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NASHVILLE’S WARNER ELEMENTARY ARTS MAGNET SCHOOL RACING INTO NEW SCHOOL YEAR WITH BIG MACHINE MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX

  • Piedmont Natural Gas, Tennessee 811 providing free day at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix for the students and their families.
  • NTT INDYCAR SERIES team owner Beth Paretta, driver Simona De Silvestro and Chevrolet to visit the school for Monday’s opening day. 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 5, 2022) – Warner Elementary Arts Magnet School is racing into the rapidly approaching first day of school in the Metro Nashville Public Schools.
 
The young students visited the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on Friday for STEM education in their final days of summer and then will arrive to a motorsports-themed first day of school Monday with some special guests.
 
Piedmont Natural Gas and Tennessee 811 provided the students, along with their families, a free day at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix’s opening day on Friday. The group enjoyed an educational STEM-based tour that included stops at Paretta Autosport, Chevrolet’s technical trailer and Firestone Tire.
 
The students will get another wave of motorsports Monday when they arrive at Warner Elementary Arts Magnet School for the first day of school. They will have a Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Chevrolet pace car and Chevrolet Indy-car show car on campus for the children to take photos beside upon entering the school.
 
At 9 a.m., school officials will have an assembly for the fifth-grade students with NTT INDYCAR SERIES team owner Beth Paretta of woman-forward Paretta Autosport and series driver Simona De Silvestro. Paretta and De Silvestro will discuss women in motorsports, engineering and more during the visit.
 
“We are excited to welcome students from Nashville Public Schools to our Paretta Autosport garage on Friday and introduce them to our team as well as showcase how STEM principles are a big part of racing,” said Beth Paretta, team owner of Paretta Autosport. “Part of why we are here in INDYCAR is to help inspire the next generation and hopefully spark curiosity that could build a foundation for a career or create a lifelong fan. Many industries are in need of engineers and technical workers, and days like this can go a long way to help answer the age-old question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ Maybe some of these students will come away with a new perspective and interest. We’re here to help however we can.” 

Big Machine Music City GP FanFest & Pit Stop Challenge Set For Thursday, Aug. 4

MCGP Fan Fest pit stop competition, #9: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

SIX-TEAM PIT STOP CHALLENGE TO HIGHLIGHT RETURN OF BIG MACHINE MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX FANFEST ON BROADWAY THURSDAY, AUG. 4

  • Scott Dixon, Jimmie Johnson, Colton Herta, Pato O’Ward, Scott McLaughlin and Felix Rosenqvist will participate with their pit crews in a $10,000 Pit Stop Challenge.
  • FanFest also will feature Stadium SUPER Trucks exhibition, Mini Grand Prix, show cars and sponsor displays between 1st and 4th streets.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 20, 2022) – The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix festivities will officially kick off Thursday, Aug. 4, with the return of FanFest on Broadway featuring a Pit Stop Challenge with some of the biggest names in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. 

FanFest, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Broadway from 1st through 4th streets and include show cars, sponsor displays, mini grand prix and a Stadium SUPER Trucks exhibition along with the heightened pit stop competition. 

The Pit Stop Challenge has been expanded from last year’s best-of-three, two-car competition to a single-elimination, six-driver event with:

  • Six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing
  • Former seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson of Chip Ganassi Racing
  • Seven-time race winner Colton Herta of Andretti Autosport with Curb-Agajanian
  • Three-time race winner Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren SP
  • 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Rookie of the Year Scott McLaughlin of Team Penske
  • 2019 Rookie of the Year Felix Rosenqvist of Arrow McLaren SP

The Pit Stop Challenge will be held on Broadway between 1st and 2nd streets and begin at 6 p.m. The opening-draw will be announced just prior to the start of the competition and the teams will vie for $10,000 in prize money.

Following the conclusion of the Pit Stop Challenge, Robby Gordon’s Stadium SUPER Trucks will put on an exhibition as a preview of one of the series competing in the Aug. 5-7 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix around the Nissan Stadium campus. SST stars expected to be on hand are Robby Gordon, Greg Biffle, Gavin Harlien and Robby’s son, Max.

