McLaughlin takes the lead at Indy’s Nashville GP

McLaughlin takes the lead at Indy’s Nashville GP


Scott McLaughlin’s (Dallara Chevrolet #3/Penske) second pole of the year in the 2022 NTT Indycar Series. And once again on the street circuit. As he did in Saint Petersburg, the New Zealander dominated qualifying for the Music City GP of Nashville, the 14th stage of the season. A lap of 1min14s555 was first in the Fast Six, with soft tires used.

McLaughlin beat Romain Grosjean (Dallara Honda #28/Andretti) by 0s142. Qualifying practice started an hour and a half late due to storms and electrical alerts on the 3,380-meter circuit in North America’s music capital.

And it has already left strong names on the way in the first phase. Championship runner-up Marcus Ericsson (Dallara Honda #8/Ganassi) will start in 18th place, four places behind teammate Scott Dixon (#9). Colton Herta (Dallara Honda #26/Andretti) missed his two fastest laps due to a red flag stop and will start 23rd.

A surprise

The surprise of the fastest 12 was Dalton Kellett (Dallara Chevrolet #4/Foyt), especially in P.12. Championship leader Will Power (Dallara Chevrolet #12/Penske) is eighth on the grid – he missed his best lap in the second phase due to a yellow and stopped Pato O’Ward (Dallara Chevrolet #5/Arrow McLaren SP. )

The Mexican qualified for the Fast Six and will open the third row, along with Josef Newgarden (Dallara Chevrolet #2/Penske), who made the mistake of betting on harder tires. Christian Lundgaard (Dallara Honda #30/Rahael Letterman Lanigan) and Alex Palou (Dallara Honda #10/Ganassi) will make up the second row of the grid.

Hélio Castroneves (Dallara Honda #06/Meyer Shank) rounds out the field at the start scheduled at 16:30 (Brasília time). A 24-time owner, he lost the position by changing the engine over the control limit.

Nashville GP

Indy Formula: stage 14

Praise

  1. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 01:14.5555
  2. (28) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 01:14.6975
  3. (30) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 01:14.7149
  4. (10) Alex Palou, Honda, 01:14.9087
  5. (5) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 01:14.9261
  6. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 01:15.1461
  7. (18) David Malukas, Honda, 01:14.9616
  8. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:14.9818
  9. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 01:15.3112
  10. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 01:15.3897
  11. (45) Jack Harvey, Honda, 01:15.9758
  12. (4) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 01:16.5600
  13. (60) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 01:19.4039
  14. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 01:15.3179
  15. (7) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 01:21.1784
  16. (14) Kyle Kirkwood, Chevrolet, 01:15.4382
  17. (27) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 01:21.4579
  18. (8) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 01:15.4501
  19. (77) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 01:57.6982
  20. (51) Takuma Sato, Honda, 01:15.5935
  21. (16) Simona De Silvestro, Chevrolet, no time
  22. (20) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 01:16.3955
  23. (26) Colton Herta, Honda, no time
  24. (06) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 01:16.5898
  25. (29) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, no time
  26. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 01:17.5888

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