What you need to know about Music City Grand Prix this weekend on the streets of Nashville (2024)

Nick Gray|Nashville Tennessean

What you need to know about Music City Grand Prix this weekend on the streets of Nashville (1)

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  • The Music City Grand Prix is Aug. 6-8
  • Concerts are scheduled all weekend in downtown Nashville
  • Road closures start at 10 a.m. Thursday around Nissan Stadium
  • General admission tickets are available online

Some of the world's best drivers are about to do what some Nashville residents could only wish for: Drive through empty downtown streets at 180 mph and make a lot of noise.

The IndyCar Series takes to the streets of Nashville this weekend for the inaugural Big MachineMusic City Grand Prix. The three-day eventis expected to bring tens ofthousands of people to areas around Nissan Stadium, and it'll include three days worth of concerts and require a number of downtown street closures.

Here's everything you need to know about this weekend's events in and around Nissan Stadium.

MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX MAP: See the track route for the race in Nashville this weekend

So what is going on near Nissan Stadium this weekend?

Racing! And music!

The weekend's festivities all lead into the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix IndyCar race, but there are cars on the track all three days. Besides practices Friday, there will be Saturday and Sunday races for the SRO GT American and Stadium Super Truck series. There isalso Trans Am Series race on Saturday. All of these in the streets of Nashville, including the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Sunday's inaugural IndyCar race is scheduled for 80 laps, which equals 173.6 miles, on the 2.17-mile course, and will be televised on NBC Sports Network beginning at 4:30 p.m..


Reserved seating is sold out, according to the event. 3-day General admission tickets are still available; they allow access in and around the reserved seating areasand the paddock, and they include access to all concerts and events, but with no seat included.

Fans can leave and re-enter the event as long as they have their tickets available to scan.


Fans had the option of purchasing parking along with their tickets through the Titans on Ticketmaster, and the Music City Grand Prix recommends that fans looking for parking this weekend find somewhere on the other side of the river and use the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge to make their way to the track.

The rideshare queue is located between thehotel shuttle pick-up/drop-off area and the premium motorhome lot on Woodland Street.

Road closures?

Several roads in and around the course will be closed starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, along with the Nissan Stadium parking lots.

What can I bring?

Similar to Titans games, there is a clear bag policy, according to the event. Clear bags must be no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. Non-clear bags (i.e. small purses, bags, etc.) cannot be larger 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! All three days, music will be featured on two stages. The New Sound of Nashville stage opens at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday and at 9 a.m. 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 Saturday, 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 prerace party at 1 p.m., and the Grand Ole Opry will host a postrace concert featuring The Oak Ridge Boys, Danielle Bradbery, Justin Moore and more.

A side note: Cece Winanswill provide a non-denominational worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday.

What else should I know about this track?

Let's talk about the actual race course, which is in use for the first time.

The finish line is in front of Nissan Stadium's east end, and drivers will haveleft (Turn 1) and right-hand (Turn 2) turns before driving onto Korean Veterans Boulevard (Turn 3) heading toward downtown.

The cars will head into a big braking zone before a left-hand corner(Turn 4) onto First Avenue. Drivers will follow First Avenue as it weaves toward Peabody Street (Turn 5), where they will turn left (Turn 6). A short ride on Peabody will lead to a left turn (Turn 7)back onto First Avenue, followed by a right-hander (Turn 8) back onto Korean Veterans Boulevard.That'll be the longest and most high-speed stretch of the course, and it includes the start line for the course.

Another big braking zone will prepare drivers for a left-hander (Turn 9) onto Interstate Drive. Turn 10 is another left turn, this time onto Russell Street.Turn 11, the final one on the course, is a left turn that sends cars along the side of Nissan Stadium's east end toward the finish line.

Whew. That's a lot. TL;DR: Watch this.

What you need to know about Music City Grand Prix this weekend on the streets of Nashville (3)

What you need to know about Music City Grand Prix this weekend on the streets of Nashville (4)

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Now, I remember Helio Castroneves won this year's Indy 500. But what else should I know about thisIndyCar season?

