The IndyCar Series will add a little bit of country to the sounds of its engines rolling through town starting in 2021 with the Music City Grand Prix in Nashville, Tennessee. The race will feature a street course through downtown and circling Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans and MLS’s Nashville SC.
Nissan Stadium will be the race paddock with a 2.17-mile temporary track laid out across the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge into downtown Nashville and back, making the Music City Grand Prix one of the only events in motorsports to cross a major body of water. The GP will be the first street course added to the IndyCar schedule since 2013 and will include 11 turns in all.
“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 officer of 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.”
Part of the event’s development was through a series of local partnerships including the Tennessee 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.
“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 officer of the 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.”