Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Bryant Honda overcame an early incident and damage to claim his second NTT IndyCar Series victory of the season at a chaotic Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on the streets of Nashville.
Ericsson came home ahead of his teammate and six-time series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda while James Hinchcliffe in the No.29 Capstone Honda took a much needed third place finish just ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda.
Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda came home in fifth place just ahead of Ed Jones who came from the back of the grid to claim a top six finish.
The race had drama and heartache for polesitter Colton Herta who led the way and dominated the race but a small mistake in the closing stages of the race saw him hit the wall and retire from the event.
There were nine caution periods and a red flag but the race was action packed from start to finish and it was a massive day for Scott Dixon as the Iceman looks to claim his seventh championship as his main rivals Alex Palou and Pato O’Ward came home in seventh and 13th place respectively.
Felix Rosenqvist had a great race as he came home in eighth place just ahead of Helio Castroneves who had a fantastic day for Meyer Shank Racing in his first race since winning the Indianapolis 500.
Josef Newgarden rounded out the top ten just ahead of Santino Ferrucci and Conor Daly.
Pato O’Ward was 13th just ahead of Will Power who was involved in separate incidents with his teammate’s Scott McLaughlin and Simon Pagenaud.
Jack Harvey was 15th just ahead of Romain Grosjean and Alexander Rossi, while Max Chilton was the last runner for Carlin in 17th.
There was absolute carnage in lap 20 of the race with at least 12 cars involved in a huge wreck all of which were able to restart and for James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay they did a great job to recover to a third and fourth place finish.