That area also will serve as the layout for Rocketown’s second annual Mini Grand Prix that begins at 5 p.m. Children will compete in mini Indy pedal karts in three age classes (4-5 years old, 6-7 and 8-9). Tony Kanaan, an Indy 500 winner and series champion, will be calling the action.

The show car display will be set up between 2nd and 3rd streets and feature vehicles from the various series competing in the race weekend. The display will be open beginning at 5 p.m. with opportunities for fans to take photos near the vehicles. A sponsor display section also will be set up on Broadway between 3rd and 4thstreets that will include the merchandise trailers for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix and INDYCAR as well as American Legion, Pennzoil and Firestone displays. 

American Legion and Pennzoil also are serving as sponsors of this fan event.

Single-day tickets for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix weekend are on sale beginning as low as $39 for general admission and $49 for reserved grandstand. Three-day ticket packages also are available and provide the best value for all on-track activities featuring the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and concerts each night. Three-day tickets begin as low as $129 for general admission and $209 and $219 for reserved grandstand. Visit www.musiccitygp.com/tickets for more ticket information or to purchase now.

Gilbert, Pearce To Headline Grand Ole Prix Show Aug. 7 At Big Machine Music City GP

BRANTLEY GILBERT & CARLY PEARCE TO HEADLINE GRAND OLE PRIX SHOW AT BIG MACHINE MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX ON SUNDAY, AUG. 7

  • The MULTI-PLATINUM superstars will be joined by Midland and Callista Clark for the Grand Ole Prix, a special outdoor downtown version of the Grand Ole Opry, following the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on the Nissan Stadium campus.
  • Sunday’s Big Machine Music City Grand Prix ticket includes free admission to the Grand Ole Prix show.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 28, 2022) – MULTI-PLATINUM superstar Brantley Gilbert and Opry member Carly Pearcewill headline the special Grand Ole Prix show set for Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Nissan Stadium campus as part of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix.

Fellow Big Machine Label Group artists Midland and Callista Clark will join Gilbert and Pearce during the special version of the esteemed show. Held outdoors in downtown Nashville as part of a second consecutive year merging racing and music, the live 90-minute show will begin at 5:45 p.m. CT on the ZYN Main Stage. The Grand Ole Prix follows the conclusion of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR SERIES race and culminates the Aug. 5-7 festivities in the heart of Music City.

Gilbert, who was previously named ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year (2012) and Top New Male Artist (2013), is a MULTI-PLATINUM-selling Georgia native with a grassroots following millions strong. Seven No. 1 hits punctuate his career: “Country Must be Country Wide,” “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” CMA Awards Song of the Year nominee “Dirt Road Anthem,” “My Kinda Party,” RIAA 5X PLATINUM-certified “Bottoms Up,” “One Hell of an Amen” and the collaboration with Lindsay Ell, “What Happens In A Small Town,” plus his landmark record JUST AS I AM clinched the 2014 American Music Award for Favorite Country Album. Following his “Rolex ® On A Redneck” collaboration with Jason Aldean, Gilbert partnered with Jelly Roll for their new song “Son Of The Dirty South.”

Reigning ACM/CMA Female Artist/Vocalist of the Year Pearce has enjoyed a recent wave of significant accolades as her “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” duet with Ashley McBryde became her second consecutive ACM Awards Music Event of the Year win and 29: Written inStone was nominated for Album of the Year. The song also marked Pearce’s third No. 1 hit and they became only the third duet between two solo women to top Country Airplay since the Billboard chart’s 1990 inception. The Grand Ole Opry member will headline her first shows at the Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 26-27 after a summer touring with Kenny Chesney.

Rooted in tradition in both sound and style, Midland has grown from a bar band to an in-demand headliner selling out headline tours from coast to coast as well as supporting some of Country music’s biggest stars like George Strait, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw and Little Big Town. 

Lead vocalist Mark Wystrach fronts their rich sound rounded out with lead guitarist/vocalist Jess Carson and bass player/vocalist Cameron Duddy. Following their critically-acclaimed GOLD-certified debut album ON THE ROCKS, The Washington Post declared “the year’s best Country album” and earning the pinnacle spot on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with LET IT ROLL, Midland brings listeners a resurgence of their thick harmonies, sad melodies, tart lyrics and steel guitar on THE LAST RESORT: GREETINGS FROM

The 2018 ACM Awards New Vocal Group of the Year and GRAMMY®-nominated act offers an intentional nod to Country music reminiscent of the 1970s and ‘80s that has been evident since their 2X PLATINUM-certified No. 1 “Drinkin’ Problem” and is reflected on their latest single, “Longneck Way To Go” featuring Jon Pardi.

