Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Bryant Honda overcame an early airborne incident with Sebastien Bourdais and a drive through penalty to come from the back of the field in the inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on the streets of Nashville on Sunday to claim his second win of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season.

Speaking to Paddock Eye following the race having come from 18th place on the grid to claim his second street course win of the season, Ericsson couldn’t put his finger on what makes street courses so good for him.

Yeah, I don’t know. I always liked street courses throughout my career. I had pole position in Macau and the lap record there for almost 10 years. It’s always been something I’ve enjoyed, the challenge, trying to be close to the wall, push the limits.

My best result before my Detroit win was in Detroit two years prior when I had that podium, the second-place finish. It’s definitely been good for me here in INDYCAR, the street courses.

I really enjoy that challenge I think, sort of the way a street course pushes the drivers to the limit, no margin for error. I think that’s something that I love.

The Swede went on to say:

It’s unbelievable. “It just shows in INDYCAR anything can happen. You can never give up. And if you have a good team and a good car, you can still get to victory lane.

“I can’t believe it; I just can’t believe it.

Ericsson took the lead late in the race and saw his advantage over Colton Herta of Andretti Autosport shrink as he saved fuel just to make it to the end.

With just five laps remaining, Herta hit the wall at Turn 9 and that was game over. Speaking about Herta, Ericsson said:

Colton was so fast, as we saw all weekend, so to keep him behind with a lot of fuel save was one of the best performances of my career. “I’m sorry he ended up in the fence there. He should be on this podium with us.”

Ericsson was in the pits seven times during the race, three more than fellow podium finishers Dixon and Hinchcliffe, due to damage from his early incident with Bourdais and to serve the stop-and-go penalty he was assessed for avoidable contact in that collision. Ericsson drove up the back of Bourdais’ car, launching his front end into the air, on a restart on Lap 5.

Speaking about the incident with Sebastien Bourdais, Ericsson said:

“I want to apologize to Seb there at the start. “It was an accident. I thought it was green, and I went, and I couldn’t see that he stopped, so I’m really sorry for that.

The win means that Ericsson is very much in the hunt for the championship as with just five races remaining he is in fifth in the standings just 79 points behind Alex Palou with 250 still on the table.

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