Todeay’s Schedule. All Times Central
9:00 AM GATES OPEN
9:00 AM-5:00 PM PRO WATERCROSS ON THE CUMBERLAND
9:30 AM TRANS AM SERIES QUALIFYING
10:15 AM INDY LIGHTS PRACTICE 2
11:15 AM INDYCAR PRACTICE 2 Peacock
12:30 PM TRANS AM RACE
1:55 PM GT AMERICA QUALIFYING
2:30 PM INDY LIGHTS QUALIFYING
3:30 PM INDYCAR QUALIFYING Peacock
5:45 PM VINTAGE INDY SESSION
6:15 PM STADIUM SUPER TRUCKS RACE 1
7:25 PM GT AMERICA RACE 1
8:30 PM HEADLINE CONCERT – TIM MCGRAW
10:00PM FIREWORKS SHOW
Usually the second practice yields much different results than the Friday practice. The track has more rubber down, and teams make adjustments overnight. Will yesterday’s top three of rookies Christian Lundgaard,and David Malukas, plus Felix Rosemqvist continue at or near the top of the charts?
I’m still looking at the usual suspects for pole- Colton Herta, Josef Newgarden, Will Power, and Rosenqvist.
Weather could be a factor. there is a chance of from 1 pm to 4 pm with temperatures in the upper 80s.
Some Improvements, Some Things Still Needed.
I was happy to see that all grandstands were finished and spectator ready yesterday morning. That is a major correctionfrom last year’s grandstand 6 debacle.
The grand prix has added at least two cool down tents. Each tent has misting fans in all four corners. It was a pleasant relief from the heat and humidity.
Since the start of the race and all restarts will take plac on the Korean War Veterans Bridge, a new flag stand is in place.
The water bottle filling station is a great service, but there needs to be a way to keep the water cold. Refilling your bottle with warm water doesn’t help.
One thing I would like to see the event add is a tram service for those sitting in the grandstands on the outside of the backstretch. There are ADA trams, but if fans in the outer stands want to visit the paddock or friends in the infield, they have a long walk. Another crossover bridge would be helpful.
I will say the Music City Grand Prix did not skimp on bleacher and stands. The seating areas are well constructed and among the sturdiest I have seen. The crossover bridge fromNissanstadium to the infield has two separate one way sets of stairs. with short flights. It was mus=ch easier going to and from the infield.
I’ll be back later with practice results and to set the qualifying groups.