AJ Foyt Racing endured a tough inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on the streets of Nashville as Sebastien Bourdais in the No.14 ROKiT Chevrolet was caught up in an incident with Marcus Ericsson on lap five of the race which saw the Frenchman retire from the race and speaking following the event he said:

“I was looking forward to that race, but unfortunately, we won’t get anything out of it. “Following a decent start, sitting 14th, Marcus was right in my gearbox before the restart, but the field started to check up and he ran right over us damaging our car very significantly, putting an end to our race.”

Dalton Kellett also retired from the race and speaking following the race he said;

This has been a sub-optimal weekend for us. “We’ve had our fair share of stuff thrown at us. We had a freak electrical issue on Friday and now with the steering wheel at the start of the race, that obviously hurt us, put us a couple laps down. Then going into Turn 9, I was pretty committed and Scott must have spun at a point where I was past the marshal’s stand and I didn’t see or hear on the radio about a yellow. I’d have to check the replay to confirm that but definitely didn’t hear a call for yellow, and was kind of committed and didn’t have anywhere to go. I feel bad for collecting McLaughlin there. I got sandwiched between him and the wall.

“It’s a shame. “The problems that we’ve had look bad from the outside but both the issues we’ve had, these are new parts, it isn’t a lack of preparation on the team’s side, they were just freak incidents. We’ll do a deep dive and see if there’s a root cause we can suss out and make improvements. I don’t want it to seem like the team’s not prepared and we’re having these issues, it just seems we’re having some very bad luck this weekend. We win and lose as a team, and we’re on the lose side of that this weekend, but we’ve got five races left and we’ll definitely pick it up from here.


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