No. 4 of 2022: Super Swedes Take Center Stage in Magical Year

Kenny Brack won the INDYCAR SERIES championship in 1998 and the Indianapolis 500 in 1999. Marcus Ericsson won the “500” while Linus Lundqvist captured the INDY NXT by Firestone season title. Ericsson spent most of the race running in the top five and twice led singular laps amid pit cycles, but he didn’t grab the lead until 11 laps remained. Then Johnson’s crash in Turn 2 created a red flag, which in stopping the cars evaporated Ericsson’s three-second lead and allowed the field to pack up upon the resumption of the race. Just as it seemed O’Ward might surge to the lead, Ericsson bravely kept his foot to the floor and regained the lead. Ericsson coasted home to become the sixth consecutive international driver to win the race. “Kenny was the one that helped me from go-karts to single seaters,” Ericsson said.

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