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Jimmie Johnson’s first Indianapolis 500 ended in disappointing fashion Sunday, with the former NASCAR star crashing on the 194th lap of the 200-lap race. Johnson’s crash had a massive ripple effect on the race, with debris from his No. 48 car resulting in a red flag with just four laps remaining.

Johnson, who finished fifth at the Texas Grand Prix in March, was racing fairly well in his debut run at IndyCar’s biggest event. Turn four, however, claimed another victim in Johnson after taking out Scott McLaughlin earlier in the race.

It’s a frustrating finish for Johnson, who is racing in his first full season in the IndyCar series. It will also have an effect on his team. Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Marcus Ericsson was leading the race at the time of the red flag, with Johnson’s crash leading to a restart and a frantic scramble on the final four laps.

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Ericsson was able to hold off Pato O’Ward on the final few laps to claim his first Indy 500 win, with Johnson indirectly creating the thrilling finish.

Johnson appeared to be fine after the crash. In spite of him coming up short, going deep in the race in an IndyCar is a small victory in and of itself. He’ll look to regroup moving forward, as he continues his IndyCar season and continues to search for his first career top-five finish in his second motorsport series.

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