- Fourth street race of the season for NTT INDYCAR SERIES
- Andretti Steinbrenner rookie looking to continue strong qualifying progress
NASHVILLE, TN (Friday, July 28, 2022) – Devlin DeFrancesco has his sights set on repeating his recent Toronto INDYCAR qualifying form when the NTT INDYCAR SERIES heads to Nashville this weekend.
At his home race last month in Toronto, DeFrancesco graduated to the top 12 in qualifying for the first time and now aims to repeat that performance as the Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport rookie returns to street racing this weekend.
The Music City Grand Prix is the fourth street race on the championship calendar, following St. Petersburg, Long Beach and Toronto.
The race was run for the first time last year and runs adjacent to the home stadium for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.
The 2.170-mile, 11-turn course features a 3,578-foot (1,091 m) straightaway across the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge, which spans the Cumberland River. The bridge layout makes the track the only one on the INDYCAR circuit and one of the few in the world to cross a significant body of water.
Andretti Autosport were fast here last year at the inaugural event with Colton Herta taking pole position, Herta, Alexander Rossi and Romain Grosjean all competing in the Firestone Fast Six and DeFrancesco’s Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport predecessor, mentor and fellow Canadian James Hinchcliffe on the podium in third.
Track action kicks off on Friday with the first practice session at 3:15 PM local time. Saturday morning’s practice two is at 11:15 AM with qualifying scheduled for 3:30 PM. The 80-lap Big Machine Music City Grand Prix goes green at 2:30 PM (Central time)
“We are ready to send it around the streets of Nashville. We’re going to focus forward and use our tools to execute a good race. I’m excited for my first outing at Nashville. The team had a positive weekend in Indy, and they seemed to do well last year so I have confidence in this being a good weekend.”
SCHEDULE (Central time)
Friday, August 4
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM: Practice 1
Saturday, August 5
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM: Practice 2
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM: Qualifying
Sunday, August 6
9:15 AM -9:45 AM: Warm-up
2:30 PM: Music City Grand Prix (80 laps / 168 miles), NBC (Live)
HOW TO WATCH
USA: NBC and Peacock TV
Peacock also will stream all races airing on NBC’s networks and will be the exclusive home of INDYCAR practice and qualifying sessions, as well as a new post-race show.
Canada: SportsNet World
International TV: https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international
HOW TO LISTEN
INDYCAR Radio and Sirius XM – https://www.indycar.com/radio/broadcast-schedule
Nashville Street Circuit, a 2.170-mile, 11-turn road course
200 seconds of total time, with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.
Six sets primary, four sets alternate to be used during the event weekend. One additional set of primary tires may be used by teams fielding a rookie driver. Teams must use one set of primary and one set of new (sticker) alternate tires for at least two laps in the race.
ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER AUTOSPORT PARTNERS
In 2022, Italian-Canadian racer DeFrancesco will drive the No.29 Honda-powered machine – resplendent in his signature bright fluorescent and red livery backed by long-time Road to Indy partner, Powertap Hydrogen.
The Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport entry is supported in 2022 by a trio of green technology brands. Joining PowerTap Hydrogen is long-time Andretti Steinbrenner partner, microturbine energy solutions provider Capstone Green Energy and clean technology company, Atmofizer.
Additional brands that will feature on the car in 2022 include new partner – ransomware security experts Halcyon; electric motorcycle pioneers Damon Motorcycles; electric and hydrogen truck pioneer Tevva; software and services company Fyllo; Miami-based Sol Yoga; Clarus Securities, life sciences health and wellness company, Wesana Health along with green technologies investment company, The House of Lithium.
Major retail brands will also be showcased on the car, including Kimoa – the fashion, clothing, and accessories brand founded by Fernando Alonso; Seattle, WA-based Jones Soda Co. and returning Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport partner – small-batch and Austrian-distilled ultra-premium brand, NEFT Vodka.