The IndyCar series is taking to the streets of Nashville this weekend for the Music City Grand Prix. The three-day event involves IndyCar cars as well as three other series and several concerts.
Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s events in and around Nissan Stadium.
So what’s going on near Nissan Stadium this weekend?
Races! And the music !
The weekend festivities all lead to the Music City Grand Prix IndyCar race, but there are cars on the track every third day. In addition to the Friday practices, there will be races on Saturday and Sunday for the SRO GT American and Stadium Super Truck series. In addition, there is a Trans Am Series race on Saturday. All of this in the streets of Nashville, including the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Sunday’s inaugural IndyCar race is scheduled for 80 laps, which equates to 173.6 miles, on the 2.17 mile course.
The reserved places are exhausted, depending on the event. 3-day general admission tickets are still available; they allow access in and around the areas reserved for seats and the paddock, and they include access to all concerts and events, but without a seat included.
Fans can leave and re-enter the event as long as they have their tickets available to scan.
Fans had the option to purchase parking with their tickets through the Titans on Ticketmaster, and the Music City Grand Prix recommends fans looking for parking this weekend find somewhere across the street. river and use the John Seigenthaler pedestrian bridge to make their way to the trail.
The carpool queue is located between the hotel’s shuttle pickup and drop-off area and the premium RV park on Woodland Street.
Several roads in and around the course will be closed from 10 a.m. Thursday, as well as parking lots at Nissan Stadium.
What can I bring?
Similar to the Titans games, there is a clear bag policy, depending on the event. Clear bags should not measure more than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. Non-transparent bags (i.e. small purses, bags, etc.) cannot measure more than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches.
Is this event cashless?
Yes. Fans with cash can purchase gift cards at the event to use on food, merchandise, etc.
Yes! During the three days, the music will be presented on two stages. The New Sound of Nashville stage opens at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 9 a.m. on Sunday
On the main stage, Drew Green will perform at 5:15 p.m. Friday, followed by a Freedom Friday Tribute concert featuring Brooks & Dunn, Vince Neil, Tyler Farr and others. On Saturdays, Tim Dugger performs on the main stage at 5 p.m., followed by a Jon Pardi concert at 8:30 p.m.
On Sunday, DJ Hish will host a pre-race party at 1 p.m., and the Grand Ole Opry will host a post-race concert featuring Alan Jackson, Danielle Bradbery, Justin Moore and more.
A side note: Cece Winans, who will sing the national anthem on Sunday, will offer a non-denominational worship service at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
What else do I need to know about this trail?
Let’s talk about the real racing course, which is used for the first time.
The finish line is in front of the east end of Nissan Stadium, and the drivers will be gone (Round 1) and right hand (Round 2) spin before driving on korean veterans boulevard (Round 3) direction downtown.
Cars will head to a large braking area before a left turn (Round 4) on First Avenue. Drivers will follow First Avenue as it winds towards Peabody Street (Round 5), where they will turn left (Round 6). A short drive over Peabody will lead to a left turn (Round 7) return to First Avenue, followed by a right turn (Round 8) back to Korean Veterans Boulevard. This will be the longest and fastest section of the course, and it includes the start line of the course.
Another large braking zone will prepare pilots for a left-hander (Round 9) on Interstate Drive. Round 10 is another left turn, this time onto Russell Street. Round 11, the last on the course, is a left turn that sends the cars along the east side of Nissan Stadium towards the finish line.
Phew. It’s a lot. TL; DR: Look at this.
Now I remember Helio Castroneves winning this year’s Indy 500. But what else should I know about this IndyCar season?
In chip form:
- Alex Palou of Chip Ganassi Racing and Pato O’Ward of McLaren signaled a change at the top of the series with strong seasons. Palou leads the points standings and has two wins, while O’Ward is second in points and also has two wins.
- Josef Newgarden of Nashville ultimately claimed his first victory of 2021 last time in Mid-Ohio. Newgarden has fought many times this year, but a bit of bad luck leaves the two-time IndyCar champion 69 points ahead. Newgarden will certainly be one of the favorites on Sunday with a good performance in qualifying.
- Andretti Autosport struggled with veterans Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay residing outside the top 10 in terms of points while rarely factoring in the end of the races. Colton Herta, winner this season, was the team’s best driver in 2021.
- It’s been, well, an uphill struggle for Jimmie Johnson. Inexplicably, the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion focused on a road racing program only in his IndyCar rookie season despite his obvious abilities on the ovals. Johnson is 28th in points and does not have a top 10, although one can be satisfied that Johnson has run to the finish in six of the seven starts.