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Newgarden passes Ericsson on final lap to win Indy 500

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Indianapolis 500 can change a drivers career with winning this marquee event. Josef Newgarden finally gets to feel the emotions of winning this event.

Newgarden overpassed Marcus Ericsson on the final lap of the race of the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. Ericsson, who was the 2022 Indianapolis 500 winner, led laps 196-199 and was leading part of the final lap when Newgarden passed him.

Josef Newgarden leads the pack during the Indy 500 (Photo by Getty Images)

The race was completed in two hours and 58 minutes, according to IndyCar. Newgarden beat Ericsson by 0.0974 seconds.

This was the first time since the 2011 race that there was a pass on the final lap. And it is the third time overall.

Plus, it was the second time that there was a restart with one lap to go. The other came in 1997 when Arie Luyendyk won the prestigious race.

It was the first race in IndyCar history where there were three red flags. All three red flags were caused in the final twenty laps.

This was Newgarden’s 27th career IndyCar Series victory. He now has two wins this season, as he also won the Fort Worth race in April.

Ericsson finished second as he attempted to become the first back to back winner in nearly two decades. Santino Ferrucci finished third.

Both Newgarden and Ferrucci drove Chevrolets. Ericsson drove a Honda.

Josef Newgarden pours milk on his head (Getty Images)

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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