IndyCarColton Herta Earns Fifth Career Pole Award on Streets of Nashville

Colton Herta Earns Fifth Career Pole Award on Streets of Nashville

By Christian Koelle, Staff Writer

NASHVILLE – Colton Herta has been, by far, the fastest driver in downtown Nashville. 

Herta swept both practices and earned the NTT P1 Award Saturday with a super-fast lap in the Firestone Fast Six. He turned a 1:13.6835-minute lap around the temporary street course around Nissan Stadium. He was also the only driver, in the Fast Six, to crack the 102-mph speed barrier.

Scott Dixon, who spun and hit the wall in the Saturday morning practice session, qualified in the second position. He was 0.5492-seconds away from his 27th career-pole award.

Alex Palou, Alexander Rossi, Felix Rosenqvist, and Romain Grosjean rounded out the top-six in qualifying.

The session had a couple of accidents. The first was when IndyCar rookie Jimmie Johnson made hard contact with the outside wall. 

The second incident of the qualifying sessions was with Hendersonville, Tennessee native Josef Newgarden. Newgarden was pushing it too hard and just missed the corner making hard contact with the outside wall. 

The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on the Streets of Nashville goes live on NBCSN at 5:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Photo: Christian Koelle, Staff Photographer 

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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