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Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on weather delay

For the second day in a row, track activity is on hold due to thunderstorms in the area. The one positive is that the temperature has dropped 20 degrees. It’s not raining nearly as hard as earlier, but there is still lightning in the area, meaning it will be at least an hour before track...

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Big Machine Music City Grand Prix starting line-up

START CAR # DRIVER TEAM TIRE 1 3 Scott McLaughlin Team Penske Alternate 2 28 Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Alternate 3 30 Christian Lundgaard Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Alternate 4 10 Álex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Alternate 5 5 Pato O’Ward Arrow McLaren SP Alternate 6 2 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Primary 7 18 David...

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Fifth Third Bank Extends Partnership with RLL Through 2025; Nashville Race Added as One of Four Primary Sponsorship Events for the No. 15 Entry

Source: Team PR FIFTH THIRD BANK EXTENDS PARTNERSHIP WITH RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING THROUGH 2025Will be Primary Sponsor of the No. 15 entry at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Road America, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and the Streets of Nashville  BROWNSBURG, Ind. (August 7, 2022) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Fifth...

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Good morning from the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix – plus some qual notes

By Steve Wittich Good morning from the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, where we again woke up to high humidity. Yeah, yeah, it’s Nashville in August; this should not be unexpected. @Indycar_Wxman is predicting that the heat index will top 100F, and again, there is a chance for hit and miss storms after 2...

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SPOILER – Big Machine Music City Grand Prix – Qualifying – SPOILER

By Steve Wittich After a 90-minute delay due to lightning in the area, Phase 1, Group 1 of NTT INDYCAR SERIES, got the green flag. The ambient temperature was 83F, and the track temperature was 98F. All drivers, except Kellett, were on the Primary Firestone Racing Tires (blacks). The Canadian was the Alternate Firestone Racing...

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Big Machine Music City Grand Prix – McLaughlin leads hot practice

When the 45-minute practice session got underway, the sun was shining, and even though it was still morning, the ambient temperature was up to 92F, with brutal humidity. The track temperature was 115F. It didn’t take long for the red flag to fly when the bright orange No. 21 of the newly signed Rinus VeeKay...

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Big Machine Music City Grand Prix – Saturday – Good morning

Steve Wittich Good morning from an already steamy Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. Our friend @Indycar_Wxman said the weather should be the same as yesterday, with a slight chance of hit or miss storms after 3 pm. Today’s schedule is as follows: TIME ITEM 9am Gates Open 9am – 5pm Pro Watercross On The...

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Lundgaard, Rosenqvist, Malukas quick in Big Machine Music City Grand Prix practice

By Steve Wittich When Friday’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES got underway at 3:15 pm, the ambient temperature was 85F, and the track temperature was 106F. The sun was attempting to peak out of the clouds as the rain continued to hold off. After an install lap, most veterans got out of the car to save tires...

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INDYCAR Announces Nashville Grid Penalty

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Aug. 5, 2022) – INDYCAR officials have announced a six-position starting grid penalty for the No. 06 Meyer Shank Racing entry for an unapproved engine change following Saturday’s race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The team was in violation of: Rule 16.2.3.2 A fifth (5th) Engine is eligible to earn Engine Manufacturer […]

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Big Machine Music City Grand Prix preview part 2 – a lot of random notes

Here are a few more notes before the track activity at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix gets underway. Sustainable boots After a successful test run in May’s Ruoff Mortgage Pit Stop Challenge, the Alternate Firestone Firehawk Racing Tire, with the green (instead of red) sidewalls constructed with rubber derived from guayule, will make...

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