Nashville Qualifying Report

August 6, 2022 — NASHVILLE, Tenn.

  • Romain Grosjean qualifies his Andretti Autosport Honda second for Sunday’s Big Machine Music Grand Prix
  • Christian Lundgaard continues run of strong qualifying efforts, will start third
  • Defending series champion Alex Palou qualifies fourth

In his best qualifying performance of 2022, Romain Grosjean advanced through all three rounds of NTT INDYCAR SERIES “knockout” qualifying today in his Andretti Autosport Honda, and will start on the outside front row – second – in Sunday’s second annual Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on the downtown Nashville temporary street circuit.

For the second consecutive race weekend, Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Christian Lundgaard also advanced to the final, “Firestone Fast Six” qualifying round, and will start third, his career best INDYCAR start and best among the rookies in the field.  Defending series champion Alex Palou will start fourth in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda as the top 10 all posted times within a second of the 1:14.555 pole time.

Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Honda Qualifying Results

  •   2nd Romain Grosjean            Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   3rd Christian Lundgaard-R        Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda   
  •   4th Alex Palou                          Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   7th David Malukas-R                Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  •   9th Graham Rahal                    Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 11th Jack Harvey                       Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda   
  • 13th Simon Pagenaud                Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 14th Scott Dixon                         Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 17th Alexander Rossi                 Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 18th Marcus Ericsson                 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 20th Takuma Sato                      Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 23rd Colton Herta                       Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 24th Helio Castroneves              Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 25th Devlin DeFrancesco-R        Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 26th Jimmie Johnson                 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

R – Rookie

Romain Grosjean (#28 Andretti Autosport Honda) will start second: “I think this is a very good result for all of us on the #28 car.  We’ve worked very hard to get the car working the way I wanted it to be.  I knew from the opening practice that we were headed in the right direction, and every change we made on the car was in the right direction, thanks to my engineer Olivier [Boisson], Honda and everyone on the team, who have been working just as hard. Now we have to continue on and finish the job tomorrow.”

Christian Lundgaard (#30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) will start third: “I think the rain [prior to qualifying] actually helped us.  It just cooled everything down from earlier in the day.  It definitely helped stabilize our car under braking.  I think it was a very exciting qualifying.  And we’re making progress as a team, which is the most important thing.  I’ve always liked street circuits, but after Toronto [where he started 10th and finished 8th] and today I’m starting to like them even more!”

Fast Facts

  • Honda drivers and teams dominated the results sheets of last year’s inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, as Marcus Ericsson recovered from an opening lap contact and brief “flight” to head a Honda sweep of the first seven finishing positions, and eight of the top 10.
  • Scott Dixon made it a Honda and Chip Ganassi Racing 1-2 result last year in Nashville, with James Hinchcliffe running third to complete the podium sweep for the manufacturer.  Honda drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay, Graham Rahal, Ed Jones, and eventual series champion Alex Palou completed the top seven for Honda, with Helio Castroneves finishing ninth.
  • Previously, INDYCAR and the Indy Racing League conducted eight races on the 1.33-mile Nashville Super Speedway oval in Lebanon, Tennessee, from 2001-2008.  Honda drivers and teams won five of the six races the manufacturer contested, from 2003-08.

Where to Watch
Television coverage of Sunday’s Big Machine Music City Grand Prix starts at 3 p.m. EDT on NBC.  Complete, flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on NBC Peacock, the INDYCAR Radio Network, and SiriusXM INDYCAR Nation (Channel 160).

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