condemned him to the excessive teenagers as soon as extra.

He misplaced a spot after these stops however slowly chipped away passing automobiles to show twenty fifth in qualifying as a consequence of an engine downside into narrowly lacking out on a high 10, which retains his championship hopes alive regardless of him dropping the lead for the primary time since earlier than his Indy 500 win.

Behind Ericsson, fellow title contender O’Ward recovered from that early spin and a heavy fuel-saving stint to take twelfth.

Race Outcomes

Pos Title Workforce Automobile Laps Laps Led Whole Time Quickest Lap Pitstops Pts
1 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12-Honda 85 44 1h48m39.182s 1m11.927s 3 53
2 Christian Lundgaard Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara DW12-Honda 85 0 +3.544s 1m12s 3 40
3 Will Energy Workforce Penske Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 85 7 +14.848s 1m11.985s 3 36
4 Scott McLaughlin Workforce Penske Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 85 10 +15.969s 1m12.084s 3 33
5 Josef Newgarden Workforce Penske Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 85 0 +18.425s 1m12.392s 3 30
6 Rinus VeeKay Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 85 0 +22.963s 1m11.975s 3 28
7 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara DW12-Honda 85 0 +23.354s 1m12.554s 3 26
8 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara DW12-Honda 85 0 +23.613s 1m12.63s 3 24
9 Felix Rosenqvist Arrow McLaren SP Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 85 7 +24.466s 1m12.463s 3 24
10 Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara DW12-Honda 85 0 +27.64s 1m11.864s 3 20
11 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara DW12-Honda 85 0 +35.077s 1m12.403s 3 19
12 Patricio O’Ward Arrow McLaren SP Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 85 0 +43.064s 1m12.801s 3 18
13 David Malukas Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsport Dallara DW12-Honda 85 0 +50.187s 1m12.045s 3 17
14 Callum Ilott Juncos Hollinger Racing Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 85 0 +51.92s 1m12.425s 3 16
15 Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Dallara DW12-Honda 85 0 +57.107s 1m13.195s 3 15
16 Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12-Honda 85 0 +59.053s 1m12.682s 3 14
17 Conor Daly Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 85 0 +1m0.132s 1m11.745s 3 13
18 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport Dallara DW12-Honda 85 0 +1m01.788s 1m12.801s 3 12
19 Hélio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Dallara DW12-Honda 85 0 +1m03.468s 1m12.182s 4 11
20 Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara DW12-Honda 85 0 +1m04.6s 1m12.917s 3 10
21 Dalton Kellett A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 84 0 +1 lap 1m13.006s 3 9
22 Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara DW12-Honda 84 0 +1 lap 1m12.899s 3 8
23 Kyle Kirkwood A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 84 0 +1 lap 1m13.003s 5 7
Colton Herta Andretti Autosport with Curb-Agajanian Dallara DW12-Honda 42 17 DNF 1m11.904s 2 7
Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing Dallara DW12-Honda 34 0 DNF 1m11.453s 1 5

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