NASHVILLE, TN - JULY 15: Rain clouds gathered over the Speedway during the IRL IndyCar Series Firestone Indy 200 on July 15, 2007 at the Nashville SuperSpeedway in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)

Nashville cancels a major upcoming race


The city of Nashville has decided to cancel a proposed Grand Prix of Nashville, which was set to be a five-day event with a race outside of Nissan Stadium, according to The Tennessean.

The event was scheduled for 2019, and officials are still optimistic something can be worked out, though it might be at a different location.

Metro Sports Authority director Monica Fawknotson said on behalf of Mayor Megan Barry discussions with promotors has ended, but they're hoping to work something out with IndyCar or IMSA in the future.

"In the end, we just felt like there were just too many unanswered questions, especially in regards to the needed infrastructure and, quite honestly, just how do we work around this city's vigorous special events schedule," Fawknotson said. "There's just so much going on."


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The race was proposed by former Pocono Raceway president Joe Mattioli and former Baker Curb Racing CEO Matt Crews, and it was designed to be a five-day event and festival in downtown Nashville.

Now, they're searching for alternate locations for the race.

"While we are disappointed with today's announcement, the Grand Prix of Nashville continues to move forward," Mattioli said. "We understand that this is a complex event requiring all parties to be comfortable with an undertaking of this magnitude."


The festival was expected to include a concert, celebrity race, an autograph session and more. It's possible they can find a new location soon, and they could also shorten the number of days to accommodate a new location. Until then, the idea will be tabled.