With just five races left in the 2022 Indy Lights Series presented By Cooper Tires, can Hunter McElrea claw back the 77-point deficit to leader Linus Lundqvist and win the 2022 season? Having won the last two rounds at Mid-Ohio and Indianapolis, McElrea and the Indy Lights field make their debut on the streets of Nashville, Tennessee for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix this weekend.
Linus Lundqvist of HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing is in the midst of a dominant season, leading the series in wins (4), poles (5) and top-five finishes (9) through nine races. Lundqvist, a native of Sweden, owns a commanding 77-point lead over second-place Hunter McElrea of Andretti Autosport.
Push-to-pass could play a key strategic role in the 35 lap race on the 2.1 mile temporary street course at Nashville as Indy Lights drivers will have a bank of 150 seconds to use an added 50 horsepower to assist in overtaking, similar to the drivers in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The maximum amount of time for each press of the overtake system is 15 seconds.
Danial Frost, Christian Rasmussen and Hunter McElrea have all scored their first Indy Lights win in 2022. Will another talented prospect like Sting Ray Robb, Benjamin Pedersen, Kyffin Simpson or Ernie Francis Jr. score a first series win on the streets of Nashville?
The race is set to go on Sunday at 1:00pm local time (6am Monday NZ time).