Marcus Ericsson, after finishing second in Indy 500, calls final sequence «unfair and dangerous»

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Marcus Ericsson expressed his dissatisfaction with how the Indianapolis 500 ended on Sunday, as he lost the lead on the final lap to Josef Newgarden and saw his chances of a repeat slip away.

Ericsson had the lead when the third red flag came up after a big crash down the front straight. The Swedish driver said he felt the officials did not give the drivers enough time to warm up the tyres.

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Marcus Ericsson drives into the first turn during the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

«I felt like it was an unfair and dangerous end to the race. I don’t think there were enough laps to do what we did,» he told NBC Sports after the race. «We’ve never done a restart out of the pits and never gotten the tires up to temperature…I think we did everything right today. I’m very proud of the No. 8 team and everyone at Chip Ganassi Racing.» «I think I did everything right behind the wheel. I did an amazing last restart. I think I caught Josef off guard and got the gap and held the lead into Turn 1, which nobody hasn’t done all day. But I just couldn’t hold it on my back. It was flat and I couldn’t hold it.»

Ericsson said Newgarden was a «worthy champion» and also did «everything right» to finish first.

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Marcus Ericsson walks the line

Marcus Ericsson walks in his care before practice for race 107 of the Indianapolis 500 on May 22, 2023. (Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

«But I’m disappointed with the way it ended. I don’t think it was fair,» he added.

Ericsson said the pain and agony of not winning was not a good feeling given the way he believed the race ended.

«Again, I feel like we did everything right. I feel like we won that race and then it was taken away from us,» Ericsson said. «It is what it is. The situation is what it is. I think I did everything right on that last restart. I think it was amazing, it’s just not enough today with what we had. It’s hard to swallow for sure.»

Marcus Ericcson in the pits

Marcus Ericsson makes a pit stop during the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 28, 2023. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

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Ericsson won the race last year and nearly became the first driver to win back-to-back Indianapolis 500s since Helio Castroneves in 2001 and 2002.

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