McLaughlin leads Penske’s sweep for second Nashville IndyCar practice

The 45-minute practice session opened on Saturday afternoon on the streets of Nashville with Rinus VeeKay stuffing his car into the curbs halfway through the first lap and closing with Team Penske and Team Chevy taking full ownership of qualifying preparations.

Running in extremely hot and humid conditions, Penske’s Scott McLaughlin drove 1-2-3 for Penske by 1m15.4609s in the #3 Chevy and was well off Joseph Newgarden’s #2 Chevy (+0.2945sec) and Will Power’s #12 Chevy (+0.3806). s). Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi, after winning last weekend in Indianapolis, was the Honda’s fourth with a 27 entry (+0.3848 s) and AJ Foyt Racing’s Kyle Kirkwood – his replacement next season in 27 – climbed to fifth in the The end of the course with the No. 14 Chevy (+0.5363 seconds).

Closing the top six was another Chevy driver with Felix Rosenqvist in the #7 Arrow McLaren SP (+0.5636s), but his session was cut short after he joined a long list of drivers who contacted the concrete barriers.

“The car looks really good,” McLaughlin said. “Love the track. I feel really comfortable. Head down, get going, and just focus on qualifying now.”

A few minutes after Vichai’s accident, Graham Rahal reversed the accident by smashing his car into a wall and breaking the front wings.

Colton Herta followed him soon after with a large sledge and booth, but he was lucky to avoid contact; Both incidents escaped the need for warning flags. The list of drivers who either spend time on laps or need time to gather themselves and keep driving included Callum Ilott, Marcus Ericsson and Newgarden.

Amid the various crashes and laps that occurred at a fixed clip during the first half of the session, Romain Grosjean moved to the top of the speed chart by 1m 16.2754sec. McLaughlin (+0.0212sec) was close behind as the clock ticked away with about 20 minutes remaining and Graham Rahal jumped to finish third (0.3077sec) ahead of Felix Rosenqvist (0.3845sec).

Roughly 15 minutes left, Bauer took the lead by 1min 15.9596secs and Rosenqvist improved to second (+0.1830secs) as Friday’s set-up Christian Lundgaard improved to fifth (0.5493secs). Scott Dixon made his presence felt by jumping to third as qualifying simulations began across the field (+0.3896sec).

Dive below the 10-minute mark, Newgarden went first with 1m15.7554s round the street circuit, giving Team Penske 1-2 and Team Chevy 1-2-3. Herta went into fourth and was quickly demoted to fifth as qualifying Sim McLaughlin shot him first at 1m15.4609s, giving Penske a top-three finish and a 1-2-3-4 Chevy. Rosenqvist met the wall about five minutes left and torqued his left front suspension. Devlin Di Francesco also hit the wall, bending the right front suspension.

More movement forward occurred as the checkered flag approached as Rossi went into fourth (+0.3848sec) and Kirkwood slotted behind him (+0.5363sec).

next one: Qualifiers, 4:30 p.m. ET, on Peacock.