Nashville to Host IndyCar Race in 2021
21 Sep, 2020
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.