IndyCar Nashville: McLaughlin Dominates Pole, Dixon Crashes

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Scott McLaughlin secured the pole position with a considerable lead in the IndyCar Nashville event, while Scott Dixon crashed his car. McLaughlin clocked his best lap at 1m14.6099s on the 2.1-mile street course, comprising 11 turns. He is set to start ahead of Pato O’Ward from Arrow McLaren and Colton Herta from Andretti.

Heavy rainfall had caused a delay in qualifying for more than three hours, leading to standing water on the track. Consequently, the race took place under clear skies and dry conditions.

During the Fast Six qualifying, O’Ward initiated the proceedings with a time of 1m15.3506s, which was soon overtaken by the series leader Alex Palou from Chip Ganassi Racing with 1m15.2462s. Herta emerged on top with 1m15.2416s, but McLaughlin stole the limelight by clocking 1m14.6099s in the final minute to secure the pole.

O’Ward managed to take the second position, trailing McLaughlin by 0.3296s, and Herta secured the third spot. They will start ahead of Palou, David Malukas from Dale Coyne Racing, and Romain Grosjean from Andretti. Herta expressed displeasure at Grosjean’s sister team for releasing their car directly in his path, which he believes hindered his performance.

Following is a snapshot of the top six qualifiers:

  1. Scott McLaughlin, Team Penske, 41’14.6099
  2. Patricio O’Ward, Arrow McLaren, 4+0.3296
  3. Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport, 3+0.6317
  4. Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing, 4+0.6363
  5. David Malukas, Dale Coyne Racing, 3+1.2604
  6. Romain Grosjean, Andretti Autosport, 4+1.3822

In the second round of qualifying, O’Ward emerged as the fastest with a time of 1m14.5944s, followed by Herta, Palou, McLaughlin, Grosjean, and Malukas. However, notables such as Will Power from Penske, Kyle Kirkwood from Andretti, and local favorite Josef Newgarden from Penske failed to advance. Scott Dixon of Ganassi crashed in the final moments at Turn 11, which landed him the 12th spot.

In Group 1 of the qualifying stage, McLaughlin led with a time of 1m15.1629s, comfortably ahead of Dixon, Malukas, Rossi, Newgarden, and Lundqvist. In Group 2, Herta came out on top with 1m15.0030s, slightly ahead of Kirkwood, Palou, O’Ward, Grosjean, and Power.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about IndyCar Nashville Pole

Who secured the pole position in the IndyCar Nashville event?

Scott McLaughlin from Team Penske secured the pole position in the IndyCar Nashville event.

Which driver crashed during the qualifying round?

Scott Dixon from Chip Ganassi Racing crashed during the qualifying round.

Who will start in the second position in the IndyCar Nashville race?

Pato O’Ward from Arrow McLaren will start in the second position in the IndyCar Nashville race.

Why was the qualifying round delayed?

The qualifying round was delayed due to standing water on the track caused by heavy rainfall.

Who set the fastest time during the Fast Six qualifying?

Scott McLaughlin set the fastest time during the Fast Six qualifying.

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DixonFan101 August 6, 2023 - 9:48 am

Ah man, so gutted for Dixon, that crash was rough, hope he’s ok and will bounce back next race.

Turn11Ghost August 6, 2023 - 2:32 pm

isn’t anyone gonna mention how Grosjean’s team nearly ruined Herta’s shot? Thats some shaddy move there!

F1toIndy August 6, 2023 - 3:23 pm

Still new to IndyCar but loving the competitiveness. Big up to O’Ward, watched his F1 days and the man is talented.

JessDrive August 6, 2023 - 5:32 pm

i still dont get it why they waited so long to start the qualifying? Just cause of a lil rain, am I right?

JohnRacer22 August 6, 2023 - 10:19 pm

Congrats to McLaughlin! Told ya guys, he’s a machine on the track. Gonna kill it this season!


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