A new NTT IndyCar Series venue could be coming. Not only could it be coming, it could be here as soon as next year. RACER first reported that Indy Car officials would be heading down to Nashville, Tennessee this past week to meet about the series coming next August.
While the oval in nearby Lebanon is back up and running, the open wheel cars would use a street race in downtown instead.
Both parties acknowledged a meeting was had this week and that while nothing has been signed, they’re working out the details to make this work.
Music City Grand Prix announced a statement that they’re confirming plans for the series to potentially come.
“We collectively agreed to work toward finalizing an agreement to bring an urban racing festival to Nashville with a presence at Nissan Stadium.”
This would be a big get and a big market for the series to get into. Nashville is always near the top of the ratings metrics for the series. Plus, Josef Newgarden is a star driver in Indy Car and he grew up nearby. This would be a home race for him. He’s won two of the last three Indy Car championships, so it would be a great gift for the series to give him a home race.
If this works out, Nashville would join Long Beach, Belle Isle, Toronto and St. Pete on street races on the schedule.
It would also join Gateway, Portland, Laguna Seca and Richmond as the most recent tracks joining the schedule. Gateway came in 2017, Portland in 2018, Laguna Seca in 2019 and Richmond in 2020. While Richmond didn’t get a race in this year due to the pandemic, I would think that they’ll be back next year. Now, they could have two new tracks but one newly added track for five straight years now.