Leading the power by eight points before the green flag is raised, Ericsson heads into next weekend’s event on the streets of Nashville – where he won last year – by nine points over the 2014 IndyCar Series champion.
Did the veteran F1 warrior get it all out of the #8 Honda after an engine problem in qualifying made him start last?
“Yes and no,” Erickson told RACER. “I think starting in 25th place damage limit was definitely. We had a target of being in the top ten and I think we would have been able to do that, because we had that first long stint in the key tyres. We put that in a good place. Really for the rest of the race, being able to run the three sets of poster tires and not having to do a full 25 laps, so that was really putting us in a good position.
“I just started getting rewards from that when that yellow lonely the whole race came out for us. We’re out of that yellow and now everyone is on the same tires and the same fuel, so that kind of advantage that we were going to have for the rest of the race is gone. We thought. That maybe the top seven or eight places would have been possible if I stayed green but this is a race. We still had a good day and we were the biggest mover in the field We can’t complain too much after what happened yesterday with that.
Ericsson was not fond of losing the championship lead and is hoping to rectify the situation next Sunday.
“We wanted to maintain that lead, but obviously after yesterday, I knew it was going to be a little difficult to do,” he said. “But even so, being nine points behind, we’re pretty much in the mix. So we’re going to Nashville where we were really strong last year, and I feel like our street course package is the strongest of one of the different trails we have left to go, so I feel confident about that.” .
“I’m really determined to get that result back from Will. He always seems to find a way to go win the races. I saw him behind me there at some point in the race and I said, ‘Okay, that’s good. He’s having a bad day. Take a look at the menu which is P3. He’s having a great year, and we’re going to give him everything through the western swing to try and get this championship.”