Named to Billboard’s annual “21 Under 21” list for two consecutive years and CMT’s 2022 class of Next Women of Country, 18-year-old Clark has a lot to say, wielding her creative gifts as both a defense and an instrument of peace as she puts her heart on display. With Real To Me producing the Top 20 “It’s ‘Cause I Am,” she became Country radio’s most successful new artist debut of 2021. Her latest single, “Gave It Back Broken,” is featured on her forthcoming debut album REAL TO ME: THE WAY I FEEL, arriving Oct. 14.

For high-resolution images, click the following name of the artist: Brantley Gilbert (Credit: Spidey Smith), Carly Pearce(Credit: Allister Ann), Midland (Credit: Harper Smith) and Callista Clark (Credit: Chelsea Thompson).

Three-day tickets and premium packages currently on sale provide admission to all on-track activities featuring the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and each of the concerts. Three-day tickets begin as low as $129 for general admission and $209 and $219 for reserved grandstand. Visit www.musiccitygp.com/tickets for more information or to purchase now.

About the Grand Ole Opry: Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn.  The Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM, with Saturday night shows seen on the Circle Network. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP).  For more information, visit opry.com.

About the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix: The NTT INDYCAR SERIES will visit Nashville Aug. 5-7 for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, Round 14 of the 17-race season. The three-day festival of racing and music also will include 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 led by Tim McGraw on Saturday, Aug. 6, and Gilbert Brantley and Carly Pearce on Sunday, Aug. 7. For ticket and event information, please visit www.musiccitygp.com.

Single-Day Big Machine Music City GP Tickets On Sale Wednesday

SINGLE-DAY BIG MACHINE MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX TICKETS TO GO ON SALE WEDNESDAY 

  • Single-day tickets begin as low as $39 for general admission and $49 for reserved grandstand for the Aug. 5-7 motorsports weekend featuring the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
  • Any Grand Prix ticket includes free admission to that coinciding day’s on-site concert at the Nissan Stadium campus.
  • Limited Gold Circle VIP add-on option for ticketholders now available for the Tim McGraw concert on Saturday, Aug. 6.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 27, 2022) – Single-day tickets for all three days of the Aug. 5-7 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix will go on sale to the general public Wednesday, June 29, beginning at 10 a.m. CT.

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. The three-day festival of racing and music will feature the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Indy Lights, GT America, Trans Am, Stadium SUPER Trucks and Vintage Indy along with some of the biggest names in musical entertainment. All single-day tickets include free admission to the concert on that coinciding day.

Single-day ticket purchases, along with a variety of other options, are available through www.musiccitygp.com or Ticketmaster.com.

The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR SERIES race, the centerpiece event of the weekend on Sunday, Aug. 7, will have general admission tickets available at $89 and reserved grandstand at $119. The day’s activities also will include races in Indy Lights, GT America and Stadium SUPER Trucks, lapping session by the Vintage Indy cars and the Grand Ole Prix concert featuring prominent names in country music following the INDYCAR race.

NTT INDYCAR SERIES qualifying and a concert by music superstar Tim McGraw will highlight the schedule for Saturday, Aug. 6. The day also will include INDYCAR practice, Indy Lights qualifying, qualifying and races in GT America and Trans Am, a Stadium SUPER Trucks race and Vintage Indy lapping session. Single-day general admission are $69 and reserved grandstand are $89.

Wesley Mortgage Freedom Friday on Aug. 5 offers the least expensive weekend option at $39 for general admission and $49 for reserved grandstand. Friday’s schedule includes practice sessions for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Indy Lights, GT America, Trans Am along with Stadium SUPER Trucks practice and qualifying. The day also will feature the Freedom Friday Tribute Concert presented by Wesley Mortgage with a notable, soon-to-be-announced line-up of musical performers.

