Pato O’Ward relinquishes IndyCar top spot to Marcus Ericsson after unlucky Long Beach GP

The lead in the Indy Car Championship has changed hands after Pato O’Ward had a bad time at the Long Beach GP in California.

Swedish former Formula 1 driver Marcus Ericsson is now at the top of the standings after O’Ward could only finish in 17th place in what was the third round of the series.

Ericsson did not win the race though, that honour belonged to Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood. With this result, O’Ward was relegated to second place in the championship with 95 points, just 15 points behind Marcus Ericsson, the current leader.

O’Ward said he was “disappointed” with himself

On his Twitter account, the Arrow McLaren driver said he was disappointed with the result and apologised to his fans for not being able to deliver a better result.

“Today’s on me. Disappointed in myself. Not much more to say. Sorry to the great crowd that came to watch the event and so sorry to my team who gave me a great car all weekend,” he said.

After round three, the IndyCar championship standings are very tight, with several drivers in the fight for the championship, as Alex Palou is chasing closely behind O’Ward, as is Josef Newgarden.

The next round at Alabama on April 30 promises to be an exciting one as drivers look to score important points to close in on the championship lead.