In 2021, the IndyCar Series will return to Nashville, Tennessee. For this, the organization will make landfall at the Nashville Street Circuit for the Music City Grand Prix from August 6 to August 8. Suffice to say, a number of drivers like Jimmie Johnson and Josef Newgarden are very excited.
Tennessee native Newgarden said, “This is going to be the No. 1 destination for IndyCar outside of the Indy 500.”. The news broke when Mayor John Cooper made the announcement at a press conference near the Nissan Stadium.
On the subject of the Nissan Stadium, the street circuit is set to consist of numerous turns and straights around the stadium.
In addition to that, the track will make its grand debut in front of millions of international television viewers. Apparently, some track details also suggest that the cars will race across landmarks like the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Looks like my race schedule just went from 12 to 13 races for next year. 🤙 https://t.co/YD2TZAMzZo
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) September 16, 2020
Jimmie Johnson is utterly excited to race at the Music City GP
In 2021, 7-time NASCAR champion, Jimmie Johnson will make his IndyCar debut. Initially, he was expected to compete in around 12 races. However, he may try and convince his new team to let him have a crack at the new venue.
It is also worth noting that this is the first time that IndyCar has raced on Nashville tarmac since 2008. In those days, the usual venue was the Nashville Superspeedway in Wilson County.
To really sell the spectacle, the NFL team, Tennesse e Titans are partnering with the Music City Grand Prix. According to Titans president, Burke Nihill, “Something like the Grand Prix is pitch perforce for what we are trying to do in making the stadium a cultural and entertainment hub for Nashville.”
Mayor Cooper also confirmed that the race is a privately funded affair and will not cost the city. Additionally, the organizers will have to pay for police, fire, and public works costs, and they have been reportedly dealt with.