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Alex Palou takes first place in the Indianapolis Grand Prix

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UPDATE: Alex Palou has won the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marcus Ericsson put Chip Ganassi Racing atop the speed chart in Saturday’s final practice for the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Ericsson, the second Swede to win the Indianapolis 500 on the speedway’s traditional oval, covered the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course in 1 minute, 10.3872 seconds. Alexander Rossi of Arrow McLaren was second at 1:10.4153 with defending Indianapolis GP winner Colton Herta third at 1:10.6657. Rossi won the 2016 Indianapolis 500.

Herta is starting 14th Saturday — the same spot he won from last year in the rain. The cool track, overcast skies and a chance of afternoon rain could replicate last year’s conditions for Herta and his team, Andretti Autosport.

Danish driver Christian Lundgaard followed his first IndyCar pole-winning run Friday by finishing 13th in practice with a time of 1:11.1252. It’s the first time a Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver has won the pole since August 2020.

The race is scheduled to start at 3:45 p.m. local time.