The NTT IndyCar Series has added a street race in Nashville, Tennessee, to its schedule next year with the inaugural Music City Grand Prix on August 6-8, 2021.
The three-day international festival of speed, music, and sound will be staged on a temporary grand prix circuit in downtown Nashville and around the campus of Nissan Stadium, the home of the National Football League’s Tennessee Titans.
The 2.17-mile temporary track will race across the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge into downtown Nashville and back, making the Music City Grand Prix one of the few events in motorsports to cross over a major body of water, in this case the Cumberland River.
The first street course added to IndyCar since 2013 will also have a distinctly Nashville feel, including live music performances by top artists.
“The Music City Grand Prix will be a one-of-a-kind NTT IndyCar Series experience anchored in the heart of Nashville’s action-packed, exhilarating downtown corridor,” said Mark Miles, president and chief executive of IndyCar owners Penske Entertainment Corp.
“Nashville is a world-class city and global entertainment capital that provides an exceptional platform for our series. From professional sports teams and top live music acts to a burgeoning food and culture scene, it is a perfect home for a racing event of this magnitude,” he added.
The privately-funded Music City Grand Prix is a collaboration between IndyCar, the Titans, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation, Metro Government of Nashville & Davidson County, the State of Tennessee, the Nashville Sports Council, and the Middle Tennessee State University School of Concrete and Construction Management.
There is an initial three-year deal for the race, with the potential for a longer-term arrangement.
“Nashville continues to serve as a world-class entertainment and event destination, so adding an urban racing festival of this caliber is a logical next step for the city,” said Butch Spyridon, president and chief executive of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation. “From the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Finals to the 2019 NFL Draft, Nashville knows how to host sporting events of all kinds while making them a party. The Music City Grand Prix underscores why Nashville was named Best Sports City in 2019, and we look forward to the national and international marketing it will bring to the city.”
IndyCar’s return to Nashville follows that of Nascar, which is staging a Cup Series at Nashville Speedway next year. Nashville used to be a fixture on the Nascar schedule for many years, with Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway hosting Cup Series races from 1958 until 1984.
There have been plans for Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway to host a Nascar race again in the coming years but no deal has yet been reached.