2022 IndyCar at Nashville: Tips on how to watch, stream, preview for the Huge Machine Music Metropolis Grand Prix

Marcus Ericsson delivered the shock on the 2021 Huge Machine Music Metropolis Grand Prix, crashing into Sebastian Bourdais on Lap 4 however by some means recovering to go on and win the inaugural occasion. It was an consequence seemingly nobody would have predicted after Ericsson’s automotive launched into the air following contact with Bourdais’ automotive, but solely sustaining injury to his entrance wing. 

A slender course mixed with drivers displaying extra daring than discretion added as much as 9 cautions and two red-flag stoppages in 2021. And with Nashville being one of many 4 closing occasions on the season, it’s a good wager that drivers won’t be working towards a lot persistence over the 80-lap race, and the warning depend can be near the identical this time round.

Colton Herta was the dominant power final season, main the timing and scoring charts via every observe and capturing pole. He was making it look straightforward on the tight circuit, seemingly passing automobiles at will, earlier than crashing out at Lap 75 as he was making an attempt to chase Ericsson down. Likelihood is that reminiscence can be contemporary within the younger Andretti Autosport driver’s thoughts. May we see a little bit of redemption for him, as Will Energy received at Detroit this yr? Tune in and discover out.

Tips on how to watch the IndyCar Huge Machine Music Metropolis Grand Prix

  • Date: Sunday, Aug. 7
  • Location: 2.17- mile (3.49-kilometer), 11-turn road course, Nashville, Tenn. 
  • Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • TV: NBC
  • Stream: fuboTV (strive at no cost) 

What to observe for

Essentially the most memorable function of the non permanent road course is the three,578-foot (1,091-meter) straight throughout the Korean Struggle Veterans Bridge spanning the Cumberland River, making it the one cease on the IndyCar Sequence calendar and one of many few on this planet that crosses a major physique of water. 

This monitor additionally is among the few that makes use of totally different beginning and ending traces for a race, with this operating begin for Sunday’s occasion starting because the automobiles come again throughout the bridge and into Flip 9, and the ending line being a brief chute between the exit of Flip 11 and the doorway to Flip 1, throughout from Nissan Stadium and the the rows of grandstands.

As final yr’s was the primary time the sequence competed on the downtown Nashville non permanent circuit, IndyCar and the occasion promoters listened to enter, and a few modifications have been made. Marshall Pruett of racer.com experiences that components of the circuit can be wider whereas a number of areas, comparable to Flip 9, can be narrower. Town has eliminated a bump at Flip 5 and has reworked the areas the place the road meets the bridge to make {that a} softer transition.

Working in place

Arrow McLaren SP: Felix Rosenqvist regarded racy in the beginning of the Gallagher Grand Prix this previous weekend, taking pole, however pale and completed ninth. Pato O’Ward began fifth however by no means appeared to be within the combine, ending twelfth. Each will the hoping to place in stable qualifying runs at Nashville with a purpose to begin as near the entrance as attainable on the tight downtown Nashville circuit.

Finest foot ahead

Chip Ganassi Racing: Likewise, CGR went 1-2 in 2021 at Nashville with Ericsson and Scott Dixon. With each within the title chase and assured on the non permanent circuit, issues may get fascinating once they find yourself side-by-side. Alex Palou — defending sequence champion and defendant in a court docket case CGR has leveled on him — will attempt to put these emotions to the curbside.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan: Rookie Christian Lundgaard delivered a much-needed podium for the staff final weekend on the street course at Indianapolis, giving RLL the validation they sought that issues are stepping into the precise course with solely 4 races remaining. Toronto was the place all this feel-good mojo began, and Nashville can be the place it continues for Lundgaard, Graham Rahal and Jack Harvey.

Crew Penske: Championship chief Will Energy had a tough outing at Nashville in 2021, however quite a lot of that got here all the way down to qualifying and beginning within the twelfth submit. Energy recognized after Toronto that he wants to enhance on that, and he has: He involves Nashville having received two poles at Iowa, albeit an oval. Energy is sort of all the time robust on road and street circuits, and it ought to be anticipated that he, Josef Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin can be within the combine this Sunday.

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