・Kyle Kirkwood scores his second NTT INDYCAR SERIES race victory of 2023 at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix
・Third consecutive win for Honda at Nashville; fifth street circuit victory of 2023
・Alex Palou increases his championship lead with third-place result
Kyle Kirkwood was letter perfect in today's Big Machine Music City Nashville Grand Prix, claiming his second victory of 2023 in his Andretti Autosport Honda, and completing a run of NTT INDYCAR SERIES street circuit victories for the manufacturer in 2023.
After starting eighth, Kirkwood's two-stop pit strategy proved decisive in moving him to the front of the field on Lap 28, and the Andretti driver went on to lead a race-high 34 laps, then surviving two late-race caution periods to score the victory. Championship leader Alex Palou added to his points advantage with a third-place finish today; with his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate and defending race winner Scott Dixon rebounding from a crash in qualifying yesterday to round out the top five for Honda.
・Honda continues to lead the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers' Championship, with eight victories and nine poles in 13 races this season. Honda currently has an unofficial 53-point advantage (1,068-1,015) over rival Chevrolet. The company is seeking its fifth NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers' Championship in the last six years in 2023.
・Honda drivers and teams have won all five temporary street circuit races on the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule; with Kyle Kirkwood victorious here today and at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach; Marcus Ericsson winning the season-opening race at St. Petersburg; Christian Lundgaard scoring his first win at the Honda Indy Toronto; and Alex Palou winning the Detroit Grand Prix.
・Honda has now has won all three events held on the temporary Nashville street circuit, including Marcus Ericsson's win in the inaugural 2021 race and Scott Dixon's victory here last year. A new circuit layout will debut in 2024.
The 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES next heads back "home" to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the August 11-12 Gallagher Grand Prix, on the IMS road course.