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Grand Prix Of Nashville Proposed
June 16, 2017
The plan, which has evolved after a year of talks with the office of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, would include a temporary racing track built in the parking lots around Nissan Stadium (home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans) and extending onto bordering Interstate Drive.
Grand Prix Of Nashville Proposed

Nashville could host a new street race under a proposal from a group of racing investors.

As reported by The Tennessean, the investor group seeking to launch the Grand Prix of Nashville includes former Pocono Raceway COO Joe Mattioli, former Baker Curb Racing CEO Matt Crews, musician Kix Brooks, and track designer Tony Cotman.

In addition to the investor group, the Grand Prix of Nashville’s board members include Operation HOPE CEO John Hope Bryant, former McDonald’s CEO and former NASCAR team owner Ed Rensi, Rod Essig of Creative Artists Agency, racing promoter Gary Baker, and Pinnacle Financial Partners Executive Vice President Andy Moats.

The plan, which has evolved after a year of talks with the office of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, would include a temporary racing track built in the parking lots around Nissan Stadium and extending onto bordering Interstate Drive.

The idea of the Grand Prix of Nashville was recently pitched to the Metro Sports Authority of Nashville. A vote was held and a memorandum of understanding was approved between Metro, the group of investors and the Tennessee Titans (who call Nissan Stadium home) that marks the first step in negotiations for the event.

The Grand Prix of Nashville group would still need to secure private funding as well as a sanctioning agreement from a major racing series. The Verizon IndyCar Series and IMSA are both being considered for the event, with race organizers seeking a five-year agreement if the event were to come together.