By Dylan Reynolds, OpenWheel.com
The 2023 INDYCAR season continues weekend with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2023 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on the Streets of Nashville. OpenWheel.com will be covering the action all weekend so stay tuned to this site and our Twitter page @openwh33l for all of the latest news.
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INDY NXT by Firestone Preview: INDY NXT by Firestone Music City Grand Prix (Entry List) – Sunday, August 6, 2023 10:05AM (ET) Peacock – It’s a big weekend in INDY NXT as the championship race tightens up with just six races left. Christian Rasmussen leads Nolan Siegel (-22), Jacob Abel (-43), Hunter McElrea (-46), and Louis Foster (-53). Francesco Pizzi and Yuven Sundaramoorthy will make their series debuts this weekend with Abel Motorsports while Cape Motorsports’ second car is back with Matthew Brabham at the wheel.
NTT INDYCAR SERIES Preview: Big Machine Music City Grand Prix – Sunday, August 6th, 2023 12:00PM (ET) NBC – The series rolls into one of the wildest weekends of the year as the Streets of Nashville have provided plenty of drama, or rather chaos, on the tight circuit. Alex Palou comes in with an 80 point lead over his nearest challenger, Josef Newgarden, in the championship with just five races left. Last year’s Indy Lights champion Linus Lundqvist will make his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut this weekend substituting for the still-not-cleared Simon Pagenaud in the Meyer Shank Racing No. 60 this weekend. Previous driver performance at the circuit shows Scott Dixon (2022) and Marcus Ericsson (2021) as the only winners of this relatively new event. Looking at the box scores from the 2022 and 2022 races at Nashville, only Scott Dixon finished in the Top 5 in both races. If that’s expanded to the Top 10, Dixon is joined by Palou, Newgarden, and Felix Rosenqvist.
My pick to win: Colton Herta – Andretti Autosport has been the class of the field in terms of speed on street courses this season and Herta has been ridiculously fast at Nashville with just one pole to show for it. That changes this weekend as the California native gets his breakthrough win of the season at a circuit that has caused him plenty of heartbreak.
My fantasy.indycar.com picks: Colton Herta $27, Kyle Kirkwood $26, Marcus Ericsson $29, & Linus Lundqvist $18 – You know my thoughts on Herta. Kirkwood has been strong on streets courses with a win at Long Beach. Ericsson is always steady and has a victory at the circuit. I plan on taking a chance with the best of the $18 drivers and that might just be the debut man this weekend with a solid car and race-winning experience last year at Nashville in Indy Lights.