Free FanFest for Music City Grand Prix kicks off IndyCar race weekend

Music City Grand Prix Volunteers are ready to welcome you.

Nashville will play host to the newest NTT INDYCAR® SERIES race, the Music City Grand Prix and three-day festival next weekend, August 6 through 8, 2021. The 80 lap race is scheduled to run on Sunday, August 8 from 4:30 to 7:00 pm CDT in a temporary grand prix circuit for a total of 173.6 miles in downtown Nashville that wraps around Nissan Stadium. The 2.17 – mile temporary track features 11 turns and several straightaways for overtaking and will race across the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge into downtown Nashville and back, reaching speeds of 200 mph.

Kicking off the weekend is a free community event. The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix will be giving racing fans an inclusive opportunity to take a front row seat with FanFest on Thursday, August 5. FanFest is free and open to the public, and will be located on Broadway between 1st Ave. and 2nd Ave. Thursday’s Schedule: 4:30 — 5:30 pm – Music City MINI Grand Prix pedal car race for kids; 5:30 — 6:00 pm – Autograph Session with NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers; 5:30 — 7:30 pm – FanFest Car Display; 6:30 — 7:30 pm – Pit Stop Challenge.

Meet several of your favorite NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers during an autograph session and pose for photos and selfies with one of more than 15 race cars that will be on display, including those from the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, GT America, Trans Am, Stadium SUPER Trucks and, of course, the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix show car.

A 30-minute autograph session, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will feature NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers Alex Palou and Marcus Ericsson of Chip Ganassi Racing; Alexander Rossi of Andretti Autosport; James Hinchcliffe of Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport; Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist of Arrow McLaren SP; Max Chilton of Carlin; Jones of Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan; Dalton Kellett of A.J. Foyt Enterprises; Santino Ferrucci of Rahal Letterman and Lanigan Racing; and Cody Ware of Dale Coyne Racing with RWR.

The festival opens with the Music City MINI Grand Prix, a pedal car race for kids down Broadway that begins at 4:30 p.m. All proceeds from the MINI Grand Prix will benefit the youth at Rocketown, a drop-in “student center” where marginalized teens and young people from low-income communities can find peace, purpose and possibilities. For more information or to register for the pedal car race, please visit www.rocketown.org/grandprix.

CeCe Winans  —-  Sunday will feature a non-denominational worship service with 12-time GRAMMY® award-winning gospel singer CeCe Winans and her Nashville Life Church choir at 10 a.m. The best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artist of all time, Winans has long since cemented her status as one of the most accomplished and celebrated women in modern music history. It will take place on the Main Stage and is included with individual tickets and three-day passes.

Complete information on the race weekend is available at www.musiccitygp.com. For ticket information, please visit https://musiccitygp.com/tickets. For fans who cannot attend in person, the race will air on NBCSN Sunday at 4:30pm CDT.

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