Also available beginning Wednesday will be a limited Gold Circle add-on option for ticketholders interested in an upgrade for the Tim McGraw concert. For $215, Gold Circle purchasers will have a designated VIP area adjacent to the ZYN Main Stage that will include private restrooms and a cash bar. A Gold Circle upgrade must be accompanied by a Saturday Grand Prix ticket.

Three-day tickets and premium packages remain on sale and provide the greatest value and access to all on-track activities featuring the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and concerts each night. Three-day tickets begin as low as $129 for general admission and $209 and $219 for reserved grandstand. Visit www.musiccitygp.com/tickets for more information or to purchase now.

TRACK IMPROVEMENTS, JET SKI EVENT AMONG THE NEW IN ’22 FOR BIG MACHINE MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX

#26: Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian Honda leads the field to the green flag
  • Restart zone moving from finish line to start line for Aug. 5-7 weekend featuring the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
  • Pro Watercross National Tour, General Jackson Riverboat add buzz to neighboring Cumberland River. 
  • Premium packages, three-day grandstand tickets currently on sale to general public. 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 18, 2022) – A new restart zone will highlight several track modifications for the competitors while fans will enjoy some new entertainment options, including professional jet ski competition, during the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix INDYCAR weekend set for Aug. 5-7 at the Nissan Stadium campus.

The most impactful competition alteration for all five series competing in the race weekend – the NTT INDYCAR SERIESIndy LightsGT America,Trans Am and Stadium SUPER Trucks – will be the shift of the restart zone. 

During last year’s inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, the restarts occurred at the finish line in front of Nissan Stadium but now will move to the long straightaway as the field exits the Korean Veterans Bridge and toward Turn 9. It will be the same zone that was used for the start of each race last season and should provide cleaner restarts and more immediate passing opportunities.

Course Improvements

Other modifications or changes to the 2.17-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit include:

  • Turn 11 apex being opened approximately six feet to not only increase the track width but provide better vision for drivers.
  • Transition areas at both ends of the KVB Bridge being smoothed as much as possible to reduce the potential of the cars bottoming coming on and off the bridge.
  • Resurfacing at the Turn 5 apex to minimize the bump.
  • Track width into Turn 9 being reduced to 50 feet to accommodate additional suites in a primary viewing area.
  • Additional gates being added to maximize track crossings at several locations.

Waterfront Additions

While the Korean Veterans Bridge serves as the signature of the track layout, the Cumberland River that it crosses also will be an area with plenty of action during the race weekend. The new additions will be a stop on the Pro Watercross National Tour and the General Jackson Riverboat Experience.

The Pro Watercross series, in conjunction with the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, will stage the inaugural Nashville Invitational event on Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6, of race weekend.

The jet ski riders will reach speeds of more than 85 miles per hour competing against each other on a three-quarter mile, closed-course layout on the Cumberland River. Friday’s action will feature slalom competition with the riders racing on adjacent courses. On Saturday, the competitors will go head to head in a more traditional style of racing.

Spectator viewing areas will be located in the Big Machine Music City Fan Zone along the East Bank as well as on the downtown side of the river at 143 First Avenue North. Fan Zone viewing is free with event admission and the downtown location will be free admission.

The General Jackson Riverboat will be the featured water entertainment on Sunday, Aug. 7, in anticipation of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at 2 p.m. CT. 

All-day food and beverage (alcohol not included) will be available on the riverboat, which gives guests the option of a cruise from Opryland or just board at the boat ramp adjacent to the Nissan Stadium campus where it will be moored. The boat is climate controlled with closed-circuit race coverage and private restrooms.  A general admission ticket to roam the grounds and enjoy the race festivities is included in the $349 price.

Fan Enhancements

The Fan Zone also will get several enhancements highlighted by the relocation of the secondary music stage moving to the footprint closer to the river, heightened bar / gathering experiences, more food trucks, and more sponsor activation areas.

The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix will be a three-day festival of racing and music from Aug. 5-7 featuring the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Indy Lights, GT America, Trans Am Series, Stadium SUPER Trucks and Vintage Indy. The musical entertainment is highlighted by nightly on-site concerts featuring prominent artists who will be announced at a later date. For ticket and event information, please visit www.musiccitygp.com.

Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Honors Bryan Clauson

Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Honors Bryan Clauson

NTT P1 Award Winner for Nashville’s Inaugural NTT INDYCAR Series Race to Personally Receive Bryan Clauson Pole Trophy from Clauson Family

INDIANAPOLIS (May 19, 2021) – The NTT P1 Award winner for the inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR Series race on Aug. 8 in Nashville, Tennessee, won’t just be the fastest around the 2.17-mile street circuit. The driver will also be the recipient of the Bryan Clauson Pole Trophy, an accolade that highlights the event’s partnership with Tennessee Donor Services to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation.

Clauson was an extremely versatile and accomplished racecar driver who worked his way up the racing ladder by winning. His 112 career USAC victories rank fifth all-time and they came across 11 different disciplines of USAC racing, covering asphalt ovals and dirt bullrings. Clauson was a nine-time USAC champion who made his way to INDYCAR, first in Indy Lights and then in the NTT INDYCAR Series, making his debut in the 2012 Indianapolis 500. Sadly, Clauson passed away on Aug. 7, 2016 after injuries sustained in a crash at the Belleville (Kansas) Midget Nationals. The Noblesville, Indiana, native was 27 years old.

A ferocious competitor on the racetrack, Clauson was incredibly giving off the track. He promoted animal welfare causes and was an ambassador for Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a national oncology network of hospitals and outpatient care centers. That giving spirit has lived on because Clauson was an organ donor.

“Bryan Clauson was the definition of a racer. He was an extremely talented driver and just an incredible person” said Matt Crews, CEO, Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. “Losing him was very painful on the entire racing community, but his legacy lives on and there’s no truer statement than that.

“Bryan was an organ donor. He ended up saving five lives and helped heal about 75 people through tissue donation. His heart literally lives on. By presenting the NTT P1 Award winner with the Bryan Clauson Pole Trophy, we at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix want to recognize Bryan’s generosity and encourage others to #BeTheGift.”

The Bryan Clauson Pole Trophy will be presented to the NTT P1 Award winner on Saturday, Aug. 7 following qualifying for the inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR Series race. The date marks the five-year anniversary of Clauson’s passing.

Taylor McLean, Bryan’s sister, along with their father and mother, Tim and Diana Clauson, will personally hand the Bryan Clauson Pole Trophy to the NTT P1 Award winner.

“Bryan was a very giving person. We are so proud of his accomplishments on the track, but we are prouder of the person he was off of it. He helped so many people and never hesitated to take the time to interact with his fans,” said McLean, who is the Marketing Program Specialist at Indiana Donor Network where she oversees the Driven2SaveLives program.

“When Bryan died, he gave the best gift of all – the gift of life – through his decision to sign up as an organ donor. Organ donation not only saved the lives of the people who received his organs, but Bryan’s donation started a movement in the racing community. We are so proud of our Bryan, and it is extremely humbling to continue Bryan’s legacy in this sport in partnership with the Music City Grand Prix and Tennessee Donor Services.”

Organ donation is both critical and extraordinary. Every 10 minutes, a name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list. One organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can improve the lives of approximately 75 individuals.

Appreciating both the urgency and importance of organ donation, Big Machine Music City Grand Prix has partnered with Tennessee Donor Services, the nonprofit, federally designated transplant donor network serving nearly five-and-a-halfpage1image3670784page1image3684032page1image3674240page1image3671168page1image3670976

million people in Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia and Kentucky. Tennessee Donor Services will be onsite throughout the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix race weekend Aug. 6-8 with staffed kiosks. Information about organ and tissue donation will be readily available and personnel can walk people through the registration process and answer any questions they may have. Registration is secure and confidential.

“Tennessee Donor Services is proud to partner with Big Machine Music City Grand Prix to honor donor heroes like Bryan Clauson by raising awareness for organ and tissue donation,” said Sharon Pakis, Manager, Public Education Tennessee Donor Services. “Currently, more than 3,000 Tennesseans are waiting for a life-saving transplant, and the Music City Grand Prix is a high-profile platform that allows us to share this important message: everyone can #BeTheGift by registering as an organ and tissue donor.”

Each car entered in the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR Series race will be provided #BCstrong decals to run during the event weekend. #BCstrong has been the motorsports industry’s collective remembrance of Clauson.

The inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR Series race gets underway at 5:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. CT) on Sunday, Aug. 8 with live coverage provided by NBCSN.