NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It was extra of the identical Sunday for the second annual IndyCar Massive Machine Music Metropolis Grand Prix, which once more was crammed with wrecks, mishaps and warning flags.
Chaos dominated the day even after organizers tried to enhance the distinctive 2.17-mile monitor hoping for a cleaner race.
After almost a two-hour climate delay, six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon dealt with the drama the most effective and won the 80-lap race on the streets of downtown Nashville.
Dixon began 14th and fell to twenty third the place he was rear-ended earlier than charging again to guide the ultimate 15 laps and declare his second win of the season.
“It was a wild day,” Dixon mentioned. “We had a very good begin; issues have been going nicely; and we got here in for the primary cease and went all the best way to the again and obtained into the chaos on flip 5 or 6 and hit fairly exhausting. The automobile was bent and damaged, however for us to take no tires on the final cease was most likely the important thing.”
Dixon moved to second within the level standings behind Will Energy.
The victory additionally moved Dixon to second all-time in IndyCar wins with 53. He handed Mario Andretti, who had 52, and trails A.J. Foyt with 67.
Pole winner Scott McLaughlin pushed Dixon late earlier than ending second. It was the fourth-closest margin of victory in IndyCar street course sequence historical past at .1067 seconds.
McLaughlin mentioned he had the momentum on the finish.
“If we had yet another lap; I used to be alongside of him, so I feel I might have handed him and I might’ve received the race,” McLaughlin mentioned. “If it was an 86-lap race, I might have received.”
Alex Palou was third, adopted by Alexander Rossi and Colton Herta.
Hometown favourite Josef Newgarden completed sixth. He led 12 laps earlier than having to pit for tires on lap 65.
Newgarden handed three vehicles on a late restart but in addition pushed Romain Grosjean into the wall, inflicting the final warning flag.
The 2021 race had six wrecks, 9 warning flags, 33 laps run beneath warning and two pink flags. Sunday’s race had eight wrecks, eight warning flags, 36 laps run beneath warning and one pink flag, which got here with 4 laps left.
Ten vehicles have been knocked out of the race, together with Pato O’Ward, who was fourth within the level standings.
As many mishaps as there have been, Dixon mentioned the modifications to the course made for a greater race.
“The changes they did this 12 months, particularly the transitions on and off the (Korean Battle Veterans Memorial) bridge, have been big,” Dixon mentioned. “It was a lot simpler to get into Flip 4. It is the second race right here. I do not know why there’s so many cautions right here. It is rather slippery offline, and I do not know why that’s.”
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McLaughlin additionally downplayed difficulties on the monitor.
“It isn’t enjoyable if you lose out on yellows in a detailed race, but it surely’s as a lot of a driving concern as it’s a monitor concern,” he mentioned. “I do not blame the monitor in any respect. I feel the monitor’s a nice monitor. Sure, it is tight. Sure you have to be assertive if you cross. However typically individuals simply do not surrender and that is what occurs.”
The 2021 Music Metropolis Grand Prix winner, Marcus Ericsson, was among the many victims. He pulled out whereas working eleventh with 5 laps left.
Together with Newgarden and Dixon, lap leaders included Alex Palou (31) and McLaughlin (22).
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