Scott McLaughlin wins Nashville IndyCar Music City Grand Prix pole; Josef Newgarden sixth – Joseph Newgarden of Nashville was able to qualify for Saturday’s Big Machine Music City Grand Prix IndyCar race, but did not finish.
The two-time IndyCar champion was sixth in the qualifying season, after crashing last year and finishing 12th in the 17-mile, 80-lap race.
They had their best timing at 1:15.14 on Saturday.
The qualifying session was delayed by an hour and a half due to the weather and when it started the roads were still wet.
Scott McLaughlin set a new pole position record of 55.
He was followed by Romain Grosjean, Christian Lundgaard, Alex Palu and Pato O’Ward. McLaughlin’s qualifying time was slower than last year’s pole winner Colton Hertha (1:13.68).
Team Penske driver McLaughlin qualified last year in 20th place and finished 22nd. He has been successful in his approach to Sunday’s race, and life is good.
Scott Borchetta came in third in the race to become the new owner of the Trans Am 2 Series.
Runner-up in the first race, Joseph Newgarden, said he was looking forward to the new challenge.
It’s easy to start where we ended last year; Hopefully, we can control the pace and see where things take us.
Last year’s winner Marcus Ericsson failed to qualify for the second round of qualifying and will start on the 18th.
Action will begin on the track at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday for a 30-minute warm-up session.
The Music City Grand Prix, Round 14 of the 17-race IndyCar Series, begins at 2:30 p.m. The race will start soon.
News Original Source: The Tennessean (Nashville)
Original Author: Mike Organ
Author by: Sunny Grewal
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