Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay in the No 21 Sonax Chevrolet was left disappointed after being forced to retire from the inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on the streets of Nashville on Sunday.

The Dutch driver had been running well until he was forced to retire as a result of contact which broke his suspension. Speaking following the race, VeeKay said:

First, I just want to thank my guys for all of their hard work repairing the car. They did a great job and I wish I could have got a good result for them. I had a really good first 20 laps, I made it up to P12 from starting P22. I was on for a really good restart, but I got caught up with everyone stopping on track. The car was hit from the back and I got a lot of damage. We tried to get it repaired and back on track, but when I hit the brakes it locked up completely and I went right into the wall. That was the end for me, unfortunately. We are going back to Indy next week, which has been a good track for me and hopefully I can have some luck again!”

Conor Daly in the No.20 U.S Air Force Chevrolet had a better day coming homecin 12th and speaking following the action he said:

I saw a car with its nose 30 feet in the air, then that car won the race and I’m not really sure how that happened! We were in the right position for a podium, it seemed like we were doing the right things but we got unlucky the way the strategy fell. To be in the Top 12 today was good, but it’s really tough to be that close to a podium. We’ve done so much work to put ourselves in a good position and we just can’t quite get there. We were right there today, we will keep trying and hopefully get a podium soon!”

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