The inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on the streets of Nashville may have been chaotic, however, the racing was incredible with a mammoth 179 on-track overtakes. The race may have been red flagged twice with nine caution periods lasting a total of 33 of the 80 lap race hoerver, the racing was incredible.
The event was an absolutely huge success for the organisers with 27 cars taking the start of the race, (the most for a non-Indianapolis 500 event) since the Long Beach Grand Prix in 2013.
The race on Sunday had a bit of everything, teammate’s hitting each other, championship contenders out of position and a surprise winner in Marcus Ericsson who surprised himself as he came from the back following contact with Sebastien Bourdais to lead a Chip Ganassi Racing 1-2 finish with Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda in second, a result which sees the Iceman not only leap frog Pato O’Ward in the championship but he has closed to within 43 points of his teammate and championship leader Alex Palou with just five races remaining.
Marcus Ericsson was sent to the back of the field on lap nine for emergency works on his car while on lap ten he recieved a drive through for avoidable contact following his collision with Sebastien Bourdais however, the Swede bounced back to claim his second win of the season.
The success of the race is testiment to Roger Penske, Penske Entertainment Corporation, The Tennessee Titans, Nashville government officials, the organisers of the race, from IndyCar, President, Jay Frye and Mark Miles and their team along with the team in Nashville. A unqiue aspect of the race was the fact that drivers went over the Korean War Memorial Bridge not once but twice per lap.
Jay Frye tweeted:
Thank you Nashville/fans @MusicCityGP @MattMusicCityGP @CSParks14 @JMRittenberry @Titans for an incredible event and massive effort on this weekends inaugural @IndyCar event! pic.twitter.com/wtCMabyR2V
— Jay Frye (@JayRFrye) August 9, 2021
Here at Paddock Eye we give the inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix of Nashville 10/10