・Marcus Ericsson goes from last to first as Honda drivers dominate
・Scott Dixon completes 1-2 finish for Chip Ganassi Racing
・Honda powers top seven finishers, increases Manufacturers' Championship lead
Honda's Marcus Ericsson turned a spectacular start-line crash into an incredible victory Sunday on the streets of Nashville Tennessee, as Honda NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers and teams dominated the inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix.
In the first of many incidents in the 80-lap contest, Ericsson hit the back of Sebastien Bourdais' A.J. Foyt Racing Indy car, with Ericsson's Chip Ganassi Racing machine rising high in the air after making wheel-to-wheel contact with Bourdais. Ericsson was assessed a stop-and-go penalty for avoidable contact, but came back to hold off a previously-dominant Colton Herta and score his second career INDYCAR victory.
Honda drivers and teams swept the top seven finishing positions today, with every Honda team featuring at least one driver in the top 10. Behind Ericsson, teammate and defending series champion Scott Dixon moved to second in the drivers' championship standings with a second- place finish. Andretti Autosport teammates James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay finished third and fourth, respectively; and Graham Rahal rounded out the top five for Honda.
In addition to Hinchcliffe, Ed Jones also had his best finish of 2021 in sixth for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan. Championship leader Alex Palou ran seventh in a third Chip Ganassi Honda; while Helio Castroneves, in his first Indy car race since winning the Indianapolis 500, finished ninth for Meyer Shank Racing.
・Sunday’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on the city streets of downtown Nashville was the inaugural running of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. Previously, INDYCAR conducted eight races on the 1.33-mile Nashville Super Speedway oval in Lebanon,Tennessee, from 2001-2008. Honda drivers and teams won five of the six races the manufacturer contested from 2003-08.
・Previous Honda winners at Nashville Speedway included Tony Kanaan in 2003, and Dario Franchitti in 2004. Scott Dixon won three consecutive races on the Nashville oval, from 2006-08, in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.