Music City is becoming quite the racing city.
Just months after NASCAR announced a return to Nashville Superspeedway in 2021, IndyCar announced today that they’ll be heading to Nashville next year.
IndyCar’s Music City Grand Prix will be held August 6-8, 2021 on the streets of downtown Nashville using a 2.17 mile course that runs across the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge (only of the only motorsports events that will cross over a major body of water) and features a finish line directly in front of Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans.
Nashville will be the first new course added to the IndyCar schedule since the series was bought by legendary car owner Roger Penske.
Nashville was named the 2019 Best Sports City by the Sports Business Journal, and the IndyCar race gives Music City another a chance to show off the city’s ability to turn sporting events into a city-wide party. Over the past few years, the city has hosted the Stanley Cup Finals in 2017, the 2019 NFL Draft, and most recently, the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series Awards.
As a sports fan, it’s great to see all of these major sports recognizing Nashville as a city that can host their major events – and it’ll be nice for the city to be filled with sports fans instead of bachelorette parties for a weekend.
And if we’re lucky, we’ll even get some more stories about pissed off bachelorettes who didn’t do their homework before coming into town, only to find out that there’s a major sporting event here that weekend.
And at least for now, there’s no truth to the rumor (that I’m trying to start) that the warmups will feature pedal taverns racing each other through the streets of Nashville. But you never know…