Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood in the No.27 AutoNation took his second win of the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season on the streets of Nashville on Sunday as he claimed victory in the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, coming home just ahead of Team Penske’s pole-sitter Scott McLaughlin while Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou has one hand on the Astor Cup after claiming his eighth podium finish of the season and doing so has extended his lead in the championship over Josef Newgarden who came home in fourth place to 84 points with just four races remaining.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda could not replicate his victory here from last season and came from 12th on the grid to finish in fifth place just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Romain Grosjean. Marcus Ericsson came home in seventh place just ahead of Pato O’Ward, who had started the race from the front row for Arrow McLaren.
Christian Lundgaard came home in ninth place, while Will Power rounded out the top ten. It was a solid race for Helio Castroneves, who came home in 11th place, just ahead of Juncos Hollinger Racing’s Callum Ilott.
Marcus Armstrong had a strong race for Chip Ganassi Racing in 13th place just ahead of Rinus VeeKay who was forced wide by Alexander Rossi and went off track, resulting in Rossi receiving a drive-through penalty.
Graham Rahal was 15th in the Fifth Third Bank Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing just ahead of Ryan Hunter Reay and Sting Ray Robb. Santino Ferrucci was 18th, just ahead of Alexander Rossi who finished the race two laps down. Benjamin Pedersen, Agustin Canapino, and Felix Rosenqvist got caught up in an incident that brought the red flag with just five laps remaining.
Colton Herta, Jack Harvey, and the impressive Linus Lindqvist were all forced to retire, as was Devlin DeFrancesco. At the same time, David Malukas, who started the race in fifth, suffered an unusual rear wing failure and was also forced to retire.
Next up for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES is next weekend the Gallagher Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the IMS road course.