IndyCarChristian Lundgaard Leads the way in Fast Friday Practice in Nashville

Christian Lundgaard Leads the way in Fast Friday Practice in Nashville

By Christian Koelle, Staff Writer

NASHVILLE – After an impressive showing on the Indianapolis Road Course last weekend, earning his first podium finish, Christian Lundgaard led the way in opening practice in advance on Sunday’s Big Machine Music City Grand Prix in Nashville.

Lundgaard turned a 1:15.9659-minute lap around the streets of Nashville putting his No. 30 Shield Cleansers Honda on the top of the speed carts. Turning 29 laps, tied for second most of any other drivers in the session, Lundgaard turned his fastest lap on his 25th time around the circuit.

“I’m super happy being up here now,” Lundgaard said. “We were there last weekend. To start this weekend here is obviously great, but we have qualifying and the race coming up. We need to be as efficient as we’ve been the last couple of races, making sure everything is right, just executing the package now we know we have the package.

“Toronto was a good weekend. We came here in a similar car. It works, so I’m super-hyped to see if we can continue this path.”

Results from Fast Friday in Nashville

Felix Rosenqvist finished the session in second .2391-seconds behind Lundgaard.

David Malukas, Scott McLaughlin, and Josef Newgarden rounded out the top five in the session.

GALLERY: Fast Friday in Nashville for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix

The NTT Data IndyCar Series returns to the track on Saturday with an hour-long practice session at 12:15 p.m. ET and will follow with qualifying for Sunday’s Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on the Streets of Nashville at 4:30 p.m. ET as 26 drivers chase to lead the field to green. 

Christian Koelle
Christian Koelle
Christian returns to Kickin' the Tires again in 2023 for his third straight season. He will mainly serve as a photographer for the organization while also being the main ARCA Menards Series writer. He currently plans to do at least 40 races across the three NASCAR National Series, ARCA Menards Series, IndyCar, and make his NHRA debut at Bristol in June. Christian's favorite race tracks include Nashville Superspeedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Barber Motorsports Park, Martinsville Speedway, and Iowa Speedway among other tracks. One of Christian's dreams is for NASCAR or ARCA to return to Memphis International Raceway.


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