Nashville race hampered by lack of second racing groove

Title contenders were concerned coming in to the IndyCar race at Nashville Superspeedway that lapped traffic could be a problem. Their concerns were well founded, writes John Oreovicz.

Updated: July 16, 2007, 5:07 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

LEBANON, Tenn. -- Traffic was the hot topic before and after the Firestone Indy 200 -- and not just on the permanent construction zone that is the greater Nashville freeway system.

Nashville Superspeedway is basically a one-groove track for the IndyCar Series, and heading into the 200-lap (266-mile) race, the front-running drivers were concerned that lapped traffic would be a big factor in the rain-delayed event.

They were right. Tony Kanaan was eliminated after just 36 laps ...

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