The IndyCar motorsport series has detailed plans for a new race in Nashville that will be staged on a temporary circuit incorporating Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans NFL American football team.
The Music City Grand Prix will debut from August 6-8, 2021, taking in downtown Nashville and the 69,000-seat stadium. The event will include chef-curated food experiences and entertainment.
Nissan Stadium will serve as the race paddock on the 2.17-mile track. The route will include a unique water crossing over the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge in downtown Nashville. The Music City Grand Prix becomes the first street course added to IndyCar since 2013.
“The Tennessee Titans and Nissan Stadium are excited to partner with the Music City Grand Prix to bring the NTT IndyCar Series to Nashville and the stadium campus,” said Burke Nihill, president and chief executive of the Titans. “This is in keeping with our organisational goal of making our city, this venue and our organisation as versatile and as busy as possible.”
Mark Miles, president and chief executive of Penske Entertainment Corporation, IndyCar’s governing body, added: “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.
“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.
“Urban street festivals have become a huge part of our DNA at IndyCar, and this three-day festival – complete with a course that pushes the limits – will highlight everything Nashville and the sport have to offer, providing international travellers, racing enthusiasts and local thrill-seekers alike with an experience of a lifetime.”