Rookies Lundgaard, Malukas Steal Show in Nashville Practice

Two rookies with no prior laps on the streets of Nashville landed in the top three of the opening practice for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on Friday, with Christian Lundgaard leading the first timers and the session overall with a best lap of 1 minute, 15.9659 seconds in the No. It was the first time Danish driver Lundgaard has led a session in his NTT INDYCAR SERIES career and the first time atop the time charts for a Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver since Graham Rahal led the morning warmup for this race last August. He also finished eighth – then a season best – on the most-recent street circuit race this season, the Honda Indy Toronto on July 17. To start this weekend here is obviously great, but we have qualifying and the race coming up. Malukas trails Lundgaard by 27 points in a compelling race for series Rookie of the Year. The top 16 times in the 75-minute session were turned on the guayule tire.

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