Streets of Nashville Tag

By David Morgan, Associate Editor Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson may only be running the road/street courses in his first season in the NTT IndyCar Series, but as the future for the driver of the No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing comes into focus, that future could include the addition of oval races to his schedule and a possible attempt at the Indianapolis 500. Addressing the topic ahead of last Sunday’s Big Machine Music City Grand Prix in Nashville, Johnson noted that he and his team are taking a methodicalRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The Inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix in Nashville was the site of the 11th race of this season’s NTT IndyCar Series calendar. On a weekend plagued with cautions, Marcus Ericsson overcame a Lap 4 crash to win his second career IndyCar victory in as many races. Without further ado, here’s my photo gallery from Sunday’s 80-lap event.Read More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor NASHVILLE – The agony of defeat. With Marcus Ericsson in his sights, Colton Herta was on a mission to chase him down and retake the lead before the laps and the sunlight ran out in the inaugural running of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix in Nashville. But in a cruel twist of fate, the same turn that had bit so many others throughout the weekend would also be the site of Herta’s undoing with five laps to go, crushing the dreams of victory forRead More
By INDYCAR NASHVILLE – Five laps into the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, Marcus Ericsson’s car launched airborne and limped to the pits with a broken front wing. Seventy-five laps later, he drove the No. 8 Bryant Honda into victory lane Sunday as the winner of the inaugural NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on the streets of Nashville, Tennessee, in one of the most improbable results in recent memory. Ericsson beat Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon to the finish by 1.5596 seconds in a two-lap showdown after a red flagRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer NASHVILLE – It might’ve been a caution and red fest for the Inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, but James Hinchcliffe didn’t mind them. That’s because he was back on the step of the podium for the first time since Iowa in 2019, finishing third Sunday. Thanks to the first red flag on Lap 19 where he was caught up in the traffic jam in Turn 10, Hinchcliffe wasn’t out of the mix. “As much as we hate that happening, I thought they were goingRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer NASHVILLE – The quest for an NTT IndyCar Series championship is further paramount for ARROW McLaren SP as McLaren Racing acquired 75 percent majority stake that’ll be finalized at the end of the season. Right after confirming their announcement Sunday morning, Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson affirmed they’ll still be around the IndyCar program with zero intentions of ever putting their efforts up for sale. “We thought the only way we can make it better is to align with a Formula One team. We’re the onlyRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor NASHVILLE – Colton Herta has been unstoppable thus far during the inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix weekend in Nashville and Saturday’s NTT IndyCar Series qualifying session provided the latest evidence that the path to victory on Sunday will have to go through the 21-year-old Californian. After putting up a quick time on the primary Firestone black tires during the opening round, Herta was able to parlay the advantage of having a fresher set of alternate red tires for the second round and the FastRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer NASHVILLE – Qualifying for the Inaugural Music City Grand Prix in Nashville was cruel hearted for both Jimmie Johnson and Josef Newgarden. Both competitors will now have their work cut out for after crashing during separate sessions Saturday. Demoralizing their progress on the rigorous 2.17-mile street course. Not even two minutes into Group 1 qualifying, Johnson smashed the Turn 10 wall. A corner that’s been a trouble spot for the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion all day. During practice earlier in the day, Johnson went wideRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor NASHVILLE – The debut weekend of the Nashville street course has been a handful for everyone in the NTT IndyCar Series, but Colton Herta has been able to tame the beast so far, as the fastest driver in both practice sessions that have been held on the challenging circuit. Herta’s lap of 1 minute, 15.353 seconds was good enough to boost him to the top of the leaderboard for the second day in a row, besting Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon, Alex Palou, and Sebastien Bourdais. “ItRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor NASHVILLE – After having the weekend circled on the calendar all season long, the NTT IndyCar Series finally got to take its first laps around the streets of Nashville on Friday, with Colton Herta putting down the fastest lap during a wild opening practice session for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. Herta traded the top spot with a number of other drivers, but his lap of 1 minute, 16.587 seconds was quick enough to allow the driver of the No. 26 Andretti Autosport withRead More