Race reviewindynxt_R14_Sep.15.2024Streets of Nashville
This temporary street circuit provides a 2.1-mile lap close to downtown Nashville. It uses roads close to the Nissan Stadium – home of the Tennessee Tigers – and crosses the Cumberland River twice. A bumpy circuit that provides a stern physical test.
Race start: 10:00am ET
Nashville, TennesseeAugust 6, 2023
Rasmus Lindh and Victor Franzoni’s Nashville weekend ended on a positive note when the duo claimed P7 and P14 respectively in the INDY NXT by Firestone Music City Grand Prix this morning.
Extreme wet weather led to the cancellation of yesterday’s qualifying, meaning entrant points decided today’s starting grid. That meant Victor lined up P9 while Rasmus was P12.
The opening exchanges were hotly contested on the narrow street course and Victor lost valuable ground on lap 5 as he adjusted to INDY NXT competition for the first time. However, the Brazilian showed his mettle as he fought back to score 16 championship points.
Rasmus, who was invigorated by his podium finish last time out in Iowa, completed a host of courageous overtakes across the 35-lap race to finish P7 – less than three seconds shy of the podium places.
“IT WAS GREAT TO BE BACK WITH JUNCOS HOLLINGER RACING AND I’M SURE THAT AFTER THIS WEEKEND WE’LL BE READY TO FIGHT FOR PODIUMS AND WINS.”
Victor Franzoni said:
“This weekend was very good. We wanted a better result, but I think that I accomplished what I needed in order to get good results at the next few races. It was great to be back with Juncos Hollinger Racing and I’m sure that after this weekend we’ll be ready to fight for podiums and wins.
“It was hard to debut on this track and get used to the speed of a street circuit and the braking requirements. I didn’t have many laps in the dry before the race, but everything ended well. Thank you to all of our sponsors and the team for making this happen.”
“THE RACE WAS NOT TOO BAD FOR US THIS MORNING. STARTING FROM P12 LIKE WE DID TODAY IS NEVER EASY, ESPECIALLY IN NASHVILLE.”
Rasmus Lindh said:
“The race was not too bad for us this morning. Starting from P12 like we did today is never easy, especially in Nashville. After a closely fought race, we made it to P7 in the end.
“We still need to find a little more to challenge for a win, but I would like to thank the whole team for all of their hard work this weekend to take us one step further towards that goal.”
“THAT WAS NOT A BAD RESULT, CONSIDERING THAT WE COULDN’T QUALIFY AND SHOW WHAT WE REALLY HAD FOR THIS WEEKEND.”
Ricardo Juncos said:
“It was a good race for Rasmus earlier today, as he came from P12 to finish P7. That was not a bad result, considering that we couldn’t qualify and show what we really had for this weekend.
“I’m also really happy to see Victor finish the race after being out of racing in INDY NXT for five years. Now, I’m looking forward to next weekend’s race at Indianapolis.”