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December 09, 2023

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Nashville To Host NTT INDYCAR SERIES Finale

The NTT IndyCar Series taking on a brand-new course in 2024, with a brand-new purpose.

INDYCAR and the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix have announced the 2024 NTT INDYCAR SERIES finale is moving to Nashville on Sept. 13 – 15, 2024.

The year-long championship battle will be settled on downtown Nashville’s iconic Honky-Tonk row. In addition, the 2024 season awards ceremony will also take place in the Music City, on Sept. 16 at the iconic Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

For those who have never been to the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, the 2.17-mile road course is literally on the streets of downtown Nashville.

“The fact that INDYCAR has chosen Nashville and the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix as the crowning event is a testament to our fans, partners, stakeholders and truly the Nashville hospitality industry as a whole,” said Matt Crews, CEO, Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. “The ability to promote our city and state year-round and bring our race into the heart of Nashville is an absolute honor. The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix continues to grow to levels that I never dreamed could have been possible.”

A new course

The new 2.17-mile, seven-turn circuit starts with a left turn onto Korean War Veterans Boulevard and then a slight turn onto the 1,600-foot bridge that is 192 feet above the river. After reaching the stadium side, it’s a quick hairpin back over the bridge and into downtown.

Then it’s a right on 1st Avenue, a left for three blocks on Broadway and a left on 4th Avenue to the finish line just before Demonbreun Street and the Bridgestone Tower.

The racecourse will run through the city’s honky-tonk district, home to bars owned by the biggest names in country music, including Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, John Rich and Blake Shelton. Each day of racing will culminate with a street party on Broadway featuring live performances.

“Tennessee is already leading the nation in automotive manufacturing, hospitality and entertainment, and this announcement takes it to the next level, as the focus will be on world-class racing in the Volunteer State for the entire 2024 IndyCar season,” said Tennessee Governor Bill Lee. “As the home state of two-time series champion and current Indianapolis 500 champion, Josef Newgarden, it just makes sense that Tennessee would host one of the biggest races of the season. With the national and international spotlight on Nashville, the world will see what Tennesseans already know to be true – that there’s no better stage for racing than Music City.”

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.