After an interesting first edition in Nashville, with the victory of Marcus Ericsson who nevertheless took action against the enemy, the accident of Colton Herta or even the blows of the wheels of the Penske pilots, the pilots continue again this weekend on this unusual track of urban.
Two drivers who have never driven on the streets of Nashville found themselves in the top 3 of the first practice session for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix this Friday, with Christian Lundgaard leading the entire session with a fast lap of 1’15″9659 on the #30 Honda Shield Cleansers.
Lundgaard is making his mark in Nashville
It was the first time Danish driver Lundgaard led a session in his NTT INDYCAR SERIES career and the first time a Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver has led the most since Graham Rahal led the heats. the morning of this race last August.
Lundgaard made his first career NTT INDYCAR SERIES podium by finishing second last Saturday at the Gallagher Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He also finished eighth (his best finish of the season) in the most recent race of the season, the Honda Indy Toronto on July 17.
“I am very happy to be here now”said Lundgaard. “We were there last weekend. Starting this weekend here is obvious, but we have qualified and the race is coming up, we have to be as efficient as we have been in the last two races, in ourselves to make sure everything is right,” I am running the pack right now because we know we have the pack that Toronto was and a great weekend We came here with such a car It’s running so I’m really excited to see if we can continue this way.”
Felix Rosenqvist continued his good performance finishing second in 1m16.2050s in the #7 Chevrolet Arrow McLaren SP. Rookie David Malukas finished third in 1m16.2366s in the #18 Honda HMD on an 11-turn timed circuit that included two passes over Cumberland. River for each lap through the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge. Malukas is 27 points behind Lundgaard in the pursuit of Rookie of the Year.
“All the changes we made went in the right direction, especially when we put the spare tires”, said Malukas. All 26 cars available this weekend are using Firestone’s new replacement tire that features a new durable natural rubber in the sidewalls, derived from guayule (why-yoo-lee), a drought-tolerant shrub native to the American southwest. United States and northern Mexico. The best 16 times of the 75-minute session were achieved by the guayule tyre.
Scott McLaughlin was fourth in 1’16″5755 driving the #3 Chevrolet DEX Imaging Team Penske. Teammate and two-time series champion Josef Newgarden, a Nashville native, rounded out the top five in 1’16″6957 for Team PPG . Penske #2 Chevy. Championship leader Will Power was seventh in 1:16.8330 in the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.