Romain Grosjean in the No.51 Nurtec ODT Honda for Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing had a great start to Sunday’s inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on the streets of Nashville having started the race from fourth place, the French-born Swiss driver made contact with his fellow Frenchman, Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske however, he led laps in the race and will be hoping to build on that for this weekend’s Big Machine Vodka Coolers Grand Prix of Indianapolis where he scored his maiden pole position and IndyCar Series podium.
Speaking after coming home in 16th place, Romain Grosjean said:
“The first Nashville race is in the books. It was a bit of an exciting and eventful one. We had the pace, and we were up there with the top guys, we led a few laps but with all the yellows you had to be lucky to win and that’s what happened today, we didn’t get lucky. It’s a bit of a tough one to digest because we had the pace and were fighting at the front but the cautions didn’t go our way. We’ll try again next week in Indianapolis.”
Cody Ware in the No.52 Nurtec ODT Honda came home in 20th place and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“It was an honor to be in the inaugural event at Nashville. I had goosebumps at the start of the race. Early on we were just surviving and got caught up in someone else’s mess. Luckily, we didn’t have too much damage and only had to change the nose. We cycled up to 7th at one point which was awesome to race up front. Unfortunately, our race ended early but we will look forward to the Indy Road course next weekend.”
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Ed Jones in the No.18 Team SealMaster Honda made up an incredible 20 positions from his starting place of 26th to finish the race in sixth place just behind Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal and speaking following the event, Jones said:
It was an amazing day in the SealMaster Honda. The car was really fast. After a couple of unfortunate practices and qualifying we started in the back at 26th. We had some ups and downs during the race, however made our way forward. We finished sixth, our best finish of the season, so I’m really looking forward to the next race.