IndyCar: Rossi Breaks Winless Streak at Indianapolis

Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi took the checkered flag this afternoon in the Gallagher GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, after being winless for 49 races.  The last time he won was back in 2019.

Rossi, who started second, took the lead for good on Lap 42 when leader and teammate Colton Herta lost drive after navigating Turn 8 on the 11-turn, 2.439-mile road course in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda. Herta was able to coast to the entry of the pit lane, but his race was over. He was credited with 24th place.

Rossi dominated the second half of today’s race, as the Andretti Autosport driver headed a 1-2 finish for Honda and completed a sweep of NTT INDYCAR SERIES races at the famed “Brickyard” in 2022.  Rossi led a race-high 44 laps in the 85-lap contest to record his first win of 2022, and his eighth career victory.

Alexander Rossi wins Gallagher GP. Photo courtesy of IndyCar

The rookie for Rahal Letterman Lanigan,  Christian Lundgaard crossed the finish line second.  I guess having David Letterman here at the track did bring him some good luck.

Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin, Will Power, and Josef Newgarden finished 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

Power once again produced a composed drive, overcoming early near-calamity, to take the points lead. Power made contact with the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet of Pato O’Ward in a three-wide traffic jam in Turns 1 and 2 on the first lap and also had an early dustup with the No. 06 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda of Helio Castroneves, finding himself in 16th in the early laps.

But Power calmly drove through the field to earn his seventh podium finish of the season.

“A great recovery, man,” Power said. “You can never expect a normal day in INDYCAR. Everyone is very aggressive, and it’s so hard to win in this series. It’s the toughest series in the world. Great job by the Verizon 5G guys. It’s amazing we can go back there and recover all the way to third.”

Pit strategy helped the Penske drivers to move up to the front.  With the first yellow flag on lap three, Will Power pitted on lap four.

Josef Newgarden received a give up track position order on lap four.    He had to move back two positions.

Colton Herta. Penske Entertainment: Chris Owens

Colton Herta, driver of the number 26 Gainbridge Andretti Autosport entry, was having a good day after taking the lead on Lap eight.  Herta pitted on Lap 14, along with his teammate Rossi.  On Lap 35, Simon Pagenaud, driver of the number 60 AutoNation/Sirius XM entry slowed on track in Turn 7.  When the race went green on Lap 39, Herta was now the leader. with Rossi behind him.

But the lead would not last long.  On Lap 42, Herta slowed down on course in Turn 12 and was brought behind the pit wall.

Rossi took the lead on Lap 42 and led to the checkered flag.

Alexander Rossi

Rossi Wins                                                     Penske Entertainment by Travis Hinkle

“Yeah, it’s a lot of relief I think is the main word. We’ve had some race wins that we’ve thrown away for sure, and we’ve had some weekends where we’ve just kind of not had the pace, and for whatever reason.”

“I think that we knew things were trending in a good direction this year, and we had a solid test here a month or so ago. I think the one constant has been just the mental strength of the whole team. As challenging as it is for me, it’s also hard for them. They go in every day and work their butts off, and when they don’t get results, it’s hard for them,
as well.”

“I think as a unit, that’s one of our strengths is being able to continue to just push forward. It’s a big team win and a big thank you to the whole organization. Obviously the cars were fast.”

“It sucks what happened to Colton, but I’ve had my share of things. It comes full circle, I guess, sometimes, so it’s good to be up there.”


Christian Lundgaard

Lundgaard Finished 2nd                                         Penske Entertainment by Travis Hinkle

Christian Lundgaard just celebrated his 21st birthday last Saturday in Iowa.  Having his best finish of the 2022 season, the Dane was quite pleased.

“It feels amazing. I think the best feeling right now is that the team really deserves it. They’ve worked super hard, and we’ve had such a struggling beginning to the season, and I think coming to Toronto was when things started to change. ”

“We saw sort of a streak where we started to perform better. Even Road America, Mid-Ohio was there. We were on the edge of top 10. To come here and finish second, I think
the team deserves every bit of it. ”

I’m just a guy doing my job really. I want to win, so I try as best I can every event.”


Will Power

Will Power takes 3rd place                  Penske Entertainment by Matt Fraver

Will Power is now the championship points leader with  nine points over Marcus Ericsson, who brought his Chip Ganassi Racing entry home eleventh after starting 25th.

