Kyle Kirkwood won the third running of the Music City Grand Prix in Nashville.
Scott McLaughlin began the race on the pole with the initial start being waved off. When the field came around for the second start things immediately got competitive as drivers tried to balance making moves versus avoiding mistakes.
Graham Rahal would pit on lap five with a car the driver described as not turning.
This is the third and final race on this layout of the track. Next year the series will return with a course which will continue to go over the Korean War Memorial Bridge but will also go downtown. David Malukas brought out the first true caution of the race with a rear wing failure while unlike in previous years the race had a long green stretch.
Alex Palou would make up considerable ground while Kirkwood would gain the lead during the pitstop exchange. With 10 laps to go Linus Lindqvist would crash in turn 11 which would help alleviate some of the fuel concerns that third place running Alex Palou had. Jack Harvey would then crash in turn eight after the caution was displayed.
On the ensuring restart Felix Rosenqvist, Agustin Canapino and Benjamin Pedersen would all get stacked up and crashed at the back of the field bringing out another caution.
Kirkwood would hold off McLaughlin to score the win while Palou scooped up the final podium place ahead of Josef Newgarden.
The win is the second in the career of Kirkwood who won earlier this season at Long Beach.
Nashville IndyCar Results
August 6, 2023