Pedersen Dominates First Practice at Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Friday, Aug. 5, 2022) – Benjamin Pedersen led the opening practice for the Indy Lights Music City Grand Prix on Friday as the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship prepares to race on the streets of Nashville for the first time.

Pedersen, from Denmark, produced a top lap of 1 minute, 21.8473 seconds in the No. 24 Global Racing Group with HMD entry on the 11-turn, 2.1-mile temporary street circuit that includes two trips over the Cumberland River via the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge on each lap. Pedersen’s best time was more than four-tenths clear of any other driver during the 50-minute session.

“Overall, this was a great way to start Practice 1, with being fastest,” Pedersen said. “We accomplished exactly what we had in our test plan, and this place is just awesome to drive. It really rewards being on the absolute ragged edge, and it’s just such a big commitment place. Really looking forward to tomorrow and continuing to push ourselves.”

Danial Frost was second at 1:22.2616 in the No. 68 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing car. Hunter McElrea – winner of the last two series races, at Mid-Ohio and Iowa – was third at 1:22.3069 in the No. 27 Andretti Autosport car.

Series points leader Linus Lundqvist was fourth at 1:22.3188 in the No. 26 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing entry. Lundqvist leads second-place McElrea by 77 points with five races remaining this season.

Matthew Brabham rounded out the top five at 1:22.3457 in the No. 83 Andretti Autosport entry. While Indy Lights never has raced on this circuit, Brabham has experience on the bumpy, tricky layout by racing here in the Robby Gordon Stadium SUPER Trucks series.

Up next is the second practice at 11:15 a.m. ET and qualifying at 3:40 p.m. ET Saturday, with live coverage of both sessions on INDYCAR Live! and the INDYCAR Radio Network. Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR Radio Network will provide live coverage of the 35-lap race at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

Event: Indy Lights Music City Grand Prix
Track:
Report:
Session: Practice 1
Indy Lights
2.1 mile(s)
Round 10
Rank Car Driver Name C/E/T Time Speed Diff Gap Best Lap Total Laps
1 24 Pedersen, Benjamin D/ /C 01:21.8473 92.367 –.—- –.—- 28 29
2 68 Frost, Danial D/ /C 01:22.2616 91.902 0.4143 0.4143 18 18
3 27 McElrea, Hunter (R) D/ /C 01:22.3069 91.851 0.4596 0.0453 27 27
4 26 Lundqvist, Linus D/ /C 01:22.3188 91.838 0.4715 0.0119 23 29
5 83 Brabham, Matthew D/ /C 01:22.3457 91.808 0.4984 0.0269 18 27
6 2 Robb, Sting Ray D/ /C 01:22.5222 91.612 0.6749 0.1765 24 24
7 28 Rasmussen, Christian (R) D/ /C 01:22.5489 91.582 0.7016 0.0267 26 26
8 11 Roe, James (R) D/ /C 01:23.0465 91.033 1.1992 0.4976 28 29
9 51 Abel, Jacob (R) D/ /C 01:23.1164 90.957 1.2691 0.0699 18 22
10 7 Bogle, Christian D/ /C 01:23.2822 90.776 1.4349 0.1658 24 24
11 21 Simpson, Kyffin (R) D/ /C 01:23.3664 90.684 1.5191 0.0842 25 25
12 99 Francis Jr., Ernie (R) D/ /C 01:26.0251 87.881 4.1778 2.6587 21 23
(R) Rookie Total Laps: 303



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