In bullet-point form:

  • Chip Ganassi Racing's Alex Palou and McLaren's Pato O'Ward have signaled a shift 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.
  • Nashville's Josef Newgarden finally earned his first win of 2021 last time out at Mid-Ohio. Newgarden has contended often this year, but some poor luck leaves the two-time IndyCar champion 69 points out of the points lead. Newgarden is certainly going to be a favorite Sunday with a good qualifying performance.
  • Andretti Autosport has struggled, with veterans Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay residing outside the top 10 in points while rarely factoring in to the end of races. Colton Herta, who has a victory this season,has been the team's best driver in 2021.
  • It has been, well, a mighty struggle for Jimmie Johnson. Inexplicably, the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has focused on a road course-only schedule in his rookie IndyCar seasondespite his obvious ability on ovals. Johnson is 28th in points and has no top-10s, though one could be satisfied that Johnson has been running at the finish in six of seven starts.
What you need to know about Music City Grand Prix this weekend on the streets of Nashville (2024)


How long is the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix? ›

Music City Grand Prix
IndyCar Series
Length3.492 km (2.170 mi)
Lap record1:15.7491 ( Scott McLaughlin, Dallara DW12, 2022, IndyCar)
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How many people attend the Music City Grand Prix? ›

The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix continues to grow to levels that I never dreamed could have been possible.” This year's Music City Grand Prix is Sunday (11:30 a.m., NBC). In its inaugural year, a total of 130,000 fans attended the three-day festival, and 117,000 attended last year.

Where do you park for the Nashville Grand Prix? ›

Parking is available at the Superspeedway parking lots. General parking, located in the yellow lots, is free and first come, first serve.

What time does the Music City race start? ›

— NBC Sports and IndyCar announced the race broadcast start times for the 2024 NTT IndyCar Series schedule, with the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix at Nashville Superspeedway set to start at 2 p.m. CT on Sept. 15.

What is there to do at the Music City Grand Prix? ›

The three-day festival of racing and music also includes Indy Lights, GT America, Trans Am, Stadium SUPER Trucks and Vintage Indy. The musical entertainment is highlighted by nightly on-site concerts featuring prominent artists and the Grand Ole Prix Opry show on Sunday.

How many miles is the Music City Grand Prix? ›

2023 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix
Race details
Official nameBig Machine Music City Grand Prix
LocationNashville Street Circuit, Nashville, Tennessee
CourseTemporary street circuit 2.100 mi / 3.380 km
Distance80 laps 168.00 mi / 270.37 km
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How much were tickets to the Nashville Grand Prix? ›

The individual-day tickets start as low as $39 for general admission and $49 for reserved grandstand for the second annual Big Machine Music City Grand Prix street circuit race around the Nissan Stadium campus in downtown Nashville.

How to park for free in downtown Nashville? ›

Weekends bring a sigh of relief for parking in Nashville with meters not being enforced on Sundays, which allows for free parking throughout the city. Additionally, on public holidays such as New Year's Day, Independence Day, and Christmas, parking meters are also free.

How much is parking at the Nashville Fairgrounds? ›

- Fairgrounds Nashville parking costs $10.00 per vehicle. Parking is limited and based on availability.

How many laps are in the Music City Grand Prix? ›

80 LAPS | 168 Miles. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES and INDY NXT by Firestone returns to Nashville, Tennessee to determine their 2024 champions during the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix.

Who is performing at the Music City Grand Prix? ›

A new family fun zone, plus 2023 artists include: Flo Rida, Vince Neil, Chris Janson, Megan Moroney, Gavin DeGraw and more. The third annual Big Machine Music City Grand Prix returns for the NTT Indycar Series on August 4 – 6, 2023 at Nissan Stadium.

What is Club RPM Music City Grand Prix? ›

NetJets Club RPM

Enjoy premium benefits that are built around your needs when you take advantage of Club RPM. This exclusive club offers unmatched hospitality with concierge-style service ready to answer your call. Club RPM also puts you first in line for premium suites, concert tickets, merchandise, and other extras.

How long is the Grand Prix race? ›

A Grand Prix race typically lasts about two hours, according to Formula 1. The fastest race time was completed by Michael Schumacher during the 2003 Italian Grand Prix, Red Bull reports.

How long is the Detroit Grand Prix race? ›

164.5 miles

How long is the Miami Grand Prix race? ›

Miami Grand Prix
Race information
Circuit length5.412 km (3.363 miles)
Race length308.326 km (191.584 miles)
Last race (2024)
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How long is the Chevrolet Grand Prix? ›

Chevrolet Grand Prix
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Duration2 hours 40 minutes
Previous namesMosport 6 Hours, Mosport 1000, Mosport 500, Mosport Festival, Grand Prix of Mosport, Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix
Most wins (driver)Lucas Luhr (5)
Most wins (team)Audi Sport North America (6)
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