Ericsson survives two-lap shootout to win Indy 500

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Steve Keating

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson (BS: ) survived a two-lap shootout on Sunday to win a dramatic Indianapolis 500 as the brick factory recaptured The world’s largest one-day sporting event lives up to its reputation as “the biggest spectacle in racing.”

The biggest of a day of twists and turns on the 2.5-mile oval came just six laps from the finish when Jimmie Johnson fell on the grass and slid into the wall, bringing out a red flag and sending the car into the maintenance area.

When the debris was cleared, the drivers returned to the track and the 300,000 spectators rose for a breathtaking two-lap winner-take-all sprint as the 31-year-old Swede stopped Mexico’s Pato ‘O’Ward from putting the His car drove to Victory Lane.

“In the end I had to do everything I could to keep them behind,” Ericsson said after drinking a traditional quart of milk. “I couldn’t believe it, I was so happy.”

Former Formula One driver Ericsson became the second Swede to win the Indy 500 after Kenny Brack in 1999.

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