IndyCarScott McLaughlin Leads the Way in Saturday Practice in Nashville; Team Penske...

Scott McLaughlin Leads the Way in Saturday Practice in Nashville; Team Penske Sweeps Top-Three

By Christian Koelle, Staff Writer

NASHVILLE – Scott McLaughlin led the way in Saturday’s sole practice session for the NTT Data IndyCar Series. McLaughlin has two victories so far in the 2022 campaign and turned the fastest lap in Saturday morning’s practice session in downtown Nashville. 

McLaughlin turned a 01:15.4609-minute (100.184-mph) lap around the temporary street circuit.

“It’s about as hot as the DEX Imaging Chevy right now,” McLaughlin said. “The car feels really nice. I’m feeling really good. Very hot out there, but we train hard for this. It’s humid; that’s the hardest thing for us as drivers.

“We hardly changed (the car). We took a little bit of front wing out and focused on what I can do.”

His Team Penske teammates Josef Newgarden and Will Power finished second and third in the session with Newgarden’s lap 0.2945-seconds off his teammates’ lap. Power, the current NTT Data IndyCar Series points leader, was 0.0861-seconds off the top spot. 

Gallagher Grand Prix winner Alexander Rossi finished the session in the fourth position while Kyle Kirkwood rounded out the top five. 

Results from Second Practice in Nashville

Qualifying for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix was slated for 4:30 p.m. ET but has been put on hold due to weather within the Nashville area. Live coverage will be on Peacock Premium and the IndyCar Radio Network.

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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