IndyCar adds Nashville to 2021 schedule

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The NTT IndyCar Series is to stage its first round in Nashville, Tennessee in 2021.

The Music City Grand Prix meeting will be held on August on 6-8 on a temporary street circuit. This will run through downtown Nashville and incorporate the Nissan Stadium, which will serve as the event paddock. The race will be a highlight of a three-day festival that will also showcase the music that Nashville is famed for.

Unveiling the 2.17-mile, 11-turn street course, IndyCar revealed that it will include features not seen before. The track will incorporate the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge, making the event one of the only races in motorsport to cross a major body of water.

Mark Miles, president and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp which runs the IndyCar Series, described the Music City Grand Prix as, “a one-of-a-kind NTT IndyCar Series experience anchored in the heart of Nashville’s action-packed, exhilarating downtown corridor”.

He continued, “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.”

The NTT IndyCar Series is yet to unveil its full 2021 calendar. The 14-race 2020 schedule, delayed and revised due to the Covid-19 pandemic, is due to conclude at St Petersburg on October 25.

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