Power commented on his race day. “Considering the start of the race, yep, great recovery, man. Great recovery. It’s amazing some of the runs we’ve had this year. But yep, just kept my head and did what I could in the situation. I had to get a big fuel number and go as fast as I can.”

” It’s always hard starting fourth or the outside row at this track. You get — I don’t know, you get freight trained. So it’s tough going into 1.”

“We didn’t make the most of that, but we definitely made the most of the rest of the race.

“Very good day. Good day for the team all around.”

Race Results

Pos No Name Laps Behind Gap Led ST Engine Points Team
1 27 Alexander Rossi 85 0.000s 0.000s 44 2 Honda 318 Andretti Autosport
2 30 Christian Lundgaard 85 3.5441 3.5441 0 6 Honda 248 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
3 12 Will Power 85 14.8481 11.3040 7 4 Chevy 431 Team Penske
4 3 Scott McLaughlin 85 15.9694 1.1213 10 15 Chevy 350 Team Penske
5 2 Josef Newgarden 85 18.4253 2.4559 0 5 Chevy 399 Team Penske
6 21 Rinus VeeKay 85 22.9626 4.5373 0 8 Chevy 282 Ed Carpenter Racing
7 15 Graham Rahal 85 23.3542 0.3916 0 17 Honda 274 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
8 9 Scott Dixon 85 23.6130 0.2588 0 20 Honda 393 Chip Ganassi Racing
9 7 Felix Rosenqvist 85 24.4659 0.8529 7 1 Chevy 299 Arrow McLaren SP
10 10 Alex Palou 85 27.6401 3.1742 0 7 Honda 379 Chip Ganassi Racing
11 8 Marcus Ericsson 85 35.0774 7.4373 0 25 Honda 422 Chip Ganassi Racing
12 5 Pato O’Ward 85 43.0641 7.9867 0 3 Chevy 385 Arrow McLaren SP
13 18 David Malukas 85 50.1868 7.1227 0 11 Honda 221 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD
14 77 Callum Ilott 85 51.9201 1.7333 0 19 Chevy 166 Juncos Hollinger Racing
15 51 Takuma Sato 85 57.1069 5.1868 0 18 Honda 199 Dale Coyne Racing w/RWR
16 28 Romain Grosjean 85 59.0527 1.9458 0 22 Honda 259 Andretti Autosport
17 20 Conor Daly 85 60.1316 1.0789 0 10 Chevy 236 Ed Carpenter Racing
18 29 Devlin DeFrancesco 85 61.7880 1.6564 0 14 Honda 151 Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport
19 06 Helio Castroneves 85 63.4684 1.6804 0 16 Honda 207 Meyer Shank Racing
20 45 Jack Harvey 85 64.5997 1.1313 0 13 Honda 158 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
21 4 Dalton Kellett 84 1 LAPS 19.8655 0 24 Chevy 103 AJ Foyt Enterprises
22 48 Jimmie Johnson 84 1 LAPS 10.6768 0 23 Honda 166 Chip Ganassi Racing
23 14 Kyle Kirkwood 84 1 LAPS 18.5917 0 21 Chevy 133 AJ Foyt Enterprises
24 26 Colton Herta 42 Mechanical 4 LAPS 17 9 Honda 285 Andretti Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian
25 60 Simon Pagenaud 34 Off Course 7.4267 0 12 Honda 262 Meyer Shank Racing

Race Statistics
Winner’s average speed: 114.483 mph
Time of Race: 01:48:39.1825
Margin of victory: 3.5441 seconds
Cautions: 2 for 5 laps
Lead changes: 5 among 5 drivers

Lap Leaders:
Rosenqvist 1 – 7
Herta 8 – 13
McLaughlin 14 – 23
Power 24 – 30
Herta 31 – 41
Rossi 42 – 85

Power 431, Ericsson 422, Newgarden 399, Dixon 393, O’Ward 385, Palou 379, McLaughlin 350, Rossi 318, Rosenqvist 299, Herta 285, VeeKay 282, Rahal 274, Pagenaud 262, Grosjean 259, Lundgaard 248, Daly 236, Malukas 221, Castroneves 207, Sato 199, Ilott 166, Johnson 166, Harvey 158, DeFrancesco 151, Kirkwood 133, Kellett 103, Tony Kanaan 78, Santino Ferrucci 71, Ed Carpenter 67, Tatiana Calderon 58, JR Hildebrand 53, Juan Pablo Montoya 44, Simona De Silvestro 21, Marco Andretti 17, Sage Karam 14, Stefan Wilson 10.