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Indycar St. Petersburg: Ericsson passes O’Ward late in the race to take victory

On the opening lap, seven cars were caught up in a horrific accident that sent Devlin DeFrancesco sent airborne after being hit by Benjamin Pedersen, who appeared to still be going full racing speed. The red flag was immediately flown, with the Conor Daly being lucky to avoid all contact coming through the crash site.

The race then restarted but within two laps the yellow flags were flown and after Sky Sports lost their coverage of the race, the green flag signalled the third restart of the race.

Romain Grosjean was out in the lead, followed by Colton Herta and Pato O’Ward at the end of lap six.

As we reached the third-of-the-way point, Grosjean pitted and joined the race down in 11th place, battling with O’Ward who was in 12th place.

Scott McLaughlin, the defending race winner, almost collided with Grosjean but the yellow flags were flown moments after when Conor Daly


On Lap 42, the yellow flag was out again with another car airborne in an incident. Rinus Veekay got pushed into the barrier and Kirkwood went over the top of Jack Harvey.


After a few laps of yellow flag running, we finally got racing underway again…. for a matter of seconds as Colton Herta went straight into the barrier.


The battle for first between McLaughlin and Grosjean was keeping everyone on the edge of their seats creating an exciting final 30 laps of the race.

It was going all so well..

As Scott McLaughlin exited the pitlane, he got ahead of Romain Grosjean. However, the pair collided going into the next corner and sent both cars into the barrier and out of the race.


When the race got underway again, it was Pato O’Ward who found himself at the front ahead of Marcus Ericsson and Scott Dixon.


Josef Newgarden retired from the race with five laps to go when the rear of his car burst into flames.


While the battle between O’Ward and Ericson was close, O’Ward had an issue and Ericcson passed him and went into the lead and remained there until the chequered flag.


Here is how the top ten finished on the streets of St. Petersburg:

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