NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Music City Grand Prix announced Wednesday that Nashville will play host to the newest NTT INDYCAR SERIES race and three-day festival on Aug. 6-8, 2021.
The race will take place in a temporary grand prix circuit in downtown Nashville that will wrap around Nissan Stadium. The 2.17-mile temporary track will race across the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge into downtown Nashville and back. It will be the first INDYCAR street course in eight years and will feature 11 turns and a number of straightaways for overtaking.
Additionally, the three-day festival will include live music performances, chef-curated food experiences and additional entertainment opportunities for racing fans.
The Nashville Sports Council has formed a partnership with the Music City Grand Prix to help race officials execute this debut event.
“Nashville is leaving its mark as one of the strongest areas is in the sports world,” Scott Ramsey, President & CEO of the Nashville Sports Council said. “As we continue to fill our roster with top-notch sports and entertainment, the addition of the Music City Grand Prix and INDYCAR only further reinforces Nashville’s position as America’s best sports city.
“We continue to excel in hosting large-scale events in our city while delivering tremendous economic impact and media coverage for Nashville. The Music City Grand Prix will be another exciting addition to our annual sports calendar.”
The addition of the downtown race and festival adds to an already packed lineup through 2022 which includes; the 2020 St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon, 2020 TransPerfect Music City Bowl, 2021 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, 2021 St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon; 2021 NCAA Men’s Golf Regional Tournament, 2021 SEC Football Media Days, 2022 TransPerfect Music City Bowl, 2022 TOYOTA U.S. Figure Skating Championships, 2022 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament and 2022 St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon.
That lineup is poised to deliver more than $220 in direct economic impact and over 150 hours of national media exposure. Since its inception, the Sports Council, a 501(c) 6 non-profit, has generated nearly $1 billion in direct economic impact by continuously recruiting and hosting these premier events in the Music City.
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About the Nashville Sports Council
The Nashville Sports Council is a private, non-profit, membership-based organization of area corporations and individual sports enthusiasts. Created in 1992, the Nashville Sports Council’s mission is to positively impact the economy and quality of life of the Greater Nashville Area by attracting and promoting professional and amateur sporting events. The Nashville Sports Council has hosted hundreds of major sporting events that have produced more than $930 million in direct economic impact for the region. For more information call 615-743-3120 or visit NashvilleSports.com. Follow the Nashville Sports Council on Facebook and Twitter.
About Music City Grand Prix
Music City Grand Prix is a three-day international festival of speed and sound featuring an NTT INDYCAR® SERIES event. The event aims to create a comprehensive world-class international destination event that highlights Nashville, Tenn., the Music City and the Mid-South region including music, food, culture and entertainment that centers on the speed, technology, skill and excitement of up-close urban INDYCAR racing. As a privately funded event, Music City Grand Prix is owned and operated by 615GP, LLC.
About the INDYCAR
INDYCAR is the Indianapolis-based governing body for North America's premier open-wheel auto racing series known as the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The series features an international field of the world's most versatile drivers - including five-time series champion Scott Dixon, reigning series champion Josef Newgarden and defending Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato - who compete on superspeedways, short ovals, street circuits and permanent road courses. The season currently consists of 14 races in the United States and is highlighted by the historic Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, which is annually run in May, but was held in August at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IMS Productions are owned by Penske Corporation, a global transportation, automotive and motorsports leader. For more information on INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, please visit www.indycar.com.