NASHVILLE, Tenn. It had been more of exactly the same Sunday for the next annualIndyCar Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, which again was filled withwrecks,mishaps andcaution flags.
Chaos ruled your day even with organizers attemptedto enhance the unique 2.17-mile track longing for a cleaner race.
After nearly a two-hour weather delay, six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon handledthe drama the very best and won the 80-lap race on the streets of downtown Nashville.
Dixonstarted 14th andfell to 23rd where he was rear-ended before chargingback to leadthe final 15 laps and claimhis second win ofthe season.
“It had been a wild day,” Dixon said. “We’d an excellent start; things were going well;and we came set for the initial stop and went completely to the trunk and experienced the chaoson turn five or six and hit pretty hard. The automobile was bent and broken, but also for us to take no tires on thelast stop was most likely the key.”
Dixonmoved to second in the idea standings behind PERSEVERENCE.
The victory also moved Dixon to second all-time in IndyCar wins with 53. He passed MarioAndretti, who had 52, and trails A.J. Foyt with 67.
Pole winner Scott McLaughlinpushed Dixon late before finishing second. It had been the fourth-closest margin of victory in IndyCar road courseseries history at .1067 seconds.
McLaughlin said he previously the momentum by the end.
“Ifwe had yet another lap; I was alongside of him, therefore i think I’d have passed him and I would’ve won the race,” McLaughlin said. “If it had been an 86-lap race, I’d have won.”
Alex Palou was third, accompanied by Alexander Rossi and Colton Herta.
Hometown favoriteJosef Newgardenfinished sixth. He led 12 laps before needing to pit for tires on lap 65.
Newgardenpassed three cars on a late restart but additionally pushedRomain Grosjean in to the wall, evoking the last caution flag.
The 2021 race had six wrecks, nine caution flags,33 laps run under caution and two warning flag. Sunday’s race had eightwrecks, eightcaution flags, 36laps run under caution and something red flag, which was included with four laps left.
Tencars were knocked from the race, including Pato O’Ward, who was simply fourth in the pointstandings.
As much mishaps as there have been, Dixon said the changes to the course designed for an improved race.
“The adjustments they did this season, especially the transitions on / off the (Korean WarVeterans Memorial) bridge, were huge,” Dixon said. “It had been much easier to find yourself in Turn 4. It is the second race here. I have no idea why there’s so many cautions here. It is extremely slippery offline, and I have no idea why that’s.”
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McLaughlin also downplayed difficulties on the track.
“It isn’t fun once you overlook yellows in a detailed race, but it’s just as much of a driving issue since it is really a track issue,” hesaid. “I don’t blame the track at all. I believe the track’s agreat track. Yes, it’s tight. Yes you need to be assertive once you pass. But sometimes people just don’t quit and that’s what goes on.”
The 2021 Music City Grand Prix winner, Marcus Ericsson, was on the list of victims. He pulled out while running 11th with five laps left.
Alongside Newgarden and Dixon, lap leaders includedAlex Palou (31) and McLaughlin (22).
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This short article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Scott Dixon wins IndyCar Music City Grand Prix in Nashville